4 Dolphins Bust Out of ‘Recreational Facility’ Where They Were Being Held in Taiji, Japan
January 5, 2017
Can you imagine being a dolphin and being held in prison for doing nothing wrong? You spend all your days behind bars with other miserable jail mates. Sometimes they become aggressive towards you due to their own frustrations of being so tightly confined. Why have your freedoms been taken away? Because you provide so-called “public entertainment.”
Unfortunately, for many dolphins and other cetaceans, this is their reality. But at least four dolphins are taking matters into their own fins. In an awesome feat, four dolphins have escaped from a recreational facility named DolphinBase in the Japanese town of Taiji. Taiji is internationally known for the cruel dolphin hunts that take place there every year between September and March, where large numbers of wild dolphins are herded into a small cove. From there, they are either slaughtered for their meat or hand-picked for captive facilities, such as DolphinBase. The four dolphins who escaped are between three to five years old and were being trained to swim with tourists in the facility’s seaside pens. Sadly, they had been held captive for more than six months.
The four dolphins escaped after staff at DolphinBase found their nets slashed. Go dolphins, go!
Local police don’t know who was behind the incident. But unfortunately, three of the dolphins are back in their enclosure, while one dolphin remains missing. We hope he swims far, far away!
It’s no wonder these four dolphins jumped on the opportunity to escape DolphinBase the moment they were given the chance to. Dolphins, which are second in intelligence behind humans, are one of the few animals that can learn new things throughout their lives, and then teach those new skills to their young. Even though it may seem like a neat idea, please don’t swim with dolphins and urge your friends and family to do the same. Not supporting marine parks and learning why there is hope for the demise of the captivity industry are also great steps.
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Reuters reported that (finally) “Trump acknowledges Russia role in U.S. election hacking: aide” Sun, 08 Jan 2017. He actually asked Russia to hack last July, or implied that they had done so (video-text further below). Had he forgotten so quickly?
The big mystery in this alleged hacking story is why does Russia need ExxonMobil’s technology so desperately that they would hack to help get Trump in, apparently so that sanctions would be dropped? Why can’t Russia figure out oil and gas technologies on their own, after all of this time? Perhaps if they would spend time on developing their own technologies in oil and gas, or preferably renewables, rather than hacking, then the technology sanctions would not matter. Or are their elites feeling the pinch of sanctions in other ways? Banking? Luxury goods? Why does Russia, which seems so reliant on the oil and gas industry, continue to…
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From ProPublica: Trump’s Pick for Commerce Secretary May Have the Biggest Conflicts of Them All by Derek Kravitz, Dec. 16, 2016, 12:46 pm
Many of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks are titans of industry with significant potential business conflicts of interest.
But there is one in a class by himself: Commerce secretary choice Wilbur Ross.
Ross has made a fortune in the steel industry — an industry of which the Commerce Department has significant oversight. Indeed, government transition documents show that the Commerce Department is slated to make no fewer than five decisions about steel trade soon after the inauguration which will directly affect businesses that Ross has a stake in.
“It’s on adifferent order of magnitude and complexity than any other cabinet pick,” said Norman Eisen, the White House’s chief ethics lawyer in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. “Now it’s up to him to figure if he…
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Who will weep for China’s ivory carvers when China’s proposed wide ranging ivory trading ban comes into force in 2017?
In a 6 January 2017 piece for the Guardian, Xiaomei Chen explores the notion that “’’Elephants are not the only victims’: the lament of China’s ivory lovers.”
Corruption ruins the lives for all adversely affected. The illegal trafficking and trade in ivory is no exception. Firstly, current rates show that some 30,000 elephants a year (source: the ‘Elephant Census’) are brutally poached to meet the demand for illegal ivory. Then there are the brave rangers lost in the act of defence (may they RIP). The poachers caught in the act and shot, some may feel sorry for them and their families, some may not…….……..However, the hypothesis presented, is should we feel sympathy for the ‘innocent’ ivory carvers (“just making a living”) who…
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Juvenile grey seal resting. Whether it be for seals, whales, or elephants — wildlife poaching is a crime that should be taken seriously.
January 5th, 2017 (Sheryl Fink). A small victory for common sense and wildlife protection is being celebrated as the province of Quebec, Canada, rejected a proposal to slaughter 1,200 grey seals in Brion Island Nature Reserve under the pretext of “scientific research.”
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A right whale seen off the coast of Brevard.(Photo: Delinda Karnehm / for FLORIDA TODAY)
January 6th, 2017 (Jim Waymer). MELBOURNE, Fla. — Federal regulators have denied six pending permits for using high-powered airguns to scan the ocean floor for signs of oil and gas deposits from Florida to Delaware.
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Attention, people of earth: we have a serious plastic problem. In just 30 years, global plastic production has jumped over 320 percent, which equates to about 300 million tons of plastic pieces coming into circulation every year. If imagining what 300 million tons of plastic looks like isn’t enough to boggle your mind, here’s another scary fact: over 85 percent of that plastic is never recycled. It makes its way from the factories to the stores to our homes, and then, way more often than not, it ends up in landfills instead of the recycling bin. To make matters worse, it doesn’t stay in landfills. Studies have shown that 80 percent of marine trash is land-based and 90 percent of that trash is plastic. Once plastic ends up in the ocean, the world’s marine animals are stuck with it. It can take thousands of years for plastic to break down, and when it does, it only breaks into small pieces known as microplastics.
