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Butterfly numbers fall by 84% in Netherlands over 130 years – study | Environment | The Guardian
Europes CAP
According to Van Swaay, the study, published in Biological Conservation, confirms that “industrial agriculture is simply leaving hardly any room for nature” across the EU and in developed nations such as the US.
mass  extinction  ecological  disaster  crisis  insects  butterflies  biodiversity  Europe  CAP  industrial  agriculture 
april 2019 by asterisk2a
'Toxic garbage will be sold here': Outcry as Brazil moves to loosen pesticide laws | World news | The Guardian
“The economic interest will prevail over human and environmental health.”

Of 121 pesticides permitted in Brazil for coffee production, 30 are already banned in the European Union, including the toxic herbicide paraquat, Bombardi reported in an extensive 2017 study. [...] The country already lets foreign companies exploit its lower standards of protection, they said, “exporting hazardous pesticides prohibited from use in their domestic markets to be used in Brazil.”

Under Brazil’s current legislation, pesticides with elements considered teratogenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, endocrine disruptive, or posing risks to the reproductive system can’t be registered, they said. But under the bill, hazardous pesticides will only be prohibited when there is a “scientifically established unacceptable risk” – a definition too vague to be effective.
Brazil  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  lobby  Bayer  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Monsanto  pollution  public  health  Soy  Soya  industrial  agriculture  deforestation  profit-maximisation  carcinogenic  toxic  ecological  disaster  environmental 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn
The deforestation it causes is decimating species such as orangutans and tigers - but the alternatives could be worse, finds authoritative report
palm  oil  deforestation  mass  extinction  ecological  environmental  disaster  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  Klimakatastrophe  monoculture  agriculture 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Supermarkets must stop using plastic packaging, says former Asda boss | Environment | The Guardian
ocean. peoples sewers. // “We have been able to recycle plastic for decades yet it remains a scourge on the planet. Recycling will never offer a durable solution to the plastic crisis – we simply have to use less plastic in the first place.” [...] Between 5m and 13m tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms, and by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish, according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated people who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year. Last August, the results of a study by Plymouth University reported plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish, including cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish.
microplastic  plastic  pollution  ecology  disaster  crisis  environment  water  foodchain  food  chain  fish  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Glyphosate  packaging  waste  recycling 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Plastic kills – let's stop treating it like a normal part of modern life
The oceans are now so full of man-made detritus that our health is being put at risk too. About a third of fish caught off the coast of the UK now contain traces of plastic. Some plastics contain diethylhexyl phthalate, which is toxic and thought to be carcinogenic. When you bear in mind that British seafood eaters may ingest more than 10,000 pieces of plastic each year, it’s obvious that plastic has been a complete disaster for health.
seafood  fish  oceans  Plastic  Plastik  carcinogen  carcinogenic  heavy  metals  water  pollution  public  health  Cancer  WHO  crisis  environment  ecological  disaster  bio  diversity 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Greenpeace reveals Indonesia's forests at risk as multiple companies claim rights to same land​
Collusion between private sector and government exacerbating problems, says corruption official. Indonesia’s palm oil, mining and logging industries are enmeshed in a cat’s cradle of overlapping land claims and corruption that are hampering attempts to stop deforestation and fires, newly released maps reveal. [...] many officials exchange land rights to raise money for election campaigns or to curry influence with powerful business owners, and bribes for concessions are commonplace. &! Indonesia 'may blacklist Leonardo DiCaprio over palm oil comments' - bbc.in/237AOqT
Palm  Oil  deforestation  shareholder  capitalism  mass  extinction  ecological  damage  ecological  disaster  environmental  damage  environmental  disaster  corruption  bribery  governance  Indonesia  sustainability  sustainable  climate  change  global  warming  carbonfootprint  crony  capitalism  Schwarze  Kassen  Schwarzkasse  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Gefahr durch Fracking: Das Dreckwasser von Wyoming
Das umstrittene Fracking kann das Trinkwasser belasten. Ein beharrlicher US-Forscher hat das jetzt für ein Dorf exemplarisch nachgewiesen - gegen viele Widerstände. [...] Fallstudie zu Pavillion. Sie legt nahe, dass das Grundwasser dort tatsächlich mit Fracking-Schadstoffen belastet ist. Und dass diese im Boden nach oben wandern. In Tiefen, die auch von Trinkwasserbrunnen erreicht werden. [...] Was den Forscher zusätzlich empört, ist einfach erklärt: Die US-Gesetzgebung erlaubt es, dass zur Öl- und Gasförderung Chemikalien notfalls auch in Grundwasserreservoire eingeleitet werden. "Ich kenne keine westliche Demokratie, wo so etwas möglich ist", klagt DiGiulio. Man könne doch nicht ernsthaft annehmen, das so etwas ohne Folgen für das Trinkwasser bleibe.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Government planning to repeal animal welfare codes
Poultry industry to oversee chicken-farming standards as ministers move to create industry-led deregulation. Conservative ministers are planning to repeal an array of official guidance on animal welfare standards, starting with a move to put the code on chicken-farming into the hands of the poultry industry.

