Category: Soil Erosion & Contamination

Plastic Bags Fact Sheet

Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. The amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile. City, state, and national governments around the world are trying to limit plastic bag litter and waste with bans and fees. The oldest existing plastic bag tax is in Denmark, passed in 1993. Danes use very few […]

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Neonicotinoids: The New DDT? (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWLPORypiB8?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. They’ve been linked to the decline of honeybees. But scientists now say they also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. They damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off the insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles rely on for food. According […]

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Join the Global Frackdown this Weekend! (October 11, 2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NohMqRhYHhA?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> This Saturday we’re joining concerned citizens all over the world who are coming together to take a stand against fracking. Will you join us? As you know, fracking is an ongoing disaster for communities around the U.S.A. and increasingly around the world. But that hasn’t stopped the fossil fuel industry — they’re on the march, working tirelessly to buy off politicians and dig up every last bit […]

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Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in USA

Most comprehensive study reveals glyphosate and AMPA in the environment over 9 years and across 38 states. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji The most comprehensive research to date on environmental glyphosate levels exposes the widespread contamination of soil and water in the US, as well as its water treatment system. Looking at a wide range of geographical locations, researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS) analysed 3732 water and sediment samples […]

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An Embarrassment for Both Yale University and the New York Times: “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees”

Dr. Nadine Unger, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, had an op-ed published in the Opinion Pages of the September 19, 2014 edition of the New York Times. Both the title of her piece and its analysis of the article’s focus — climate change — have drawn quite a response, as one would imagine. I don’t have much to add other than asking for those interested to review […]

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Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD7koag4QqE?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Part I Broken into two parts (one above, one below, and a question & answer session after that), this is a long but interesting watch. It was filmed in 2011 at a presentation by Dr Anthony Ingraffea (Ph.D., P.E., Cornell University) in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and covers many interesting and pertinent aspects of all fracking entails. Mr. Ingraffea’s good sense of humour makes the time pass […]

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The Kink in the Human Brain

Pointless, joyless consumption is destroying our world of wonders. This is a moment at which anyone with the capacity for reflection should stop and wonder what we are doing. If the news that in the past 40 years the world has lost over 50% its vertebrate wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) fails to tell us that there is something wrong with the way we live, it’s hard to […]

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Will You ‘Rock the Gate’ With Us? (Australia)

We’re excited to invite you to the biggest anti-fracking rock concert ever held in Australia – Rock the Gate – at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown, Sydney, 23rd November, 2014. All proceeds go to support Lock the Gate Alliance. Get your tickets now! It’s spring and there is so much happening right across the country. This newsletter brings you lots of great events and all the latest updates – from […]

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Plastic Bag Bans or Fees Cover 49 Million Americans

With the signing of a plastic bag ban in California on September 30, 2014, the number of Americans who will be affected by anti-bag legislation by 2015 climbed to 49 million. California is the first state to ban the bag. Nationwide more than 150 cities and counties are implementing bans or fees in attempts to reduce the estimated 100 billion plastic bags used in the United States each year.

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Expanding Farmlands with Reduced Cropping

According to a new research findings, over the next 100 years due to climate change, land suitable for agriculture is going to expand by 5.4 million km2, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere at high latitudes in countries like Canada, China and Russia. However, further down in the Global South, especially in the tropical regions, along with reduction in suitable land there, will be a decrease in suitability for multiple cropping. […]

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UN: Only Small Farmers and Agroecology Can Feed the World

Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using ‘agroecological’ methods, according to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. Modern industrial agricultural methods can no longer feed the world, due to the impacts of overlapping environmental and ecological crises linked to land, […]

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Report: The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking

Download report (2.7mb PDF) In many ways, fracking is the environmental issue of our time. It’s an issue that touches on every aspect of our lives — the water we drink, the air we breathe, the health of our communities — and it is also impacting the global climate on which we all depend. It pits the largest corporate interests — big oil and gas companies and the political leaders […]

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