In a speech yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell talked about her conservation agenda. A few items particularly caught my attention.
First, she announced that her department will quickly adopt consistent policies and procedures on using mitigation at a landscape scale in the siting of energy and other infrastructure on public lands.
This may sound like “government speak,” but it really signals an important step. It recognizes nature as one of America’s most valuable assets, and reflects the kind of constructive, solution-oriented approach to government decision-making needed to南京夜网
Let’s face it. Capitalism, with all its merit, lacks the ethical integrity required to responsibly handle technologies as potentially deadly as nuclear power. When you understand the facts, you will agree. Unfortunately, the facts have been buried by the very powerful financial interests making millions of dollars on nuclear power. The finest public relations teams on the planet have successfully convinced the general public that it is safe and that we need it. That is their job and they are paid well to do it. With the governments of the world manipulated like puppets on a string by these powerful corporate interests, concerned citizens, traditional elders, and scientists are converging with a message to end the insanity before it’s too late.
Photo courtesy of Emanuel Sferios and Popular Resistence
If you don’t believe that the situation is actually that dire then you might want to consider the educated words of health expert, Dr. Helen Caldicott. Watch this video to hear her explain in absolute clarity and detail the situation we are in right now on the planet. If that’s not enough then perhaps you should consider the words of scientist David Suzuki where he spells it out in this interview.
If you don’t have time to visit those links then just consider these numbers, courtesy of Ecowatch.
More than 1,300 fuel rods sit in a damaged fuel pool 100 feet in the air at Fukushima 4. They contain radioactive cesium equivalent to 14,000 times what was released at the bombing of Hiroshima. There are some 6,000 rods in a common fuel pool nearby. There are some 11,000 rods scattered around the site. The three melted cores from units One, Two and Three are missing. There are roughly 1,000 tanks holding billions of gallons of hot radioactive water that are leaking and will collapse in the next big earthquake.
The situation requires an international response, as the slightest error in removing the rods from the damaged building could be catastrophic for all of humanity. On Thursday, November 14th from 2:00-3:30pm at Tillman Chapel Church Center for the United Nations 777 UN Plaza at 44th Street in New York, Chief Arvol Looking Horse will present a statement prepared by leaders of many indigenous nations from around the world. Lookinghorse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and Spiritual Leader of the Great Sioux Nation. A portion of the statement reads as follows:
We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life.
We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. We warned that one day you would not be able to control what you have created. That day is here.
Not heeding warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of self destruction. This self destructive path has led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of ground water through hydraulic fracking, just to name a few. In addition, these activities and development continue to cause the deterioration and destruction of sacred places and sacred waters that are vital for Life.
Powerful technologies are out of control and are threatening the future of all life.
The Fukushima nuclear crisis alone is a threat to the future of humanity. Yet, our concern goes far beyond this single threat. Our concern is with the cumulative and compounding devastation that is being wrought by the actions of human beings around the world. It is the combination of resource extraction, genetically modified organisms, moral failures, pollution, introduction of invasive species and much much more that are threatening the future of life on Earth.
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Tons of radioactive waste are flowing into the ocean, detected in fish as far away as Alaska and California. This and other recent incidents, like The BP spill in the gulf, are blatent failures of the private enterprise model to responsibly guard public safety. We simply can not survive as a species under an economic system that values monetary gain over life itself. Sure we wanna turn the lights on at night and drive our cars, but NOT at the expense of the air, water, animals and everything that is sacred. There are alternatives but you will never hear about them from the current energy industry PR teams masquerading as “experts”. Nor can we trust the mainstream media and politicians that these giant corporations own. Politicians are all too eager to rush us to war over the dangers of chemical weapons, yet they sit quiet when it comes to this dangerous chemical poison threatening life as we know it for many generations. Who can we turn to? Ourselves!
There are many scientific studies that validate the power of prayer, meditation, and intention for healing. Whatever spiritual or religious beliefs you may have, we all still drink the waters and breathe the air of this sacred planet. If you have ever witnessed a loved one dying of cancer then you know how devastating it can be. Now is the time to come together and unify for the purpose of ending the exploitation that is killing our planet. It’s time to focus our minds and hearts for the sake of healing so that future generations may live a healthy life. This is not a time to think someone else will take care of us. It is time to decide if we want to live within the laws of nature and respect all life as sacred or not. If the answer is yes, th南京夜网
The spruce man with the trim mustache and the grim-faced bodyguard is dozing in his seat.
