Seafood Waste

Seafood Waste

Seafood Waste is Half of Production

AwN | So this report from Yale 360 indicates that half of seafood harvested is wasted. On top of that most of the waste is on the consumers end. First off lets get it straight that it is not "waste" unless it is plastic bagged and sent to the landfill. It may be 'mis-harvested' but waste is only when the nutrients are tied up and inaccesible. I am not advocating killing life that you don't intend to eat, just that the environmental impact comes primarily when life is not returned to life, but instead to plastic. 

So what can you do? Demand smaller portions? Not personally waste seafood? I don't know. Both of those have value for sure, but probably the most important thing here is to inform people of waste issues. If people learn about waste it is likely that at least occasionally they will be able to prevent waste. As the snippet from Yale points out, another option is to demand and purchase frozen seafood, as it is less prone to losses.

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Interview with Johan Rockstrom

Interview with Johan Rockstrom

Interview with Johan Rockstrom

"For a researcher who studies how humanity is pushing the earth close to potentially disastrous tipping points, Johan Rockström is surprisingly optimistic. Although he reckons that our species has crossed four of nine “planetary boundaries” — including those on climate change and deforestation — he believes there is still time to pull back from the brink and create a sustainable future based on renewable energy and a “circular” economy that continually reuses resources.

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Rockström — executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Center and author of a new book, Big World, Small Planet — offers his take on the state of the planet and explains why he thinks there has “never been so much reason for hope as today.” He outlines how humanity can step back inside planetary boundaries, which he calls “the safe operating space of the hard-wired biophysical process of the earth’s system,” and describes how an alignment of science, technological advances, and a growing public and political hunger for action will get civilization back on track...." Read More at Yale 360
 

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Shell Stops Drilling and Exploration Off Alaska

Shell Stops Drilling and Exploration Off Alaska

Shell Ceases Alaskan Oil Pillage

AwN | Shell ceases drilling in arctic citing unproductive trial and unpredictable regulatory environment. Of course as usual its a mixed bag, but only if you are an Alaskan depending on the drilling for work, or the world is on the verge of an oil shortage which is seemingly not a pressing matter. As you know if you follow my blog or social media posts, I don't care much for 'global warming' debate. But hopefully you also know that I don't believe in pillaging the earth for oil. This is a wonderful sign that perhaps oil fields are getting hard enough to find that they won't be tapped as readily, and we can start moving even faster towards renewables. Of course this holds a bittersweet pill, since most renewables also stand in the way of the environment's free operation, but I'll leave that pill for another post.  

Alaska divided as Shell halts Arctic drilling: heartbreaking news or a miracle?

“...We stood on the cusp of another economic boom that could have propelled our young people and their children to better futures,” he wrote in a statement. But “a draconian and poisoned federal government” shut it down, he said.

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Climate Science Fails to See the Whole Picture, Yet Again

Climate Science Fails to See the Whole Picture, Yet Again

Climate Science Fails to See the Whole Picture, Yet Again

AwN | I like to poke fun at the climate authoritarians, those who believe they know everything, and or the future. No matter how many ways I explain to them they usually just ignore me and say words like "consensus" and I am a "climate denier" as if such a thing was possible. In the end I don't believe or disbelieve in Carbon and its "Greenhouse effect." I also don't believe or disbelieve the data that is claimed to prove the world is heating at catastrophic proportions. What I generally argue is that we don't know the future, we don't control the data collection, and most of us couldn't necessarily understand what we were looking at even if we had pristine and exact data. So this little snippet from Yale 360 is fun for me. The idea that there is another variable we haven't accounted for and which obviously has an impact on our climate predictions.

In this instance it has been measured that the arctic sea coming to life has the effect of 200 square miles of tropical rainforest as far as carbon sequestration. It is just another example of humans thinking they know everything, and then as reality whacks them in the face changing their opinions. It is similar to the "polar vortex" that has been making north eastern United States winters colder recently. Everybody knows exactly what the mid to distant future holds, but no one predicted the polar vortex, and if so it certainly wasn't a 'consensus'. Yet there it is, right in front of them, the polar vortex, a simple next year phenomena that they could not predict.

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Ban Plastic Microbeads

Ban Plastic Microbeads

Ban Plastic Microbeads

AwN | Humans never seem to stop inventing new things, and also never seem to consider the implications of the things they invent. Here we have microbeads, used commonly in personal hygiene products, including toothpaste where they are uncaringly washed away in the waste water. Microbeads are spreading very rapidly in the environment and causing major havoc on ecosystems. Eight trillion microbeads a day are being released into the waters around the globe and due to their small size they are permeating living creatures everywhere. 

Plastics in and of themselves are major problems in the environment. Many plastics if not all contain chemicals such as BPAs that have negative effects on living beings. Other plastics become traps for animals in various ways and torture them to death unless they happen to be found by a noble human. Plastic in general is a major problem (albeit extremely useful material) but microbeads are an equal or larger problem in and of themselves. If you wish to take action here is a good resource: Ban the Bead!

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A Simple Guide to Debating Online

A Simple Guide to Debating Online

A Guide to Debating Online

AwN | I just got done with a longer debate than I usually allow, and in the end I had to block the fellow anyway. So this is a note for anyone who wishes to engage me in debate in the future. It also might serve someone else who finds themself wasting time debating too many people online for no good reason. I encourage you to send people this page before you debate with them, and for you to adopt the troll block that I find very successful at reducing aggravation online.

First off be aware that most people want to debate only to prove how smart they are. These people don't really have any intention to listen to anything you have to say. Sometimes they will read what you write and respond but usually they will only read what you write in order to give their super great witty response. Debate should be about give and take and the desire to learn and become informed. While I am sure everyone fails at this from time to time, it important to keep in mind that if you think you know everything you are definitely wrong. 

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Sign Petition For Cougars in Utah

Sign Petition For Cougars in Utah

AwN | I am not really against hunting, even though I myself don't eat any land animals, or hardly any fish. I believe hunting has its place, but in the modern era I think people need to take care to not frivilously hunt predators. Humans have impacted the life cycle of predators so thoroughly, and in many places prey have been allowed to have population booms. This causes many ecological problems. Likewise I do not believe trophy hunting is ever justified in and of itself. 

Update: I received a comment challenging the protection of the cougar. One person pointed out that hunters are not supposed to take females but the large male. I find this often in hunting and its considered noble, but is pretty appaling. Humans are the only species that attacks the large male, and only because he has enormous fire power and the animal has little chance. Proper hunting is to take the weakest link, that is in Accord with Nature. Also before you sign the petition please consider that cougars can and do occasionally prey on humans. By protecting them you must acknowledge that potentiality. 

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Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism

The Benefits of Effective Altruism

AwN | Effective Altruism is a new term to me, but the idea is pretty basic to the thoughtful human. The idea is that we should contribute a certain portion of our wealth or income to highly effective charities. Not charities that sell us on an image or idea, but doesn't actually contribute to the life, health, or well-being in any real way, but a charity that can actually effect life over death for people of a certain class or crisis. 

The article below talks about Make-a-Wish as compared to Against Malaria Foundation. While Make-a-Wish may spend 7,500 dollars turning a child into 'batkid' for a night, it only succeeds in making that child happy for a couple hours or days, while the same level of donation could save the lives of three children or more with the use of mosquitto netting in malaria infested countries. Clearly anyone can recognize that the temporary happiness of one child is not in way comparable to the lives of three. Likewise not a single parent enlisting the help of Make-a-Wish would not save their childs life for the same sum.

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