"I will be merciful if you stop your evil
thoughts and deeds."
a trite or
the condition or
quality of being banal; triviality
some thing that is trite,
obvious, or predictable; a
obvious and dull
commonplace and often
repeated too often; overfamiliar through
the evil of banality
threatens us all
"Anyone who thinks
the human race does not have a powerful impact on the environment and climate
definitely has their head
in the sand." - Bill Patzert
"The climate crisis stems from our absurd attitude
that maintaining a wasteful, inefficient, unsustainable, immoral lifestyle is good for
us, something to which we are entitled." - Mike F. Foster
"Recent years have shown that shifts in rainfall
can bring down governments and even set off wars. The African Sahel, just south
of the Sahara, provides a dramatic and poignant demonstration. The deadly
carnage in Darfur, Sudan, for example, which is almost always discussed in
political and military terms, has roots in an ecological crisis directly
arising from climate shocks." - Jeffrey Sachs
wealthy and Hollywood elite
signing up for carbon-trading schemes to feel good about
their extravagant lifestyles is morally
equivalent to the nobility buying dispensations from the
church in the Middle Ages." - John Newman
"The observed increase in greenhouse gas levels,
due to human production, is the only explanation we can find to account for
what has happened to our world. We've dusted for fingerprints. There's only one
likely suspect remaining. It's us." - Katharine Hayhoe & Andrew Farley
The oil and coal industries spent $427 million in the
first six months of 2008 in political
contributions, lobbying expenditures and
advertising to oppose climate
The Center for Public Integrity estimates that "more than
770 companies and interest groups hired an estimated 2,340 lobbyists to
influence federal policy on climate
change in the past year." The Center for Public Integrity calculates
that the climate change-driven boom has resulted in "an increase of more than
300 percent in the number of lobbyists on climate change in just five years,
and means that Washington can now boast more than four climate lobbyists for
every member of Congress. - 02/25/09
Over a hundred years ago Svante
Arrhenius, a Swedish physical chemist and future Nobel laureate, first
published his paper on the
greenhouse effect. Combining graceful
prose and careful mathematics, the
paper documents Arrhenius' experimental verification of the
ability of what was called 'carbonic acid"
carbon dioxide to trap
heat near Earth's
Svante Arrhenius wrote Worlds in the Making in 1908
directed at a general audience. Svante Arrhenius predicted that the human
emission of CO2 would be strong enough to prevent the world from entering a new
ice age, and that a warmer earth would be needed to feed the rapidly increasing
population. Unfortunately now we know that the increase heat and carbon dioxide
actually retards plant growth.
Svante Arrhenius' greenhouse law:
If the quantity of carbonic acid increases in geometric progression,
the augmentation of the temperature will increase nearly in arithmetic
This natural law was based on the Stefan-Boltzmann natural
The United Nations sponsored intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change has reconfirmed the basic accuracy of Svante Arrhenius'
calculations. Before the industrial
age and extensive use of fossil fuels the concentration of
carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was
about 280 parts per million. Average readings at the 11,141 foot Mauna Loa
Observatory, where carbon dioxide
density peaks each northern winter hovered around 379 parts per million on
March 19, 2004 compared with about 376 parts per million a year before. In
early spring 2008 carbon dioxide levels 385 parts per million. August 2016:
That year-to-year increase of about 3 parts per million is
considerably higher than the average annual increase of 1.8 parts per million
over the last decade and markedly more accelerated
than the 1-part-per-million annual increase recorded a half-century ago, when observations were first
made at Mauna Loa Observatory.
world polluters pumped 24,126,416,000 metric tons of
carbon dioxide (CO2) into the
environment. The United States and its territories were responsible for 5.8
billion metric tons, more than China (3.3 billion), Russia (1.4 billion) and
India (1.2 billion) combined.
If humans destroy Earth's ability to sustain
will it be
ALL HANDS OVERBOARD !
"Climate change is happening now, and it's actually
beginning to affect our lives. It's not just happening in the Arctic regions,
but it's beginning to show up in our own backyards." - Thomas R. Karl, director
of the National Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, June 16, 2009Even as evidence of
ongoing global warming grows the fossil fuel
industry tries ever harder to the victims that global climate change is in
their best interest while they continue to devastate planetary ecosystems and
traditional ways of life.
"I was shot by Nigerian soldiers paid for by
Chevron Nigeria Ltd., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp. I was standing on a
drilling platform in the Niger Delta run by Chevron Nigeria Ltd. More than 100
unarmed villagers joined me there to protest the loss of our fish, our clean
water and our trees because of Chevron's oil production activities in our
region, and to protest the loss of our traditional ways of supporting ourselves
as a result of these activities. Chevron Nigeria Ltd. paid for, transported and
supervised the Nigerian military and police forces that responded to our
protests. They opened fire on us without warning!
The villagers who
live near these oil facilities are desperately poor. Most of our villages have
no electricity, many are reachable only by boat. These communities survive on
subsistence fishing and farming that has been destroyed by Chevron's dredging
and drilling. We villagers seek basic environmental reparations and support,
like hospitals, scholarships and jobs to replace the fishing and farming we've
lost. In all of 2007, Chevron spent less than one day's profits providing
support to the communities it destroys in Africa." - Larry Bowoto
fossil fuel industry continues to claim
the global warming is caused by "sunspots."
influence of the
sun on global warming is utterly negligible."
- Tom Wigley (studied patterns of
solar activity over the past thousand
Corporate reality trumpets from the
parapets that factual human
understanding of reality is an impossibility!
One of oldest and
deepest flaws of
humanity is a lack of
concept of carbon dioxide causing global warming was understood to be fact by
the fossil fuel industry as early as 1981.
Accepting mass media
propaganda, bribed by the
fossil fuel industry, fiction as fact is
destructive effects of this ongoing attack on
critical thinking and
creativity are reflected in the inhospitable reception initially given the
work that earned Svante Arrhenius the Nobel Prize: the
electrolysis which explained
the electrical conductivity of highly dilute solutions.
When Svante Arrhenius, a
doctoral candidate who later became a major proponent of
eugenics, presented his
electrolysis to his
professor, the latter responded with a comment
that most likely sounded like this: "Of
what possible value could this be !"
Subsequently, many of his colleagues treated Svante Arrhenius with
work being too challenging to their parochial
most likely helped induce his thought on
We are now treating the
scientific research on global
warming the same way that Arrhenius and his theory of
electrolysis were initially
greeted: outright hostility (no one enjoys their false version of reality to
destroyed). Responding to the threat of
climatic mayhem requires
social change of the most
category, as well as hospitality
to the planetary imagination, an ability to
passionately and vividly
imagine planetary goings on that may not appear to have
immediate effects in our lives: like
increasing deforestation, retreating
glaciers, rising sea levels, the spread of
disease bearing insects
and more frequent extreme,
hot and cold, weather events.
