“Fly solar around the clock”


The Solar Impulse HB-SIA is a new ultralight glider plane a first to use  solar cells to power its four electric engines and to recharge lithium batteries to fly day or night.  The 12,000 battery’s’ total weight equals about one fourth of the plane’s weight and are housed in pods under its wings.

In a specially designed plane with a 63.4-meter wingspan about the size of a Boeing 747 jumbo jetIt will fly at speeds around 44 mph and  soaring up to an altitude of  possibly 26,000 feet.

The mission, weather permitting, will mark the world’s first manned 24-hour solar flight.

Is the maiden voyage the first possible giant step in the direction of perpetual flight ?

Helping to decrease our dependence on oil – one new invention at a time.

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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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Excerpts
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“Eat up that oil”


Oil Eating Microbes

ON May 17, 2010 the Texas Land Office and Texas Water Commission successfully used ‘oil eating’ microbes to clean up large oil spills on land or in the water in just weeks. Bacteria hunt down and eat the toxic oil and leave only a biodegradable waste that is non-toxic to humans and marine life.

Applied as a dry powder blend of stabilized bacterial spores and micro-nutrients formulated for use in the degradation of petroleum based hydrocarbons. Remediation of marshland and beaches were pristine again in just weeks. Could this help save the Gulf of Mexico?

The video shows a possible way to safely clean up and restore the oil-polluted ocean, wetlands and sea-shores back within weeks instead of years
.

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Video courtesy of YouTube

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“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

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Map of protected boreal forest canadianborealforestagreement.com

“North Pacific Grey whale found vacationing off coast Israel”


Possible this is the first time in 200 to 300 years that a Grey whale has been seen off the coast of Israel. It is an adult mammal a mature whale measuring some 12 meters (39 feet) and weighing around 20 tons.

grey whale

The Grey whale was first sighted off Herzliya in central Israel on Saturday May 8. It is possible that it traveled thousands of miles from the north Pacific through the melting ice of the Bering Straights looking for food.  It appears to be underweight, and might have gone astray.

“It’s an unbelievable event which has been described as one of the most important whale sightings ever,” said Dr Aviad Scheinin, chairman of the Israel Marine Mammal Research and Assistance Center which identified the creature.

Once the Grey whales were plentiful in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but the population of the Atlantic Grey whales became extinct in the 17th or 18th centuries. Until this sighting the only remaining colonies live in the western and eastern sectors of the north Pacific.

The Pacific Greys annually travel 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometres) round trip from the northeastern Pacific  rim in  October to warmer waters around the Gulf of California and back.
So it is possible that this whale when autumn came,  began travelling south, keeping the land mass on the left and heading for the Californian Gulf with the aim of “turning left” into the bay.

But instead, it reached Gibraltar and turned left into the Mediterranean and ended up off the shores of Israel, Scheinin said.

“The question now is: are we going to see the re-colonisation of the Atlantic?” he said. “This is very important ecologically because of the change of habitat. It emphasises the climate change that we are going through.”

So far, the whale seems to be happy enough in the waters off the shores of Israel, he said.

“It is pretty thin, which indicates the trip was quite harsh, but we think it can survive here,” he said. “Grey whales are very generalist in what they feed on.”

Is this the first of many Greys to relocate?   Keeping waterways clean can foster the re-habitation of many species.

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Excerpts and Image courtesy of  TerraDaily.com and AFP

“Ahoy mates! 95 rare right whales playing near Martha’s Vineyard”


A mother and her calf are cruising near the Vineyard in Nantucket and in and out of adjoining canals.    

Ninety- five  right whales are playing and feeding today in what might be one of the largest gathering of these rare whales in history.

These endangered whales eat plankton and billions of copepods (tiny crustaceans) while consuming about a ton of food a day. The copepods are packed with protein and calorie-rich oils. Their near-surface feeding and traveling activities put them at risk for vessel collision.

The mother-calf pairs often wander into smaller waterways like the Cape Cod Canal and Salem harbor. There are two first time mother this season.

The North Atlantic right whale Eubalaena glacialis,is greatly endangered.  An adult right whale measures about 50 feet (15 metres) in length. There are two other species of right whale, Eubalaena australis, which lives in the southern hemisphere, and Eubalaena japonica, the North Pacific right whale. The three different species of right whales never meet in their ocean travels. While southern right whales are increasing at a rate of 7-8% per year, North Atlantic right whales are not showing any signs of recovering from historical whaling with approximately 350 individuals left.

Man is the greatest threat to these highly endangered whale, because of collisions with ships and entanglement in fishing gear, and pollution.

Resources


Excerpts
courtesy of  http://www.mvgazette.com

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.rightwhaleweb.org

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“The best gift to give Mother Earth this Earth Day”


Saving endangered Hawksbill turtles

Give a gift of yourself
Have an earth party!

