Friday, June 17, 2016

Text Messaging My African Brothers in Gothenburg

Sending Text Message to the Brothers:
"Greetings, wish you were here" 

image: Kevin Franck
Sending greetings to Sean-James Sekebembe & family, Onyekachi Ogbenna, Esme Sesay, Gabriel Iro, Tom Kammande & family, Michael Mwera & family, Alfred Kumbi, Zephaniah Okorie & family, Sylvester & Agnes Otuadimma, Mulu Tesfy, Aquila Check, Francis Kyong, Jephthah Atubah, Guash Tefera & family, Olayinka Oladele & family,  Temitope Ilesanmi & family, Bridget Dwamena, Emannuel Odame & family, Bruce Watako, technically Ryan Leak also African and his family and all the others of Gothenburg Engelska Församling

image: Kevin Franck
The Kumbu Kumbu Market Cyber Cafe. I know, it should be Kumbi Kumbi Cyber Cafe, but the setting is east Africa, not the Congo!

image - uncharted101
This is the WaTuTu village. Notice those familiar Acacia trees ? And notice below some familiar animal friends ?

image: Kevin Franck
Even Mama Bettan says hello among her new friends the Jumping Cholla Cacti

image: Kevin Franck
Now see what some of you Swedish born African descent kids are missing from living in Sweden and not living down in Africa ?

See you back in Göteborg

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Face of the Climate Change & Drought in San Diego County

Google Maps
Remember the old saying a picture is worth a 1000 words ? This first picture below is in San Diego county in California along Hwy 79, close to the junction of highways 79 & 76. The man made reservoir which created Lake Henshaw is now itself practically a mud hole. This first photo is of an iconic Cottonwood Grove which for me has existed since my childhood in the early 1960s when our family took those Sunday drives out into the rural backcountry. Over the years this cottonwood grove always thrived, even during the dry periods. The cattle which grazed this property which I believe is owned by the Vista Irrigation District and leased out to ranchers always found shade and shelter in this grove from the hot summer sun. Those days are gone forever. But these past several years have been different. Aside from the obvious lack of measurable rainfall, it just seems that other factors are playing out in this present environmental degradation.
photo credit - Kevin Franck - (May 15, 2013)

These native Fremont Cottonwoods are all but gone now as the picture below reveals. What ever rains have fallen have been spotty at best. Even Palomar Mountain to the west of here which historically received 8" to 13" even during small winter storms because of it's unique geographical location has at best gotten 2" to 3" in latest storm events these past seasons. Nothing in the realm of drenching downpours, subsoil recharging caliber floods which were promised by the Press and Scientific soothsayers has happened this past season. Their promised weather Messiah El Nino was a bust, a fraud and as usual unpredictable. The El Niño eco-activist cheerleaders around the internet with Pom Poms were smoke screening the true irreversible climate change problems behind the scenes. Nobody wants to deal with such a possibility as the idea that human activity has gone to far to be salvaged. I understand wanting things to improve, maybe even getting back to the way things use to be (whatever that was), but times have changed and I'm afraid we've gone well past that point of no return scenario many scientists have feared regarding reversing the climate degradation. The photo below is viewing towards the south. from that point on 1000s upon 1000s of native Oaks are dying. Even many area of chaparral are in trouble.

photo credit - Kevin Franck - (June 11, 2016)

Failed Predictions by Forecasters
And for those who believed what all the cheerleaders said about El Nino saving the day for Central and Northern California, think again. Yes they got large amounts of rainfall in some locations and many mountain areas had large snowpacks. But these mountain ecosystems have a long way to go before subsoil moistures are restored well enough to capacity to allow wild native plants to maintain health and vigor during the dry hot months of the year and these areas are also setting record high temps across the board. Record high temps early on allowed snow melt much earlier as opposed to later when much needed water would be most needed in the peak of Summer. This entire year has thus far had each month setting new heat record highs and this month of June 2016 is set to break even more records as I write. Take a look at the video below of how dire the situation is in forests of the Sierra Nevadas. Eco-Activists don't have to worry about the Timber Industry, nature is deforesting itself in response to irresponsible scientific innovation.  

