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The Care2 community is working hard to make positive changes throughout the world. Continue reading to learn how your dedication is making a difference.

Dirty Air Act Defeated
Dirty Air ActIn a 53-47 vote, the Senate rejected Lisa Murkowski's bill that would have stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate carbon pollution -- letting big polluters off the hook. Thank you to the 17,000 Care2 members for joining efforts with Environmental Defense Fund and signing the petition to keep our air clean. Read more.

Sea Turtles Will No Longer Be Burned 
Sea TurtleThanks to a lawsuit filed by The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Institute -- along with petitions and letters from the public -- BP agreed to stop allowing endangered sea turtles to be burned alive during surface-oil cleanup operations. Over 12,000 signatures were added to the Care2 petitions. Read more.

Plan to Legalize Whaling Fails 
WhalingIn joining efforts with IFAW, Greenpeace and WSPA in the fight against whaling worldwide, five petitions featured on Care2 gathered more than 110,000 signatures in the last year. At an International Whaling Committee (IWC) meeting in Morocco on Wednesday, June 23, a proposal to legalize whaling was dismissed. Read more.

Pesticide Endosulfan Banned in U.S.
EndosulfanIn early June, the Environmental Protection Agency made an announcement banning all uses of the pesticide endosulfan in the United States. 3,000 Care2 members signed the petition -- sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife -- to protect the health of animals and people from this deadly pesticide.Read more.

End Fox and Coyote Pens: Care2 Member Success 
Fox penOne Care2 member created a petition to ban fox and coyote pens. After gathering over 700 signatures in 14 days, his petition was sent to a meeting, where the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission created a draft rule against fox and coyote enclosures. Read more, to learn how you can help finalize this draft rule.

How Your Butterfly Credits Help 
Butterfly CreditsSince the start of the Butterfly Rewards program in 2009, Care2 members have helped animals, people and the environment by simply taking action on our site. We've teamed up with ASPCA, Carbon Fund, Kiva, OXFAM, Population Services International and Trees for the Future in order to provide you with 16 gift options. Read more.

We are proud to continue sharing success stories like these with you -- made possible by our Care2 community and non-profit partners. Please continue to take action and share your own success stories with us by emailingsuccessstories@earth.care2.com.

Keep up the good work! 

Megan S.
Care2 Campaigns Team 
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Posted: Jul 15, 2010 4:59pm
Sep 7, 2009
How Farm-Raised Salmon Are Turning Our Oceans Into Dangerous and Polluted Feedlots

How Farm-Raised Salmon Are Turning Our Oceans Into Dangerous and Polluted Feedlots 
By Tara Lohan, AlterNet 
"Farm-raised salmon" sounds nice and sustainable, but they've become harbingers of disease, contaminating the oceans with antibiotics and toxic chemicals. more »

 

 

The Not-So-Happy Meal: What's Really in Fast Food?

The Not-So-Happy Meal: What's Really in Fast Food? 
By Sarah Krupp, Divine Caroline 
The real story behind every perfectly round patty and golden fry is something the fast food industry would prefer you not know. more »

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Posted: Sep 7, 2009 12:34pm
Jul 24, 2009

"Please do not turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car

on a HOT day.

 

Open the windows first upon entering your car to let the car air out for a bit, and then turn on the air-conditioning.
 
Here's why: According to research, the car dashboard, upholstery and air freshener emit Benzene, a cancer-causing toxin, carcinogen. Take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car.

 

In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells.. Prolonged exposure may cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. May also cause miscarriage.
 
Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft.. A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene. If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F (10 degrees C), the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level
.
 
People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably
inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.
 
Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidneys and liver.. What's worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.
 
So friends, please open the windows and door of your car - give time for interior to air out - dispel the deadly stuff - before you enter, and particularly before you turn on the air conditioner to circulate and get a big blast of this stuff!!"

Source; email Fwd.

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Posted: Jul 24, 2009 8:37am
Jul 11, 2009

Can I Clean Your Clock? (Communist China Is Going to Take Us to the Cleaners in the Green Arena)
Green Lifestyle  (tags: environmentCO2emissionsbusinessgreenChinaPollutionEnergywindsolar,greenproductsinterestingsustainableSustainabililtygreenliving ) 
 Eric - 22 hours ago - nytimes.com 

Over the past decade, whenever I went to China and engaged Chinese on their pollution and energy problems, inevitably some young Chinese would say: "Hey, you Americans got to grow dirty for 150 years, using cheap coal and oil. Now it is our turn.
Jun 8, 2009
Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

Happy World Ocean Day Eric!

