Posted on Thursday, July 18th 2013
Peak Civilisation is in the rear view mirror for most humans on the planet. Economies, lifestyles & environment are declining almost everywhere. Overpopulation, resource depletion, pollution & energy decline continue to exacerbate the problems. Available net energy is the determinant of the quality & complexity of civilisation. As the inexpensive, easy to get energy sources decline, disorder in human systems & the biosphere will increase.. Entropy (disorder, randomness) increases.
Posted on Thursday, July 18th 2013
Levels of public concern were lowest since 1992 in 12 countries, according to an international poll
On average globally, only 49% of people said climate change was a “very serious” concern, with 50% saying the same for biodiversity loss and the highest level being 58% for shortages of fresh water. The poll shows concern for most issues was rising through the noughties and declined since around 2009 when a major UN climate summit in Copenhagen failed to reach a strong deal.
Around 1,000 people in each of the 22 countries taking part in the poll were quizzed on their attitudes, with 12 countries having been polled since 1992. A total of 22,812 people in the following countries were polled: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, US, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Panama, and Turkey
Posted on Sunday, March 17th 2013
wotfigo; The old term “Bleached Coral” is now known to be caused by an infectious bacteria & the new terminology of “White Coral Disease” is preferred. Anyhow, “White Coral” is just dead coral & there will be any number of pollutants or toxins that will kill coral, the vast majority will be related to human activity. The coral reefs are dying just like the rain forests & the savannah & humans are to blame.
An alarming, mysterious disease is rapidly killing corals at the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Scientists have also observed diseased fish and turtles in the same area. Might this be the Pacific version of the Atlatnic White Pox disease?
This Hawaiian outbreak sounds eerily similar to Acroporid serratiosis (APS), AKA White Pox Disease, a fast-moving infection that decimated Caribbean Elkhorn Coral (Acropora palmata) in the late 1990s through the 2000s. Last year, scientists identified the culprit of White Pox diease: a bacterium Serratia marcescens. This bacteria is found in human excrement and a correlation was established between untreated human sewage and White Pox. When local Floridian communities improved their waste management facilities, the occurrence of White Pox infections disappeared.
Is human activity once again to blame for the infections in Hawaii?
Posted on Tuesday, December 18th 2012
Windsor, Ontario—For more than three decades, workers, most of them women, have complained of dreadful conditions in many of this city’s plastic automotive parts factories: Pungent fumes and dust that caused nosebleeds, headaches, nausea and dizziness. Blobs of smelly, smoldering plastic dumped directly onto the floor. “It was like hell,” says one woman who still works in the industry.
The women fretted, usually in private, about what seemed to be an excess of cancer and other diseases in the factories across the river from Detroit. “People were getting sick, but you never really thought about the plastic itself,” said Gina DeSantis, who has worked at a plant near Windsor for 25 years.
Now, workers like DeSantis are the focal point of a new study that appears to strengthen the tie between breast cancer and toxic exposures.
The six-year study, conducted by a team of researchers from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, examined the occupational histories of 1,006 women from Ontario’s Essex and Kent counties who had the disease and 1,146 who didn’t. Adjustments were made for smoking, weight, alcohol use and other lifestyle and reproductive factors.
The results, published online today in the journal Environmental Health, are striking: Women employed in the automotive plastics industry were almost five times as likely to develop breast cancer, prior to menopause, as women in the control group.
Posted on Friday, December 7th 2012
Photo; Black Lion Tamarin, found only in Brazil
wotfigo; Now cloning the last remaining species near extinction may be their last hope. But it is no solution. Until i) human population stops expanding, ii) the growth economic model is abandoned & iii) habitat is protected, the human caused mass extinction will continue.
If scientists in Brazil have their way, the populations of eight endangered species could soon expand through a mass effort to clone them. The project is spearheaded by the Brasilia Zoological Garden in partnership withEmbrapa, the Brazilian government’s agricultural research agency.
The scientists have already spent the past two years collecting 420 genetic samples for the species—mostly from dead specimens found in the Cerrado savanna region—and are now waiting for legal authorization to start the cloning. If they receive government approval, the species they’ll be working with would include the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus); jaguar (Panthera onca); black lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus); bush dog (Speothos venaticus); Brazilian aardvark, also known locally as coati (Nasua nasua); collared anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla); gray brocket deer (Mazama gouazoubira); and bison (Bison bison). Bison are not native to Brazil, although the rest of the species all have some of their primary habitats within the country’s borders. The black lion tamarin, the most endangered of the eight species, is the only one that lives exclusively in Brazil.
