10 sobering realizations the Eastern U.S. power grid failure is teaching us about a real collapse. (NaturalNews) In the wake of violent storms, the power remains out today for millions of Americans across several U.S. states. Governors of Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio have declared a state of emergency. Over a dozen people are now confirmed dead, and millions are sweltering in blistering temperatures while having no air conditioning or refrigeration. As their frozen foods melt into processed goo, they're waking up to a few lessons that we would all be wise to remember. See some shocking photos of recent weather events, including a trampoline strung over power lines at: Here are 10 hard lessons we're all learning (or re-learning, as the case may be) as we watch this situation unfold: All it takes is Mother Nature unleashing a little wind storm, and entire human cities are cut off from their power grid.
In a total grid down scenario, food and water supplies in a given U.S. city will disappear almost overnight. "The U.S. Seriously? The 9 limits of our planet … and how we’ve raced past 4 of them. Johan Rockström says humanity has already raced past four of the nine boundaries keeping our planet hospitable to modern life. Writer John Carey digs into the “planetary boundary” theory — and why Rockström says his isn’t, actually, a doomsday message.We’ve been lucky, we humans: For many millennia, we’ve been on a pretty stable — and resilient — planet. As our civilizations developed, we’ve transformed the landscape by cutting down forests and growing crops. We’ve created pollution, and driven plants and animals extinct. Yet our planet has kept spinning along, supporting us, more or less stable and in balance. But of course, being human, we haven’t. In a startling January 2015 paper in Science, Johan Rockström says humanity has already raced past four of the nine boundaries keeping our planet hospitable to modern life.
Rockström conceived of the idea of planetary boundaries back in 2007, and published his first landmark paper on the topic in 2009. Not to Rockström. Pollution on the move – human activity in East Asia negatively affects air quality in remote tropical forests. Researchers from the UK and Malaysia have detected a human fingerprint deep in the Borneo rainforest in Southeast Asia. Cold winds blowing from the north carry industrial pollutants from East Asia to the equator, with implications for air quality in the region. Once there, the pollutants can travel higher into the atmosphere and impact the ozone layer.
The research is published today (31 March) in the open access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Rainforests are often associated with pure, unpolluted air, but in Borneo air quality is very much dependent on which way the wind blows. “On several occasions during northern hemisphere winter, pockets of cold air can move quickly southwards across Asia towards southern China and onward into the South China Sea,” said lead author Matthew Ashfold, who conducted the research while at the University’s Department of Chemistry, and who is now based at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Acp-15-3565-2015. Poisoned Places Map. Toxic releases, state-by-state - Special Coverage on CNN.com. Oceana Currents.
F. William Engdahl. What the Tossers Toss | The Overthinker. Sometimes our planetary predicament gets a bit overwhelming, especially for those who understand the converging crises of economic and ecological collapse, coupled with resource depletion and the spectre of nuclear catastrophe. One has a range of options for how to respond to the pending curtain call: fight, flight or freeze, as dictated by our reptilian brain that hard-wires our responses to crisis. I have observed the various different ways that people in the know are responding to the status quo. I am privileged to know a number of people who have chosen the fight response – committed activists who are determined to go down with the ship, ensuring that whether humans have a future on this planet or not, something else will – and the more biodiverse the better. I also know a number of people who have opted for the flight response – homesteaders who have either run away to the hills or are planning to do so.
I’d like to see if I can do my bit to pull a few folks out of freeze mode. Nos civilisations se dirigent vers un effondrement irréversible des écosystèmes terrestres. 44 717 lectures / 130 commentaires03 juillet 2012 ; révision : 06 juillet 2012, 09 h 53 L'humanité est entrée dans l'Anthropocène : une nouvelle ère géologique où tout pourrait basculer... pour le pire.© Globaia, Planet Under Pressure, SEI, SRC, CSIRO En se basant sur des théories scientifiques, des modélisations d'écosystèmes et des preuves paléontologiques, une équipe de 18 chercheurs, incluant un professeur de la Simon Fraser University (SFU, Vancouver), prédit que les écosystèmes de la Terre vont faire face à un effondrement imminent et irréversible. Dans un article récemment publié dans Nature intitulé "Approaching a state-shift in Earth's biosphere", les auteurs examinent l'accélération de la perte de biodiversité, les fluctuations climatiques de plus en plus extrêmes, l'interconnexion grandissante des écosystèmes et le changement radical du bilan énergétique global.
