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Extreme Weather
 
Highly reliable global temperature measurements show the planet is warming and the water cycle (hydrological cycle) is becoming more active; creating higher rates of evaporation and precipitation. Droughts and floods are the natural consequences of warmer temperatures: droughts because it’s hotter, floods because warmer seas release more water vapor.
Dead Zones
 
This year’s heavy rainfall and flooding means excessive runoff and nitrogen input for the Gulf. 2011 could see the worst Gulf dead zone yet...
Hydraulic Fracking Basics
 
Things you might not have known about hydraulic fracking, but should know...
BP Spill - One Year Later
 
Our government has not passed one law to protect our environment from oil or gas drilling since the spill...
The WE Party Manifesto
 
This is 'our' planet and our children's future depends on this planet. Our air, our water, our land, our wildlife...all of these precious resources are collectively ours. We can no longer sit silent and let dysfunction take our planet down.
The Japanese Tsunami's Wake
 
The earthquake took place at 14:46 JST, the tsunami hit the closest land at 15:12 JST. The surge was as high as 33 feet. A catastrophe of incomprehensible magnitude.
A Tribute to Dolphin Mothers and their Calves
 
Sad events are taking place in the Gulf...
Koch Brothers' Products
 
If you have been following news about the Koch brothers, you might be curious as to which products they manufacture. It would be highly unlikely that you are not surrounded by their goods...
Midway Island Albatross
 
I know these photos by Chris Jordan have been out for a while now. But I just could not face these images until recently. It really is life changing if you do look; and learn the story behind this aberration...
DEET in our Waterways
 
The Minnesota Department of Health has placed DEET on the top spot on its list of "chemicals of emerging concern" and will conduct numerous tests this year. The main objective of the research will be to calculate a "safe" level of exposure. Although DEET has been okayed for clothes and skin (in moderation) it has never been meant for consumption. But with its increasing popularity and abundant usage it is showing up in ever greater quantities in our rivers, streams and lakes and it is only a matter of time before it shows up in our drinking water as well.
How The Average American Uses Energy
 
The average U.S. American consumes 335.9 million BTUs per year, the world per person average is 72.4 million BTUs. 48.2% of US electricity comes from coal. Only 3.7% comes from solar, wind, and geothermal. The average U.S. American uses 441 gallons of gas for their car each year... and more...
DECT Phone Safety
 
Radiation from cell phones has been getting a lot of press of late but according to the BioInitiative Report cordless phones look to be just as deadly as cell phones when it comes to brain tumors and acoustic neuromas. DECT technology originated in Europe and has since been widely introduced throughout the world. Today more than 800 million DECT systems are in use. The pulsed frequencies of the radiation used in DECT technology are in the microwave band. The ICNIRP is responsible for monitoring and creating guidelines for radiation technologies. The ICNIRP guidelines focus exclusively on high frequency radiation and thermal activity. But many scientists have been pointing out that pulsed microwaves at low frequencies are also cause for alarm.
BP Oil Spill
 
It is somewhat ironic that an extensive environmental study in the Gulf carried out by the Minerals Management Service, that counted and noted habitat preferences of cetaceans (marine mammals with a blowhole for breathing- including whales, porpoises and dolphins) encountered two species (melon-headed whales and fraser's dolphins) that were rarely seen in the area before... During the study the ship heard and saw numerous sperm whales in the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon. There is a native population of about 1400 sperm whales that live in the Gulf of Mexico year round. And scientists say if we lose just a few of them due to this spill, it could dangerously tip their numbers into the negative. See many more photos here- of native cetaceans and the Gulf dilemma....
Is spring arriving earlier?
 
A new study out of the UK, published by the Royal Society, shows that flowers are blooming 2 to 12 days earlier than they did 25 years ago. The study used 400,000 records of first blooms, and looked at over 400 species of flowers. The research showed this pattern of early blooming to be the first in recorded history. The study also showed that a 1 degree Celsius change, over a short two year period, resulted in an earlier flowering time of five days. An earlier British study "Rapid Changes in Flowering Time in British Plants" (Fitter, 2002) showed that 385 plant species bloomed 4 and a half days earlier during the 1990s than the 4 decades prior. And yet another study out of the UK, by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology found that in 2005, species were breeding on average 11.7 days earlier than in 1976. In the U.S....
Organic vegetables start out as seed...
 