Rick Schiller describes himself as a “super-healthy dude,” who practices taekwondo and rarely misses work.
The thought that he could be leveled by a piece of chicken had never crossed his mind, said Schiller, of San Jose, Calif. Yet that’s just what happened in September, when a contaminated chicken thigh landed him in the hospital with excruciating pain and a dangerous fever.
“It was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life,” Schiller said. “It’s a blessing I’m still alive.”
The Foster Farms salmonella outbreak that struck Schiller came shortly after Consumer Reports purchased chicken from stores around the country for an investigation. One of the packages turned out to be associated with the outbreak, which sent 40 percent of its victims to hospitals — about double the rate usually seen in a salmonella scare. Some experts said they think antibiotic resistance may be at least partially responsible for the unusual severity.
Consumer Reports’ findings, published on Thursday, underscore the potential danger to Americans posed by an apparently high rate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the poultry aisle. Microbes that can resist multiple drugs lurked in about half of the more than 300 samples of raw chicken breasts tested by the consumer organization. Nearly all the chicken, regardless of brand or label, harbored at least one of six potentially harmful bacteria including E. coli and salmonella.
“The stuff can even hang out on the outside of the package,” said Urvashi Rangan, a toxicologist and executive director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center. “We’re talking about serious potential for problems.”
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Monday released a 20-page preview of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014, which includes projections of U.S. energy supply, demand and prices through 2040.
Although the full report won’t be released until spring 2014, the preview projects a spike of 800,000 barrels a day in domestic crude oil production in 2014. By 2016, U.S. oil production will reach historical levels–close to the 9.6 million barrels a day achieved in 1970. The feat–made possible by fracking and other advanced drilling technologies–is expected to bring imported oil supplies down to 25 percent, compared with the current 37 percent, by 2016. Eventually 南京夜网
By Maggie Lu Yueyang
SYDNEY, Dec 30 (Reuters) – An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker’s attempt to reach a Russian ship trapped for a week with 74 people onboard, rescuers said on Monday.
The Akademik Shokalskiy left New Zealand on Nov. 28 on a private expedition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.
It became trapped in the ice on Dec. 24, 100 nautical miles east of the French Antarctic station Dumont D’Urville. The 74 people aboard include scientists and tourists, many of them Australian, and 22 Russian crew.
A first rescue attempt by a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, had to be halted because the ice was so thick.
Now another attempt, by the Aurora Australis, has been hampered by the weather.
It has had to return to open waters about 18 nautical miles from the Akademik Shokalskiy because of poor visibility, the 江苏夜网论坛
This past year was remarkable in terms of what we have learned about the cognitive, emotional and moral lives of nonhuman animals (animals). A new and outstanding book called We Animals by award-winning photojournalist and activist Jo-Anne McArthur whose work also is featured in the wonderful documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine (see here) and a recent TEDTalk entitled “If We Could Talk To the Animals” by biologist Denise Herzing about the clearly smart and emotional dolphins she and her team study and her talk made me think of an incredible number of larger themes and “big” questions centering on the fascinating lives of the other animals with whom we share our magnificent planet. By paying attention to who other animals are we learn lessons about ourselves.
Let’s stop pretending we don’t know what other animals want and need: They do not want to die
First, let’s stop pretending we don’t know what other animals want and need.
As a biologist, I realize there aren’t “higher” and “lower” animals, and labels like higher and lower really don’t mean anything at all and are frequently used to justify the mistreatment of lower animals because the word lower far too easily slides into “less intelligent,” “less 南京KTV
Cross-posted from TheDodo.com.
You can tell a lot about people from their screensavers. Mine is a picture of gazelles: They are my role models. They run and flee when there is a danger — say, a leopard or a lion approaching — but as soon as the danger passes, they stop and go back to grazing peacefully without a care in the world. But human beings cannot distinguish between real dangers and imagined ones. As Mark Williams, a clinical psychology professor at Oxford, explains, “the brain’s alarm signals start to be triggered not only by the current scare, but by past threats and future worries… So when we humans bring to mind other threats and losses, as well as the current scenario, our bodies’ fight-or-flight systems do not switch off when the danger is past. Unlike the gazelles, we don’t stop running.” This is modern man’s predicament, perfectly summed up by Michel de Montaigne: “There were many terrible things in my life, but most of them never happened.”