Nature’s Crusaders would like  to invite you to join with Defenders of Wildlife to help create a better future for us all

Give One Day of Service to our Mother Earth and the incredible wildlife she sustains.


Whether you pick up trash in a local park, create a haven for wildlife by planting native shrubs in your backyard or get your friends together to restore habitat in a nearby national wildlife refuge or forest, we can improve wildlife in our own community. 

Will you walk so wildlife can live

The goal is to get 40,000 people to walk the walk for wildlife on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

Ask your friends, family, your church or school group to join you.

Click here to add your name to the growing list of people who will be pledging a Day of Service to the Earth.

Defenders will provide you with all the tools you need to plan your project.

Endangered world saved by our children”


Permanent positive change in environmental protection

Begins with our children

Over the last few months, we have been asking for your help in advancing the No Child Left Inside Act, the response is overwhelmingly positive. thus there is now

unprecedented support for environmental and outdoor education within the U.S. Department of Education and the White House environmental literacy in the President’s budget and Secretary Duncan’s blueprint for the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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By bringing environmental education into the mainstream curriculum through the NCLI Act systemic and lasting change for the environment and for preK-12 education in America can happen for the first time. This  great opportunity is short lived and may not come again.

Needed now is a full time team of  paid advisors and political consultants.

Will you help become a donor or corporate sponsor?ediately to our federal advocacy campaign.

More good news: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), a founding member of the Coalition, has undergone the same kind of fiscal tightening that most of you have, and has stretched its limited resources in support of NCLI. CBF recognizes the unprecedented and fleeting nature of this opportunity to embed NCLI in the reauthorized ESEA, and the tremendous positive impact that the Coalition’s success will have on its own mission of saving the Bay. CBF’s leadership team will match up to $25,000 in funds contributed by Coalition members toward this federal advocacy campaign.

Help us double, triple or quadruple this investment

with an organizational contribution of your own.

Every donation—no matter the size—will bring us closer to success. 

Timing is critical and funds must be raised by April 15th.

Checks should be made out to: CBF for No Child Left Inside

No Child Left Inside Coalition

6 Herndon Ave

Annapolis, MD 21403

Thank you so much for all that you do.

Sincerely,

Don Baugh, Director

No Child Left Inside Coalition

www.nclicoalition.org

“Walmart bows to the California Environmental Quality Act”


Walmart forced to cut Greenhouse Gas Pollution
California Environmental Quality Act {CEQA) makes environmental protection a mandatory part of every California state and local agency’s decision making process, it has become a model for environmental protection laws in other states, but it has also become the basis for numerous lawsuits concerning public and private projects.
Settling lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, late last week Walmart agreed to install three 250-kilowatt rooftop solar facilities and incorporate cutting-edge efficiency measures in constructing two new Supercenters stores in Perris and Yucca Valley, as well as to start a refrigerant audit and improvement program to reduce emissions at certain existing California Walmart stores. Walmart will also contribute $120,000 to the Mojave Desert Land Trust for land-conservation purposes. The big-box chain agreed to employ similar CO2-reduction measures for a proposed Supercenter in Riverside.
The California Environmental Quality Act’s goal is to improve new development, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, save energy, save money, and promote a vibrant green economy.

This type of environmental protection act needs to be enacted in every state.

You have a choice.

Congratulations to the the Center for Biological Diversity and its partners for all your hard work and dedication. Please donate today to help them keep up the good fight.

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Excerpts courtesy of   Center for Biological Diversity.org

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“Saving our creatures-One fluttering inch at a times”


Only about an inch (2.5 centimeters) across its wings, The critically endangered Palos Verdes Blue butterflies are flying again over California thanks to several small groups of dedicated scientists and volunteers.
This beautiful little blue butterfly is native to the  LA coastal dune areas. It nearly went into oblivion from man  eliminating its habitat for housing projects.  The male has a bright silvery-blue dorsal wing outlined in a narrow line of black, while the female’s dorsal wing is a more brownish-gray color. Both males and females have gray ventral(under) wings with dark spots surrounded by white rings.
Eighty endangered Palos Verdes Blue butterflies, each bred in captivity, took flight for the first

California locoweed

time. It’s a step toward saving the insect from extinction by installing and maintaining coastal sage scrub habitat  The Urban Wildlands Group, a nonprofit organization and Moorpark College.

Another success story created by The UWG for another California critically endangered butterfly that lived on the dunes around the Santa Monica beach areas. Researchers knew this butterfly lived its entire live on one plant. They replaced the nonnative African ice plants on the dunes with the native Lotus scoparius, deerweed, for the reintroduction of the El Segundo Blue butterfly. Much to their surprise the supposedly extinct butterfly returned on its own.

Thanks to The Urban Wildlands Group for saving this species, restoring its habitat, and providing a shining example of ways we can restore ecological in urban areas.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.urbanwildlands.org/esb.html

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