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Re: Pollution
« Reply #255 on: September 29, 2015, 02:24:39 pm »
Campaigners welcome Drax’s decision to pull out of destructive energy project:   


Biofuelwatch Media Advisory, 25th September 2015

Environmental campaigners welcome today’s news that Drax Plc has withdrawn from the proposed White Rose Project. The power station would have been the UK’s first new coal plant since 1974, and the EU’s first commercial power station designed  ;) for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).  ::)

In June this year, Biofuelwatch, together with the London Mining Network and Coal Action Network, handed a petition signed by over 110,000 people to DECC, urging them not to subsidise the White Rose (1).   

The plant would have burned at least 85% coal and up to 15% wood pellets. Drax’s existing power station imports some of its coal from Colombia, where whole villages have been evicted for opencast coal mines. The mines pollute and deplete water and soils, and have serious impacts on small farming communities (2). Much of the wood burned at Drax is imported from the southern US where conservation NGOs have documented that wood from clearcut, highly biodiverse wetland forests is being turned into pellets destined for Drax in Yorkshire (3). Although the White Rose would have been designed with carbon capture and storage infrastructure, there would have been no legal obligation for it to actually capture any CO2.

The UK government has already spent £50 million   >:( on a feasibility study for this plant and were expected to announce up to £900 million in further upfront subsidies.





Almuth Ernsting from Biofuelwatch states: “Drax’s decision to pull out of the White Rose project should spell the end for this destructive project. It would have resulted in more carbon emissions, more environmental destruction and pollution from coal mining, and more forest destruction for wood pellets. DECC should be supporting sustainable and low carbon renewable energy, such as sustainable wind and solar power, as well as energy efficiency and conservation – not coal, big biomass and false techno-fixes like CCS.”

Biofuelwatch continues to campaign for an end to the vast subsidies that Drax’s existing power station receives (4).

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•The petition was ran by Care.2:
 http://www.thepetitionsite.com/857/945/308/whiterose/, see

http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2015/giant-white-elephant-delivers-over-110000-signatures-against-white-rose/ about the hand-over of the petition.

•See http://londonminingnetwork.org/?s=Cerrejon
•http://www.dogwoodalliance.org/2015/06/uncovering-the-truth-investigating-the-destruction-of-precious-wetland-forests/
•http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/axedrax-campaign/
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #256 on: October 01, 2015, 07:42:02 pm »
K-Dog,

Your posts about methane got to people too. It doesn't matter if they can "handle it" psychologically. What matters is the fact that there isn't any way in hell we are going to avoid the methane bomb if we don't stop burning fossil fuels, like, YESTERDAY. When they don't jump on you here and call you a hysterical, sensationalist, scaremongering nihilist, consider yourself to have scored some debating points.   ;D

As to your view on the Cowspiracy and your, admittedly valid, claim that our meat consumption is unsustainable, I think you lack the proper perspective on the relationship of our unsustainable meat eating habits with the Sixth Mass Extinction Event we are in.

By going vegan the amount of the earth needed to keep a human alive drops by an order of magnitude thus making human survival possible.

Does "going vegan" allow Insect  & Mollusk consumption?

I am OK with this if I can still eat Grasshoppers & Snails.  Also, is it OK to feed Flies to my Frogs and then eat their legs?

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In my view yes.  Even just dropping meat and keeping dairy would probably be enough if everyone did it.

Professor Gerardo Cebellos, lead author of the latest study on the evidence we are in the Sixth Mass Extinction, disagrees. So do I.  8)

I prepared a post to counter Ashvin's view, and it seems your your view as well, that concentrated feed operations are a bigger threat than CO2 pollution. I will post it here soon.

The point is that that meat eating is a subset of our unsustainable activity, not the proximate MAIN cause of environmental degradation.

We do have to switch to insect protein, of course. That's a no-brainer. But you are dreaming if you think that is going to stop the Sixth Mass Extinction in any significant way.

WHY? Because there is a LOT more going on out there, due to the CO2 build up, that is contributing to the main cause of BOTH land and marine mammalian vertebrate species extinctions.

Yes, eliminating the concentrated animal feeding operations and all the crop land needed to raise food for them from the energy mix would reduce our CO2 emissions. So we must do that. But, if we don't go 100% renewable energy, it will not be enough to STOP the mass extinction going on now that threatens vertebrate mammals,  which we just happen to be, in particular. WE are destroying OUR habitat by burning fossil fuels, along with the habitat of countless other species.

