In this video by Riley Morton, photographer Chris Jordan discusses his Midway Project; a fine art photography series documenting the tragic phenomenon of the death of the local albatross population due to excessive intake of plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.
Plastic Found in Nine Percent of 'Garbage Patch' Fishes: Tens of Thousands of Tons of Debris Annually Ingested
ScienceDaily (July 1, 2011) — The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean that has been labeled as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch."
No rationale, that is, except to open large markets for dirty fuels from oil and coal states and Canada's tar-sands regions. (Canadian oil has sharply increased its lobbying in Washington.) That's what conservatives are trying to do, along with Dems like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Elizabeth McGowan tells the sad story.
It's always been amazing to me that conservatives can get away with this. The right-wing "tough on security" mythology is so deeply entrenched that conservative politicians can openly defy the military on a matter of national security -- in the name of fossil fuel corporations -- and get no blowback whatsoever.
Alaska vote: No to giant gold/copper mine October 18, 2011
Residents in a remote corner of Alaska near Bristol Bay have voted to try to block the siting of North America’s biggest open pit mine next door to the world’s most productive salmon fishery.
In a state known for pro-growth politics, the Lake & Peninsula Borough voted 280-246 for a provision in law that would keep the borough from granting to projects that would have “significant adverse impact” on fisheries.
Developers of the Pebble Mine, including the giant Anglo-American Corp. are mounting a court challenge against the borough’s vote. They have been joined by the Alaska attorney general.
* Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy * Official accounts put US military usage at 320,000 barrels of oil a day, that does not include fuel consumed by contractors, in leased or private facilities, or in the production of weapons * US military is a major contributor of carbon dioxide * Iraq war was responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) from March 2003 through December 2007 * US Congress passed an explicit provision guaranteeing the US military exemption from any energy reduction or measurement * An executive order signed by President Barack Obama calls for other federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 ... www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/2-us-department-of-defense-is-the-worst-polluter-on-the-planet/
Shipbuilding contracts decision coming Last Updated: Oct 19, 2011 11:22 AM NT
The Canadian government is buying more than 30 new ships for the navy and the coast guard, including frigates, supply ships, patrol boats and icebreakers. They will cover Canada's needs for the next three decades.
Salmon-Killing Virus Seen for First Time in the Wild on the Pacific Coast October 17, 2011
A lethal and highly contagious marine virus has been detected for the first time in wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest, researchers in British Columbia said on Monday, stirring concern that it could spread there, as it has in Chile, Scotland and elsewhere.
From the Wash to the Ocean Synthetic fabrics shed thousands of tiny bits of plastic that can end up in the oceans. Mon Oct 24, 2011 08:00 AM ET
Scientists have found an unexpected source for the rising load of tiny plastic bits in the oceans: Washing machines.
When you wash fleece jackets, polypro running shirts and other synthetic fabrics, a new study found, miniscule threads of plastic seep through filters and escape into the environment. Marine microplastics can penetrate the cells of even the tiniest organisms, raising all sorts of health concerns for both sea creatures and the people that eat them.
And while washing machines are far from the only source of tiny plastic pieces in the oceans, the study suggests that there might be a need for a new generation of clothing made from natural fibers or synthetic versions that hold together for a longer time, said Mark Browne, an ecologist at University College Dublin.
For now, textile companies are not required to test their products for durability or plastic-shedding potential...
Studies of artificial joints and plastic-based drug delivery devices in people have shown that small pieces of plastic can infiltrate joints and even enter the circulatory systems. Experiments on mussels, among other animals, have shown similar effects in even these simple creatures. And when cells take up plastic, they seem to have trouble functioning as they should.
To gauge the extent of the microplastic problem, Browne and colleagues collected and tested sediment samples from 18 shorelines on six continents. Microplastics were not just ubiquitous, the team reported in Environmental Science & Technology. Concentrations were also highest in the most densely populated countries. Places that produce the most waste, in other words, suffer the most from their waste.
“The plastic you throw away,” Browne said, “could end up on your dinner plate.”
THE DISCOVERNATOR: Amazing Facts Served Up Hot
Inside the discharge from sewage treatment plants, the researchers then analyzed plastic particles to figure out where they were coming from. Results revealed polyester, acrylic and other plastics that looked just like the materials used in synthetic clothing. In a single wash cycle, follow-up experiments showed, a fleece garment could shed more than 1,900 fibers.
“It seems obvious in hindsight that fibers are leaving clothes in washing machines and ending up in the waste stream, but it hadn’t been considered as a source up until this point,” said Kara Lavender Law, a research oceanographer at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Mass. “This is eye opening.”
Cruise ship waste: All ashore? The cruise ships that come to Seattle each summer bring something you don't find advertised in glossy brochures -- millions of gallons of human waste. www.seattlepi.com/local/303063_cruise09.html
Cruise Ship Lines Win 2011 "Dino of the Year" Anti-environmental Prize December 28, 2011
NABU President Olaf Tschimpke claims cruise ships emit particle pollution equivalent to 5 million cars driving the same distance as the cruise ship travels. NABU notes in particular that there is money for every sort of convenience and luxury for guests on board, but no investment has been made in switching cruise ships from heavy fuel oil or outfitting the ships with particle filters, to reduce the pollution emission rates. Also according to NABU,
the 15 largest cruise ships emit as much sulfur dioxide pollution annually as all 760 million cars in the world.
