“Gulf of Mexico crisis brings caring nations together”


Help is being offered from many countries and the US is accepting assistance from 12 countries to date.  Only Mexico and the International Maritime Organization and the Monitoring and Information Center has offered assistance without expecting remuneration.
More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill.Most of the countries and groups have offered skimmers, boom or dispersant chemicals, according to a chart on the State Department’s website. From mid May Mexico,  Norway and Brazil have been hard as work helping the US.
To date there were 24 foreign vessels working in the Gulf as part of the clean up team. Nine countries had provided boom, skimmers and other assistance.
The International Maritime Organization and the Monitoring and Information Center, run by the European Commission are offering technical assistance. Mexico, Norway, Holland and Japan are providing skimmers; Canada is providing containment boom; and Croatia is pitching in with technical advice.
With the possibility that these BP contaminants could effect all the oceans of the world endangering all life, it would be wise for everyone to pitch in to solve this potential international crisis.

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“How Cherrios are helping to save the Everglades”


Cleaning up a man made mess.  Working together to redress the insults to Mother Earth.

“The problem is the Everglades are our water supply.” Eric Buermann, Southern Florida Water Management District. “And there’s only 40 percent of the natural Everglades left after man’s drainage and decimation of the natural environment.”

Investing almost $1 billion the state for Florida has instituted a research program to correct the growing problem. Engineers hope to apply what scientists learn to get water running again where there’s too much of it and let it flow into places where there’s much too little of it, like the Everglades National Park

Will this work to save the unique habitat be damaged by the oil approaching the Everglades?

Cherrios are helping to save the the watery wetland’s water flow patterns.  Check out the video.

What do you think?  

Look at the work being done to try to restore part of the Everglades.

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“Spare the Gulf from fierce hurricanes-please”


Hurricanes pick up rains pick up fish, oil and everything else. The petrochemicals both heavy and light  found in crude oil evaporate even without a storm picking them up! Oil evaporates into the air. Some of the lighter chemicals in crude oil evaporate at temperatures as low as 100 degrees (F) the average temperature in Louisiana and the surrounding Gulf coastal areas at this time of year.

What if these chemicals are rained down upon the land as part of a major storm? Every living thing is endangered.
Stage 1.

Now, these lighter chemicals that more easily evaporate also happen to have lower flash points, meaning they catch on fire more easily and at lower temperatures than other elements in the oil. The flash point for gasoline, for example, is much lower than diesel fuel. That’s because gasoline is “more flammable” and is a lighter fuel than diesel.

The EPA classifies oils into Classes A – D. Class A is the lightest kind of oil, which the EPA describes as highly fluid, often clear, spread rapidly on solid or water surfaces, have a strong odor, a high evaporation rate, and are usually flammable. They penetrate porous surfaces such as dirt and sand, and may be persistent in such a matrix.”

“…t the more volatile oils can evaporate from crude oil, rendering the remaining oil heavier and more “tar-like.”

Stage 2. If a hurricane carrying these chemicals makes landfall, the earth, sidwalks, buildings virtually everything could be covered by a wet, slippery toxic mess. Impossible to clean up fast enough, It would pose a health and potential safety hazard for everyone.

Stage 3

This slime would kill trees and plants and possible small animals like small birds or young and possibly contaminate the animals that feed off the land its plants and animals. Earlier this month the first potential signs of plant die off came when “burnt spots and white powdery spots”  suddenly appeared on plants and trees of all kinds both organically grown and traditional agro- farms. This toxic rain could be fatal for all species- from the microbial level up- no matter where it falls, essentially collapsing the environment from the bottom up. The devastation of a hurricane with these chemicals dispersed in it would multiply the effects and hazards.

This toxic acid rain could be fatal for all species from the microbial level up no matter where it falls, essentially collapsing the environment from the bottom up. The devastation of a hurricane with these chemicals dispersed in it would multiply the effects and hazards.

Stage 4

When the sun dries up the rain, all the dead trees killed by the oil turn into kindling. The whole city is ready to ignite.

Some of the more volatile fuels may evaporate, giving off toxic explosive fumes. Now any carelessly thrown cigarette or  one lightning strike could explode and create a city to burn to the ground like what happened in the Chicago Fire many years ago.

The explosions from this firestorm could cause the sewers to explode destroying the entire underground infrastructure (fiber optics, water delivery, electrical infrastructure, etc.) of the city.

The aftermath

After the fire of the century BP oil would still be left in the water, covering the shore and lingering in the air and in and on everything still alive. And in the aftermath, you’d still have oil covering the beaches, oil in the ocean, and the threat of more firestorms yet to come. It could be just the first of many such incidents striking the Gulf Coast.

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“The best news for whales yet +thank you all”


YOU DID IT!
Good News for Whales

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) announced yesterday that it is delaying action on a deal that would have legalized commercial whaling for the first time in a generation.

The IWC’s decision is a huge victory for whales — and for activists like you — against very long odds. And it was made possible by more than 100,000 NRDC Members, BioGems Defenders and Nature’s Crusaders like you who helped ignite a worldwide outcry against this  disastrous policy change.

