Step Up Your Marksmanship in Winds and Rains

Many archery tournaments that are held during the warm months and require long range shooting are done outdoors.  This is ideal since sunny and calm weather are expected. This will be favorable to all competing archers.

But it is not always the case. Unfortunately, there were instances that torrents of rain and wind affected the archers’ performance during an important game. The 2012 Olympic Games experienced days of downpour and gusts of wind. But the archers who were able to adapt, were able to take full advantage over those who let the bad weather detract them of their performance.

  1. Rain

Make sure to be as dry as possible even when it is raining. Prepare beforehand by taking an outer clothing that repel water and will keep you warm when the temperature gets too cold. Always have an appropriate head gear to keep water from your face or in your eyeglasses, if you are wearing one.

Place a plastic over your arrows in your quiver. This will keep your arrows dry. Many archers tend to use plastic vanes than feathers when participating in outdoor matches. If you prefer to use feather vanes, be sure to waterproof this by using spray intended for this purpose. Always bring a dry towel to wipe off moisture in your equipment.

Proper mind set-up is also important in this kind of situation. Do your best to keep your tackle as dry as possible, but shoot as you have during normal weather. Stay on your practiced routine, drawing, aiming, and following through. Practice shooting in the rain to train yourself for this situations.

Most importantly, your safety should be the top priority. Do not shoot if there is lightning. Shooting metal arrows in an open space or through woods will increase the chance of severe injuries due to lightning strike. If there is rain but no lightning, archery competitions are usually continued.

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  1. Wind

Shooting arrows in a windy day is more problematic than shooting in the rain. The wind affects the arrow in flight and your ability to hold your bow steadily.

Your choice of equipment and your extensive practice shooting in the wind will determine your performance during the competition. It is preferable to choose handle risers with cutouts that allow the wind to pass through. Heavier bow are usually preferred than the lighter ones to maintain stability during windy day. But select a bow that will not be too heavy for you, because this will only make you lose your balance. If you are wondering what is the best compound bow for shooting in wind, it’s better to you consult your fellow archers or someone who knows a lot about this.

Most archers like to aim at 9 o’clock or 3 o’clock depending on the wind direction and letting the wind carry the arrow towards the bullseye. This may be an effective aiming strategy to deal with wind, but it is more advisable to practice in the wind several times to know the effectiveness of this strategy.

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7 Foods That Everyone Stands to Lose Because of Climate Change

If you think that the potential effects of climate change are something we don’t have to worry until the distant future, think again. Drought, floods, and rising temperatures have dealt a blow to agriculture and fishing across the globe. Food production has suffered from lower yields with many crops dying because of lack of irrigation and rain. If left unchecked, the worsening effects of climate change threaten to wipe out some of the planets food sources. Some of the foods that we all stand to lose in the near future if climate change worsens include:

1. Bananas
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It seems hard to believe that this common staple that seems to be available everywhere is under threat. But the reality is some banana farmers are already feeling the brunt of rising temperatures. Erratic rainfalls and warmer climates seem to have contributed to the increase of pests that plague on farmers’ crops.

2. Chocolate
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The biggest sources of cocoa beans may not be able to produce them by 2100 if temperatures continue to rise. Lack of rainfall and other sources of water to irrigate farmlands likewise exacerbate the problem. If these problems persist, chocolates may become a luxury we can no longer afford – if we see could still see them around at all.

3. Coffee
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We might as well enjoy every cup of coffee while we still can. Many coffee-producing countries have been experiencing droughts in recent years. As if these droughts are not enough, excessive rainfalls have also been affecting coffee farmers’ yields. Pests and other species have also affected coffee plantations in many parts of the world.

4. Craft beer
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Craft brewers deal with a lot of challenges in producing high quality beers. But it may even become more difficult for them to produce the craft beers if temperatures continue to rise. Drought has already been affecting water sources needed to produce the grains needed to make beer. It could also severely affect the production of hops, which are important components in creating craft beers.

5. Peanut Butter
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Peanuts are difficult to grow without sufficient rainfall. Droughts could kill the crops while too much rain can lead to mold growths that can be lethal if ingested. Given abnormal climate conditions, sourcing the main ingredient in making peanut butter could prove much harder than before.

6. Maple Syrup
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Many countries have been experiencing hotter summers and colder winters that see some excessive amounts of rains. These conditions often put a lot of stress to the sugar maple trees. This in turn affects the harvests of sap used in making maple syrup.

7. Wine
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Wine producing regions may continue to dwindle if rising temperatures continue its upward trend. As wine grapes become more scarce wine production will suffer to the point that each bottle will be too expensive that only a few can afford.

