The world as we know today has a very diverse ecology, with macro, micro and nano ecosystems playing out their individual roles. These roles in toto make up the delicate balance that help us thrive or perish. We as humans sometimes play roles in the nurture or wanton destruction of these ecosystems that play so vital a role in keeping our planet with its fauna and flora intact, either unwittingly or for pecuniary gains.
I believe that activism in the form of raising voices, signing petitions and addressing issues with authorities against practices that go against the tenets of maintainence of a healthy ecosystem, should we ever encounter evidence of interests wanting to tamper with the checks and balances that keep our ecosphere ship-shape, wherever in the world it be, would be the goal of Team Eco-issues. Any whimper in the dark speaks more volumes than the defeaning silence of abject acceptance of a wrongdoing, wouldn't it ? Feb 19
Why Are Millions Of Fish Suddenly Dying In Mass Death Events All Over The Planet?
Michael SnyderActivist Post Millions upon millions of fish are suddenly dying in mass death events all over the world, and nobody seems to know why it is happening. In many of the news reports that are linked to below, locals are quoted as saying that they have never seen anything like this before. So is there a connection between all of the fish deaths that are now occurring all over the planet?
The “Fiscal Cliff” Avoided says the News One has to question exactly where our World community is heading when our leaders, collectively, offer very little incentive for their fellow men and women to adopt more enlightened strategies. As it is, the same short-sighted, unsustainable and unfair policies and practices will continue and “the walk to the cliff edge” will be repeated as the debt mountain climbs still further and our collective future becomes distinctly terminal. The real issues will go unaddressed; how ridiculous one of our richest nations has become so completely and hopelessly in debt that it will tinker “round the edges” leaving it for future generations to address. Meantime the extravagance for many will continue unabated and the waste will continue – but who really cares? Big and powerful vested interests will continue to frustrate initiatives to promote sustainability.
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EU beefs up electronic waste recycling | Environment
European eletronic waste arrives illegally in Nigeria; the EU WEEE directive is designed to increase the collection of such waste. Photograph: Kristian Buus/Greenpeace The European Parliament has been criticised for waving through revised rules on the disposal of electronic equipment without including any provision to promote the reuse of old equipment. As a result of last week's vote, member states will have to increase their collection of e-waste beyond the current flat-rate target of 4kg per person per year, so that by 2016 they will instead have to collect 45 tonnes for every 100 tonnes of electronic goods put on sale three years previously. By 2019, this target will rise to a collection rate of 65 per cent of sales from three years previous, although countries have the alternative of collecting a comparable figure of 85 per cent of all e-waste generated.
'They're killing us': world's most endangered tribe cries for help | World news | The Observer
Loggers strip trees from Amazonian tribe's territory Link to video: Loggers strip trees from Amazonian tribe's territory Trundling along the dirt roads of the Amazon, the giant logging lorry dwarfed the vehicle of the investigators following it. The trunks of nine huge trees were piled high on the back – incontrovertible proof of the continuing destruction of the world's greatest rainforest and its most endangered tribe, the Awá. Yet as they travelled through the jungle early this year, the small team from Funai – Brazil's National Indian Foundation – did not dare try to stop the loggers; the vehicle was too large and the loggers were almost certainly armed. All they could do was video the lorry and add the film to the growing mountain of evidence showing how the Awá – with only 355 surviving members, more than 100 of whom have had no contact with the outside world – are teetering on the edge of extinction.
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Journey to the Sinking Lands
Wrong again… … yep, turns out the show must go on. In fact, the show is going international (well, Scotland), as I’ve just been invited to give a small-but-perfectly-formed lecture for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. I’ve only got the dates so far (below) but more details as I get ‘em.
Madagascar has suffered environmental degradation over a significant part of its land mass. Forests that once blanketed the eastern third of the island have now been degraded, fragmented, and converted to scrub land. Spiny forests in the south are rapidly giving way to "cactus scrub" as indigenous vegetation is cut and burned for subsistence charcoal production. Viewed from above, Madagascar's rivers look as if they are bleeding the country to death as soil is eroded away from the central highlands.
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University/Academic Quagga (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) and Zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) mussels University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research. Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution Zebra Mussels - A Florida Perspective (PDF | 244 KB) Florida Sea Grant College Program.
Aquatic Species - Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha)