Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
As stated in the article: "Only 40 to 60 Javan rhinos now remain in Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. They are the last known living members of the species, with none in captivity."
What chance does this species have of surviving now when so few are left in the Wild? Once again members of the human species have wiped out another form of life on this planet because of greed,ignorance and selfishness!!!
The article continues with this statement:
"Demand for rhino horn has surged in recent years among Vietnamese and Chinese who believe it can cure an array of ailments."
If this demand is increasing, then Rhinos will soon become extinct as a species. Then what species of animals are these Asians going to wipe off the planet next via extinction? Why aren't other Governments of this planet threatening these countries which are wiping other species of life off the planet, via economic sanctions, and other measures?? Why weren't efforts made to educate the people in these countries who believe that rhino horn can cure ailments, that there is no scientific basis for such beliefs? I suggest that a person's beliefs are her or his own business, until these beliefs cause harm to other life on this planet! In this case these beliefs are causing the extinction of the Javan Rhino species on this planet! And in this case, someone or some organizations better step forward and start to come up with some dramatic plans of action to save other species of life which are being threatened, by selfish human beliefs and behaviours!!
Source of image: http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0517-javan-rhino.jpg Javan rhino mother and calf photographed by a camera trap at Ujung Kulon. Photo courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund.
Is Ecocide a Crime? - Ecocentric - TIME.com
To read an article which discusses whether it should be a crime for companies (and individuals?) to
cause the mass destruction of ecosystems on our planet, please click on the link above this sentence. For your information, two dictionary definitions of the word and one legal definition of the word"ecocide" are these:
(1)"Heedless or deliberate destruction of the natural environment, as by pollutants or an act of war."source:
(2) "The destruction of large areas of the natural environment especially as a result of deliberate human action." (source:http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecocide
(3)Legal defintion: "The extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished."
It is my personal belief that a company or individual or group of individuals who destroy some of the natural environment of this planet should be charged with committing a criminal offense. If individuals or employees of companies think they can do anything they want, especially in order to gain profit or control of some of the natural resources of this planet, without regard to any destruction of the natural environment or without regard to other life on this planet, this is morally and ethically unacceptable! This kind of circumstance is happening all too often,every day in our World, and it has been shown that such behavior can cause serious short-term and long-term effects to the Planet and the life on our home!!
I would be interested in hearing what you think about this issue.You can leave a comment to me and others by clicking on the words "Post a comment" under this blog post of mine.
For more information about the concept of Ecocide please visit these websites:
What If Ecocide Was a Crime? Let's Find Out...
Source of image:
....the Brother of Madonna! I never,ever thought that I would mention "her"on my blog, however I have to because this is fact is such an indication of how unfairly some people are treated on our planet!
If you do not believe me that one of Madonna's brother's is homeless then read this article:
"In the United States alone, there are estimates that approximately 3.5 million people are homeless and 1.35 million of them are children . (source:http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/teen-angst/201101/homeless-teens )
How can people like the members of Edmonton City council, find money to use for another hockey arena in our city,when so many people in Edmonton are homeless and so many people in our city are living in poverty!!!! It is shameful, and irresponsible for these elected representatives of our city to suggest that they are willing to give more money to millionaire hockey players and the millionaire owner of the Oilers, when there are people in our city who have no place to live because the are homeless. Many homeless people are suffering from severe mental or physical health problems, which makes it even more appalling for Edmonton City council to even think of creating a second hockey arena in this city,before the needs of these people who are homeless, or have other needs, are met! Why do these elected members of our city have the right to decide that the Oiler's owner and his players can have another arena, when so many people in this city are against the idea???!!!
The Edmonton Journal's Gary Lamphier has written a very good article about the Arena question in Edmonton. To read it please click on the following link:
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sea levels to continue to rise for 500 years? Long-term climate calculations suggest so
To read an article at the ScienceDaily.com website which discusses new research concerning the fact that sea levels on the planet may continue to rise for a long time due to global warming please click on the highlighted words above this line.
As stated in the article:
"Based on the current situation we have projected changes in sea level 500 years into the future. We are not looking at what is happening with the climate, but are focusing exclusively on sea levels," explains Aslak Grinsted, a researcher at the Centre for Ice and Climate, the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen."
