“Why not try the hair booms now?”


Remind me why we are not using these hair booms with the oil flooding the Gulf?
Check out this experiment in the video showing the absorption of oil by conventional booms and the hair boom.

We could hold cut-a-thons across the US thousands would gladly donate to this worthy cause.
With dead dolphins washing on shore time to act.

Resource
Video
courtesy of YOUTUBE.com

“Shark fin soup banned in Hawaii” -two thumbs up


Hawaii gets the Two Thumbs Up Award

for keeping shark out f the soup  b0wl.

Being the first is often a tough road to hoe. This week Hawaii became the first state in these United States to ban the catching, possession, sale or eating shark fin soup.

Delicacy at what price?

The new law did not win a lot of friends in the Chinese community.

Shark-fin soup was just a regional delicacy in Canton, south China, until the late 1980s. The Beijing government had derided shark-fin soup as a symbol of elitism, but it ended this stance in 1987. Increased East Asian affluence quickly made shark-fin soup popular at wedding banquets, birthdays, feasts and business dinners, as a way of honoring guests. The demand has escalated astronomically in the last 15 years, and now it’s a standard dish.

Finning for soup

The shark populations are being decimated for a bowl of soup!  Now, about 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins. The long-term survival of many shark species is imperiled. The practice of shark-finning has fallen under increasing criticism, but efforts to ban the practice globally have failed.

Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law a bill that will halt the import of shark fins, which are valued as the primary ingredient in soup sold mostly in Asian communities and markets.
It’s hoped this will inspire other states and nations to also stop the practice of shark-finning, which entails slicing fins from live sharks and dumping their bodies overboard.

Let us hope that the success of the bill will motivate people in Hong Kong, Malaysia, other states in the U.S., Canada,  and even Ireland to seek shark-fin-ban legislation.

Under provisions of the Hawaiian Senate Bill 2169 restaurants have until July 2011 to stop serving shark-fin soup. Then those caught in violation of the law will face fines ranging to $15,000 for a first offense; to $35,000 for a second offense, and to $50,000, plus a year in jail, for a third offense.

Go Hawaii! Mother Nature and Nature’s Crusaders thank you.

Resources

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“Taking a pterodactyl’s temperature can be tricky”


Open wide Mr. mastedon or Ms. pterodactyl
Measuring the temperature of these ancient giants could take a thermometer of mega proportions.

Until now there was no way to determine the temperature of a long deceased animal. Lots of inferences were made about which animal was colder blooded or the . However which one might be colder than the other there was no way to tell. Using the conventional thermometer and stick it in its’ mouth or up the other end proved impossible.

Now

There an indirect way to measure an extinct animals temperature. How?
Chemistry my friend chemistry, by using a paleothermometer analyzing the rare isotopes in the animals’ bones, teeth, and eggshells.

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) reported in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week the first method for the indirect measurement of the body temperatures of large extinct vertebrates.
What are they using? Chemistry my friend chemistry, through the analysis of rare isotopes in the animals’ bones, teeth, and eggshells.

By analyzing the concentrations of two rare isotopes—carbon-13 (Carbon-13 (13C) is a natural, stable isotope of carbon and one of the environmental isotopes. It makes up about 1.1% of all natural carbon on Earth) and oxygen-18 (Oxygen-18 (18O) is a natural, stable isotope of oxygen and one of the environmental isotopes.). “These heavy isotopes like to bond, or clump together, and this clumping effect is dependent on temperature. ” says Caltech postdoctoral scholar Robert Eagle, the paper’s first author. “At very hot temperatures, the isotopes expand and there is greater distances between them so there is a more random distribution.  Less clumping occurs at high temperatures. At low temperatures, there is more clustering  or bonding.

When a animal is alive this bonding forms a crystalline lattice that makes up bioapatite. This mineral forms the lattice like pre-structure of the tooth enamel, eggshells, and other hard body parts. Once the bone or tooth enamel is formed  the isotopic composition is frozen in place and can be preserved for millions of years.

