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While the "Mad Men" in this video aren't real, Dow Chemical's genetically engineered "Agent Orange" crops unfortunately are. Learn more and take action at www.dow-watch.org
Have you heard of super weeds? Big industrial farms have been using so much of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide on Roundup Ready genetically engineered crops, the weeds have evolved resistance. They spray the herbicide on the plant in hopes that it will kill everything other than the genetically engineered corn or soybeans. But when the weeds survive, industrial farms turn to older, more toxic chemicals like 2,4-D to kill them.
While "superweeds" are a real problem for America's farmers, they apparently aren't a problem for Dow Chemical. In fact, Dow welcomed it in glowing terms as "a new era" and "a very significant opportunity" for chemical companies like Dow Chemical.
A significant opportunity? Dow Chemical wants to put even more toxic 2,4-D on our food crops and we're just supposed to eat it? What on Earth were they thinking? We started to wonder what that conversation must have been like for Dow Chemical to determine how to market a toxic product, and we think it may have gone something like this.
What is 2,4-D? It is half of the highly toxic chemical mixture called Agent Orange that the military used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War. 2,4-D has been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, lowered sperm counts, liver disease, and Parkinson's disease. Studies have also demonstrated the chemical's adverse effects on hormonal, reproductive, neurological, and immune systems. To make matters worse, 2,4-D is the 7th largest source of dioxins in the U.S.
Dow Chemical insists that the use of 2,4-D is safe. But they also assured the public that an insecticide called Dursban was safe...until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined Dow Chemical $800,000 for illegally withholding over 250 reports of poisonings, including many that occurred even when the product was used correctly. And they expect us to trust their word on the safety of 2,4-D?
Dow Chemical is asking the USDA for permission to sell these "Agent Orange" Crops, unlabeled, to the public. Learn more and tell USDA NO on "Agent Orange" crops at www.dow-watch.org
Dow Chemical, the same company that brought us Dursban, Napalm, and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for an unprecedented government approval: genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange. Do you trust Dow Chemical with your food?
Find out more about Dow Chemical's sordid history and what you can do to stop their new genetically engineered "Agent Orange" crops at www.dow-watch.org
This visualization shows how global temperatures have risen from 1950 through the end of 2013. It shows a running five-year average global temperature, as compared to a baseline average global temperature from 1951-1980.
NASA scientists say 2013 tied for the seventh warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 133-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.
NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, which analyzes global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis, released an updated report Tuesday, Jan. 21, on temperatures around the globe in 2013. The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience warmer temperatures than several decades ago.
Only foods labeled as organic have been grown and produced without toxic pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or genetically engineered ingredients. Only the USDA Organic seal guarantees that what you buy actually meets the standards that you expect from foods grown and processed in a way you would describe as "natural".
But, misleading claims often confuse consumers. Many consumers believe that foods labeled as "natural" have the same attributes as organic food. In reality, many foods labeled as "natural" are anything but.
On the banks of the Red River in the small town of Direct,TX, Julia Trigg Crawford is the manager of Red’Arc Farm. When the Canadian corporation TransCanada approached her about running the Keystone XL pipeline through her land, the family refused citing risks to their land and water. Their land was then condemned and taken through eminent domain. TransCanada began construction, but the story doesn’t end there. Urged on by Julia, the family decided to fight. This is the story of a strong Texas woman who decided to stand up to big oil, protecting the family farm at all costs. music by Ranjit Arab standtallwithjulia.com
When Mary Hutton saw a TV report on the mistreatment of bears in Asia, she chose to dedicate herself to the cause of saving the endangered creatures. Two decades on, the results are inspirational.
Since 1995, Free the Bears has saved over 1,000 animals. Before coming to the sanctuary, many of the bears suffer unimaginable cruelty - they are killed for their meat, or their bile. "We haven't been able to address the bile farms in Laos yet, but we're working with the government... It's hard", she says. But her team do what they can, nursing the bears back to health, and educating future generations.
For more: journeyman.tv/?lid=66216
You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it's the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.
