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  • Kroger ditching plastic bags by 2025, company says

    08/24/2018 8:01:01 AM PDT · by oldvirginian · 104 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 23 2018 | Associated Press
    The nation's largest grocery chain will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025. Kroger Co., which orders about 6 billion bags each year, will begin phasing out their use immediately at one of its chains based in Seattle, a city that has been proactive on reducing plastic use. The company, based in Cincinnati, operates 2,779 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, serving almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different grocery chains. Kroger is seeking customer feedback and will be working with outside groups throughout the transition. It will begin phasing...
  • Chem. weapons dumped at sea corroding but haven't yet released toxic contents [Hawaii 2010 news] TR

    04/14/2018 11:25:57 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    DMZ Hawaii ^ | July 28, 2010 | Kyle
    Full title: Researchers report that chemical weapons dumped at sea are corroding but have not yet released toxic contents KyleJuly 28, 2010DMZ Hawaii http://www.dmzhawaii.org/dmz-legacy-site-two/?p=7485  University of Hawai'i researchers have concluded a three year research project to determine whether chemical munitions dumped at sea off O'ahu pose a threat to the health of humans or the environment. Documents disclosed by the Army in 2007 reported that approximately 16,000 munitions containing 2,558 tons of chemical agents were dumped at three deep-water sites off Oahu.   The chemical agent included lewisite, mustard, cyanogen chloride and cyanide. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser article: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/99399389.html...
  • Novel Hydrogel-Based Solar Vapor Generator Yields Clean Drinking Water

    04/04/2018 9:37:30 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 28 replies
    R & D Magazine ^ | 04/03/2018 | Kenny Walter
    Finding a cheap and effective water purification process would have global implications. A research team from the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering has developed a new cost-effective and compact technology that combines gel-polymer hybrid materials to improve the purification process for drinking water. The new materials possess both hydrophilic—an attraction to water—qualities and semiconducting, or solar-absorbing properties. This enables the hydrogel to produce clean, safe drinking water from virtually any source, whether it's from the oceans or contaminated supplies. “We have essentially rewritten the entire approach to conventional solar water evaporation,” Guihua Yu, associate professor of...
  • 'BioBlitz' Scientists to Survey California Desert Valley

    04/06/2017 2:53:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 4/6
    Scientists will fan out across a California desert valley this weekend to take an inventory of everything there that flies, hops, runs, swims or grows in the dirt. It's been 45 years since researchers last scoured Amargosa Valley near the northern edge of the Mojave Desert. That accounting of species led to federal protections within the remote region and new scientific understanding of its biodiversity. Over three days, experts in a variety of fields will once again tally birds, bats, toads, crickets, coyotes, lichen and native plants, said Sophie Parker, a senior scientist with the Nature Conservancy.
  • Sebastopol's 'TreeGirl' shares intimate tree encounters

    01/12/2017 5:08:09 PM PST · by rey · 31 replies
    Press democrat ^ | 12 Jan 2017 | MARY CALLAHAN
    It’s the grand, exotic trees that especially call to Julianne Skai Arbor — the ones with gnarled outgrowths, tangled roots or hollows into which she can crawl. She likes to drape herself across swooping branches or ease herself into small spaces, exploring the habits, curves and textures of the different species she seeks out around the globe and absorbing their life force. The Sebastopol resident’s affection for the trees of the world has evolved into a unique vocation, one that forms the basis of a new coffee table book that features photographs of the author posing nude, enmeshed or intertwined...
  • Jackie Daily show interview Mark Morano of new documentary CLIMATE HUSTLE

    04/21/2016 6:28:31 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 5 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 4/19/16 | The Jacki Daily Show
    @JackiDailyShow talks with Marc Morano of @ClimateDepot discusses his movie Climate Hustle @climate_hustle. https://soundcloud.com/jacki-daily/jacki-talks-with-marc-morano-about-the-movie-climate-hustle
  • Parameters of Religion and Science

    12/14/2015 7:38:10 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Church of St Michael ^ | December 13, 2015 | Fr. George Rutler
    Weekly Column (via email) Parameters are measurable factors that define a system, in the sense of a criterion or framework - like the parts that make the whole. The parameters of religion and science complement and serve each other, but are not to be confused. Thus, Cardinal Baronio told his friend Galileo that the Bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go. The Third Sunday of Advent is about heaven, and our Lord commissioned his Church to make people fit for it. The parameters of religion cannot estimate how many people can fit into heaven,...
  • The Chennai Floods Are a Devastating Preview of Unnatural Disasters to Come

    12/05/2015 1:25:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Slate ^ | December 4, 2015 | Eric Holthaus
    Right now, Chennai-India's fourth-largest city with a metro area the size of Chicago-is paralyzed. Flooding from record rainfall-the heaviest in more than a hundred years-has cut off more than 3 million people from basic services for days. At least 270 people have died, and what's happening should provide a cautionary tale to the world: Chennai is a new type of "natural" disaster, a preview of the Anthropocene, the idea that humans have become a geological-scale force of nature. November was Chennai's rainiest calendar month in history: An unimaginable 47 inches fell. Then, this week, things got worse. Wednesday's rains brought...
  • Yale Professor’s Portrayal of Hitler’s Ecological Anti-Semitism Slips into a Nazi Black Hole

    11/23/2015 8:47:30 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 7 replies
    The Intellectual Conservative ^ | 11/23/15 | Mark Musser
    In the opening chapters of “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning,” Yale professor Timothy Snyder forcefully acknowledged what he calls the “ecological” Anti-Semitism of the Fuhrer, “An instructive account of the mass murder of the Jews of Europe must be planetary, because Hitler’s thought was ecological, treating Jews as a wound of nature.” In spite of such an assertion, however, the great caveat of Snyder’s book is he inexplicably fails to discuss the Nazi ecological historical record that should have informed his thesis ...
  • New York's Empire State (building light show) highlights endangered animals