Update June 19th 2016
 SF GATE: California drought bummer: Sierra water runoff coming up short
But there are some possitives, but they're mainly localized urban landscape ones
photo credit - Kevin Franck - (June 30, 2014)

Pisolithus tinctorius truffle
It was on June 30th 2014 when we first planted Foothill Pines, Engelmann Oaks, California Holly and Cleveland Sage. By most folks standards it was risky because it was during a time of 100+ temperatures outside. We of course inoculated each planting with MycoApply, but I also had visited the Hwy 79 Desert View Vista Point south of Julian and collected numerous truffles of the mycorrhizal fungi Pisolithus tinctorius. The one here to the left was huge as comparison to the USA 25 cent coin shown for scale. I also incorporated crushed truffle spore powder within the soil of each plant. Below this year is the first I've seen of truffle formation on my brother's plants.

photo credit - Kevin Franck - (June 11, 2016)

The photo below is a Foothill Pine [Digger Pine] (Pinus sabiniana) which is probably a little more drought tolerable than others even native to the area and this particular location and climate. Although like others, this pine has limits as well. Back on June 30, 2014, this plant wasn't even a foot tall when I purchased it for my brother at Las Pilitas Native Plant Nursery in Escondido, which also has gone by the wayside. Other decades old specimens exist on  other folks properties here in Ranchita and are doing exceptionally well. Hence I thought it a good fit for my brothers 5 acres in an enviornment which is often challenging because of it's dry climate nature, heat and constant prevailing wind conditions. Not many of the conventional retail plant nursery pics of non-natives will make it up here.

photo credit - Kevin Franck - (June 11, 2016)

 Some references for home gardeners and urban landscapers [habitat restoration is out of the question for the moment]
Is it safe to plant & water California Natives Plants in Summer ?
Creating Chaparral Alcoves in your Landscape for personal regeneration & meditation retreats 
Deep Irrigation Methods for Training Deeper Rooting networks 

Concluding Commentary

It's commendable that many wish to fight to save what remains as a remnant of what once was. Unfortunately all the environmental activism in the world is not going to save anything. Mainly because the passion so often is hatred filled against those deemed as the cause environmental ruin as they see it and their solution is to force the opponant. Declaring massive tracts of land as Preserves, Reserves, Wilderness or National Monuments are certainly admirable, but these are not going to reverse anything regarding climate and other natural world ecosystem disruption. And what are they really saving anyway ? The rescued Land has already been degraded long ago of any old growth plant community ecosystem and it's inhabitants. These heroic acts are more of a symbolic victory than viable corrective solution. More often than not it has become a maneuver to trip up a much hated political opponant's ideological worldview. There is no real materialist fix here or viable scientific solution. Despite the propaganda about Science, it is truthfully not the self-correcting fix all which will reverse the damage caused by the misuse and abuse of industrial science for over a century of imaginary enlightenment. Science today is infected with way too much politicking and ideology. As time pants on to the end, the words of United States Environmental Lawyer, Gus Speth, ring so true. Mankind's problem is a spiritual one and not a materialistic innovative one. And by the word/term 'spiritual', we're talking about clean healthy human personality traits which are not necessarily something physically seen, but rather the secret person of the heart expressed in daily conduct. Every man, woman and child in every land around the globe has to be on the same page morality-wise if mankind and nature is going to have half a chance. Qualities such as neighbour love, which mainly is a respect for fellow man and nature. But admittedly, even the world's mainstream religions are bankrupt on this one. It's funny, I get slammed by both sides if I refuse to participate in one position or another. The old biblical saying, "The Truth will set you Free" doesn't really apply with this subject, especially since telling the truth in this present dysfunctional system more often than not gets you hammered by either side.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Nature has been creating "Ocean Dead Zones" long before Humans ever existed ?

