“Need green energy victory bonds”

Green America’s revolutionary idea to advance green technologies — energy efficiency, renewables, and mass transit projects — that will be popular with the American people and Congress alike, grow domestic jobs, and not cost taxpayers one more dollar.

Clean Energy Victory Bonds (CEVBS): U.S. Treasury savings bonds that will encourage grassroots citizen investment in a clean-energy future for all.

But you can’t buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds today.

First, Congress must authorize them.

That is why I am writing you— Green America needs your generous support today, to help us seize this opportunity!

Clean Energy Victory Bonds would allow millions of Americans to play their part by investing small amounts — $25, $50, $100— in a unified patriotic movement designed to invest in the transition to clean energy — and restore our economy, our environment, and our energy independence all at the same time.

I can’t imagine witnessing one more unnecessary disaster like Japan’s nuclear catastrophe, BP’s oils spill, or Massey’s coalmine explosion. We have to transition to safe, clean energy—and Green America needs your support.

I hope you will join with me and thousands of fellow Green Americans, in a campaign to invest in America’s clean energy future.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this campaign could tackle the biggest problem in human history. Please consider making a donation, together we can invest in a cleaner environment, energy independence, victory over climate change, and a new sense of national unity.

Thank you in advance for your generosity,

Alisa Gravitz
Executive Director
Green America

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“Saving the Giant Sequoia”

The Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM) and its diverse array of rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal species are under greater threats than ever. A plan recently approved by the U.S. Forest Service would continue controversial large-scale logging and road building in this unique habitat.

You can help by asking

Rep. Raul Grijalva to support a Congressional letter to President Obama asking him to use his presidential powers to protect the GSNM.

In spite of a decade-old Presidential proclamation calling for an end to logging and road building within the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM), the Forest Service recently approved a plan that would put this sensitive endangered species habitat at untold risk. Continued logging has damaged and fragmented ecosystems, displaced endangered and threatened plant and animal species and robbed future generations of the ability to be among Giant Sequoias–the largest trees on Earth.

Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) has prepared a letter to President Obama asking that he transfer GSNM to the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. You can read the letter below. The National Park Service is the appropriate agency to manage the Giant Sequoia National Monument, to ensure that all of our remaining Sequoias, along with the diverse array of rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal species, have full and permanent protection.

Take action! Ask your Member of Congress to co-sign Representative Farr’s letter asking President Obama to transfer the GSNM to the National Park Service.

Giant Sequoias are the largest trees on Earth, and fifty percent of the world’s Sequoias are in GSNM. The Giant Sequoia National Monument is a unique forest ecosystem supporting a wealth of rare, threatened, and endangered species. The Pacific fisher, great gray owl, American marten, northern goshawk, peregrine falcon, California spotted owl, California condor, several rare amphibians and the western pond turtle all rely on this forest habitat now threatened by large-scale logging.

Tell your Representative that you support protecting the Giant Sequoia National Monument by transferring its management to the National Park Service.

The GSNM was set aside by President Clinton in 2000 for the purpose of ending logging and road building within its boundaries. In the decade that followed, it has seen continued destruction despite the intention of the proclamation. Numerous members of Congress have pressured the Forest Service to end this mismanagement and federal courts have ruled the Forest Service’s logging plan to be in violation of the Monument proclamation. Yet the Forest Service intends to move forward with its controversial logging plan.

The President can permanently protect this diverse endangered species habitat by transferring it to the National Park Service. Please ask your Representative to co-sign Representative Sam Farr’s letter to President Obama today.

Thank you for everything you do for wildlife and wild places.

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“10 year battle saves Tongrass-we win”

After a 10 year battle in court we have won!

A federal judge in Alaska has ruled in our favor and protected 9.5 million acres of wild, roadless areas in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from destructive logging and road building. The Tongass National Forest (play /ˈtɒŋɡəs/) in southeastern Alaska is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres (69,000 km²). Most of its area is part of the temperate rain forest WWF ecoregion, itself part of the larger Pacific temperate rain forest WWF ecoregion, and is remote enough to be home to many species of endangered and rare flora and fauna.

We’ve been fighting this courtroom battle alongside Earthjustice since 2003, when the Bush Administration illegally exempted the Tongass from the landmark Roadless Rule, which safeguards the last undisturbed stretches of our national forests.

Your activism and support have proved critical in this epic fight.

A decade ago, activists like you generated hundreds of thousands of petitions that helped persuade the Clinton Administration to establish the Roadless Rule in the first place.

Then, your financial support made it possible for us to wage an eight-year legal battle that has produced this historic win for America’s greatest temperate rainforest.

Thanks to you, the towering old-growth stands of the wild Tongass — along with its incomparable populations of grizzlies, wolves and bald eagles — will be spared from an onslaught of chain saws and bulldozers.

This hard-fought victory captures the never-say-die spirit of BioGems campaigns at their very best. It is proof positive that you are part of a powerful and effective voice for the wild. Thank you for helping save the Tongass!