One of the deadliest weather
phenomena in the past century
occurred in the summer of 2003
when there were more than 19,000
deaths attributed to the
heat. It was the hottest summer in Europe in
500 years, according to an
analysis of temperatures dating back to
1500. Record temperatures were recorded in most of the major cities of Europe
with many readings of more than 100 degrees.
"When you consider Europe
as a whole, it was by far the
summer," said Jurg Luterbacher,
climatologist, a researcher at the
University of Bern, Switzerland .
Jurg said increased temperatures were not
limited to summer in Europe;
winters also have been warmer than the historical record. In the study, Luterbacher
and his team analyzed the temperature
history of Europe starting in 1500 to the
present. For the earliest part of the half millennium, the temperatures are
estimates based on proxy measures, such as tree rings and soil cores. After
about 1750, he said, instrumented readings became generally available
trees flowered on average in 2005 two weeks
earlier than in 1995.
In the late spring of 2005 more than a thousand
large lakes in Siberia had dried up
within the last 25 years.
Scientists speculate that the thawing of the
perma frost layer allowed the water from these
lakes to seep into the
ground. Many migratory birds depend upon the
lakes of Siberia and they are expected to be
The Mexican government reported a suprising
reduction of 75% of the Monarch butterfly
population in the winter of
2005 due to adverse weather conditions.
"I've been doing this I was big
enough to carry a bucket. Tapping in January? Never. Never. Never." - Rex
Marsh, a 71 year old a Vermont maple syrup producer, stated in the spring of
2006 that he had tapped his 9000 sugar maple trees in January - two years in a
The July heat wave of 2006 in America set more than 2,300 daily records and 50
all-time records for hottest temperature ever recorded.
By 2006 a good
example of the damage that can be done by a slight moderation in temperature
was being seen in pine forests of 10 western American states including
California, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and in British
Columbia. Lodgepole pines in Idaho and Colorado, ancient white-bark pines of
Idaho and Montana, pinon pines in Colorado, firs in Montana and aspen
trees throughout the West are dying by the
millions. Beetles have ravaged the drought weakened
trees. Temperatures below zero for several
days on end are required to kill the beetle which has not happened since the
"Nothing like this has occurred in the last 350 years.
Whole landscapes have been affected."
- Wayne Shepperd, Forest Service researcher
"The mountainsides are
blanketed with dead trees as far as the eye can see." - Erik Olsen 11/19/2008
In October of 2009 it was reported that over a fifth of the aspen trees
in Colorado had died due to global warming.
"Scientists seem to have systematically
underestimated just how delicate the balance of the planet's physical systems
really is. That rise of 1 degree has seriously perturbed hydrological cycles:
Because warm air holds more water vapor than cold air does, both droughts and
floods are increasing dramatically. Coral reefs are dying, and so are vast
stretches of forest.
None of that is going to stop, even if we do
everything right from here on out. Given the time lag between when we emit
carbon and when the air heats up, we're already guaranteed at least another
degree of warming. The only question now is whether we're going to hold off
catastrophe. It won't be easy, because the scientific consensus calls for
roughly 5 degrees more warming this century unless we do just about everything
right. And if our behavior up until now is any indication, we won't." - Bill
polar ice caps
ice shelf core about two miles long - drilled
in Antarctica - shows that at no time in the last 650,000 years have levels of
the greenhouse gases
carbon dioxide and methane been as high
as they are today.
published in a 2005 issue of the
journal Science, describes the content of the
greenhouse gases within the core and shows
that carbon dioxide levels
today are 27% higher than they have been
at any time in the last 650,000 years and levels of methane are 130% higher.
"Anyone counting on an ice age to head off global warming or hoping to
justify human greenhouse gas emissions to
head off the next ice age, will find no comfort in the ice core record." -
Richard Alley, Penn State University geophysicist and ice core
In 2002 the Antarctic
Larsen B ice shelf broke up. Now Antarctic
glaciers in the region are flowing at up to eight times their previous flow
rate. The breakup of the Larsen B ice shelf
left the glacial flow into Antarctica's Wendell Sea unimpeded.
In 2008 a
160 square mile ice chunk broke off the Wilkins Ice Shelf in
About 288,000 square miles of perennial
Arctic ice shelf was lost between September
2004 and September 2005 - 14% overall and 50% of the east Arctic Ocean.
The reduction of sea
ice shelf is making it more difficult for the
polar bear to survive
as polar bears are dependent on the
seals for sustenance and use
shelf as a platform from which to hunt the seals.
In 2007 the Northwest
Passage became navigable. National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that
satellite measurements showed a reduction of the sea
ice shelf to less than 2.02 million miles -
down 386,100 square miles from the previous low in September 2005. At current
rates Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist, predicted the sea
ice shelf could be gone as soon as
In the summer of
2008, so much ice had melted that both the Northwest and Northeast passages
were open. The computer models, just a few years old, said this would
happen sometime late in the 21st century. Melting Arctic ice is unsettling not
only because it proves the planet is warming rapidly, but also because it will
help speed up the warming. White ice reflects 80 percent of incoming solar
radiation back to space; blue water absorbs 80 percent of that
In 2008 international shipping corporations ordered 152
reinforced hull ships to ply the newly opened Northwest Passage at a cost of
$100 million per ship - a $15 billion investment.
summer of 2009 two 12,700-ton
ships, the Beluga Fraternity and Beluga Foresight, accompanied by
Russian nuclear icebreakers encountered only scattered ice floes in the first
trip through the Arctic Ocean from South Korea to Rotterdam by commercial
vessels. The passage around the northernmost tip of Siberia, the Vilkitsky
Strait, ice covered about half the sea.
"It is global warming that
enabled us to think about using that route." - Verena Beckhusen, Beluga Group
From Yokohama, Japan, to Rotterdam via the Northeast
Passage, Europe-Asia Trans Siberian Passage or Northern Sea Route is about
4,450 miles shorter than the Suez Canal route.
"We are all very proud
and delighted to be the first shipping company which has successfully transited
the legendary Northeast Passage and delivered the sensitive cargo safely
through this extraordinarily demanding sea area." - Neils Stolberg, Beluga
Group president, September 10, 2009
walrus6,000 or more
walruses congregated on Alaska's shore in the fall of 2007.
walruses were near Icy Cape on the Chukchi Sea, some 140 miles southwest of
Barrow in the fall of 2009. Federal wildlife researchers from the U.S.
Geological Survey spotted up to 200 walrus calf carcasses near Icy
"This is actually all new. They did this in 2007, and it's a
result of the sea ice retreating off the continental shelf." - Chad Jay, a U.S.