I’ve had gazelles — and lots of other animals, actually — on my mind lately, because I just finished putting the final touches on a book about the Third Metric and about what makes life worth living. And in the course of researching and writing it, I arrived at a deeper understanding of all that animals can teach us. That’s why I’m delighted at the arrival of The Dodo to lead the conversation on all the ways animals are deserving of our respect and compassion, at a time when the public is more interested than ever before in understanding and empathizing with animals.
While my two daughters were still in middle school, they brought into our home a Maltese, who we named Oliver Pistachio Huffington — Ollie to his friends. Having a pet reinforced one of my core beliefs — that one purpose of life is to expand the boundaries of our love, to widen the circle of our concern, to open up rather than shut down, expand rather than contract. And every week brings more stories and science about the amazing ways in which pets open our hearts and enhance our lives. Allen McConnell, professor of psychology at Miami University, wrote in Psychology Today that it’s well known that our social network is important for our emotional well-being. But that network is not limited to people. According to research from McConnell’s lab, pet owners have higher self-esteem, fewer feelings of loneliness, and are more physically fit and socially outgoing.
In another study involving 97 pet owners, some in the group were made to feel rejected socially (sounds like high school all over again). Afterwards, some in the study were asked to write about their best friends, while others wrote about their pets. What the researchers found was that thinking 同时也是江苏人气生活社区
Since the release of “Blackfish” — a highly controversial documentary that largely scrutinizes SeaWorld’s orca management — the marine park has faced tremendous backlash from conservationists, tourists and even some celebrities. “Blackfish” associate producer Tim Zimmermann and former SeaWorld trainer Kim Ashdown recently spoke with HuffPost Live to expand on some of the marine park’s alleged injustices presented in the documentary.
Ashdown, a trainer for SeaWorld for 12 years, told HuffPost Live about some of her experiences with SeaWorld management giving employees false information. “They have this whole artillery of answers that they provide you that back all of the PR that they want you to believe,” she said. For example, Ashdown recounted times when management required a sick whale to perform in shows, claiming “if we treat her as if she is sick, then she will start acting sick” — even if she was not eating or socializing with other whales.
On the other hand, Zimmermann elaborated on SeaWorld’s profitability from the killer whales, noting that they’re “central” to their operations. He also estimated that even though SeaWorld does a fair bit of marine mammal rehabilitation, they only spend about “0.0006 percent” of their profit on rescues and rehabilitation — and some of those rescues turn into p南京桑拿按摩论坛交流
In Disney’s classic, “The Little Mermaid,” Princess Ariel sacrificed just about everything to marry the dreamy, land-dwelling Prince Eric, proving to an entire generation that love just might conquer the thrill of aquatic living. Like a number of other Disney-manufactured myths, we contest the moral of this story, because we think Ariel made a mistake of oceanic proportions when she left behind her underwater kingdom.
In our humble, oxygen-dependent opinion, pretty much everything is infinitely more awesome down in the deep blue sea (and oceans!). Need proof?
1. In the ocean, even the tiniest, simplest creatures are impossibly cool.
This tiny flatworm’s body is too thin to accommodate a respiratory system! Sure, we have insects, but they don’t have those kinda moves.
2. And the nerdiest individuals have Superman-like capabilities.
This “spookfish” from the Winteria Telescopa species, has a toothless mouth and binocular-sized eyes. While this made it very difficult for them to fit in as a teenager, their funny appearance gives them unbelievably sharp vision.
3. Sexual politics are very progressive in some circles.
Male seahorses hold babies in a cute “brood pouch.”
That’s Dad, letting a shoal of little baby seahorses into the world for the very first time! Here are some fathers-to-be kickin’ it at the seahorse paternity ward:
Nothing like being raised by parents who are hip about gender!
4. You’re always discovering more beauty and wonder.
The world is your Pacific-Ocean sized oyster! Seals, or “pinnipeds,” are born and nursed on land. When they’re ready, they’l南京桑拿网