Oysters May Be Used to Clean Polluted Waters

New Jersey has taken a step toward allowing experimental oyster colony research projects to be placed in polluted waterways to help clean the water, despite concerns by the state Environmental Protection Department that poachers might steal and sell them, potentially sickening customers and damaging the state’s $800 million shellfish industry.

A state senate committee approved a bill this that would force the state to allow research colonies, with steps to conceal their whereabouts from potential thieves. It now goes to the full senate.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/05/oysters-may-be-used-clean-polluted-waters


By Sahid Fawaz

As we celebrate Earth Day today, we are reminded of a powerful reason to buy American: the out-of-control pollution in China.

It’s not only the cheap, non-union labor in China that is drawing manufacturers to the country. It’s also the lack of environmental protection standards that much of the developed world has set for companies. When a business can destroy the air, land, and water in pursuit of profit, then we all suffer in the long run. Not to mention that it is a completely unsustainable business model.

- See more at: http://labor411.org/411-blog/749-these-photos-of-chinese-pollution-are-even-more-reason-to-buy-american-made#sthash.VBsQLxrs.dpuf

The Burning Water post

Perhaps no image captures the fear of hydraulic fracturing and gas extraction more than this one; tap water burning because natural gas has seeped into an underground aquifer and is coming out of the pipes of people’s homes. Images like this were key parts of the “Gasland” movies and even got a mention on The Simpsons, with Marge screaming “Our water was on fire!”.

I’ve covered the history of hydraulic fracturing and the development of the modern natural gas fracking boom, so now there’s no where else to go but the controversial parts, and this is at the top of the list.

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5 Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Spokesman Tells Public Not To Worry About Tar Balls In The Water

Five years ago, BP’s historic 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill  resulted in more than 210 million barrels of oil ending up in the Gulf of Mexico. But while scientists continue to observe ongoing problems, a BP spokesman appeared on ABC’s This Week on Sunday suggesting the remaining oil no longer poses a risk to humans or the aquatic ecosystem.

Hey guys, I want to talk to you about a really important movie called Revolution.

Many of you have seen movie Sharkwater, a film about shark finning and conservation. Revolution was made by Rob Stewart, the same man who made Sharkwater. This movie focuses on climate change, environmental destruction, and how humanity needs to take action if we are to save the planet we live on and ultimately save ourselves. It’s a great film and I encourage everyone to watch and share it with people you know!

Rent it here for $3.99.

Learn about our planet’s greatest threats.

How you can help save our world and our lives.

PHILIPPINES, Manila : A father and son (L) on a makeshift boat made from styrofoam paddle through a garbage filled river as they collect plastic bottles that they can sell in junkshops in Manila on March 19, 2015. They earn three US dollars a day. The Philippines will be observing World Water day on March 22, a global event that focuses on finding access to clean and safe water. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”

- Cree Prophecy

This Earth Day Lets Make a Pledge to Reduce our Plastic Intake

The images below shows  contents of a juvenile green turtle 

The ingested marine debris includes pieces of plastic bag and broken-down plastics. The shocking photo is a reminder of the environmental consequences of plastic pollution as the world’s oceans are becoming Earth’s largest wastedumps.

According to a report published by The California Academy of Science and OceanRevolution.org, as much as “80 percent of the waste that accumulates on land, shorelines, the ocean surface, or seabed is plastic.”