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New Study Finds 88 Percent of Earths Ocean Surface Now Polluted With Plastic Trash. A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found that at least 88 percent of the Earth’s ocean surface is polluted with plastic debris. (1) The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Cadiz, Spain as well as the University of Western Australia. These findings obviously raise very large concerns surrounding marine life, climate, food chains and much more. Plastic materials were introduced in the 1950′s, and ever since, the total global production of plastic has increased exponentially and will continue to do so over the coming decades unless we change our ways and figure out something new. The study is based off of 3,070 total ocean samples that were collected all around the globe, and the total amount of plastic in the open-ocean surface is estimated to be between approximately 7,000 and 35,000 tons.

Although this amount is huge, scientists were surprised as it is much lower than the amount they expected. What Can We Do? What's in YOUR Water? What's in YOUR Water? In the wake of West Virginia's chemical spill, residents turned to bottled water. But that's even less regulated than what comes out of our tap. The real solution: let information flow. If you thought things were back to normal in West Virginia after the Elk River chemical spill, which cut off drinking water to 300,000 people earlier this month, you thought wrong. Over 2,000 residents have called the state’s poison center to complain of symptoms—the most common of which appear to be red, itchy skin and upset stomachs—and 533 people with similar concerns have been evaluated at hospitals.

Even the most basic question—is the water now safe? At the heart of this flurry of response and recrimination is a simple concern: How did this happen, and could it happen again—in West Virginia or elsewhere? By then up to 10,000 gallons of the chemical, known as MCHM, had already seeped into the river. Bottled water will be in high demand around Charleston for many months to come. Hog Wild: Factory Farms are Poisoning Iowa's Drinking Water. Hog Wild: Factory Farms are Poisoning Iowa's Drinking Water Millions of pigs are crammed into overcrowded barns all across the state, being fattened for slaughter while breeding superbugs—all to feed China's growing appetite for Spam.

Before I even stepped from my truck onto the gravel outside the New Fashion Pork hog confinement facility, Emily Erickson, the company’s animal well-being and quality assurance manager, handed me a pair of stretchy white plastic footies to put over my shoes. It was a blustery day in September, the sky threatening snow—the first hint of winter, when cold, dry air stabilizes viruses and biosecurity becomes a topmost concern. All of the hogs inside the confinement near Jackson, Minnesota, just north of the Iowa state line and on the headwaters of the Des Moines River, would be sold to Hormel Foods.

“It’s a lot of pig, it’s a lot of metal, it’s a lot of noise.” Erickson was right: it is a lot of pig. But then came a revolution in the corn industry. IPCC Working Group I. Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News. If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest ever recorded for our nation – in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the "largest temperature departure from average of any season on record. " The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet's history. Not that our leaders seemed to notice. The New Abolitionism. Averting planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth. Before the cannons fired at Fort Sumter, the Confederates announced their rebellion with lofty rhetoric about “violations of the Constitution of the United States” and “encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States.” But the brute, bloody fact beneath those words was money. So much goddamn money. The leaders of slave power were fighting a movement of dispossession. The abolitionists told them that the property they owned must be forfeited, that all the wealth stored in the limbs and wombs of their property would be taken from them.

Zeroed out. Imagine a modern-day political movement that contended that mutual funds and 401(k)s, stocks and college savings accounts were evil institutions that must be eliminated completely, more or less overnight. Today, we rightly recoil at the thought of tabulating slaves as property. Now here’s the terrifying part. News Room | Epa Improperly Withholds Information Vital To The Public Health. Why Ocean Trash is Everyone's Problem.

The Isles of Shoals (above) are common patrolling grounds for the plastic hunters of the Rozalia Project. Photo: Flickr/PHOTOPHANATIC1 Off the eastern coast of the U.S., out from the border between New Hampshire and Maine, the Isles of Shoals rest peacefully in the early morning. Underwater, whales feed, schools of fish flutter by, and yellow, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) clasp old cans, discarded lobster traps and other debris on the ocean floor. On the American Promise floating overhead, the ship’s crew, who sport accolades including Ivy League degrees, U.S. Coastguard Captain certifications, and a U.S. “We’re connecting people to their underwater world, not the underwater world, not the nameless, faceless ocean they think of,” says Rachael Miller, founder of the Rozalia Project. Named after her great-grandmother, Rozalia Belsky, the Rozalia Project aims to protect the seas that brought Miller’s family to a better life in America almost 90 years ago.

Earth911.com | More Ideas, Less Waste. Why Ocean Trash is Everyone's Problem. INFOGRAPHIC: Greenest U.S. States. Have you ever wondered how your home state measures up when it comes to sustainability? Well, green building consulting firm Buildings Guide may have your answer. This year, the firm assessed all 50 U.S. states on three criteria – toxic waste production, alternative energy moves and carbon footprint – and compiled a list of the top 10 “greenest” states in the nation. Vermont came out on top, with a carbon footprint of 6.4 million metric tons – less than half that of its closest competitor, South Dakota, with 13.7 million metric tons.

Idaho made marks for meeting a whopping 84.5 percent of its energy needs with alternative sources, while Nevada and Hawaii tied for the least toxic waste produced – 987 tons. READ: San Fran Named Greenest City in North America Check out the infographic below to learn more about American recycling and see how your state stacked up. Infographic by Buildings Guide. CLEAN ENERGY & Sustainability. Clean Energy. Thermal Depolymerization.

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The Fluoride Deception: How a Nuclear Waste Byproduct Made Its Way Into the Nation’s Drinking Water. Hailed as a harmless chemical that would prevent tooth decay, new evidence shows how fluoride could be linked to serious health problems. Fluoridation was first advanced in the US at the end of the second World War. Proponents argued that fluoride in water and toothpaste would help to protect teeth and prevent decay.

Over the following decades, fluoride was added to public water supplies across the country. While the benefits of fluoridation have been held to be unquestionable, accumulating evidence points to a frightening prospect: that fluoride may have serious adverse health effects, including infant mortality, congenital defects and IQ. Now a new book, titled "The Fluoride Deception" by Christopher Bryson examines the background of the fluoridation debate. Christopher Bryson, has reported science news stories for many media outlets including the BBC, Christian Science Monitor and the Discovery Channel.

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