Point de basculement et fonte totale de la calotte polaire du Groenland Sources Notes Auteur. House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research. Here's where your e-waste goes. How Pee and Poo are Going to Change the World. 500 liters of urine, 50 pounds of excrement. This is what every human produces on average per year. If in developed countries human waste is not considered a problem, it is the cause of serious diseases in poorer countries. At least 38% of the world's population has no effective means to drain dejections.The pervasiveness of these matters causes cholera epidemics, and costs the lives of a million and a half children per year, victims of diarrheal infections. So what can we do? Around the world, more and more organizations try to use feces in order to solve...other issues.
These matters, which are the source of so many issues, could actually become sustainable solutions to better the world. Producing electricity British scientists at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory are currently working on the production of electricity from human urine. Building bricks The architect Ginger Krieg Dosier invented a 100% natural brick, made out of sand, bacteria, calcium chloride, and ... urine. Cooking. SkyTruth | Remote Sensing and Mapping for Environmental Conservation. Tracking Frackers From the Sky | Innovation. Ever since the natural gas boom took off in Pennsylvania in 2006, some people living near the drilling rigs have complained of headaches, gastrointestinal ailments, skin problems and asthma.
They suspect that exposure to the chemicals used in the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, triggers the symptoms. But there’s a hitch: the exact locations of many active fracking sites remain a closely guarded secret. Brian Schwartz, an environmental epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his colleagues have teamed up with Geisinger Health System, a health services organization in Pennsylvania, to analyze the digital medical records of more than 400,000 patients in the state in order to assess the impacts of fracking on neonatal and respiratory health. While the scientists will track where these people live, says Schwartz, state regulators cannot tell them where the active well pads and waste pits are located. “It’s a big planet,” says Amos. With eyes in the sky, researchers try to link fracking and illness. Secrets secrets are no fun With eyes in the sky, researchers try to link fracking and illness Fracking has long been the oil and natural gas industry’s best kept secret – in particular, the chemicals found in fracking fluids, which have been linked to a host of weird mystery ailments, like respiratory or gastrointestinal distress.
In Pennsylvania, there’s another secret Big Frack isn’t too keen on sharing: The exact locations of many well pads and waste pits scattered throughout the state. For researchers like Brian Schwartz, an environmental epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, homing in on these spots is crucial to understanding whether or not fracking really makes people sick.
Schwartz and his colleagues are currently working with the Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System to comb through the medical records of more than 400,000 patients across the state. The Plan to Map Illegal Fishing From Space. Illicit fishing goes on every day at an industrial scale. But large commercial fishers are about to get a new set of overseers: conservationists—and soon the general public—armed with space-based reconnaissance of the global fleet.
Crews on big fishing boats deploy an impressive arsenal of technology—from advanced sonars to GPS navigation and mapping systems—as they chase down prey and trawl the seabed. These tools are so effective that roughly a third of the world’s fisheries are now overharvested, and more than three-quarters of the stocks that remain have hit their sustainable limits, according to the FAO. For some species, most of the catch is unreported, unregulated, or flat-out illegal. US Coast Guard cutter Rush escorting the illegal fishing boat Da Cheng back to China. US Coast Guard But now environmentalists are using sophisticated technology of their own to peel away that cloak of invisibility. Oceana/SkyTruth The filter isn’t perfect, but it winnows the data significantly. We’re hooked on this map of industrial fishing.
We’ve written before how the best tools to fight overfishing at sea may be found in the skies – but this past Wednesday, proof-of-concept came in the form of a satellite-tracked map of all the journeys made by 25,000 large fishing vessels between 2012 and 2013. The system is called Global Fishing Watch, and it was conceived by ocean-hugger nonprofit Oceana, developed by our favorite eye-in-the-sky watchdog SkyTruth, powered by satellite company SpaceQuest, with technical support from Google. Those are some heavy hitters to throw their weight behind the problem of illegal fishing — and they could actually make a difference. Here’s Wired‘s take: Although the system currently displays voyages from nearly a year ago, “the plan is that we will build out a public release version that will have near-real-time data,” said Jackie Savitz, Oceana’s VP for U.S. oceans. So now we’re one step closer to catching fish criminals red-herring-handed. Smile! Satellites can see your illegal fishing from space.