Posted on Thursday, November 29th 2012
How dams, diversions, dirty water and droughts put America’s wildlife at risk
America’s Everglades | California’s Coastal Sage Brush Ecosystem | The Colorado River | The Edwards Aquifer and San Marcos River | Ozark Rivers and Eastern U.S. Rivers | The Pacific Rim Ecosystem | The Sierra Nevada | The Sonoran Desert | Tennessee River Watershed | The Virgin River | Activists Choice (species) Canada Lynx
• In the Sonoran Desert, near Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., the last few hundred Sonoran pronghorn antelope struggle to survive in one of the hottest, driest corners of North America.
• In the Ozark Rivers and streams of the Eastern United States, the ancient salamander called the hellbender has declined 75 percent since the 1980s. North America’s largest salamander depends entirely on cold, clean rushing water.
• In Florida’s famous Everglades, some 600 native species are rare or imperiled. One example is the Everglades kite, a beautiful hawk that specializes in eating a single kind of snail.
• In the Colorado River (the river that carved the Grand Canyon) four species of native chub and pikeminnow fish are listed as endangered.
Posted on Wednesday, November 28th 2012
Photo; River Derwent in England
Slow Pace Of Carbon Cuts Brings Catastrophic Climate Change Closer: UN
wotfigo; There have been no carbon cuts and any allusion to the contrary is an illusion.
The gap between the carbon emission cuts pledged and the cuts scientists say are needed has widened,
The world is straying further away from commitments to combat climate change, bringing the prospect of catastrophic global warming a step closer, a UN report said on Wednesday. The warning came as nearly 200 governments prepare to meet in Qatar for international climate negotiations starting next Monday.
The gap between what world governments have committed to by way of cuts in greenhouse gases and the cuts that scientists say are necessary has widened, but in order to stave off dangerous levels of global warming, it should have narrowed. There is now one-fifth more carbon in the atmosphere than there was in 2000, and there are few signs of global emissions falling, according to the new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep).
The warning of increasing emissions came as fresh evidence was published showing the last decade was the warmest on record for Europe. The European Environment Agency (EEA) said all parts of the region had been affected, with higher rainfall in northern Europe and a drying out in the south, bringing flooding to northern countries including the UK, and droughts to the Mediterranean.
Posted on Friday, November 23rd 2012
A new poll reveals the majority of registered Republican voters believe that demonic possession is a real phenomenon.
The “Halloween-centric” poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling showed that 68 percent of Republican voters think it’s possible to be possessed by demons.
Posted on Wednesday, November 14th 2012
wotfigo; Remember that the earth’s' surface is 2/3 covered in water. Global Warming affects the oceans more that it does the land. But due to the size of the ocean & the depth of the water , the heating effect is more difficult to measure. But it is becoming increasingly evident that the warming of the oceans is well underway.
Abstract: ”We compare historical global temperature time series, based on bias-adjusted sea-surface temperatures with independent temperature time series, for the upper 20 meter layer of the ocean based on the latest update of an historical hydrographic profile data set. Despite the two underlying data sets being different in number of data points, instrumentation and applied adjustments, both of the time series are consistent in showing an overall warming since 1900. We also extend records of temperature change in the upper 400 m back to 1900. Noting that the geographic coverage is limited prior to 1950, the temperature change in the 0–400 m layer is characterized by two periods of temperature increase between 1900 and 1940–45 and between 1970 and 2003, separated by a period of little change.”
Posted on Monday, October 15th 2012
Figure 1: Various best estimate global temperature predictions evaluated in the ‘Lessons from Past Climate Predictions’ series vs. GISTEMP (red). The warmer colors are generally mainstream climate science predictions, while the cooler colors are generally “skeptic” predictions. The Hansen projection in pink is from Hansen et al. 1988.
Evaluating the accuracy of climate models by examining the model projections made by James Hansen in 1988 and the IPCC in 1990 and 1995. We should note here that Skeptical Science has evaluated many other temperature projections going back as far as Wallace Broeker’s 1975 paper in the Lessons from Past Predictions series, with the results summarized in Figure 1 (though not all of these are based on climate models). Note that most of the accurate predictions have come from mainsream climate scientists and models, while the least accurate predictions have come from various ‘skeptics’.
Posted on Friday, October 12th 2012