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Environmental News : : Save Climate Education

Obama proposes $2 billion plan to replace fossil fuel

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A few weeks ago, the White House began to urge Congress to divert $2 billion from gas and oil leases towards “groundbreaking” environmental technology over the next 10 years. Whilst Obama has encountered much resistance from Republicans, the “Energy Security Trust” money will come from an increase in drilling revenue from leasing public lands and waters over the next decade. He stressed that this was not a new form of taxation. 

To promote this new funding, Obama is scheduled to tour the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, a lab that has been at the forefront of developing batteries for electric cars. This was one aspect of new “groundbreaking” technology that Obama was particularly interested in.

With the minority of the US population being concerned with eco-needs, this is a brave move by the President. To any US citizens reading this, what is your take on the matter?

Royal Dutch Airlines launches weekly flights that use biofuel made from cooking oil

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Whilst biofuels have long been embraced by the military for several decades now, we are beginning to see their incorporation into the commercial world. Thanks to a joint effort, Royal Dutch Airlines will now be making weekly flights between New York and Amsterdam that are powered by this new biofuel. KLM managing director, Camiel Eurings said,

                         “I am proud that KLM is once again demonstrating its leading role in developing sustainable biofuel.”

The flights began on March 8th, 2013. This isn’t the first time that KLM have managed something like this though. In June of 2012, they recorded their longest ever biofuel flight, from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro. The question remains, would you feel comfortable travelling on a plane that is powered by cooking oil!

15 year old starts petition to stop British Government from cutting environmental education

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Michael Gove, Britain’s Secretary of State for Education, has decided to remove climate change education from the curriculum of students under the age of 14. Whilst the adults continue to argue over what must be done and whether environmental problems exist at all, Esha Marwaha has decided to take the matter into her own hands with a petition rallying to keep climate education in the curriculum. The petition already has 24,000 votes and counting. Esha said,

Climate change  is the most pressing and threatening issue to modern day society. Through lack of understanding from     generations before us, we are having to fix it. And how can we do this without education?”

The petition only need 984 signatures so do your part and sign it, now!

I leave you with

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Turn your unwanted t-shirts into cool and alternative shopping bags.
Jump on the bandwagon and start growing your own produce with these starter kits.

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Environmental News! USA ruining everything : 19th July 2012

USA – One of the least environmentally sustainable countries, in the world.

The following is from the introduction of the National Geographic Greendex 2012 article, “consumers in the large developing economies of Brazil, India and China have scored highest, while Canadians and Americans, with their relatively massive environmental footprints as individuals, have scored lowest.”
This greendex survey ranks countries around the world in terms of how environmentally sustainable they are. One thing you can be sure of is how the USA will still be delighted that they are more sustainable than Canada, “USA! USA! USA!”.
Not only that, but further studies from National Geographic have shown that the USA don’t even care about this, “only germans feel less guilty about their environmental inaction”. 

54% of USA is in drought. $50 billion to fix it. 

North America is currently experiencing the worst drought since the 1950’s. For the second month in a row, temperatures have reached record highs. This drought is not only causing death among humans (48 dead in 7 days in Washington DC) but is also causing problems for agriculture. Corn output had dropped rapidly, 7% in the last week. Recent wildfires in states such as Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming have displaced thousands of cows from federal rangelands which may not be fit for grazing for years.
With the price in food sure to rise over the next year Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at the largest commercial agriculture lender said, “It might be a $50 billion event for the economy as it blends into everything over the next four quarters.”

Thousands of baby leatherback turtles die in Trinidad.

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Heavy machinery have crushed thousands of baby turtles along the most dense nesting area for the leatherback turtle. Government work crews with bulldozers were redirecting the Grand Riviere, a river that was threatening a hotel where tourists from around the globe watch the huge endangered turtles lay their eggs. Conservationists who track the turtles said that the workers dug a large portion of the sand that did not effect the river.
Sherwin Reyz, a member of the Grand Riviere Environmental Organisation, estimated that as many as 20,000 eggs were crushed or consumed by the scores of vultures that descended upon the food that was now open to them.
“They had a very good meal. I was near tears,” said Reyz, who helped save hundreds of uninjured hatchlings dredged up by the heavy machinery. “It was a disgusting mess.”

Video game ‘Xeko’ raises awareness of endangered species.

Digital Game Xeko Raises Endangered Species Awareness Online

Winner of Creative Toy Game of the Year, Xeko is a collectable card game available on phones and social gaming consoles.
Donors, known as Xeko Backer Agents, can contribute the campaign in amounts that represent the need for action and awareness: $30 symbolizes that 30% of amphibian species are threatened, pledging $1300 denotes that less than 1,300 Bengal Tigers are known to exist.
To donate, click here.
Instead of imaginary creatures, Xeko cards feature real-world endangered animals from different conservation hotspots. This creates awareness and appreciation for these creatures and their homes.

