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GristTV March 24, 2010Dr. Earle came up for air to talk with Grists Umbra Fisk at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC. Her Deepness was there to help promote a film made by NRDC about the problems of ocean acidification from carbon dioxide called Acid Test. She talks about the greatest threats to the ocean, fish sandwiches and being on The Colbert Report.

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Thursday, 03 June 2010 14:21

Enric Sala :: pristine areas of the ocean

Enric Sala shares glorious images -- and surprising insights and data -- from some of the most pristine areas of the ocean. He shows how we can restore more of our oceans to this healthy, balanced state, and the powerful ecological and economic benefits of doing so.

About Enric Sala

Working at the intersection of science and policy, Enric Sala searches for the last pristine marine environments on Earth — and brings back data to help governments protect them. Full bio and more links

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International Year of Biodiversity 2010

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Our emissions of carbon dioxide threaten to alter the very chemistry of sea water and change all life in our oceans. (Greenpeace.org)

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 00:03

Dancing with Sea Lions :-)

Dancing with Sea Lions! :-) "Extremely happy to share this video that shows an organization made of a group of caring individuals in Peru that dedicate their time to rescue and rehabilitate seals and sea lions back to the sea. As you can see from the videos the little animals are not treated like pets, but actually they... are treated in a similar manner that the mother would do.  The biologists and vets. have developed a language of communication with these beautiful animals and even touch them in the way that the mothers would do. These young Peruvian surrogate fathers and mothers to sea lions and seals feed them with milk and fish blends until the babies are able to chew by themselves. Once the animals are strong and healthy, they are taken back to the oceans where you can see how nature calls these animals right away as they jump or run for the waters!!! just turning back their heads to say thank you and good bye ♥ ♥

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Monday, 22 March 2010 14:47

Most Dangerous Shark: The EGO

World's Most Dangerous Shark: The Human EGO

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Saturday, 20 March 2010 18:36

Canary in a Coal Mine MWV16

Title: Canary in a Coal Mine MWV16 ::  Added: May 1, 2008 :: Author: Ove Hoegh-Guldberg :: Duration: 5:54 :: Description :: Coral reefs are dying a death of a thousand cuts and their disappearance threatens not only the incredibly diverse ecosystem that depends on them, but also human health and welfare. 

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Saturday, 20 March 2010 18:27

Acidic Oceans Will Kill Coral Reefs

Acidic Oceans Will Kill Coral Reefs :: Added: Jul 10, 2008  ::  Author: VOAvideo :: Duration: 3:23 :: Description :: Nearly half of the U.S. coral reef ecosystems are considered to be in "poor" or "fair" condition according to a new analysis of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. The report was presented during the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week. Producer Zulima Palacio looks into the new report on the eve of the International Year of the Reef 2008. Jim Bertel narrates the story. 

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Saturday, 20 March 2010 18:20


Title: DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D - IMAX - Narrated by Daryl Hannah ::  Description :: Dive into a new immersive and highly emotional adventure with Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D, which will take you from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the warm depths of the waters of the exotic Kingdom of Tonga for a close encounter with the surviving tribes of the ocean. Stunning images captured for the very first time in 3D will allow you to discover their lives and habitats as never-before-seen. An unforgettable voyage with these graceful, majestic yet endangered sea creatures, narrated by Daryl Hannah :: Channel: Entertainment :: Added: Nov 20, 2007 ::  Author: 3DEntertainment  :: Duration: 1:24

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Saturday, 20 March 2010 18:04

Swimming with Whales | Tonga

Description :: A very special whale watching adventure - swimming with whales holiday in beautiful Vavau, Tonga.   For more info contact: http://BluePacificWhaleWatching.com.au  | Author: bluepacificww | Duration: 4:19 

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Friday, 19 March 2010 23:13

Enviro Video

EnviroVideo.com produces environmental and social justice programs for television - including interview and news shows, specials, and documentaries. 