Geological Survey walrus researcher
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
announced that a petition presented by the Center for Biological Diversity
provided substantial information that listing the walrus as threatened or
endangered was warranted.
permafrost thaws huge amounts of methane long trapped below the ice begin to
escape into the atmosphere; methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than
In the August 2005 issue of
National Geographic magazine it was
noted that sea temperatures in the Atlantic
Ocean have risen by one to two degrees Fahrenheit since 1994. Since 1995
the Atlantic has been producing hurricanes at a pace double that of previous
quarter century. The rise of sea temperatures in the Atlantic is directly
responsible for the
severity and frequency of hurricanes.
Lower temperatures cause less severe and
frequent hurricanes while higher
temperatures create more severe and frequent hurricanes. In the
analysis presented it was predicted that
frequent severe hurricanes in the
near future could cause much more damage to the region than hurricanes in the
The Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal (MRGO), a 76 mile channel
that provides a shorter route between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans's
inner harbor, was designed for deep-draft vessels that cannot fit through canal
locks of the global industrial canals. The MRGO, now called the "hurricane
highway," was directly responsible for the storm surge that breached the levies
of New Orleans. Responsibility for the damage done to New Orleans rests in the
laps of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the shipping concerns
that used the MRGO channel.
unique climate systemsOur
solar system is unusual and
unique. The discovery of at least
120 other solar systems that have been found have big gassy
planets circling too close to their
stars to allow them to be like our
solar system. If the
representative of all
Earth like planets are very rare.
the director of the Pentagon's Office of
Net Assessment, the father of Star Wars' and the
expert on future
threats, was commissioned by
Richard Milhous Nixon "to weigh
balance in specific areas, determine what
the important long term trends
are, and to highlight existing or emergent
problem areas, or important opportunities
that deserve attention to improve the future American position in the continuing global
commissioned by Andrew Marshall describes the
disasters that would
occur if the climate shifted abruptly in a decade or two, as happened some
12,000 years ago. The climate model used in the movie The Day After
Tomorrow is based on the climate model portrayed in this
According to this climate scenario, most of Holland and
Bangladesh would be submerged by violent
storms and rising oceans. Northern Europe would freeze because of
disruptions to the Gulf Stream currents.
Millions of environmental refugees
would gather at the frontiers of the developed world, driven by
wars, famines, and floods. Nuclear
conflict, continental droughts, and
would erupt across the face of the Earth. Nations
would be forced to expand their
military power to defend
water, and energy supplies. The report paints
an image of America as a giant gated community
insulating itself from an Earth it helped create,
isolated and despised by its
angry, jealous neighbors.
Although this outcome is presented as a worst-case scenario the report
suggests climate change should be elevated beyond a debate over
reality to a American national
has significantly altered the Earth's atmosphere.
Americans need to take seriously the
implications of global warming and act decisively to stop what could
turn into all out climatic mayhem.
Americans do not need to remain on our
"A 2005 study on Americans' perceptions of global warming
found that most are moderately concerned, but 68% believe that the greatest
threats are to people far away or to
nonhuman nature - a dangerous and
delusional misperception. Only 13% of Americans
perceive risk to themselves,
their families or their communities. Many
Americans perceive global
warming to be an insoluble problem and respond by circling the
family wagons and turning inward. Americans
behave as better
When our individual actions
are visible and rewarded a phenomenon known as "social facilitation" occurs. The opposite "social loafing", the tendency of individuals to
drag their feet when work is shared and individual
performance is not assessed. If Americans were vigorously informed about how
global warming endangers our neighborhoods, we would individually forgo the
McMansions and the Hummers and make sustainable choices. Anything less compromises our
children's future." - Julia Whitty
"Nobody can use the phrase 'our
greatest problem' anymore unless they are talking about global warming.
George W. Bush is an
alien sent here to
destroy us; I
sounds crazy, but it made
perfect sense when
Tom Cruise explained it to me. This is
not about being a liberal or a tree hugger;
it's not even about my sentimental love of
innocent animals - it's about my even more profound
love for my
own butt. Man is the
animal on the endangered species list I'm concerned about, especially this
man." - Bill Maher
limit global warmingThe basic changes needed to effectively limit
global warming would necessarily entail a tremendous
amount of hands on labor, providing
meaningful, community based employment in areas
such as the reconstruction and retrofitting of buildings for
energy efficiency and
solar power, the
reforestation and redesign of cities, the
accelerated development of high mileage
cars, the nurturing of sustainable local
agriculture, the construction of interlinked
systems and high speed rail
networks and intensive
interconnected. (Just look at
Google Earth.) Everyone everywhere is
affected by global warming. We all must do our part now. See Al Gore's
movie. The facts are empowering. Use
your car as little as possible. Turn off the engine when waiting at the curb.
Turn off the lights. Hang your clothes outside to dry. Buy only things you
really need. Encourage others to follow your
lead. Let elected officials know you care
about reducing global warming. Don't despair. Every effort we make to reduce
global warming contributes to reversing the increase in weather-related
catastrophes. America consumes more
oil and produces more
carbon dioxide emissions per person than
any other country on Earth. It is time for
Americans - that's you and me - to take the lead in reducing global warming." -
Contrary to the course set in which a One World
corporate government administers worldwide resources there will be a
decentralization element that will change the basic social economic situation
by making in impossible to hoard wealth. Wealth
will no longer be concentrated in the hands of a few
resource hoarders and manipulators. One World government, interested in
command through control, will find it is impossible to monitor EVERYTHING
The transition to an ecologically
benign civilization, proceeding
industry, building by building and
tree by tree, is beginning to improve the
material circumstances of some by reducing
cooperation is mandatory.
Massive cuts to bloated
militaries and national arsenals is required.
A new mythology is
being built to supplant the insipid
temper the cynicism to bring us
revitalized hope for
No need to remain in thrall to
the mind's machinery of
animosity to imagination; to remain
entranced by the mind's apathetic reaction to new possibilities and to
"The average American would probably take it as a badge of
pride that he's less interested in
rational debate than his European counterpart,
and therein lies the problem. America has cornered the market on blissful ignorance." - John
From the 1920s to the 1960s
seven incinerators dumped toxic ash
containing lead, arsenic,
PCBs into predominantly African American
neighborhoods in Jacksonville, Florida.
In May 2001 thousands of people
were evacuated or sealed off their homes when a
toxic cloud blanketed a Chicago
residential area. Acme Barrel removed chemical residues from barrels and drums
and repainted them for reuse.
