Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics an Environmental Disaster

Eccorazzi

As Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi prepares to take the Winter Olympics torch from Vancouver, conservationists are calling the area an environmental disaster. Read More The post Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics an Environmental Disaster appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes Environment News Top News

Canada's proposed Pipline: Economic Necessity or Environmental Disaster ?

Celsias

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds speaks with environmentalists and the Native Canadians who say the plan for the controversial pipeline from Canada to China will result in oil tankers clogging narrow waterways, posing a potential risk to the nature preserve and local communities. The Canadian government contends that the five and a half billion dollar pipeline is vital to tap into China’s energy demands

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The Real Impact of Environmental Disasters {an Infographic}

Green Living Ideas

It’s no secret that the biggest environmental disasters stem from our insatiable need for progress. The beautifully sad infographic illustrates the deeper impacts of environmental disasters, and hopefully makes us rethink our need for a fossil-fuel dependent economy. Thanks to the Vermont Law School Master of Environmental Law for this beautiful infographic. Climate Change/Global Warming climate change fossil fuel Natural Disaster oil spill

Ship Carrying Thick Black Bitumen Sinks off Oman’s Pristine Coast

Green Prophet

“We have formed a team of environmental experts to monitor the impact of the cargo spill from the ship,” Sulaiman Bin Nasser Al Akhzami, a senior official at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, said on Sunday. Business & Politics environmental disasters Gulf of Oman nature oil spill scuba diving travel

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Tire Fire In Kuwait Seen From Space

Green Prophet

According to Grist, a fire that size will have huge environmental impacts. “It As well as an official investigation, there have been calls for stricter legislation to avoid a similar disaster. : Climate Environmental damage environmental disaster environmental hazards Fire Fire managementA fire which broke out in a Kuwaiti tire dump last week could be seen from space.

“The Garden of Eden Had Been Turned Into The Ashes of Hell”- Azzam Alwash On The Destruction Of The Marshlands of Iraq

Green Prophet

In 2004, he setup Nature Iraq , the country’s first and only environmental organisation with the aim of restoring the Marshlands- a task many believed would be impossible. The worst engineered environmental disaster of the last century”- UNEP. The United Nations environmental program described Saddam’s destruction of the Mesopotamian Marshlands as the worst engineered environmental disaster of the last century.

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Why So Many Fallujah Babies Are Born Deformed

Green Prophet

Green Prophet writer Arwa has been hot on the trail of the war’s devastating environmental impact on Iraq. She created a profile of environmental problems caused in part by the war and talked to conservationists Nature Iraq about the requisite steps to restore Iraq’s marshlands. More on Iraq’s environmental problems: A Profile of Iraq’s Environmental Woes. Travel & Nature birth defects environmental disaster

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Qatar Eco-Summit Spotlights Environmental Safety

Green Prophet

The forum is named “Refining the Vision: Turning Commitment into Reality” Over 350 delegates involved in HSE (health, safety and environmental) across the energy sector will advocate a pivotal shift in organizational cultures to prevent incidents such as last year’s oil spill across the Gulf of Mexico. Particular focus will be on environmentally and socially sustainable deployment of oil and gas processes.

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BP Should Pay Maximum Civil Damages for Deepwater Horizon.

Sierra Club Compass

Ground-Breaking Solar Agreement Between LA and Nevada Tribe » BP Should Pay Maximum Civil Damages for Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Today the Sierra Club delivered the following letter calling on the Obama Administration to hold BP fully responsible for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster -- the largest environmental disaster in American history.  Sutley, Council on Environmental Quality Administrator Lisa P. Compass.

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The red line that runs through Hungary after a massive sludge spill

Green Blog

Culture & Celebrity accident art eco disaster environmental disaster Europe Hungary photos pollution toxicIn western Hunguary in October 2010 a retaining wall around a reservoir filled with toxic waste from an aluminum company burst open and released hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of deadly sludge. The stinking and toxic red sludge flooded the surrounding areas, rivers, and towns killing nine people and injuring hundreds with chemical burns.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, October 9

Conservancy Talk

This infographic shows the real costs of environmental disasters. ( Africa Animals Conservation Issues Environmental News International Science The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy Antarctica Austin college professor cyborg cockroaches dumpster living elephant poaching environmental disaster infographic government shutdown Grist ivory MNN npr poaching shoot poachers sustainable living Tanzania Texas Treehugger Wired

Are consumers responsible for the BP oil disaster?

