(Heavy sigh)…….finally the weekend has arrived and the peace and solitude that I so enjoy will be mine….at least for a couple of days………
I recall a couple of years ago I read a report about all the “junk”, plastic and crap, that is floating around our fragile oceans…….one report said there was a huge floating island in the Pacific made up of plastic and stuff and that it would eventually make it to the US west Coast……
Newser) – Millions of tons of plastic thought to be floating around the world’s oceans have gone missing. But that’s not the good news one might think. According to a new study, marine animals could be ingesting our garbage, reports the Verge. Up to 99% of the most microscopic plastic particles in the ocean is missing, says a study co-author. Science Mag reports that they went looking for it between 2010 and 2011 around five large ocean gyres—the most famous such island of waste is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—and augmented their search with studies of 3,070 samples from other expeditions, according to LiveScience. What did they find? That there is at most 40,000 tons of plastic in our oceans, even though humans produce 300 million tons of plastic a year, and 0.1% of that ends up in the oceans via rivers, floods, storms, or ships, says Science Mag.
The ocean’s plastics are microscopic—ground to tiny pieces by waves and solar radiation until it looks like fish food. A scientist not associated with the study says it’s “indisputable” that lanternfish and other small fish are eating the plastic—and it’s impossible to know exactly how much. These small fish, which are likely ingesting toxins like DDT, PCBs, or mercury, are then gobbled by commercial fish. “We are part of this food web,” says a study co-author. Scientists say further research is needed, especially since estimates about how much plastic is entering the ocean is 50 years old. (Some of our plastic is even turning into rocks.)
Okay readers! Where do you think it has gone?
In case some did not know it before there can be any construction or such that would effect the environment there has to be an environmental impact study and in this study points are given to any negative and positive results of the said construction……and yes, for the government, there is a right way and a wrong way to present the findings of the study…..
I recently read a study that made just sit there staring at the screen for a long while before breaking out into raucous laughter……would you like to see the part that caught my attention? Gonna show you anyway……..
There is at least something of a bright side to oil spills, pipeline company Kinder Morgan says.
In a recent submission to the National Energy Board, the company says marine oil spills “can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies” thanks to the economic activity generated by cleanup operations.
“Spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and clean-up service providers,” the company says.
The comments appear in a 15,000-page application to the NEB to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries oil from Alberta to Port Metro Vancouver.
I could not resist it……i had to re-read it several times to see if I missed something……..I love this stuff…….
By now I would expect the Right to be having a stroke at the announcement that there will be a delay in the Keystone issue…..but I guess they still have not gotten the rancher thing out of their system…..but for those that are not sure of what I speak……
The White House was supposed to wrap up its review of the proposed Keystone oil pipeline in another two weeks. But in a surprise move today, the administration announced that the review would be extended indefinitely—and probably until after the November elections, reports the Wall Street Journal. The White House says the delay is necessary only because of a legal challenge still playing out in Nebraska, reports AP. But reaction to the move is pretty clear-cut: Supporters of the pipeline are angry and environmentalists are happy.
It’s “good news on Good Friday for those who oppose Keystone as not being in our nation’s best interest,” green activist Tom Steyer tells Politico. But that sentiment was countered by critics from both parties: “This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable,” said Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, while Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska called it a “stunning act of political cowardice.” The pipeline would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, but the legal fight in Nebraska—home of the Ogallala Aquifer—means its exact route is still unclear, reports the New York Times. The state Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule on the case until the fall, and more legal wrangling would surely follow.
Of course the usual culprits had lots to say and of course the one about cheaper gas ha risen again…….I have been fighting that piece of crap since 2008….(check comments for a list of posts that I have for this issue)…….at first I thought people were just misinformed….then I thought they were naive…..and then I thought they were deluding themselves ……and now I believe they are just stupid!
Oil is sold on the spot market…….prices are rigged……the only way that we could ever have cheap gas is by doing something that most do not want…….here I will use the “N” word………oil traveling in the pipeline does not belong to the US it belongs to whoever drilled it………
Cheaper gas? Do you think that Exxon or BP or Shell is ever gonna lower gas prices?
Please stop using the lame and tired old slogan of drill baby drill…..NOTHING will change….gas will go up and down according to the people that fix the prices……..you are doing nothing but making the American people more stupid…….please stop!
From the desk of IST editor:
Almost an eighth of all deaths worldwide last year were caused by air pollution, which is now the world’s biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organization warns. A new study released by the agency finds that around 3.7 million deaths in 2012 were caused by outdoor air pollution, the Guardian reports, but even more deaths—4.3 million—were caused by indoor air pollution, mainly from coal or dung-powered stoves in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The report found that pollution-caused deaths, especially from heart disease and strokes, are soaring in fast-developing Asian nations like China. The WHO’s public health chief says he hopes the report, by exposing the “astronomical costs” of air pollution, will spur governments to do more about dirty air. “What’s needed is collective action,” he tells the New York Times. “The air you are polluting is the same air you breathe.”
I do not think that there are many of us that truly know what will actually happen with climate change or when. We all stand on one side or the other…..that makes NO difference…..we actually have NO idea.
How long can we continue to debate the situation….when the debate is spurious at best……so far there has been NO serious discussion…instead we throw one liners, slogans and BS at each other………how far are we willing to push the situation?
No one seems to care about these deaths….where are the signs, the protests, the pundits to condemn this situation? It seems if we are suppose to be a “pro-life” nation….then ALL life should be of some concern….but so far all we have are insults…..all talk….NO action….the true American Way!