In August, 2001 a professor at Carnegie
Mellon University's Heinz School for Public Policy and Management stated
that "it is our best estimate that more people are being
air pollution from
traffic than from traffic accidents." This includes people who prematurely die
from asthma, heart disease and lung disorders.
released 148,000 pounds of 1,3 butadiene in 2002 over East Harris County, Texas
neighborhoods. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality took
air samples from 41 monitoring sites during
2003. The results found excessive levels of benzene, 1,3 butadiene and
formaldehyde. Industrial facilities in Harris and Brazoria counties in Texas
released 20.4 billion and 19.2 billion pounds of
toxic air pollutants in 2003.
In January 2003 the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency stated that
people who lived near the New Boston Coke plant during the 1990s, "are more at
risk of cancer than almost anyone else
in the world." Throughout the 1990s the company also failed to accurately
report emissions. In 1996 the company originally reported that the New Boston
facility released 60 tons of chemicals into the
air. Two years later, the company admitted it
was actually 5,357 tons of chemicals.
In August 2003 according to an internal inquiry by the
Environmental Protection Agency's
Inspector General, at the request of the
White House, the
Environmental Protection Agency
skewed reports on the air quality in New York
City following the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11th. The
White House "convinced" the
Environmental Protection Agency to
issue "misleading assurances that there was no health risk from the
White House has stated that lying
was justified by national security. In June 2002 the
Environmental Protection Agency found
that the air quality had returned to pre-911 levels.
In September, 2004 a
federal jury in Alabama ordered Continental Carbon and its parent company China
Synthetic Rubber, to pay $20.7 million in damages caused by excessive releases
of carbon black into the surrounding neighborhood. The releases were caused 40
year old equipment which did not have the required
2004 it was estimated that American power plant
emissions shorten nearly 24,000 lives by an average of 14 years, caused 2,800
cases of lung cancer and 38,200
nonfatal heart attacks annually.
In August, 2004 Stone Container Corp.
has agreed to pay $885,000 to settle allegations that it
pollution regulations at its
Hopewell facility. The facility violated
emission limits for sulfur, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.
In October, 2004 Chevron
Phillips Chemical Co. agreed to settle a federal action by paying a $1.8
million fine for Clean Air Act violations. The
chemical releases took place at the
Pasadena, Texas plant in 1999 and 2000.
In January, 2005 ConocoPhillips
agreed to pay $64.5 million to settle several class action lawsuits filed over
2 chemical releases - 64 tons of
sulfur dioxide, the other 40 tons - at it's Westlake, Louisiana facility in
November, 2005 researchers from the University of North
Carolina School of Medicine found that the sustained elevation of a
dramatically increased suicide rate
among North Carolina residents linked to industrial airborne
pollutants emanating from asphalt
plants, paper mills and sewage treatment facilities. Previous studies have
shown that occupational exposure to hydrogen sulfide, at levels of 10
parts per million for a ten minute ceiling, can result in nervousness,
dementia and violence. A
local paper mill has reportedly released over 93,000 pounds of
hydrogen sulfide since 2003 and
the suicide rate is rate in two
Salisbury neighborhoods is tripled the statewide average and the
suicide rate in Haywood County has
doubled since 1996. These North Carolina residents
live in mountain valleys that
experience frequent temperature inversions
which prevent the hydrogen
sulfide from dispersing.
ExxonMobil agreed to pay nearly $6.1 million
in civil penalties for violating the terms of a 2005 court-approved Clean Air
Act agreement, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection
Agency announced 12/17/08. The 2005 settlement already required
ExxonMobil to pay a $7.7 million civil
penalty, perform an additional $6.7 million in supplemental environmental
projects in communities around the corporation's
refineries, and install pollution
controls at six of its American
2004 a study by researchers from the University of Southern California
concluded that exposure to fine particulates, like those from
power plants and vehicles can cause and
accelerate artery disease. The study found that a 10 micrograms per cubic meter
of air increase in fine particulates lead to an
increase of up to 4.3% in the thickness of artery walls. This thickening can
lead to calcification and rupture of the arteries.
In November, 2004 an
Environmental Protection Agency panel
has approved the final draft of a report concluding that exposure to fine
particulates in the air, those less than 2.5
microns in diameter, can shorten life expectancy
by up to 2 years.
"A new appraisal of existing studies documenting the
links between tiny soot particles and premature
death from cardiovascular
ailments shows that mortality rates among people exposed to the particles are
twice as high as previously thought.
Dan Greenbaum, the president of the
Health Effects Institute, said that the areas covered in the study included 116
American cities, with the highest levels of soot particles found in areas
including the eastern suburbs of Los Angeles and the Central Valley of
California; Birmingham, Ala.; Atlanta; the Ohio River Valley; and Pittsburgh."
- Felicity Barringer June 2, 2009
In February, 2005 a study by
researchers from the University of Albany, School of Public Health
concluded that people living near
sites contaminated with
PCBs and persistent
pesticides have an increased risk
of developing chronic respiratory disease, including chronic bronchitis and
chronic airways obstruction as well as suppression of the immune system.
"Particulate pollution from diesels shortens the lives
of nearly 21,000 Americans each year. Almost 3,000 Americans die prematurely
from lung cancer. Tens of thousands of Americans
suffer over 27,000 heart attacks
and 400,000 asthma attacks as well as other respiratory problems associated
with particulate emissions from diesel vehicles.
These illnesses result in thousands of emergency room visits,
hospitalizations, and lost workdays. Together with the toll of premature
deaths, the health damages
from diesel fine particles will total $139 billion in 2010. Nationally, diesel
exhaust poses a cancer risk that is 7.5 times higher than the combined total
cancer risk from all other air toxins. In the United States, the average
lifetime nationwide cancer risk due to diesel exhaust is over 350 times greater
than the level United States EPA considers to be "acceptable".
Residents from more than two-thirds of all United States counties face
a cancer risk from diesel exhaust greater than 100
deaths per million
population. People living in eleven
urban counties face diesel cancer risks greater than 1,000 in a million
one thousand times the level EPA says is acceptable.
live in metropolitan areas with a high
concentration of diesel vehicles and traffic feel their impacts most acutely.
The risk of lung cancer from diesel exhaust for people
living in urban areas is three times
that for those living in rural
areas. Reducing diesel fine particle emissions 50 percent by 2010, 75 percent
by 2015, and 85 percent by 2020 would save
nearly 100,000 lives between now and 2030." - Diesel and Health in America:
The Lingering Threat, February 2005, Clean Air Task Force
2006 a new study by researchers with CIIT Centers for Health Research
(CIIT was formerly known as the Chemical Industry Institute of
Technology) concludes that inhaled nanoscale particles can pass through the
blood/brain barrier and lodge in
to analysis of four decades of
Audubon's Christmas Bird Count released in February 2009 birds seen in North
America during the first weeks of winter have moved dramatically northward -
toward colder latitudes - over the past four decades.
northward movement occurred among 58% of the observed species - 177 of 305.