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Friday, 19 March 2010 20:29

"Let Live"

Avi Klapher's Production about Cocos Island, Sharks and Today's Poaching Threat. 

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Friday, 19 March 2010 18:26


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Friday, 19 March 2010 12:03

Maldives' Coral Reef Ecology

The fragile marine life environment of the Indian Ocean is under serious threat from the effects of climate change.   In the Maldives, some of the giants of the open seas are becoming endangered because their food supply is dying out.  :: Stephen Cole reports from the Maldives.

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Thursday, 18 March 2010 21:04

The cost of not green, is red...

... this "51 second" video won first place at the Cannes Film Festival and when you watch it you'll see why... it is one of the most touching videos you will ever see...

green... "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field ... I'll meet you there ... When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about ... Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense ~ Rumi (1207-1273)

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Author: earthtouch
Coral reefs are the most biologically diverse habitats of the oceans and face extinction due to climate change by 2050 ... We're hoping that the politicians and heads of state who attend the UNEP 2009 climate change conference in Copenhagen will make positive amendments to global environmental policy and help save coral reefs and ultimately protect the amazing planet we live on. Extended video can be watched here: http://www.vimeo.com/7962248  | http://www.sealthedeal2009.org/

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Sunday, 07 March 2010 03:11

Sea Stars

  Imaging Foundation Sea Stars  

Sea Stars are entertainment professionals who
are invested in protecting our oceans

Below is a partial list of our Sea Stars team.


Alex Rocco, Actor.
In films from 1965, American actor Alex Rocco specialized in tough-guy roles, sometimes leavening his hard-bitten portrayals with a dash of roguish humor. Rocco's film assignments included such parts as gangster Legs Diamond in St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) and Moe Greene in The Godfather (1974). He has been a regular or semi-regular on a number of television shows, beginning with 1975's Three for the Road, in which he starred as freelance photographer (and full-time family man) Pete Karras. Alex Rocco has since been seen in such TVers as The Facts of Life as Mr. Polaznek, Sibs as Howie Roscio, The Famous Teddy Z as Al Floss, and The George Carlin Show as Harry Rossetti. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

IN OUR "Rocco, the Cocos Island Whitetip Shark" VIDEO PRODUCTION


Treat Williams, Actor
Star of the Original Broadway and Film Cast of Hair, Treat played the legendary GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATED role of George Berger. Other GOLDEN GLOBE nominations include Treat's starring role in Prince of the City, and his unforgettable portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Things to do in Denver When You're Dead, Mulhulland Falls, Miss Congeniality 2, and The Deep End of the Ocean are only a few of the dozens of movies that Treat has, and continues, to star in. Treat also holds an EMMY NOMINATION for Late Shift, and a SAG NOMINATION for his leading role on television's Everwood. Other TV credits include the starring role on Lifetime's Heartland, Sally Field's significant love interest on Brothers and Sisters and many many others.



Shannon Wilcox, Actress
Shannon Wilcox has appeared in feature films such as: The Princess Diaries, Raising Helen, Runaway Bride, Se7en, Exit to Eden, For the Boys, Frankie and Johnny, Legal Eagles Television appearances include ER, Boston Public, L.A. Law, Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Dallas, Dangerous Passion, Jake and the Fatman, Alien Nation, Remington Steele, Magnum, P.I., Crazy Like a Fox, Cagney & Lacey, Hart to Hart, Hawaii Five-O, Starsky and Hutch.


Kay Lenz, Actress
Nominated for six Emmy awards, Kay has won two. Many people know her for her role as Sandy, Roger Cobb's lovely ex-wife in House, Other television credits include: Heartland, JAG, Law and Order, ER, Touched by an Angel, Reasonable Doubts and Simon and Simon. Film credits include Breezy, American Graffiti, Moving Violation, Fear and Physical Evidence.



