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The Legacy of The Exxon Valdez (2008): Oil is still polluting the shores and bankrupted fishermen are still waiting for the $5 billion payout granted in 1994.
Exxon Valdez leaked more than 40 million litres of crude oil into Alaska's pristine waterways nineteen years ago. Today, oil is still polluting the shores and bankrupted fishermen are still waiting for the $5 billion payout granted in 1994.
After a series of appeals by the company, $5 billion became $2.5. Now that the case has reached the increasingly pro-business US Supreme Court, fishermen fear they could end up with nothing. While ExxonMobil claims the area has returned to robust health, locals tell of vastly depleted fish stocks, which almost disappeared after the spill. ExxonMobil claims the fish fell victim to a virus, a theory disputed by the fishermen, who are backed by scientific evidence: "The fish can't disappear like they're telling the public. [Exxon's]] explanation just isn't practical," says an expert. As the legal case drags on, a fifth of the plaintiffs have died and the rest have lost hope. For them, Exxon has already won no matter what. Yet the oil giant keeps repeating that the spill was a tragic accident and that the company has acted responsibly towards the local communities. Fishermen whose livelihoods were ruined feel cheated: "Exxon says that everything's coming back and everything's fine - it's a lie." ABC Australia.
China View reporters visited a woman in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (Uxin, Ordos). She and her husband have dedicated themselves to planting trees and fighting desertification for nearly three decades.
The US Navy is turning seawater into fuel. Scientists at the US Naval Research Lab have been able to extract CO2 and hydrogen from the ocean and repackage it in a form of fuel that could one day power the Navy's fleet. So far they have successfully flown a model airplane burning the re-engineered seawater.
“We've been actually able to show that we can recombine CO2 and hydrogen in the laboratory on a lab-scale, laboratory scale, into a liquid-type fuel,” Dr Willauer says.
Unfortunately the process requires a lot of electrical energy.
How To Use One Paper Towel. R. P. Joe Smith served as a District Attorney in Umatilla County and nearly won a race for Oregon Attorney General without taking a single contribution over $99.99. He is a former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party and is active with several local nonprofits.
Little movie about a ticket for riding a bike in nyc, not in the bike lane.
What's a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world's oceans might just help to feed the planet's billion hungriest people. In an eye-opening talk, Savitz tells us what's really going on in our global fisheries right now — it's not good — and offers smart suggestions of how we can help them heal, while making more food for all.
Read transcript here: www.ted.com
Glaciologist Eric Rignot of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine, narrates this animation depicting the processes leading to the decline of six rapidly melting glaciers in West Antarctica. A new study by Rignot and others finds the rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.
The study presents multiple lines of evidence, incorporating 40 years of observations that indicate the glaciers in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica "have passed the point of no return," according to glaciologist and lead author Eric Rignot.
These glaciers already contribute significantly to sea level rise, releasing almost as much ice into the ocean annually as the entire Greenland Ice Sheet. They contain enough ice to raise global sea level by 4 feet (1.2 meters) and are melting faster than most scientists had expected. Rignot said these findings will require an upward revision to current predictions of sea level rise.
"This sector will be a major contributor to sea level rise in the decades and centuries to come," Rignot said. "A conservative estimate is it could take several centuries for all of the ice to flow into the sea."
Full press release at: www.jpl.nasa.gov
Read the NYTimes Article here: www.nytimes.com
Deforestation causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all trains, planes and automobiles combined. What can we do to change this contributor to global warming? Suzanne Simard examines how the complex, symbiotic networks of our forests mimic our own neural and social networks -- and how those connections might make all the difference.
View full lesson: ed.ted.com/lessons/the-network...
John Oliver hosts a mathematically representative climate change debate, with the help of special guest Bill Nye the Science Guy, of course.
Bette Midler on Her Passion for Rebuilding Community Gardens.
The entertainer talks to Architectural Digest about her nonprofit, the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2015, a full two years ahead of schedule. www.nyrp.org
Shane Smith embarks on an expedition to investigate why Greenland is melting, and the fact that the resulting sea level rise will mean devastation sooner than expected. This is his debrief from Season 2, Episode 2 of VICE on HBO. news.vice.com
Shai Reshef believes higher education is a right, not a privilege. In January 2009, he founded University of the People, a nonprofit, tuition-free, online university dedicated to opening up higher education to anyone in the world with a high school diploma and a willingness to learn — “regardless of who they are, where they live or what society says about them,” Reshef says at TED2014.
“We open the gates for every qualified student,” he says. “Any student from any part of the world with an Internet connection can study with us. We don’t use audio; we don’t use video; broadband isn’t necessary.” University of the People currently serves students from 143 countries, including Syria, the US, South Africa, Jordan and Nigeria.