More than 60 species moved in excess of 100 miles
landbirds in the study, 64% showed significant northward movements, including
more than 70% of all woodland birds and 70% of the frequent feeders.
52% of interior waterbird species moved
north, including a wide variety
of ducks, such as Red-Breasted Merganser,
American Black Duck, and
46% of coastal
waterbirds including Black Turnstone (a
shorebird), Black-Bellied Plover (a shorebird)
and Northern Gannet (a large fish-eating bird)
birds, including Eastern and Western
Meadowlarks, Vesper Sparrow, and
Burrowing Owl, overall did not move due to
lack of available habitat.
Rising winter temperatures make northern
latitudes increasingly more hospitable to many species commonly found farther
Audubon's Christmas Bird Count has documented shifts to the
north or inland for the majority
and for nearly every kind of North American bird species.
in the movement of the birds, or the melting of ice caps, the evidence cannot
be denied - ecological disruption is underway. Failure to prevent the worst
impacts of global warming would undermine
much of the conservation work that Audubon has accomplished for more than a
century." - A Briefing for Policymakers and Concerned Citizens on
Audubons Analyses of North American Bird Movements in the Face of Global
Warming, February, 2009; Audubon Christmas Bird Count and Climate Analysis by
Daniel K. Niven, Gregory S. Butcher and G. Thomas Bancroft; Audubon
California Climate Research by William B.Monahan and Gary
According to The State of the Birds, United States of
America 2009 report:
Hawaiian birds and oceanic birds appear to be
most at risk.
Grasslands and aridlands and their associated bird
species have shown the most rapid decline in the past 40 years.
declines have been shown in birds that depend on forest habitats.
than one-third of all United States listed birds occur in Hawaii with 71
species becoming extinct since humans colonized the islands.
another 10 species are unrecorded in recent decades and are thought to be
At least 39 percent of United States birds restricted to
oceanic habitats are declining.
Wading birds and other wetland birds
have either held their own, or are increasing.
Of 83 aridland birds, 39
percent are species of conservation concern, including at least 10 federally
listed as endangered or threatened.
Sixty percent of all aridland
species and 76 percent of aridland obligate species have declined.
Aridland federally listed species or populations listed as endangered
are: California Condor,
Northern Aplomado Falcon,
San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike,
Least Bell's Vireo, Black-Capped Vireo, and
species or populations listed as threatened are: Western Snowy Plover,
Inyo California Towhee, and
San Clemente Sage Sparrow.
grassland-breeding birds, 48 percent are species of conservation concern,
including four species populations that are federally endangered:
Northern Aplomado Falcon,
Masked Northern Bobwhite,
Attwater's Greater Prairie-Chicken, and
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow.
species that breed in the Great Plains of the United States and Canada and
winter in Mexico's Chihuahuan grasslands, Sprague's
Pipit, Mountain Plover,
Lark Bunting, Baird's Sparrow, Chestnut-Collared Longspur, and
McCown's Longspur have shown population
declines of 68-91 percent. In addition, Lesser
Prairie-Chicken is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species
"When the Environmental Protection Agency, charged
with the job of protecting our environment for the benefit of the American
people, stone walls on regulating a known toxin in public drinking water, in my
mind it is akin to our government saying it's
OK to poison Americans." - Mike Laskavy Almost 150
species of amphibians have become extinct
and as many as 55% of all known species, more
than 3,000, could be on the verge of extinction according to a report
published in the journal Science
in October 2004. More than 500 scientists
were included in the first global amphibian assessment.
one of nature's best indicators of overall
environmental health. Their
catastrophic decline serves as a
that we are in a period of significant environmental degradation." - Russell
A. Mittermeier, president of Conservation
Scientists say amphibians serve as sentinels
for environmental problems that
might be jeopardizing entire ecological
systems of animals which includes humans. In the America, 21 % of known species
are threatened or
"Amphibians are indeed
telling us that the Earth is being harmed right
where you and I live," said Andrew R.
Blaustein, director of the graduate program in
sciences at Oregon State University.
In 2007 scientists began work on an
"Amphibian Ark." A deadly new fungus, the chytrid fungus, is decimating
amphibian populations worldwide. Scientists hope to collect uninfected amphibians and
lock them away to save amphibians from
David B. Wake of UC
Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, a leading amphibian
expert, called the prospects for
amphibian survival "very grim."
Copper smelting from 1884 to 1980 by Anaconda
contaminated 120 miles of the
Clark Fork River in Montana.
Oil Co. dumped oil wastes from the
1920's to the 60's creating an under
ground pool of
toxic sludge some 900 feet wide in Santa
Fe Springs, Los Angeles.
Pacific Gas & Electric Topock facility
dumped waste water containing chromium 6
untreated into percolation beds from 1951 to 1969. In 2004 wells 125 feet from
the Colorado River, a drinking
water source for some 18 million Californians,
were found to have levels of chromium 6 at 100 ppb. In February, 2005 levels of
the contaminant in a well within 60 feet of the river measured 354 parts per
billion (ppb). The allowable limit set by the state is 50 ppb. Pacific Gas
& Electric Corp. (PG&E) used chromium 6 as a rust prevention agent in
natural gas compressor stations along the company's pipelines during 1950s and
In 1978 the United States Coast Guard discovered a plume of
oil beneath Brooklyn, New York
containing between 17 million and 30 million gallons of
oil that had migrated from tank farms.
In December, 1998 in St. Maries, Idaho a wood treatment facility was
found to be leaching contaminates into the St. Joe
River. The facility operated as a creosote wood pole treating plant from
the 1930s through the 1960s. The Environmental Protection Agency has
determined that coal tar creosote is a probable human carcinogen.
1999 a massive 7 million tire fire in Westley, California released 250,000
gallons of oil into a gully which ran
into the California Aqueduct.
In February 2000
a cracked Sunoco pipeline spilled 192,000 gallons of
oil into a pond and surrounding
wetlands in the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Pennsylvania.
March 2000, a buried 28 inch Explorer Pipeline Co. pipeline ruptured spilling
over 500,000 gallons of gasoline into
Lake Tawakoni, Texas which is used as a backup
water supply reservoir by the City of Dallas.
In August, 2001 Columbia
Terminals Inc. plead guilty to illegally disposing over 500,000 gallons of
hazardous chemicals. The company will
pay $1.3 million in fines.
In August, 2001 the Hecla Mining Co. agreed
to pay $138 million over the next 30 years as part of a settlement for cleanup
costs associated with toxic mine
tailings in the Coeur d'Alene basin, in the 1,500 square mile Bunker Hill area,
Idaho. Estimated cleanup costs will run $1.3 billion.