For the past year there has been an uproar in the vegetable seed business as Monsanto has purchased Seminis (a seed conglomerate that has 40% of the U.S. vegetable seed market) and De Ruiter Seeds. Monsanto is now in the vegetable seed business for the first time and it's in big time. 55 percent of store bought lettuce, 75 percent of U.S. tomatoes, and 85 percent of peppers now originate through Monsanto's fingers. If you wish to steer clear of purchasing Monsanto seed- you need to do a bit of homework, as even reputable seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, are still selling Seminis (now Monsanto) seed. Buying seed from a seed exchange, buying open-pollinated and organic are safe ways to avoid Monsanto seed.
State of the Planet
 
Today, during the State of the Planet Conference 2010 at Columbia University, Prince Albert of Monaco, via satellite, expressed "we are at the dawn of major changes." Here in the West, as we wake up to this new day, there is much yawning and shaking away of the slumber... Letting go of 100 years of combustion, and starting a new paradigm, is an awesome challenge for developed nations who are stuck in their vision of fenced in, lawn-covered yards and oil dependent infrastructure.
Old fridge recycled- new fridge rebate...
 
On the government's Energy Star site there's a "Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator". I put in approximate age of fridge, size, type (side-by-side), electricity rate. Hit go. Wow, says this old fridge here in NY costs $410 a year to operate. Says the savings would be $1565 over the next five years if it were replaced by an Energy Star model which would cost a quarter less to operate; $97 a year (v $410) for a similar type fridge. Plus a $105 rebate...
Wheel like Honeywell Wind Turbine
 
This August Honeywell will release its 6 foot diameter gear-less (therefore lightweight) rooftop wind turbine that operates at wind speeds of 2-42 mph. Honeywell claims it will produce 2000 kWh/yr in class 3 winds and 2752 kWh/yr in class 4 winds at 33'. By eliminating the central gear shaft and using the blade tips to produce the energy Honeywell has created a turbine that can start producing energy at an amazingly low 2 mph.
Now supermarkets, schools and hospitals have an inexpensive way to compost.
 
Peninsula Compost Group in Wilmington Delaware has built the largest compost center on the East Coast that will handle commercial as well as residential waste.
Haiti's history
 
Haiti's population of 9.8 million has a per-capita income of less than $800. Eighty percent of those 9.8 million people live on less than 2 dollars a day.
Deforestation has left only 2 percent of the west one-third of the island forested.
 
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One Year Later


bp oil spill oil underwater
(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

One year ago, on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded, killing 11 people. The oil leak lead to the worst environmental disaster in American history.

The BP disaster spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil and released 225,000 tons of methane into the Gulf.

Over 2 million gallons of toxic dispersants (mainly Corexit) were sprayed onto the Gulf. As well, unknown amounts of dispersant were applied directly into the blown-out well a mile below the water's surface. Dispersants merely break the oil into smaller particles, they do not dissolve it. (No studies have ever been done as to the long term health effects of these chemicals.)

According to the Center for Biological Diversity more than 82,000 birds; about 6,000 sea turtles; about 26,000 whales and dolphins; and an unknown, but surely staggering number of fish (500 species including bluefin tuna), fish larvae and invertebrates (crabs, shrimp, bivalves) have succombed to the effects of the spill and the use of dispersants. "Scientists estimate that the number of marine mammals harmed may be up to 50 times higher than the number that have been collected." www.biologicaldiversity.org

Scientists have reported massive deep-sea coral die-offs. news.nationalgeographic.com

New research by the University of Georgia has found most of the BP oil is still lingering on the Gulf floor, as only 25% of the oil was collected or burned, a lot of oil remains. www.guardian.co.uk

Researchers say fresh oil is still leaking from BP's Macondo Formation more than 16 months after the well was declared sealed.  "The only explanation is that there has been damage to the seafloor because of the blowout" For more: www.courthousenews.com



What have we done to tighten regulations in the past year?


Even after the worst environmental disaster in American history...our government has not been able to pass one law to protect our environment.