For years these secret deals had been negotiated behind closed-door meetings with many bribes to cement the deal. Key government players in this deadly game, include the USA, that believes that lifting the ban on whaling would rein in rogue whaling by Japan, Iceland and Norway.

These “gentleman’s agreement” would have given the whaling nations, sanctioned permission to slaughter of whales after they’ had defied international law for years.

In this new deal  the whaling ban would have been suspended for 10 years and opened an internationally protected whale sanctuary to commercial whaling without sanctions for killing whales.

In their myopic view of whales equal $$ and nothing else matters,   this agreement that the US was planning on signing  would allow  legal loopholes like “scientific permits.”  This fake moral justification believes that to save whales we have to kill  them for research.-

Thank goodness their are hundreds of thousands of conscious caring people worldwide whose outcry helped halt at least temporarily this headlong rush to legalize the slaughter of whales for profit. Tell the United States and other conscious earth friendly nations to toughen their stance in negotiating with the whaling nations.

The last minute shift largely due to the world’s outpouring of support for whales produced a whale-saving deadlock.

This fight continues to protect these gentle giants of our oceans who helped protect and keep

The IWC has left the proposed deal open on its agenda, meaning that it could be revisited in the next two days.

Possibly the IWC will opt for a year-long “cooling-off period” and take up the issue again next year. We’ll be ready to mobilize again whenever this proposed deal is put back on the table. Tell your government representative to the commission and the head of your country that you want to permanently table the ban on whale hunting,

In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be urging the IWC to focus its conservation efforts on emerging threats to marine mammals that are growing with each passing day: from entanglement to ship strikes, from noise pollution to global warming.

In the meantime, I want to thank you for helping secure this important victory for whales — and for making sure that the slaughter of whales for profit will remain illegal.

Mother Nature, Nature’s Crusaders and  NRDC

“Amazing nanoparticle sponge that sucks up oil”


Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) engineering professor David Schiraldi and his research group have created a nanoparticle clay sponge that sucks up oil like files are attracted to a magnet.  Aeroclay composites are ultra-lightweight sponge made of clay and a bit of high-grade plastic that draws oil out of contaminated water while leaving the water behind.  There is no chemical reaction between the material and oil. If the oil is uncontaminated, it can be used again.
The Aerogel comes in granular form, in sheets or in blocks of almost any shape and is effective in fresh and saltwater or on a surface. Oil spill experts on both coasts say that the ability to squeeze out and conserve the oil is an advantage over other products currently available.
This is a nanotechnology product.   These researchers have created a line of patented foam-like and environmentally friendly sponge/foam  like polymers. Check out the videos and the full story.
Will this become the magic bullet for spill cleanup in the future?
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“US set to vote to kill whales-your vote needed”


How can we allow  the US to support the slaughter of whales?

The future of the largest sea going mammal is in your hands.

According to the latest research whales are very intelligent, have close family groups, mourn and or as smart(maybe smarter) than the average human. We now know from field studies that a lot of the large whales exhibit some of the most complex behaviour in the animal kingdom,” said Lori Marino, a neurobiologist at Emory University.

The future of these gentle giants comes under global debate at IWC talks in Morocco on this Monday.

Will we let international corporations dictate another sea time disaster? Tell Obama to vote no.

Do not give Japan, Norway, Iceland or any country a license to kill whales, especially whales that are threatened.

How can we allow  the US to support the slaughter of whales? Click here to save whales.

According to the latest research whales are very intelligent, have close family groups, mourn and or as smart(maybe smarter) than the average human. We now know from field studies that a lot of the large whales exhibit some of the most complex behaviour in the animal kingdom,” said Lori Marino, a neurobiologist at Emory University

The future of these gentle giants comes under global debate at IWC talks in Morocco on this Monday.

Will we let international corporations dictate another sea time disaster? Tell Obama to vote no.

Do not give up our sea animals Japan, Norway, Iceland or any country a license to kill whales, especially whales that are threatened.

The future of the largest sea going mammal is in your hands.

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“Karina in the skies before the destruction”


The person that took this incredible photographs of hurricane Katrina as she came ashore should receive an award. They show the majesty, power and unparaled wonder and its beauty.. Click here.

The photographer was from Magee, Mississippi where the eye of the storm passed. Magee is 150 miles North of Waveland, Mississippi where the Hurricane made landfall.

The last photobwas taken from the third story balcony of Saint Stanislaus College located next door to Our Lady of the Gulf church in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi on the morning of August 29th, 2005.

This is believed to be the initial tidal wave from Hurricane Katrina. The tidal wave was approximately 35 to 40 feet high. When it slammed into the beach front communities of Bay Saint Louis and Waveland, Mississippi to completely destroy 99% of every structure along the beach for 9 miles and over a mile inland. The destruction only started there. The flooding that continued inland destroyed the contents of all but 35 homes in these two communities of approximately 14,000 people.