Rebecca Staab,

Rebecca Staab won the Miss Nebraska USA 1980 title. Before becoming an actress, Rebecca worked as a model for the famous Ford Agency. She has appeared as a regular in numerous television shows: Best known for playing Elizabeth Barrington in the award winning ABC daytime soap opera Port Charles, Rebecca is also know for her many other appearances including: Daphne, Barnabas Collins' first victim in the primetime version of the classic hit TV series, Dark Shadows Regular roles on Live Shot, Trade Winds and Code Seven Recurring role on One West Waikiki. CSI:NY, PS I Luv U, The Invisible Girl in the 1994 The Fantastic Four, and Seinfeld.



William deVry, Actor
William deVry is presently known for his role as Storm Logan on daytime television's The Bold and the Beautiful. His EMMY NOMINATED ROLE as Michael Cambian on All My Children still has people talking. Will is also known to many as Garth from Godiva's, Aldwin from Stargate, Brent Kallus from Beggars and Choosers and Joshua Doors from Earth:Final Conflict. Other television appearances include The Twilight Zone, Dead Man's Eyes, Daggers, and Sea Quest.


Bill Fagerbakke, Actor.

SpongeBob Squarepants' best friend Patrick Star, comes to life with the talent of Bill Fagerbakke's voice.. Bill's popularity was just as memorable when he starred on the multi-seasoned hit Coach, as the lovable Dauber Dybinski for 189 episodes. Other animated and non-animated characters who draw their charisma from Bill include: Transfomers, Oz, How I Met Your Mother, Legend of Frosty the Snowman, Atlantis: Milo's Return, Jimmy Nuetron's Nicktoon Blast, The Legend of Tarzan, The Love Boat, Gargoyles: The Goliathan Chronicles, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Stephen King's The Stand.



Kelly Coskran, Editor and Producer
Kelly Coskran is the behind-the-scenes person who adds pizzazz, bling and spin to many of today's most popular reality television shows. Nominated for Two Emmy Awards in 2007 for Deadliest Catch, Kelly also edits and produces Monster House, Monster Garage, Into the Firestorm and The Amazing Race.


Phil Coles, Producer/Film Maker
Phil Coles has spent nearly ten years as a wildlife film producer. His many productions for National Geographic include 'Porpoises, Life and Death in the Fast Lane', 'Global Wolf', 'Hollywood Fox', 'Gorillas, from the Heart of Darkness' and 'Camel's Empire'. He is committed to raising awareness of all aspects of the natural world through media. Phil's passion extends to the study and protection of marine mammals and is a founding member of Organization Cetacean, (ORCA). Phil is also an accomplished artist. His illustrations are showcased in the Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Atlantic and Pacific published by Wildguides, Sussex. Phil's vast experience and talent for teaching make him a welcome addition to our team.


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Saturday, 14 November 2009 17:08

Green Dinner Gardens

We can end hunger! from Dinner Garden on Vimeo.

The Dinner Garden provides seeds, gardening supplies, and gardening advice free of charge to all people in the United States of America. Assist those in need in establishing food security for their families. The goal is for people to plant home, neighborhood, and container gardens so they can use the vegetables they grow for food and income. 


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Friday, 13 November 2009 20:38

Natural Cosmetics...?

By now we’ve all heard that everything from hair serum to sunscreen can be teeming with troublesome toxins and crazy chemicals, and many concerned consumers already steer clear of products made with parabens, phthalates, and synthetic scents and colors. But there are hundreds of lesser-known ingredients hidden in many favorite products–some with the potential to wreak havoc on the environment and others that have been linked to breast cancer. Without a universal and enforceable natural or organic standard to regulate the beauty industry, even companies claiming to be natural often produce products laced with not-so-clean stuff.  

For their 2nd Annual Beauty with a Conscience Awards, Natural Solutions magazine put its stamp of approval on 101 of the purest and best personal care products using guidelines developed in collaboration with Whole Foods Market, here is their list of the toxic ingredients that you don’t want in your products.  