In July of 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) lacked the votes needed to pass a comprehensive climate and energy bill through the Senate. The bill would have removed or increased the $75 million liability cap oil companies are currently responsible for, and placed tighter restrictions on offshore oil rigs. The Democrats scaled back the bill...but have yet to make any headway...all is stalled...

On April 8, 2011, on a 50-50 vote, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to the Small Business bill that would have blocked EPA climate action. The measure by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma would have repealed a 2009 finding by federal scientists that climate change caused by greenhouse gases endangers human health and would have prevented the agency from using existing law to regulate the pollution. www.sustainableagriculture.net

On the next day, the U.S. House of Representatives created a stand alone bill and voted 255-172 to block the Environmental Protection Agency from reducing climate pollution from America's largest emitters. The president has given notice that he will veto this bill when it moves forward. A new report from the Environmental Integrity Project shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants in the U.S. rose 5.56% in 2010 over the year before, the biggest annual increase since the EPA began tracking emissions in 1995. Source: www.environmentalintegrity.org

The currently proposed 2011 budget deal struck by the President and Congress will cut the EPA's budget by 16%. Source: www.reuters.com

The International Energy Agency reports that governments around the world give 312 billion annually in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, 6-times more than the 57 billion they gave to the renewables industry. Source: www.physorg.com

The U.S. slipped to third place in terms of the amount of private investment directed to the clean energy sector, according to a new report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Until 2008, the U.S. had been 1st, but China and now Germany have surged ahead. Source: www.pewenvironment.org




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Blog Additional Posts
Showing 21 - 40 of 46 Articles
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Extreme Weather
 
Highly reliable global temperature measurements show the planet is warming and the water cycle (hydrological cycle) is becoming more active; creating higher rates of evaporation and precipitation. Droughts and floods are the natural consequences of warmer temperatures: droughts because it’s hotter, floods because warmer seas release more water vapor.
Dead Zones
 
This year’s heavy rainfall and flooding means excessive runoff and nitrogen input for the Gulf. 2011 could see the worst Gulf dead zone yet...
Hydraulic Fracking Basics
 
Things you might not have known about hydraulic fracking, but should know...
BP Spill - One Year Later
 
Our government has not passed one law to protect our environment from oil or gas drilling since the spill...
The WE Party Manifesto
 
This is 'our' planet and our children's future depends on this planet. Our air, our water, our land, our wildlife...all of these precious resources are collectively ours. We can no longer sit silent and let dysfunction take our planet down.
The Japanese Tsunami's Wake
 
The earthquake took place at 14:46 JST, the tsunami hit the closest land at 15:12 JST. The surge was as high as 33 feet. A catastrophe of incomprehensible magnitude.
A Tribute to Dolphin Mothers and their Calves
 
Sad events are taking place in the Gulf...
Koch Brothers' Products
 
If you have been following news about the Koch brothers, you might be curious as to which products they manufacture. It would be highly unlikely that you are not surrounded by their goods...
Midway Island Albatross
 
I know these photos by Chris Jordan have been out for a while now. But I just could not face these images until recently. It really is life changing if you do look; and learn the story behind this aberration...
DEET in our Waterways
 
The Minnesota Department of Health has placed DEET on the top spot on its list of "chemicals of emerging concern" and will conduct numerous tests this year. The main objective of the research will be to calculate a "safe" level of exposure. Although DEET has been okayed for clothes and skin (in moderation) it has never been meant for consumption. But with its increasing popularity and abundant usage it is showing up in ever greater quantities in our rivers, streams and lakes and it is only a matter of time before it shows up in our drinking water as well.
How The Average American Uses Energy
 
The average U.S. American consumes 335.9 million BTUs per year, the world per person average is 72.4 million BTUs. 48.2% of US electricity comes from coal. Only 3.7% comes from solar, wind, and geothermal. The average U.S. American uses 441 gallons of gas for their car each year... and more...
DECT Phone Safety
 
