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  Ready the Ark  
 
 
Posted 2005-03-17 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Looks like we're already in over our heads, according to new computer modelling of climate change. Even if we were to cease all industry now, we're still looking at rising ocean levels, reports Nature.com, which examined the results of two studies using the new models. The oceans could rise between 10 and 30 centimeters by the next century, and a full meter (1 yard) by the year 2400. Of course, there is a rosy outlook to all of this: More water means more room to dump our sewage.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Notes: Alex Steffen + Bruce Sterling (Keynote Conversation)  
 
 
Posted 2005-03-15 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
"[Alex] Steffen and [Bruce] Sterling have some pretty strong ideas about how new technology can positively impact the future of the planet. Listen to their vision of a greener tomorrow." And what a vision it is. Very dynamic and inspiring. Notes follow...

Continue reading: Notes: Alex Steffen + Bruce Sterling (Keynote Conversation)
 
     
 
   
 
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  Oil Slick Toll: 100,000 Birds  
 
 
Posted 2004-11-24 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
A 165,000-litre, 24km-long Terra Nova oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland may result in the deaths of up to 100,000 birds, says a seabird expert at St. John's Memorial University [story:cbc]

Given this, I have a solution for future spills. We train seabirds to drink oil. Hell, if they're going to die from a spill, we might as well have them clean up first. As long as each bird's belly can hold over 1.5 litres of oil, the plan is rock solid.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Consuming the Planet  
 
 
Posted 2004-10-21 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The world's industrialized nations are consuming natural resources faster than the planet can replenish them, says the World Wildlife Fund. We are depleting supply 20% faster than it can be renewed and have increased consumption 250% since 1961. The World Wildlife Fund issued a similar warning in 2002, but I guess nobody listened.

"Energy consumption, particularly in the U.S. but also in western Europe, accounts for much of the imbalance. The energy component of the footprint, dominated by use of non-renewable fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas, increased nearly 700 percent in the 40-year period surveyed, from 1961 to 2001."

Maybe we should stop buying so much.
 
     
 
   
 
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  B.C. Orcas Swimming in Retardant  
 
 
Posted 2004-08-27 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Gosh, first salmon, and now killer whales. It seems that the more we spread harmful chemicals such as fire retardant around, the more poisoned living creatures become. What could possibly next? Humans? Of course not. Everyone knows humans are the smartest animals on the planet.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Pollution Bad, Says Shocking Study  
 
 
Posted 2004-08-15 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Brit brainiacs have uncovered chilling data pointing to environmental pollutants' contribution to brain disease. According to The Observer, "In the late 1970s, there were around 3,000 deaths a year from [Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and motor neurone disease] in England and Wales. By the late 1990s, there were 10,000." Geographic areas of study included North America, the UK, Japan, and large chunks of Europe. Scientists found that dementias "...more than trebled for men and rose nearly 90 per cent among women in England and Wales. All the other countries were also affected."

Meanwhile, farmed Salmon are soaked in fire retardant. Large fish are drenched in mercury. British water is made of Prozac. Milk and meat are both saturated with hormones. It rains chemicals. Dust from depleted uranium is under your bed. Shop as usual, and avoid panic buying.
 
     
 
   
 
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  British Water Prozacked  
 
 
Posted 2004-08-09 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
So many Brits are popping Prozac that the anti-depressant is now a part of the local ecosystem [story:The Observer]. Details are sketchy on exactly how much of the drug is floating in the water, but there are plenty of stats to show a dramatic increase of mood-altering medication in Britain. "In the decade up to 2001, overall prescriptions of antidepressants rose from nine million to 24 million a year." According to another Observer story, "in 1995, 46,000 anti-depressants prescriptions were given to teenagers between 16 and 18 in full-time education. By last year [2003] this had risen to 140,000, more than treble the amount."

"There has also been a rise of almost 50 per cent in the amount of so-called 'happy drugs' - such as Prozac and Seroxat - dispensed to youngsters under 16. Since 1996, the figure has risen from 76,000 prescriptions to 110,000, although the total could be higher..."

Today's youth leading the way to a more Prozac-saturated water-supply in the future. Don't worry, be happy!
 
     
 
   
 
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  When Catfish Attack  
 
 
Posted 2004-07-19 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Exciting things happen when species are transplanted into unfamiliar waters. The African catfish has made a big splash in Bangladesh, mauling everything in its path, from fish to humans. OneWorld South Asia reports that one of the catfish killed a 3-year-old child last year. Last month, a 20kg catfish attacked sewer cleaners. It took the men 2 hours to stalk and kill the creature.

I don't know about you, but stories like this warm my heart. If giant, man-eating catfish are possible, then I should be getting my mutant super-powers any day now.
 
     
 
   
 
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  The Greening of New Brunswick  
 
 
Posted 2004-06-18 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
New Brunswick, Canada has decided to install 11 windmills on Grand Manan Island's Dark Harbour, according to a Globe and Mail report. The wind farm will be the province's first, and will likely be built by Eastern Wind Power, a subsidiary of Western Wind Energy Corporation.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Swimming in Plastic  
 
 
Posted 2004-05-07 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
"Every single piece of rubbish has an owner. And every single person can make a difference by making sure they take their rubbish with them when they leave the beach." [story:nationalgeographic.com]

Not satisfied with dumping soluable chemicals and sewage in our oceans [clickback], it appears humankind is happy for stuffing the sea with plastic.

More than a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals and sea turtles die globally each year from entanglement in, or ingestion of, plastics. [source] You might think this means plastic bags or other chunks big enough to see. Well, you'd be wrong. The motion of the ocean breaks everything down into small particles. What this means is that not only are sea turtles choking to death on plastic bags, but mollusks as well. That's pretty much the entire ocean food chain eating plastic. Enjoy your sushi.
 
     
 
   
 
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