Using bioapitite may be the first indirect measurement of temperature used to compare different animal’s temperatures at the time the bone was formed. It will not tell the life history of the creature, so many mysteries still remain locked in the fossil remains of these ancient giants.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/d0kRbI

Excerpts courtesy of  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_13

Excerpts courtesy of  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen_18

Image courtesy of  cst.cmich.edu/zoogems/bone-jawAss.JPG

“Historic pact to save Canadian boreal forest lands”


A truce of possibly historic nature for nature.
Two unlikely bed fellows have come together and laid down their prejudices to help save a two thirds of the all the certified boreal forest lands in Canada. This area of old growth forest that forms the border between Canada and the tundra is critically

Ancient Canadian forest and migratory Woodland caribou saved

important to carbon sequestering for the earth and home to the migratory Woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).

The Forest Products Association of Canada and nine leading environmental groups collectively have agreed to the boreal forest and the woodland caribou while allowing sustainable forestry practices to continue. The agreement was signed on May 18, 2010 with the world watching.

Through the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement 72 million hectares (277,993.554 square miles) of forest licensed to FPAC members. Under the agreement, new logging will be suspended on nearly 29 million hectares (111,969.626 square miles) of boreal forest, and in return Canopy, ForestEthics and Greenpeace will suspend their “Do Not Buy” campaigns while the agreement is being implemented.

Area of Suspended Timber Harvest in Boreal Caribou Range

endangered migrating Woodland caribou

This is our best chance to save the endangered “Woodland caribou, permanently protect vast areas of the boreal forest and put in place sustainable forestry practices,” said Richard Brooks, spokesperson for participating environmental organizations and Forest Campaign Co-ordinator of Greenpeace Canada.

Another Canadian company that supports sustainable lumber practices is RONA’s Wood Products, the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, will by the end of 2010, buy and sell only 100% of the softwood lumber – spruce, pine and fir – sold in corporate and franchised stores will be from forests certified under three programs recognized by RONA: the Forest Products Marking Program (CSA), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The policy gives preference to lumber certified to the FSC standard, which the Company considers best responds to its requirements with regards to biodiversity and relations with local communities.

Go Canada -Mother Nature thanks you.

Will Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe’s follow suit in the US? Buy sustainable or recycled or pressed wood products.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  canadianborealforestagreement

Excerpts courtesy of absoluteastronomy.com/Migratory_Woodland_Caribou

Image 1. courtesy of  resurrectionfern.typepad.jpg

Image 2. courtesy of  cpawsmb.org/woodland-caribou.jpg

Map of protected boreal forest canadianborealforestagreement.com

“Operation Blue Rage is well under way in the Mediterranean Sea”


The Atlantic bluefin tuna is on the brink of extinction because of overfishing and illegal fishing to feed a rapidly expanding market in recent years for sushi and sashimi, mainly in Japan, but also increasingly in the United States and Europe. Overall, Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks have declined by over 85 percent compared to maximum historical stock levels.

bluefin-tuna critically endangered

The legal quota for this fishing season is 13,500 tons worldwide.The  European Union fishermen quota is 7,113 tons. Spain has been allocated 2,526.06 tons, France has been allocated 2,021.93 tons, and Italy has been allocated 1,937.50 tons.

Possibly, four times this amount will be taken with the illegally with three quarters falling into the hands of poachers.

Possibly, four times this amount will be taken with the illegally with three quarters falling into the hands of poachers.

Sea Shepherd’s focus is to stop illegal fishing operations and protect wildlife.

Sea Shepherd France President Lamya Essemlali has been the co-organizer for Sea Shepherd’s Operation Blue Rage in the Mediterranean, along with Sea Shepherd Netherlands Director Laurens De Groot, a former Rotterdam police officer.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society plans to have the Steve Irwin their flag ship in the Mediterranean until mid-July addressing this crisis facing the bluefin tuna.



Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  seashepherd.org

Excerpts courtesy of  worldwildlife.org/WWFPresitem.html

Image courtesy of  advocacy.britannica.com/blog/bluefin-tuna

Cheetah uses a car as the perfect look out


Cheetah uses a camera crew’s car as a vantage point to look for prey.

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“Sea Shepherd offers to helm recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico”


Gulf Rescue Campaign

Sea Shepherd announces campaign to save marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico

The British Petroleum (BP) deep-sea oil breach in the Gulf of Mexico is turning into the largest and most destructive oil spill in history. It is a priority emergency and a massive assault on a major marine ecosystem. While BP may be morally and legally responsible for causing this disaster, it is impractical and unwise to leave the rescue of all marine life in the Gulf to a private corporation.  We all need to come together to address this, and we need to do it quickly.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is calling upon all able organizations to join us in sending vessels with trained crew to support large-scale efforts in the Gulf of Mexico to rescue oiled sea birds, turtles, and other marine species.  Together we have the resources, skills, experience, and passion to make a huge difference in the number of lives and species that can be saved from this disastrous oil spill.  We can provide the offshore facilities needed to complement onshore rescue efforts for the finding, capture, treatment, and transport of marine animals viable for rescue.