Since Ashvin appears to have gone away for a while WITHOUT answering the question I asked him on the last post, I'll just post the abridged version of my post. I'll post the whole enchilada with references in an article when I get to it.  ;D Enjoy the short version:

I am all for switching to insect protein powder for yummy hamburgers.
I am all for putting wildlife corridors on all agricultural land where humans (biologist caretakers armed to deal with trespassing humans excluded) are not allowed and will be shot on sight with arrows and used for owl and eagle species recovery efforts.

We need to do that. We need to free range whatever animals we raise and we need to severely cut back on how many of them we raise. We need to make more efficient use of farmed animal droppings for the express purpose of totally eliminating chemical fertilizers.

But if we do all that BEFORE we address the CO2 problem, and continue to burn off present estimates of global carbon reserves, the wildlife extinction will accelerate, not slow down.
WHY?

Figure 6: The Paleocene-Eocene boundary thermal maximum.

THIS was February of 2013:
Another link between CO2 and mass extinctions of species

In February 2013, CO2 levels had risen to near 396.80ppm at Mauna Loa Atmospheric Observatory, compared to 393.54ppm in February 2012. This rise - 3.26ppm per year - is at the highest rate yet recorded. Further measurements show CO2 is at near 400ppm of the atmosphere over the Arctic. At this rate the upper stability threshold of the Antarctic ice sheet, defined at about 500–600ppm CO2 would be reached later this century (although hysteresis of the ice sheets may slow down melting).

Our global carbon reserves - including coal, oil, oil shale, tar sands, gas and coal-seam gas - contain considerably more than 10,000 billion tonnes of carbon (see Figure 5). This amount of carbon, if released into the atmosphere, is capable of raising atmospheric CO2 levels to higher than 1000ppm. Such a rise in atmospheric radiative forcing will be similar to that of the Paleocene-Eocene boundary thermal maximum (PETM), which happened about 55 million years-ago (see Figures 1, 2 and 4).

Ashvin, please digest the following sentence about the 3.26ppm per year rate referenced above.

But the rate of rise surpasses those of this thermal maximum by about ten times.

Now please look at this graphic:
Mass extinctions due to rapidly escalating levels of CO2 are recorded since as long as 580 million years ago. As our anthropogenic global emissions of CO2 are rising, at a rate for which no precedence is known from the geological record with the exception of asteroid impacts, another wave of extinctions is unfolding.

Ashvin, the most important issue of our time is the existential threat we face from CO2 pollution. The other empathy deficit disordered activites humans are foolishly, greedily and stupidly pursuing need to be addressed. Those activities produce habit a destruction.

But CO2 is the elephant in the high extinctions rate room.

The MOST negatively impacted areas of our biosphere (i. e. THE TROPICS from land deforestation and desertification and ocean acidification plus heat  MORE than from atmospheric temperature increase) from CO2 pollution are PRECISELY where the our biosphere's BIODIVERSITY is concentrated.







The evidence is clear. That is, along with the increase in CO2 ppm, the annual RATE of rise of annual CO2 is increasing too.

The most important issue of our time is the existential threat we face from CO2 pollution. That is causing far more habitat destruction than all the other unsustainable human activities.

CO2 is the elephant in the high extinctions rate room. If the above has not convinced you of that, I fear hard experience starting around 2040 will.
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #257 on: October 04, 2015, 06:57:40 pm »
How Did the World's Oldest Creature Die?

A clam named "Ming" by marine researchers was probably born during the time of the Ming Dynasty in China in 1499. Although the world's oldest known living creature, the clam met an unfortunate end while researchers were trying to determine its age.

This particular ocean clam was one of several hundred clams collected from the Icelandic shelf in the year 2006. Although some sources report that researchers killed the clam by opening it to better count the rings that would reveal its age, others report that the clams died when they were frozen to be transported to the labs in the UK.

The researchers eventually made the best calculation by counting the rings on the outside of the clam's shell. Ming turned out to be older than they had initially assumed -- 507 years old. Ming was a member of a type of hard-shelled ocean clam called "quahog."

