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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

29 May - World Water

English: Satellite imagery of the North Aral S...English: Satellite imagery of the North Aral Sea, showing an increase in volume between April 2005 and April 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Orphaned ship in former , near Aral, ...English: Orphaned ship in former , near Aral, Kazakhstan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marine protected areas are one way to guard ke...Marine protected areas are one way to guard kelp forests as an ecosystem. The nudibranch Melibe leonina on a Macrocystis frond (California). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Identity of National System of Marine...English: Identity of National System of Marine Protected Areas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Aerial view of Tobago Cays, a Saint V...English: Aerial view of Tobago Cays, a Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Marine Park Photo by Iain Grant, 2007 used in Union Island citation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
AntiguaAntigua (Photo credit: Hugh Fiske)

Overfishing and illegal fishing are threatening the biggest ecological systems in the world and decreasing marine resources that are vital for the survival of hundreds of millions of people.

IPS investigates overfishing and illegal fishing, and their effects on marine ecosystems and coastal communities worldwide, with support of MarViva, an international organisation working for conservation of marine and coastal resources. RSS

In Antigua, Fishing Brings Both Income and Ecological Destruction
Eli Fuller is a third-generation Antiguan who, for the past two decades, has been exploring the Antigua and Barbuda coastline. He can no longer see the coral that he recalls were somewhat of an underwater jungle when he was a young boy, akin to what you'd see in the Amazon rain forest.
Caribbean countries could do several things to help damaged coral reefs rejuvenate, including designating certain places as marine protected areas. In Belize, marine protected areas where fishing was forbidden rejuvenated much more quickly than did unprotected reefs in Jamaica after suffering similar hurricane damage.
While technically there are marine protected areas dictated by the Antigua and Barbuda Fisheries Act, in reality, there is no real protection.  A ban on hunting parrotfish and blue tang would help corals recover much more quickly from hurricanes.
The 6,600 hectares Tobago Cays Marine Park in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is divided into nine different zones. Included are specifications for mooring different sized vessels and for turtle and seabird reserves. The protected area offers great economic benefits to the population and is a valued part of its social, cultural and environmental landscape.

Soufriere Marine Management Area in St. Lucia, encompassing 11 kilometres of coastline, is divided into five zones. Conflicts between different types of users and declining near-shore catches led to the reserve's creation.

Many marine protected areas, including Tobago Cays, prohibit fishing, thus allowing sea life in the area to grow and reproduce unimpeded.

Studies have also shown that such no-fish areas help "replenish" fish stocks in other areas, with increased catch sizes and larger individual fish. No-fish zones also protect other sea life that might otherwise inadvertently be caught in nets.  

Q&AA Green Economy Without a Pricetag on Nature?
Manipadma Jena interviews ACHIM STEINER, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
YEOSU, South Korea - As thousands gear up for the 2012 Earth Summit, Rio+20, scheduled to kick off in Brazil on Jun. 20, questions on the viability and adequacy of a ‘green economy’ abound.

Smugglers Devastate Gulf of Mannar Marine Reserve
By Malini Shankar*
RAMESHWARAM, India - Forest officials of the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve abutting the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka have reported a decline in marine wildlife, as smugglers exploiting lax conservation laws in the region tank up on protected species used in traditional Chinese medicines and fine dining.

KAZAKHSTANSea Reclaimed as Lake
By Christopher Pala
AKBASTE - Just six years after the completion of a dike that raised the level of the northern part of the Aral Sea by two metres and slashed its salt content by two-thirds, this remote Central Asian lake once synonymous with ecological catastrophe has become a model of environmental recovery.

Fish Swim in Israel’s Desert
By Pierre Klochendler
KIBBBUTZ MASHABEI SADEH, NEGEV DESERT - "It wasn't easy to convince people that growing fish in the desert makes sense," reminisces marine biologist Samuel Appelbaum, peering through the opaque water where thousands of barramundi are being harvested.

