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Morgana Post number 24862 Posted: 31st August 2018     Subject: Environmental issues
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Environmental issues

I am sometimes asked what WE can do against pollution, becoming aware of climate change and so on.

Here are some website with good links and information of conferences and meetings:


Perhaps you have more links?
What are you doing for the environment?

Bright blessings,
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 24864 Posted: 1st September 2018     Subject:
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The environment is just one very visible facet of what is happening in the world.

There are many issues at work and they all intertwine.

One person that I believe is good at explaining some of the interconnected forces at work is Chris Martenson.

Here is a recent talk he gave.

SolarFest 2018 Keynote Speaker Chris Martenson

Bright Blessings from the Forest,
Mike the Blacksmith
Morgana Post number 24897 Posted: 8th September 2018     Subject: The Ocean Clean-up
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The Ocean Clean-up

and live here:
[1 day to launch] This morning, System 001 left the Seaplane Lagoon to join the Maersk Launcher at Anchorage 9, where it is now prepared for launch.
Launching in 21 hours.
about 17 hours ago


https://www.sciencenews ... stic-pacific
A massive net is being deployed to pick up plastic in the Pacific

Morgana Post number 24898 Posted: 8th September 2018     Subject:
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https://www.sciencenews ... stic-pacific

TRASH DUMP Ocean Cleanup’s 2015 expedition to the great Pacific garbage patch found that more than 90 percent of the plastic particles, by mass, are larger than 5 centimeters.
Some of the debris that expedition collected is shown here.
Morgana Post number 24899 Posted: 8th September 2018     Subject: SEPTEMBER 15 - World Clean-up Day
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SEPTEMBER 15 - World Clean-up Day

What can we do??
Check-out these links:

Local events / I'm near to UTRECHT: ... y-de-eemhof/
Isobel Post number 24918 Posted: 11th September 2018     Subject: Activism
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Another contact and have links and instructions to how-to-do your local event.


PFI National Co-ordinators for Portugal
Isobel Andrade & Jose Ferreira
Morgana Post number 24921 Posted: 12th September 2018     Subject:
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looks good: just liked ... age_internal

and website:
Morgana Post number 24959 Posted: 27th September 2018     Subject:
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There will always be people who decry the success of someone else. In the case of The Ocean Clean-up
the attack has been particularly vitriolic.

by Boyan Slat, Founder & CEO

The following post you are about to read is a lengthy but necessary one. Generally, at The Ocean Cleanup, we avoid speaking out against criticism. We welcome all thoughtful critique and value the insight, but recently we experienced something different.

At The Ocean Cleanup our mission is to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Our first target is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest accumulation of floating trash in the world, containing 1.8 trillion toxic pieces of plastic.[1]

Once captured by the currents of one of the five ocean garbage patches, the plastic persists[2], meaning the garbage can continue to do damage for decades or even centuries to come. On top of that, the plastic will become more harmful over time. Sunlight weakens plastic, causing it to fragment into ever smaller pieces, which are small enough to be ingested and thereby pose a hazard for the food web that includes us humans[3]. Furthermore, 46% of the plastic by weight comprises discarded fishing nets and lines which are particularly hazardous to marine life.

Scale model being tested at MARIN institute, March 2018.
Read on...
https://www.theoceancle ... liar-survey/
Morgana Post number 24960 Posted: 27th September 2018     Subject:
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Here you can follow the updates:

One of our crew members in action during the first successful installation of the closing lines. Made with Dyneema®, these four lines connect to a central quad plate and help the system maintain its U-shape in any condition, September 15.

https://www.theoceancle ... rbage-patch/

and this is Facebook:

and Twitter:

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Mike The Blacksmith Post number 24965 Posted: 28th September 2018     Subject: Half of killer whales doomed to die from PCBs
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Banned PCB chemicals are still severely harming the animals – but Arctic could be a refuge

At least half of the world’s killer whale populations are doomed to extinction due to toxic and persistent pollution of the oceans, according to a major new study.

Although the poisonous chemicals, PCBs, have been banned for decades, they are still leaking into the seas. They become concentrated up the food chain; as a result, killer whales, the top predators, are the most contaminated animals on the planet. Worse, their fat-rich milk passes on very high doses to their newborn calves.

PCB concentrations found in killer whales can be 100 times safe levels and severely damage reproductive organs, cause cancer and damage the immune system. The new research analysed the prospects for killer whale populations over the next century and found those offshore from industrialised nations could vanish as soon as 30-50 years.

