Evidence of Predictable Evolution

Evidence of Predictable Evolution

Changes in Predator Predictable Faced with Toxic Toad

AwN | When people released Cane Toads, they were primarily interested in themselves, and they were wrong entirely about any purpose there might have been. Eventually they realized that the toads weren't eating the beetles they wanted (the beetles were feet in the air and the toads, well, on the ground) and all of the continental Australian island predators were eating the toxic toads. Giant decreases in Australian toad predators were measured.

So scientists began studying Australia's predators and comparing them with the population of (READ cardiac glycoside resistant) cane toad populations from other continents. They now believe that the evolution of Australia's predators (snakes, goanas etc) will follow a very particular and predictable path, eventually leading to nearly complete resistance amongst their populations. 

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Tepco Pumping 'Filtered' Fukushima Water into Pacific Ocean

Tepco Pumping 'Filtered' Fukushima Water into Pacific Ocean

850 Tons of Treated Fukushima Groundwater Dumped in Pacific

AwN | You can draw your own conclusions. Personally it seems almost guaranteed that the groundwater they just dumped in the pacific was contaminated despite being filtered but I don't really have any way of knowing that.

What the article says is that basically the fishermen were protesting to save some credibility for their damaged industry. But we are lied to so often it seems like they actually were dumping contaminated Fukushima radiation into the sea. Again, I don't know draw your own conclusions. 

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The Cost of Land Degradation | 10 Trillion Yearly

The Cost of Land Degradation | 10 Trillion Yearly

The Cost of Land Degradation

AwN | It is always good when someone can put an extremely high dollar cost figure on a process that negatively effects the environment. Unfortunately it seems to me that the short term economic gain is still superior to any long term thinking. Even this article seems to treat not only the problem as ecnomic but the solution as an economic boon. Of course this article also throws global warming into the fray even though its effects are almost if not entirely in the future. Humans have been destroying landscapes LONG before 'global warming'. Likewise they tie global warming to migrations at a time when the violent destruction of land in and around Syria has cause so much more pain than their hypothetical future; I digress...

I do not think actual economy will support the necessary systems to stop land degredation any time soon. While oil is subsidized it is not likely that it will ever be economical to care about the destruction of the landscape; forgoing giant tractors, chemical fertilizers, and monocrops of corn in leveld forest fields, is simply not how I see the near future going. Current success stories are usually about exceptional people but thus far only reproducible by dedicated individuals on small scale. While this could ramp up to larger scale I have not really seen any indication yet that it will. The possible solutions to this dilema, as I see them, are economic collapse coupled with a severe restriction of oil and coal. An actual paradigm change for the minds of men, where people value human labor and clean food the same way they might a subscription to cable or joy ride in an SUV. The final option would be political, but they almost never accomplish anything outstanding so I have severe doubts.

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Confrontational Resistance in Wild Amazon

Confrontational Resistance in Wild Amazon

The Ka'apor  (Kayapo | Caiapóof Brazil Fight for Their Forests

AwN | This is an interesting article about the Kayapo people and their fight against deforestation. The Ka'apor use direct confrontation along with modern technology to stop loggers from stealing their trees. So far no loggers have been killed but the people of Ka'apor have suffered a few deaths. In general however the people of Ka'apor are winning. Often when loggers don't accept a kind invitation to leave they are stripped and beaten. 

The use of violence is always a touchy subject, unless you are an official organization sanctioned by an official government, sanctioned by the fear of power and violence. I am a non-violent person, I respect and appreciate all forms of non-violence, but I also don't really expect it to win in all situations. I also have a great deal of respect for a people who have the desire to fight not only for themselves and their livelihood but the natural world. In all fairness these people are doing what they think they need to do to survive, and yet these are people who also have accepted their lives as part of the forest, so much so that they actually understand (unlike our society) that they need the forest for their survival. 

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Double Speak from the Commander in Chief | Drill Baby Drill

Double Speak from the Commander in Chief | Drill Baby Drill

Double Speak from the Commander in Chief | Go Ahead Shell Drill the Arctic

New Link: Environmentalists Blast Obama's Decision to Let Shell Drill in Arctic

New Link: Obama's approval of Arctic drilling 'undermines his climate message'

“It is very difficult for Barrack Obama or anybody else to say, ‘look we take this completely seriously, this is the greatest problem the world’s ever faced but it’s OK to go ahead and start drilling a whole new oil field up in the Arctic.’ Those two things are at odds,” McKibben told a conference on fossil fuel divestment in Parison Tuesday.

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AwN | I find it odd that people ever defend or endorse politicians. It seems so obvious that whatever side you are on in politics is wrong. Case in point the educated Obama supporters and their well thought out detailed arguments of how great Obama is and how thoroughly uneducated and stupid republicans are, is just as much nonsense as is the republicans acting like Obama is some sort of devil. Facts are facts and that is the American Presidency is an unconditional farse. A while back I had hopes for Obama but in the end all we get is more double speak.

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A New Count of the Number of Trees

A New Count of the Number of Trees

Updating the original article I have come across this article from Yale 360. The article (snippet really) indicates that 45 million acres of trees were cut down last year (doesn't really discuss regrowth). The most troubling locations being Brazil, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Recently I posted this detailing the lengths the Caiapó natives of Ka'apor have gone to protect their forests in the Amazon. I am still looking for a way to support the protection efforts in these countries so feel free to contact me if you know of any.

The Number of Trees and Some Opinions on Earth's Carrying Capacity

AwN | This is an interesting article that details recent estimates on the number of trees that exist on earth. Prior estimates were much lower and now it is estimated there are somewhere around 450 trees for every person. Before the dawn of civilization it is believed that there were twice as many trees. It is also likely that this further proves my belief that we are not really at the carrying capacity for humans on earth.

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Website Updates September 2015

Website Updates September 2015

Some Notes on my Websites

AwN | I am a bit of a perfectionist, and that is not to say I have ever done anything perfect. But I can obsess over minutia if it is something that I want to be perfect, like art. In my life when I have done art I have almost always been highly critical of it. I consider my website to be art and therefore I am constantly balancing my right and left brain. I love quirk, and yet this is not a poem people will be reading for hundreds of years, it is a website, one which people need to understand and navigate in the now. 

So that being said, as you can see I have changed my template. The old one had too much of a simpsons vibe so I am going with this sleeker one for now, this is the same style I am using on my main site accordwithnature.com

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How Fast Will the FDA Backtrack from Mercury Fillings

How Fast Will the FDA Backtrack from Mercury Fillings

Mercury in the Mouth | Cash in the Pocket

AwN | Mercury is one of those fun perks of modern life you so often hear about. The American Mental Association has long held that mercury is not only good for your teeth but also your brain. Ever since the days of the lush Mercury hat humans have had a very fond relationship with the not at all toxic metal. 

In all serious mercury teeth fillings is a hellish practice that deserves one of the largest class action lawsuits of all time. This article is fantastic. It talks about the current legal standing of mercury in the mouth as approved by the FDA. If you're interested in the rate at which the American Dental Association and the FDA backtrack away from mercury then check out this article...  

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