In August, 2001
the House of Representatives passed a
measure ordering the
Environmental Protection Agency to
reduce the current maximum allowable level of arsenic in drinking water, 50
parts per billion (ppb), by 80% - in effect backing the 10 ppb put into affect
by the Clinton administration and subsequently rescinded by the
George W. Bush administration.
Arsenic in drinking water can cause lung,
bladder and skin cancer and according
to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the current 50 ppb standard
"could easily" result in a cancer risk
of 1 in every 100 people exposed. Three thousand water systems nationwide serving over 13 million
people currently supply water which exceeds
the 10 ppb level.
In August, 2001, the State of Colorado determined
over 50,000 fish were killed along a
7.4 mile length of Clear Creek by Coors Brewing
Co. from the release of 77,000 gallons of bad beer into the tributary of the
In October 2002
measurements taken in Red Lion Creek, Delaware
found levels of benzene at up to 22,000 times federal drinking
water standards. The benzene
contamination resulted from tank failures of
the Metachem Chemical facility spilling 6.8 million pounds of chlorinated
benzene compounds into the soil in 1986. The
facility had been one of the world's largest producers of chlorinated benzenes
which were used in pesticides,
herbicides, dyes and other products.
In July 2003 outside of Tucson,
Arizona gasoline from a ruptured
pipeline of SFPP L.P., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partner L.P.
contaminated soil and ground
water. The spill, estimated at 10,000 gallons,
was larger as some 52,000 gallons had been recovered by January,
In October 2003 a landfill was determined to be leaching
chemicals into Petrolia, Pennsylvania
wells. Cromptom Corporation agreed to pay $4.5 having acquired companies that
dumped chemicals at the landfill
during the 1950s and 1960s. Beazer East Inc. agreed to pay $18.1 million in
In September 2003 Kaiser Aluminum agreed to pay $24
million in cleanup costs for 66 contaminated
In November 2003 a 4 million gallon under
ground plume of
gasoline contaminated the ground water of
Hartford, Illinois. Pipelines carrying gasoline from a refinery to the
Mississippi River were leaking 15,120 gallons of
gasoline per week. The facility
operated from 1981 to 2002 when the refinery was closed.
2004 the Environmental Protection
Agency developed three options to remediate
pollution caused by mining waste
along Butte's Metro Storm Drain, Montana.
In February, 2004 Kerr-McGee
Chemical Corp. agreed to remove thorium contamination from Kress Creek and the DuPage. From the 1930s, Lindsay
Light and Chemical Corp. began processing ore to make radioactive thorium used
in the manufacture of gas lamp mantles. Kerr-McGee bought the facility in 1967
and closed it 6 years later. During the years of operation, the facility dumped
waste water into local creeks. An estimated 800,000 tons of mill
tailings were also generated and were spread around the community for use as
landfill for flood plains and on residential lawns.
In August, 2004, at
a redeveloped limestone mining and cement manufacturing plant, failure to cap
cement kiln dust piles created a high pH
leachate contain metals, including mercury and arsenic which is seeping into
Little Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan,
In August, 2004 Mobil Exploration and Producing United States,
Inc. settled a federal and state action by agreeing to pay $5.5 million for
spilling oil in tributaries of the San
Juan River, Utah between 1991 and 1999.
In October, 2004 plastics maker
Keysor-Century Corp. will pay $4.3M dumping toxic waste water into the Santa
Clara River, California.
In October, 2004 a new study by the
nonprofit group Center for Progressive Regulation concludes that many states do
not have the money to enforce the federal Clean Water Act.
2004 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. agreed to cleanup an Albuquerque, New
Mexico wood treatment facility. The wood treatment facility operated from 1908
to 1972 releasing creosote into the soil and
In October, 2004 the
Environmental Protection Agency
stated that Colonial Pipeline is responsible for "at least 194"
oil spills in 12 states from 1966 to
1994 and "numerous" spills in subsequent years. In one spill, more than 950,000
gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the
Reedy River in South Carolina in 1996,
killing 35,000 fish and other species
of wildlife, and dispersing more than 34 miles downstream.
2004 a Tsakos Group ship spilled 265,000 gallons of
oil into the Delaware River.
October, 2004 drinking water wells in
Glendale, California have been found to contain levels of chromium 6 at 49
parts per billion (ppb). The city council has set a safety limit of 5 ppb for
chromium 6, while the state maximum allowable level remains at 50 ppb.
In November, 2004 according to a spokesperson from the
Environmental Protection Agency's
Montana office remediation of the Clark Fork
River basin, Montana will cost $1 billion.
In November, 2004 a
report from the Environmental Protection
Agency indicates that Dow Chemical may be responsible for contaminating an
aquifer used by residents of the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park for drinking
water. High levels of the carcinogen vinyl
chloride, a toxic colorless gas with a sweet odor used to make polyvinyl
chloride (PVC), were found in 1997, 1998 and 2001.
In December, 2004 the
Environmental Protection Agency
concluded that the cleanup of up to 355,000 contaminated sites nationwide will cost up to $280
billion over the next 35 years.
In January, 2005 Shell Oil Co. agreed to
pay all cleanup costs necessary to remediate contamination caused by leaking under
ground storage tanks at 184
gas stations in Orange County,
California. British Petroleum, which acquired
Atlantic Richfield has cleaned up 10 of 60 gas stations where
contamination has occurred.
2005 Weyerhaeuser agreed to remediate contamination at a mill and a landfill near the
Kalamazoo River, Michigan. The landfill
reportedly contains hundreds of thousands of pounds of
In February, 2005
Allegheny Ludlum Corporation agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle a Clean Water
Act lawsuit filed by the State of Pennsylvania which alleged that in the 1990s
the steelmaker dumped acids and waste into Pennsylvania
rivers. Litigation continued for nine years.
In January, 2005 the Government Accounting Office reported there was
between 450,000 and 1,000,000 brownfield sites in America. New York City contains approximately
6,000 properties designated as brownfield sites.
In March, 2005 the
Environmental Protection Agency
announced over 300,000 sites with leaking under ground storage tanks have been remediated over
the past 20 years. Some 130,000 leaking under ground storage tanks still need to be cleaned up
and 4 out of every 10 under ground storage
tanks remain out of compliance with regulations.