Green Blog

green activist Dave Chameides, is typical: “The bottom line is, no matter who did their work poorly, or who shirked their responsibilities, at the end of the day, we are the ones who are responsible for the disaster at hand. If “we” would just use less oil, then “they” wouldn’t have to drill in environmentally sensitive areas like the Gulf of Mexico. In the end,” writes environmental policy professor Thomas Princen, “the idea of consumer sovereignty doesn’t add up.

Greenpeace: Obama must shelve Arctic drilling plans, call for offshore moratorium

Green Blog

In light of the ongoing offshore oil drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico Greenpeace is demanding that President Barack Obama cancels Arctic drilling plans and calls for an offshore moratorium. While touring the area at risk from the oil spill Obama blamed the “unprecedented environmental disaster&# on BP while saying they “will be paying the bill&# : “Let me be clear: BP is responsible for this leak. BP Deepwater Disaster and Gulf Oil Spill (Greenpeace).

"The Harsh Economic Sting of the Beepocalypse"

Environmental Economics

Like other apocalypic environmental disasters we've been warned about, this one, too, is 99.9% Craig Newmark: OMG! What will we do when all the bees die ?    My suggestion: Don't worry. bogus. Work done by NC State economist Wally Thurman, Montana State economist Randy Rucker, and Oregon State entomologist Michael Burgett is extremely persuasive that there isn't a problem. See Wally briefly explain in this short video with John Stossel.

Cruise ships: the good, the bad, the Concordia

Green Traveler Guides

Only time will tell whether one of the worst cruise liner accidents in Italian history will also lead to one of the worst environmental disasters. The human tragedy of the Concordia shipwreck is now largely known, but a possible marine tragedy is yet to unfold. Cruise ships: the good, the bad, the Concordia is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. Cruise News Concordia Cruise Lines Green Travel News Reuters

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APPRENTICE Will the Earth Survive Us? {Poem}

Elephant Journal

The unending string of environmental disasters that the news media toss at me can be overwhelming. Raging wildfires. Huge tsunamis. Massive hurricanes. Rising sea levels. Extinctions everywhere. The tragedies are real, as people lose homes, possession, even lives. But is there another way to look at it, away from the news hype and hysteria? […].

Help me think of 11 times in Your everyday life that PVC, BPA and plastic hurt You!

Elephant Journal

In today's video Waylon talks about the carcinogenic and environmental disaster known as plastic PVC, BPA, and so on. It's even likely in your own.

Yemen’s floating bomb in conflict zone could detonate an Exxon Valdez any minute

Green Prophet

A temporary fix was found, but the United Stations said it could have led to disaster. The Safer could release four times more oil than the notorious Exxon Valdez disaster did, off Alaska in 1989. The FSO Safer from above.

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A Relaxing Big Day in Florida

10,000 Birds

Still, after a week of bad news, environmental disasters, and a hurricane aiming right for my house, it felt good to watch a pair of Willets flying across the water. Originally, I had big plans for the October Big Day. I would wake up in darkness, gather my camera and binoculars and drive to Alabama for a birding tour along a river. I would tick off migrating songbirds, from tanagers to vireos and everything in between.

Unlucky Ducks, Lucky Penguins, and Good-Luck Ostriches

10,000 Birds

While penguins who live in Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium don’t have to worry about oil spills or other environmental disasters, they have problems of their own. It’s been a busy week in bird news–some of it bad, some of it good, and some of it just plain head-scratchin’ Let’s start with the odd stuff first.

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Don't confuse smaller government with more efficient government

Environmental Economics

The juxtaposition of regulators losing their jobs so soon after the environmental disaster at Dan River that spilled coal ash into the state’s waterways is jarring.   The NC legislature is arguing that reductions in monitoring and enforcement will not reduce environmental quality. In terms of technological efficiency, the state of NC is cutting costs while also cutting units of environmental quality produced.