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Friday, 13 November 2009 09:56

Green First Aid Kit

How to forage a first aid kit

Andy Hamilton


Natural remedies don't have to be bought from a shop. Whether for stings, cuts or colds there's likely to be a medicinal plant growing somewhere nearby...

If you get bitten by an insect, fall over and bruise your knee, get a cold or cut yourself, then the first place you go to is a medicine cabinet right?

Well not if you are a forager like myself. Many people who come on my courses are shocked to find that they can rush to their local park, wood or even out to their front lawn in search of a decent first aid kit. 


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Thursday, 12 November 2009 12:16

Why we love...

Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. She's best known as an expert on romantic love, and her beautifully penned books -- including… Full bio and more links

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Thursday, 12 November 2009 08:50

Choose Happy --Really

Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong -- a premise he supports with intriguing research, and explains in his accessible and… Full bio and more links

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Thursday, 12 November 2009 07:56

global priorities -Bjorn Lomborg

Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg heads the Copenhagen Consensus, which has prioritized the world's greatest problems -- global warming, world poverty, disease -- based on how effective… Full bio and more links

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Thursday, 12 November 2009 07:24

Chem Trails... quiet please...

David Keith studies our climate, and the many ideas we've come up with to fix it. A wildly original thinker, he challenges us to look at climate solutions that may seem daring, sometimes even… Full bio and more links

chem clouds in progress

David Keith, Environmental Scientist, works at the intersection of climate science, way-new energy, and public power. His research has taken him into some far-out realms of geoengineering -- dramatic, cheap, sometimes shocking solutions to a warming atmosphere, such as blowing a Mt. Pinatubo-size cloud of sulfur into the sky to bring the global temperature down.

His other areas of study include the capture and storage of CO2 , the economics and climatic impacts of large-scale wind power , and the use of hydrogen as a transportation fuel. Another interest: How we make decisions when we don't have reliable scholarly data.

He teaches at the University of Calgary, and was named Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic in 2006.

Video footage of chem-trail application:


Chemtrails in the "News"...

Recent video of Florida Coral Reefs:

... recent video of the Florida Keys... press "pause" at "22 sec"... and observe the lost Elkhorn coral... the two photos below include a photo of healthy Elkhorn... followed by a screenshot of that moment in the video at "22 sec"... many snorkelers and divers today will "think" the reefs look OK... unless they know what healthy Elkhorn coral looked like before industrial chemicals were dumped into the rivers and oceans worldwide... http://EcoDelMar.org/pcb

top photo: healthy Elkhorn coral

bottom photo: typical Elkhorn coral today (2009)

Many divers will not recognize the exact same photo
in the following video at "22" seconds...

LINK to recent "video" of beautiful coral reefs:

press "pause" at "22 sec"... and observe the lost Elkhorn coral...


The Blue Planet

Although it's a beautiful thought... it's actually an unfortunate distortion to call Earth the blue planet... although i do love the thought and beautiful images of the "blue planet"... and our Oceans are far more important for life here on Earth than most people realize... however...  it makes people think there is more water here than Earth... 70%... so people actually think nothing can possibly harm that much water... did you know that LESS than 0.03% of Earth is water! ref: http://OpenDoorWorld.com

Maybe we should have protected the Only Living Oceans in the entire universe, instead of permitting the governments to collect user fees for allowing industrial profiteers to dump the most toxic chemicals known to science directly through pipelines into public water ways and into the Oceans. http://EcoDelMar.org/Nautilus

Global Sunscreen Won't Save Our Coral Reefs

ScienceDaily (June 26, 2009) — Emergency plans to counteract global warming by artificially shading the Earth from incoming sunlight might lower the planet's temperature a few degrees, but such "geo-engineering" solutions would do little to stop the acidification of the world oceans that threatens coral reefs and other marine life, report the authors of a new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The culprit is atmospheric carbon dioxide, which even in a cooler globe will continue to be absorbed by seawater, creating acidic conditions.


Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Threaten Marine Life

ScienceDaily (Mar. 11, 2007) — Like a piece of chalk dissolving in vinegar, marine life with hard shells is in danger of being dissolved by increasing acidity in the oceans.

Ocean acidity is rising as sea water absorbs more carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from power plants and automobiles. The higher acidity threatens marine life, including corals and shellfish, which may become extinct later this century from the chemical effects of carbon dioxide, even if the planet warms less than expected.

A new study by University of Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain, graduate student Long Cao and Carnegie Institution scientist Ken Caldeira suggests that future changes in ocean acidification are largely independent of climate change. The researchers report their findings in a paper accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, and posted on its Web site.


Almost a Beginning: Hud Water Cleanup
by Brian Mann ... May 15, 2009

"All Things Considered"

One of Earth's most damaging environmental
cleanups is almost getting started. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and General Electric (GE)
have begun dredging TONS of TOXIC, PCB-contamination dumped into
waterways that lead to Oceans worldwide, contaminating the entire planet

Join our cause... force manufactures to "Take It Back" ... tell them YOU made YOUR Chemicals, and YOU know best how to RECYCLE them... not us!... so STOP dumping YOUR byproducts into OUR Oceans NOW! and take back what you have already dumped when it is returned to you by the EPA or the Army Corp Of Engineers or whatever salvage company has enough skills to safely transport it back to it's origin... http://EcoDelMar.org/TakeItBack

If this sounds impossible... think about it this way... if you painted antique cars in your garage... could you legally dump the old paint thinner/cleaners down the drain?... of course not! So why are manufacturers allowed to do this on a massive mega-tonnage scale... They are killing our Oceans and Planet Earth and this has to stop. Please sign the petition to tell the US Congress to stop allowing profiteers to destroy our planet for their profit. This is the cause of widespread cancer and children with autism... if you truly want to fight cancer... stop industrial pollution... http://EcoDelMar.org/TakeItBack

GE USA and the American Paper Industry Giants 

Filed Lawsuit to block Standard Measures

previously established to protect the

American Public from toxic PCBs

General Electric Company and the American Forest and Paper Association (a trade group representing the paper industry), joined forces to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block new PCB water quality criteria designed to protect human health. 

The EPA settled with industrial giants and yet another corporate action accomplished it's profitable goal:

 Hazardous PCB rulings were delayed once again so that highly profitable American Industries were allowed to continue dumping known Toxic PCBs into American Public Waterways leading to the only living Oceans in the entire universe.


 Insurance and public health costs are expected to skyrocket as the ocean's food chain is contaminated, more children are diagnosed with ADD and autism, and more adults are diagnosed with cancer. Immune system suppression is expected to result in incurable infections, again severely impacting corporate insurance investments and dividends.   

Mafia Also Solves Age Old Nuclear Waste Problem

Giant US Industries sue their own EPA to continue

dumping Toxic leftovers into Earth's Oceans


The OCEANS are Collapsing: Mr. President It's Time To Sign

Sign the Greenpeace petition online now,
so that America signs in Copenhagen

The fossil fuels industry is trampling our
climate and legislation... just to make
more profits... while we the people
are experiencing the effects of their toxic
by-products dumped into Our Environment...
and now Our Oceans are collapsing...

Go here to sign petition online:

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Thursday, 12 November 2009 07:01

The Cost of Not Green... is Red...

cost of not green

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Thursday, 12 November 2009 06:39

Going Green -John Doerr

John Doerr, Silicon Valley's legendary moneyman, is afraid of eco-apocalypse. After building his reputation (and a considerable fortune) investing in high-tech successes, he's turning his… Full bio and more links

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009 21:05

Recycling global e-waste...

Recycling old electronics keeps toxic
components from contaminating the environment.