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“A salute to sea life as it was in the Gulf of Mexico”



An underwater tour of the Gulf of Mexico by submarine and scuba, highlighting the vast diversity of marine life throughout the Gulf, from the surface to depths of nearly 2,000 feet. The tour begins in the northern Gulf, tracks south along the west Florida shelf, to northwestern Cuba and finally west to Veracruz, Mexico. This video was produced for the opening ceremony of the first “State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit” held in 2006 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

This video was also shown at the May 19, 2010 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Deepwater Horizon: Oil Spill Prevention and Response Measures, and Natural Resource Impacts” as part of the testimony of Dr. Sylvia A. Earle.

Chair and Program Coordinator, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and a marine biologist Sylvia Earle has been an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998. Named “Time” magazine’s first “hero for the planet” in 1998, Earle has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 50 expeditions totaling more than 6,000 hours underwater. She was the former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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For more on the Gulf of Mexico http://1planet1ocean.org and http://oceandoctor.org

“Prevention can decrease exposure to Gulf gusher petrochemicals”


There can be many challenging years ahead for the health of volunteers and contract workers and the people of the Gulf coastal areas due to excess exposure to oil, dangerous dispersant and methane from the BP gusher. The greater the exposure the greater the risk with each passing day working and breathing the muck. Air born oil toxins pose a possible health risk for individuals living in and around the affected area. Most susceptible are the workers and volunteers,  the very young, the elderly and those who suffer from asthma. Man can be an endangered species in the Gulf area.

Take these precautions
Avoid exposure as much as possible. If you live in an area where an oil spill has recently occurred, keep your windows and doors tightly closed to avoid outdoor air from entering your home.
Purchasing and using an air purifier will help dispose of dangerous chemicals within the air. Make sure that the air purifier you choose comes equipped with a UV light to also kill harmful bacteria.
Purchase a simple surgical mask and wear it when you leave the house and when you are driving in your car. It won’t prevent you from inhaling airborne petrochemicals, it will reduce your overall exposure.

Avoid contaminated beaches at all costs. Although it may be tempted to see the level of destruction, directly exposing yourself to drying oil puts your health at risk.

Avoid seafood from contaminated areas.

If you happen to come into direct contact with oil, wash it off immediately. Do not bring oil-contaminated objects or clothing into your home.
**One of the long term effects to humans is the inability to heal bones and other tissues due to petrochemicals and methane poisoning . A toxic pollutant spread by oil spills, forest fires and car exhaust is also present in cigarette smoke, and may represent a second way in which smoking delays bone healing, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Orthopedic Research Society in San Francisco in 2005.

Workers are sacrificing their lives for the area’s economic survival.

The worst case scenario:
If an entire area is deemed a disaster area from total contamination, there might have to evacuate and relocated
the population  due to petroleum poisoning from contaminated air, rain, gulf water, seafood wildlife and estuaries.

An aside:  Did you realize?

Humans are exposed to petrochemical toxins on a daily basis. These toxins permeate the air we breathe
Petrochemicals are used to make insecticides lethal. They are eaten when humans eat non-organic fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables must be washed with soap and water before eating or cooking to make them safer before being ingested.
Maybe it is time to clean up our act and eliminate the excess use of petrochemicals that pervade our lives.

Support green sustainable energies.
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“Help cool Mother Nature with your garden plants + trees this year!”


Cool our climate by planting a garden this year.

Use garden tools and products that decrease your carbon foot print:
1. Weed, prune and rake leaves by hand
2. Use an electric or push lawn mower.
3. Use home made/organic compost and natural pest-control methods.
4. Avoid peat, using compost or peat-free potting and seed-starting mixes instead.

Plant trees and shrubs that fit your climate zone :
1. Plant trees and shrubs that have a long life span and plant them on the east, west or south side of their home.
2. Position new trees where they will shade your home in summer or provide protection from winter winds.

3. Trees help beautify the community, shade buildings to conserve energy thereby reducing carbon emissions resulting from energy production.

4. Trees provide habitat for wildlife and  trap air pollutants.

5. Trees control stormwater runoff.

6. Trees block soil erosion.

7. Trees transpire moisture from their leaves which absorbs heat and helps cool air temperatures at the hottest times of year and reduces the urban heat island effect.

8. Plant trees and plants that fit your hardiness zone. Check with the beautification council in your city for trees best for your area. Avoid trees that are susceptible to insect infestations.

Compost-recycle yard clippings and food waste ( not meat, dessert or processed food scraps.
* Make compost bin to reduce heat-trapping methane emissions from landfills.
* Use compost in the garden to increase carbon sequestering in the soil.

Green up your lawn.
* After mowing the grass on your lawn by leaving the grass clippings to fertilize the soil, reducing the need for added fertilizer and increasing carbon storage.
* Minimize watering, which has been linked to increased emissions of heat-trapping nitrous oxide from lawns.
Install a drip system and harvest your rain and grey water for garden use.

Encourage climate-friendly organic farms in your area.
* Support farmers who adopt climate-friendly agricultural practices such as cover cropping and crop rotation and who reduce their use of chemical fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides.
Buy local climate friendly organic produce.

Help cool Mother Nature with your garden this year!


To show your support for Climate-Friendly Gardens 
click here

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