5 of the Best Videos on Climate Change That You Need to Watch

The more we understand the problem that is climate change, the more compelled we are to do whatever we can to contribute to the solutions. But it is a subject that can be difficult to understand at times, especially if we come across information that is way over our head. Thankfully, there are many videos on climate change that make the issue easier to chew on. They are also excellent materials that can inspire us individually and collectively to do our share in finding the solutions needed. Here are some of the best videos worth watching to better understand climate change:

1. 13 Misconceptions About Global Warming

Some of the things we hear about climate change can be confusing. There are many misunderstandings that further add to the confusion. This video takes a light approach to a weighty subject. It tackles some of the misconceptions and addresses some of the common questions that we may have about the topic.

2. Carbon and Climate Change in 90 Seconds
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This short clip packs a powerful punch. It explains the climate change problem using a banana and a chunk of coal as an example. It also succinctly explains why in releasing more “old slow carbon” into the atmosphere we are making it more difficult to eliminate them. This results to more carbon that contributes to rising temperatures in the planet.

3. Christiana Figueres: The inside story of the Paris climate agreement

This is an inspiring talk about how the Paris climate agreement comes to fruition against all odds. It is engaging, informative, and filled with stories that fuels optimism even to the skeptics in us.

4. Our Future | Narrated by Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this short video about climate change. The visual images are striking. Some of the footage provides a glimpse to the effects of natural disasters associated with climate change. Despite the grim message, this clip depicts hope and calls for actions to help mitigate the threats.

5. Tshering Tobgay: This country isn’t just carbon neutral – it’s carbon negative

This is an intensely moving and inspiring talk of commitment and hope. It shows how the small country of Bhutan nestled in the Himalayas has achieved carbon negative status. It also depicts how climate change is not an isolated problem. It is a threat that could impact a country and its people that have long committed to achieve carbon neutrality.

5 Things You Can Do to Fight Climate Change

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Climate change is a complex problem. The threats it represents are already being felt in many parts of the world. Gone are the days that it can be easily dismissed as farfetched idea. There have been many things happening in recent years that point to the effects of a changing climate. Some species have become extinct while many still remain endangered. Many countries have suffered from floods and droughts. The temperatures have risen at unprecedented rates in recent memory. These are just some of the many notable changes that highlight the possible consequences of non-action.

Everyone has a chance to do his or her share in fighting climate change. Here are just a few of them:

1. Get informed

Educating yourself about climate change is a big step towards taking action to fight it. Learn from the experts, read resources, and participate in discussion in online communities or in your neighborhood. Watch videos of talks by climate and environment champions. Follow the experts and advocates on social media networks. Sometimes understanding more about the problem can be a catalyst for change.

2. Commit to making small changes at home

Your lifestyle does not have to undergo a quick and major overhaul. Start by committing to making small changes instead of pushing yourself to change the way you live at once. Taking simple steps is more sustainable. Think of it as a long-term commitment towards a worthy goal. You can start with cutting down energy usage at home. Switch to more energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances. Develop habits like switching off lights and unplugging appliances when not in use. Skip the dryer when doing laundry. Instead, hang your laundry outdoors to dry.

3. Make eco-friendly food choices

Food production and the process of transporting them to their end destinations contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. You can do your part in minimizing your carbon footprint by buying local. Cut back on processed food consumption. Commit to a meatless meal. As you get used to it, you can even go for a day or week without meat. Eat less beef or scrimp on dairy products. Producing these two staples often result to more carbon emissions that add to the climate change problem.

4. Reduce waste

Throw less stuff that will only contribute to the amount of garbage dumped in landfills that emits greenhouse gas. Reduce waste by composting or recycling. Buying less is also a great way to avoid having too much stuff to throw when you no longer need them. Reuse old items and buy second hand if you need to. Donate items you no longer need to charities or in your community. Buying less stuff is also a good practice, especially if you want to avoid accumulating more things that you will have to discard in the future.

4. Find eco-friendlier ways to travel

There are more environment-friendly ways than driving your car to get to your destinations. Biking and walking not only minimizes your carbon footprint. It can also be an excellent way to get the exercise you need every day. You can also give carpooling a try or use public transportation at certain days of the week. Cutting back on air travel also helps. Or if you are a frequent traveler, you can calculate and offset your carbon footprint.

5. Support initiatives

There are many ways to support the climate action campaigns. Find organizations you can join, support, or donate to. Share information and promote initiatives that seek to find the solutions to combat climate change.