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4.10.11

whitewash

Arnold Gundersen is a nuclear engineer with 30 years experience who was an expert safety witness in the Three Mile Island case. He’s a whistleblower who was personally attacked by the industry for speaking out (and then vindicated.) For the past few weeks, he’s been providing short, concise weekly video updates regarding Fukushima. He’s also analyzing official NRC reports and interpreting information that others are too inexperienced (or hesitant) to tackle. This guy is scientific, totally legit and not an alarmist.

Side note: as reported by the Guardian, the “official” number of people effected by Chernobyl is bunk. The Chernobyl disaster was completely white-washed, just as we are witnessing with Fukushima. It’s important to realize that the numbers and statistics around Chernobyl being used to make comparative assumptions about the ramifications of Fukushima are incorrect and grossly underestimated.

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4.10.11

rare wild horses

Wild horses from Poland and Belarus were re-introduced to the Loch of Strathbeg in Scotland help manage the habitat. Pretty cool story.

“Koniks love eating rank tussocky vegetation and we have lots of it at Strathbeg. Currently we have to artificially strip it away to ensure our wetlands remain in top condition, but now, thanks to the grazing habits of these horses, we can ditch the machines and get back to a natural approach to habitat management.”

(Photo: Gwen Dolen)

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3.27.11

earth magic

God, I needed that!

(Via Daily Dish)

Posted at 11pm on 3/27/11 | 1 comment | Filed Under: environment, film | read on

3.18.11

to warn or not to warn…

You might’ve heard recent predictions that North America may experience a mega-quake sometime between March 19-26. Of course, California is the usual suspect, but there’s also been activity along the New Madrid Fault in the midwest, Alaska, Yellowstone, the Pacific Northwest and along the border of Quebec and New York state.

99.99% of earthquake predictions are wrong, and I never pay attention to them, but after seeing this freaky interview with Jim Berkland, the USGS geologist who predicted San Francisco’s World Series quake, I was intrigued. He determines “seismic windows” based on moon phases, high tides and anomalous marine and animal behavior. For instance, he attributes the dead birds in Arkansas to massive shifts in the electromagnetic ley lines they use for migration (I was unaware that AR’s had 700 quakes in the last 6 months!) No doubt this might disorientate the magnetite of a few thousand birds.

In addition to Jim Berkland’s prediction is Ken Ring’s prediction. Ring is the mathematician who predicted the devastating earthquake in Christchurch this past February. He is now predicting a second quake during this same seismic window, roughly around March 20 in line with the supermoon. Like Berkland, he thinks there is a connection between the moon, king tides (i.e. very high tides) and shallow thrust activity. (A study being conducted at UCLA and sited by National Geogrpahic here confirms the connection is credible as does this report.)

Despite having predicted the Christchurch quake, King is in the process of defending himself against accusations of recklessness and irresponsibility. He’s also being ridiculed by scientific “experts” who won’t join the 21st century and engage in a little experimental thought. (Meanwhile the Brits and Russians are launching forward-thinking projects like this one where satellites will scan Earth for “subtle but detectable electromagnetic signals” to determine where geological stress is building.)

Here, Mr. Ring defends the moral necessity for earthquake predictions in his write-up, The Ethics of Warning. His thinking makes sense to me…

“Both skeptics and observers have their point. It is up to the reader to decide how much to either make preparations – or not. The bottom line is information. In the past the purpose of astrology – and its birthchild meteorology, was to warn. Rulers consulted their court astrologers for good or bad battle days, and in modern times general populations prepare for cyclones, floods and gales on the say-so of weather experts watching radar screens around the clock…..Information is power. How it gets to be used is the responsibility of the user.”

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3.3.11

uncontacted tribes

Watching this footage of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes, my heart flooded with a nauseating combination of awe, urgency, happiness and dread. The film was shot to prove to Peru’s president that these tribes do, in fact, exist and need to be protected from oil workers and loggers who invade their villages or simply kill them in order to access their land.