Natural Resources Defense Council                                                                                                  

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“Road rage squashed elephant style” http://wp.me/pd14G-1RG


These photos are from Thursday, Feb. 17 by someone from Centurion in Pilanesberg game reserve, South Africa .

The guy in the white Volkswagen was trying to get past the elephant.

Road rage certainly effects us all. This elephant has a unique calm approach to putting the raging driver in his place.

Thsnks for sending them Joline.-Mother Nature  author unknown














Road rage, it affects us all

“Surfing turned to saving lobsters”

L.A. science fair brings out new dedicated  young genius to help Mother Nature

It was a passion for surfing that helped lead Adrienne McColl to the final round of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this week.

After fracturing her back twice during her sophomore year, Adrienne McColl put away her surfboard, but not her love for sea life. At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, To pursue her passion she began researching ways to turn the declining numbers of California spiny lobstersby finding a way to keep lobster larvae alive longer to boost their survival as adult lobster.

She has found a way to keep the larvae alive in a lab for 179 days. This may not seem like much until you consider that this time represents more than two months longer than any professional research biologists has achieved.

Adrienne McColl was named winner of the animal sciences division for her project, “Effects of Food Types on Survival and Development of Larval California Spiny Lobsters, Panulirus interruptus.”

Friday from among a field of more than 1,500 finalists from as far away as Argentina, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, and students from California when her name was announced her fellow competitors gave her a standing ovation.

She won $8,000 in scholarship money, said she’ll be studying aquaculture and fisheries next year at the University of Washington.
Congratulations Adrienne McColl for helping  Mother Nature


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“Can you help Mixer and friends?”

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), pet rescue team in Johannesburg has come across some desperate situations through the years. But this one stunned even them. They would like to share it with you.

In Africa, AIDS is at epidemic proportions. Sadly, there are many children left as orphans when their parents pass away from the awful disease.

At an AIDS hospice near to IFAW’s veterinary clinic, people suffering from AIDS receive emotional and financial

support for themselves and their families. Many of the needy are mothers with young children.

It was to this AIDS clinic that a desperately hungry woman arrived with a sweet puppy named Mixer. She was so desperate to feed her family, in fact, that she came to the clinic to trade their beloved puppy for food for her children.

The hospice, of course, gave assistance to her and her family. And they took in Mixer – not as payment for the food, but because they didn’t want Mixer to be a burden on the struggling family.

The hospice then called IFAW, and we immediately fetched Mixer and brought him back to our veterinary clinic.

Mixer is such a sweet puppy – and he has taken quite a liking to a litter of kittens also at the clinic. He curls up and sleeps with them and gently plays with them.

It’s heartbreaking to think of the struggle that so many families dealing with AIDS face every day. The work of the AIDS hospice and other human-aid charities is so needed.

Of course, the pets of these families, and many other animals in these impoverished communities, also face great hardship and desperately need help.Without us, these animals have chance for survival.

They’d likely end up on the street with no food, and they’d quickly face starvation. And they’d be easy targets for painful infections like mange, heartworm, and the many other diseases that afflict street dogs. Even if they did survive, they’d likely live a life of great suffering.

The IFAW’s clinic and friends like you have saved Mixer and his kitten friends and given them a chance to find loving new homes, free from the threat of starvation and painful diseases.

Please make a donation today to help IFAW rescue animals, care for them, and find them new homes.

Thanks for your donation to puppies like Mixer and his friends.

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“Going to Mars? Don’t forget to pack your house flies.”

Putting the Common Housefly onto the dinner plate

Bring housefly food to store near you.

Going to Mars? Don’t forget to pack your house flies.

Growing and harvesting house fly larvae for human nutrition is a ways off, but Musca domestica the common house fly will be grown and made into human food for the long flights to Mars. Until then, this insect larvae hold real promise in taking the pressure off of the traditional animal based nutrient resources and wild populations on Earth. The firm’s insectary grow beds commonly yield seventy pounds of clean larvae per square foot per year. A variety of organic materials and agriculture wastes can be used as grow medium.

Applications for insect food tech could include:

cleaning for poultry barns. fecal wastes of the insects themselves have application as fertilizer. food products for avian and aquatic use in private and public animal collections. nerve and optical studies, water absorption in farmed fish pollination. fine oils and cosmetics. wildlife rehabilitation for insect based diets or supplements, cage bird propagation, wild bird food and, most recently, all natural (not organic) poultry boosters, mimicking free range diet, to enhance egg production and quality.

Products have been made from live, dehydrated and frozen larvae and pupae either whole, ground, pelleted or liquefied.

How tasty are these fly based foods? Early research suggests that human will eat it and it is palatable. Only used in novelty foods today, tomorrow house fly larvae may come in many forms to stores near you. Research began in Oregon in 1975 to farming of Musca domestica, the common housefly.

Fly Farm Systems has a patent pending on the techniques and apparatus of its proprietary insect husbandry system.

The firm is seeking to license partners for application world wide.

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