It’s always been about geopolitics when it comes to environmental opportunities to improve energy production. We can also blame the fact that humans are creatures of habit; wanting to remain with the status quo rather than suffer for something that would improve their lives. But then, global warming is irreversible and attitudes can be. This infographic actually shows the very trouble our world and its governments are facing.
Researchers of prehistoric climate change confirm that the drip of water underground tells about the change weather during the time.
The researchers explain that the water picks up minerals and disperses them. These cake together and form layers that grow during wet periods.
Researchers used the principle of radioactive decay of uranium into thorium. A combination of the amount of water seeping into the cave and the concentrations of carbon dioxide inside the cave helps scientists tell the precipitation in the environment.
The researchers have published their findings in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. Their latest study observed a cave in north east India and created a detailed record of the last 50 years of growth of a stalagmite.
The stalagmite revealed the events in El Nino. The chemistry of minerals indicated more storms happening above the cave. During the El Nino periods, the water also seeped into the cave and travelled much farther before it fell.
According to Shuar Leader Domingo Ankuash, the Ecuadorian government had covered up the killing of renowned environmentalist in Latin America Jose Tendetza. Ankuash added that Tendetza had been tortured before his body was thrown into the river.
Tendetza was to begin a protest in Peru over the open-pit mining of several reputable Chinese mining companies.
Tendetza has many enemies due to his environmentalist campaigns against mining companies in Latin America.
Meanwhile, Ecuador Interior Minister Jose Serrano upheld that the investigation regarding Tendetza’s death is to be independently performed by the Shuar federation. He said the claims that the government had “covered up” the incident is preposterous.
About 1.3m hectares of natural habitat is conserved by a scheme of rewarding communities and landowners. This reward scheme had helped preserved Ecuador’s environment effectively since 2006. Chinese mining companies, however, penetrate several areas of Ecuador for mining activities, which directly affect the indigenous tribes including the Shuar.
In his letter, UK-Ecuador Ambassador Juan Falconi Puig describes his perspective of the situation.
Did you know that fortunes have been going down the drain? Latest research from Geologists show that human waste is actually harmful to the environment. What’s harmful is that humans have precious metals in their waste, such as gold.
Geological research confirms the presence of gold, silver and platinum at commercially viable levels. Kathleen Smith of the US Geological Survey confirms the report.
“The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit.”
“If you can get rid of some of the nuisance metals that currently limit how much of these biosolids we can use on fields and forests, and at the same time recover valuable metals and other elements, that’s a win-win,” she said.
The Arizona Stte University did a previous study which indicated that a city of one million people may be flushing around £8.7m worth of precious metals down porcelain thrones and the sewers yearly.
Smith noted that precious metals are everywhere. They are used in everyday products such as shampoos, detergents, clothing and body odour repellents. Waste matter ends up carrying the substances where they become leftover composites.
She said the geologists are interested in finding gold and other metals in human waste and even technological waste, which includes discarded gadgets, computers and alloys.
Wanting to help reduce the pollution in the world in your own small way? You just need to look around and see anything you could do quickly to help. Everyone has a hectic schedule nowadays, and these three things could help you lower your electricity costs too.
Replacing your lights with LED lights instead of fluorescent lights, you can save lots of power. LED lights only spend around ¼ of the electricity generated by fluorescent lights. If an entire country switched to LED, it actually reduces the power consumption of about one million cars out on the road.
Energy Saving Appliances
Energy saving appliances are quite expensive, but that is because they are a huge investment for you. Modern dishwashers do not need to rinse. Most of them nowadays use steam to clean your plates without having to turn on the faucet. So turn off the tap and avoid the dishwashing bowl in cleaning your dishes.
Ovens are crucial especially to households that have no time to cook. Most of them pre-heat TV dinners and ready-to-eat meals when they get home. Pre-heating ovens costs lots of energy from your oil consumption, a very bad idea if you’re trying to save the environment along with some money on the side.
Most guides ask you to invest in renewable energy and create a huge garden on top of your home. Those don’t actually sound like bad ideas. However, they take much time and effort to start. You want to start with something instantly achievable, and here are three eco-friendly adjustments you could easily do at home.
