Items tagged with: environment

Flock of birds takes shape of rabbit during flight

Ham Wall is a wetland area owned by the RSPB that's home to rare species including water voles, otters and bitterns. It's location at the heart of the Avalon Marshes provides stunning views across the marshes to Glastonbury Tor.

For example, of rabbits? Now this is a rare view you may not get everyday. I like it. :D

#News #Nature #Environment #England #Britain #GreatBritain #RabbitShape #FlockOfBirds #Climate Change (?) #GlobalWarming (?)


#EU officially banned additional microplastics in products

The European Commission, which estimates that between 70,000 and 200,000 tonnes of micro-plastics enter the environment each year, had requested the proposal from the ECHA as part of its plastics strategy.

"The European Union is first in the world to have launched a comprehensive plastics strategy which aims at reducing also micro-plastics," he said.

#EuropeanUnion #Environment #Environmentalism #News #Politics #Microplastics #Ocean #Pollution #Genocide #Wildlife #Capitalism #CapitalismKills #Overproduction #Cheap
We need the Davos elite to change the rules of the global economy to benefit people and the planet alike. #Incomeinequality #Environment #ClimateSOS #GlobalWarming

#UN environment goodwill ambassador to Brazil called a bad Brazilian

“It’s absurd what they do today with the image of Brazil,” said Dias, who was the leader of the farmers’ caucus in congress before being appointed to the environment ministry by far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. “For some reason they go out and paint a picture of Brazil and its industries that is not true.

Why not tell the people what she has got wrong about the Brazilian industry that is abotu to destroy the entire environmental surrounding of Brazil?

Several days after Bolsonaro’s election, Bündchen spoke out against a proposal to merge the agriculture and environment ministries, describing the move as “potentially disastrous and a path with no return”. (The ministries have remained separate.)

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Millenial/Gen Z ways to die and be remembered

Young tree huggers have popularized the concept of green burials, which tend to cost less and use fewer synthetic chemicals. With green burials, everything that goes in the ground is as biodegradable as a body. That could include a cardboard or pine casket, a cotton shroud, or even an urn made from pink Himalayan salt.

Rather a tree hugger than someone who destroys his own home. ;-)

As generations seek out new ways to dispose of themselves, the funeral industry will need to adapt or suffer a slow death. Then again, burial pods may just be the final nail in the coffin.

#US #USA #Burial #Funeral #Cremation #GreenDeath #Environment #Environmentalism #Sepulchre
Finally, the wet season is in sight in northern Australia, but the southern heatwave waxes and wanes. #Weather #Environment #AsiaPacific #Australia #Heatwave

Teen diver discovers approx. 50,000 golf balls off #California coast

Alex Weber told NPR News in a report published on Thursday that she first discovered the golf balls while she was swimming near Pebble Beach two years ago. Weber, who was 16 at the time, said she stumbled upon the discovery in a small cove she dived in to.

Though Weber recalled there being sharks in the cove during her trips to collect more golf balls, she said the real dangers were the “golf balls flying in off the course right into the ocean where we were doing collections.”

#Environment #Environmentalism #Decadence #Luxury #News #Politics #US #USA #MarineLife #Ocean #Pollution #SaveTheOcean #SaveTheWorld #MotherEarth #Nature
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At the height of the oil crisis in the 1970s, the US government considered building a network of 60 orbiting solar power stations that would beam energy down to Earth. Each geosynchronous satellite, according to this 1981 NASA memo, was to weigh around 35,000 to 50,000 metric tons. The Satellite Power System (SPS) project envisaged building two satellites a year for 30 years.
The Space Plane NASA Wanted to Use to Build Solar Power Plants in Orbit - Motherboard
#motherboard #technology #science #future #environment
Thousands of people have also been left without electricity as storms pound California. #US&Canada #Environment #Weather #UnitedStates
At the height of the oil crisis in the 1970s, the US government considered building a network of 60 orbiting solar power stations that would beam energy down to Earth. Each geosynchronous satellite, according to this 1981 NASA memo, was to weigh around 35,000 to 50,000 metric tons. The Satellite Power System (SPS) project envisaged building two satellites a year for 30 years.
The Space Plane NASA Wanted to Use to Build Solar Power Plants in Orbit - Motherboard
#motherboard #technology #science #future #environment
The breathtaking, alien landscapes of the Arctic have always captivated the human imagination—it was long a world beyond the borders of the known world, full of portent and mystery. Now the ultima thule of medieval geographies becomes more charted each year, and lone expeditions of pole-hungry explorers have been replaced by tourists, researchers, and fuel industry prospectors. (Watch whales surface and the Northern Lights dance in pristinely beautiful Norway.)
The Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise cruises past the eastern coast of Greenland. Greenpeace is working to bring attention to oil companies' exploration of the area. Temperatures rise more quickly in the Arctic than in any other region, and while scientists are concerned by the mounting risks of climate change, the oil industry regards the decline of sea ice as a new business opportunity.
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The government says if air quality levels reach dangerous levels, there are other measures that can be implemented. #Asia #Afghanistan #Environment
Since the beginning of the year, the area has received about five times the long-term expected average rainfall. #Environment #Weather #LatinAmerica #Argentina #Uruguay

