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[1THING] Blog: Archive for September, 2016

[ National forest trail maintenance legislation passes House ]

Michael Reinemer

Today the House of Representatives approved H.R.

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[ Mayfield to participate in tire cleanup program ]

Mayfield borough will participate in a countywide tire cleanup program next month, cosponsored by the Lackawan­na County commissioners and the office of environmental sustainability.

Residents may drop off tires at the Mayfield DPW site from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Tires 13 to 16 inches will be accepted at a cost of $2 each; 17- to 20-inch tires will be accepted at $3 each. All tires must be free of debris and off the rim.

No truck tires will be accepted. Anyone disposing of tires must pay in cash.

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[ The debate questions media can’t afford to ignore ]

Questions about climate and energy policies span all top voter issues, but are usually overlooked during presidential debates.

     
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[ Global Movement Fights Plastic Pollution ]

Global Movement Fights Plastic Pollution

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By Break Free from Plastic

Scientists predict that without urgent action there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Yet, despite the danger that plastic pollution poses to our planet and to human health, industry and governments have so far failed to face up to the systemic change required to solve the issue.

That’s why a network of 100 NGOs, including EarthShare members Surfrider Foundation, Clean Water Action, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, and Oceana, just released a groundbreaking new global vision for a future free from plastic pollution.

The vision’s includes 10 principles that represent the first step in a global movement to change society's perception and use of plastics.

Some of these principles include prioritizing waste reduction; building a materials lifecycle that sustains the health of the people and the planet; and working with producers and workers to change the system.

"This is the first time that groups from all around the world have come together to find a common solution to plastic pollution,” said Monica Wilson from GAIA. “It shows the evolution of a movement that is pushing governments, cities and major companies to solve this ever-growing problem. This isn’t just about managing the problem. It’s about preventing it in the first place.”

The environmental impacts of plastic pollution are well understood. A significant amount of plastic production is for single-use disposable applications. Nearly a third of plastic packaging escapes collection systems and winds up in the oceans. Once there, sunlight and ocean currents shred plastic debris into smaller particles called microplastics, which attract and concentrate toxic chemicals up the marine food chain and into our bodies.

Plastic is also a human rights issue. Increasingly, consumer goods companies sell goods wrapped in plastic into markets without waste management systems that can adequately handle the materials. In the US, most plastic ends up in incinerators and landfills, endangering nearby communities, which are frequently low-income communities and communities of color.

It is clear that without strong and coordinated effort by policy makers, businesses will continue to use plastic indiscriminately and the pollution will intensify.

“For years, the plastics industry has been telling us that all plastics are recyclable, but what we find in the field demonstrates that we can not recycle our way out of the plastic pollution problem,” said Martin Bourque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center who runs the United States’ longest-operating curbside recycling program.

We call on US corporations and governments to lead the way to a future free from plastic pollution. We also stand in solidarity with people around the world who are implementing real community-based solutions.

To learn more, visit http://breakfreefromplastic.org/.

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[ Extreme Weather Threatens Monarch Butterfly Habitat ]

Illegal logging is on the decline, but severe weather events continue to degrade Mexico’s forests

Extreme weather is now a primary driver of forest degradation in key wintering habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico, according to a new report.

Excessive winds and storms that knocked down trees played a significant role in the degradation of 178.7 acres of forest in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve between 2015 and 2016. Felled trees made up 74.6% of the causes of degradation, followed by illegal logging at 16.4% and drought at 9%, according to the report by the WWF-Telmex-Telcel Foundation Alliance, the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, and the Institute of Biology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

The good news is that during the same period, illegal logging declined by 40% due to a combination of enforcement by the federal government and financial support to the local communities by the Monarch Fund, World Wildlife Fund, and Mexican and international philanthropists and businesses.

But even with decreasing deforestation rates, degradation continues to threaten tens of thousands of acres of forest reserve that monarchs need to survive. Violent weather in March 2016 was a key factor in the loss of trees and other plant life most recently.

Read the full story from World Wildlife Fund here.

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[ 4 climate actions for a more peaceful world ]

These steps will lead to a more stable future for our planet and growing population.

     
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[ Queen Guitarist Brian May Protests Japanese Dolphin Hunts ]

Brian May, guitarist of British rock group Queen, is taking a stand against Japan’s dolphin killing, saying the slaughter of animals should end in the same way society has turned against slavery or witch-burning.

“Every species, and every individual of every species, is worthy of respect,” May told The Associated Press on Friday while in Tokyo for Queen’s sell-out concerts at Budokan arena.

“This is not about countries. It’s about a section of humanity that doesn’t yet understand that animals have feelings, too.”

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[ Wilderness Society opposes Utah public lands bill passed by House committee, asks President to designate Bears Ears region of Utah as a national monument ]

Michael Reinemer

With very few legislative days left in the 114th Congress, this bill has no chance of being adopted and would do too little to protect wild, cultural and historic lands, including the critically important Bears Ears area.

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[ Poll of Taos County voters finds overwhelming support for recreation access and expanded protections for New Mexico’s public lands ]

Jennifer Dickson

A phone survey conducted by the firm Third Eye Strategies identified that 95% of county voters polled on public lands including parks, forests and open spaces, found them “important” an

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[ Toxic Ocean Slime Is Spreading Quickly Across the Earth ]

Algae blooms known to poison marine wildlife are getting worse in seas around the world, possibly accelerated by warming and other climate shifts.

See where the deadly blooms happen.

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