Cruise Ship Pollution in Norwegian Fjord
NABU's anti-award highlights not only the sulfurous emissions but the effects of particle pollution in the environments of natural beauty and species diversity visited by cruise ships. Black oil or diesel particle pollution falling on the white ice at the north and south poles in particular has been blamed for increasing the heat absorption from sunlight, contributing to the melting of glacial ice. Maybe eco-friendly cruising needs a second look.
From the Wash to the Ocean Synthetic fabrics shed thousands of tiny bits of plastic that can end up in the oceans. Mon Oct 24, 2011 08:00 AM ET Marine microplastics can penetrate the cells of even the tiniest organisms, raising all sorts of health concerns for both sea creatures and the people that eat them. news.discovery.com/earth/washing-machine-pollutes-111024.html
27 January 2012 Accumulating 'microplastic' threat to shores
Microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain, a study has warned. Researchers traced the "microplastic" back to synthetic clothes, which released up to 1,900 tiny fibres per garment every time they were washed. Earlier research showed plastic smaller than 1mm were being eaten by animals and getting into the food chain.
The findings appeared in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
Science News Study: More plastic in ocean than thought Published: April 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM
Pieces of plastic debris found in the oceans are smaller than many people think. Most are measured in millimeters.
SEATTLE, April 25 (UPI) -- Research on how much plastic litters the oceans may vastly underestimate the true amount because it only looks at the surface, a U.S. researcher says.
University of Washington oceanographer Giora Proskurowski said he was on a research cruise in the Pacific Ocean and noticed the water surface was littered with tiny bits of plastic -- until the wind suddenly picked up and the plastic "disappeared." Taking water samples from 16 feet he discovered the wind was pushing the lightweight plastic particles below the surface.
The finding suggests data collected from just the surface of the water commonly underestimates the total amount of plastic in the water by an average factor of 2.5, a university release reported Wednesday.
"That really puts a lot of error into the compilation of the data set," Proskurowski said.
B.C. salmon farm: virus forces cull of half million fish Published On Sat May 19 2012
VANCOUVER—Atlantic salmon farms around Vancouver Island have begun testing and formed a special outbreak management team after a virus outbreak at one farm led to a site quarantine and the cull of more than half a million fish.
The farm most seriously affected by the virus is one run by Mainstream Canada, which confirmed tests conducted earlier this week showed the presence of infectious hematopoietic necrosis at its site on the Island’s west coast, located at Dixon Bay, north of Tofino, B.C.
A second farm announced Friday afternoon that the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has identified a “low positive result” for the same virus in coho salmon samples on a Sunshine Coast farm.
Grieg Seafood said further tests will be conducted next week.
Overrides Freedom of Information law, carries stiff penalty
By Ethan Baron, The Province May 22, 2012
B.C.'s Liberal government is poised to further choke off the flow of public information, this time with respect to disease outbreaks. The Animal Health Act, expected to be passed into law by month's end, expressly over-rides B.C.'s Freedom of Information Act, duct-taping shut the mouths of any citizens - or journalists - who would publicly identify the location of an outbreak of agriculture-related disease such as the deadly bird flu....
The Animal Health Act would override another provincial law, the Offence Act. While the Offence Act caps punishment at a $2,000 fine and six months in jail for offences not drawing higher penalties in other legislation, the Animal Health Act says that section of the Offence Act doesn't apply, and lays out a punishment regime with penal-ties reaching to $75,000 fines and two years in prison. The offence of failing to keep information confidential falls among the violations drawing the highest penalties.
05/22/2012 IHN infected farm salmon transported through Alberni Inlet - one of the last farm-free migration routes left
I wanted to know what Mainstream is doing with their virus infected salmon so we tracked the boat electronically from the area near the infected farm at Dixon Bay where the boat was seen loading yesterday morning.
There was no containment around the boat, so if a pipe connection fails all the young salmon coming out of the rivers right now will be bathed in the virus. The Mainstream crew were hostile. However, after I told them several times that blood water was dripping from the hoses as the trucks pulled away, they used the caps and sealed them.
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Dec 13, 2013 18:04:49 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: I have had probes surgically implanted and V2K and nobody helps me because these lowlifes pay everyone off or use counterintelligence to disinform the people who try to help me. The perps are Meriwether from Brunswick, Georgia U.S.A. and a Joe Moody
Dec 13, 2013 18:07:32 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:10:43 GMT -8
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Mark Iannicelli: Senator Shelby a Republican from Alabama has appropriated Defense spending for victims to be violated inhumanely with probes that itch , burn, shock and some have Global Positioning Systems (GPS)from companies like Positive I.D..
Dec 13, 2013 18:15:47 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:18:07 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:19:23 GMT -8
Mark Iannicelli: I will visit you the next time I am in England if you can get the V2K out of my head.You all need to form a V2K Victim Security Task Force and post security at the hospital generators , fire alarms, inside and outside the operating and recovery rooms.
Dec 13, 2013 18:22:51 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:24:23 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:26:34 GMT -8
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