Recycled improperly, however, they could end up
polluting not only your area but also our Oceans.

E-waste is routinely exported by developed countries to developing ones, often in violation of the international law. Inspections of 18 European seaports in 2005 found as much as 47 percent of waste destined for export, including e-waste, was illegal. In the UK alone, at least 23,000 metric tonnes of undeclared or 'grey' market electronic waste was illegally shipped in 2003 to the Far East, India, Africa and China. In the US, it is estimated that 50-80 percent of the waste collected for recycling is being exported in this way. This practice is legal because the US has not ratified the Basel Convention.
Mainland China tried to prevent this trade by banning the import of e-waste in 2000. However, we have discovered that the laws are not working; e-waste is still arriving in Guiya of Guangdong Province, the main centre of e-waste scrapping in China.

We have also found a growing e-waste trade problem in India. 25,000 workers are employed at scrap yards in Delhi alone, where 10-20000 tonnes of e-waste is handled each year, 25 percent of this being computers. Other e-waste scrap yards have been found in Meerut, Ferozabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai.

How did the trade evolve?

In the 1990s, governments in the EU, Japan and some US states set up e-waste 'recycling' systems. But many countries did not have the capacity to deal with the sheer quantity of e-waste they generated or with its hazardous nature.

Therefore, they began exporting the problem to developing countries where laws to protect workers and the environment are inadequate or not enforced. It is also cheaper to 'recycle' waste in developing countries; the cost of glass-to-glass recycling of computer monitors in the US is ten times more than in China.

© UNEP diagram.  Notice the locations are always next to rivers...
because that's where the most toxic waste is going... into the only
living Oceans in the entire universe... http://EcoDelMar.org/why


The real cost of not going Green...

Obviously we must Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

see: http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/rrr/

however these are very serious global "real world" problems,

like the industrial dumping of millions of tons of toxins into rivers and ocean acidification must be addressed with tougher legislation...

and here is the key... too many people still "think" the ocean can't be damaged... and too many people still question the reality of global warming... so how will these mainstream jet setters vote... case in point... here is a great interview with Sigourney Weaver ... notice the Fox news team tries their very best to steer Sigourney "off topic"... and how well she stays "on target"... Sigourney ROCKS! <3 http://ecodelmar.org/Sigourney/ ... and definitely see the new NRDC.org movie: http://nrdc.org/acidtest/ also, please see the info on my homepage: http://ecodelmar.org

Education and awareness are step one... science is just now discovering why whales and dolphins are beaching in mass: http://ecodelmar.org/why and while we are facing into the public opinion that thinks global warming is not even real... a great deal of effort has gone into the toxic effects of PCBs in the environment: http://ecodelmar.org/pcb and it's deadly relationship with plastic: http://ecodelmar.org/gyre

At the moment... no one has a step by step guide to solving these problems... we all wish it were that easy... and now with the new information hitting the press: http://ecodelmar.org/deep_blue_nuc add that to global warming... autism and cancers rising... i still suggest that self education and grass roots causes are essential to take on the current industrial giants that have caused these problems for everyone on Earth... please see: http://ecodelmar.org/paul and http://ecodelmar.org/everything

and sign petitions requesting that NASA lend us Earthlings a hand
with some actual and all too real, "down to Earth" problems...  




Recycling Reality... i succeed when you succeed...

Larry Lawhorn, --Flagler Beach

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Thursday, 05 November 2009 13:10

Nautilus, 500 Million Years...

Facebook photo

... nature is such an amazing artist...

the Nautilus thrived in the Earth's Oceans for 500 million years...

usually at the protective depths of 500 meters...

only surfacing in the safety of the moon light to feed on plankton...

for 500 million years... until now...

because of industrial toxins cheaply dumped

into the only living Oceans in the entire universe...

marine life today will confuse plankton....

with todays' plastic confetti...

laiden with toxic PCBs 


... they survived for 500 millions years without a name...

then along came industrial strength chemical profiteers...

dumping their by-products into the rivers and Oceans...

now the whales and dolphins are dying....

and scientists tell us the Oceans will only have

jellyfish and algae...