#kurtzgesagt #organic #organicfarming #food #health #environment #educational

Stop eviction and #land grabbing – fight the causes of flight

While the #United-Nations is preparing a “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration”, it is failing to address the causes of flight as countless people are being driven off their land to make room for vast soy and #oil-palm plantations.
When it comes to the destruction of rainforests and the eviction of #indigenous peoples, illegal machinations involving at least the tacit approval of governments in many African, Latin American and Asian countries are the order of the day. Nevertheless, the UN is not doing anything about it.
Instead of showing solidarity with such governments, the UN must once again put the strengthening of #... show more
Having floated to safety in a biryani pot, a 77-year-old flood victim is among those struggling to survive. #Environment #Asia #India
Scientific findings raise new concerns about the pace of climate change and its effect on marine life and sea levels.
Oceans heating up faster than expected, set record in 2018
Only five percent of land has not been modified by humans, according to new report. #Environment #Science&Technology #Science
The threat comes as pressure mounts on Trump over the ongoing partial shutdown of the US government. #Environment #DonaldTrump #UnitedStates

Wanna get rid of crime? Get rid of the politicians!

(Outdated: About ten months old)

Everywhere, that is, except for one small corner of the violent western state of Michoacán, which has found a simple solution to the vote-buying and patronage which plague Mexican democracy.

Of course, the Wild Wild West.

Eventually, the townspeople decided they had enough. Early on 15 April 2011, local residents ran off the loggers and blockaded the town. Then they kicked out the mayor and banished political parties, arguing that infighting was what had allowed the town to fall into crisis.

#Mexico #News #Politics #Cherán #Anarchism #Anarchy #Environment #Environmentalism #IndigenousPeople
Head of agency in charge of protecting the Amazon rainforest quits after Brazilian president questions spending. #Brazil #Environment #LatinAmerica

Small Guatemalan village managed to get rid of plastic on its own

Before 2016, San Pedro La Laguna was drowning in plastic pollution that was threatening the fragile ecosystem of Lake Atitlán. The dire need for change crystallized when a solid waste disposal processing plant that was expected to manage a decade of waste was halfway full within six months, mostly with single-use plastics. Rather than build a larger plant—which would’ve been an enormous financial burden on the town and further polluted the lake with debris—Mayor Mauricio Méndez decided to implement a stringent municipal law to encourage lasting, sustainable change.

At least we're making slow progress as well; but unlike them, we have an entire economy that whines all the time when we try to tell them that it can't go on like this anymore because we're messing up our entire planet with this plastic crap. They're such some snowflakes, you cannot believe it.

Residents were wary because they couldn’t afford to purchase biodegradable replacements. ... show more

Ocean Cleanup project experiences setback

The device, however, is falling apart. The project's 2,000-foot-long screen, which already failed to capture plastic while stationed off California's coast, broke apart before the New Year due to the Pacific Ocean's wind and waves.

Damn! The construction can't stand the natural conditions that were possible to be expected due to recordings. For God's sake, how hopeless are we, if even young inventors have to support us in our own guilt? This boy needs more support; so far, he seems to be the only one who managed to bring up a creation to save the ocean from the garbage we fed it with.

Slat, who hopes to deploy 60 of the ocean cleanup devices to collect plastic debris floating in the ocean, said discouragement is not an issue albeit they hoped they could stay out longer to do more experiments and do something about the plastic retention issue.

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#Rohingya receive water thanks to green technology

The refugees are living in squalid conditions across 36 different locations in Cox's Bazar. Water is scarce in most locations. But sunshine is plentiful. Over the past six months, the U.N. refugee agency and partners have been putting into operation solar-powered safe water systems.

"Using the solar energy has allowed the humanitarian community to reduce the energy costs and emissions," said Mahecic. "So, there is a clear environmental impact of this. Chlorination is also a life-saver in refugee sites of this scale. The recent tests revealed that most contamination of drinking water occurs during collection, transport and storage at the household level."

