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Pope rejects fracking, stands up for environment. He will be writring on the topic of ecology too.
Did Jerry Rubin sell out? He seems more concerned with rejecting the past than in addressing the ongoing problems.
This is a hard to watch film. In found-footage style, half the movie is shaky cell phone cam quality without stabilization, and it gave me a headache. Blair Witch did similarly. I think there’s a place for pseudo found-footage, but it needs to accommodate the audience and not shake around too much. The image was also without additional lighting and just whatever light conditions were available. This may add an authentic feel to the thing, but it makes for ugly footage that is a real chore to endure. I prefer the more careful camera work of Chronicle, which appeared on the surface to be a found footage, but was clearly carefully staged, stabilized and controlled.
I’m commenting on the film as it is an aggressively eco activist storyline. Society’s assault on the ecosystem comes around to bite us in the ass, and elsewhere. It’s not a novel idea, but it’s one that needs to be told, and retold in better ways.
Not sure The Bay succeeded. The story was disjointed with lots of characters. Most don’t fare well. It jumps constantly from jarring cut to cut. It’s not difficult to follow, but it isn’t exactly a ray of sunshine. It’s dismal, gory, depressing and horrific. I suppose those are admirable qualities in a horror movie. I suppose.
It does make its point, repeatedly. What comes around goes around. We are sowing the seeds of our own destruction, and ignorance is no defense.
Since it’s new, there’s no law against releasing these experiments into the environment.
“Regulatory decisions on GM insects in Europe and around the world are being biased by corporate interests as the UK biotech company Oxitec has infiltrated decision-making processes around the world. The company has close links to the multinational pesticide and seed company, Syngenta. Oxitec has already made large-scale open releases of GM mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands, Malaysia and Brazil and is developing GM agricultural pests, jointly with Syngenta. “
Why are so many other countries ahead of the US in just about every area you can imagine – except war?
Naoto Kan called upon environmental advocates around the world to work with him to build a “global network” where “Zero nuclear power is the safest.”
On June 4, 2013, the San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Friends of the Earth and Physicians for Social Responsibility hosted an expert panel on the lessons of the tsunami-triggered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe for California to bolster the campaign to permanently shut down the damaged San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Clemente, CA. The guest speakers, former Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan, former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko, former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford and Fairewinds Energy consultant and nuclear safety engineer Arnie Gunderson , repeatedly warned that nuclear power is inherently dangerous and that another nation crippling nuclear catastrophe is only a matter of time if societies continue to rely on and expand atomic power.
Naoto Kan called upon environmental advocates around the world to work with him to build a “global network” where nuclear safety is understood to mean “Zero nuclear power is the safest”. In the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, Kan said, “I concluded that the only way to contain this risk was to create a society that does not rely on nuclear power.” In the closing days of his administration, Kan leveraged his resignation with the opposition party to pass energy legislation establishing Japan’s feed-in tariff requiring the nation’s electric utilities to purchase renewable energy. The policy shift has sparked a solar energy boom from non-utility producers such as farmers, local governments and cooperatives. In 2013 alone, Japan is forecast to install between 6.1 and 9.4 gigawatts of solar energy panels or roughly the equivalent capacity of seven modern nuclear reactors.
The former NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko cited the American Nuclear Society in estimating the cost of the Fukushima nuclear accident to be $500 billion at minimum. He further warned that the controversial proposed restart of the SONGS Unit 2 for trial run at 70% was “not one that instills a tremendous amount of confidence in me” and suggests the company has very real safety concerns about operating the nuclear plant at 100%. In fact, the agency’s own Atomic Safety Licensing Board has determined that start-up at reduced power is an “experiment” that warrants an independent investigation before restart.
The archived webcast is now available in its entirety at The Citizens’ Oversight Project.
It took freshmen girls in Denmark to actually test this?
Not sure the details of the actual experiment, but…
According to Kim Horsevad, a teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark were the cress experiment took place, a neuroscience professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is interested in repeating the experiment in controlled professional scientific environments.
“Vast stretches of Texas farmland lying over the aquifer no longer support irrigation. In west-central Kansas, up to a fifth of the irrigated farmland along a 100-mile swath of the aquifer has already gone dry. In many other places, there no longer is enough water to supply farmers’ peak needs during Kansas’ scorching summers.
And when the groundwater runs out, it is gone for good. Refilling the aquifer would require hundreds, if not thousands, of years of rains.
…But across the rolling plains and tarmac-flat farmland near the Kansas-Colorado border, the effects of depletion are evident everywhere. Highway bridges span arid stream beds. Most of the creeks and rivers that once veined the land have dried up as 60 years of pumping have pulled groundwater levels down by scores and even hundreds of feet.”
Hey, go pop out another 10 kids. No problems.
None of this takes into account the near future pollution of the good aquifers by gas drilling / hydrofracking. We’re on a great path.