Acid Ocean Will Dissolve

Sea Creatures' Shells

Researchers uncover another
devastating impact of civilization

By 2018 the Arctic Ocean will be so corrosive, spelling disaster for the food chain as tiny crustaceans begin to die off... reports the Telegraph. "We knew the seas were getting more acidic and this would disrupt shellfish ability to grow shells. Now we realize the situation is much worse," said lead scientist Prof. Jean-Pierre Gattuso. The world's seas are turning acidic as carbon dioxide from industrial pollution converted to carbonic acid in all of Earth's Oceans... The situation is more dire than our computer models had predicted...

Industrial PCBs dumped into Earth's environment will threaten whale survival for many decades, at least - UPIA Canadian study suggests Orca whales, may continue to suffer the effects of polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, contamination for many decades.

The study by Brendan Hickie, Peter Ross and colleagues at Canada's Institute of Ocean Sciences determined Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the most PCB-contaminated creatures on Earth.

Scientists are now trying to discover how current declines in environmental PCBs might affect Orcas throughout an exceptionally long life expectancy, which ranges up to 90 years for females and 50 years for males.

The researchers used mathematical models and measurements of PCBs in SALMON -- an Orcas' favorite food source -- and ocean floor cores to recreate a PCB exposure history to estimate PCB concentrations in killer whales. It concluded the threatened northern population of 230 animals will likely face health risks until at least 2030, while the endangered southern population of 85 Orcas might face such risks until at least 2063.

PCBs slowly impair immune systems, making all whales vulnerable to infectious disease, impair reproduction, and impede normal growth and development, the researchers said.

The report is to be detailed in the Sept. 15 issue of the Journal of Environmental Science & Technology.


More Well Known Mysterious Marine Life Deaths

linked to food chain industrial toxins - Cape Cod Times

It's a great irony of the modern world that attempts to make us safer for material profit sometimes make us humans less safe. Fire causes great insurance fortune losses and other damages as well.

Plastic items like all our electronic gear and building materials are petroleum-based and would be very flammable if not for chemicals constantly added during the manufacturing process known as brominated flame retardants, or BFRs, once outlawed as PCBs.

Researchers are finally reporting that industrial chemicals have already entered the food chain and have a strong role in the recent deaths of marine life worldwide, as well as harming the immune system of humans, although it will be a while longer before anyone realizes that while insurance companies will risk the coverage of a dead plastic cell phone, but not the living immune system cells harmed in order to protect that cell phone from catching fire.

When will it all end?

In the 1960s industrial giants sprayed the environment with DDT and PCBs; now after chemists rearranged the same molecules, BFR brominated flame retardants, or BFRs, are causing the same alarm bells to sound. 

All these chemical compounds are extremely resistant to breaking down in nature, and they are toxic in mass distribution. 

Younger chemists are looking for newer solutions, but have not found one to make their products non toxic.

"The highest levels (of BFRs) in the world are in the U.S.A., FORTY TIMES HIGHER than all of Europe," said Susan Shaw, an environmental toxicologist attempting to solve the mysteriously well known cause of deaths of thousands of marine mammals.

The National Marine Fisheries Service declared two "unusual mortality events" for seals, in 2004 and 2006. The declaration releases funding allowing a greater level of tissue sampling. Since 2006, researchers have sampled nearly 500 animals, most of which were dead or near death. 

Shaw said her analysis of harbor seal tissue samples from Maine, Cape Cod and New York showed alarmingly high toxic industrial chemical levels.

"They are LOADED with these chemicals," Shaw said.  BFRs disrupt thyroid hormones and cause psychological and other long-term disorders, including cancer and suppressed immune systems.