Oh, so chlorinating via sun-powered electricity systems is keeping the water clean so that people can drink it? Interesting, really interesting. We should install more of these systems in poor regions that barely have access to clean and purified water. I wou... show more
I think I'd rather have it in my back yard.
Secret Library Hidden in the Woods Is Every Bibliophile's Dream Come True
#art #design #photography #architecture #science #technology #history #environment #nature #diy #food #funny #travel #entertainment #animals #inspiringstories
Secret Library Hidden in the Woods Is Every Bibliophile’s Dream Come True
Last week a Pilot whale was found unable to swim or breath, even though the veterinary team tried to save it for five days. the whale didn't make it, it died on last Friday. Before death, the whale vomitted five plastig bags and after autopsy, 8Kg of plastig bag and other plastic debris. Overusage
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Fares on trains, trams and buses will be lifted next summer under the plans of the re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for a second term as prime minister on Wednesday
Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free | World news | The Guardian
#Luxembourg #Pollution #Environment #Europe #Worldnews
#MercyForAnimals has released more drone footage exposing #factoryfarms for what they are: places of #destruction and #abuse. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries teamed up again with undercover investigators to collect the footage.

#pigs #animals #animalabuse #vegan #veganism #animalrights #animalwelfare #environment

#Japan sells threatened bluefin tuna for #sushi

The Kiyomura Corp., which Kimura runs, footed the bill at over $5,000 per pound. The fish usually sells for up to $40 per pound, though the price can fluctuate to more than $200 per pound. The gigantic tuna will translate to more than 12,000 pieces of sushi for the company's Sushi Zanmai chain.

But many environmental groups would argue the price is still too low, for a species that has floated ever closer to extinction. Experts say demand for Pacific bluefin has led to overfishing, causing stocks of the fish to fall to just 2.6 percent of their historic size.

The price we pay therefore is higher than payment could ever show to us. For God's sake, this kind of fish is threatened, he could extinct when he is still up for sale!

Conservation groups blame demand from the sushi and sashimi industry for the rapid decline in population. Ja... show more
The Mediterranean's waters are polluted with thousands of tonnes of plastic every year. #MiddleEast #Turkey #Environment

On Ryan Zinke's bloodred resignation letter

NPR's Nathan Rott reports that the secretary's choice to ride a horse to work reflected how he imagined himself: as a modern incarnation of President Theodore Roosevelt, a conservationist who established the U.S. Forest Service as well as hundreds of national forests and reserves. "Zinke went the opposite way, reducing protections on millions of acres of land by shrinking national monuments, opening up the coastlines and vast areas of the West to oil and gas leasing," Rott reports.

Well, when it comes to autoreflection, some people seriously have to examine themselves and how they recognise their outside world. It seems to be that contradictions of a massive rate are not unusual. While one man claims to be a stable genius although he has got the intellect of a newborn, the other one seems to view oneself as a reborn Teddy Roosevelt while he is only a Texan robber baron.

Zinke departed his office under the threat of numerous ethics investigations. NPR reports one case is a real estate deal involving Zin... show more

Ryan Zinke's bloodred resignation letter - written in something between Arabic and Karl Marx when drunk

I would be careful when reading this out aloud. You might accidentally summon the devil, and he will turn your garden into an oilfield, but calling it his private property, and trespassing would be punished by a ball right between your eyes.

#US #USA #InteriorSecretary #Zinke #RyanZinke #Environment #Environmentalism #Politics #Trump #DonaldTrump

On David Bernhardt, Ryan #Zinke's acting successor

Like #Wheeler, Bernhardt is a former industry lobbyist and has previously worked at the Interior Department. He’s likely to be at the helm for a while and may even end up as the permanent secretary.

Since I don't expect a capable replacement to take office anywhere in the Trump administration, I'm not too frightened about him possibly becoming the permanent secretary. It can't get worse than that, but it also won't become any better.

A 2014 financial disclosure document shows that Bernhardt has represented a number of clients that have business before the Interior Department, including oil companies like Statoil Gulf Services, Taylor Energy, and Cobalt International Energy.

He'll have a good time working together with Mr. Wheeler. They both will overcome a lot of environmental regulations. He will build the foundation... show more
Rights groups warn that the far-right leader's rhetoric, actions towards native groups will lead to increased violence. #Indigenousrights #Brazil #HumanRights #Environment #LatinAmerica

Madness and destruction have begun

"There will be an increase in deforestation and violence against indigenous people,” said Dinaman Tuxá, executive coordinator of the Articulation of Indigenous People of Brazil (Apib). “Indigenous people are defenders and protectors of the environment.”
Sonia Guajajara, an indigenous leader who stood as vice-presidential candidate for the Socialism and Freedom party (PSOL) tweeted her opposition. “The dismantling has already begun,” she posted on Tuesday.