In May, 2005 Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has plead
guilty to failure to promptly report an oil spill from one of its 14 inch
pipelines to California state regulators. The company waited 18 hours to report
the spill which dumped 123,774 gallons of oil into wetlands near San Francisco Bay
in April 2004. The state's Attorney General stated that "the company has sort
of brushed off civil penalties in the past and thought they were just the cost of doing
business." In May 2007 Kinder Morgan
Energy Partners paid $5.3 million to settle charges addressing the April 2004
spill at the Suisun Marsh in Solano County, the February 2005 76,902
gallon-spill at Oakland Inner Harbor in Alameda, and the April 2005 300
gallon-spill into Summit Creek that impacted waters in the pristine Donner Lake
watershed in the Sierra Nevada Range in Placer County. The spills, on Kinder
Morgans 3,000-mile Pacific Operations Unit pipeline system, discharged a
combined 200,976 gallons of diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline into waters,
sensitive ecosystems, and impacted endangered and other
species, habitat and commercial uses.
July, 2005 the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has ordered
Micro Matic USA draft beer equipment maker to cleanup up
contamination emanating from its Northridge,
California facility. A perchloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene or PCE plume runs
beneath the facility and under area homes. Levels of PCE have been measured at
more than 300 times levels considered safe for drinking
water. The company has operated the facility
for nearly 50 years.
In August, 2005 a Wisconsin circuit court judge
fined home improvement retailer Menard Inc.
$2,025,000 for discharging pollutants from one of its distribution
centers into a maintenance shop drain contaminating the
Chippewa River. Regulators alleged that
employees disposed of solvents, cleansers, oils and other
pollutants by pouring them into the
In September, 2005 eleven California companies will pay $8.2
million to settle their liability for the cleanup of volatile organic compounds
water beneath the city of Industry and
portions of La Puente and Walnut. The firms used solvents for degreasing
operations. The settling defendants include: Acorn Engineering Co., Aerosol
Services Co. Inc., GOE Engineering Co., Hexcel Corp., Lansco Die Casting Inc.,
Herring Investments LLC, Somitex Prints of California Inc., Union Pacific
Railroad, and Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. Over 30 square miles of
beneath the San Gabriel Valley may be contaminated.
In October, 2005 the
Environmental Protection Agency
approved a $29 million cleanup plan for the Solvents Recovery Service of New
England Superfund site in Southington. The company disposed of millions of
gallons of solvents and oil from 1955
and 1991 by dumping them into lagoons and leach fields. The site is some 500
feet from the Quinnipiac River.
beneath the site is contaminated with acetone,
toluene and other volatile organic compounds. The soil at the site is contaminated with
lead, cadmium and
A December 21, 2005 study by
the nonprofit research organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), which
involved a review of two years worth of information on tap
water gathered by regulators in 42 states,
found 141 contaminants for which there are no enforceable health standards.
Nineteen of these contaminants were found in levels that exceeded the
Environmental Protection Agency's
unenforced safety guidelines for water
utilities serving 10,000 people or more. Contaminants included
MTBE, rocket fuel component
perchlorate and several industrial
solvents. According to the study, the top 10 states with the most contaminants
in their drinking water were: California,
Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New York, Nevada,
Pennsylvania and Illinois. The study also found 119 contaminants for which
enforceable heath standards exist including
nitrates, arsenic and barium. According to the Environmental Working Group, the
contaminated tap water is used by over one hundred million people
in the 42 states.
In January, 2006 it was learned the remediation of
contaminants at and from the former Anaconda copper mine in Nevada will cost between $100
million and $1 billion.
An analysis of 925 major rivers from 1948 to
2004 released in 2009 found significant changes in about a third. Of those,
rivers with decreased flow outnumbered those with increased flow by a ratio of
about 2.5 to 1. The reduction in river flow to the Pacific Ocean alone was
about equal to shutting off the Mississippi River.
The Supreme Court
ruled on June 22, 2009 that the Clean Water Act does not prevent the Army Corps
of Engineers from allowing mining waste to be dumped into rivers, streams and
"The Army Corps of Engineers permit, issued in 2005, said
that 4.5 million tons of waste from the Kensington mine could be dumped into
the lake even though it would obliterate life in its waters." - Leslie Kaufman
"If a mining company can turn Lower Slate Lake in Alaska into a
lifeless waste dump, other polluters with solids in their wastewater can
potentially do the same to any water body in America." - Trip Van Noppen,
"Reports from conservationists, salmon-stream
walkers and ecotourism guides all along British Columbia's wild central coast
indicate a collapse of salmon runs has triggered widespread
death from starvation of
black and grizzly bears. Those guides are on the front lines of what they say
is an unfolding ecological disaster that is so new that it has not been
documented by biologists." - Mark Hume, 09/10/09
experienced anything like this. There has been a huge drop in the number of
bears we see," said Doug Neasloss, a bear-viewing guide with the
Kitasoo-Xaixais tribes in Klemtu, about 180
kilometres south of Kitimat.
River systems that in the past had
50,000 to 60,000 chum have now got 10 fish. The chum runs have been fished out.
The collapse of the Fraser sockeye and now the north-coast chum salmon runs is
leading to ecological collapse of our coast ecosystems. We've seen the
biological extinction of a [salmon] species, and now we're seeing the impact on
bears. I've talked to stream walkers [who monitor salmon runs] who have been
out for a month and have yet to see any bears." - Ian McAllister,
In British Columbias Fraser River watershed fishery
managers expected 10 to 13 million sockeye in the fall 2009 run. About 1
million showed up.
According to EPA data more than 23 million people
received drinking water from municipal systems that violated a health-based
An estimated 19.5 million Americans fall ill each year from
drinking water contaminated with parasites, bacteria or viruses, according to a
study published in 2008 in the scientific journal Reviews of Environmental
Contamination and Toxicology. These figures do not count toxic industrial
The most frequently detected toxic industrial
chemical contaminants cause cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders.
According to EPA compliance forms submitted by corporate polluters the Clean
Water Act has been violated more than 506,000 times since 2004, by more than
23,000 corporations. (Often it is less
expensive for the corporation to pay the fine than comply with the
|Scientists of the United States Geological
Survey stated in a report published
June 2004 that by using tree ring reconstructions of Colorado River flows they
had determined that the lowest five year average flow of the Colorado River
occurred between 1590 and 1594. The average yearly flow at that time was
determined to be 8.84 million acre-feet. During the Dust Bowl years 1930 to
1937 the average yearly flow was 10.2 million acre-feet. Between the years 2001
and 2004 the average yearly flow was 5.4 million acre-feet. Since 2000, the
Basin has been experiencing a historic, extended drought that has impacted
regional water supply and other resources, such as hydropower, recreation, and
ecologic services. During this time, the Colorado River Basin has experienced
its lowest 16-year period of inflow in over 100 years of record keeping, and
reservoir storage in the Colorado River system has declined from nearly full to
about half of capacity. The Upper Colorado River Basin supplies approximately
90 percent of the water for the entire Basin. This water originates as
precipitation and snowmelt in the Rocky and Wasatch Mountains.