The way the university works is this, Reshef says: University of the People keeps costs down by forgoing a brick-and-mortar institution and traditional textbooks, and by using volunteer staff — from administration to instructors — out of a group of 3,000 who offered their time. Professors from elite institutions all over the world, including New York University, Oxford University, Yale University and the University of California Berkeley volunteer their time freely. “Using open educational resources and the generosity of our professors, we don’t need to send students to buy textbooks,” he says, “All of our materials come free — even professors.”
The only cost that students face is a $100 fee per each final exam taken, and Reshef works to make sure that “nobody be left behind for financial reasons,” through scholarships and support for any student who need it. Right now, the University offers two academic programs — business administration and computer science — and that decision is purposeful, Reshef says, as “these are the two professions that are most in demand worldwide, and the likeliest to help our students to find a job.”
Just last month, University of the People received full accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council — “the ultimate academic endorsement” — a milestone that only presses Reshef to work harder to open education up to more students. “We’ve demonstrated that our model works,” he says, “It’s our time now to scale up.”
“A new era is coming,” he says, “the disruption of the higher education model as we know it today — from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.” uopeople.edu
Shai Reshef is an Israeli businessman and educational entrepreneur. He holds an MA from the University of Michigan in Chinese Politics. He lives in Pasadena, California with his family.
Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth. What he found was a new way to power the world, as graphene (pure carbon) stores and releases large amounts of energy very rapidly.
In this excerpt, Gabor Forgacs, PhD (University of Missouri-Columbia & Modern Meadow), explains the work being done to build things like meat and leather in the lab that are suitable for human consumption and use.
At the December 12, 2013, conference Frontiers in Agricultural Sustainability: Studying the Protein Supply Chain to Improve Dietary Quality, speakers from different sectors in nutrition and health, including academia, non-governmental organizations, the food industry, and start-up companies, discussed sustainable solutions to the world's food needs. The conference, presented by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, focused on improving the protein supply chain, especially through programs designed to increase access to a high-quality diet for malnourished populations.
View the full talk, along with other videos from the conference here: www.nyas.org/ProteinSupply
Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, Permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.
Paul is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer's techniques for which a recent study showed they have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.
In the series "The Secret Life of a Food Stamp," Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. What's more, the wages of many workers at these stores are so low that the workers themselves qualify for food stamps—which the employees then often spend at those big-box stores.
This video crunches the numbers on how much Walmart, the single biggest beneficiary of the food stamp economy, might have to raise prices across the board to help a typical worker earn a living wage.
A note on methodology: Eligibility for food stamps varies according to income, number of dependents, and other factors. This estimate of Walmart's potential cost from raising wages is based on wages for a Walmart employee with one dependent working 30 hours a week, a typical retail worker based on federal data. slate.me/1j6hRyo
Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to talk about the need to build awareness about toxins contaminating our air, water and food that threaten our children's health. With government captured by the very industries it's supposed to regulate, Steingraber says she's lost patience with politicians and corporations, but that our kids need to know "mom is on the job" of preventing destruction to the environment.
“I am betting that in between my children's adult lives and my own, an environmental human rights movement will arise – one whose seeds have already been sown. It will take up with urgency the task of rescue and repair of our ecological system upon which all of life depends. At the same time [it] will take up with equal fervor the task of divorcing our economy from its current dependencies on chemical toxicants that trespass inside our bodies without our consent.”
Sandra's book on the environmental links to cancer, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and Environment, was released as a documentary film in 2010. Her most recent book is Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. She also wrote Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood. Hailed by the Sierra Club as “the new Rachel Carson,” Steingraber is presently at work on a book about the environmental life of children.
A seafloor mandala created by a five inch male pufferfish to attract females. The males spend seven to nine days swimming back and forth while hitting the sand with fins and tail in strategic spots. They also adorn the peaks with shells and coral. The circles can be up to seven feet in diameter. After a mate is attracted, they mate and she lays her eggs in the center of the circle. The male sticks around till the eggs hatch, but no longer maintains the circle once the task of attracting a female has been successfully accomplished. Amazing!
Hippo saves Gnu from a Crocodile and then helps him to shore and then stays by concerned for the injured animal.
Although this video is sad due to the injured state of the gnu it is uplifting in the compassion displayed by the hippo for his fellow neighbor.
Video by Vadim Onishchenko captured on Mara River. Might wish to turn down music.
"'You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you' (so said Lopita's mother) and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.”
The ESSENCE Breakthrough Performance Award-winner spoke poignantly about true beauty, confidence, and what it means to see reflections of ourselves celebrated.