Simulated sunlight reveals how 98% of plastics at sea go missing each year

Study explores removal mechanisms, microbial impacts and lifetimes of select microplastics on the ocean surface Florida Atlantic University A schematic figure of plastic photo-dissolution and plastic dissolved organic carbon (DOC) biodegradation.  Credit: Lee Ann DeLeo Trillions of plastic fragments are afloat at sea, which cause large “garbage patches” to form in rotating ocean currents called…

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Amazon Fires Update

News Brief by Kip Hansen   The news channels, newspapers, news sites and the Twit-o-verse are full of “the Amazon is burning!”  some of this was covered in here as “Amazon Fire History Since 2003” by Les Johnson  on August 23. Years ago, I asked the question “What Are They Really Counting?”.  Always an important…

Celebrating America’s Environmental Stewardship

Guest post by Jim Steele Published in Pacifica Tribune July 10, 2019 What’s Natural? Celebrating America’s Environmental Stewardship I resent the one-sided mis-characterization of humanity as “destroyers of our environment”. Humans certainly had negative impacts on most ecosystems. However, in contrast to a recent United Nations report insinuating we are threatening one million species with…

A Declaration of Mineral Independence against eco tyranny

It’s an essential first step in making the USA less dangerously dependent on foreign minerals Paul Driessen & Ann Bridges As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, let us view it from a 21st century perspective. Many of the colonists’ grievances against King George III resonate today, as tyrannical environmentalists continue to block domestic development…

The Pipers of Fire Island

News Brief by Kip Hansen   The Piping Plover, a tiny little sea bird,  has been struggling to survive in modern times as beaches are developed for tourists with houses hugging the shorelines of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and the Great Lakes region, up into Canada.    In Florida, on Cocoa Beach, where…

Heartland: Special Edition Devoted to the Green New Deal

Reposted from The Heartland Institute February 1, 2019 By H. Sterling Burnett Climate Change Weekly #313 The much-hyped Green New Deal (GND) is being pushed by a rump group of progressive-socialists in the Democratic Party, including prominent members of the Senate with stated presidential aspirations. If enacted, GND would constitute a complete socialist makeover/takeover of…

Compostables Were Meant To Save Us From Plastics. They’re Overflowing Landfills

From The Daily Caller Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator Originally intended to help alleviate plastic waste, compostable products are instead filling up landfills and wreaking havoc on recycling plants. Compostable bags, cups and cutlery are designed to be even more environmentally friendly than their standard biodegradable counterparts. Like biodegradables, they are capable of breaking down…

When environmentalism becomes corruption – Part 2

We need rational rules to protect environmental values – and meet essential societal needs Craig Liukko What does this country do for essential everyday minerals, when ideological bureaucrats have closed most mines and declared them “Permanently Closed”? In Colorado, it appears the “solution” is to have thousands of people sitting around idle, smoking pot, because…