The fact that changes in sea levels will last this long certainly tells us a great deal concerning the impact of climate changes on our planet!The article continues by making these statements:
"Even in the most optimistic scenario, which requires extremely dramatic climate change goals, major technological advances and strong international cooperation to stop emitting greenhouse gases and polluting the atmosphere, the sea would continue to rise. By the year 2100 it will have risen by 60 cm and by the year 2500 the rise in sea level will be 1.8 meters."
"For the two more realistic scenarios, calculated based on the emissions and pollution stabilizing, the results show that there will be a sea level rise of about 75 cm by the year 2100 and that by the year 2500 the sea will have risen by 2 meters."
Now we have more evidence of the impact of human behavior on the planet and all of its life! If we do not change our behavior regarding reducing our carbon footprint on the planet, and reducing the amount of pollution we place on and within Mother Earth, humans may have to move to higher ground on the planet by the year 2100 or worse!
If you want to explore the regions of the Earth that are most vulnerable to sea level rise
please visit the following website:
To read an article entitled, " One World One Ocean Campaign Highlights Need For Conservation" please click on the highlighted words in this sentence.As stated by "the campaign's principal science advisor, Dr. Sylvia Earle, said in a press release, "The world’s oceans are in trouble, but the good news is there is still time to save them. Our actions toward the ocean in the next 10 years will define the next 10,000." For more information about the campaign please visit the Campaign's official website by clicking on the following link:
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
EDMONTON — "After nearly three decades of trying to save the peregrine falcon from disappearing on the Prairies, Alberta Fish and Wildlife biologist Gord Court and a handful of other biologists are wearing satisfied smiles. From one end of Alberta to the other, and from the eastern edge of the Prairies to the Rocky Mountains and beyond, peregrines are making a comeback to levels not seen for almost a half-century."
This is fantastic news!!! To read the remainder of the article which the above paragraph was taken from please click on the following link:
To learn more about Peregrine Falcons please visit the following websites:
Hinterland Who's Who
Peregrine Falcon:From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Canadian Peregrine Foundation
Government of Alberta:Sustainable Resource Development:Fish and Wildlife
Source of image:http://rpmedia.ask.com/ts?u=/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2c/USGS_Prairie_Falcon.jpg/250px-USGS_Prairie_Falcon.jpg
Once again the Government of Alberta is being criticized for how it is mismanaging the Grizzly Bear species in our Province! To read an article entitled, A vision for grizzly bears which was written by Hamish MacLean and published in the Canmore Leader newspaper please click on the following link:
I find these two sentences to be the most pertinent in this article:
"There are 700 grizzly bears in Alberta. And there are seven sub-populations that are being further fragmented. The grizzly bear recovery plan, enacted in 2008, is proof, Gailus said, that the Alberta government is unwilling or unable to help grizzly bears in the province."
What do these statements say about the Political leaders of this province?? How can they allow a species which has lived here thousands of years before humans did, to become so fragmented in their population (due to human activity such as forestry and oil exploration and oil extraction), that the survival of the species is now seriously threatened with extinction??
Please show you care about the Grizzly bears by sending a letter, an email, or a phone call to the new Premier of Alberta, Alison Redford by clicking on her contact page at the Alberta Government website below. Demand that her and her Government show that they care about the Grizzly bears by having them develop plans which will keep the Grizzly bears of this province from being fragmented any further in their population, and by stopping Big Oil and Big Forestry from damaging the habitat these bears have lived in for centuries! Thank you on behalf of the Grizzly bears of this Province!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Scientists have revealed that they have been able to show that the planet Venus contains an ozone layer in its atmosphere! This revelation means that the planet shares this distinction with our own planet and the planet Mars!! You can read more about this discovery by reading the article. "Ozone layer found on Venus" which is at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's news website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/10/06/science-ozone-layer-venus.html
From the article:
"Franck Montmessin, an atmospheric scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France, said in a statement that researchers were actually looking for other molecules in Venus's atmosphere when they noticed the strong ozone signature in some of their plots. That prompted them to go back and search for it in other scans."
"This ozone detection tells us a lot about the circulation and the chemistry of Venus' atmosphere," says Håkan Svedhem, ESA project scientist for the Venus Express mission in a statement"
Isn't it amazing how many scientific discoveries are made by accident (as this discovery apparently was!!)??
To read more articles (which are more scientific in nature than the above-mentioned article), please click on the following links:
To develop a better understanding of the purpose of an ozone layer (as it applies to the Earth) and its functioning, please visit the following websites by clicking on their links:
"The photochemical mechanisms that give rise to the ozone layer were discovered by the British physicist Sidney Chapman in 1930. Ozone in the Earth's stratosphere is created by ultraviolet light striking oxygen molecules containing two oxygen atoms (O2), splitting them into individual oxygen atoms (atomic oxygen); the atomic oxygen then combines with unbroken O2 to create ozone, O3."