On Ocean Day we recognize the critical role the oceans play in our very survival.  Many of you are aware of the immense impact the oceans have on our lives in terms of food, medicine, climate regulation and even oxygen production.  However, the oceans play another important role for all of us - one that is less important to our survival, but is fundamental to how we experience the natural world.  Indeed, the oceans let us:

  • Sit on a beach watching waves break while holding hands with the love of your life
  • Take the drop on a wave just slightly beyond your ability, hit the bottom and turn back up the face while looking down the line, pumped with adrenaline because you made it
  • Watch children play in the surf - hearing their laughter and feeling yet another generation make an emotional connection to the sea
  • Feel the wind and ocean spray on your face as you sail through open water
  • Float weightlessly in paradise as you dive with great ocean fish amongst thriving corals

This list could go on forever, but you know that.  In fact, if you're receiving this you already know a lot about the ocean and its issues.  So on World Ocean Day, take the time to share your love for the ocean with the people you know who aren't as connected as you. Encourage them to:

  • Use less plastic, recycle more, drive less (walk more), eat sustainable seafood, and do all the simple things that directly impact the ocean 

  • Engage in ocean politics to drive the changes needed at the national level to ensure healthy oceans and coasts for the long term

  • Join Ocean Champions, the political voice of the ocean.  On World Ocean Day, let's become stronger as we fight this fight together!

…and make sure you do these things too!

For the oceans,

The Ocean Champions Team

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Posted: Jun 8, 2009 6:30am
Jul 1, 2007
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/transcripts/3310_sun.html NARRATOR: He warned us, more than 25 years ago, that human activity was changing the Earth'sclimate. Since then, the world has gotten hotter, and NASA scientist James Hansen's warning has been echoed by the vast majority of climate scientists everywhere. JAMES HANSEN (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies): Global warming in the past century is about eight-tenths of a degree Celsius, with most of it occurring in the last 30 years. NARRATOR: And now the warnings have become more urgent. JAMES HANSEN: I don't agree that we've passed the point where there's no hope, but, but, on the other hand, we're darned close. NARRATOR: Close, because scientists have uncovered a new factor that may be masking the full impact of global warming. Called global dimming, it's powerful enough to alter temperatures in a matter of days. It may have contributed to the world's deadliest drought, and it could mean that the Earth's climate is about to start heating up as fast as the most dire predictions."
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Posted: Jul 1, 2007 3:22pm
Apr 26, 2006
Bursting Biofuels' Bubble
Biofuel, climate and energy security, and over-population

Earth Meanders by Dr. Glen Barry
http://earthmeanders.blogspot.com/
April 26, 2006

Interest is rising regarding climate change and energy security,
but the true extent and nature of the Earth's environmental
problems are not being recognized. Proposed solutions are often
inadequate, such as the idea that hybrid cars can appreciably
make the world's car culture sustainable. In the case of
recently much hyped biofuels, the impacts upon the environment
caused by further industrial resource intensive agriculture
makes the solution equally bad if not worse than the problem.
A large scale embrace of industrial biofuel will further harm
prospects for global ecological sustainability.

Exponential growth in population, energy use and consumption are
no longer a possibility as humanity is running head on into bio-
chemical and ecological limits. The Earth is in ecological
overshoot, largely as a result of deadly and unsustainable
industrial agriculture that mines soil nutrients and water,
allowing populations to burgeon to beyond what is sustainable in
the mid to long term.

The Earth and human society are undergoing broad-based
ecological collapse that far surpasses and is more complex than
merely too much greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Climate change
is but one indicator of too many humans overwhelming the
planet's ecosystems. If not climate change, it would be
desertification or water scarcity or ocean ecosystem collapse or
soil erosion/loss of fertility which would herald the deadly
implications of humanity's population having exceeded the
Earth's carrying capacity.

