The environmental hazards of microbeads

Plastic microbeads  – tiny, toxic, plastic beads – are in many of our personal care products, like face scrub and toothpaste. They’re so tiny that they are washing down the drains and into our precious waterways.

graphic courtesy of 5 Gyres Institute

graphic courtesy of 5 Gyres Institute

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Straight talk, inspiration and hope – never give up these 3 keys to help you meet big challenges

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A northern California lakebed devastated by drought – just one of the many symptoms of climate change

The facts about climate change are looking pretty dire. With the Antarctic ice shelf melting, the continued rise in greenhouse gases and big governments effectively hamstrung and/or side-stepping the serious issues in favor of posturing and “talking a good game”, if you said we’re in serious trouble you’d be right. But as a writer I’ve learned that focusing on the negative – as pronounced and apparent as it may be – won’t help us reach the solutions we so desperately need.

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USDA poised to approve new GMO seed

GMO corn field, photo by Bob Bell, flickr

GMO corn field, photo by Bob Bell, flickr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may well give its approval to a new genetically modified (GMO) seed which is manipulated to live through sprayings of Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a chemical cocktail containing both glyphosate and an older toxic chemical 2,4-D.

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A bridge made of discarded plastic bottles

Plastic is everywhere. Last month 5 Gyres institute completed  a three-week sail from Bermuda to Iceland and found microplastic particles in every surface sample collected during the trip.

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A view of hope for our ocean and our planet – Cousteau’s Mission 31

Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, lived and worked underwater for 31 consecutive days during the project now called Mission 31. This project was a rare opportunity for scientists to become part of the world under our oceans and expand our knowledge of its issues and grandeur.

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A clear case to support the banning of gill nets for commercial fishing

Just came across this video about the emptying of marine life from the Sea of Cortez between mainland Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula. It’s a clear indictment against the serious damage that commercial overfishing and the use of gill nets have done to what once was a remarkable paradise for hundreds of types of fish and marine life.

The consequences of blatant of human destruction are clear. Watch the video. It not only shows what’s been done but offers some hope with the conservation efforts taking place. To have the locals get behind these efforts is pretty special. One van hope that these efforts will payoff – for the people who depend on fishing for their livelihood and for the Sea of Cortez to be able to return to its aquatic splendor.

Food companies are quietly hedging their bets with newer non-GMO products

Ben & Jerry's reformulated their Coffee Heath Bar ice cream to nix the GMO's

Ben & Jerry’s reformulated their Coffee Heath Bar ice cream to nix the GMO’s

With the passage of Vermont’s new GMO labeling bill, food manufacturers are wondering which way the winds of consumer demand will really go, and how soon. Always looking to make a profit, many companies are quietly hedging their bets by recalibrating ingredients in some of their product lines.

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