"We are now in the era of Extreme Energy" -Naomi Klein interviewed

Celsias

We also have the issue of the incredible environmental disaster that was BP. This is Naomi Klein on the era of 'extreme energy" and the BP Oil Spill. It's a transcript of a video that can be seen on Democracy Now. AMY GOODMAN: So, you have climate change. NAOMI KLEIN: Yeah, yeah. AMY GOODMAN: You just wrote a piece in The Nation , "The Search for BP’s Oil.".

BP and US Citizens Learn from

Green Earth Journey

What remains instead, say those who lived through the disaster, is the memory of their own power. But in MuxÍa, which was ground zero for the worst environmental disaster in Spain's history, the townspeople can't help noticing the similarities. "I "In MuxÍa, they say black stains still occasionally emerge on the white sands of the local beach.

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The Big Belch Graphic Novel Needs a Few More Hundred

Celsias

As her entry reads " Will a major oil company's greed and foolishness spawn an environmental disaster so serious it could threaten the earth itself? And can this horror be foiled by a most unusual team of environmental crime fighters? Two baby boomers, a parrot and a French bulldog take on a greedy oil company to save the world. So starts the entry on kickstarter by one of our readers Kay Wood, and she's looking for $2500 to get this off the ground.

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A triumph of the notion of passive use values (and jobs in the Atlantic?)

Environmental Economics

The Obama administration moved Tuesday to open up a vast stretch of East Coast waters to oil and gas drilling, a decision that could have a profound impact on the economic and environmental future of states from Virginia to Georgia. Why else would the government try to stop mining in Alaska?

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February 17th Massive "Forward on Climate" Rally in Washington

Celsias

The goal is to ensure that President Obama rejects the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline because it is an environmental disaster in the making. This coming Sunday, February 17th , an enormous “ forward on climate ” rally is to take place in Washington. It will be the largest climate rally in US history and it has a clear goal. But the rally also seeks to convince President to take real action on climate change as he promised in his inauguration address for his second term.

Three Years On From Deepwater Horizon little has Changed

Celsias

The environmental devastation caused by the blowout led to the deaths of thousands of dolphins, sea turtles, fish, deep sea corals and countless plankton and fish larvae. So what has the government learned in the three years since the worst environmental disaster in U.S.

Little Blue Penguins And the Rena Oil Spill in New Zealand

Celsias

Their burrows are being monitored daily by the Oiled Wildlife Response Centre to help the birds survive this environmental disaster. There is no 'good' time for an oil spill to happen. But for the little blue penguins of Mount Maunganui this is breeding season, and the timing of the Rena oil spill in the Bay of Plenty could not have been much worse. Locals put the number of breeding pairs of little blue penguins in the area at around 200 to 300.

"We are now in the era of Extreme Energy" -Naomi Klein interviewed

Celsias

We also have the issue of the incredible environmental disaster that was BP. This is Naomi Klein on the era of 'extreme energy" and the BP Oil Spill. It's a transcript of a video that can be seen on Democracy Now. AMY GOODMAN: So, you have climate change. NAOMI KLEIN: Yeah, yeah. AMY GOODMAN: You just wrote a piece in The Nation , "The Search for BP’s Oil.".

Greek oil spill creates black plague on Israeli beaches

Green Prophet

This was orchestrated through an NGO called EcoOcean which has not only helped citizens see how they can make an effort to clean up the problem, but it has set an example to the Israeli government on how to future proof against environmental disasters. .

RATS, Raptors, and Reckitt Benckiser

10,000 Birds

By the early 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was aware that poison control centers were reporting 12,000 to 15,000 calls annually regarding children under the age of 6 ingesting rat poison, and rodenticides were documented as causing large numbers of secondary poisoning in wildlife. Kudos to this awesome group, which has changed minds, laws, and continues to raise awareness of an environmental disaster which too many people don’t even realize has been taking place.

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My Great Backyard Bird County on the Florida Panhandle

10,000 Birds

In a world where we hear of environmental disasters more than environmental success stories, I like that thousands and thousands of birders across the world came together over one weekend to see and to count for a common cause. There is no doubt in my mind that the annual Great Backyard Bird Coun t (GBBC) is the most impressive citizen science endeavor in the world.