Liz Truss, the environment secretary, is overseeing moves to scrap the statutory codes on farm animal welfare and move to an “industry-led” guidance as part of her department’s deregulatory agenda. [ so industry funds its own regulatory body, lol! ] [...] Other sectors that could get control of their own guidance include the cattle, sheep and pig farming industries. //&! Poultry deregulation plans risk bringing back dark days of food scares. History shows problems start when food companies police themselves: think salmonella, BSE, foot and mouth, swine flu - bit.ly/1UON3ai - Privatisation move! Austerity. Self-regulation.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Poland approves large-scale logging in Europe's last primeval forest
Greenpeace accuses government of ignoring scientists over fate of Bialowieza woodland, home to 20,000 animal species and Europe’s tallest trees.
deforestation  carbon  tax  COP21  ecological  damage  ecological  disaster  environmental  damage  environmental  disaster  mass  extinction 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Rate of carbon emissions put in context
We are now putting carbon into the atmosphere at a rate unprecedented since at least the age of the dinosaurs, scientists say.
The researchers have examined ocean sediments laid down during the so-called Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum - a dramatic warming event some 56 million years ago.
They find the amount of CO2 going into the air at its onset was four billion tonnes a year at most.
Today's figure is 10 times as big. [...] But the team argues that the scale of human-produced carbon emissions means that the lessons we could learn from the ancient event may actually have limited relevance.
"We have effectively entered an era of a no-analogue state, which represents a fundamental challenge to constraining future climate projections," they write in their paper. [...] "The rate of change is as important as the magnitude of an event for determining particularly terrestrial ecosystem disruptions," &! bit.ly/1Uyfrgz
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
To Stave Off Extinction, Protect Half-Earth by SciFri | Sci Fri | Free Listening on SoundCloud
In his new book, Half-Earth, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson argues that we must set aside half the planet for nature. // National Parks - places off limits for humans.
mass  extinction  Anthropocene  climate  change  global  warming  deforestation  soil  erosion  industrial  agriculture  monocrop  mono  agriculture  humanity  climate  crisis  book  Meat  Industry  sustainability  sustainable  resource  depletion  finite  resources  Desertification  carbon  tax  COP21  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  National  Park  Overfishing 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Ineos warns Scotland will pass up the chance of an economic lifeline if fracking is banned (From Herald Scotland)
NICOLA Sturgeon has been warned against passing up a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalise the Scottish economy after she admitted she is “highly sceptical” about fracking. One of the country’s largest firms intervened after the First Minister revealed her personal view in a bid to counter claims that the SNP is preparing to give the controversial gas extraction method the green light after the Holyrood elections. Ineos, which owns the sprawling Grangemouth petrochemical plant and owns fracking exploration licences for large swathes of central Scotland, said it believed shale gas could become “another Scottish success story like the North Sea” and “pick up the slack” of declining offshore reserves.
fracking  shale  gas  shalegas  Scotland  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  carbon  tax  fossil  fuel  Petroleum  Industry 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Brasilien: Nach Giftschlamm-Katastrophe zahlt Samarco Entschädigung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Das Schlammdesaster im Rio Doce gilt als eine der schlimmsten Umweltkatastrophen Brasiliens. Nun zahlen die Verantwortlichen Schadensersatz - laut Präsidentin Rousseff ein "historisches Abkommen".
