Close Fisheries to Industrial Fishing by Creation of Global High Seas Marine Preserve

Close Fisheries to Industrial Fishing by Creation of Global High Seas Marine Preserve

Close Fisheries to Industrial Fishing by Creation of Global High Seas Marine Preserve

AwN | Putting together a post on aquatic victories, but there is more work to do in order to stop the people who would harvest at all cost until there is nothing left. Current regulatory environmentWikipedia Fisheries Management

Petition Link | NOW THEREFORE, We the citizens of the planet hereby Petition our governments and global leaders to amend the Law of the Seas Treaty as follows:

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Jerry Brown Declares Methane Leak an Emergency

Jerry Brown Declares Methane Leak an Emergency

Update | How the huge gas leak is turning California's Porter Ranch into a ghost town

Methane Leak Declared State of Emergency 

AwN | The story of the methane leak in California is beginning to gain steam as now Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency. Thousands of people a fleeing their homes and many people are also claiming that they are becoming ill, while some experts are claiming that it is mere placebo or hypochondria. The leak is being compared to the BP oil spill, and while it is of a different type, and much harder to see, the comparison is not altogether unfounded. 

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Growing Number of Cities Suing Monsanto

Growing Number of Cities Suing Monsanto

Oakland, San Jose, and San Diego Join Fight Against Monsanto

AwN | Back in August, 2015 Spokane Washington sued Monsanto and now more cities are taking Monsanto to task. Westport, Spokane, Oakland, San Jose, and San Diego have begun litigation against Monsanto for decades old PCB usage. While Monsanto made massive profits from PCBs and was eventually forced to discontinue usage, many cities have been left with persistent and expensive messes to clean up. Now cash strapped cities are beginning to wake up and realize it is not their responsibility to deal with corporate pollutants.

Monsanto released this statement to the San Diego Union Tribune, “I can tell you that Monsanto is not responsible for the costs alleged in this matter; it is important to remember that the [company] first notified its customers and then voluntarily stopped manufacturing … after confirming scientific research,” A statement which basically says that while they knew the harm their product was causing problems, rather than cease manufacture and distribution imediately, they dragged the process out as long as possible (confirming with their own scientific research...) Of course there is question as to how much earlier Monsanto knew about the harm of their product, but all indications are that Monsanto knew early on that there were problems with PCBs.

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Manta Rays' Being Slaughtered at Quickening Pace

Manta Rays' Being Slaughtered at Quickening Pace

Manta Rays' Dwindling for Non-Traditional Chinese Medicine

AwN | It can be hard to look at all of the species around us who are on the brink of tragedy. Heck its hard to even look at all the humans being ploughed under by the machine of world economy. But if we are to be moral people, if we wish to leave this planet better than it would have been without us, then we must work hard despite all the failures. 

Currently manta rays are having their numbers dwindle due to a 'controversial' usage in Chinese Medicine. Manta Rays are an easy target and therefore need quick action to prevent disaster. Start with the petition, at Care2 and if you can, consider donating to an organization of which several are listed below... 

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I Am Because We Are | UBUNTU

I Am Because We Are | UBUNTU

I Am Because We Are

UBUNTU

OccupySweden | “An anthropologist proposed a game to children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the children that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.

When he asked them why they had run like that when one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said, ‘UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?’ (‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: ‘I am because we are.)”

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Green Energy Report, December 2015

Green Energy Report, December 2015

Green Energy, December 2015

AwN | Green energy is both interesting and important. There is a little bit of something for everyone if you look closely enough. While I am not a global warming alarmist, I don't like fossil fuels very much at all, and am happy about the current push for renewables. Yet I feel more and more trepidation as I wonder about the full rollout of these technologies. Each and every renewable energy has either severe limitations, a reliance on fossil fuels, or the risk of stagnating natural systems, some have all three. I fear that since humanity often chooses the answer and treats it as perfect, they will ignore these limitations until they too become too disasterous to stand. 

Regardless of the limitations though, there is no doubt that fossil fuels need to be used in an educated manner. On the flip side, even if a renewable energy is more expensive than a fossil fuel, its use can be considered a step in the right direction. What follows are some of the more interesting renewable energy topics from 2015. 

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Air Quality Roundup, December 2015

Air Quality Roundup, December 2015

 

AwN | Sometimes I find myself a little too confident in the American ability to outsource its air pollution. A gentle reminder that America is still quite capable of destroying air quality: Texas Sues EPA, Arguing for Dirtier Air. Houston has some of the worst air quality in America and believes that restrictions on ozone will only hurt the economy and not benefit the health of its citizens. Meanwhile IBM and Microsoft are working towards capitalizing on poor air quality by developing technologies for forecasting air quality. One company recently began selling bottled Canadian air to people in China.

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Under the Sea: December 2015

Under the Sea: December 2015

Life Under the Sea, December 2015

AwN | Here is a roundup  of some links on fish and other sea life. I particuarly like the one on the "genius" who discovered that cod fish were no longer returning to areas because they no longer had any available food there. Its the kind of thing that seems so obvious when you say it, but people miss the solution for one reason or another until someone discovers it. It also reminds me of permaculture. Hence I quote genius, because first of all, Ted Ames, the man who made the discovery, doesn't think he is a genius, and because permaculturists use this concept all the time. Basically the entire notion of permaculture is understood as dependence on other. The interconnectivity of things reigns supreme when designing ecological systems. If you want to have bugs in your garden that eat bugs whom eat your garden, then you need to supply nourishment to those bugs that you want after their primary food source (bad bugs) is gone. So in that instance most bugs that subsist on other bugs, will have alternative food sources like the nextar of flowers. Therefore if you don't want your garden destroyed you surround it by a diverse assortment of flowers. 

I'll freely admit that I am not the aquatic type, but I do feel full dependence on the aquatic environments of the world. I think a lot of people go through this, even if they are people who spend a lot of time in and around water. Ocean life can be fairly foreign to terrestrial beings, and this makes it easier for humanity to neglect the needs of sea life...

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