    08/02/2015 5:44:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 82 replies
    BBC ^ | August 2, 2015
    The unique display, on one of the world's most recognisable structures, was aimed at sparking conversations about mass extinction. Pictures of snow leopards, tigers and various sea creatures were shown. A 350ft (106m) image of Cecil, the famous lion killed in Zimbabwe earlier this month, also appeared. [Snip] In all 160 species were shown, including marine mammals, insects, and even the shadow of King Kong climbing up the building.
  • LAUDATO SI' -- Enironmental Encyclical - COMMENTARY FOR PARISH USE - Mrs. Don-o - [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    07/30/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    My own fevered brain | July 30, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    LAUDATO SI’ A letter from Pope Francis on the Care of our Common Home “Praise be to You” (“Laudato Si”) – Pope Francis’ environmental letter --- is a different kind of encyclical, and invites a different kind of response from most of its predecessors. In this essay I hope to put the spotlight on the ways this encyclical is unprecedented, and also selectively highlight its positive contributions to Catholic Social Thought. Historically, encyclicals were any official teaching letters concerning Catholic doctrine on faith and morals. They were sometimes addressed to bishops in a particular area, or sometimes to the bishops...
  • Pope Francesco's Amazing Climate Theatre

    06/25/2015 3:14:18 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 10 replies
    brotherlapin,com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Brother Lapin
    Morris tells me the recyclical Laudato Si’ is subtitled: “Pope Francesco’s Amazing Climate Theatre,” and how appropriate this is. The recyclical provides fun for all the family: there’s something in the show for everyone: global warming enthusiasts, liberals, Buddhists, atheists, New Age hippies, greens, and everyone who enjoys those lovely pictures of Saint Francis surrounded by corgis, hummingbirds and My Little Pony, without asking awkward questions like, “What did Francis say about sin?” At the heart of this recyclical is the popular image of Saint Francis surrounded by cuddly animals, and this is where we find the real theological and...
  • Closing in on 50 years of being wrong - Paul Ehrlich says again environmental collapse is coming

    06/25/2015 10:26:41 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 11 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | June 25, 2015 | Brian Wang
    Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction There have been papers which show that species and area relationships always overestimate extinctions. Ehrlich became well known for his controversial 1968 book The Population Bomb, which asserted that the world's human population would soon increase to the point where mass starvation ensued Among the measures he suggested in that book was population control, to be used in his opinion if voluntary methods were to fail.
  • Religion at the Service of Ecology Francis’ Laudato Si and the Boff Connection

    06/24/2015 7:42:42 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 6/24/15 | John Vennari
    The purpose of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si is to promote “ecological awareness,” “ecological conversion,” and to advance responsible “ecological citizenship”. Everything else in the document – everything else – is meant to serve this final goal. Even the most “Catholic parts” of the document at the end – where there is mention of the Eucharist, the Blessed Trinity, Our Lady, St. Joseph – ­are not for the sake of leading people in devotion to these Divine goods as ends in themselves, but to provide a basis to spur us toward ecological awareness and ecological conversion. Laudato Si is a blatant...
  • POPE ALLEGEDLY HALTS PUBLICATION OF ECO-ENCYCLICAL AMID CONTROVERSY

    05/17/2015 10:43:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2015 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    A Vatican insider asserts that Pope Francis has scrapped the draft of his encyclical letter on the environment and sent it back for major revision. The letter was slated for publication in early summer, but now may not be ready until much later, he suggests. Citing sources within the Santa Marta residence where the Pope lives, veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister has written that “Francis has scrubbed the draft” of the text presented to him by Argentinian Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, perhaps foreseeing that Cardinal Gerhard Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “would have demolished it” once...
  • Co2 emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster than expected

    01/01/2015 6:52:02 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 25 replies
    The Mail ^ | 12/30/2014 | Richard Gray
    Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected
  • The “Green Pope” and a Human Ecology

    04/22/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 22, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    It’s a joy to happen upon an old friend, to again hear his style of speaking and his way of engaging the world. When the old friend is Benedict XVI, however, things quickly move beyond the sentimental. So it goes with The Garden of God: Toward a Human Ecology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2014), a helpful compilation of Benedict XVI’s many, many statements about preserving life on earth. Given that discussions of ecology polarize a great many along worldly ideological fault lines, one of the benefits of The Garden of God lies in remembering how Benedict XVI,...
  • Earth Day and the False Prophecies of Ecological Apocalypse

    04/23/2012 2:11:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 21, 2012 | John Barnes
    Earth Day is a good time to look back and reflect upon the more dire predictions regarding the environment and life on earth. Here are some from 1970, Earth Day’s inaugural year.“…civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” -Biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970. By 1995, “…somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” -Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970. Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor “…the planet will cool, the...
  • Ruth Patrick, ecology pioneer, dies at 105

    09/23/2013 8:08:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 23, 2013 | Julie Zauzmer
    Ruth Patrick, whose studies of freshwater ecology in the 1930s helped galvanize the later environmental movement and whose success in a profession dominated by men charted a course for other female scientists, died Sept. 23 at a retirement community in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105.
  • Eight-Foot Crocodile Found Under Bed

    09/18/2013 7:17:19 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 21 replies
    Good Morning America- Yahoo news ^ | 09-18-2013 | Author Unknown
    A man in Zimbabwe got the surprise of his life when he discovered an eight-foot crocodile lying under his bed. Guy Whittall slept through the night at a Humani lodge, where he also works, without any idea what was lying beneath him. It was only after he got out of bed to eat breakfast and heard the screams of a housekeeper that he saw the crocodile.