"The chair you're sitting in right now... contains BFRs," said Christopher Reddy, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. BFRs make up to 50 percent of the material in our household products. Their molecules mimic one of the essential molecules produced by our THYROID GLAND.

"Think of them as unique KEYS into the keyhole of a molecular process in the human body," Reddy said. "It throws a monkey wrench into the entire life system."

Unfortunately, BFRs do not stay put. They are constantly entering the environment as molecules sloughed off the material, or when BFR-containing items are broken up during disposal. They've been found everywhere, from remote Arctic regions to whales that stay far out to sea.

BFRs are extremely stable. They linger in dust, or travel with water, ultimately winding up in the ocean. There they latch on to microscopic plankton and start up the food chain, as bigger fish eat smaller fish with the chemicals stored in fatty tissue. At the top, are large predators, like seals, and us, eating cod, hake, pollock, and other large fish.

Canaries in the coal mine?

Shaw, the executive director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill, Maine, is concerned that marine life may just be our canaries in the coal mine.

BFRs were first detected in human breast milk in the 1970s in Sweden, where levels TRIPLED over 20 years.


Shaw and others believe high levels of chemicals in the body could destroy the immune system responses in marine life and in humans, making them easily  susceptible to many diseases including numerous cancers and the resent rise in neonatal brain damage in newborn children.

Alternatives chemicals do exist. There are three plastics that are self-extinguishing, but don't contain BFRs. Natural flame-resistant materials like leather, metal and glass could also be used, and design changes to products could make them less flammable. The BFR industry has already offered us  the two most toxic forms of the chemicals know to science, but is resisting a ban on the most abundant chemicals they have in stockpiles, known as deca-BDE.

Shaw said her research helped with Maine's recent decision to ban BFRs, possibly as soon as 2010 with 2020 in review.

Washington state has a similar ban proposals to fight against the giant chemical industry for the people's health, and nine other states, including Massachusetts, have legislation filed to enact one...  and a prayer circle for the insurance industry bonus plans. 



Published in Articles
Thursday, 05 November 2009 09:00

Wind Energy Update

http://venturebeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/iowa-wind-turbines.jpgWith eco-friendly legislation looming on the horizon in the U.S., states are racing to roll out their green economic development plans. Crown champ California, solar-happy Arizona and the efficiency-conscious Northeast are all coming down the home stretch, and few would have predicted Iowa would break into their ranks. But it has — becoming the No. 2 wind power producer in the country behind Texas (an unbeatable foe, generating as much as its three top rivals combined). 

Read more. Source: Green Beat, 2009

Report Examines Hidden Health, Environmental Costs Of Energy Production In The U.S.
Oct 2009 by NAW Staff email the content item print the content item
A new report from the National Research Council examines and, when possible, estimates "hidden" costs of energy production and use, such as the damage air pollution imposes on human health, that are not reflected in market prices of coal, oil, other energy sources, or the electricity and gasoline produced from them. "Hidden Cost of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of [read more]

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Wednesday, 04 November 2009 17:11

Dolphin Stress Test

Reading a computer monitor for extended time periods is a potentially stressful activity. Today's teachers and responsible professionals must monitor their own stress levels to remain healthy and confident to meet the needs of their clients.

This is an 'online' test offered to help you gauge your current level of stress. Once this is known, you can adjust your behavior to either relieve or accommodate your stress. Knowing is the key.

The link below will render an ultra high resolution 64 bit photograph of two identical "twin" dolphins. Although they are displayed in slightly different perspectives with slight color differences, the two are virtually identical. The two dolphins appear more similar when viewed by a "stress-free" individual.

The greater your level of stress, the greater differences you will perceive... This test is not sensitive enough to pick up mild stress levels - only higher levels of stress.

The test is quite simple. Sit upright. View the screen head-on, take a deep breath, breathe out slowly... and then open the picture and look directly at it.

please click [_HERE_] carefully to take the entire test

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