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Quote  Nov-27-2014 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     Rachel Carson   TheTeam

Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring"We stand now where two roads diverge... The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road... offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.

Modern Ocean Acidification Is Outpacing Ancient Upheaval, Study Suggests
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News item  Jul-5-2014 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       TheTeam

The deep-sea benthic foram Aragonia velascoensis went extinct about 56 million years ago as the oceans rapidly acidified. (Ellen Thomas/Yale University)

Some 56 million years ago, a massive pulse of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere sent global temperatures soaring. In the oceans, carbonate sediments dissolved, some organisms went extinct and others evolved.
Scientists have long suspected that ocean acidification caused the crisis—similar to today, as manmade CO2 combines with seawater to change its chemistry. Now, for the first time, scientists have quantified the extent of surface acidification from those ancient days, and the news is not good: the oceans are on track to acidify at least as much as they did then, only at a much faster rate. 
In a study published in the latest...  See entire news item

The Nightmare After Christmas
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Blog item  Feb-1-2014       mmcgloin   mmcgloin

How the holiday season has changed over time? Furthermore, how can we tie the environment into religious holidays? Chanukah, and more noticeably Christmas has been a holiday that has drastically transformed in the course of history. It is mainly about the gift giving than celebrating the religious aspect of both these holidays.

Christmas and Chanukah feed a unique consumerist experience.  Money is rapidly shaping the course of history. Even with the economic setbacks we have seen in America in the last five years, this holiday is going strong. "A Gallup Poll found that Americans expect to spend an average of $764 on Christmas gifts, $50 more than a year ago" (Keen, 2011). Those who predict spending during the holidays estimated spending on Christmas to increase...  See entire blog item

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Quote  Sep-18-2012     George Washington Carver   TheTeam

When I was young, I said to God, "God, tell me the mystery of the universe." But God answered, "that knowledge is for me alone."

So I said, "God, tell me the mystery of the peanut." Then God said, "Well George, that's more nearly your size."

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Quote  Sep-18-2012     George Washington Carver   TheTeam

When I was young, I said to God, "God, tell me the mystery of the universe." But God answered, "that knowledge is for me alone."

So I said, "God, tell me the mystery of the peanut." Then God said, "Well George, that's more nearly your size."

Arctic Sea Ice Enters The Spring Melt Season
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News item  Apr-23-2012       TheTeam

Chart showing increasing dominance of new, thin ice in the Arctic (see below for credits and high resolution version)Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 18, after reaching an initial peak early in the month and declining briefly. Ice extent for the month as a whole was higher than in recent years, but still below average.

As the melt season begins, researchers look at a variety of factors that may contribute to summer ice melt. While the maximum extent occurred slightly later than average, the new ice growth is very thin and likely to melt quickly. Ice age data indicate that despite the higher extent compared to recent years, the winter sea ice continues to be dominated by younger and thinner sea ice.

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1,000 Killed, Philippines Get Nailed With Killer Floods
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Blog item  Dec-22-2011 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     GuestWriter GuestWriter

Philippine Floods

Predicted by Climate Scientists (but "Too Alarmist")


Philippines is now suffering tremendous flooding most likely related to climate change — nice Christmas present, eh?

The only way global warming deniers (or, "science deniers," as I think I'm going to start calling them) can claim that the effects of global warming aren't already hitting us is if they can prove that climate scientists are somehow coordinating to influence our weather and cause an unprecedented number of extreme 'natural' disasters.

The latest extreme weather event, quite disastrously and very sadly, has killed over 1,000 people in the Philippines.

"Tropical storm Washi, known locally in the Philippines as Sendong, has killed over 1,000 people in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, dumping ...  See entire blog item

More Bluefin Sold Than Reported Caught
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Blog item  Nov-30-2011     emily emily

With populations dangerously low for a number of fish species, environmentalists set standards for how many fish could be caught each year. For awhile, these regulations seemed to work, and the populations of endangered fish remained stable. However, it appears that fishers have been trying to get around fishing regulations in the last several years. They report far lower numbers of fish caught than numbers of fish sold.

This tactic is used with alarming frequency in the bluefin tuna industry. According to a recent study by the Pew Environment Group, over two times as many tons of bluefin were caught as recorded. Trade figures of bluefin catches in ...  See entire blog item

You Can't Kill A Planet And Live On It, Too
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Blog item  Jul-19-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter


(Image: LP / truthout
Adapted: Bruce Irving, Paul Bratcher)

By Frank Joseph Smecker and Derrick Jensen, Truthout | Op-Ed

Let's expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running.

With an entire planet being slaughtered before our eyes, it's terrifying to watch the very culture responsible for this - the culture of industrial civilization, fueled by a finite source of fossil fuels, primarily a dwindling supply of oil - thrust forward wantonly to fuel its insatiable appetite for "growth."

Deluded by myths of progress and suffering from the psychosis of technomania complicated by addiction to depleting oil reserves, industrial society leaves a crescendo of atrocities in its wake.

A very partial list would include the Bhopal chemical disaster, numerous oil spills, the illegal depleted uranium-spewing occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, the nuclear meltdown of Fukushima,...  See entire blog item

Lima, Peru Becomes A GMO-Free Zone
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News item  Jun-24-2011       TheTeam

By Heather Carr

Last week, Lima, the capitol of Peru, became a GMO-free zone. Several other municipalities in Peru have already declared themselves free of transgenic and genetically-modified organisms.

Earlier in the month, Peru's congress passed a bill prohibiting the import of genetically modified organisms for cultivation, breeding, or any transgenic production for the next ten years. The bill is awaiting the signature of the president.

The GMO-free sentiment rose up because of a regulation announced in April...  See entire news item

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