Quote of the Day
"Erosion and eutrophication are very natural processes. This has been happening long before man was on earth."
'FarmersSon63' (Anonymous DISQUS Monsanto Shill, Industrial Ag Apologist and Climate Change Denier Extraordinaire)
Image: NOAA

The hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico is the second only in the world to the flush of toxins from Eurasia that pollute the Baltic Sea. Hypoxic zones occur naturally wherever major rivers meet the ocean. However, human activity has increased their area, and these persistent dead zones lead to health threats, economic losses and diminished food supplies.

Union of Concerned Scientists: "There’s Nothing Average About This Year’s Dead Zone Forecast"
The quoted comment at the top of this post can be found at the bottom comments section of an Eco-Watch article (HERE) dealing with the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where the Mississippi river and all other upstream tributaries running through the American Heartland empty farm runoff out through the Louisiana delta. This creates an average 6,000 square mile dead zone which is second to the filth from the surrounding countries bordering the Baltic Sea, including Sweden where I reside. The Ecowatch article itself was posted from the Union of Concerned Scientists website. Of course the purpose of the comment from anonymous DISQUS user, "FarmersSon63" was not to create intelligent discussion and dialog, but rather to deflect attention away from the true culprit [Industrial Agriculture], which is truly responsible for the escalating pollution catastrophe entering the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi River drainage area which is massive. This individual has almost 12,000 posts in about two years. Claims he is a farmer, but highly doubtful as I know of no true farmer who can waste so much valuable farming time countlessly posting on almost every single daily article related to the negative effects of industrial agriculture. His absurd asinine comment was reminiscent of another comment I received in the Science on Google+ forum where I was banned for refuting silly comments like the one from Google Plus poster Nathan Perkins who was defending GMOs as natural to nature as industrial human infrastructure.

"Also Kevin, developing GMO's is not "against nature". Anything that occurs in the natural observable world is natural. Skyscrapers and bridges are as naturally occurring as bee hives."
What's so astonishing and scary at the same time is that many of these defenders are of college youth and background. They view attacks on industrial agriculture as a personal assault on science itself, which is absolutely untrue. Many Industrial Ag defenders are also climate change deniers and hail from the God & Country Heartland of America. They ignore the other science which has been published where eutrophication is the number one cause of all the major algal blooms around the globe in coastal areas directly effected by industrial agriculture in particular. Take the example of the recent massive Florida Fish kill attributed to algal blooms. Where do all those pollutants and excessive nutrients which act as a type of "Miracle-Gro" for Algae come from along Florida coasts ? Likely the source is the Mississppi delta, but how can that be since it is so far away ? It's called the Gulf Stream Conveyor Belt as illustrated below. 

Source: US Naval Research Laboratory

Remember the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil rig blowout ? Remember all those polluted beaches in the coastal areas of all Gulf of Mexico states ? Who could forget, but where else did much of that oil polluted water end up ? Along the eastern seaboard by means of what Scientists called the Gulf Loop Current. 


On a similar line of reasoning, where does all that Heartland Eutrophication courtesy of Industrial Agriculture end up after entering the Gulf of Mexico ? On the eastern seaboard and parts further north as the seas around Greenland are revealing. All courtesy of the Gulf Loop Current. While there may be a continuous deadzone off the Texas, Louisiana and Mississppi coastlines, the dead zone infection is spreading like a disease which none of the experts has one true viable answer for stopping. Yet we all know every single one of them knows full well what needs to be done. But then there is the matter of keeping the precious economy intact. Don't count on change anytime soon. Especially when corporate entities are paying anonymous avatars

Source: US Naval Research Laboratory

Update July 1, 2016

Miami Hearld: ‘Guacamole-thick’ algae fouls swath of Florida coastline
Imagr -Greg Lovett AP

Without going much further, here is a post I recently wrote  regarding the world's religiously inclined climate deniers where I limited the evidence for world climate disruption to the marine environments around the world. Fundies say the darndest things.
Matthew 24:37-39 - A warning message of 'Climate Change' & the consequences of "Apathy" ?