Brazil  fossil  fuel  Petroleum  Industry  commodity  prices  BRIC  self-regulation  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  industrial  accident  regulation  regulators  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  mining 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Another Look At The Perilous Price Of American Energy by Reveal
fossil fuel companies lobbied themselves out of workers comp when accidents happen. + care about speed over safety. + contract out work. oil companies often don't have own employees on-site. energy companies duck responsibilities when things go wrong. can distance themselves when things go wrong. [...] [legal sleaze] big companies roll off part liabilities (claims) through contractors insurance. [...] bonuses to drill quickly.
Keystone  Pipeline  USA  fracking  Canada  tarsand  fossil  fuel  shale  gas  shalegas  self-regulation  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Workers  Union  Trade  Union  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  regulation  regulators  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  carbon  tax  DeepwaterHorizon 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate stirring change beneath the waves - BBC News
Human-induced climate change is triggering changes beneath the waves that could have a long-term effect on marine food webs, a study suggests. An assessment of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic found the microscopic organisms' pole-ward shift was faster than previously reported. It observed that the ocean's tiny plant community was "poised for marked shift and shuffle". [...] "The main results of the study were that we found that when the climate changes it was not just the temperature that was changing and impacting phytoplankton but it was also all the ocean circulation and the conditions in the ocean surface, such as nutrients and light, that have an ecological impact," Dr Barton observed. "Generally, the whole physical environment is altered; in some cases, quite substantially."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Whale CSI: why sperm whales are washing up dead on British shores | Environment | The Guardian
Heavy metals are now so concentrated in fish that pregnant women and small children are advised to eat no more than two portions of affected fish in a week.
Fish  Industry  food  Politics  public  health  policy  public  health  public  safety  heavy  metal  pollution  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  water  pollution  Meat  Industry  livestock  farming  COP21  Massentierhaltung  mass  extinction  industrial  agriculture 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastic waste in Pacific Ocean washed up on Hawaii beach - in pictures | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
A new report released at Davos highlights some startling facts about the huge environmental and resource impacts of a fast growing plastics industry - bit.ly/1QebFEW
plastic  nation  plastic  bag  plastic  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  fossil  fuel  Wegwerfgesellschaft  Petroleum  Industry  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt - BBC News
this is akin to taking plaster to fix a crumbling high rise: limiting the emissions and putting cost on emissions for one industry, seen as heavies polluter in public eye ... while livestock industry is biggest +50% of them all. // what is needed is a carbon tax that also includes environmental and ecological cost (ie deforestation, water pollution from pig waste - livestock farming) and if we are already there, what about antibiotic-resistance? A Marschall Plan for the future of earth and its occupants. A future for us. // If and import doesn't have a carbon tax, tariffs have to be enacted on imports based on their damage to environment, ecology and carbon emissions. ... // economic damage & public health problems and health inequality in the future is deferred taxation for the next generation // Obama isn't bold enough. Not Utopian enough.
