Monday, June 29, 2020

Beaches Open and Trash Left

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As some places are opening up their beaches from the Pandemic, people are just being irresponsible in many ways. Not only are they in social distancing and wearing masks but also not picking up their trash. The UK last weekend had 40 tons of trash left on one of their beaches. Coco Beach in FL reported on June 4th that 23,560 lbs of trash were left on the beach despite a $250 fine.

People...Listen to Diane!!!

Washington D.C. Sues Big Oil

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Saturday I posted how Minnesota was suing Big Oil and now Washington D.C. is also suing them! Check out this piece.

President Opens up Marine Sanctuary to Fishing

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Sigh!!! President Trump has just signed a proclamation to allow commercial fishing in the only marine sanctuary in the Atlantic Ocean - the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The fishing groups had lost in courts so they turned to the President. Check out this piece for more details.

Climate Change Effects on Pregnancy

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This is an interesting piece discussing a study in this past Thursday's JAMA journal. The study looked at 68 studies from as far back as 2007 and including 32M births and found 84% of them were associated with serious risks due to climate change. The discussion makes an excellent point of changing the face of Climate Change from Polar Bears & Super Storms to the current effects on humans like this study! Yes, we need billboards with a pregnant woman which states they effects so people can be aware.

Birds Benefiting from Pandemic

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Due to the pandemic lockdown, Pakistan wetlands have over 3 times the amount of birds stopping by on their migratory pattern. Check out this piece from the World Economic Forum for more details.

CA Trucks Zero Emissions

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Half the Trucks in CA will have to have zero carbon emissions by 2035 and the 100% of them will have to by 2045. Check out this piece for the details.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Wasted Food

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Oh my is this a AWESOME piece! Well, not great but EXTREMELY Educational!!!

It says each year 1/3 of the world's food (about 1.3M) does not get eaten.  And the U.S. is the Worst! We each waste 400 lbs a year which is 300,000 lbs over our lifetime. To think of the 800 M people (that is 11%) who are chronically hungry and how they could use that food. Sigh. What makes it worse is the food industry accounts for 1/3 of the greenhouse gas emissions. Then you add in there the water used to grow the food and all the fertilizers, which then get washed into the ocean. What happens to the wasted food? It goes into the landfills and creates Methane and that is 21 times more more powerful than carbon dioxide. Then of course that Methane goes into our water. Sigh!!!!!

They have some GREAT suggestions so check it out!

Minnesota Sues 3 Oil Industries

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Minnesota is suing ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute and the two subsidiaries of hte Koch Industries claiming they new of the damaging effects of the oil industry to the changing climate but lied. Check out this piece for more details.

Toxic Algal Bloom Starved Rock

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Take care, they have found toxic Algal Blooms in the state river near Starved Rock.

Monsanto Settles PCB Lawsuit

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Ya!  Monsanto is paying 95M to Washington State & 650M to a class of local governments for PCB pollution over many years.

Great American Outdoor Bill

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Check out this proposal called the Great American Outdoor Act which would help repair and maintain the National Park Service. There is also a form you can fill out online on the link to help support it.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Milk Does the Body...Harm

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Here is a great piece to help you  understand the problems with the Dairy Industry & the harmful effects of consuming diary.

Big Dairy Has a Bigger Foot Print

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This is a interesting piece on Big Dairy's carbon footprint continuing to increase rather than decrease. Their carbon footprint is said to equal all of the UK and be equivalent to adding 6.9M cars on the road. Check it out!

Banks Mortgages & Climate Change

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This is a really good piece discussing how banks are changing their policies on 30 year mortgages for houses on the coast being affected by rising seal levels dues to climate change.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Plastic Roads

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Check out this piece on how "waste" plastic bottles that melt at a specific temperature are being used  to make roads! Bit of a discrepancy in piece, headline says 10 Times longer but later in article ways 3 times longer. They say it is also 60% stronger. Woo Hoo!

Blue Whales' Big Heart!

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This is a really cool article on Blue Whales! Researchers have found their hearts weigh 400lbs and beat 13 times a minute on average but when hunting up to 37 times and when deep diving as low as 2 times! Check out this piece to see how they conducted the research!

Trees Communicate With Each Other

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Did you know that Trees communicate with each other?! Check out this piece for details and a TED video!

Courts Rule in Favor of Blackfeet Nation

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Victory of the Blackfeet Nation in the Badger-Two Medicine area in Montana. The courts ruled to cancel drilling on their land. Check out the details here.

It's Hot in Siberia!

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Siberia is steaming up! They are recording temperatures of over 100 degrees, hottest temperatures on record since they started recording in 1885. Check this piece out for more details.

50K Gallon Oil Spill

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Over 50K gallons of oil spilled in Abbotsford, BC from the Trans Mountain Pipeline on the Sums First Nation Reserve. Check out EcoWatch for more details.

Fossil Fuels Much Higher

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Interesting piece in Discover Magazine on how fossil fuels may be contributing to Methane much more than the previously thought.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

3D Printed Corals

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Well this is quite Interesting! Here is a 60 second Podcast from Scientific American on the use of 3D Printed Corals. What do you think???

Your Plastic is Hiding!

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Did you know some tea bags contain plastic? And they aren't recyclable. There are many things we use that have hidden plastic. Here are 5 to consider next time you are shopping.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Film: Chasing Coral

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Here is the trailer of Chasing Coral. You can watch it very late tonight at 12:58am via Earthx live or you can ind on Netflix or here.

Film: Watson

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I just watched the film Watson last night & it was AWESOME!!! Here is the trailer to watch and click here to sign in with your service provider to watch the full film.

Cruise Ship Pollution

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Here is a really good video explaining the Environmental impact of Cruise Ships!

Monday, June 8, 2020

World Oceans Day/Week

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Today was World Oceans Day and really it is the full week. Today the United Nations had a wonderful Conference. Tomorrow there is a Virtual Conference by Capitol Hill. Also, tomorrow through Thurs Earthx has a full schedule of presentations & movies.

Bi Partisan Bill Proposed: Growing Climate Solutions Act

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This seems to be some really good news. A bi-partisan bill is being proposed called the Growing Climate Solutions Act which would give money to farmers from greenhouse gas offset credit markets. Credits could be earned by sequestering carbon in the soil, capturing methane from cows or reforesting.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Film: Minimalism

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Excellent film!!! If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it!

I hold film discussion via Zoom usually on Thurs evenings, though next week will be Fri evening since Earthx is showing Chasing Coral Thurs evening. You can watch it on Netflix or online. Check out my schedule and you can find the list of films we have already discussed with links to them to watch when you click on each week's film.