Pervasive Greed & Apathy is what is killing our planet. The physical evidence and consequences are only symptoms, but the cause is human. There is no materialist fix, it's a spiritual problem. You'd think of all the peoples out there, the religious Fundies would be on top of this, but they're dead last to recognize it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Matthew 24:37-39 - A warning message of 'Climate Change' & the consequences of "Apathy" ?


Dire predictions of impending doom are the popular online items today, not only in Media, but also the entertainment industry. World catastrohpe is sensationalized because it has a high curiosity factor which boosts ratings which translates into advertising dollars. But it's not just the Media and Hollywood, scientists also are getting into the act. Mythical tales of asteroids past and comets of doom setting off chain reactions of destruction at some future time. Okay, let me provide a more modern update on that text in the title of my post. Seriously folks, this can be fun, even if you are not necessarily biblically inclined. Here is Matthew 24:39 with a modern day application where I've adjusted a few terms and expanded on some descriptions.
39 "And the people didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood Climate Change came and swept them all away."
What has always fascinated me about the present climate change debate, it seems that the biggest deniers of this anthropoligical  phenomena tend to be many of those claiming to be of the Christendom worldview. But the question is why ? Especially in view of their own holy book's warning that environmental ruin would be a major part of the sign of living in the 'Last Days' ? Take this statement in Revelation:
18 "The nations were angry with you, but now it is your turn to be angry with them. . . . . both the great and small—and to destroy those who have caused destruction."
Okay, that sounds serious enough to me, But, why all the discontent and 'Apathy' when it comes to lack of concern over climate change and environmental issues in general on the part of those who claim to promote the wonders of Nature created by their God ? The preceding verse of Matthew at 38 gives a historical clue on the human attitude back then in the quote below:
 38 "In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his Ark,"
It seemed that the population in general mentioned back in Genesis was so caught up in the average daily affairs of life, that they paid little or no attention to their surrounding physical and social environment until that catastrophic weather event warned by the Ark's builder Noah occurred. Now let me update that text to a more modern times application with a few alterations here and there to shed light on what is clearly hapening today:
 38 "In those days before the flood climate changed, the people were enjoying banquets and parties [includes partying, revelries, sporting events, weekend recreation, etc], and weddings [social networking, dating sites, consumerism, planning  families, pursuing careers as opposed to being family oriented, etc, etc, etc] right up till the time of irreversible climate change."
39 "And the people didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood Climate Change came and swept them all away."
There, how is that for spotlighting the apathetic attitude of times past and our present day modern times ? I know I probably won't make many friends from either side [atheist/religious], but that is exactly the reality of the present day world we live in now. Much of the discussion by the world's leadership about Climate Change is mostly giving lip service or token feedback in public because that is what the Media and EcoActivists usually expect. Actually following through on those promises and making drastic changes in policy on the other hand is a different matter. People need to understand that any self-respecting politician who is career oriented knows that his/her job teaters on a delicate balance of keeping the people who elected them materialistically satisfied. Ask the majority of citizens to cut back on their pursuit of consumerism and material comforts for the sake of Nature is a sure nail in the coffin towards any hopes of further political career advancement. Fail to satisfy any citizen's basic necessities materialistic desires & ambitions and you may as well kiss your career goodbye and retire. But almost no one seems to blame or hold accountable any leader who at the very least just says they care about Nature or claim they support finding Eco-Green Solutions. Although not really having any track record of actually committing themselves to any real viable ecosolution for reversing the damage done, they still get the public's support if at least they say they care about the environment. Take a look below at what is most important to the majority of global leaders.