The marine researches from Bangor University in the UK who made the discovery were strongly criticized for causing the death of the oldest known living creature in the world.    Others have taken it more lightly saying that researchers may not have known the age of the clam when they first found it, as clams remain the same size after a certain age.  ::)

It is also possible that clams even older than Ming continue to inhabit the Icelandic shelf and the North Atlantic.

More about clams:

•It is possible to tell the age of a clam from the rings on its shell because it grows a new layer every year. So each ring represents one year.

•There are more than 15,000 clam species in the world.

•A soft-shelled clam can pump 10 gallons of sea water per day for oxygen. It's this pump and filtration process that makes clams living in unclean water unfit for consumption.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-did-the-worlds-oldest-creature-die.htm


Agelbert NOTE: Thanks to CO2 caused increased ocean acidification, the expression, "Happy as a clam", is no longer applicable. The fossil fuel industry is a much greater threat to Calcium Carbonate shell forming marine life forms than ethics free scientists who like to take living things apart.

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If business continues as usual, the surface ocean pH will drop to 8.0 by 2050 and to 7.8 by century’s end. At that point the oceans will be 150% more acidic than they were at the start of the industrial revolution. Marine biologists like Jason Hall-Spencer have warned about the catastrophic consequences to marine life if the oceans’ pH reaches 7.8. According to him this represents a tipping point at which the ocean’s ecosystems start to crash.

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If current trends continue, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will be 500 ppm by 2050, double the levels in pre-industrial days. So in a sense, all the progress that civilization has made due to the expenditure of large quantities of energy since 1850 or so has now essentially doomed civilization unless radical changes are made in how this energy is obtained and utilized.

http://sandiegofreepress.org/2014/08/ocean-acidification-could-cause-many-species-to-go-extinct/

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« Reply #258 on: October 06, 2015, 06:03:26 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLuX5TjRDdg&feature=player_embedded

Honeybees Face Global Threat: If They Die, So Do We

Reynard Loki, AlterNet | October 6, 2015 12:17 pm

http://ecowatch.com/2015/10/06/honeybees-face-global-threat/

Agelbert COMMENT: This issue is so staggeringly threatening to the entire biosphere, not just humans, that charges of ecocide are merited against Monsanto and any other chemical corporation, stupid and predatory enough to ignore long term harm for short term profits.

The fossil fuel industry falsely claims the world owes them for "feeding millions" with fossil fuel powered farm machines, fossil fuel based pesticides and fossil fuel based chemical fertilizers that "increased the yield per acre of crops". It's a lie.

What really Happened at the EPA

New Study Shows Glaring Differences Between GMO and Non-GMO Food

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« Reply #259 on: October 11, 2015, 06:26:04 pm »
When Was the First Lawnmower Used?

The Budding human powered push mower - they later made bigger ones like the above pulled by a horse

The first lawnmower was patented in 1830 by a mechanic called Edwin Beard Budding. Before lawn mowers were invented all cultivated grass was cut by hand or grazed by animals. Lawns were considered to be a sign of great wealth, as they needed considerable hours of effort for maintenance.

Budding designed his machine based around similar devices already used to cut cloth. Allegedly he was worried he would be ridiculed by his neighbors and so only used his prototype at night.    ;D

However, Budding's mower machine was a financial success and over 1,000 of them had been made and sold by 1840.

More about lawns:

•In the 17th century, it was considered good practice to regularly use heavy iron rollers pulled by horses to flatten a lawn. The horses would wear woolen shoes to soften their tread on the grass.

•It is estimated Americans spend $40 billion on lawn care every year.
   


•A survey of satellite data indicated the total combined space of cultivated lawns in the United States is roughly equal to the size of New York State.  :o  :(

http://www.wisegeek.com/when-was-the-first-lawnmower-used.htm

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As you can see, the whole lawn thing was an egocentric exercise is status symbol bling, totally unrelated to functionality. Yes, the REALLY ORIGINAL "lawns", called "killing fields", might have started the idea of having a lawn in the first place.

  Castles had the fields cut short around them so they could more easily kill invading armies approaching the castle. They mowed the fields so they could mow down the attackers, so to speak. 

