polluted waterways

Norwegian Bank DNB says considering pulling financing on N. Dakota pipeline
"If these initiatives do not give appeasing answers and results, DNB will consider its further involvement in the financing of the project."

Nov 7 - Norwegian bank DNB will reconsider its participation in the financing of the North Dakota oil pipeline if concerns raised by Native American tribes against its construction are not addressed, it said late on Sunday.

Local authorities and protesters have been clashing over Energy Transfer Partner’s $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline project, which would offer the fastest and most direct route to bring shale oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

Native American tribes contend that the pipeline would disturb sacred land and pollute waterways supplying nearby homes.

“DNB looks with worry at how the situation around the pipeline in North Dakota has developed. The bank will therefore take initiative and use its position to bring about a more constructive process to find a solution to the conflict,” Norway’s largest bank said in a statement.

“If these initiatives do not give appeasing answers and results, DNB will consider its further involvement in the financing of the project.”

The bank did not say in its statement how much financing it is contributing to the project. Norwegian daily Aftenposten reported the bank is responsible for some 2.8 billion crowns ($342.36 million) in loans to build the pipeline, or close to 10 percent of the cost of the project. ($1 = 8.1785 Norwegian crowns) (Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Louise Heavens)

Savior from the Deep

Nautilus normally did not travel to his Zaun warehouse much, tho it was good for the tech he could get it was… more dangerous than he generally liked to take for no reason. He currently had just his wetsuit on and some goggles as he swam in the murky polluted waterways that fed into the sea. 

He was lucky that the… incident had made this sort of thing easier for him, needing to breath less was the only way to stand this place. He had so far found random bits of scrap that had found its way into the channel, broken experiments and such tho he left any glowing things alone.

His search was interrupted as he noticed a form floating near the surface, obviously a body and if this had been anywhere else he might have thought it was a swimmer. Around here that never happened, and the person was not moving as a swimmer would. Knowing what had probably happened he let go of his salvage, he could always get more, and swam up towards them. 

He grabbed the person, quickly pulling them above the water before heading towards the edge of the waterway. He gripped the edge with his free hand before pulling himself and the person up onto the walkway. He quickly turned to check on the person, now clearly a woman, to give her CPR if needed.

( @theplasmablade )

Photo by @BrianSkerry
A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities. Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem today. Decades of pollution of our marine waterways, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have wrought havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible is an imperative.
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A little help with answering that hypothetical question that always seems to come up over Christmas dinner with the family… 

“If you lived in a civilisation where there was an abundance of plant-based food, would you choose to kill animals and eat them for no reason other than your dietary preference?” 

We might even address the very real disaster scenarios presently threatening the world with questions like these: “What if you could make a simple and compassionate change in your life that would increase available farmland, increase available clean water, reduce rainforest destruction, reduce greenhouse gas production, reduce the threat from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, decrease land and waterway pollution, prevent creation of ocean dead zones, end your participation in the deaths of sentient individuals and increase overall human health by switching to a plant-based diet? Would you do it?” 

This is the reality we actually live in, and this is the choice each one of us faces.

6 everyday products you didn’t know harm the environment

Facial cleansers with microbeads

Not only are these polyethylene beads potentially harmful to your skin if used too roughly, they’re also terrible for the environment, adding to plastic pollution in waterways. As a result, fish and other marine life may mistake these microbeads for food.

Shampoos and soaps with sulfates

SLES can be contaminated with traces of 1,4-Dioxane, which the EPA has labeled a probable human carcinogen. The chemical isn’t readily biodegradable, which means it can build up in the environment and stay there for a long time.


Researchers have estimated that up to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off into the oceans each year, and 10% of all coral reefs have been affected.

Deodorants with triclosan

Triclosan, an antibacterial agent used in many deodorants, soaps and cleaning products since 1972, now permeates the environment, found in places such as surface waters, soil and fish tissue.

Lip balm derived from petroleum

Ingredients derived from petroleum, such as petrolatum, could be contaminated with policyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS) – which are high in wildlife and environmental toxicity.

Moisturizers with palm oil

Oil palm plantations are guilty of deforestation, landscape fires and draining peatlands – all of which contribute to climate change. Toxic smoke from landscape fires kills 110,000 people in Southeast Asia every year, and the creation of new plantations can have negative social and economic impacts.

i’m starting my job at the ohio EPA next week so i would appreciate if everyone could please pollute ohio’s waterways so i have something to do and don’t get bored. thanks in advance


Thank you, ocean advocates

California leads the way in ocean conservation in many ways. We celebrated California’s leadership role on March 24 at Ocean Day California in Sacramento, thanking those involved in key actions and applauding the collective results.

At an evening reception, ExecutiveDirector Julie Packard presented our California Ocean Champion Award to State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins for spearheading efforts to fund ocean and coastal restoration and conservation and enforcement activities.

She also recognized Secretary of State Alex Padilla, State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Léon and State Sen. Ricardo Lara (who were unable to attend) as co-authors of SB 270 – the first law in the nation to ban the use of single-use plastic bags to reduce plastic pollution in California’s waterways and the Pacific Ocean.

Julie praised the influence of businesses that support a healthy ocean – especially California seafood producers, who remain both productive and profitable in a state with the nation’s first comprehensive, science-based network of marine protected areas.

“Your responsible practices and outreach to your customers are integral to ocean conservation,” Julie said. “In California, we’re demonstrating to the world that strong management and well-designed marine protected areas are not barriers to economic growth.”

She particularly noted the dramatic recovery of the West Coast groundfish fishery, thanks to the diligent efforts of the fishing community, managers and conservation organizations, as well support for sustainable seafood by consumers and other advocates – including our Seafood Watch program.

She encouraged participants in the Ocean Day events to keep up their valuable efforts to protect California’s ocean and coast.

“We all have a necessary role and an undeniable obligation,” Julie said.

Special thanks to our 2015 Ocean Day California partners:  AZUL, The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Californians Against Waste, Environment California, Heal the Bay, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Oceana, Ocean Conservancy, Seventh Generation Advisors, Surfrider Foundation and WiLDCOAST.