Category: News Alerts

Girl who silenced world for 5 minutes

Cullis-Suzuki-featuredCullis-Suzuki was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her mother is writer Tara Elizabeth Cullis. Her father, geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, is a third-generation Japanese Canadian. While attending Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion, at age 9, she founded the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other youngsters about environmental issues. In 1992, at age 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates. You can read more about her here.

Below, is a video of the speech she gave in 1992, at the summit.

Cullis-Suzuki graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology. She is still trying to make the world a better place. I'm not sure anyone is listening though. The fish that she spoke of becoming cancerous in British Columbia in the early 1990s are becoming much more common these days and some species that she mentions disappearing, are disappearing at a far more alarming rate now... as evident from a recent article on the CTV network titled, Study: Amphibians disappearing at alarming rate.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.


Share

No fracking wastewater in the Bay of Fundy

I attended two meetings  in Debert, Nova Scotia, on May 5th and 6th, 2013,  for the discussion and appeals of the fracking waste-water they want to dump through the treatment plant in Debert, Nova Scotia The waste-water would contain naturally occurring radioactive materials, carcinogens, other toxins and elevated levels of Chloride. But the representative from the Public Works department suggested the elevated levels chloride were not a threat because it really isn't a toxin.

But we already know the water temperature in the Atlantic and the Bay are increasing. The combination of the warmer water mixed with the extra chloride will encourage more algae blooms. These algae blooms release toxins that shellfish process and store. They filter the water,their bodies store the toxins and when it gets to unacceptable levels, they issue a red-tide alert and temporarily close the flats. Eating these clams could make a person sick, and in some cases I've heard it can be fatal.

 As Robert Lattie said during his appeal,"Releasing the frack wastewaters threatens the longevity of all commerce from this natural source. Sadly, it also threatens lifestyles, lifestyles that depend on nature more than commerce."

I feel that our shellfish industry will be the first casualty from the waste-water discharge. It should be noted that the increase in algae blooms will also reduce the amount of oxygen in the water. What affect will this have on the fish?

The Atlantic Industrial Services (AIS) claim they will continually monitor the discharge down-stream for unacceptable levels of contaminates. But I'm not convinced that the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMS), carcinogens,and other toxins are all going to be swept out with the tide. What if a percentage is left behind and takes root in the flats, and the marine life? While the discharge contamination is being carefully monitored, what about the effects of long-term exposure to these toxic chemicals on our marine life? Will we ever be able to go dulsing again?

The National Resources Defence Council (NRDC) is the United States most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. They have published a report titled "In Fracking’s Wake: New Rules are Needed to Protect Our Health and Environment from Contaminated Wastewater". It's over 100 pages long, and you needn't read it all. Here is the executive summary, from page three:

 This paper analyzes the problem of wastewater generated from the hydraulic fracturing process of producing natural gas, particularly with regard to production in the Marcellus Shale.

It shows that, while hydraulic fracturing (often called “hydrofracking” or “fracking”) generates massive amounts of polluted wastewater that threaten the health of our drinking water supplies, rivers, streams, and ground water, federal and state regulations have not kept up with the dramatic growth in the practice and must be significantly strengthened to reduce the risks of fracking throughout the Marcellus region and elsewhere.

Hydrofracking and the production of natural gas from fracked wells yield by- products that must be managed carefully to avoid significant harms to human health and the environment. These wastewater by-products are known as “flowback” (fracturing fluid injected into a gas well that returns to the surface when drilling pressure is released) and “produced water” (all wastewater emerging from the well after production begins, much of which is salty water contained within the shale formation).

Both types of wastewater contain potentially harmful pollutants, including salts, organic hydrocarbons (sometimes referred to simply as oil and grease), inorganic and organic additives, and naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). These pollutants can be dangerous if they are released into the environment or if people are exposed to them. They can be toxic to humans and aquatic life, radioactive, or corrosive. They can damage ecosystem health by depleting oxygen or causing algal blooms, or they can interact with disinfectants at drinking water plants to form cancer-causing chemicals.

The full report in pdf format can be downloaded here:http://www.nrdc.org/energy/files/Fracking-Wastewater-FullReport.pdf

As you can read on the CBC website, we were able to persuade the committee to reject the proposal  from AIS that was previously approved.  There were other concerns too beside the  contaminants we know of. There is almost 4% of the treated solution that the oil and gas companies refuse to divulge the chemicals that make up the composition. Therefore, it can't be good...

Ordinary citizens can make a difference.  We'll be able to continue to dig clams from the bay by the cottage, ands o will our children.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.

 

Share

I feel like dancing…

dancing-queen-featuredA woman in the English town of Eastleigh, was waiting at the bus stop for her bus. But she certainly seemed to be enjoying life. Some one captured a video of her and then added in a musical track from ABBA, titled the Dancing Queen.

No one seems to know who the woman is, but people are taking notice. The video was uploaded to YouTube 5 days ago and has already had over 370,000 views.

I want my life to be like hers.....

Who wants to join me? Let's dance each day like no one is watching.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.


Share

Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered bee venom can kill the HIV virus without harming the body. Watch the short video clip below that explains how:

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.


Share

Kids reaction to Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat certainly seems to have taken the Internet by storm. He's adorable in some ways, but he reminds me a lot of a cat I used to have. I named him Garfield. He loved me; barely tolerated anyone else.  But how are children reacting to him? Watch the video below to see how kids see him.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our rebel mouse page, to see what else you might be missing.


Share