1989 Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince
William Sound spilling 10.8 million gallons of
killed include 250,000 sea birds, 2,800
sea otters, 300 harbor seals, 250 bald eagles, 22 orcas and millions of salmon
and herring. In 1994 Exxon was fined $5
billion in civil court as punitive damages. Punitive damages overturned on
appeal in 2007. For the quarter ending September 30, 2007
Exxon posted a profit of $9.4
In 1999 an oil tanker,
New Carissa owned by Green Atlas Shipping and operated by TMM Co. Ltd ran
aground off the Oregon coast. At the time of the grounding the vessel was empty
of cargo, but contained 359,000 gallons of heavy fuel
oil in six tanks and 37,400 gallons of
diesel oil in one tank. 200,000 gallons
of oil, roughly half, were consumed in
the fire lite for that purpose. 130,000
gallons of oil remained in the bow
section after the burn was sunk in over 10,000 feet of
water 282 miles west of Waldport.
August 4, 2001, a fishing vessel sank in Prince William Sound, Alaska releasing
35,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the
sound. Cleanup efforts tapered off after recovering 11,000 gallons.
January, 2003 oil from the sunken
tanker Prestige, which sank on November 19, 2002 off the Spanish coast, is
still leaking about 80 tons of oil each
day. About 53,000 tons of oil remain in
In April 2003 Los Angeles admitted liability for over 3,670
sewage spills over the past decade.
summer of 2004 a huge "dead
zone" of waters so devoid of
sea life could not
live in it spread across 5,800 square
miles of the Gulf of Mexico in what has become an
annual occurrence caused by pollution. The "dead
zone" extended from the mouth of the
Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana 250 miles
west to near the Texas border and has been closer to shore than usual because
of winds and currents.
August 7, 2004 Connecticut
shipping company, the OMI Corp. was fined $4.2 million after pleading guilty to
dumping thousands of gallons of waste oil and sludge into the sea.
13, 2004 ConocoPhillips will pay $485,000 in fines for Clean Water Act
violations arising from a natural gas
platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet. 470 violations occurring between 1999 and
2004, mostly consisting of the dumping of raw sewage into the inlet.
the late spring of 2005 a 'red' tide of plankton caused the unprecedented
closure of shell fish fisheries along the coast
of New England.
In the winter of 2005 was a shell disease that had
struck over 30% of New England lobsters. Researchers believe that higher ocean temperatures have caused nearly a third of
New England lobsters to be inedible.
Ocean fisheries had dropped
to 10 percent of their 1950 levels by 2005. This had been attributed to over
fishing which has indeed occured. In the
summer of 2006 tropical fish
were sighted of the coast of New
In the fall of 2005 it was revealed
that the American military had used the
ocean, up until 1970, as a dump for
toxic waste. The army, alone, admitted dumping 64 million pounds
of nerve agents and mustard gas,
400,000 chemical filled bombs, and
500 tons of radioactive toxic
waste off the East, Gulf and West coasts of
America as well as around Hawaii and off the coast of Alaska.
agents, radioactive toxic
waste and other
chemical agents could pose a hazard
The impact of the
chemical dumping has never been
studied. Few scientists knew it was done, so
studies of the decline in sea life have never
focused on the
possibility of leaking
As of 2006 150 "dead zones" have been identified in the
oceans across the face of the
Earth, 90% of the large fish
species have disappeared from the
oceans in the last 50 years, 97% of the elkhorn
and staghorn coral off the coast of Florida has
disappeared since 1975, 75% of the kelp forests off the Southern California
coast have vansihed in the last 50 years and 650
gray whales have washed up dead or dying along the West Coast in the past seven
The dead zone in at the mouth
of the Mississippi River just keeps expanding. In the
summer of 2003 the
dead zone was estimated to be between 4,770
and 6,900 square miles. In the summer of 2007 the
dead zone had expanded to 8500 square
In October 2007 British
Petroleum agreed to pay $20 million in fines for pipeline leaks and spills
into Alaska Prudhoe Bay.
In 2008 405 dead zones, caused by chemical
fertilizers, were identified. The size of dead zones have roughly doubled every
decade since 1960.
fined $2.64 million in August 2008 for improperly handling and disposing of
polychlorinated biphenyls ("PCBs") on an offshore oil and gas platform in the
Santa Barbara Channel.
"There is growing consensus within
the scientific community that increasing carbon dioxide levels will lead to
acidification in the ocean, inhibiting the ability of small animals such as
coral, mollusks and some forms of plankton to form their shells. These
creatures are at the bottom of the oceanic food chain. If they disappear, the oceanic
food chain collapses." - James
oceans pH is a relatively constant
property, and it has not changed
over time scales of hundreds of thousands of years. The pH changes that are
occurring in the oceans
today are truly extraordinary." - Joan
Kleypas, scientist National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Scientists estimate that between 1800 and 1994 118
billion metric tons of carbon has caused naturally alkaline
oceans to become more acidic.
"Measurements of ocean acidification in the United
States Pacific Northwest show acidity is rising more than ten times faster than
climate models have predicted." - Jessica Marshall 11/25/08 The State of California came up with $33 million to offset
private costs associated with the dismal 2006 salmon fishing season. In 2006 one tenth of
past normal salmon catches was
in seawater pH were expected to happen very slowly, so we've been lax in
dealing with the problem, but our study shows ocean acidification may be
happening much quicker." - Timothy Wootton 11/25/08
There are those that shrug off the
impending death of oceans
as "no problem". This group believes that the
dearth of schools of fish is "not a problem" because "we can always farm fish."
In November 2007 the lack of predators in the ocean made a lasting
impact on Northern Ireland's only salmon
farm. A swarm of jelly fish 35 feet deep
attacked salmon penned in nets off the
Glens of Antrium killing the entire
farmed population worth $2 million. The jelly
fish, Pelagia nocticula, is best known for terrorizing bathers in the
"It was unprecedented, absolutely amazing. The sea
was red with jelly fish, and there was
nothing we could do about it, absolutely nothing." - John Russell, fish farm
In December 2007 Canadian researchers efforts to
revive wild salmon populations that were
exposed to sea lice infestations of farmed salmon appear to be failing. Even though the
wild fishery has been closed exposed wild
salmon populations are depressed and declining quickly due to sea lice
In a 337 page federal fisheries report issued in 2008
overwhelming evidence showed that the pesticides malathion, diazinon and
chloripyrifos interfere with the ability of wild salmon to find
food, reproduce and swim. The continued
unfettered use of malathion, diazinon and chloripyrifos by farmers "jeopardized
the continued existence" of wild salmon
off the Pacific coast of California, Oregon and Washington.
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