Thirteenth Century Beaumaris Castle in Wales - fortifications and surrounding killing fields

Strictly speaking, a "Killing Filed" has a wall behind it as well as in front of it. But I am certain the land around a castle's outermost wall was also kept trimmed to aid in killing attackers. Now you know why fossil fuelers like such big lawns.  ;D

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Killing fields

A killing field was an area between the main wall and a secondary wall, so when the first wall was breached the attackers would run into the killing field to be confronted by another wall from which soldiers bombarded them. Soldiers would be positioned atop the second wall and armed with any variety of weapons, ranging from bows to crossbows to simple rocks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_fortification


But lawns for homes was a rather stupid custom from the start (unless you are a narcissist, of course).

And then the internal combustion engine came along and added pollution damage to the stupidity and unsustainability of having a lawn.   
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... we compared the maximum pollution allowed by federal law for mowers versus cars, and assumed our benchmark grass cutter was a six-horsepower push mower operated at half throttle. We were interested in two types of pollutants: carbon monoxide, or CO, and hydrocarbons plus nitrogen oxides, which we’ll call HC+NOx.

Under current standards, in an hour a push mower will produce the same HC+NOx as a car driven 257 miles  >:(, and the same CO as one driven 401 miles. To put it another way, assuming a car averages 40 miles per hour, a gasoline powered push mower produces more HC+NOx than six cars and the same CO as 10. 


Things will improve when federal emissions standards for lawn mowers are tightened in 2012. Under the new standards, a push mower may produce as much HC+NOx as a car driven 160 miles—in other words, one lawn mower would equal four cars. 

Big deal, you say. I run my lawn mower 20 minutes a week. How much damage could I be doing? This is narrow thinking. Looking at the big picture, we realize mower emissions are only the beginning of what’s wrong with American lawn care. Consider:

• Estimates vary, but it’s likely Americans burn more than 600 million gallons of gas a year cutting the grass. Hell, the EPA estimates at least 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled annually just filling lawn mowers. 


• In 2009, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 86,000 injuries involving lawn mowers required a trip to the emergency room; in 6,400 of these cases the victim died or wound up hospitalized:(

But perhaps you remain blasé. Who needs all those toes? OK, one last point:

• In a time of dwindling water supplies, somewhere between a third to half of residential water use is for lawn and garden irrigation   , and about half of that water is wasted by poor watering practices.  :P

Fact is, unless you’re a croquet fanatic, you don’t need all that grass. The green parts of the planet generally manage to stay green on their own.   

My natural plantings look like weeds to you? Fine, be a Neanderthal. I’m just saying there’s another way. —Cecil Adams 


How Much Pollution Do Gasoline-Powered Lawn Mowers Cause? A lot, actually—so maybe you don't need that lawn. 



 
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« Reply #260 on: October 13, 2015, 12:15:26 am »
Human Business as usual...  :(

https://youtu.be/A1D1WrvuoSY

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) actually has a name for Business as Usual. They have modeled it. They have a number for it. It's called the RCP-8.5.

I am preparing a three part article which provides scientific evidence that the RCP-8.5 scenario is too conservative. I cover what we can expect in the next 85 years or so.

Here's a graph to give you a sneak peak at the article contents:


Business as usual is a death sentence for over 75% (or more) of life on Earth.

Stay tuned for the article. you won't disappointed. The people that defend business as usual won't like it. Good.
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« Reply #261 on: October 14, 2015, 12:00:52 am »
Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns

A benchmark investigation of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in umbilical cord blood

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Not long ago scientists thought that the placenta shielded cord blood — and the developing baby — from most chemicals and pollutants in the environment. But now we know that at this critical time when organs, vessels, membranes and systems are knit together from single cells to finished form in a span of weeks, the umbilical cord carries not only the building blocks of life, but also a steady stream of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides that cross the placenta as readily as residues from cigarettes and alcohol. This is the human "body burden" — the pollution in people that permeates everyone in the world, including babies in the womb.

In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.

This study represents the first reported cord blood tests for 261 of the targeted chemicals and the first reported detections in cord blood for 209 compounds. Among them are eight perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellants in fast food packaging, clothes and textiles — including the Teflon chemical PFOA, recently characterized as a likely human carcinogen by the EPA's Science Advisory Board — dozens of widely used brominated flame retardants and their toxic by-products; and numerous pesticides.

Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. The dangers of pre- or post-natal exposure to this complex mixture of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins have never been studied.