Harish Manwani is a Unilever man through and through. Having joined the company in 1976, he imagined that his time would be taken up with selling soap and soup. Not so, his then-boss told him. "You're here to change lives." It sounded far-fetched, but as the years went on and as he moved through the ranks of the corporation, Manwani began to understand his mentor's wisdom. Those words remain close to his heart even in his current role as the company's chief operating officer.
Now based in Singapore, Manwani graduated from Mumbai University and has a master's degree in management studies; he also attended the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School. He is the non-executive chairman of Hindustan Lever and a member of the executive board of the Indian School of Business. TEDx video.
While conservation scientists engage in acrimonious debates about whether wilderness still exists, we can be quite certain that "domesticated landscapes" are rapidly becoming an ever greater presence around the globe. One of the leading forms of domestication is the creation of suburban environments. Unlike many other forms of conversion, suburban landscapes often integrate relictual pieces of native ecosystems with highly altered environments. The result is typically a jagged, disjointed set of habitats for wildlife species to negotiate. Conservation research in these contexts has focused most closely on the role of habitat loss and fragmentation as well as the influences of roads. Much of the work has emphasized patterns of native biodiversity loss and the promotion of invasive species with development. Alongside these well-trodden research themes are emerging areas focused on remediating and avoiding harms associated with development. New findings will emphasize ways in which the inevitable growth of suburban environments may best accommodate and support other species and the ways in which other species may help us gauge and improve environmental health for all species.
David K. Skelly, Professor of Ecology and Associate Dean for Research, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and Curator, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
In the Arctic, where air temperatures are rising at about twice the global rate, scientists are seeing major shifts in plant life. Trees and shrubs are expanding by pushing northward, while the low-to-the-ground tundra plants to their north are shrinking in range. In this visualization, watch these changes and the influence they are forecasted to have on the climate system. For background information, educational resources, and more, visit Greening of the Arctic on the Science Bulletins Web site.
Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History.
Petroleum-rich Qatar is spearheading projects to tackle the problems facing desert communities worldwide; from energy to fresh water and food production. But does their expensive, high-tech solution make sense?
"Qatar in many ways is ground zero for a lot of the challenges we're going to see in the century ahead", argues US ex-pat Jonathan Smith, from the Qatar National Food Program. Soaring temperatures, swelling populations and minimal rainfall plague the otherwise booming nation. Now its leaders are pushing ambitious experiments like the Sahara Forest Project, transforming seawater and sunlight into fresh water, vegetables, electricity, biofuel and animal feed. "The techniques we're developing here can be applied in many regions in the world", the project scientists insist.
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The most sobering evidence of the planet's response to greenhouse gases comes from the fossil record. New evidence scientists are collecting suggests that ice sheets may be more vulnerable than previously believed, which has huge implications for sea level rise. yaleclimatemediaforum.org
Blanket 24/7 media coverage of the short but frigid 'Polar Vortex' temperatures -- climate change? global warming? A cornucopia of material for this month's 'This is Not Cool' video by Yale Climate Forum.
Norfolk, Virginia spends $6 million a year to elevate roads, improve drainage, and help homeowners raise their houses, according to BBC. Already, 5 percent to 10 percent of the city’s lowest-lying neighborhoods have heavy flooding. The world’s largest naval base, based in Norfolk, is spending hundreds of millions to replace piers to withstand rising water.
Most Recent action on North Carolina Sea Level Planning document, June 29, 2012
PBS Need to Know on Norfolk Sea Level Rise
Seas level rising faster along US East Coast
Salt Marshes drowing along Chesapeake Bay
My Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic"
3rd grader Elise, uses three types of sweet potatoes in her experiment - non-organic, big-agriculture organic, and local organic.
The non-organic, 'conventional' sweet potato never sprouts because conventional sweet potatoes are sprayed with chlorpropham, also known as 'budnip' an herbicide which is a plant growth inhibitor, so that the potato may be stored long-term.
The FDA states, "In studies using laboratory animals, chlorpropham generally has been shown to be of low acute toxicity. It is slightly toxic by the oral route and has been placed in Toxicity Category III (the second lowest of four categories) for this effect." And they claim that chronic dietary risk is minimal. (epa.gov) If your child eats many conventional sweet potatoes, you might think about switching to organic potatoes.
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.
Lesson by Nicole Avena, animation by STK Films.