Image - The Gulf Today

Ever heard of these global economic schemes like the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP), Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ??? Well, if these are anything like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), then it's all about economic power and zero consideration on the environment. Seriously, I remember back in the 1990s at the one year aniversery since NAFTA was implemented, there were news articles high lighting how prior to NAFTA there were a couple of Billionaires in Mexico, but since NAFTA a year later, there were now 14 Billionaires. But for a change, let's forget all about the Politicians, Clergymen, Scientists and Business leaders and I'll provide a series of Nature Memes [for the reading deficit folks] which will highlight where the natural world is presently on the failure scale caused by human apathy. Of course there are all those megafires going on globally, rising temps, pollution on land, etc, etc, etc, but let's focus mainly on Oceans. Just oceans, you know, those climate and weather mechanism drivers ? Decades ago almost everyone thought that oceans were too monstrous to be effected by human mismanagement. But oh how times have changed. For some years now there have been several articles on about areas around the globe where sea creatures are washing up in different locations, but that was dismissed. Then recently, the same thing has happened but the scale is far grander.

Image - B2Bio
Blog B2BIO - The Great Pacific garbage patch, the result of the indifference

image - WCBD News
1,000’s of starfish wash ashore on SC island

image - Plantao Noticias Dead swordfish
Thousands of swordfish found dead on Lopes Mendes beach, Brazil

 Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters
Guardian: Climate change warnings for coral reef may have come to pass, scientists say

Huffington Post: Florida's Massive Fish Kills

Image: Alvaro Vidal - AFP
El Niño may be to blame for dead fish, whales washing up on Chile's beaches

Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images
BBC News: Vietnam protest over mystery fish deaths
 One of the most outrageous things I read recently was about more fish die offs in Vietnam which were blamed on the pollution from an industrial company called Formosa Plastics and I believe a steel manufacturer. An official from this company made an outrageously stupid statement, but then was later forced to apologize, then fired to provide corporate public relations damage control excuse.
"Much of protesters' anger in the past week has focused on a Formosa Plastics official, since dismissed, who said people in Vietnam had to choose between industry or its fishing industry, adding: "You can't have both."  
The company did it self no favors when one of its senior officials told reporters: “Sometimes in order to win something, you have to lose something. It’s impossible to build a steel plant here and keep fish stocks in the surrounding area high at the same time.”
Forbes Asia: "Vietnam's Fishy Fish Deaths: A Bouillabaisse Of Politics, PR And Business" 
Truthfully, as sick as such an irresponsible admission by an industrial entity is, this is exactly the same identical attitude with all other corporate and big government entities around globe as well. But for public relations purposes the others are smart enough never make the same stupid mistake and announce such a career ending belief to the rest of mankind publicly. It's all about national economies with token half-hearted eco-solutions thrown in for eye-candy appeal to smoke-screen the reality behind the scenes.

(Image source: Wind’s Sustainability Blog)
PhysOrg: Researchers discover that 'red tide' species is deadlier than first thought
The ultimate cause of the total and complete lifeform die off throughout the world's oceans is mankind's mismanagement of land resources. Since the first world war, science and technology have taken the lead in fascilitating everyone on the planet in polluting the world' s waterways which eventually make their way to the Sea. Look at the map below where most of the algal blooms are occurring. Is it not this world's most successful industrial nations ? These red tides as they are called are a result of nutrient enriched buildup caused by pollution entering the coastal environments. Such algal blooms in aquatic marine environments cause a depletion of oxygen in the waters and this eventually leads to a domino effect. 
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Distribution of Harmful Algae Blooms throughout the World
And if the algal blooms appearing everywhere isn't bad enough, they are clearly beciming more and more vicious to the existence of the marine life where they make their more and more frequent appearancea. Take the latest examples from Chile. It's an incredible nightmare as every type of living marine creature is dying off by the 10s of 1000s.