livestock  farming  coal  power  gas  shale  gas  fracking  carbon  tax  COP21  self-regulation  antibiotic  resistance  antibiotics  post-antibiotic  era  public  transportation  gasoline  Petroleum  Industry  fossil  fuel  zombie  consumer  consumerism  materialism  Wegwerfgesellschaft  Generationengerechtigkeit  climate  crisis  climate  change  climate  science  climate  system  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  economic  damage  coastal  erosion  public  health  policy  public  health  air  pollution  public  safety  water  pollution  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  ocean  warming  acidification  Overfishing  Meat  Industry  food  global  warming  exploitation  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  oversight  revolving  door  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  accountability  food  poisoning  food  borne  illness  presidency  barackobama  economic  history  history 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The trap of materialism - YouTube
Consumerism! The more we consume, the better our lifes will be. ... Keeping up with the jonses. [...] the true cost of an item is not the price. as long as carbon, pollution is not priced in. thus the carbon tax and pollution tax (ecological and environmental). [...] WALL E is true. leaving a planet full of junk. and pollution, inhospitable environment. [...] post-capitalism = post-consumerism in age of abundance and marginal cost (energy, water, food). [...] a man's life does not lie in the abundance of his possessions. and be fearful of greed << Bible [...] consumerism does not equal to tue individuality or individualism of a human being among many. its a choice you can pick from and define yourself in public with it ie which color your iPhone has or what case for it [ min 8 Adam Smith; let flourish self-interested selfish economic interest through consumption = growth ] [...] shopping as experience. shopping as a way of life. self-medication. coping mechanism in the rat race.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change | World news | The Guardian
Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone. High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 metres (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles. But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say. “This is a picture of the future of climate change,” says Dirk Hoffman, a German glaciologist who studies how rising temperatures from the burning of fossil fuels has accelerated glacial melting in Bolivia. As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Poopó’s water. [... + water management - agriculture and mining ... + thus the water pollution! ] [...] “inhospitable arid climates” [ Bolivia's capital La Paz ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal' - BBC News
Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking. Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios which he singles out. And he says that further progress in science and technology will create "new ways things can go wrong". Prof Hawking is giving this year's BBC Reith Lectures, which explore research into black holes, and his warning came in answer to audience questions. He says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on other worlds, it will be able to survive. "Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years. [...] But he also said that future generations of researchers should be aware of how scientific and technological progress is changing the world, and to help the wider public understand it. //&! bit.ly/1RwS7yA
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Meet the conservationists who believe that burning is good for wildlife | George Monbiot | Environment | The Guardian
Why is it that practices we recognise as destructive when we see them elsewhere in the world are judged “environmentally friendly” here? When we see land being burnt in Indonesia or Brazil, do we call it conservation, or do we call it destruction? Because it damages soil and hydrology, incinerates wildlife and simplifies ecosystems, destruction is the correct term. Burning on Dartmoor has the same impacts. It’s about as environmentally friendly as tipping bleach into a river. [...] I happen to believe that too much weight is given to sheep farming, and too little to wildlife. But where there are no tenants and no grazing, instead of using this as an opportunity for ecological restoration, the Exmoor authority is bringing in its own sheep to ensure that seedlings can’t grow and wildlife can’t recover. It’s utter madness.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
How Corporate Greed Is Trashing the Commons & Harming Us - YouTube
Methane gas leak in outside LA, California. // cutting corners. safe money on safety and maintenance! no safety valve. and it was not required by law! //&! A Staggering Methane Leak Has Caused a State of Emergency in CA - youtu.be/UBYpL3JDCzA //&! youtu.be/lTvQvMAJ6hE - California’s Methane Gas Leak Environmental Catastrophe Explained
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
California state of emergency over methane leak - BBC News
[ saving $ on maintenance by corporate ] the well now accounts for about a quarter of the state's total emissions of methane - an extremely potent greenhouse gas. The well is situated in a mountainous area more than a mile away from residential areas, but residents have complained of health effects like headaches, nausea, vomiting and trouble breathing. "Let's call it an environmental and public health catastrophe," Tim O'Connor, a lawyer with the Environmental Defense Fund, told the BBC's environment correspondent, Matt McGrath. "In terms of timelines this is going to surpass the gulf oil problem by a mile. What we do know is that that climate equivalent of this leak is like burning thus far almost 700 million gallons of gasoline or it's the same amount of pollution as 4.5 million cars put out every day, it's tragic." [...] The BBC's Matt McGrath says the large amounts of powerful gas that are leaking could have a significant impact on climate change. &! bit.ly/1mJNW5m
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Storm Frank: What have we done to make the flooding worse? - BBC News
[Strom Eva, Desmond, Frank, ... building code has to be reviewed. new buildings have to be raised, first floor ~1m above ground. no basement. also, roofs have to resist gale winds easily ] Policy-makers are often keen to see brownfield land used for residential development, but these areas are often most vulnerable to flooding. Demand from buyers has fuelled this growth, too. You might assume that there would be huge drops in property prices after highly publicised floods. But in places like Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and Cockermouth, Cumbria, which experienced heavy flooding in 2007 and 2009 respectively, prices have remained largely unaffected in the long run. [...] "We've tended to straighten rivers, to canalise them, to embank them and all that rushes the water down to the nearby urban pinch point," explains environmentalist and writer George Monbiot, adding that the flow of water should be slowed down and the rivers lengthened instead.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