These facts are some heavy realities to process but in spite of that, we can all do something to help. In fact, one little boy took his passion for recycling and turned it into a business that benefits the planet.
In 2012, after visiting the local recycling center in Orange County, California, Ryan decided that recycling would be his future. He was three-years-old at the time.
According to the Ryan’s Recycling website, “The day after going to the recycling center, Ryan notified his mom and dad that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all the neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him.” Soon he had a bonafide consumer-base made up of neighbors and community members.
He collects and sorts plastic, glass, and tin items then takes them over to the recycling center. Ryan is using the money he’s made from customers to save for his future college education (you really have to get a head start these days).
Ryan has also become a Youth Ambassador for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) in Laguna Beach. Currently, over 700 marine species are threatened with extinction, so this rescue organization can use all the help they can get. All proceeds from Ryan’s Recycling t-shirts go to help PMMC’s volunteer efforts.
It’s amazing that at such a young age, Ryan is committed to sticking to a regular recycling schedule. He spends a portion of each week sorting recyclables that have been donated by friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers of neighbors and he and his family make weekly trips to the center. So far, he has recycled over 200,000 bottles and cans and donated $1,624 to charity. This kid sure knows how to #CrushPlastic! To learn more about Ryan’s Recycling, visit the official website.
While efforts are being made to remove debris from the oceans, improve recycling systems, and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste at the source.
If we all make an effort to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that finds its way into the oceans.
Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.
When we start to look for it, we quickly find there is a literal sea of distressing environmental news flooding our phones and computers every day. Seeing this deluge of negativity, it’s easy to start to lose faith. But the winners of the Bow Seat’s 2016 Ocean Awareness Contest reminds us that we have the power and the creativity to change the course of our oceans’ fate. Bow Seat is an organization dedicated to, “inspire[ing] the next generation of ocean caretakers through education and engagement with the arts, science, and advocacy.” As a part of this mission, Bow Seat hosts The Ocean Awareness Contest. Every year, they ask middle schoolers and high schoolers across the world to submit a piece of artwork addressing ocean pollution and the challenges we face going forward. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, and these images speak volumes. Here are a few of some of the compelling pieces centered around ocean plastics from the 2016 winners.
This piece is titled, “Message in a Bottle” by Jessica Yang. It shows how the 40 billion plastic bottles we put in landfills every year make their way into our oceans and affect marine life.
We have a responsibility to future generations to maintain our most precious resource. These children clearly see the danger plastic poses to our oceans and marine life – we owe it to both these young ones and animals to stop our reckless behavior and prevent plastic pollution. Join One Green planets #CrushPlastic movement to learn about easy ways that you can help to save our planet’s oceans and the animals that live in them.
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One Green Planet
Imagine you’re taking a day to relax on the beach. There’s a warm, gentle breeze rustling your voluminous, freshly-washed hair –you pretty much look like a super model. You reach for a chip and hear the crinkle of cellophane mixing with the hypnotic sounds of the surf crash against the beach. As the sun presses down on your oiled bronzing skin, you grab your water bottle feel the cool plastic, slick from perspiration, beneath your palm as you take a swig of the ice cold water. Now imagine a 37-foot sperm whale washing up dead at your feet on the beach. Back to reality . . .
A juvenile sperm whale recently washed up dead on a beach of the Davao Gulf just outside of a resort in Samal, located in the Philippines. The autopsy revealed that the whale had, “large amounts of plastic trash, fishing nets, hooks and even a piece of coco lumber in its stomach,” and experts believe the cause of death for this majestic creature was choking on plastic. Seems a little crazy that such a mammoth whale could be taken down by plastic, but this is not the first time this has happened. Of the 54 whale deaths that have been reported in the Davao Gulf, only four of them can be attributed to natural causes. That means that 50 whales have died because of human industry and pollution. This is unacceptable, but how do we stop these senseless deaths?
The Next Time You Use Disposable Plastics – Think of a Dead 37-Foot Sperm Whale
So think back to your fictional day on the beach. Did you know that 18,000 tons of shampoo bottles are thrown out every year? Or that 40 billion plastic bottles end up in landfill every year. We generate around 8.8 million tons of plastic waste annually and only 15 percent of it is recycled – the majority of it makes it back into our oceans. From there it makes it into the stomachs and throats of marine life like the young sperm whale in this picture. Plastic pollution chokes, cuts, and entangles marine life and is currently endangering 700 different species with extinction around the world. So the next time you’re fantasizing about your perfect day, cut disposable plastics out of the picture, and while you’re at it – cut them out of your real life as well. Join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign to learn about how you can stop plastic pollution at the source. Stop daydreaming about saving the world and start doing it.
Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.
Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has spend most of his life deeply involved in two institutions – ExxonMobil and the Boy Scouts – which have been guility of gross negligence and crimes of the sort which impacts generations of innocents.
The Boy Scouts released their “perversion files” in 2012, shortly after Tillerson’s tenure as National President seems to have ended. Files were released by the Boy Scouts only because a court order forced them to do so. Tillerson had continued to serve on the executive board. Release of files was not willingly, as Reuters reported on Thu Oct 18, 2012, “Boy Scout files reveal long history of child sex abuse cases.” Furthermore, many files give a number rather than the name of the abuser, and parts of documents are redacted.
1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Whistleblowers, journalists, and Congressional Assistants need to get busy…
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