We Americans use to be problem solvers….today we are whiners and bullies…..the problems get worse…there will be a point of no return….are you willing to do nothing….but wait and see?
I am sure that this post should get all those juices flowing and the flurry of BS will ensue……cool, huh?
For decades there has been a raging debate, no, an argument, argument has been blowing in the wind…….emotions run high and some billionaires have spent a butt load of cash to stifle the debate on climate change. I mean the mindless argument that because there is snow there can be NO climate change or should I use global warming?
The debate has gotten sillier by the year…now the entire debate has come down to the exchange of stats and links and when that gets old they trot out a so-called “expert” to insult the other side of the argument…….and in the end nothing is accomplished with the exception of some hurt feelings and the situation gets worse.
But for some the argument is accomplishing the very aim of the debate…..to obfuscate the issue until NO one has any idea of what is being said and the lack of action…….
Heatwave summers will be the norm in Europe by the 2040s as a result of climate change, the Met Office has said.
Average temperatures across Europe will exceed those seen in 2003 – when Britain recorded its highest ever temperature of 38.5C (101.3F) – in more than half the summers that decade.
While the prospect of warmer weather may bring cheer to many, the hot summer of 2003 saw more than 2,000 excess deaths in the UK as pensioners in particular struggled to cope with the heat. More than 20,000 people died as a result of the heat across Europe.
Scientists also warned that climate change was likely to have a series of negative effects for the UK, including food price spikes, increased incidence of asthma and allergies, and more flooding.
Of course this post will ignite a flurry of well meaning comments….the endless array of links and hearsay will be the norm…….and while we spend our time disputing all views the change goes on and people will die……but that is somehow okay….as long as we do not have to face the music….that is until it is too late….and then it will be….just that….TOO LATE!
Something wicked this way comes……..(Ray Bradbury)
Just outside my front door was the world’s worst environmental disaster ever……..the impact of the oil spill is still being felt and who knows what will be the results of future tests to determine water quality…..BP has ponied up about $50 billion in damages….and there is still NO definitive proof that all is okay…there are a wealth of opinions on the subject….most come from the American Petroleum Institute…..a think tank to convince the multitude that the oil industry is a somehow safe…….I have my doubts.
But thanx to the lame brain thinking of ‘drill baby drill’ the British (BP) are allowed to resume their work in the Gulf……..
BP is taking a big step in its recovery following 2010’s massive oil spill. The US has agreed to lift the 2012 ban that kept the oil company from doing business with the US government—including seeking contracts in the Gulf of Mexico. That means the company can begin competing for new contracts and leases as early as next Wednesday’s scheduled Gulf auction—though its path to the Gulf isn’t quite as neat as that. Per the agreement, it will have to meet increased ethics, corporate governance, and safety requirements, and must foot the bill for annual reviews by an independent auditor for the next five years. Those results will be handed over to the EPA, which can take action should the agreement be “breached,” the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal report. It’s “the best news BP has gotten since the accident,” notes an oil company analyst; to wit, the Journal points out that the 2012 injunction saw the company lose the opportunity to renew military fuel contracts valued at $2.3 billion. “BP has to get back into the hunt in order for them to score.” Others, unsurprisingly, aren’t as thrilled with the news. Activist group Public Citizen says the decision “lets a corporate felon and repeat offender off the hook for its crimes against people and the environment.” Craig Hooks at the EPA, however, says it’s “a fair agreement that requires BP to improve its practices in order to meet the terms we’ve outlined together.”
Wonder what this piece of good news cost BP? Cash was undoubtedly passed around…but the big question should be….who got the cheddar?
Speaking of climate change…..come on…you know damn well that someone somewhere is going on and on about climate change……anyway I read this article and thought I would pass it on to my readers……feel free to let the comments fly.
Developed Nations Give Up on Stopping Climate Change, Turn to Mitigating Impact, Largely Abandoning Third World.
We all recall horrific and the graphic scenes from the Japanese tsunami and all the reports of the nuke plant that was very near a meltdown….but this report is just as disturbing….at least to me.
U.S. Nuclear Agency Hid Concerns, Hailed Safety Record as Fukushima Melted – NBC News.com.
WE have been debating for a year or more over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline…..and of course most of it was rhetoric…..I was opposed because those jobs it will create will be only until completion and it will NOT effect the price of oil and oil companies do not have the best record for a safe environment or effective disaster control…..I voiced my opposition in the early days and then let it go….why? I watched the news and the media and in my mind there was never any doubt that it would be approved……
Environmentalists are going to hate this one: A State Department review of the controversial Keystone oil pipeline raises no major environmental objections, reports the New York Times. The report concludes that the proposed pipeline from Canada to Texas would not affect global greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way, reports the Washington Post. This doesn’t mean the project is now a slam-dunk, but the environmental assessment was seen as one of its biggest remaining hurdles. President Obama has said that he would sign off on the pipeline only if it didn’t “significantly exacerbate” carbon pollution, and the report seems to satisfy that requirement. So what’s next? John Kerry and his State Department now must consider other factors beyond the environment—the economic impact, relations with Canada, etc.—in making a final decision. As one State official tells the Post: The report “does not answer the broader question about how a decision on this potential pipeline fits in with broader national and international efforts to address climate change and climate priorities or other questions of foreign policy or energy security.” Eight separate agencies have three months to weigh in, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Did you really think there was gonna be any other outcome? Be real! If BP got away with the Gulf spill what would make you think that any other outcome would happen?
Now ll we have to do is wait….and wait…..and then I can utter the four most beautiful words in the English language…..”I TOLD YOU SO”!