UK floods: Storm Frank threatens more misery - BBC News
A fresh storm threatens to bring more misery to parts of the UK, including areas already hit by severe flooding. Storm Frank is due to sweep in from Tuesday evening, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland at most risk. There are nine severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in England and Wales, mostly centred on York which was badly hit by flooding on Saturday. David Cameron has defended government spending on flood defences after the devastation across northern England. Floods minister Rory Stewart told the Today programme that the government was open to the idea of an external review being held. The Environment Agency said on Monday there would have to be a "complete rethink" of flood defences. December has seen communities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire swamped by rising waters. Storm Frank poses a new threat in the wake of what Storm Eva brought over the Christmas weekend. [...] costs could exceed £1.5bn. [ Eva, Desmond, Frank ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/meat-industry - A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. //&! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/eat-less-red-meat-and-cycle-more-for-your-and-the-planets-health // [...] I’m not suggesting that you eat no meat or other animal products. I am suggesting that we should all eat far less. Save the splurge for Christmas. And even then, choose carefully. [ Reductarian ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Literatur ǀ Kapitalismus oder Klima? — der Freitag
Literatur Der Politologe Athanasios Karathanassis erklärt in seinem Buch, warum man über Kapitalismus nicht schweigen kann, wenn es um Umwelt geht [...] Kapitalistische Naturverhältnisse, Ursachen von Naturzerstörungen Begründungen einer Postwachstumsökonomie Athanasios Karathanassis
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Wetter vor Weihnachten: Süßer die Büsche nie blühen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ mild winter ] Schal und Mütze liegen wieder im Schrank - und da können sie noch eine Weile bleiben: Deutschland stehen warme Feiertage bevor. Das irritiert nicht nur Weihnachtsromantiker, sondern auch Pflanzen und Tiere.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Fischfangquoten: Weniger Makrelen für deutsche Fischer - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Mehr Hering für deutsche Fischer - und weniger Makrelen: Die EU-Staaten haben sich auf die Fischfangquoten für die Nordsee im Jahr 2016 geeinigt. Umweltschützer zeigen sich unzufrieden. [...] Grundlage für die Quoten sind Vorschläge der EU-Kommission, die sich wiederum auf die Empfehlungen von Wissenschaftlern stützt. Die Umweltorganisation Oceana zeigte sich mit dem Ergebnis allerdings unzufrieden. "Die Lücke zwischen Politik und Wissenschaft bleibt bestehen", teilte sie mit. Damit sei die nachhaltige Nutzung der Fischbestände bedroht. [ wenn selbst Oceana kritik uebt, und in Cowspiracy schlecht weg kommt, dann klafft da eine weite luecke. Wer sind ueberhaupt die Wissenschaftler? bezahlt von der lobby? ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Stop Eating Meat and Save the Planet - YouTube
51% of greenhouse gases = livestock farming // animal product would have to have one a health tax and two a carbon tax (like sports cars) // Was capitalism ever generous, responsible, conscious and sustainable? //&! 25% of land use -https://youtu.be/o0aJet5EVmM- and human waste is highly regulated - sewer, not so animal waste.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane Than EPA Estimated | twice as much as estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and 5.5 times the number from a separate global database. : science
Texan here. I can say it is getting pretty noticeable in some parts. The I-20 between Pecos and Abilene reeks of gas now. I've lived in Texas for over 20 years and this is the worst it's been. At one point, I had to turn the air off in my car just so the stench would stop flowing in (even the air filter did little to help). But in a bit of uplifting news, Sweetwater, also on the I-20, has installed a ton of wind turbines. So it's good to see that the move the green energy is being made in the state.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Migratory birds 'lack world protection' - BBC News
Most migratory birds have declined in past decades, from threats such as habitat loss and hunting (ie +3m high nets on the coast of Egypt to the Mediterranean sea)
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
An increase in the water temperature of the world's oceans of around 6 °C could stop oxygen production by phytoplankton : Futurology
To get an idea of what lower temperatures will bring us: "A 4 degrees C future is incompatible with an organized global community, is likely to be beyond 'adaptation', is devastating to the majority of ecosystems, and has a high probability of not being stable. "
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Klimagipfel in Paris: Ausschreitungen bei Demonstration -Video - SPIEGEL ONLINE
29.11.2015 - Steinwürfe und Festnahmen in Paris: Nachdem eine Großdemonstration zum Weltklimagipfel abgesagt wurde, randalierten Vermummte in der Innenstadt. // as Mad Cowboy author said in Cowspricacy, you can't be an environmentalist and eat meat.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: world leaders told to iron out differences before talks end | Environment | The Guardian
France steps up diplomatic efforts to get consensus [among nations concerned about economic growth (employment - capitalism - keep the ghost in the machine), living on a planet with finite resources] on a global deal six days before official talks conclude. //&! Mekong: a river rising The fate of 70 million people rests on what happens to the Mekong river. With world leaders meeting in Paris next week for crucial UN climate talks, John Vidal journeys down south-east Asia’s vast waterway - a place that encapsulates some of the dilemmas they must solve. He meets people struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change as well as the ecological havoc created by giant dams, deforestation, coastal erosion and fast-growing cities - bit.ly/1LAYGHX //&!