Of course unless proved otherwise, this scientific finding regarding Venus possessing an ozone layer in its atmosphere tells us that there is oxygen in the atmosphere of Venus!!
To learn more about the atmosphere of Venus and other planets please visit the following websites:
Here is a video which discusses the Atmosphere of Venus:
Source of video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnZcIqLrRLA
Source of image:http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2008/03/venus-unveiled/
To read an article entitled, "Planet 'far away' on climate goals: study" please click on the highlighted words in this sentence. This will take you to a page at the science website Phys.org.This article to me indicates that the politicians of this planet could care less about the people, animal and plant species and our Mother Earth!! We have known for a long time that climate change is occurring on this planet, and yet who is listening to Mother Earth and her cries? The politicians of this World think they know so much, yet this new research proves exactly the opposite and that they are heading all life on this planet down a disastrous course!
As mentioned in the article:
"The planet is "very, very far away" from meeting the 2.0-degree goal, said co-author Bill Hare, a lead writer of the major 2007 UN scientific report on climate change and director at Potsdam-based research group Climate Analytics."
"We are heading towards a warming of well over 3.0 degrees at present unless there are major improvements in the pledges," Hare, who has advised environmental group Greenpeace, told a news conference.
"Hare said that while even 2.0-degree warming is problematic, the higher rate puts the world at risk to major problems such as more frequent wildfires and rising sea levels -- a top concern for low-lying nations.
Why are the politicians of this World willing to risk causing problems to the Planet, problems which may not be correctable at a certain point in time??? I urge all of you who read this message, to contact your Federal and local politicians and demand that they answer for their lack of willingness to commit the necessary human and financial resources to achieve the climate goals, which at best may reduce the chance that major damage to our planet will likely occur in the present and future!!
Listen to what experts say about the Politicians of Canada!!:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
"Canada's environmental watch dog shammed the federal government Tuesday for poor accountability and management of more than $9 billion dollars set aside for a range of climate-changing measures that he said would fall short of meeting the country's latest international commitments.
This quote comes from an article entitled, "$9B hasn't done much so far"", which I found in the Wednesday, October 6th,2011 edition of the Edmonton Journal newspaper. To read this article please click on the highlighted words in the last sentence.
It is news articles like this one, which indicate why citizens of the country of Canada do not trust politicians and the the bureaucracies they have created! If a Government cannot handle the irresponsibility of using and monitoring such a large sum of taxpayer money, is it any wonder why so many citizens of Canada have become apathetic towards politicians and loathe them? Not only has a great deal of money gone up in smoke, money which could have been used to help mitigate some of the social problems in our country, but public trust in the Harper government and its bureaucracy has once again been reduced even further! Of course the real important thing, the fact that climate-changing measures are not in place to reduce the impact of activity of Canadians and their economy, mean that Canadians can expect to be ridiculed and criticized by people in other countries and their governments! And what is worse is these "new" warnings about cumulative impacts of oilsands development in Western Canada! According to the article, "011 October Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development" which you can read by clicking on the following link:http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_cesd_201110_00_e_35759.html ,
"For over a decade, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have warned that key environmental information regarding the effects of oil sands projects has been missing. Since 1999, both federal departments have warned that insufficient environmental information makes it impossible to understand the combined impact of projects in the lower Athabasca region and the impact on ecosystems that are farther away, including the wider Mackenzie Basin of the Northwest Territories. In the absence of this information, it is impossible to track environmental changes over time.During our audit, we found that, despite repeated warnings of gaps in environmental information, little was done for almost a decade to close many of those key information gaps."
As taxpayers of this country we citizens have a right to know why this "key environmental information" is missing, especially since billion dollars of our money has now been spent!! The article continues in this fashion:
"However, uncertainty persists about other environmental trends, because of insufficient or inadequate environmental monitoring systems. Some of the environmental threats causing these trends include airborne toxic substances and their long-term impact on freshwater quality and wildlife, including the potential downstream impact. As a consequence, decisions about oil sands projects have been based on incomplete, poor, or non-existent environmental information that has, in turn, led to poorly informed decisions."