Exchange trash for food. 

Residents of Mexico City are embracing a creative recycling program that is turning trash into food.

It could be the best deal, ever. A growing number of cities in Central and South America are offering ‘delicious recycling’.  Jundiai is a city in Brazil that has been offering this for 10 years. When residents bring in recyclables, they get vegetables from a local, public garden.
Mexico City have also adopted this idea by handing out fresh lettuce, pears, flowers, plants, tomatoes and cucumbers to people who hand in their recycling. In March of this year, the city handed out 3 tonnes of food.
This is genius way to motivate those people that need motivation to look after the planet. Whilst it’s a shame that people expect something in return, it seems like this idea can work.

I leave you with,
9 reasons to plant a tree
Incredible photos of the underground storm water system in Japan

Environmental News! 29th June 2012

Bon Iver designs ‘vegan’ sneakers

Justin Vernon, more commonly known as the lead dinger of Bon Iver, has just released his own shoes that benefit animals. They support the ‘Best Friends Animal Society’, who will receive all the proceeds from sales. A review from LA Times knocked his design, stating that it was a “novice’s mistake” and a design only a “mid-westerner” would produce. However, they seem to draw attention more for the cause they support, along with the fact that most of us love and adore Justin Vernon. Considering these shoes are so unique, the $75 price-tag does not seem to high, so go on! Make a statement!

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Designs Vegan Sneakers to Benefit Animals

Man plants 1360 acre forest, by himself

India suffers from intense drought, desertification and deforestation leaving mass ares of land barren. An Indian man, Jadav “Molai” Payeng, has decided to change all this by himself. He started the project 30 years ago when he was just a teenager. Witnessing dead reptiles due to a lack of forestry, he dedicated his life to growing bamboo in soil that was said impossible to grow in. He lived on the sandbar in a life of solitude, planting each tree by hand and watering them every day and night. After a few years, the sandbar transformed into a bamboo thicket. He then started planting proper trees once he learnt how red ants changed the properties of soil, making it more fertile. “I was stung many times” he said, as he explained how he hand carried red ants to his creation. The forest is now alive with the ecosystem as a food chain exists among it. Everything from fauna/ants to eagles/elephants have been spotted in the forest.
Some locals wanted to cut down his trees after it altered their way of life. He responded by threatening to kill them. I struggle to think of anyone who would not deem this man a modern hero for his herculean effort in saving the planet. Do the man a favour and stop using plastic cups.
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Sea-level rise occurring  4 times quicker on US east coast

Sea level rise is not uniform over the whole planet. Neither is global temperature rise. Some areas experience faster or slower changes. The US Geological Survey have stated “if global temperatures continue to rise, rates of sea level rise in this area are expected to continue increasing.” Since 1990, the 600 mile region has experienced a sea-level rise of 3.7mm per year. Compare this to the global average of 0.9mm per year and you will realise the cause for concern. This is caused  because a major Atlantic current that carries tropical water to the north is slowing down. This warmth expands seawater, which can lead to higher sea levels. More interestingly, North Carolina just passed a bill that encourages planning agencies to ignore sea-level rise. Please tell me why people are still too ignorant to wake up to this truth. What’s that? You love Cape Cod?! Then why don’t you try buying a more fuel efficient car than that Toyota Tundra you drive.

Penguins threatened by climate change

Emperor Penguins are now under threat due to changes in climate. Discovery News estimates that only 500-600 breeding pairs will be around by the year 2100. This is some drop from the current 3,000. The study was conducted in Terre Adélie in Antarctica, where French scientists have been observing penguin population for 50 years. The “melting of ice affects the fish, squid and krill that grow on the ice.” If the ice goes, so will the plankton which the penguins feed off. This causes a ripple effect through the food chain that could starve the various species of penguins.
Whilst the climate change seems minor to humans at the moment, the change seems much more deadly for certain species. To learn more about this and how you can help, visit Oceanites.

Climate Change Threatens Antarctic Penguin Population


I leave you by bringing your attention the people making our ‘green effort’ useless. This article writes of how the RIO+ Summit was a success simply because it brought attention to the environment. “Sure”, he says, “the document that government officials produced after months of negotiation doesn’t contain much that will make the planet a better place”. At least they were talking about it. At least there was some “energy”. At least they were thinking of what could be done.

WRONG.

There are things we can all be doing today. Please don’t let atricles like this lull you into a sense that everything is ok. The RIO+ Summit failed and so have our leaders. Start going green today. The world depends on it.