Thousands of farmed salmon escape into the Pacific – after the powers that be said it wouldn’t happen

Farmed fish have escaped into the Pacific, threatening wild salmon, photo courtesy of NOAA

Contrary to assurances by fish farming concerns, thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon have escaped into the Pacific Ocean. They escaped from a damaged net pen at a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm off Cypress Island in Washington’s Puget Sound on Saturday, This has sparked fears that the farm-raised fish could threaten wild Pacific salmon.

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Kids make a difference with Kids Ocean Day

Kids Ocean Day

Can kids make a difference in the world? There are so many young heroes out there – elementary  and middle schoolers who start charities, teenagers who mentor young environmentalists. It’s an impressive, continually growing list.

You’ll want to check out this remarkable video of kids involved in Kids Ocean Day, a group that’s work with over 600,000 young people, teaching them how to keep our beaches and oceans clean.

SFO’s latest art exhibit – art made from garbage

Travelers pass by this artwork of Eric Otto, using recycled spray and house paint on found objects.

Travelers pass by this artwork of Eric Otto, using recycled spray and house paint on found objects.

Employee-owned,Francisco-based Recology – the largest organics compost facility operator by volume in the United States – announced today the launch of a web page featuring San Francisco Airport’s (SFO) Museum’s exhibition of work from the Recology Artist in Residence Program at the United Terminal. The Art of Recology highlights this innovative art program that was founded to challenge the way we think about waste, consumption, and art.

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Concerns for toxic chemical use in the news

Pesticides signConsumers have reason to be concerned. The use of toxic chemicals is seriously on the rise. And their effects, although our federal “watchdog” agencies are officially touting them to be safe, look to be real cause for concern (to put it mildly).

Here are a few stories that hit the news today. Judge for yourselves, then you might want to make some changes.

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Plastic Bags: on their way out?

Wildlife are mistaking plastic bags for food, often resulting in an agonizing death

In California alone, consumers use upwards of 19 million plastic bags per year, which require approximately 8 million barrels of oil to produce.

90 percent of the bags used in the United States never get recycled. Globally, of the 500 billion of the flimsy, single-use bags we go through, many end up either in landfills or as wind-blown or ocean gyre litter that gets consumed by wildlife and marine life, resulting in many agonizingly painful deaths. For many environmentalists and concerned consumers, plastic bags represent Public Enemy #1.

Across the globe, cities, counties and countries are grappling with this environmental disaster.

To discover what towns and countries have banned the use of these flimsy bags and what other options are being explored, go to http://bit.ly/svCOJW.

New refrigerator standards will save consumers big time in energy costs

New refrigerataor standards in 2014 will let consumers save up to 25 percent in energy use

Environmentalists working hand in hand with consumer groups and an entire industry to come up with energy efficiency standards that work for consumers?

If you’re thinking it’s unlikely, think again. Case in point is the Department of Energy’s recent announcement about new standards being issued that will cut the energy use of most new refrigerators by as much as 25 percent.

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Judge orders Monsanto GMO plants to be destroyed

GMO sugar beets make up over 57 percent of our nation's sugar crop

Although U.S.  District Court Judge Jeffrey White ruled last August that the planting and sales of Monsanto’s genetically- modified sugar beets was banned, the US Department of Agriculture still issued permits that allowed companies to plant seedlings to produce seed for future GMO sugar beet crops.

 On November 30th, Judge White – who has ruled on other related Monsanto issues – said those seedlings “shall be removed from the ground.”

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