“A crystalline ornament from under the sea#5”-NC Holiday http://wp.me/pd14G-1Md


Crystalline acantharian amoeba a beautiful holiday ornament from under the sea.

The mysterious Acantharians are a type of Amoeba. Their very delicate skeletons are made of a single crystal.

Mother Nature and Nature’s Crusaders wishes  you a peaceful eco- holiday season and New Year!

Holiday Wonders series from Nature’s Crusaders showcases the beauty of Mother Nature’s Wonders.

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“4 oil breaks in 3 months toxic soup increasing- why?”


Well, terorists could not destroy our environment faster than we are doing. For the the fourth time in three months crude oil is gushing into our waterways killing our wildlife and contaminating our water.

In the Gulf of Mexico yesterday the third pipe to rip open thanks to negligence.

Homeland Security director for Jefferson Parish, La., that there is a new spout of oil  has sprung up in the Gulf of Mexico after a boat struck an oil well in the early morning hours on July 27, 2010.
A work boat crashed into the well sending oil spewing 20 feet in the air from the severed 4-inch pipe near Bayou St. Dennis, La., shearing off its valve structure and releasing pressurized natural gas and light oil.
Cleanup workers are currently booming off the area and the scene at sea has been taken over by federal agents. The U.S. Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish police and fire officials, as well as Vessels of Opportunity boats have all been sent to the scene.
Federal officials do not know who owns the well, but a contractor who handles wild wells was on the way. How can that be that wells are not marked with identification to tell who owns them? Even illegals must carry some form of identification!

Now yet another break in a pipe

This one is in one of Lake Michigan’s feeder rivers  on Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has taken control of efforts to contain and clean up the Kalamazoo River spill. It is believed to have poured more than 1 million gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek, which feeds the river. Enbridge Inc., the Canadian company that oversees the pipeline says they will compensate the state and families for their losses, but have put no dollar figure to its claim.

Compounding the problem of clean up like Louisiana, the State of Michigan and the EPA is overseeing the clean-up, have no  trained cleanup workers for this type of disaster.
This crude oil had traveled at least 35 miles downstream from where it leaked in Calhoun County’s Marshall Township, killing fish, coating other wildlife and emitting a strong, unpleasant toxic odor. It had passed through Battle Creek, a city of 52,000 residents about 110 miles west of Detroit, and was headed toward Morrow Lake, a key point near a Superfund site upstream of Kalamazoo, the largest city in the region. Lake Michigan is only  80 miles away, and many summer vacation homes and communities drink, swim and fish from that water source.

Both BP and Enbridge Inc. have been cited for numerous violations in the past, but no one group or previous administrations have help oil companies accountable for safety and health, care and maintenance of their equipment, the environment or our water and food supply.

Gross oversight, greed, lack of accountability and the lack of involvement of the American public has created this mess. Will you act to save our environment and us – today?

Tell the Senate to vote for Clean Energy and Accountability.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://yhoo.it/aTebiy

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To help clean up our waterways http://susty.com/living-lands-and-waters-organization/

“Nothing says “I love you and thanks for all your help like formaldehyde”


About 120,000 trailers with such high levels of formaldehyde that the government banned them from ever being used for long-term housing  after Katrina are now on there way to the Gulf again. Cheap housing is needed for the growing number of cleanup personnel needed in the Gulf. Several cleanup contractors hired by BP have purchased trailers at bargain-basement rates. Why bring these formaldehyde soaked trailers?  Buddy Fuzzell, an executive with one of those contractors, Cahaba Disaster Recovery, succinctly explained the appeal of the trailers: “The price was right.”

Endangering workers lives to pad the bottom line-hummmmm such a familiar theme.

Hang safety and concern for life and health.

Health Risks Dangers
Formaldehyde poses a number of health problems if inhaled at a high concentration at close range. It can cause nasal cancer and advanced respiratory problems, and has been linked to some forms of leukemia.
Many housing materials contain some quantity of formaldehyde, but the cheap wood that the feds used to construct the trailers contained dramatically higher levels of formaldehyde.

The acute effects of formaldehyde exposure include soreness and rawness to the eyes, the nose, the throat and skin rashes that can cause scarring.  Other complications  can include coughing and some trouble breathing may also be present until the individual is removed from the area where the formaldehyde is in use. However, as exprosure continues the respiratory may be impaired causing pain when breathing.and eventual development of lesions in and possible permanent lung damage.

From prolonged exposure to formaldehyde the incidence of lung and nose cancer appears to be significantly higher among people who regularly come in contact with formaldehyde. This has led many countries to establish guidelines that set what is considered a maximum amount of exposure on a daily basis.
In some cases, formaldehyde exposure can lead to death. Professionals who make use of the substance as part of their work often wear protective clothing, including breathing masks, in order to safeguard against this possibility. Installing air qualitydevices in these toxic trailers might help these workers know when unsafe levels of formaldehyde emissions may be present and  airing the space maybe in order.

