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TED Talk: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves

This kid is 19. He has figured it out. Let’s do this.

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Hey Americans!! Obama vs Romney and the Environment

by Liz

I stumbled upon this great article that is a must read for a couple of reasons:

  • it addresses the issue of the environment in the upcoming American Presidential Election which was widely left out in the debates
  • it addresses climate change and how it affected Hurricane Sandy
  • it was an interview with Bill Nye, the Science Guy!

Click here for the article.

To sum it up Bill Nye explains how climate change made Hurricane Sandy worse in very understandable terms.  He said, “Climate change amps up… basic factors that contribute to big storms… The oceans have warmed, providing more energy for storms, and the Earth’s atmosphere has warmed, so it retains more moisture which is drawn into storms, and is then dumped on us.”

What Bill Nye thinks about Obama and the Republicans:

President Obama, Vice President Biden and the Democratic Party’s position is consistent with what 90 percent of scientists say — that humans significantly cause the world to warm and climates to change and that, in order to slow climate change and eventually control its effects, we must slow down and regulate the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane… and develop clean, alternate forms of energy, like solar, wind, geothermal, tidal and biomass.

What Bill Nye thinks about Romney and the Republicans:

Governor Romney, Congressman Ryan and the vast majority of those in the Republican Party, however, strongly disagree and they cite a small number of researchers who say that any warming and any climate change is a natural cyclical phenomenon that has been occurring on Earth for millions of years and that human activity is not a significant factor.

Bill Nye then continues to use facts to back up his beliefs.  Click here to read more.

So Americans, come Tuesday who will YOU be voting for?

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TOO MANY BOOKS!

By Erica

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Whenever a new technology comes out, something else becomes obsolete. DUH. So with the entrance of e-readers into society.. guess what it replaces…. good ol’ paperback and hard cover books.  While I see the convenience of an e-reader (I guess), it raises some issues.  Primarily.. what will happen to all the books? On a personal level, does this mean libraries will close eventually? Where will all the librarians work? Anyways, getting off topic.. the world already has too many books. But, generally, pre e-reader, books would circulate rather than end up in the dust heap. You loan them to your friends, sell them, borrow them, etc.  Now as the world turns away from traditional reading material, what will happen to all the millions of books? And think of all the trees that gave their lives to make those books. Sadness. 

Currently, I am using old books to prop up the sides of my futon.  As a reading traditionalist, I can’t bring myself to throw books in the recycling bin.  Second Hand stores are full of them.  Every time I travel, I bring as many books as possible from Canada and leave them in hostels, where maybe they will get read.  I am having a panic attack as to what will happen to all the books.  Until I think of a solution other than my futon support system, here are some interesting sites for book recycling…

Books for Africa: Donate old children’s books to those who need them in Africa (you can also get rid of old computers this way.. anyways who has seen Manufactured Landscapes knows that computers don’t recycle well)

Or you can try BookMooch to trade books with other fellow book worms. Reddit.com also had a book trade, which may or may not still exist.

In the long run, e-readers mos def have the potential to become more sustainable, especially as publishers reduce the amount of books released the traditional way each year.  Now if only we could find a solution for the books already in existence…..

 

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Save Captain Paul Watson – Sea Shepherd

By Liz

Captain Paul Watson is a Canadian born long time activist.  He is one of the co-founders of Greenpeace and the founder of Sea Shepherd.  He has spent his life at sea saving countless animals and trying to stop illegal fishing, whaling, shark finning etc.  

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In 2007, Sea Shepherd released a documentary called Sharkwater.  In this film Paul Watson and his team  tried to put an end to the shark finning industry in 2002.  While doing so. he made a citizen’s arrest of a vessel, the Veraderos I, for finning sharks illegally.  Communication got crossed and the Sea Shepherd crew were actually told to release the Veraderos I and were in turn arrested for attempted murder and shipwrecking.  When released on bail the Sea Shepherd group left Costa Rica.  Now 10 years later Paul Watson is being held in Germany waiting to be extradited to Costa Rica.

Here is a video of Pamela Anderson in support of letting Paul Watson go:

If interested in Sharkwater, here is the trailer:

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Everybody Poops! But Where Does It Go?

by Liz

Here is a very interesting infographic on poop.  I found it here.  Read it.

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I’m a Belieber!

by Liz

Today is Justin Bieber’s 18th birthday!! Why is this so exciting? Well instead of presents he is asking friends and fans to donate to Charity Water.  He recently tweeted “i want to use my bday to help others. if u want please donate $18 to @charitywater on my 18th bday! #GiveBack – charitywater.org/justinbieber”.  This is actually his second year asking fans to do this.  Such a young kid and already giving back! Way to go Justin Beiber! Canadian too!

Now why should you donate?  Watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/user/charitywater?feature=watch

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National Sweater Day Flash Mob 2012

By Liz

Remember how I was tell you about the National Sweater Day Flash Mob? Well here it is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMcejhHLk7A&feature=related

You can watch another awesome environmental flash mob here.  

So remember on February 9, 2012 turn down your thermostat by 3 degrees and wear a sweater! Help the Earth!

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