The Guardian: "Toxic 'red tide' in Chile prompts investigation of salmon farming"
"Algal bloom ‘of biblical proportions’ has led to protests and health emergency as concerns raised over dumping of rotting salmon in ocean"
Huffington Post: "Nature Collapsing, Fossil Fuels Culprit"

The photo to the right here is an earwax core extracted from a beached blue whale in 2007, Santa Barbara, Calif. I know, it sounds gross, but what they determined it was contaminated with goes a long way in explaining perhaps why whale and dolphin deaths are beachings and collisions with marine vessels are on the rise. Below here is an excerpt from the article in Huffington Post:
"In 2007, a 12 year old blue whale was struck and killed by a ship off Santa Barbara, Calif. A 10-inch, giant plug of its earwax revealed 16 pollutants including flame retardant, methylmercury and several  persistent organic pollutants including high levels of  DDT and PCBs. The whale’s biography divulged an eastern Pacific Ocean rife with man-made toxicity."
Huffington Post: Dying Whales, Horrific Omen
A Short Note on a typical Climate Change denier argument that doesn't make logical sense considering the opposition's religious worldview background. 
 I've often stumbled across GW deniers in the comments section like "Watts Up With That?" [Anthony Watt's site] & others, where religious folks who believe the Universe and Earth are only 6,000+ years old. But they will provide links and charts claiming climate has been changing back and forth for millions of years. Take this comment by a religious person, Sherry E. Cano, on Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper - English Facebook Page under a climate change article:
"Think about it...if the earth is 4 billion yrs. Old...I'm pretty sure the earth has been hot and cold sense the beginning RIGHT! This world hasn't been industrialized long enough too cause 1 tiny bit of our changing climate. Animals die or adapt to the changes just as we humans do. "
Need I Say More ? 
Headline May 15th, 2016
 Fortune Magazine: Is Mankind Reaching the End?

Investor Jeremy Grantham told participants at Fortune's  Brainstorm E conference that mankind is now in the “race of our lives” to survive the next century.
 “We’ve been around for 300,000 years. We’ve had agriculture for 12,000 years,” the 77-year-old money manager said on Monday in Carlsbad, Calif. “Yet we’ve come down to just 100 years where the whole game is playing out.” He said it’s not just that the climate is warming, but that climate warming is accelerating.
 Grantham says he is far more optimistic about technology’s ability to solve energy problems than most environmentalists. But he is also far more pessimistic about the ability to feed a rapidly growing global population, given changing climate patterns, than most technologists. “Both groups underestimate the good news or the bad news.” As a result, he said, “it’s going to be quite a horse race."
Asked by Fortune Editor Brian O’Keefe who would win, Grantham replied: “It’s fifty-fifty.” 
Fortune "It's Unclear How Technology Can Help" 

Don't you just love Memes ???
The guy above the well known elder environmental statesman, James Gustave Speth, who authored the acclaimed books Red Sky at Morning (2003) and The Bridge at the Edge of the World (2008), who has apparently grown ever more convinced that the world's politics and economies are so corrupted, and the environmental movement so inadequate, that mankind can no longer hope to address the climate crisis, or their deep social ills, by working strictly within the system. While such an admission is admirable, his solutions are unfortunately swabbing the deck of the Titanic to clean it up before it finally goes down. In other words putting trust in the same old failed system. Still, the meme is terrific. 
But getting back to many of the folks who are climate change deniers, many of whom claim to be of a conservative religious persuasion. If you do believe in the ancient climate change account in your own holy book, the bible, do you realize that what killed those people was not the deluge mechanisms like volcanoes, record rainfall events, asteroids or comets hitting the Earth. No, it was their apathetic attitude as was even pointed out by your very own holy man, Jesus Christ. Let's recap what was wrong with that ancient world and fast forward to modern times. The comparison is being made to the general lack of caring attitude of ancient humans of past times which proved to be their undoing and the present modern day prevailing apathy which infects the majority of mankind today.
Luke 17:26-28 (Modern English Version)
 27 "They were eating, drinking, marrying, and were given in marriage . . "
 28 "Likewise as it was in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built."
 All those things listed above are certainly not wrong pursuits in themselves, but the average person on earth is so caught up in the everyday anxieties of daily living and this obsession with consumerism for a better life, that they are totally oblivious to the disintegrating life support systems around them until we go beyond a point of no return. The fact is no one should need any scientist, politician or even clergyman to tell you something is radically wrong with all natural systems around us. And the present movement towards a type of  Scientific Socialism , which is a combination of "Philosophy-Economics-Politics" isn't the answer either. As both Jeremy Grantham and Gus Speth said, you can't place a materialistic answer towards correcting human affairs on Earth. It's a spiritual one which most secularists and their conventionally religious counterparts (especially Christendom) fail to grasp. One hundred plus years of supposed enlightenment since 1914 and humans haven't learned anything.