The international Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants came into force in 2004 to tackle the issue, but Jepson said the clean-up is way behind schedule. “I think the Stockholm Convention is failing, ” he said. “The only area where I am optimistic is the US. They alone produced 50% of all PCBs, but they have been getting PCB levels down consistently for decades. All we have done in Europe is ban them and then hope they go away. ”

https://www.theguardian ... om-pollution
Morgana Post number 25049 Posted: 16th October 2018     Subject: Why I live a zero waste life | Lauren Singer | TEDxTeen
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Why I live a zero waste life | Lauren Singer | TEDxTeen

Lauren is an Environmental Studies graduate from NYU and former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection,
and the amount of trash that she has produced over the past three years can fit inside of a 16 oz. mason jar.
Lauren Singer is author of the Zero Waste blog, Trash is for Tossers and founder of organic cleaning product company, The Simply Co.
Through her blog, she has empowered millions of readers to produce less waste by shopping package-free, making their own products and refusing plastic and single-use items.

Her work has been profiled by New York Magazine, MSNBC, NBC, AOL, CNN, Yahoo, Fox Business, BBC and NPR, among others.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Learn more at
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25050 Posted: 16th October 2018     Subject:
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‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss

Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico, the study found, and the forest’s insect-eating animals have gone missing, too.

https://www.washingtonp ... 023cd5d67ae3

And from the comment section.

"We, all of us, have participated in what is happening. The thousands of chemicals we use everyday, in every way, are contributing to the earths decline. Drive a car, use household cleaners, pesticides, farming, industry, etc... all the toxins end up in the environment, water, air, soil. Whether industries spewing poisons or common everyday usage, we've all nurtured this decline. And frankly, I don't think we will change our ways until it's too late. Sorry to be so cynical but look at what we've become. We fight over everything and accept responsibility rarely. Since few accept any responsibility and many others refuse to acknowledge the reality, do we really believe some enlightened "other" is going to save us from ourselves? Humans are gifted with many fine qualities, but we are also a very destructive, self-serving arrogant species. Sorry my beautiful earth, my fellow humans, but we have been terrible stewards. There is no other earth for us to run away to and no one is going to save us from ourselves. "
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25085 Posted: 23rd October 2018     Subject: Your poop is probably full of plastic
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EVERY MINUTE, A dumptruckful of plastic plops into the world's oceans. That's eight billion metric tons every year. Once waterborne, whatever doesn't wash ashore eventually breaks down into itty bits. The puniest pieces—the ones smaller than 5 millimeters wide—are called microplastics, and their fates are numerous. Some glob onto an Alaska-sized gyre of plastic debris swirling in the Pacific Ocean. Others sink to a variety of depths, according to their densities, perfusing the world's waters. Still others get ingested by marine life, including fish and shellfish, which are in turn ingested by other animals, like birds and humans.

All of this is a mess, from an ecological perspective. But it's that last bit—the microplasticine infiltration of food webs—that worries not just ecologists but gastroenterologists. If microplastics are invading the things we eat, it's possible that they're invading our stomachs and intestines, too. But while the matryoskha-nature of food chains certainly suggests that human guts harbor microplastics, nobody's really bothered to look in a systematic way.

Until now! Today at the United European Gastroenterology meeting in Vienna, researchers announced they have detected microplastics in stool samples from every single one of a small group of international test subjects. "Plastics are pervasive in everyday life and humans are exposed to plastics in numerous ways," said Philipp Schwable, a gastroenterologist at the Medical University of Vienna, who led the study, via email. And yet, even he did not expect that every poo would test positive. ... -of-plastic/
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25086 Posted: 23rd October 2018     Subject: You can cut your cancer risk by eating organic, a new study
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(CNN)You can protect yourself from cancer by eating organic, a new study suggests. Those who frequently eat organic foods lowered their overall risk of developing cancer, a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine finds. Specifically, those who primarily eat organic foods were more likely to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer compared to those who rarely or never ate organic foods.

Led by Julia Baudry, an epidemiologist at Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale in France, a team of researchers looked at the diets of 68,946 French adults. More than three-quarters of the volunteers were women, in their mid-40s on average. These volunteers were categorized into four groups depending on how often they reported eating 16 organic products, including fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, ready-to-eat meals, vegetable oils and condiments, dietary supplements and other products. ... y/index.html
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25108 Posted: 30th October 2018     Subject: Wildlife populations plummeting in face of human activity
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Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources, drive climate change and pollute the planet, a report warns.

WWF has called for an ambitious “global deal” for nature and people, similar to the international Paris Agreement to tackle climate change, as the conservation charity’s new report spelled out the damage being done to the natural world.

Only a quarter of the world’s land area is free from the impacts of human activity and by 2050 that will have fallen to just a tenth, the Living Planet Report 2018 says.

The percentage of the world’s seabirds with plastic in their stomach is estimated to have increased from 5% in 1960 to 90% today, and the world has already lost around half its shallow water corals in just 30 years. ... eport-warns/
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