EGYPTFishing Dangerously for Quick Net Worth
By Cam McGrath
ALEXANDRIA - Ali Mohsen knows how to tell a good fish story. The wiry, white-haired Egyptian mariner weaves a yarn about his childhood days when the sea was so full of fish that one could simply dangle a hand net over the side of the boat and pull up a seafood dinner. This morning, his crew spent hours out at sea with only four kilos of small fish to show for it.

CENTRAL AMERICABig Fish Eat the Small Fish
By Danilo Valladares
GUATEMALA CITY - Thousands of small-scale fishers in Central America are fighting for survival in the face of free trade deals, transnational corporations, mega tourism projects and pollution that is harming marine life.

With the upcoming change in leadership at The World Bank, there's a real chance to make a shift in strategy. Do you think Dr. Kim will be able to make infrastructure work for the poor?

The Aldo Leopold Foundation builds on the legacy of Aldo Leopold, furthering discussion of conservation ethics, land health, ecosystem management and restoration, and promoting conservation leadership for the future.
Chinese citizens are becoming increasingly vociferous in their outrage over lives risked, and lost, to shoddy standards, most recently in the country's food and high-speed rail industry. Should a dam suffer catastrophic dam collapse, that anger could quickl
 ( Building destruction is a practice : just think of Fukushima, Deepwater Horizon, Exxon Valdez, despoilation of jungles to drilling and dams. mountaintop strip mining ...all of which is too disastrous to be excused as stupidity or greed. Just what would it take for active malice too seem a fair call ? )
www.youtube.comAwesomely strange weather in parts of Canada the past few days. Windsor, Sarnia and Ottawa. Video sources: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/index.php?product...
This is what democracy looks like
Recent wars are not about freedom, they are about playing mercenaries for corporate in-fighting. We should not be sacrificing young lives for their squabbles. No one is invading us except for the Canada/China consortium trying to invade us with their megaloads and pipelines full of deadly poisons, and instead of massing our tanks at the Canadian border to block them, way too much of our quisling government welcomes them like heroes. Corporate money out of politics (except in the form of paying their damn taxes), no more dirty subsidies, and bring the troops home to build our new green economy and manufacturing base and rebuild our aging infrastructures with newer, greener technologies.

Coinciding with Ch. Karnchang's Annual Shareholders Meeting, dozens of protestors rallied in front of the company's headquarters in Bangkok on April 24, 2012, demanding a halt to all construction activities occurring on the Xayaburi Dam, in...See More
We screened the amazing film Summer Pasture at the 2012 film festival. It will be screening on PBS today. Premiering Thursday, May 10th, with additional air dates depending upon area.
Exact broadcast time and date vary significantly by lo...See More

Filmed over nearly three years, 'WASTE LAND' follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -...
Film submissions for the 2013 Wild & Scenic Film Festival are now being accepted! http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/films/submit-a-film/

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour is coming to Charlottesville and Staunton, VA, on April 18th and 19th. Hosted by Wild Virgina. Help spread the word!
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Distilled water is very easy to make, and there are several methods used to make it at home. When you remove the minerals and chemicals from the water, you make distilled water. People make distilled water for a variety of uses, including...

FBI secretly creates Internet police

Governmental agencies have been searching seemingly without end for ways to pry into the personal communications of computer users in America. Congressional approval and cooperation from Internet companies could be an eternity away, of course, but the FBI might be able to bypass that entirely by taking the matter into their own hands. At the Quantico, Virginia headquarters of the DCAC ( Domestic Communications Assistance Center ), federal workers are believed to be already hard at work on projects that will put FBI spies into the Internet, snooping on unsuspecting American’s Skype calls, instant messages and everything else carried out with a mouse and keyboard.

A similar legislation north of the border, the C-30 surveillance bill, will allow Canadian authorities similar powers


How the Toews-sponsored Internet surveillance bill quietly died ...

15 May 2012 – For all intents and purposes, Bill C-30, the Internet surveillance legislation sponsored by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, is dead.

(  Rebranding time - or a last minute rider to an appropriations bill )

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