Insecticides, pest-killers, air-fresheners and other aerosol sprays are made from deadly chemicals. Aerosols also emit destructive carbon emissions that damage the Ozone layer. Plant-based products for household cleaning, fragrance and maintenance are available in the market. They may cost a bit higher than usual, but they do the job very well and reduce the risk of lung diseases in your home.
Spending a Day Eating Only Veggies
Livestock and not cars are the main reason for increased greenhouse gas pollution. Methane gas produced from livestock digestion gets trapped in the atmosphere. Imagine if each family in a country spends a day eating only vegetables for just one day. They would be helping reduce the production of livestock, and consequently greenhouse gases.
Insulation is a small modification in your home that allows your HVAC to trap the temperature inside the house and keep the outside temperature outside your home’s walls. You could improve your home’s energy savings by 30% too. Add thermal shades with your windows, and you could block the sun or lower the thermostat’s numbers during the winter.
According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), a handful of power stations and industrial plants in the United Kingdom is costing the National Health Service and the UK Economy about £10 billion yearly. Their survey, which involves 14,000 major industrial plants in the 27 country-bloc, found the Selby Drax Power Station and the Longannet Plant in Scotland’s Kincardine as ranking in the 5th and 10th position for air pollution between 2008-2012.
Drax’s air pollution has cost the economy £2.7-6.3 billion and Longannet with £1.8-4.7 billion.
Meanwhile, the Corus Steel Works in Redcar had ranked 27th. Alcan Aluminium in Durham came in at 34th.
Having 10 air-polluting plants in the United Kingdom had cost a combined £12.6 billion in air pollution damages between the years 2008-2012.
EEA Director Hans Bruyninckx said “air pollution cost [European] society at least €59 billion, (£46bn) and possibly as much as €189 billion (£149bn) in 2012. The upper estimate is roughly the same as the GDP of Finland or half the GDP of Poland. In Britain, the cost is estimated to be between £31-99bn in the five years from 2008.”
“While we all benefit from industry and power generation, this analysis shows that the technologies used by these plants impose hidden costs on our health and the environment. Industry is also only part of the picture – it is important to recognise that other sectors, primarily transport and agriculture, also contribute to poor air quality.”
According to a UN report due for approval late this week, governments would have ample time to avert the worst effects of climate change. According to a report done by delegates from more than 100 governments and top scientists who met in Copenhagen on October 27 to 31 to edit the report and with the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The report sums up the risks of the continued rise in world greenhouse gas emissions is “increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.” The report also indicates that a combination of adaptation and substantial sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can limit climate change risks.
The European Union commended the report and said that the IPCC should indicate that “all regions are affected, regardless of wealth”.
Examples of the damages include the immense melting of Greenland’s ice that would raise the water levels and overrun coastal homes.
The IPCC said that at least 95% of human activities, due to the burning of fossil fuels, is the main cause of the world’s climate change since the 50s.
However, many people remain unconvinced. Around 50% of the populace in the United States do not agree with the report. Instead, they blame natural climate variations.
According to University of York Researcher Kathryn Arnold, pharmaceuticals draining drugs and other chemicals in sewages are causing damages to the wilderness. According to a study, the drugs are still potent despite being dumped and animals may consume them.
However, her statement in the special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, she cannot fully explain the decline of animal life in human altered landscapes except by trying to tackle emerging challenges to preserve wildlife worldwide.
A September research revealed that half the world’s wild animals were wiped out in the last 40 years. Animals living in freshwater habitats, common dumpsites for drugs, had 75% of its preliminary species lost.
They discovered male fish feminised and fathead minnows wiped out by birth-control pills and its hormones.. The and Indian vultures wiped out due to cattle consuming anti-inflammatory drugs.
University of York’s Tom Bean had also shown that antidepressants disposed in the environment had also led fishes to feed less. Despite this, other chemicals disposed in the wilderness may also be a factor.
According to Annete Kuster and Nicole Adler from the German Federal Environment Agency, hormones, antibiotics, antidepressants and anti-cancer drugs were the biggest risks in the environment.
These pollutants and drug wastes often came from China, India, Pakistan, Korea, Denmark, Norway and Croatia according to Unviersity of Gothenburg Professor Joakim Larsson.