Posted on September 28, 2016 by Envirothink
Volunteers help plant and restore a salt marsh in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
Much has been written about what’s called the worst oil spill in U.S. history – Deepwater Horizon. Now there’s even a major motion picture about it.
What has only received limited national press has been the devastating effect and impact on Louisiana’s marshes, home to over 5 million migratory waterfowl each year as well a large population of brown pelicans, terns, and other tropical birds and a variety of other endangered species. A 2014 pictorial view of the Louisiana coastline was one of the few and sobering accounts of the devastation long after the fact.
Now a study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, finds the oil spill caused widespread erosion in the salt marshes along the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. And researchers say there’s a chance these marshes might never completely grow back.
Filed under: Oil spill devastation | Tagged: Barataria Basin, Deepwater Horizon, endangered sea turtles, endangered species, Gulf Coast, land erosion, Oceana, oil spill, salt marshes | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 21, 2016 by Envirothink
There’s a lot of milk out there. And if you look carefully at the labels, you may discover that what you don’t see could be a problem. Truth is, the majority of conventional milk comes from cows that are given rBST and/or rGBH, artificial growth hormones that have been in the news a lot.
But one northern California dairy is stepping outside the norm to provide what they feel is a healthier line of milk products.
Clover Stornetta Farms, a Petaluma, California-based dairy, is betting that consumers will go for their conventional milk that isn’t organic but is healthier. They plan to replace their conventional milk with one produced without GMOs in the supply line. Continue reading
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, GMOs | Tagged: artificial growth hormone, Clover Stornetta Dairy Farms, non-GMO, Non-GMO Project, organic, rBST, rGBH | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 14, 2016 by Envirothink
Australia’s famed hardwood tree – the Eucalyptus obliqua – could be spared in favor of 3Wood
Waste is a terrible thing, particularly when it comes to the use of hardwood trees. The World Wildlife Fund says that about 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year. That’s a huge amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from deforestation.
David Lewis, Australia’s Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) Director and co-developer, says “if you take a big tree, only a small percentage of that becomes hardwood; the rest is chipped and burned.”
But there’s hope on the horizon.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: 3RT, 3Wood, deforestation, environmentally-friendly, forests, innovation, technology, waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 12, 2016 by Envirothink
Ever wondered about the language of trees? They have one.
If you haven’t spent much time walking or hiking through a forest, you may not grasp the amazing link trees have with each other. Scientists now know that they communicate with each other and support each other through difficult times.
Filed under: Nature | Tagged: carbon, clear cutting, drought, forests, language, Peter Wohlleben | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 6, 2016 by Envirothink
Sydney, Australia’s Barangaroo South – a net positive water project
Water is a hot topic. With water tables dropping around the world, lakes and rivers are drying up. Annual rainfalls are changing, often dramatically. As temperatures around the globe heat up, drought is becoming the new normal. So builders and architects are turning their creative minds to innovation to recycle and reclaim water in order to turn once waterhog-ish buildings into net positive ones.
A recent article highlights a new urban renewal project in Sydney, Australia, that focuses on just this.
Filed under: Water issues | Tagged: black water, dropping water tables, drought, gray water, net positive water, reclaimed water, recycled, recycled water, urban renewal, wastewater treatment plant, Water Reuse Association | Leave a comment »