Biofuels are an example of doing what is easy and requires the
least societal change - continuing to burn hydrocarbons to power
inefficient and inequitable use of energy - rather than what is
required. Continuation of advanced human societies in terms of
reasonable comfort, leisure and intellectual endeavors requires
stabilization and then reduction in human population. There must
also be a complete transformation of how humans live and
consume, with massive reductions in human per capita consumption
of energy.

In the race to embrace biofuels I have seen little discussion of
the apocalyptic harm agriculture has caused to the environment
historically, nor the significant pressures modern agriculture
continues to place upon natural life-giving ecosystems. Most
terrestrial ecosystem destruction throughout history has
resulted from agricultural conversion for farmland. Industrial
agriculture causes water scarcity due to excessive irrigation, a
toxic cocktail of agricultural chemicals which pervades food
chains, and widespread soil erosion, infertility and even
desertification.

To feed the human enterprise we are already using some 40% of
the sun's energy captured by plants and over 40% of the Earth's
surface is already comprised of agricultural lands. Around the
world the last life giving large natural ecosystems are being
razed - in such places as the Amazon and Asian rainforests - to
feed an exponentially growing population of six billion (which
was one billion 150 years ago and is expected to reach at least
nine billion mid-century). Greater agricultural efficiency has
always led to more people and less nature.

Even supposing biofuels yield an appreciable surplus of energy
after subtracting the energy necessary for their production
(which is far from certain), there is no way enough biomass
could ever be grown to meet a significant portion of current,
much less anticipated, world energy needs without causing great
environmental harm.

Resource intensive agricultural biofuel monocrops will
unalterably and perhaps fatally continue the undermining of the
biological foundation of life, intensifying existing loss of
biodiversity and ecosystems. The Earth's remaining natural and
ancient forests will become further endangered as pressures
increase to expand agricultural lands and provide more forest
biomass - the last thing the world's dwindling forests need.

Locally produced biofuels that are certified to have minimized
ecological impacts may be an important part a comprehensive
program to move local economies towards relocalized
sustainability. But on the international agro-industrial scale
which they are being proposed they are certain to further
greatly degrade land and water ecosystems while prolonging the
era of binge like non-sustainable energy consumption and
population growth.

There are a raft of other social and economic issues that have
been given cursory attention at best in the rush to continue an
energy profligate and deeply unsustainable way of life. Wait
until the first time a region has a widespread drought and
society must choose between fuel and food. What of further
concentration of agriculture into mammoth conglomerates at the
expense of family farms and local communities? How long until
genetically modified crops that maximize fuel yield cause
genetic pollution and further ecosystem erosion?

I do mean to be alarmist. Here are some more energy realities
that go beyond kowtowing to the whining, wasteful energy super-
consumers. Gas prices are not nearly high enough by an order of
magnitude to reflect the cost of fossil fuels to the Earth and
society. Climate change is destroying the Planet, and along with
deforestation, water scarcity and collapsing oceans will make
the Earth uninhabitable. Population levels and their cumulative
ecological impacts are so high that they will either be brought
down through wise policy or widespread famine as ecosystems
collapse.

What hope remains lies in enlightened and urgent ecological
science based policy-making. Essentially humanity and
individuals must decide whether their and their children's
continued existence is more important than their SUV and
McMansion. We shall all learn to live more simply or we will all
die unpleasantly and nearly at once.

The unquestioning embrace of biofuel is another example of a
solution that exacerbates the problem. While a carefully
controlled biofuel industry may have a role to play in meeting
local energy needs and averting climate catastrophe, a much
greater role will be played by energy efficiency, renewable
energy, implementing population controls and learning to live a
simpler, much less energy intensive way of life. There is no
such thing as sustainable development at this level of
population and consumption and an ill-conceived biofuel industry
will make things worse.

###

Earth Meanders is a series of personal essays that places
questions of environmental sustainability within the context of
other contemporary issues. Comments can be made, and past
writings can be found, at:
http://earthmeanders.blogspot.com/ .
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granted to reprint this essay provided it is properly credited.

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In my view, we need to accelerate hydrogen fuel technology, as it can power homes, cars, trains, planes and more. Since burning hydrogen emits ZERO pollution, we can live in our McMansions and drive HUGE SUVS or other energy guzzling behemoths without harming the environment, but only if that HYRDROGEN fuel is generated by non carbon based fuel methods, such as solar, wind, hydro, etc.
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