Thursday, March 26, 2020

Standing Rock Tribe Wins in Court After Years of Perseverance | Earthjustice

A federal judge struck down permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline, even after COVID-19 precautions led to an unconventional day in court.
Tribes and allies gathered to defend Standing Rock Sioux territory from the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. A federal judge struck down the pipeline's permits on March 25, 2020, after years of litigation.Tribes and allies gathered to defend Standing Rock
Tribes and allies gathered to defend Standing Rock Sioux territory from the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. After years of litigation, a court struck down the pipeline's water permits on March 25, 2020.

Continue reading at: Standing Rock Tribe Wins in Court After Years of Perseverance | Earthjustice

Monday, March 23, 2020

Corona Virus Rap: Flatten the Curve: Mach die Kurve flach | MaximNoise - YouTube

Now with embedded subtitles...

Flatten the Curve

Today, stay home under your own roof
Flatten the curve
Between your four walls, whether day or night
Flatten the curve
Don't just think about yourself - pay attention to others. Flatten the curve
Together we're strong; alone we're weak. Flatten the curve.

The sun's shining outside, but I'm staying in today
'Cause I think about others, too, and I'm not egotistic
Because even though I'm healthy, it sadly makes no sense
For me to make things hard for Grandma and Grandpa
So much is unknown about the virus
But it spreads aimlessly across the land, and at the same time, causes fear
So I don't cough on you or reach for your hand
We want to break these chains and slow the whole thing down
Sure, we all had other plans
But we still won't make a scene today
We're getting into quarantine
'Cause we can all meet up when it's over
So why not consider others and save a few lives on the way?
Isolation's no easy situation
But we've got to get through it, so long as viruses threaten us
We want to protect doctors and hospitals;
That's why, today, we're staying right where we live

Come and sing with me:
Today, stay home under your own roof
Flatten the curve
Between your four walls, whether day or night
Flatten the curve
Don't just think about yourself - pay attention to others
Flatten the curve
Together we're strong; alone we're weak
Flatten the curve

I flatten the curve like the paper in my toilet
And if I have no more, I wash my poop off with a rag
It'll be washed well, then hung up to dry
There'll be no trouble started here over a pack of toilet paper
Ay, I flatten the curve like my belly at my morning workout
Full energy; it makes me fit and calms my worries
I drink water, and pay attention to nutrition while I'm at it
And when this whole horrible mess is over, I'll be fit as a fiddle
I flatten the curve, flat at jokes no one laughs at
And finally we come to the things you don't1 have time for
We can learn foreign languages or read a book for once
We can play Playstation and have a good time
I flatten the curve for everyone who wouldn't make it otherwise
For everyone who's too weak, and who the curve would steal forever
'Cause this curve can be the world to someone
Just stay home and you can be a hero

Come and sing with me:
Today, stay home under your own roof
Flatten the curve
Between your four walls, whether day or night
Flatten the curve
Don't just think about yourself - pay attention to others
Flatten the curve
Together we're strong; alone we're weak
Flatten the curve

It's all just so crazy.
But one day we'll be back, stronger than ever
Avoid contact and keep your distance
Today we keep the curve flat, man, yeah

It's all just so crazy.
But one day we'll be back, stronger than ever
Avoid contact and keep your distance
Today we keep the curve flat, man, yeah

Come and sing with me:
Today, stay home under your own roof
Flatten the curve
Between your four walls, whether day or night
Flatten the curve
Don't just think about yourself - pay attention to others
Flatten the curve
Together we're strong; alone we're weak
Flatten the curve

Thursday, March 19, 2020

9th Environmental Documentary Series Scheduled

DUE TO PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF CONTRACTING THE CORONA VIRUS, WE HAD TO CANCEL THE 9TH SERIES. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CLICK ON THE LINKS ON THE NAMES OF THE FILMS, MANY ARE AVAILABLE FOR PAY-PER-VIEW AT MODERATE COSTS.

All films will start Wednesdays 7:00 PM on the Adrian Campus in the Science Building, Room SCI 131 and are free and open for everybody. This faculty-led program and any related discussion is for educational benefit only. A campus map can be found at:
sienaheights.edu/About/Campus-Map-Parking

The tentative schedule can be found at:
http://sustainability.sienaheights.edu/environmental-documentaries.html


Come and bring a friend – the more the merrier – feel free to forward widely.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: 4 Lessons We Can Learn About Responding to a Global Health Crisis

From vaccine alliances to social safety nets, there's a lot we can learn for the future.


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  1. The need to protect workers who are sick
  2. The need for global cooperation
  3. The importance of trusted information
  4. The need for community spirit during social distancing
Read more at: Coronavirus: 4 Lessons We Can Learn About Responding to a Global Health Crisis

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Bernie Sanders: What I just told the press about our campaign



A short while ago, I gave a brief statement to the press about our campaign, and where we go from here. I want to share some of those thoughts with you today, and to ask you, once again, for your financial support.

If you can do that now, please use this link to contribute $27:

Let me start by saying that last night was not a good night for our campaign from a delegate point of view.
We lost the largest state of the night, Michigan, but we won in North Dakota and currently lead in the state of Washington, the second largest state of the evening.
But what has become more and more apparent, with each passing primary, is that while we are currently trailing in the delegate count, we are strongly winning the debate about the future of our country.
In poll after poll after poll, including exit polls, a strong majority of the American people support our progressive agenda.
The American people are deeply concerned about the grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality in this country.
The American people believe it is time for the wealthy and profitable corporations to be paying their fair share.
The American people understand that the federal minimum wage is a starvation wage and that it is time to raise it to a living wage of $15 an hour – nothing less.
The American people understand that if our kids are going to make it into the middle class, we must make public colleges, universities and trade schools tuition free.
The American people understand that we cannot continue a cruel and dysfunctional health care system where we are spending twice as much per capita as any other nation, yet 87 million of our neighbors remain uninsured and underinsured.
And that last point is becoming more and more obvious to the American people as we face the challenge of the coronavirus. Imagine a pandemic where 87 million people have a difficult time going to a doctor.
The American people understand that climate change is an existential threat to our planet and we need to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.
The American people understand that we need to transform our broken and racist criminal justice and immigration system that locks up four times as many people as communist China and leaves millions here at home living in fear.
But it is not just the ideological debate we are winning.
We are winning the generational debate as well.
While Joe Biden does well with older Americans, especially those over 65 years old, our campaign continues to win a vast majority of younger people in this country.
But while we are winning — very clearly — the ideological debate, we are losing, right now, the electability debate.
I cannot tell you how many people I and our campaign have spoken to that tell me that they like what our campaign stands for but they are going to vote for Joe Biden because they believe he is the best candidate to beat Trump.
Needless to say, I strongly disagree.
So, on Sunday, I very much look forward to debating Joe Biden about these issues in Arizona. This will be the first 1-on-1 debate of this campaign, and I am eager for the American people to see which candidate — which agenda — is best positioned to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history.
Thank you for reading, but before you go, I must ask:
Thank you again for everything you have done to support our campaign so far. Let’s go forward together.
In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders


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9th Environmental Documentary Series. Tonight: Microplastic Madness

9th Environmental Documentary Series. Tonight: Microplastic Madness: http://www.cafeteriaculture.org/microplastic-madness.html
Tonight 7:00 pm SHU, Science Building room 131

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Dirty streaming: The internet's big secret

Dirty streaming: The internet's big secret

With the launch of streaming services from Disney and Apple, the rollout of 5G and the growth in cryptocurrencies, experts are warning about the impact this huge rise in data use could have on the environment.

There are now hundreds of thousands of data centres around the world, storing everything from viral videos to doctors' notes and even bank account details. Many of them run on electricity generated by burning fossil fuels.

Dirty streaming: The internet's big secret

Film and TV writer Beth Webb went in search of the internet and discovered that 'the cloud' is actually a vast network of energy-guzzling data centres and undersea cables.

Dirty streaming: The internet's big secret

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

To Be a Scientist in the Era of Trump

This short excerpt of the excellent Sky miniseries Chernobyl provides the essence of science vs. denial and repression. So contemporary in the age of Trump.




Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A River of Waste - A documentary about water pollution from CAFOs

A River of Waste - A documentary about water pollution from CAFOs - Industrial Lifestock Farms.
Environmental Documentary Series tonight 7 pm Siena Heights University Science Building Room 131

http://sustainability.sienaheights.edu/environmental-documentaries.html

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Environmental Documentary Series: Tonight: Waters of the U.S., From Standing Rock to the Swamp, and The Forever Chemicals

9th Environmental Documentary Series Winter Semester 2020.
Tonight: Waters of the U.S.,
From Standing Rock to the Swamp, and The Forever Chemicals
Info on URLs below
All films start Wednesdays 7:00 PM in the Science Building, Room SCI 131 and are free and open for everybody. This faculty-led program and any related discussion is for educational benefit only.

