Hancock Wildlife Foundation's areas of activity are Conservation, Education, Research, but the big picture is that we're vitally interested in our planet. We support research into what is going on. We support conservation to retain and enhance the species that are impacted by changes, and we support education to help people learn and understand what is happening and how we can change.

All this has to do with Planet Earth and very specifically, man's impact on it.

This topic will feature articles and news items that our members find relevant to our cause but which might not otherwise fit into the wildlife aspect of our site.

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Planet's Food Future in Danger?

Planet Earth

 Source: AVAAZ.org

One mega-company is gradually taking over our global food supply, poisoning our politics and putting the planet’s food future in serious danger. To stop it we need to expose and break up Monsanto’s worldwide grip.


 

 

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Twenty tons of dead fish wash up on Norway's beaches

 

cause unknown.
Ralf Lofstad
rlo@dagbladet.no


Foto: JAN-PETTER JØRGENSEN

January 2, 2012 – NORWAY – The inhabitants of Troms could hardly believe their eyes on the morning of New Year’s Eve, a very large amount, an estimated 10 to 20 tons of dead herring washed up on the beach, writes Northern Lights.
Tromsø city is the ninth largest urban area in Norway by population. The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream which originates at the tip of Florida.
 

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Navy-NOAA heads killing millions sea animals

December 6th, 2010 9:07 pm ET
Public meetings about approved Navy 5-year war testing off California coast

Today, Rosalind Peterson reached out to encourage Californians' participation at two December meetings in which the U.S. Navy and NOAA will address its 5-year Warfare Testing program that includes killing millions of sea animals off the California and Hawaiian coasts. High-tech weapons applied to animals will then be used on humans.

NOAA issued the permit and Letter of Authorization to the Navy, finalized November 12, 2010, part of which is below. It protects no National Marine Sanctuaries, Marine Reserves, Biologically Sensitive Areas and does not stop the Navy from testing new weapons systems (including sonar), during gray whale migrations or salmon migrations.

U.S. Congressman Thompson's request for the U.S. Navy and NOAA to meet with the public in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties in December 2010 has been accepted.

Peterson writes: "This is to notify everyone that NOAA and the U.S. Navy will be meeting with the public on the issue of the U.S. Navy Warfare Testing activities planned for the NWTRC. U.S. Congressman Thompson has organized these public meetings for residents of both Humboldt & Mendocino Counties. Representatives from Marin County are invited to attend these public events."

"In the future, these plans can be altered on any date by the U.S. Navy or NOAA placing the information in the U.S. Federal Register. And the Navy does not need to notify anyone, including fishermen or ocean tourists, that these events are underway."

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Large-scale biofuels production threatens biodiversity and food security

Planet Earth

Bird Life International

Wed, Oct 27, 2010

Large-scale biofuels production threatens biodiversity and food security

Current demand for biofuels is leading to conversion of natural habitats, on a huge and potentially catastrophic scale – often also causing displacement of indigenous and rural communities. The savings in greenhouse gas emissions are generally small, and may be negative, especially when conversion of natural habitats is involved.

Many countries have already mapped areas for potential large-scale biofuel production. However, there are few studies and policies in place to guide this. Most of the proposed biofuels production is being driven by renewable energy targets (e.g. European Renewable Energy Directive that requires member states to meet 10% of transport fuel from renewable sources by 2020), and would be exported rather than consumed nationally. ...

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Biofuels production threatens biodiversity and food security

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Alternatives to Single Use Plastic - You Are The Key

Planet Earth

From being an artist working with things like plastic bags, to developing and executing plans to reduce plastic pollution, Dianna Cohen is part of the solution instead of being part of the problem. She is co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution.

The REFUSE Pledge

Disposable plastics are the greatest contributors to plastic pollution. Designed to be discarded, straws, plastic bottles, plastic utensils, lids, plastic bottles and so many others offer a small convenience but remain forever. REFUSE disposable plastics! Follow the “4 Rs” of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse,...

Her talk at the University of British Columbia is available from the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)  web site, and is well worth the 5 minutes or so it takes to watch.

Plastic is one of man's greatest achievements - but it is also a major problem on Planet Earth as we discard single-use items such as water bottles and disposable lighters, etc.

I don't know about you, but I've taken to complaining to store employees (with the objective of them pushing the complaints up the line to management and buyers) about the plastic packaging on many items. I make them (the employees) remove the packaging because it is literally dangerous to try to do it yourself with some of the "clam-shell" designs. If they can't/won't do it, I simply don't purchase the product.

How are you dealing with single-use plastic? Do you even think about it? Post your comments here to let others know your experiences and your commitment to reduction of this long-lasting pollutant.

And - take the time and sign the REFUSE Pledge

richard

 

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