We all foresaw it, we all awaited the beginning, and now, it has begun, at last. The international community will now watch the rain forest become plain land, because a couple of people were to choose a new leader, which they did. One might now wonder whether nations can persist throughtout the oncoming decades, or whether such some decision, compared to what they impact, cannot be felled by them, but have to be discussed on an entirely international scale. Just wondering, now that the rainforest is so vulnerable.

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Aftermath of the government shutdown: Junk piling in national parks

"You want people in Washington to do it, you do something too, it's your doorstep. Everybody should be a little bit more respectful," said another local resident who walk on this path every day.

I didn't expect people to move away their own dust because I knew I would be disappointed. Sadly, we need federal employees to do the cleaning because, as it is said, people are pigs, they don't care for their environment until it is gone. And I really mean: Gone. When the floor is so toxic that nothing grows anymore, they'll realise it was not such a good idea to throw away your plastic garbage on the floor because you couldn't carry it anymore, until the next bin was in sight.

#US #USA #GovernmentShutdown #... show more
And how we may have passed the 'point of no return''. #Poverty #UnitedStates #Environment #US&Canada


A glimpse of the vast mycelium network underneath our feet, and of the film we are so proud to be in the final stages of completing… — Louie Schwartzberg
-> Fantastic Fungi sneak peek

As promised, here is a sneak clip from the amazing, exciting, inspiring film we have been working on, Fantastic Fungi. It was hard to choose just one, but we hope you agree this is worth getting excited about! Truthfully, the story is revealing itself to us in more wondrous ways imaginable. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support.

Louie Schwartzberg loves fungi. He respects fungi even more. Through his lens he has witnessed the... show more

Living Soil

A Documentary for All of Us

Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our water. They are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon. They are our foundation for biodiversity. And they are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building block that makes soil productive. The societal and environmental costs of soil loss and degradation in the United States alone are now estimated to be as high as $85 billion every single year. Like any relationship, our living soil needs our... show more

The destruction of the planet that we are doing has repercussions everywhere … which at the end of the day will affect us all, wherever we may be.

Gustavo Castro
Sole witness to the murder of Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres

Who is Gustavo Castro?
via Global Justice Ecology Project

Gustavo Castro Soto is beloved by movements throughout Latin America, and not just for his political organizing prowess and strategic brilliance. His together-we-can-do-this attitude, easy gap-toothed grin, and quick humor draw people into what otherwise could be overwhelming leadership.

Gustavo – like his dear friend Berta Cáceres– is a fomenter of the collective imagination that says that we can re-envision and build just and humane political, economic, and social systems, that w... show more


Islet of Hope

Mbarouk Mussa Omar is from a small East African Island called Pemba. Nearly ten years ago he visited a tiny neighbouring islet called Kokota and was shocked by what he saw. Kokota was teetering towards collapse, and Mbarouk knew climate change and deforestation were the culprits. He desperately wanted to help Kokota, but what could one poor man from Pemba possibly do?

Kokota: The Islet of Hope tells the story of Mbarouk’s quest to help Kokota. This short introduces viewers to resilient people living on the front lines of climate change and tells the story of how these unlikely heroes have managed to innovatively adapt to a warming climate while reforesting their island. This inspirational film promises to... show more
Forest or Coal? Hambach Forest at the front of Climate Change action

A special forest is still being cut to burn lots of Coal, despite Germany’s intent of being a leader in mitigating climate change and switching over to renewable energy. The Hambach Forest has become the front of climate change action. The center of a heated discussion whether the tide of fossil fuels should be turned. Can we quit this dirty Coal habit and save this ancient forest?
Germany’s Hambach forest pits big coal against the environment

An ancient forest near Cologne has been occupied by activists for the past six years and become a symbol of resistan... show more
Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment

#food #environment #local #resources #agroecology #holistic-management #permaculture #regenerative-agriculture #ingenuity #goodwill #HelenaNorberg-Hodge #Truthout
Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment

Fuel to the Fire


The tropical rainforests of Indonesia, and in particular the peatland regions of Borneo, have large amounts of carbon trapped within their trees and soil. Slashing and burning the existing forests to make way for oil-palm cultivation had a perverse effect: It released more carbon. A lot more carbon. NASA researchers say the accelerated destruction of Borneo’s forests contributed to the largest single-year global increase in carbon emissions in two millenniums, an explosion that transformed Indonesia into the world’s fourth-largest source of such emissions.

#environment #destruction #pollution #palm #oil #palmoil #ProPublica
Agroforestry ‘Home Gardens’ Build Community Resilience in Southern Ethiopia

#community #resilience #sustainability #local #organic #food #food-growing #food-gardening #tree-planting #agroforestry #home-gardens #homesteading #ecology #environment #Ethiopia #OrganicConsumersAssociation
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