Radiation from cell phones has been getting a lot of press of late but according to the BioInitiative Report cordless phones look to be just as deadly as cell phones when it comes to brain tumors and acoustic neuromas. DECT technology originated in Europe and has since been widely introduced throughout the world. Today more than 800 million DECT systems are in use. The pulsed frequencies of the radiation used in DECT technology are in the microwave band. The ICNIRP is responsible for monitoring and creating guidelines for radiation technologies. The ICNIRP guidelines focus exclusively on high frequency radiation and thermal activity. But many scientists have been pointing out that pulsed microwaves at low frequencies are also cause for alarm.
BP Oil Spill
 
It is somewhat ironic that an extensive environmental study in the Gulf carried out by the Minerals Management Service, that counted and noted habitat preferences of cetaceans (marine mammals with a blowhole for breathing- including whales, porpoises and dolphins) encountered two species (melon-headed whales and fraser's dolphins) that were rarely seen in the area before... During the study the ship heard and saw numerous sperm whales in the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon. There is a native population of about 1400 sperm whales that live in the Gulf of Mexico year round. And scientists say if we lose just a few of them due to this spill, it could dangerously tip their numbers into the negative. See many more photos here- of native cetaceans and the Gulf dilemma....
Is spring arriving earlier?
 
A new study out of the UK, published by the Royal Society, shows that flowers are blooming 2 to 12 days earlier than they did 25 years ago. The study used 400,000 records of first blooms, and looked at over 400 species of flowers. The research showed this pattern of early blooming to be the first in recorded history. The study also showed that a 1 degree Celsius change, over a short two year period, resulted in an earlier flowering time of five days. An earlier British study "Rapid Changes in Flowering Time in British Plants" (Fitter, 2002) showed that 385 plant species bloomed 4 and a half days earlier during the 1990s than the 4 decades prior. And yet another study out of the UK, by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology found that in 2005, species were breeding on average 11.7 days earlier than in 1976. In the U.S....
Organic vegetables start out as seed...
 
For the past year there has been an uproar in the vegetable seed business as Monsanto has purchased Seminis (a seed conglomerate that has 40% of the U.S. vegetable seed market) and De Ruiter Seeds. Monsanto is now in the vegetable seed business for the first time and it's in big time. 55 percent of store bought lettuce, 75 percent of U.S. tomatoes, and 85 percent of peppers now originate through Monsanto's fingers. If you wish to steer clear of purchasing Monsanto seed- you need to do a bit of homework, as even reputable seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, are still selling Seminis (now Monsanto) seed. Buying seed from a seed exchange, buying open-pollinated and organic are safe ways to avoid Monsanto seed.
State of the Planet
 
Today, during the State of the Planet Conference 2010 at Columbia University, Prince Albert of Monaco, via satellite, expressed "we are at the dawn of major changes." Here in the West, as we wake up to this new day, there is much yawning and shaking away of the slumber... Letting go of 100 years of combustion, and starting a new paradigm, is an awesome challenge for developed nations who are stuck in their vision of fenced in, lawn-covered yards and oil dependent infrastructure.
Old fridge recycled- new fridge rebate...
 
On the government's Energy Star site there's a "Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator". I put in approximate age of fridge, size, type (side-by-side), electricity rate. Hit go. Wow, says this old fridge here in NY costs $410 a year to operate. Says the savings would be $1565 over the next five years if it were replaced by an Energy Star model which would cost a quarter less to operate; $97 a year (v $410) for a similar type fridge. Plus a $105 rebate...
Wheel like Honeywell Wind Turbine
 
This August Honeywell will release its 6 foot diameter gear-less (therefore lightweight) rooftop wind turbine that operates at wind speeds of 2-42 mph. Honeywell claims it will produce 2000 kWh/yr in class 3 winds and 2752 kWh/yr in class 4 winds at 33'. By eliminating the central gear shaft and using the blade tips to produce the energy Honeywell has created a turbine that can start producing energy at an amazingly low 2 mph.
Now supermarkets, schools and hospitals have an inexpensive way to compost.
 
Peninsula Compost Group in Wilmington Delaware has built the largest compost center on the East Coast that will handle commercial as well as residential waste.
Haiti's history
 
Haiti's population of 9.8 million has a per-capita income of less than $800. Eighty percent of those 9.8 million people live on less than 2 dollars a day.
Deforestation has left only 2 percent of the west one-third of the island forested.
 
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