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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND INFORMATION

Andy Revkin
Andy Revkin - Liberated Carbon
Andy Revkin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZ_M4rnD48#t=56

WHEN A TREE FALLS IN THE FORESTS THESE DAYS ,
EVERYONE WITH A SOUL HEARS IT

HILTON HOTELS AND THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
JOIN TOGETHER IN THE
"WISH I WERE THERE" CONTEST

http://www.facebook.com/hilton?v=app_108332785895934

CHECK OUT THE DETAILS. SEND A VIRTUAL CARD TO A DISTANT FRIEND AND
$1 GETS DONATED TO THE NATURE CONSERVANCY FOR EVERY MILE THAT CARD "TRAVELS"
A WORTHY CAUSE PLUS THE CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP THERE


 
 
%#@&*$ GLOBAL WARMING !!!




USING COLLECTED RAIN WATER

HERE IS A REAL WINNER !

IN CALGARY AND A NUMBER OF CANADIAN CITIES, IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE

COLLECTED RAIN WATER TO FLUSH TOILETS.

FOR SOME VERY STUPID REASON ONLY POTABLE ( DRINKABLE ) WATER IS ALLOWED.

I'VE HAD A FEW PETS THAT LIKED TO DRINK OUT OF THE TOILET

BUT I DON'T THINK THEY WOULD HAVE MINDED DRINKING RAIN WATER.

 I DON'T KNOW OF ANY PEOPLE WHO DRINK OUT OF THE TOILET

SO WHY ARE WE ADDING MORE CHLORINE AND OTHER CHEMICALS TO THE WATER

 SYSTEM JUST FOR FLUSHING WASTE DOWN THE TOILET

THIS IS ONE STRANGE BYLAW THAT NEEDS TO BE RE-THOUGHT.

WE HAVE ALL HEARD ABOUT ACID RAIN. WELL USING RAIN WATER MIGHT REDUCE THE AMOUNT

OF CHEMICALS WE NOW USE TO KEEP THAT TOILET CLEAN.




CLIMATE TIME MACHINE


http://climate.jpl.nasa.gov/ClimateTimeMachine/climateTimeMachine.cfm


NO WONDER MOTHER NATURE IS COMPLAINING !!!
CO2 EMISSIONS AND AVERAGE GLOBAL TEMPERATURE ARE BOTH PRETTY SCARY.




RAINFOREST FACTS

* The Amazon Rainforest covers over a billion acres, encompassing areas in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and the Eastern Andean region of Ecuador and Peru.
If Amazonia were a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world.

* The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the "Lungs of our Planet" because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

* More than half of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests.One-fifth of the world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.

* One hectare (2.47 acres) may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants. 

* At least 80% of the developed world's diet originated in the tropical rainforest. Its bountiful gifts to the world include fruits like avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, guavas, pineapples, mangos and tomatoes; vegetables including corn, potatoes, rice, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, tumeric, coffee and vanilla and nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews.

* At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests; of these only 200 are now in use in the Western World. The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.

* Rainforest plants are rich in secondary metabolites, particularly alkaloids. Biochemists believe alkaloids protect plants from disease and insect attacks. Many alkaloids from higher plants have proven to be of medicinal value and benefit.

* Currently, 121 prescription drugs currently sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. And while 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less than 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

* The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest. Twenty-five percent of the active ingredients in today's cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest.

* Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, periwinkle, is one of the world's most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery.

* In 1983, there were no U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers involved in research programs to discover new drugs or cures from plants. Today, over 100 pharmaceutical companies and several branches of the US government, including giants like Merck and The National Cancer Institute, are engaged in plant research projects for possible drugs and cures for viruses, infections, cancer, and even AIDS.


                       


The Eden Project: more than a green theme park...

 

 

The Eden Project is wholly owned by the Eden Trust, an educational charity (charity number 1093070). We use exhibits, events, workshops and educational programmes to remind people whatnature gives to us and to help people to learn how to look after it in return. All money raised goes to further the aims of the Trust.

We welcome over a million people every year to join in our events and learn from our exhibits. Our work includes programmes and projects with schools, colleges and universities, but we alsotry to ensure everyone who comes to our site leaves knowing something more about their connections to the world.

The links below take you to more detail on our projects and programmes. We also recommend you read our blog for the latest news and stories

Eden Project - St Austell, Cornwall, England



Water Conservation Facts: By the Numbers


  • 2.5 gallons: The amount of water per person much of the world is allocated.

  • 400 gallons: The amount of water per person used by the average American citizen; 30 percent of this is used for outdoor purposes, such as watering the lawn.

  • 70 percent: The amount of worldwide water use that is allocated to farming; most of these farming irrigation systems operate at only 40 percent efficiency. According to a 2002 article by Lester Brown, aquifers are depleting all over the world—in China by 2-3 metres per year. In the US, the Ogallala aquifer is shrinking rapidly. In India, aquifers are going down by 3 metres per year, in Mexico by 3.3 meters per year.

  • 263: The number of rivers that either cross or demarcate international political boundaries, in addition to countless aquifers. According to the Atlas of International Freshwater Agreement, 90 percent of countries in the world must share these water basins with at least one or two other states. Major conflicts such as Darfur have been connected to water shortages, and lack of access to clean water.

  • 1430: Gallons of water per capita in the United States; only 100 gallons of that is household use per person as most is used for agriculture, according to water expert Peter Gleick.

  • 88 percent: Of deaths from diarrhea are caused from unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation; this translates to more than 1.5 million of the 1.9 million children under five who perish from diarrhea each year. This amounts to 18% of all under-five deaths and means that more than 4,000 children are dying every day as a result of diarrhoeal diseases.

  • $11.3 billion: The amount of money required to provide basic levels of service for drinking and waste water in Africa and Asia.

  • $35 billion: the amount of money spent on bottled water in the most developed countries in the world.

  • 1.5 million: Barrels of crude oil used for making PET water bottles, globally. This is enough oil to fuel 100,000 American cars for a year.

  • 2.7 tons: The amount of plastic used to bottle water. 86 percent become garbage or litter.

                           PETITION LETTER


A PETITION LETTER STARTED BY THE "NATURE CANADA" GROUP.
A WORTHY CAUSE FOR SURE.
SIGN IT HERE

http://www.naturecanada.ca/advocate/global_warming.html#petitionHeader

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I am deeply concerned about climate change in the Arctic and the threat this poses to the polar bear.

Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at almost twice the rate of that of the rest of the world, and it is threatening to place

the entire Arctic ecosystem in jeopardy. For the polar bear, an irreplaceable symbol of the Arctic, climate change could

lead to their extinction.

The polar bear depends on sea ice to survive, hunting for seal until the ice disappears every summer. As climate warming

reduces the extent of the pack ice, the polar bear loses precious hunting time, and the number of polar bears declines.

I call on the Government of Canada to protect the polar bear's habitat and slow the effects of global warming in Canada's

treasured Far North.

I call on the Government of Canada to take the lead in protecting our natural heritage. We must provide international

leadership in the battle against global warming.

I call on the Government of Canada to establish strong regulations concerning access to and removal of natural

resources from within Canada's North. Oil and gas development should not come at the expense of our nation's wildlife.

I call on the Government of Canada to maintain essential habitat for all Arctic wildlife, and ensure that Canadian

communities in our North are not disrupted by climate change.

Thank you for considering my views.




GREEN OUR PLANET

PLANTING TREES IS ONE OF THE BEST WAY TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT.

GREEN OUR PLANET IS DOING A BIG PART

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