Chemicals and pollutants detected in human umbilical cord blood

class icon Mercury (Hg) - tested for 1, found 1
Pollutant from coal-fired power plants, mercury-containing products, and certain industrial processes. Accumulates in seafood. Harms brain development and function.

class icon Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) - tested for 18, found 9
Pollutants from burning gasoline and garbage. Linked to cancer. Accumulates in food chain.

class icon Polybrominated dibenzodioxins and furans (PBDD/F) - tested for 12, found 7
Contaminants in brominated flame retardants. Pollutants and byproducts from plastic production and incineration. Accumulate in food chain. Toxic to developing endocrine (hormone) system

class icon Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) - tested for 12, found 9
Active ingredients or breakdown products of Teflon, Scotchgard, fabric and carpet protectors, food wrap coatings. Global contaminants. Accumulate in the environment and the food chain. Linked to cancer, birth defects, and more.

class icon Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans (PCDD/F) - tested for 17, found 11
Pollutants, by-products of PVC production, industrial bleaching, and incineration. Cause cancer in humans. Persist for decades in the environment. Very toxic to developing endocrine (hormone) system.

class icon Organochlorine pesticides (OCs) - tested for 28, found 21
DDT, chlordane and other pesticides. Largely banned in the U.S. Persist for decades in the environment. Accumulate up the food chain, to man. Cause cancer and numerous reproductive effects.

class icon Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) - tested for 46, found 32
Flame retardant in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulates in the food chain and human tissues. Adversely affects brain development and the thyroid.

class icon Polychlorinated Naphthalenes (PCNs) - tested for 70, found 50
Wood preservatives, varnishes, machine lubricating oils, waste incineration. Common PCB contaminant. Contaminate the food chain. Cause liver and kidney damage.

class icon Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - tested for 209, found 147
Industrial insulators and lubricants. Banned in the U.S. in 1976. Persist for decades in the environment. Accumulate up the food chain, to man. Cause cancer and nervous system problems.


Source: Chemical analyses of 10 umbilical cord blood samples were conducted by AXYS Analytical Services (Sydney, BC) and Flett Research Ltd. (Winnipeg, MB).
 
 

http://www.ewg.org/research/body-burden-pollution-newborns

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« Reply #262 on: October 15, 2015, 06:21:56 pm »


On September 18, indigenous community activist and teacher, Rigoberto Lima Choc, was murdered in northern Guatemala.  


This happened just after a court upheld charges he filed denouncing massive pollution caused by a palm oil company called Reforestadora de Palma de Petén (REPSA).

On the same day, three indigenous community leaders – members of an ActionAid partner organization which had also supported the case – were kidnapped. These ActionAid partners were released after 12 hours of being threatened with being burned alive.

>> Sign the petition to demand an immediate investigation and protection for the human rights activists involved in the case.

 Rigoberto was shot outside of a courthouse, and the ActionAid partners kidnapped, just one day after a court ordered the palm oil company to suspend operations due to a huge spill of waste from its processing plant. He had been among the first to report the spill.

>>  The Guatemalan authorities must conduct a full and impartial investigation into his death – sign the petition now.

 The waste killed hundreds of thousands of fish in one of the largest environmental disasters in Guatemalan history, putting at risk the livelihoods of thousands of people in riverside communities.

 By reporting and denouncing the spill, Rigoberto did the only responsible thing. Next week, ActionAid’s Guatemalan partners will be here in the United States for a hearing before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights to demand justice for the loss of land and the harms caused to their communities by the massive expansion of oil palm plantations for use in processed foods and biofuels.

>> Please show your support and sign our petition to demand justice for Rigoberto.   


 Thanks for your support.

Doug Hertzler
 Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA
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« Reply #263 on: October 15, 2015, 08:35:52 pm »
Nnimmo Bassy and the British journalist sum it up at the end the following video. The entire culture of oil is a morally repugnant curse on human culture. The country of Nigeria became POORER after oil began to be exploited, not richer! The only real product of the oil culture, not just in Nigeria, but every place in the world, is ecocide.