The gift of these trailers reminds me of the witch’s apple to Snow White in the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Resources

Excerpts courtesy of    http://yhoo.it/aTebiy

Excerpts courtesy of     http://bit.ly/ar8scE

Image courtesy of        http://bit.ly/dDahri

“Oil arriving to a shoreline near you-Florida Keys”


People, animals and environment are stressed out over the spread of the oil onto the beaches and wildlife sanctuaries in the Florida Keys. Our NC staff arrived in the “Keys” yesterday to read the headlines of a local paper ” Oily slicks will arrive here within the next two days” To observe history in the making, knowing you are possibly photographing the wildlife for the last time before their entire health and habitat are altered maybe forever is a bitter sweet experience. The oil is 75 miles off shore.
  • Live feed of BP efforts to contain gulf oil leak Look at the oil covered bird images. Why is no one rescuing them?
  • Even a dime size drop of oil could kill a bird, when a bird encounters oil on the surface of the water, the oil sticks to its feathers, causing them to mat and separate, impairing the waterproofing and exposing the animals sensitive skin to extremes in temperature. This can result in hypothermia, meaning the bird becomes cold, or hypothermia, which results in overheating. Instinctively, the bird tries to get the oil off its feathers by preening, which results in the animal ingesting the oil. This ingestion can cause severe damage to the bird’s internal organs. The focus on preening overrides all other natural behaviors; including feeding and evading predators, making the bird vulnerable to secondary health problems such as severe weight loss, anemia and dehydration. Many oil soaked birds loose their buoyancy and beach themselves in their attempt to escape the cold water.
BP is currently using in the marshes a snare and absorbent boom to trap the oil.. With the tide changes, They still claim that the booms work “pretty effectively at picking up oil as the tide comes in and out.
Hello what planet are they looking at this spill from?
When oil hits the marshes, it covers the grasses and plants,
leaving the plants with high and low brown tide markings as the water recedes.
  • All Pelican and other bird nests and rookeries become covered in thick brown oil as the tide comes in.
  • The oil soaks into the soil of the marsh lands and barrier islands, eroding the fragile ecological makeup of the wetlands. Oil poisons and suffocates all it covers.
  • Even with a minor spill, oystermen reported oil-covered oysters ten years after a spill, because of oil seeping into soil.

Some scientists know think we should nuke the oil hole to close the well. Yummy radioactive fish and glowing oil balls falling from the sky-how wonderful!

Resources

Live feed and video courtesy of boston.com/caught_in_the_oil

Excerpts courtesy of   ibrrc.org/oil_affects

Excerpts courtesy of   seminal.firedoglake.com

“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

Excerpts courtesy of http://yhoo.it/bIm52o

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“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

“Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles caught in double whammy”


Before the oil gusher exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.  extreme fishing pressure by shrimp fleet caused the death of  38+  sea turtles on Gulf of Mexico beaches. Turtles do not win when they get caught in trawlers fishing nets even nets with Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs).

Why are the turtles dying? – Two reasons

1. TEDS

Kemps Ridley hatchlings

  • .  If they  are present but not correctly installed.
  • 2a. Even when TEDs function properly, repeated trips through them can result in serious injury leading to death.

2. The giant ongoing oil gusher
The tireless work by Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) and allies in the Gulf of Mexico over the last two decades has helped the endangered Kemp’s ridley populations recover from mere hundreds to many thousands of nesting females, but they are now in danger from a massive oil slick. Kemp’s ridleys feed on blue crabs off the coast of Louisiana which are now covered by the oil slick. Filter feeding mollusks that endangered Kemp’s ridleys feed on may trap and concentrate oil in the seawater, threatening all sea turtles with toxic oil in their diets.

Cleanup and Restoration Kemp’s Ridley Critical Habitat

Help us establish protective critical habitat for these endangered sea turtles  to ensure their migration, foraging, and nesting habitats get stronger protections.

Send a strong message to the Bi-National Kemp’s Ridley Recovery Team to establish critical habitat and enact strong protections from the deadly duo of offshore oil and shrimp trawling. Here’s how you can help,

1. Click here to send a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service urging critical habitat protection from offshore oil and shrimp trawls for Kemp’s ridleys.

2. Endangered sea turtles need your support today. Click here to help.

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project and Nature’s Crusaders thanks you for helping save the  endangered Kemp’s ridleys sea turtles.

To make the greatest personal impact, submit a handwritten letter to:

NMFS Deputy Chief,
Endangered Species Division
Attn: Kemp’s Ridley Recovery Plan
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Hwy, Rm 13535
Silver Spring, MD 20910

“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.

Resources

Excerpts and Image courtesy of  TerraDaily.com and AFP

“Spilling our fossil fuel addictive guts-Let’s kick it”


We hope that the giant cement cap shaped like a giant box has been placed over one of the oil gushers under the Gulf of Mexico. If it doesn’t work over time, because of erosion caused by sand grinding on the pipe itself, the pipe could crack and the “leak” would become an unstoppable gusher. Let us visualize and send lots of positive thought and energy to those working to undue this mess.

Never has their been a better argument for speeding the production of natural green clean energy sources.

Listen to Tom Rand – engineer, philosopher, author and venture capitalist for some hope for a cleaner future. It can begin now. Click here

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