If a fish falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it … wait, is that not how it goes? Let’s put it this way: If a fishing boat illegally scoops up a load of fish in the middle of the ocean and no one is there to see it, it’s still illegal — but until now there has not been much anyone could do about it. It turns out that satellites a few hundred miles above earth are a lot better at surveying the high seas than, say, a lone Coast Guard boat with a spyglass, especially in the most remote waters where fishermen may be used to acting with impunity — ignoring quotas, transferring fish from ship to ship, dumping bycatch, even changing the vessel’s name between ports like a Shakespearian youth slipping casually into drag.
Thanks to new projects in high-powered satellite surveillance, it may be possible to put an end to pirate fishing once and for all. This is good news for, let me see, about a billion people. Safe Water Toxic Enforcement Act CAL 1986 23 pp pdf. Wonder Monkey: Super-predatory humans. Rising Seas - Interactive: If All The Ice Melted. Study links stronger Pacific trade winds to pause in global warming. Despite an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that warming trends over the past century are most likely the result of human activities, some claim that a plateau in global surface air temperatures since 2001 is evidence to the contrary.
However, a new study suggests the recent stabilization of air temperatures is a result of abnormally strong east to west trade winds, causing warmth to be stored temporarily beneath the western Pacific ocean. The joint research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change and conducted by Australian and US researchers, outlines an unprecedented intensification of trade winds, easterly surface winds swirling about near the Earth's equator, which has accelerated the circulation of the Pacific ocean. This causes heat to be drawn from the atmosphere into the waters below the ocean's surface and the colder water to rise to the top, ultimately leading to cooler average global temperatures. Source: University of New South Wales. Plastics are Forever. Welcome to DWM Welcome to our blog for our latest project as Deepwater Waste Management.
This site chronicles our progress through our final architecture studio at PennDesign, under the guidance of Winka Dubbledam. The premise of the course was split into two halves. First, we were asked to dream up a solution for the collection of the millions of tons of tiny, plastic particles floating within the Pacific, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Our solution involves a network of Sensors Buoys, scattered within the Patch, relaying information for the deployment of our Whirlpool Agents; a system of robots able to combine and swim to the targeted plastic and generate micro-currents to further densify the particles.
Thank you, Tia + Mark Special Thanks to the many Researchers across the globe for helping to develop our vision: Win Burleson, Mathias Mitteregger, Ebru Kurbak, and Isabella Hinterleitner. Plastic is Forever - Your Guide to Green. After 25+ years of studying and living a “green” lifestyle (not exactly common back then) you can imagine my excitement as people around the world are now enthusiastically embracing awareness of our environment and how it relates to our personal health. However, I know it can seem overwhelming with theories and choices ranging from heightened recycling efforts and the use of compact fluorescent bulbs, to green construction and developing community gardens. So, how about doing just one thing that will make a major impact? Simply begin by eliminating one-time-use plastic bottles and bags from your life. I don’t usually do this but there are some startling statistics around plastic that I want to share.
Consider this: 1267 - The number of plastic bags used in the United States per person, per year. Think about how many plastic bags you use and if you are anything like me you don’t use many. So just what can you do? Up to 95% of all plastic bottles are never recycled. So what can you do? About Plastics | Plastic Manners. Plastic is forever. Before knowing anything else about plastic, the single most important thing to take in is that plastic is forever. Plastic does not biodegrade. Exposed to the elements, it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller plastic bits.
Nearly every single item that was ever created, still exists on this planet, and will for thousands of years. Plastic is pervasive. Wikipedia tells me that “the word is derived from the Greek πλαστικός (plastikos) meaning fit for molding, and πλαστός (plastos) meaning molded.” Plastics pollute. Single Use plastics and disposable plastics are the main source of plastic pollution. Part of their usefulness stems from the durability of plastics.
The discarding of plastic is not the only problem, even manufacturing the stuff creates large quantities of chemical pollutants. Marine life is affected by plastics. Oh the ocean… With sun, wind, and currents, plastic simply breaks down into smaller bits and pieces. Photo credit: Chris Jordan. Other Like this: Energy Realities - A Visual Guide to Global Energy Needs. Waste to Energy. Paris backs halt in biofuel use to avert food shortages. Sweden runs out of garbage, forced to import from Norway. Energy. Green Fuel Online | Future of Clean Energy. Renewables now cheaper than coal and gas in Australia. The Middle East and North Africa Regional Water Outlook « FutureWater. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Booming markets for Moroccan argan oil appear to benefit some rural households while threatening the endemic argan forest.
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