“Sea Shepherd and other organizations have ships,” said Captain Paul Watson. “These groups, as well as governments and corporations, have resources. We need to mobilize these resources now. This is going to be a long, dirty, and fatiguing process, but we must act, and we must act now

Our ships and dedicated volunteers have accomplished amazing feats through the years, but this disaster in the Gulf needs more than we alone can give.  The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is appealing for cooperation and assistance from additional nonprofit organizations, governments, corporations, and all concerned individuals.  While we will work with the U.S. Government and BP to support their efforts, we are also appealing to them for help with coordinating equipment, qualified personnel, and onshore facilities to complement our offshore work, and to help expedite appropriate clearances for us and other organizations who can bring unique and truly helpful expertise and equipment to help with these rescue efforts.

Sea Shepherd welcomes donations from the public for our “Gulf Rescue Campaign” to help us rescue and protect marine wildlife and habitats. Charity Navigator has recognized Sea Shepherd with a 4-star rating indicating that it is amongst the best nonprofits when it comes to responsible fiscal management and effective use of funds for campaigns.

Help by volunteering your time, and funds.

“Hundreds of US oil spills in 2010 alone-enough oil gods must fall”


Myopic vision, carelessness and poor information have allowed the US at all levels to become reckless with oil. Today I googled US oil spills in 2010 and found conservatively 70 pages of unique smaller oil spills(accidents) ranging from a few to many thousands of gallons of diesel or crude oil being leaked or spilled into streams, wetlands, groundwater, air and seas. This spill have barely been noticed by the people at large including myself until the Gulf of Mexico disaster. I view myself as a person who cares deeply about all of life, yet I ignored all these 700 to 900 occurrences as not involving me.  No wonder the oil companies have felt they could do anything they want and get away with it.

These spills have taken place from the Arctic and Alaska to the homes, businesses, national parks and highways even a hospital had a significant spill this year.

Each spill involves toxic clean up that effects all life touched by it, including the dedicated people that clean up the mess. The flammable nature of diesel fuel makes it necessary for communities and organizations to create a fuel spill action plan in the event a diesel spill occur in your area.

Environmental complacency and  focusing on quick cleanup without long term follow up has created this disaster and others to follow. Look at Louisiana’s  history as an example. They have not headed many wakeup calls from accidents in the past.

  • Jan. 23, 2010 Port Arthur, Texas: The oil tanker Eagle Otome and a barge collide in the Sabine-Neches Waterway, causing the release of about 462,000 gallons of crude oil. Environmental damage was “minimal” as about 46,000 gallons were recovered and 175,000 gallons were dispersed or evaporated, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • April 24, 2010 Gulf of Mexico: The Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible drilling rig, sank on April 22, after an April 20th explosion on the vessel. Eleven people died in the blast. When the rig sank, the riser—the 5,000-foot-long pipe that connects the wellhead to the rig—became detached and began leaking oil. In addition, U.S. Coast Guard investigators discovered a leak in the wellhead itself. As much as 100,000 barrels of oil per day are leaking into the Gulf threatening wildlife along the Louisiana Coast.
  • As many as 1,000 people and dozens of ships and aircraft were enlisted to help in the cleanup. BP (British Petroleum), which leased the Deepwater Horizon, is responsible for the cleanup, but the U.S. Navy supplied the company with resources to help contain the slick. Light oil reached the Louisiana shore on April 30, and today heavy crude as reached the wetlands.
  • Also today May 20, 2010 oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill appears to have entered the Loop Current, which could eventually send it up the East Coast.
  • Yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal reported seeing heavy oil after taking a boat tour of Pass a Loutre, La.. According to Jindal, the oil he saw was thick and heavy, not the sheen or tar balls that have been reported on other occasions. The governor said more than 30 miles of the state’s coastline had been oiled.
  • The oil spill has the potential to reverse progress made in the last two years in preserving the state’s wetlands.  Shrimpers were rebounding and oyster fishermen were recovering and  coastal communities were rebuilding until now.