View full lesson: ed.ted.com/lessons/how-sugar-a...
Oklahoma City is a midsized town that had a big problem: It was among the most obese towns in America. Mayor Mick Cornett realized that, to make his city a great place to work and live, it had to become healthier too. In this charming talk, he walks us through the interlocking changes that helped OKC drop a collective million pounds (450,000 kilos).
The world is noticing Oklahoma City’s renaissance and its mayor, Mick Cornett. His list of awards includes nods for urban design, health, sports and the arts. Newsweek called him one of the five most innovative mayors in the country. London-based World Mayors listed him as the No. 2 mayor in the world, and Governing magazine named him the Public Official of the Year.
Best known for helping Oklahoma City attract an NBA franchise and putting Oklahoma City “on a diet,” Cornett also led the charge to pass MAPS 3, an innovative $800 million investment in parks, urban transit, wellness centers and infrastructure that will dramatically reshape Oklahoma City and enhance the quality of life of its residents.
Automatic is a Smart Driving Assistant that connects your car to your smartphone and makes driving safer, more efficient, and fun. www.automatic.com
Just plug the Automatic Link into your car's data port. Your car and smartphone will automatically connect whenever you drive in the U.S., wirelessly. Works with just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996.
The Link is an auto accessory that talks to your car's onboard computer and uses your smartphone's GPS and data plan to upgrade your car's capabilities. Every Link works with both iPhone and Android.
Automatic helps you make small changes in your driving habits that can lead to huge savings on gas over time.
Automatic contacts help in a crash. Crash Alert can detect a crash and notify local authorities with your location even if you can't. Crash Alert only works in the US. In a crash, it requires an adequate location (GPS) signal, connection to the Link, and cellular data connection. It cannot contact local authorities or emergency contacts if your Link or iPhone is damaged or disconnected by the crash.
Automatic connects to your car's onboard computer to decipher that little 'check engine' light and explain exactly what's wrong.
Automatic always remembers where you parked, so you don't have to.
“Into The Atmosphere” is a tribute to the state of California and the beautiful deserts, mountains and coastlines that exist there. This video showcases a variety of national/state parks as well as less recognized natural areas. The video also focuses on clouds, fog and interesting atmospheric conditions. Although California is known for blue sunshine skies, seeing a colorful storm cloud over Half Dome or an incredible sunset at the La Jolla Coves is really a sight to see. The goal of this video is to show these environments in their best possible light.
This video was an ongoing project for about a year with an estimated 75,000 images taken, and about 12,400 made it into the 3.5 minute piece.
To create this video there were many nights sleeping outside, and many days spent in the wild to embrace the environment and get to know the surroundings. There is a common misconception about Timelapse shooters that we quickly set up cameras and go sleep in the car for hours at a time, which is far from the truth. We are constantly hiking heavy equipment through dangerous areas and spending time camping in uncomfortable situations, I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything else.
Some of the locations are Mono Lake, Anza Borrego Desert, Alabama Hills, Trona Pinnacles, Big Sur, Mount Laguna, Santa Maria, Yosemite, Gaviota, The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, La Jolla Coves, Santa Ynez, the San Francisco Coast, and the Santa Barbara Mountains.
Directed and Filmed by Michael Shainblum.
Waste to Waves is a program that recycles waste polystyrene foam into new surfboards.
They say surfers are an indicator species. They are the first affected when the natural environment gets degraded. Hence, they are watchdogs, activists and trend-setters. However, foam and fiberglass, the two materials that make up the very symbol of their pursuit, are both toxic materials. So, they're also a bit hypocritical. Fortunately, Reef has joined forces with SustainableSurf.org to help create a program where surfers can recycle packing styrofoam so that it may one day be a surfboard blank. It's a small step, but if we're going to pass on what we love, leading by example is as important as a solid cutback.
Waste to Waves is a program by non-profit Sustainable Surf.
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The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. The violins are fashioned from oven trays, the cellos from oil barrels. Even the strings are recycled.
The residents of Cateura, Paraguay, don't just make a living from the massive garbage heap in their town. They also make music - crafting ingenious instruments from the trash. Bob Simon of 60 Minutes reports.