Daily Archives: August 5, 2016

Sustainability: the threshold explained in 20 seconds (spaghetti analogy)


Sustainability Illustrated

Published on Mar 24, 2014

Learn about sustainability for free with short animation videos!
Find all sustainability videos and join the community on http://sustainabilityillustrated.com and http://www.youtube.com/learnsustainab…

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Global warming threatens to release nuclear waste from Cold War base in Greenland

Scientists are warning the Greenland’s melting ice could release buried nuclear waste from a shuttered Cold War missile base Credit: AP

5 August 2016 • 5:19pm

Nuclear waste buried underneath the ice in Greenland in a Cold War-era bunker is at risk of being exposed, scientists fear, due to global warming.

Radioactive coolant, thousands of gallons of sewage and diesel fuel, and tons of PCBs – a chemical coolant, banned in 1979 – were abandoned at the US Camp Century base when it was decommissioned in 1967.

The Americans left the base nearly fully intact, under the assumption that it would be buried forever under accumulated snowfall.

The base was officially used as a scientific centre, designed to carry out experiments such as drilling into the ice core. But it also served as a top-secret nuclear missile testing site, under a programme named Project Iceworm, which was to see if launch sites could be built close enough for missiles to reach the Soviet Union.

When it was mothballed, the nuclear waste was buried in a series of tunnels 50 feet underground. Snow has since fallen on top.

But a new, peer-reviewed study published on Thursday in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, warns that the ice is melting faster than snow is falling on top, to replenish it. And climate change could see the material released into the oceans by the end of the century.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice
Nuclear

Why the GMO Labeling Bill Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham—and a Nat ional Embarrassment

The discriminatory bill exempts Big Food from putting GMO labels on food packages and keeps consumers in the dark.

By Andrew Kimbrell / AlterNet
August 4, 2016

It is known as the DARK Act—Denying Americans the Right to Know. It was signed by President Obama last Friday in the afterglow of the Democratic National Convention, without fanfare or major media coverage. The bill’s moniker is apt. With a few strokes of his pen Obama scratched out the laws of Vermont, Connecticut and Maine that required the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

He also nullified the GE seed labeling laws in Vermont and Virginia that allowed farmers to choose what seeds they wanted to buy and plant. And for good measure he preempted Alaska’s law requiring the labeling of any GE fish or fish product, passed to protect the state’s vital fisheries from contamination by recently approved genetically engineered salmon.

The White House justified the DARK Act’s massive onslaught on local democracy on the grounds that the bill would create national standards for labeling of GE foods. It does nothing of the sort. According to Obama’s own Food and Drug Administration, if enacted, the bill would exempt most current GMO foods from being labeled at all. The FDA further commented that it “may be difficult” for any GMO food to qualify for labeling under the bill. And for any GE foods that might be covered, the bill allows for food to be “labeled” through a digital system of QR codes that can only be accessed if the consumer has a smartphone and reliable internet connectivity.

Unfortunately for one-third of Americans, it seems President Obama does not know the digital divide is real. More than 50 percent of America’s poor and rural populations—a disproportionate number of which are minority communities—and more than 65 percent of the elderly don’t even own smartphones, and for those that do, many cannot afford monthly payments, or live in areas lacking internet access. A minimum of 100 million Americans will not have access to food information because of this labeling system.

Reverend Jesse Jackson understood this. He wrote a letter to the president urging a veto and saying that the bill raised “serious questions of discrimination” and left “unresolved matters of equal protection of the law.” Do all Americans have rights in an increasingly digital society? Or will they be discriminated against because they have limited means?

…(read more).

Food-Matters
Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Earth Overshoot Day 2016 is on Aug. 8


Sustainability Illustrated

Published on Aug 5, 2016

Engaging sustainability videos to learn & teach.
More sustainability videos on www.sustainabilityillustrated.com & http://www.youtube.com/learnsustainab…

See:
https://www.youtube.com/user/learnsustainability/videos

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Is Capitalism Terrorism Against All Humanity?

Published on Aug 5, 2016

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, joins Thom. The Pope told reporters “Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person. This is fundamental terrorism, against all humanity.” The Pope was responding question about the link between Islam and terrorism – which the Pope doesn’t think is particular to Islam. He told the reporters – “It is not right and it is not just to say that Islam is terroristic. If I speak of Islamic violence, I should speak of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. In almost all religions there is always a small group of fundamentalists. One can kill with the tongue as well as the knife.”

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Papantonio: Law and Disorder, A New Thriller About Corporate Corruption & Political Greed


The Ring of Fire

Published on Aug 5, 2016

Mike Papantonio’s new novel “Law and Disorder” will be hitting bookshelves in just a few weeks, and Pap and Thom Hartmann discussed the book on a recent episode of The Big Picture on RT America.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Unique video: Super-rare ball lightning moving across Siberian field


RT

Published on Aug 5, 2016

Courtesy: Roman Tregubov https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr_s…

A unique video of a giant fireball moving across a Siberian field was caught on mobile phone camera by Roman Tregubov in July while he was staying in countryside just outside Novosibirsk.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice