What will it take to prevent disastrous oil spills?

Oil spill in the Nigerian Delta

Oil spill in the Nigerian Delta

Just read this sobering fact: According to Amnesty International, in the past year, Royal Dutch Shell reported 204 oil spills in the Niger Delta. During that same timeframe, the Italian multinational oil giant ENI reported 349 spills.

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Endangered sea turtles get their day in Costa Rica

An endangered green sea turtle

An endangered green sea turtle

According to the World Wildlife Fund, nearly all species of sea turtles are Endangered. The reasons are many – poaching for their meat or eggs, habitat destruction, boat strikes, ingesting plastic debris and “accidental” trapping in vast gill nets causing their deaths are a few of them. The Sea Turtle Conservancy is making huge strides to save these magnificent creatures.

The oldest sea turtle organization in the world, the Conservancy’s mission is to protect / recover sea turtle populations around the world, especially in Central America. Its long-term monitoring protection program, established in 1995. is in Tortuguero, on the northeastern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Continue reading

Earthstone,Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s New Outdoor Exhibit: A Massive Sculptural Art Piece

Editor:  The following article is focused on a northern California event but as it combines art, music and the environment, perhaps it’s something you readers will appreciate. Enjoy!

Earthstone - a remarkable newly installed sculpture by artist Colleen Barry

Earthstone – a remarkable newly installed outdoor sculpture by artist Colleen Barry. Photo by Debra Atlas

Outdoor art is nothing new for Redding (California). Just look around at Caldwell Park or in front of the United Methodist Church.

Art can capture our imaginations and inspire us, although we’re often too busy for this to happen. But Turtle Bay Exploration Park is hoping folks around Redding – plus those who visit – will make the time for such worthy important things.

On a very hot Saturday, June 13, Turtle Bay launched its newest outdoor sculpture, Earthstone. Created by well-known Redding artist Colleen Barry, Earthstone sits in a circle with stones around the circle on a hillock, across from the Australian gardens, surrounded by new greenery and young trees, toward the eastern side of the McConnell Arboretum gardens.

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Papa John’s pizza puts its money on getting rid of unhealthy ingredients

Papa John's PizzaThe pizza world, like the rest of the restaurant world, is highly competitive. As a self-proclaimed pizza aficionado and major fan, I can tell you that not all pizzas are created equal – especially when it comes to flavor and truly natural ingredients.

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5 Gyres works to help stop plastic pollution of microbeads

plastic microbeads

The issue of plastic in our oceans is huge – and growing! Even with encouraging news regarding Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat’s plan to clean up half the Pacific Garbage Patch in just 10 years, the issue of microbeads remains.

Plastic microbeads are in beauty products like toothpaste and facial scrubs in humongous amounts. One tube of exfoliating scrub can contain over 350,000 plastic microbeads! It’s estimated that 471 million microbeads are released into the San Francisco Bay every day.

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Who does the USDA really represent? Surely not the public’s welfare

Genetically engineered Diamond back moth by Oxitec

With all the hoopla across the country about whether or not to pass legislation that would give the public the right to know what’s in the food we eat and about preventing carcinogenic pesticides from being used on our food crops, the idea that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would flagrantly disregard concerns of environmentalists and concerned citizens seems at odds with its public charter. Yet that’s apparently what’s happened.

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As Whole Foods undermines organics, consumers will lose

Whole Foods 2Whole Foods has gained a reputation as a place consumers can count on for quality as well as variety. Along with that, it’s become a stellar showcase for more and more organic products often not easily found elsewhere. But, like so much these days, that is changing and not for the better.

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