Oil spills in Nigeria: The true price of crude oil | Guardian Investigations


https://youtu.be/JuqLfH1SW98



Here's a recent video interview with Nnimmo Bassy on the MASSIVE level of oil pollution in Nigeria:


https://youtu.be/W5oQOmEdni4
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« Reply #264 on: October 15, 2015, 08:45:48 pm »

Nnimmo Bassey on Justice for the Earth Community, "Keep the Oil in the Soil"


https://youtu.be/MiGCTmsjT9s

Nnimmo Bassy    discusses the modern biosphere destroying, greed based mechanism of Power without Responsibility for the exploiters and Exploitation with Redress for the people in the exploited areas.
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« Reply #265 on: October 15, 2015, 09:04:01 pm »
McPlanet: Keynote Nnimmo Bassey "Bilanz Rio 1992-2012"


Nnimmo Bassy tells it like it IS in regard to FALSE solutions pushed by the "Business as Usual" defending, polluter, profit over people and planet corporations.
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« Reply #266 on: October 21, 2015, 10:05:34 pm »
Mercury said,
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The whole edifice of BAU will supported until the very last day as there is no plan B. When it's all over there'll only be an ocean of dead bodies.  But it will be quick.

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Meanwhile the biochemical carnage from fracking continues doing what it does.
SNIPPET:

Death by Fracking

Posted on Oct 18, 2015

By Chris Hedges

DENVER—The maniacal drive by the human species to extinguish itself includes a variety of lethal pursuits. One of the most efficient is fracking. One day, courtesy of corporations such as Halliburton, BP and ExxonMobil, a gallon of water will cost more than a gallon of gasoline. Fracking, which involves putting chemicals into potable water and then injecting millions of gallons of the solution into the earth at high pressure to extract oil and gas, has become one of the primary engines, along with the animal agriculture industry, for accelerating global warming and climate change.

The Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers who are profiting from this cycle of destruction will—once clean water is scarce and crop yields decline, once temperatures soar and cities disappear under the sea, once droughts and famines ripple across the globe, once mass migrations begin—surely profit from the next round of destruction. Collective suicide is a good business, at least until it is complete. It is a pity most of us will not be around to see the power elite go down.

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Resistance will be local. It will be militant. It will defy the rules imposed by the corporate state. It will turn its back on state and NGO environmental organizations. And it will not stop until corporate power is destroyed or we are destroyed.

“Forty years after the major environmental laws were adopted in the U.S., and 40 years after trying to regulate the damage caused by corporations to the natural environment and our communities, by almost every major environmental statistic things are worse now than they were before,” Thomas Linzey, the executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, told me recently.

The fracking industry is omnivorous, biologist Davis noted. It “is so intoxicated and bloated by greed that it has moved into our backyards, near our school playgrounds, our hospitals, universities, our day cares, our state parks, our national grasslands, and has its sights on the rest of our public lands across America unless we stop them,” he said.

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It behooves us to understand what unfettered, unregulated corporate power looks like, how it operates and what levels of wholesale destruction it inflicts in the lust for profit on human beings and the environment. If we do not know how corporate power works, and the lengths it will travel to exploit us and the ecosystem, we will not be able to fight it. Both in theological terms and literally, these corporate forces are forces of death.


http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/death_by_fracking_20151018
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« Reply #267 on: October 30, 2015, 02:53:09 am »


"We can’t have a healthy business on a sick planet."-- Ashley Orgain, manager of mission advocacy and outreach for Seventh Generation, Burlington, Vermont
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« Reply #268 on: October 30, 2015, 08:42:41 pm »

New analysis reveals even more troubling news about Indonesia’s fires crisis.

Emissions from this year’s fires have reached 1.62 billion metric tons of CO2—bumping Indonesia from the sixth-largest emitter in the world up to the fourth-largest in  just six weeks.   

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« Reply #269 on: November 02, 2015, 02:42:07 am »
PROOF the EPA CONTINUES to IGNORE the FACT that Fracking chemicals are POISONOUS to the ENVIRONMENT.Frackers have put BENZENE and several OTHER TOXIC/CARCINOGENIC chemicals in the ground all over the USA! ALL the CORRUPTION in this fu cking country is BECAUSE of the FOSSIL FUEL (CORPORATE) GOVERNMENT!

https://youtu.be/4whX5-jX9vo

Tesimony Before EPA: Ray Kemble, Bryce Payne, Dr. Zacariah Hildenbrand, Hope Forpeace, Steve Lipsky
Published on Oct 29, 2015

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Testimony of people impacted by fracking and Hugh MacMillan representing Food and Water Watch. Today in front of the EPA Science Advisory Board Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel. This is important information that was not included in the EPA fracking study released in June 2015.

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