Survival International is campaigning hard to protect these and all indigenous peoples around the world. It goes without saying that these wisdom keepers and their knowledge are our link to a sustainable and holistic future. Even though many tribal leaders and shamans are sharing their knowledge as fast as they can, I can’t help but wonder if once they are all gone, our opportunity for radical transformation leaves with them.

Posted at 2am on 3/3/11 | 1 comment | Filed Under: do something!, environment, the shift (of ages) | read on

2.19.11

tree love

Ode to a redwood grove. (Oh, my heart!)
Found on Black Eiffel.

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2.15.11

the holy mushroom

Watching this will be the most fascinating 6 minutes you’ll spend all week. The first minute is a brief introduction by Paul Stamets discussing his astounding book – Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save The World – a mycological manual for rescuing ecosystems. The next five minutes consists of fantastical high-speed footage of mushrooms and fungi doing their thing.

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This review of Stamet’s book nicely highlights the most salient and mind-blowing ways that mushrooms can reverse environmental damage like: soil contaminated by heavy metals and industrial toxins, filtration for contaminated water, strengthening forest eco-sytems and controlling pest populations. Absolutely astounding!

Just goes to show that Mother Nature has already provided the magical tools needed to heal our world and make things right. Especially, when we consider the biologically healing properties of mushrooms as well as the *sacred* uses of (ergot or psilocybin) mushrooms as a gateway substance to better understanding higher consciousness and the nature of God. It’s no wonder ancient wisdom keepers from both East and West have revered the mighty mushroom for centuries.

P.S. There’s this TED TALK with Paul Stamets, but unfortunately, does not include the spectacular time lapse footage of mushrooms and fungi blooming, exploding, spreading and feeding.)

Posted at 2pm on 2/15/11 | 2 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, environment, the shift (of ages) | read on

12.22.10

household tip

I never realized that more soap doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a cleaner wash! Such a simple little change we’ve made (thanks to my Dad who forwarded this article to me) and its really made a difference. Not only are our drinking glasses less filmy, but our towels and clothes are less stiff. Bonus that we’re saving money. (And I would imagine that if millions of people do the same, it’s probably better for the environment, even if you’re already using eco-friendly detergent.)

Go Easy on the Detergent

Here is Mr. Schmidt’s test to determine if you’re oversoaping. Take four to six clean bath towels, put them in your front-loading washing machine (one towel for a top loader). Don’t add any detergent or fabric softener. Switch to the hot water setting and medium wash and run it for about five minutes.

Check for soap suds. If you don’t see any suds right away, turn off the machine and see if there is any soapy residue. If you see suds or residue, it is soap coming out of your clothes from the last wash.

“I’ve had customers that had to run their towels through as many as eight times to get the soap out,” Mr. Schmidt said, who lives in Indiana. […]

Too much soap is also a problem in dishwashers and can cause dishes and glasses to look filmy. Again, check the detergent container for recommended amounts — you definitely don’t have to fill up the entire soap container in the dishwasher.

*Sidenote: a few years ago, a friend of mine who worked at an environmental health research group at Columbia University informed me of the dangers of dryer sheets (they contain phthalates, which are especially dangerous for children.) Liquid fabric softener is the worst.

Posted at 4pm on 12/22/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: do something!, environment | read on

12.8.10

shell

A few months ago I posted how I’d no idea that the Niger Delta “has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates.” Today’s cable leaks highlighted by The Guardian show how Shell Oil has systematically infiltrated the Nigerian government. I pray this gives some environmental legal activists out there a sound basis for taking decisive action against Shell. Or are these oil giants untouchable?

WikiLeaks cables: Shell’s grip on Nigerian state revealed

The company’s top executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew “everything that was being done in those ministries”. She boasted that the Nigerian government had “forgotten” about the extent of Shell’s infiltration and was unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations.

The cache of secret dispatches from Washington’s embassies in Africa also revealed that the Anglo-Dutch oil firm swapped intelligence with the US, in one case providing US diplomats with the names of Nigerian politicians it suspected of supporting militant activity, and requesting information from the US on whether the militants had acquired anti-aircraft missiles.

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12.3.10

supercell cloud

Crazy.

Posted at 8pm on 12/3/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: environment | read on

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