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Environmental News : : Los Angeles Going Green

TOMS Shoes are preventing HIV

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It just had to happen. Last week I voiced my opinion that TOMS was inherently flawed and that they were not helping fix world issues. With the help of actress Charlize Theron, TOMS is unveiling a new limited edition shoe that funds the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, a non-profit charity that helps protect youth’s against HIV. Unfortunately, the shoes only come in women and child sizes. This hasn’t stopped me from wearing women’s clothes before though.

Theron says, “The relationship I have with TOMS is one that I cherish because none of us can do it alone”. 

You can buy your pair right here.

Los Angeles Mayor announces City will be “coal-free” by 2025

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has followed suit to many cities and announced LA will be coal free by 2025. The city currently gets 40% of its energy from two (out of date) coal plants. These plants are unsustainable, both economically and environmentally. Political plans along with the Department of Water have already delayed the initial coal free deadline by 5 years (previously the aim was 2020). Nothing yet has been set in stone, but there is a unanimous decision that the two 40 year old coal plants are just that, too old. Another step in the right direction for the green party.

50% of all food produced is wasted

Researchers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers recently discovered that over 2 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year. This accounts for 30%-50% of all food produced. The main causes have been pinned down to;

1) Over cautious sell by dates.
2) Buy one get one free deals.
3) Everyone’s sudden obsession with vegetables.

Furthermore, 30% of crops manufactured in the UK are not even harvested due to the fact they don’t meet the immensely strict cosmetic standards set by food companies. This wasted food inevitably ends up in landfill sites where it produces mass quantities of methane, a gas that has many negative environmental effects. If this doesn’t concern you, then maybe the 1 billion people will who went hungry in 2010.
You want to know what you can do? Stop buying food in bulk and stop taking advantage of every “buy one get one free deal” just because you can. You may argue that we can’t control what the food companies produce or what their policies are. However you are the person buying the food, you control what ends up in your bin.
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Environmental News! 19th June 2012

1) Canadian cycles to Earth Summit in Rio.

Naomi Devine, a 33 year old Canadian woman has given “fuel efficient” travel a whole new meaning this week. Naomi decided to hope on her bike in Vancouver, British Columbia, and pedal down to the Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil. She had some help with trains along the way but her journey is estimated to have been 1000 miles long. Hopefully, this will ignite the Earth Summit into producing some decent conclusions. Kyoto Protocol “take two” anyone?

Considering her worst part of the trip was as follows, ‘the idea that you might get hit and be seriously injured or die. In those moments you have to dig deep and hope for the best, because it certainly has happened to other cyclists”, would you ever attempt anything so crazy?!

2) Diesel fumes worse than second-hand smoke.


Reports filtering through from the World Health Organisation are showing how diesel fumes can cause lung cancer. The fumes are more carcinogenic than second-hand smoke fumes. So yes, you may get great mileage on your new Ford “eco-friendly” Zetec, but you’re putting people at harm. For more information on why diesel cars aren’t as good as you think, read this. What’s your opinion? With electric cars still years from being ready for everyday use, what other option do we have?

3) Environmental Activists being killed at a rate of two a week.
The death toll in people attempting to protect forests, rivers and land has almost doubled in the last 3 years. Brazil, the site of tomorrow’s UN Earth Summit, has the highest amount of deaths. A shocking 365. This represents the horrifying struggle currently going on for the world’s resources. We must desperately find a balance where all justifying needs can be met, otherwise it won’t just be the environment that suffers.

 

4) The earth IS warming.
Ignore all the “scientific uncertainty”. Ignore the blissfully ignorant. Ignore the lies. The earth currently has the lowest ice surface area in history. In fact, it’s not even been close to being this low. There are over 500,000 square kilometres less of ice than previous ‘low’ years (2007, 2011). Forgive the poor resolution, but you can clearly see the red 2012 line and how it is descending quickly, very quickly.


5) 48 cities to cut 248 million tons of pollution.

To end on a more positive note, it looks like the Kyoto Protocol “take two” is underway! It will be spoken about over the next few days in Rio at the Earth Summit. According to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, 248 million tons can be cut from 48 major cities by 2020. More information will filter through over the next few days but this is a huge step forward for the earth on the road to a more sustainable planet.

What is your view on this decade’s UN Earth Summit? There are already signs to show how serious some countries are taking these issues now. Will the conference be a success? Will words be turned to positive action? We can only hope so!

Dead bees, another cry out for alternative fuel?

     Recent studies have shown that diesel fumes are related to the decline of honeybee colonies. The theory states that nano-particles emitted from diesel exhausts disrupt the navigation of bees. Thus making it impossible for them to return to their hive as they eventually die. Why is this important I hear you say? Well there is a much bigger picture to look at.

      Bees produce billions for the world economy, £430 million a year in the United Kingdom alone. People do not realise just how much they aid employment by producing honey and pollinating crop fields. In return, they ask for nothing. I think they are the most underrated working class in the world. To realise that the modern mode of transport is killing them off is extremely worrying. Ten’s of thousand’s of beehives have been dropping every winter. Since 2007, the United States has seen a 35% drop in the number of hives.

     This statistic is screaming at me to sell my diesel ‘eco-friendly’ Ford Fiesta and buy an electric car. Car companies have done a brilliant job of convincing the masses that diesel fueled cars should be bought due to their efficiency and minimal effect on the environment. Yet the fact remains, diesel is a non-renewable fuel that is harmful to all living things. Yes, diesel is better than petrol; You get more miles to the gallon and it does harm the environment less, but we are merely prolonging the inevitable.

     How can we deal with this issue? I would love to tell you that scientists have just discovered a new renewable energy source as powerful as oil but we are not there yet. So all we can do is nudge people. Give people a reason to buy electric cars, a reason to cycle to work and a reason to roll the window down instead of hitting the AC switch.

      My immediate plan would be to deny raising the motorway speed limit to 80mph. This is simply telling motorists that it is ok to drive faster, burn more fuel and pump more money into the pockets of oil companies. It also widens the gulf between the speeds of electric vehicles compared to fuel driven vehicles. One major reason why the public are buying fuel cars rather than electric is due to speed.  Further on this, road tax on fueled vehicles should be vastly increased.

      We cannot sugar coat this anymore. We have to stop finding ways of prolonging this unfortunate truth. Instead, begin to use fuels that are both renewable and do not harm the environment. If an event as small as a bee dying does not convince you that something must be done, I fear we have already lost the battle.