Back to the Future III - 'Point of No Return'
For those with a further hungering for growing examples, here are some more links below
"Am I completely nuts or apocalyptic animal mass kills are increasing dramatically around the world?"
And so read the title of an interesting site which has compiles a rather large long list of unusual lifeform dieoffs since the first of this year.
Here is yet another site which has recorded many of the media links commenting on the plethora of lifeform dieoffs on our planet: 

Friday, April 22, 2016

What Are those Environmental Cues which Effect Gene Expression ???

Okay this is gonna be real easy. Especially for the folks with the modern day short attention spans. You folks who learn and understand only from Memes will understand all this hands down.
Diet! - Ever hear the expression, "You are what you eat" ???

Image: MyNetDiary
For Meme Lovers Only

Seriously, you people new this all along. You know the advantages of a healthy well balance diet as opposed to an unhealthy diet. You know the effects of having abundance as compared to the extreme circumstances of starvation. All of these are environmental cues which trigger variying epigenetic responses within the genes of different people. This is why the role of Gut Bacteria is so important, because what you take in your body by choice in the way of nutirtion can effect how your cut bacteria react, which also triggers signaling messages into your body's genome. These same rules apply to all the other lifeforms on the Earth as well. For example, when I wrote recently about a fungal species I use in forumations for plant root inoculations. While our nutrition intake is an internal one, plants on the other hadn have an external one which we could compare the symbiosis of beneficial fungi and bacteria which externally colonize the rootsystem, can be compared to our internal gut bacteria. Trichoderma was a subject I wrote about where the fungi not only processes nutrients, but also provides specific signaling messages to a plant's immune system to step up production.
How Many Beneficial Functions & Services can be found in just one Fungi Species ?

Climate/Weather - Micro/Macro - Heat/Cold

Image: Rainy Day - CIC Services
Image: Dry Climate - Incredible India
Image: Storage West
Image: American Grandparents Association

Elevation/Geography Environmental Cues
Image from Saguaro National Monument
Image: Himalaya Mountains -
Image: Lux Tonnerre - Palau Islands
Image: Great Plains - WorldWildlife-org
Image: Noah Elhardt - North/South Slopes
Toxic Pollution effects epigenetic gene expression - so think Endocrine Disruption & Nylonase - then we can dump the doctrine of  Random Mutation (otherwise known as copying errors which result in bad or lucky mistakes) and Natural Selection (otherwise known as Tinker Bell) is a mysterious intelligent animist type of god which is omnipotent, omnipresent and if you believe the latest literature out there, also omniscient. [I'm not kidding either folks. For all the talk of ridding mankind of their various beliefs in gods, the secular elements of our modern world are obsessed with creating their own version of gods in their image]

Image: Nylonase -
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Endocrine Disruption - Spooky
Seriously now, what more could I add to the list of environmental cue factors that trigger epigentic responses to gene expression ? How about hervivores, predators, nightime, daytime, caves, volcanoes, toxins, pollution, disasters (natural & human caused), wars, climate change etc, etc, etc.

Well, this wasn't so bad. Lots of Memes and Photographs with very little text! Environmental cues are everywhere and they influence how the informational content of genes are expressed. Survival, reproduction, health (good or bad), climate adaptability, all manner of ecosystem niches, etc, etc, etc.

A little Natural Selection humor here

BTW, just as a reminder of what natural selection is and isn't, retired Geneticist, Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig, from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany has a nice page on the history of the definition of "Natural Selection", it's problems and attempts at finding a more viable alternative for the outdated terminology in view of latest modern scientific discoveries.