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Greenpeace: Deutsche werfen selbst gut erhaltene Kleidung in den Müll - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Um bei Modetrends mithalten zu können, werfen viele Deutsche laut einer Greenpeace-Umfrage auch gut erhaltene Klamotten einfach weg. Etwa 40 Prozent der Sachen im Kleiderschrank werden fast nie getragen. [...] Denn laut einer Umfrage der Umweltschutzorganisation Greenpeace betrachten viele Deutsche Kleidung als Wegwerfware. Demnach hängen 5,2 Milliarden Kleidungsstücke in deutschen Schränken. Davon würden 40 Prozent sehr selten oder nie getragen, teilte Greenpeace mit. Jeder Achte trage seine Schuhe weniger als ein Jahr lang. Kaum jemand lasse Kleidung ausbessern. Für die Analyse wurden im September mehr als tausend Menschen zwischen 16 und 69 Jahren befragt. Mode sei zum Wegwerfartikel wie Einweggeschirr verkommen, fasste Greenpeace-Expertin Kirsten Brodde die Ergebnisse zusammen. Für wichtig werde gehalten, den schnell wechselnden Trends zu folgen.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Shell charged over Gannet Alpha leak in 2011 - BBC News
Oil giant Shell has been charged after an investigation into a leak at a North Sea platform in 2011, the BBC Scotland news website has learned. It involved the Gannet Alpha platform, 113 miles (180km) from Aberdeen. It was reported that the pipeline leaked more than 200 tonnes of oil. The case against Shell UK is due to call at Aberdeen Sheriff Court next week. The charges cover oil pollution, pipeline safety and health and safety regulations. The pipeline involved was about 300ft (91m) below the surface. //&! bbc.in/1I9EG4c - Shell fined £22,500 over Gannet Alpha oil leak
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Land degradation costs the world up to $10.6tn a year, report says | Global development | The Guardian
More than half of the world’s arable land is moderately or severely degraded, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative (pdf). The report estimates the cost of this environmental destruction, not only from lost agricultural production and diminished livelihoods, but also from the lost value of ecosystem services formerly provided by the land, including water filtration, erosion prevention, nutrient cycling and the provision of clean air. [...] “We should look at realigning the incentive structure that we have away from incentives that degrade the land to those that promote sustainable management,” [...] reduction in biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The Chemical in Cupcake Wrappers and Cookware Might Be Causing Cancer | Mother Jones
C8 is in a chemical family called PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals)—the same water- and stain-proofing class of chemicals used to make rain gear, pizza box and popcorn bag liners, stainproof upholstery treatments, and those waxy slips that hold pastries at cafes. Dozens of studies have linked PFCs to all sorts of health problems, from kidney and testicular cancer to increased risk of miscarriages. (3M phased out the chemical from production in 2002 due to potential health hazards.) [...] PFC contamination may not be isolated to the Ohio Valley. According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) report that uses recent EPA data, C8 has been found in the drinking water in 94 counties serving more than 6 million Americans. (An interactive version of this map is available here.) [...] The EPA is in the process of investigating C8's health effects; in the meantime, it has set voluntary C8 safety standards to be used by utility companies. [...] avoid nonstick, stainproof, or waterproof items
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Farming News - Pesticides have bigger impact on invertebrates than climate change new study reports
This is one of the first studies to investigate the impact such factors have on farmland invertebrates in the UK and it is hoped that the findings will encourage the creation of new measures to mitigate the loss of these organisms. Results suggest that increasing pesticide use has had more of a direct effect on abundance of some invertebrates than temperature change, with the main driver of change in an agricultural environment being human behaviour. Climate change will, in the long term, cause changes in certain groups of organisms, some of which are cereal pests whose abundance may increase. Any subsequent increase in the use of insecticides will negatively affect the abundance of all invertebrate groups, many of which are beneficial.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Move Over, Smog: China's Water Pollution Off the Charts (LinkAsia: 3/1/13) - YouTube
20 Signs China's Pollution Has Reached Apocalyptic Levels | China Uncensored - youtu.be/OwOBRH56Ic0
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle - YouTube
Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution! // Revolutions are internal affairs w different dynamic. All succesful revolutions are fundamentally non-violent. No revolution is successful until sizable internal protection/security defects (Whistleblower et al) and refuses to fight for the discredited regime/plutocracy/oligarchy/Elite/Super Rich/1%/Corporation/crony capitalism/tax evasion/tax avoidance and joins the revolution. // Living in truth & speaking the truth to power. Pulling people into the streets & discrediting the status quo. Dont pit people against each other. Essay. The power of the powerless // If we do not break it. We & our children have no future!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy - YouTube
individualism tends to capitalism (each their own coloured widget) vs individuality of the individual. don't mistake the one for the other and you can't achieve the same happiness and well-being with just individualism because it is also based on constant consumption. // what people leave out of socialism and the pundits decry over it. is democracy. democratic socialism. // Plutocracy is undercutting its ability to survive! Problem, the system will take us down with it. // We got ecological catastrophe on our doorstep. Nuclear catastrophe. And Capitalisms catastrophe. //&! Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. - Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 - youtu.be/iA41ggsdeXE - capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns - YouTube
Free Range and Co. - still promoting animal exploitation. Same with don't eat veal (eat the mom) or Foie gras (just eat the bird, don't force-feed the bird to eat the liver). << Single Issue Campaigns still promote animal exploitation. More morally better because you don't eat that kind of cruel meat? // Greenpeace doesn't promote Vegan. Just sustainability. Whole Foods "happy exploitation." << betrayal of animal rights! PETA gave Whole Foods an award for "best animal-friendly." [...] "lessen the suffering." // when its about human rights we take an absolute position. but animal rights public takes no absolute position but talks about meatless Monday's. If it's wrong its wrong. If it violates fundamental human rights, it violates human rights. There are not baby steps. No journey. // Educate people about Veganism. And animal rights will take care of itself. But current Vegan movement is just about "humane" or "compassionate" animal exploitation. Vegan has to be a moral imperative!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastikmüll erreicht Arktis: 2,7 Millionen Tonnen im Meer vermutet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eigentlich wollten die Polarforscher Meeressäuger und Seevögel beobachten - doch dann zählten sie auch Müll. Selbst im Hohen Norden treibt Kunststoffschrott im Wasser und wird zur Gefahr für die dort lebenden Arten.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How Soviet pollution destroyed the Aral Sea - BBC News
[ one example. doesn't mean its the last one ] In October 1990 Western scientists confirmed the virtual disappearance of the Aral Sea in Soviet Central Asia, formerly the fourth largest inland sea in the world.The loss of sea water was the result of 60 years of intensive agriculture and pollution by the Soviet authorities. It is considered the biggest manmade loss of water in recorded history. The surrounding areas were devastated. Local fisherman watched as the shore gradually receded and fish stocks ran out. Local children fell victim to respiratory illnesses. Professor Denys Brunsden, of London's King's College, was one of the first Western scientists to visit the Aral Sea in 1990. //&! Volunteers map UK coastline for industrial damage - bbc.in/1GSy6ZT - science led management; new artificial strip on coast changed things and beach stripped itself of sand ... //&! Beach litter 'increasing', says Marine Conservation Society - bbc.in/1xat2Q6
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction | Environment | The Guardian
Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction. Such extinction events have occurred five times in the past, but a bold new paper finds that this time would be fundamentally different. Fortunately, there’s still time to stop it.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastic bag charge in Scotland sees usage cut by 80% - BBC News
