Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
This has been on my "to watch" list for awhile now and tonight after watching it I am sick. Also shocked and scared of what the future holds for our oceans. This was an excellent documentary, informative and I think things like this should be on ever school curriculum. We all need to be educated so much more than we are. It seems the only way to find these important things out is to seek them out on our own... That can't be the way forward. I hope anyone reading this will watch this and tell others to watch it too. This is our planet and we have the responsibility to protect it. So we had better get started soon or it might be too late. I am adding a few pics and links below just to give you an idea of what's going on.
My heart just breaks...
Great site with a lot of info and Andy Keller's blog is fab. Brilliant facts page that will shock you! Must visit site. Thanks Andy for making a difference to change the world!
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War is not a good thing for our planet... It's not good at all!
Hiroshima & Nagasaki nuclear explosions
The events of August 6 and August 9 can be translated into environmental effects more literally. The blasts caused air pollution from dust particles and radioactive debris flying around, and from the fires burning everywhere. Many plants and animals were killed in the blast, or died moments to months later from radioactive precipitation. Radioactive sand clogged wells used for drinking water winning, thereby causing a drinking water problem that could not easily be solved. Surface water sources were polluted, particularly by radioactive waste. Agricultural production was damaged; dead stalks of rice could be found up to seven miles from ground zero. In Hiroshima the impact of the bombing was noticeable within a 10 km radius around the city, and in Nagasaki within a 1 km radius.
Between 1961 and 1971, U.S military forces dispersed more than 19 million gallons of herbicidal agents over the Republic of Vietnam, including more than 12 million gallons of the dioxin-contaminant commonly known as Agent Orange.
About 17.8 percent—3,100,000 hectares (12,000 sq mi)—of the total forested area of Vietnam was sprayed during the war, which disrupted the ecological equilibrium. The persistent nature of dioxins, erosion caused by loss of tree cover and loss of seedling forest stock meant that reforestation was difficult (or impossible) in many areas. Many defoliated forest areas were quickly invaded by aggressive pioneer species (such as bamboo and cogon grass), which make it unlikely that the forests will be able to regenerate. Animal-species diversity was also impacted; in one study a Harvard biologist found 24 species of birds and five species of mammals in a sprayed forest, while in two adjacent sections of unsprayed forest there were 145 and 170 species of birds and 30 and 55 species of mammals.
Dioxins from Agent Orange have persisted in the Vietnamese environment since the war, settling in the soil and sediment and entering the food chain through animals and fish which feed in the contaminated areas. The movement of dioxins through the food web has resulted in bioconcentration and biomagnification. The areas most heavily contaminated with dioxins are former U.S. air bases.
The Gulf War
Fleeing Iraqi troops ignited Kuwaiti oil sources, releasing half a ton of air pollutants into the atmosphere.
700 burning oil wells set ablaze by the retreating Iraqi army could cause environmental damage comparable to nuclear winter. The fires were not fully extinguished until November 6, 1991, eight months after the end of the war,and consumed an estimated six million barrels of oil daily.
Iraq War on Terrorism
Damage to sanitation structures by frequent bombing, and damage to sewage treatment systems by power blackouts cause pollution of the River Tigris. Two hundred blue plastic containers containing uranium were stolen from a nuclear power plant located south of Baghdad. The radioactive content of the barrels was dumped in rivers and the barrels were rinsed out. Poor people applied the containers as storage facility for water, oil and tomatoes, or sold them to others. Milk was transported to other regions in the barrels, making it almost impossible to relocate them.
Oil trenches are burning, as was the case in the Gulf War of 1991, resulting in air pollution. In Northern Iraq, a sulphur plant burned for one month, contributing to air pollution. As fires continue burning, groundwater applied as a drinking water source may be polluted.
Military movements and weapon application result in land degradation. The destruction of military and industrial machinery releases heavy metals and other harmful substances
These are only just a few to name. This is with out mentioning the effect of war on humans...
Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing includes the potential contamination of ground water, risks to air quality, noise pollution, the potential migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, the potential mishandling of waste, and the health effects of these. Many cases of suspected groundwater contamination have been documented. Most of the studies on the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing have been conducted in the United States.
The above is the first paragraph on Wiki about the environmental impacts of fracking. Even if we stretch this and say these impacts are "possible" impacts (which they're not) Would we really and truly want to take a chance with something so precious as our ground water and our air quality? Last I checked we ALL needed those two little silly things to survive!
Have a watch of "Gasland" if you haven't seen it. It's an eye opener and brilliant Documentary. I learned from it anyway and that's always good!
It's not just what we eat... It's how it effects our planet! We really need to change things before we mess up the planet completely!
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Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it's really bad news.
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"Industrial swine production has taken over many parts of the country and increasingly other parts of the world, from Romania and Poland, to Mexico and China. The resulting degradation of air and water quality due to high concentrations of animals and waste ignites justifiable outrage in local communities," says Imhoff.
"Each windowless barn is designed to confine at least 1,100 hogs, while the adjacent deep-pit "lagoons" hold liquefied manure that must be sprayed onto the surrounding fields and countryside to make room for the never-ending streams of waste."
Image: J. Henry Fair
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It's such a beautiful place and the only one we have! Let's take care of it!