Week
Date
Film
Runtime
Topic
2
15-Jan
21+24+27
Water pollution, environmental law, activism
http://sustainability.sienaheights.edu/environmental-docume…

AG - Michigan Files Lawsuit Against 3M, DuPont and others for PFAS Contamination

AG - Michigan Files Lawsuit Against 3M, DuPont and others for PFAS Contamination

Monday, January 13, 2020

Joaquin Phoenix Urges Celebrities to Forgo Private Jets in Golden Globe Speech

Well done Joaquin!

Actor Joaquin Phoenix called on the audience at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday to make personal changes to their own lives to send a message that they’re serious about climate change.
“Hopefully we can be united and make some changes,” he said during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama. “It’s great to vote but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make sacrifices changes in our own lives and I hope we can do that.

Read more at: Joaquin Phoenix Urges Celebrities to Forgo Private Jets in Golden Globe Speech

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Tipping Point Identified for Deforestation That Leads to Rapid Forest Loss

Global satellite imagery shows transitions occur quickly after blocks of forest are cut in half.

University of Cincinnati geography researchers have identified a tipping point for deforestation that leads to rapid forest loss.
Geography professor Tomasz Stepinski used high-resolution satellite images from the European Space Agency to study landscapes in 9-kilometer-wide blocks across every inch of the planet between 1992 and 2015. He found that deforestation occurs comparatively slowly in these blocks until about half of the forest is gone. Then the remaining forest disappears very quickly.
Deforestation
The study was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Continue reading at: Tipping Point Identified for Deforestation That Leads to Rapid Forest Loss

Why climate models disagree on Earth's worst-case scenarios | Science News

Scientists still aren’t sure what the worst-case scenario for Earth’s future climate looks like

Earth’s climatic future is uncertain, but the world needs to prepare for change.
Enter climate simulations, which re-create the physical interactions between land, sea and sky using well-known physical laws and equations. Such models can look into the past and reconstruct ancient ice ages or hothouse worlds with the help of data gleaned from rocks and ice cores.

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But climate scientists also use these simulations to envision a range of different possible futures, particularly in response to climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. These Choose Your Own Adventure–type scenarios aim to predict what’s to come as a result of different emissions levels over the next few decades. That means putting upper and lower boundaries on answers to questions such as: How hot will it get? How high will the seas rise?


Continue reading at: Why climate models disagree on Earth's worst-case scenarios | Science News

Mapping the Coal Ash Contamination | Earthjustice

Do you live near a coal plant? The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to allow companies to delay closing unlined, hazardous coal ash ponds.

President Trump's attempt to weaken coal ash pollution safeguards is nothing more than a total giveaway to the coal industry and must be rejected.

Tell the EPA to reject this harmful rollback.

The Ligurian Bees of Kangaroo Island - Features Journal - Native Food and Wine

The Ligurian Bees of Kangaroo Island - Features Journal - Native Food and Wine

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Australia: Like a Furnace – Incredible Satellite Images Reveal Ferocious Bushfires

More trees lost means faster into the climate catastrophe, more human misery, more wildlife suffering and death, more and faster loss of biodiversity and more of this planet's beauty gone - and who is to blame for all of this?




THE COPERNICUS SENTINEL-2 MISSION HAS BEEN USED TO IMAGE THE FIRES. THE SENTINEL-2 SATELLITES EACH CARRY JUST ONE INSTRUMENT – A HIGH-RESOLUTION MULTISPECTRAL IMAGER WITH 13 SPECTRAL BANDS. THE SMOKE, FLAMES AND BURN SCARS CAN BE SEEN CLEARLY IN THE IMAGE SHOWN HERE, WHICH WAS CAPTURED ON 31 DECEMBER 2019. THE LARGE BROWNISH AREAS DEPICT BURNED VEGETATION AND PROVIDE AN IDEA OF THE SIZE OF THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE FIRES HERE – THE BROWN ‘STRIP’ RUNNING THROUGH THE IMAGE HAS A WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 50 KM AND STRETCHES FOR AT LEAST 100 KM ALONG THE AUSTRALIAN EAST COAST. CREDIT: CONTAINS MODIFIED COPERNICUS SENTINEL DATA (2019), PROCESSED BY ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO



Continue reading at: Australia: Like a Furnace – Incredible Satellite Images Reveal Ferocious Bushfires

Michigan PFAS Drinking Water Standard

Please consider posting a citizen comment to demand that everything is done to protect our water from these dangerous pollutants!


Michigan PFAS Drinking Water Standard