[ the plastic bag chage, 5p, is not enough, should be 50p and seen as penalty! thus it is the little brother of Sugar/Processed Food/junk food/fast food/and animal product taxation (extra levies) to show people every day when they show that they know this is more expensive now because this has to pay for my sick days in later life, like insurance premium for risky behavior, to fund NHS! Even seeing it as carbon tax and environmental levy because of how dirty animal products are! ]"It's now becoming second nature to shoppers to reuse their carrier bags and hopefully to think more about our impact on the environment." [...] Asda witnessing a drop of 90% and Sainsbury's 100% as it no longer offers them to shoppers. [...] The policy came into being in Scotland on 20 October last year and England introduced charging at the beginning of this month.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scotland's environment in 'serious trouble' - BBC News
The report is a follow up to the 2013 State Of Nature UK-wide report, which warned that 60% of 3,148 species studied had declined in past 50 years, and 31% had declined strongly. More than one in 10 of all species assessed were under threat of disappearing from the UK's shores altogether. [...] "As NGOs, we naturally asked ourselves 'What should be done about that?' "This report seeks to answer that question, and is based on a year's interactive research with a wide range of experts - both in wildlife ecology and in policy development and delivery. "The conclusion is not one of despair, but we must act with urgency to create a common course to save wildlife and the natural environment."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: UN negotiations 'need redesign' - BBC News
[ only bottom up works ... till the tide is big enough. same with health and fitness (which in part has to be about looking good/fit). self-esteem. ] The UN climate negotiations are heading for failure and need a major redesign if they are to succeed, scientists say. The pledges that individual countries are offering ahead of the Paris climate summit in December are too entrenched in self interest instead of being focussed on a common goal. The researchers say the science of cooperation is being ignored. Instead, they say the negotiations should focus on a common commitment on the global price of carbon. This means countries would agree on a uniform charge for carbon pollution, a scheme that would encourage polluters to reduce their emissions. The comments from researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, US, and University of Cologne, in Germany, are published in the journal Nature. //&! bbc.in/1jYOUtz
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
SEASPIRACY: What You Should Know About Fish, The Ocean, and More! - YouTube
fish pellets (heavy metals) are fed to on land livestock. ... do you know what is fed to your beef? fish pellets?! GMO crop!? what you piece of meat has been treated with (antibiotics, medication, supplements, etc)?! no. no disclosure. no transparency. no accountability. //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=fish
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scientists Under Attack - Trailer - YouTube
Can we still trust our scientists? This timely documentary explores how the heavy hand of the agriculture industry is steering ‘science’ towards its own interests, eliminating legitimate research and silencing any critical opinions. Taking a close look at genetic engineering and the powerful vested interests that dominate its research, ‘Scientists Under Attack’ reveals the frightening reality of modern science, as objective investigation is corrupted by corporate money. // Animals are Fed GM crop. Food Industry does not need to disclose this.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain's water crisis | Nick Davies | Environment | The Guardian
The immediate cause of the early drying out at the source of the Ouse was simply that there was not enough water in the underground aquifer on which it feeds. But that turns out to be part of something bigger. In March 2013, the local branch of the Environment Agency reported that, depending on conditions, there are now years when they can extract water from the Ouse on no more than 94 days. For the rest of the year, abstractors can use water that has been stored during the wet months in the big reservoir at Ardingly, and they can pump up water through boreholes sunk into the underground aquifers. This in turn reduces the amount of water that bubbles up into the river and its tributaries. The Environment Agency has stopped issuing new abstraction licences for the river. Meanwhile, during the summer months, nearly half of what we like to describe as a river is, in fact, recycled waste water and sewage. [...] [south-east and south] “serious water stress”
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World's coral reefs under threat from bleaching - BBC News
[ economic damage: tourism ] Scientists in the United States say the world's coral reefs are being attacked by a phenomenon that's only occurred twice before in recorded history. Bleaching is something that happens when water becomes too warm, and it's now happening to reefs from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
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