Photographs of Ocean Debris Salvaged from the World's Beaches

Celsias

Drawing inspiration from the environmental disaster, Barker created Soup , a photography series capturing trash salvaged from beaches Looking at these innovative images, it may seem as though UK photographer, Mandy Barker took cues from the I Spy children’s book series. However, a closer look reveals an intelligent stance on raising awareness about ocean debris.

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What does the Keystone XL Pipeline have to do with Birds?

10,000 Birds

Tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. We can’t afford allowing such an environmental disaster to continue unchecked. President Obama has a very important decision to make in approving or rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production.

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Black-throated Brown Warbler Dendroica domesticus

10,000 Birds

Now jump on the warbler train or be recognized as being as bad as the company at the root of the worst environmental disaster in American history. For far too long there has been a bird that North American birders have mocked, derided, persecuted, hated, and, perhaps worse of all, ignored. It is a common bird, seen in cities, suburbs, and agricultural lands. One reason it is so widely disliked is its ubiquity, another is the fact that it is an introduced species.

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Too Few Lessons Learned in Two Years

Celsias

Two years ago today, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling platform killed 11 workers and marked the beginning of a prolonged environmental disaster now acknowledged as the worst in American history. Before the Macondo well was finally capped, more than two hundred million gallons of crude oil had gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, killing untold thousands of birds, sea turtles, dolphins, and other marine mammals.

INTERVIEW: Sofiah Jamil Talks Faith, Women & Climate Justice

Green Prophet

We speak to Muslim green campaigner Sofiah Jamil about the environmental threats facing Southeast Asia and why climate justice alone isn’t enough. Sofiah Jamil is a Singapore-based campaigner who has been working hard to help Muslims living in Southeast Asia connect their faith with environmental issues. Green Prophet spoke to her about the unique environmental risks that the Southeast region faces and the role women can play in dealing with these.

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Facing the Chaos of Climate Change- Do we Build Fortress Societies or more Humane Solutions?

Celsias

He points to evidence, often in tropical countries, that political, economic and environmental disasters are compounding and amplifying each other, to the great detriment of some populations. The title piqued my curiosity: Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.

Birds Threatened by Asiatic Sand Sedge Invasion on Long Island

10,000 Birds

Steve Young of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, is the coordinator of the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area. While the environmental disaster was unfolding in New Jersey, New York beaches seemed free of the plants but that all changed in October 2012. He kindly agreed to share his knowledge of this new threat to the beaches of New York and the animals and plants that rely on them.

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Organizations Call on Major U.S. Corporations to Ditch Tar Sands

Sierra Club Compass

Today, leading environmental groups and corporate campaigning organizations released an open letter to major corporations -- the biggest consumers of tar sands, the dirtiest oil on the planet -- calling on the corporations to take responsibility for the disastrous effect that lax to non-existent corporate purchasing policies are havin on the climate.

Video Reviews: Las Vegas Restaurants with Vegan Options

Eco-Vegan Girl

I'm one of those people who loves Las Vegas, aside from the environmental disaster it is. Fortunately, the vegan options are growing - since my first time there in 2006, several great places have opened and others have expanded their menus to accommodate the plant-based diet. In 2007 and 2008 my vegetarian sister and I made a few videos documenting our dining experiences, which I've finally edited.

Double Dividend

Environmental Economics

So why not do that through a tax on carbon pollution or other assorted environmental unpleasantries? And here's another reason to consider a shift: According to a new IMF paper with the irresistible title, "Reforming the Tax System to Promote Environmental Objectives: An Application to Mauritius," the United States gets, by far, the lowest percentage of revenue from environmental taxation of any OECD country. [C]ompared

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Environmentalists: “Explore Alternatives to Red-Dead Canal Project”

Green Prophet

Israel-Jordan: Route to Environmental Disaster? Following the Israeli Minister’s green light for the Red-Dead Canal project, Friends of the Earth Middle East are calling for alternatives to the project to be fully explored. Since the very start, the Red-Dead Canal project has been fraught with controversy. The project which aims to revive the Dead Sea, which is shrinking one metre a year, by tunnelling water from the Red Sea has faced serious criticism.