What has happened to the oil from the previous spills in the Mississippi River and the oil spilled during hurricane Katrina? The oilmen are petitioning to go back to work at their shallow water rigs in the Gulf without any more safety features built in to those rigs than the deep water ones have now.

Now the EPA has issued a dictum to BP that they may only now use dispersants preapproved by the EPA. Only the least toxic dispersants will be approved. No one knows the effects of these chemicals either. History repeats itself. How will their next accident happen and when?

Watch out east coast it is your turn next to share the oily mess from the Gulf thats to the Loop current.

We must stop polluting with oil on land, sea and air to save our world.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of epaosc.net/attdieselspill

Excerpts courtesy of  guardian.co.uk/environment

Excerpts courtesy of  infoplease.com/ipa
Excerpts courtesy of  adn.com/overfilled-tank

Excerpts courtesy of  ksbw.com/news

Excerpts courtesy of  newsinferno.com

Excerpts courtesy of  epaosc.org/attdieselspill

Video on Loop Current courtesy of   redlasso.com

“Saving endangered wildlife in the Gulf from future destruction”


The once beautiful rare sea turtle is covered in the Gulf of Mexico’s oil. this one is one of the lucky ones that survived to find the caring hands of a wildlife team. It was forced to fight its way through miles and miles of toxic oil. The nesting season for threatened and endangered sea turtles has just begun.  The oil has made its way to the loop current that can take it has far as the east coast where the southern migration of the sea turtles from New England to the Caribbean is underway.

These turtles are precious, and Defenders of Wildlife and its consorioum going to go to court to court to save them.

Please donate now to support our efforts in the courts, on Capitol Hill and on the ground to save sea turtles and other imperiled wildlife.

For years, the federal government has been issuing “categorical exclusions” to help fast-track oil and gas exploration and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico – effectively priming the pump for the massive oil slick now jeopardizing the survival of threatened and endangered sea turtles and other wildlife.

Just last week, Defenders of Wildlife and their associate groups called on the Senate to pass legislation to address climate change and the sea level rise that threatens to devastate sea turtle nesting ground without providing incentives for more dangerous offshore drilling.

On Monday May 17, Defenders filed suit in federal court to stop the federal government’s continued use of these “categorical exclusions” and demand an end to the cavalier disregard for the disastrous impact that offshore drilling and exploration can have on sea turtles and other imperiled species.

Your support for the court fight ahead is needed by Tuesday May 25th.

Thank you for your caring and generous contribution.

Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico are just now beginning to nest on the beaches where they lay their eggs each year. These and other endangered sea turtles are found throughout the coastal and offshore waters of the Gulf.

Resources
Excerpts courtesy of secure.defenders.org
Image courtesy of twitpic.com/1p7jqz

“Az gov. education/environment-two wrongs don’t equal a right”


AZ Governor and Legislature fails to protect the state’s  natural treasures this season.

Everything and people associated with protecting our air, resources, national and state parks  lost this legislative session.

This session seems to have been run by the most myopic state representatives in recent history. People did not work as collaborative teams,  they found few things to agree on and what was passed lead to some very poor bills moving forward.

to those of us that care about our state’s future health care for the individual as well as what he breathes, drinks and the nature parks for recreation and species preservation there was an extreme lack of support.

Neither the legislature or the governor could be counted to protect Arizona’s dwindling groundwater, rivers and streams, the state parks system or education.

The legislature passed and the governor signed a bill to weaken the state’s aquifer protection permit program, a program that institutes protective measures for groundwater rather than after-the-fact clean up. Weakening this program means that future generations will have more polluted groundwater.

More than half of our state parks could be closed by year’s end, and, without additional funding, nine more parks will likely close. These  parks include natural areas, historic places, archaeological sites and cultural resources. The state park system has suffered its most severe cuts in recent years, down from $26 million in January 2009 to possible less than $7.5 million today.

Arizonans yesterday past in an override election, an amendment to increase taxes to fund education after the legislature drained from the educational funds.

More and more Arizonan must take back the responsibility to monitor who we elect or or air, water, health, education and desert biome will become unfit to inhabit.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  arizona.sierraclub.org

Image courtesy of  cap-az.com

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