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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fears over plastic-eating coral in Australia's Barrier Reef
Staff Writers Sydney (AFP) | Feb 24, 2015 | Terra Daily


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Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are eating small plastic debris in the ocean, Australian researchers said Tuesday, raising fears about the impact the indigestible fragments have on their health and other marine life.

The scientists found that when they placed corals from the reef into plastic-contaminated water, the marine life "ate plastic at rates only slightly lower than their normal rate of feeding on marine plankton", the study published in the journal Marine Biology said.

"If microplastic pollution increases on the Great Barrier Reef, corals could be negatively affected as their tiny stomach cavities become full of indigestible plastic," Mia Hoogenboom of Queensland state's James Cook University said.

Microplastic is defined as particles smaller than half a centimetre (a fifth of an inch).

The scientists found the plastic "deep inside the coral polyp wrapped in digestive tissue" and expressed concerns the substance could then hurt the creature's ability to digest normal food.

They also sampled waters near inshore coral reefs in the World Heritage-listed site and found microplastics including polystyrene and polyethylene in small amounts, study co-author Kathryn Berry said.

The health of the reef, along the Queensland coast, is already under close scrutiny from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Climate change, poor water quality from land-based run-offs, coastal developments and fishing all threaten the biodiverse site.

As much as 88 percent of the open ocean's surface contains plastic debris, findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found.

The small pieces -- from mass-produced plastics such as toys, bags, food containers and utensils -- make their way into the sea through storm water run-off, raising concerns about the effect on marine life and the food chain.

The United Nations Environment Programme estimated in 2012 that around 13,000 pieces of microplastic litter were found in every square kilometre of sea, with the North Pacific most badly affected.

Despite the prevalence of microplastics, scientists say it is not well-known what effects they have on the world's marine life.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do we really need to change the world anymore than we have?

10 emerging technologies that could change the world in 2015
Bernard Meyerson | Mar. 4, 2015 | Business Insider


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Technology is perhaps the greatest agent of change in the modern world. While never without risk, technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

From zero-emission cars fuelled by hydrogen to computer chips modelled on the human brain, this year’s 10 emerging technologies offer a vivid glimpse of the power of innovation to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard our planet.

To compile this list, the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, a panel of 18 experts, draws on the collective expertise of the Forum’s communities to identify the most important recent technological trends.

By doing so, the Meta-Council aims to raise awareness of their potential and contribute to closing the gaps in investment, regulation and public understanding that so often thwart progress.

1. Fuel cell vehicles

2. Next-generation robotics

3. Recyclable thermoset plastics

4. Precise genetic engineering techniques

5. Additive manufacturing

6. Emergent artificial intelligence

7. Distributed manufacturing

8. ‘Sense and avoid’ drones

9. Neuromorphic technology

10. Digital genome

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The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World’s Water
March 26, 2015 | Realities Watch

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Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Barclays Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water. Wealthy tycoons such as T. Boone Pickens, former President George H.W. Bush and his family, Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing, Philippines’ Manuel V. Pangilinan and other Filipino billionaires, and others are also buying thousands of acres of land with aquifers, lakes, water rights, water utilities, and shares in water engineering and technology companies all over the world.

The second disturbing trend is that while the new water barons are buying up water all over the world, governments are moving fast to limit citizens’ ability to become water self-sufficient (as evidenced by the well-publicized Gary Harrington’s case in Oregon, in which the state criminalized the collection of rainwater in three ponds located on his private land, by convicting him on nine counts and sentencing him for 30 days in jail). Let’s put this criminalization in perspective:

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens owned more water rights than any other individuals in America, with rights over enough of the Ogallala Aquifer to drain approximately 200,000 acre-feet (or 65 billion gallons of water) a year. But ordinary citizen Gary Harrington cannot collect rainwater runoff on 170 acres of his private land.

It’s a strange New World Order in which multibillionaires and elitist banks can own aquifers and lakes, but ordinary citizens cannot even collect rainwater and snow runoff in their own backyards and private lands.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some will say the good outweighs the bad; what do you think?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why does anyone vote for "conservatives" anymore. Do the other parties really do anything differently? No! The system needs upheaval and change. New laws to watch what these scum do. Intelligence agencies should be looking inward and watching the politicians. You take a bribe. Life in prison. You peddle influence. Life in prison etc...Nestle"s libertarian wet dream in Michigan is a great example of what is in store for us if voters don't develop some critical thinking about what is really in the best interest for the greatest number of people. It is certainly not more of the same. The don't-give-a-crap-about-who-we-hurt-or-kiill-as-long-as-we-make-ungodly-high-profits corporate puppet masters have made it clear - we the average citizen don't matter. This free ride makes my stomach churn especially since this is for the same group (class) of people who fund politicians who want to kill welfare programs for the chronically poor. Apparently, in their minds, welfare should be only for those who need it least - big corporations and the wealthy 1%!!

Nestle is Pumping Millions of Gallons from the Great Lakes for Free While Flint Pays For Poison
Nathan Wellman | February 18, 2016 | US Uncut


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One of the most infuriating aspects of the Flint water crisis is that residents are not only still being charged for their poisoned water, but they’re being charged higher rates than almost anywhere in the country.



Residents continue to pay $864 a year for water that is making them sick, more than double what most Americans pay for water service. Flint’s water service charges total 7 percent of the average household income, compared to the United Nations recommendation of 3 percent.

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The largest wildfire on record in the U.S. since 1997, Alaska's Taylor Complex Fire of 2004 burned more than 1,300,000 acres. This is approximately 5261 square kilometers. So far Alberta has suffered 2000 square kilometers of fire damage in a week.

Massive Alberta wildfires expected to burn for months

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In just one week, the wildfires that started in Alberta last Sunday have wiped out over 2,000 square kilometers of forest in Northern Alberta.

All of more than 80,000 citizens of Fort McMurray have been completely evacuated, with fire having already partly devastated neighborhoods of this urban service area. Fire has already destroyed estimated 1,600 buildings and homes.

There is no power, water and gas supply in this area and its citizens are not expected to get back anytime soon.


As wildfires rage across Canada, Russian offer of help - the only such international offer thus far - is turned down because it may earn Putin kudos

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Puchkov said Russian air force is prepared to send Ilyushin Il-76 strategic transport planes — which the statement says can carry 42 tonnes of fire retardant material — as well as "Russian rescuers and specialists with necessary equipment to fight fires in Canada and organize ground support for aircrafts."

A spokesperson for Goodale confirmed that the letter was received last week, and told VICE News that — thus far — Russia is the only country to reach out.

"The Government of Canada does have a mechanism in place for mutual firefighting support with other nations, including some specific agreements," the spokesperson said in an email. "Canada does not have a formal arrangement with Russia for this purpose.


My own gov't is bizarre, stupid, and stubborn. Our cities burn to the ground and yet they still have time for political mind games. It's like watching mass suicide in slow-motion.

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