Single-use plastics a big part of the COVID-19 world

Unfortunately the emphasis on protecting ourselves from the virus, often with plastic, has already showed up in downstream waste. We're using disposable masks, gloves, and shopping bags yes -- but going to restaurants will produce even more single use items as nobody will wish to share something that was touched by another. This is a … Continue reading Single-use plastics a big part of the COVID-19 world

A simple change to wind turbines can reduce bat fatalities

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/07/a-relatively-simple-change-could-reduce-bat-fatalities-from-wind-turbines/ The turbines kill more than 500,000 bats each year, scientists estimate. https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/15116720/height/45/theme/standard/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/ Wind energy is good for the climate. But scientists estimate that wind turbines kill more than half a million bats in the U.S. each year. Migratory species like the hoary bat are the most vulnerable. Research by Winifred Frick of Bat Conservation … Continue reading A simple change to wind turbines can reduce bat fatalities

An overview of The Pew Charitable Trust study on plastic in the oceans

This essential report has just been released and is available in summary or full to anyone interested. Plastic could kill the alternative sources of food that humans are relying upon. This is a problem needing a solution in the short-term and cannot wait. https://www.wsj.com/articles/ocean-plastic-is-getting-worse-and-efforts-to-stem-the-tide-fall-short-study-finds-11595682005? Ocean Plastic Is Getting Worse and Efforts to Stem the Tide … Continue reading An overview of The Pew Charitable Trust study on plastic in the oceans

The efficiency of Venus fly traps

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/01/the-venus-fly-trap-counts-the-struggles-of-its-prey/424782/ Venus Flytraps Are Even Creepier Than We Thought When it comes to digesting its prey, the plant is a calculating killer.Ed Yong January 21, 2016 David Loh / Reuters If you accidentally get transformed into a fly, and get caught in a Venus flytrap, here is some valuable advice: Don’t panic. “If you just … Continue reading The efficiency of Venus fly traps

Solutions have been found for plastic in the ocean but require quick action

Plastics in the ocean are an increasing problem that could kill our blue waters as a supply of food and as a huge absorber of carbon dioxide. I attended a webinar Friday morning with a presentation PEW Charitable Trust study with solutions, highlights and access to experts for questions. I posted the invitation a day … Continue reading Solutions have been found for plastic in the ocean but require quick action

Concerned about plastics in the ocean? Webinar 9AM EDT July 24

I'm already registered to attend. The PEW Charitable Trust does good things. View in web browserFriday 24th July 202009:00–10:30 EDT / 14:00–15:30 BST / 20:00–21:30 WIBThe Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ invite you to the global virtual launch of the new report "Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic … Continue reading Concerned about plastics in the ocean? Webinar 9AM EDT July 24

Why are US rivers and lakes shrinking?

One surprising reason? Cows. Only one of many, of course, but 23% of our water being consumed by cows certainly strikes me as another reason to avoid beef. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/02/agriculture-cattle-us-water-shortages-colorado-river? US rivers and lakes are shrinking for a surprising reason: cows Cattle-feed crops, which end up as beef and dairy products, account for 23% of water … Continue reading Why are US rivers and lakes shrinking?

Don’t forget the importance of bees

Just because something drops out of the headlines doesn't mean it's not important. Bees are critical to our survival and extinction looms. https://brightvibes.com/1457/en/its-official-the-bee-is-the-most-important-living-being-on-the-planet Sustainable Planet The Earthwatch Institute concluded that bees are the most important living being on the planet, however, scientists have also made an announcement: Bees have already entered into extinction risk. By Fino … Continue reading Don’t forget the importance of bees

Maybe we can use our reusable cups and bags again after all

The mandate prohibiting the use of single use plastic bags became effective just before COVID-19 hit. At that point, everyone starting freaking out that perhaps out reusable bags could be carrying the virus and decided they could not be used. So back to plastic. Am hoping that the information in this article will spread and … Continue reading Maybe we can use our reusable cups and bags again after all

Remember the climate crisis hockey puck chart? Here’s what it’s showing up in the ocean

If only we were putting in even half the effort at even mitigating the climate crisis as we are with COVID-19. We're running out of time. It's no longer going to be possible to take small steps. We need to do major things right now. https://www.ecowatch.com/oceans-heating-rate-scientists-2646090903.html Oceans Likely to Heat up at Seven Times Their … Continue reading Remember the climate crisis hockey puck chart? Here’s what it’s showing up in the ocean

Wind turbines can be placed in deep water — all you need is money

Beautiful photos attached to this article. Wind turbines are still a growth industry for energy production that doesn't require fossil fuels. Main downside (other than cost) is still that the materials used cannot be easily recycled. Published at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Floating turbines at the Hywind Scotland project in the North … Continue reading Wind turbines can be placed in deep water — all you need is money

Coral turns neon purple out of pure desperation

Click thru to see the incredibly vivid purple shade that some corals turn as a last ditch effort to survive. Reminds me of porcupines and skunks. Coral doesn't have the strength to prevail on its own so they're trying to get the attention of helpful critters plus the production of the color also produces a … Continue reading Coral turns neon purple out of pure desperation