The citizens of this country want to know why these environmental monitoring systems are not adequate for the job, especially since this means that the health of humans, and other animal and plant species could now be at risk due to the activities of the Oilsands industry, and especially because 9 billion dollars of our money has been thrown away!!!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
To understand what this day involves I would like to provide you with the official mission statement of the day: (source:http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/about.asp )
MISSION STATEMENT - WORLD ANIMAL DAY
- To celebrate animal life in all its forms
- To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
- To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
- To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives
Please help Protect Wildlife, you can learn more about how to help accomplish this endevour by clicking on the following link:
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
To read an article entitled, "Sea otters or sushi topping?" written by Steve Shimek, of :The Otter Project", please click on the highlighted words above.
The facts in this article I find OUTRAGEOUS!! Why should shellfish fisherman be allowed to successfully lobby the Government of California to make the waters in Southern California, otter-free? This situation is similar to what is happening in Taiji Japan at the present time where selfish humans are killing and catching dolphins because they do not want to share the food resources of the ocean with the dolphins there!!! How are otters (and dolphins) supposed to live in conditions where they are not permitted to freely swim and move where existing food sources are available?? Why don't otters have the same protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act or Marine Mammal Protection act as other species??
Please get involved in this issue and help the Sea Otters get back the right to live where nature intended them to do. You can do this by visiting the following website:http://www.freetheotters.org./ and click on the words "Get Involved" at the top of the page. Thank you on behalf of the Otters of Southern California!
To read more about this situation, please click on the highlighted words below which will send you to the Santa Barbara Independent website in order to read the article: Taking Sides in Otter Showdown
It seems the human species gets more and more selfish every day! We have no right to stop other species from acting in their natural way, for profit/financial reasons or any other reason for that matter! And sea otters and dolphins are only two of the species which are being forced to change their natural way of life because of the Human species! Humans are not only out of control in terms of having too many children in this World, but now not only are we overpopulating the planet at the expense of other animal and plant life, some of us are also trying to kick out other species from their natural habitats for greedy and selfish reasons! If you live in California and are a nature and animal lover, you need to tell your State Goverment that you are not going to stand for behavior like this from them! Reading about human behavior like this makes me even more convinced that animal species otther than our own deserve rights, protected rights under the law of a country, state, province or city, so that humans like these shellfish fisherman cannot deny
an animal the right to live as Mother Nature intended the species to live!! If there are "too many" sea otters living in South Calfornia waters, it is only because humans there have wiped out the natural predators of the Sea otter species: ie. Sharks ("In California, great white sharks are sea otters’ primary predators. In Alaska, killer whales seem to be eating more sea otters, perhaps because their usual prey (seals and sea lions) are becoming more scarce. Stellar sea lions, coyotes, bears and eagles have also been known to feed on sea otters." (source:http://www.seaotterresearch.org/predators.shtml
To learn more about Animal rights, please visit the following websites:
To visit "The Otter Project" website please click on the following link:
"Overfishing of sharks is now recognized as a major global conservation concern, with increasing numbers of shark species added to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's list of threatened species," they say in the latest issue of the international science journal PLos ONE."
To read the entire article please click on the following link:
(1) Please take 3 minutes of your time to watch a video entitled "Save Sharks" by clicking on the following link:
(2) Now, please take another five minutes to watch this video.This is what is happening to sharks in our World on a daily basis! This behavior on the part of the human species cannot continue!: Please share this video with your friends and family! Only if you do this can we help save all the shark species from extinction!:
(3) Now please read the following webpage, where it is clearly shown how important sharks are to the survival of all life on our planet (including our species!!!): http://withoutmethereisnou.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/why-sharks-are-so-important-to-our-ecosystem/
(4) Now make a difference to sharks by visiting the following website. This website will give you a chance to act and save the Planet's sharks, by sharing key information about sharks with your friends.
You can help save Sharks by visiting http://www.sharkalliance.org//ecards.asp?level3id=49&level2id=49&nextlevel=49&rootid=20 via email. Please email as many friends and family members as you can by using the form (which allows you to send the educational e-cards to many of your friends at once by entering their emails in the designated place). Thank you for watching these videos and for sharing these e-cards with your friends! Please ask your friends to email their friends with these e-mail cards! In doing so you will start a wonderful chain or activity, which will help the Sharks species of this planet survive, by educating your friends and family about what sharks are having to go through in our World! Thank you on behalf of the Sharks of this Planet!
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Thoughts worth thinking about
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw
Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.