Stephen Palumbi
Stephen Palumbi,
Mother Mother Ocean...
connecting industrial profits...
to their actual bottom line...


There's a surprising link between the Ocean's health and human health, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how industrial toxic OIL waste at the bottom of the Ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. His work points a way forward for saving the oceans' health -- and humanity's...
biography



The Link Between The Whales's Health and Human Health...




Unprecedented PCB OIL Levels in Dolphins
and the Health Risks


Researchers from NOAA and its partner institutions recently discovered that bottlenose dolphins inhabiting estuaries along the Georgia coast have the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) ever reported in marine wildlife. The term PCB encompasses a suite of persistent contaminants that have been banned in the United States since the late 1970s due to documented adverse health effects. The extraordinarily high levels of PCBs measured in the dolphins, a maximum concentration of 2900 parts per million, may be suppressing their immune function.

The unique signature of the PCB OIL compounds found in these dolphins is consistent with contaminants of concern at a Superfund site near Brunswick, Ga. Scientists are equally concerned about the high PCB levels in dolphins sampled near a marine protected area approximately 30 miles from Brunswick. This suggests that the contaminants are moving along the coast through the marine food web.

"When we received the lab results for the Georgia dolphins, we were alarmed by the contaminant levels and set out to investigate how these heavy chemical burdens were affecting their health," states Lori Schwacke, Ph.D., with NOAA's Center for Oceans and Human Health at the Hollings Marine Lab and co-lead investigator on the team.

Last August, the team conducted a dolphin 'capture-release medical physical' on this population and found decreased levels of thyroid hormones, elevated liver enzymes and indications of suppressed immune function...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100218173116.htm




Another PCB OIL recovery vessel abandoned....


Fortunately the US Coast Guard is well funded by the tax payer's deep federal 'Accidental Oil Spill' liability "Trust Funds", financed by a TAX of five cents per barrel of crude oil, to help with the lucrative industrial slippery OIL SPILL clean-ups and leftover toxic barge-loads to be cleaned up at the tax payer's expense, aiding the richest industries in history to pursue more shapely vessels over-seas and benefit from the tax loopholes, and services not readily available at the home port...

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/feb/03/coast-guard-works-to-stabilize-derelict/







PHYTOPLANKTON are some of the most important life-forms on our planet, and are key for the survival of all marine Life, and land Life. They provide most of the OXYGEN we breathe (and are more valuable than any land-based plant life), and are responsible for the majority of photosynthesis on our planet, which has the added bonus of filtering out the majority of CO2 in our atmosphere. NEWS: The Ocean CO2 Eco-Cycle


Global Warming Is Reducing Ocean Life....
While Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide



"Phytoplankton grow faster in a cool ocean and slower in a warm one," said Siegel. "The scary part is that the oceans are warming now ---- caused by our emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide."

These microscopic plants are predicted to grow even slower in the warmer oceans of the future. This in turn will reduce the food available to fish and other organisms, including marine birds and mammals, which are supported by the ocean's food chain. Phytoplankton are responsible for about the same amount of photosynthesis each year as all the plants on land combined.

Another disturbing result of reduced phytoplankton is that our atmosphere depends on the consumption of atmospheric carbon dioxide by these plants. Reduced phytoplankton means less carbon dioxide is taken up by the ocean, which could speed global warming, contributing to a vicious cycle of increased warming.

"Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere play a big part in global warming," said lead author Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University. "This study shows that as the climate warms, phytoplankton growth rates go down and along with them the amount of carbon dioxide these ocean plants consume. That allows carbon dioxide to accumulate more rapidly in the atmosphere, which would produce more warming."
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061207084052.htm







phytoplankton :: Produce 70% of the Oxygen on Earth...

Building Block #1 in the Food Chain and Oxygen Cycle for Life on Earth...

What do you think is killing the phytoplankton...

The trees on Earth are often called the 'lungs' of the biosphere... yet we are cutting and selling our 'lungs' for a profit... that goes to the richest corporations... and special favors to the most disloyal of all politicians in American history...

... and the biggest 'gardens' on Earth are in the Oceans... yet industrial mavericks save money by using the Oceans for their toxic toilet... killing the phytoplankton that freely provided 70% of the Oxygen on Earth for millions of years.... freely generated from the Light of the Sun.... soon we will be buying oxygen from the same industrial mavericks that are destroying the phytoplankton


in the profound lyrics of Joni Mitchell :
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We are stardust... we are golden...
We are caught in the devils bargain...
And we got to get ourselves back to the Garden...

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http://EcoDelMar.org/phytoplankton



We are already loosing the Coral Reefs on Earth caused by Ocean Acidification: http://EcoDelMar.org/coral

-- and the Climate Change unfolding today is clearly anthropogenic--

-- can we get the 'voters' and our governments to recognize that the industrial 'revolution' is driving up the CO2 that is causing Ocean Acidification-- potentially harming the health of phytoplankton -- Earth's #1 source of Oxygen for us to breathe in the air.

..:: " A recent study by Dalhousie University oceanographer Boris Worm and his team found that phytoplankton populations in the ocean are declining at an alarming rate because of human activity and climate change.

..:: " Why should you care?

..:: " phytoplankton removes CO2 from our AIR and produce more than half the OXYGEN we breathe.

..:: " The report, published in the July 29 edition of Nature, states that phytoplankton have already declined by about 40 per cent since 1950.

..:: " We can't BREATHE without them--

..:: " While governments stall and deniers spread confusion, it gets more and more difficult to achieve the kind of emissions reductions that scientists say are necessary to prevent the Earth from reaching a cataclysmic period.

..:: " It was once possible-- and "MAY" still be--

http://DavidSuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2010/08/declining-phytoplankton-another-sign-of-climate-catastrophe/







... just a comment on the emotional aspect of global warming... CO2 and Ocean chemistry don't really care about our emotions... marine life with shells are already dissolving... and having difficulty finding sufficient oxygen to maintain Life.... and whether or not we decided to get involved, we are... Ocean Acidification is well under way... according to NOAA it will not be reversed for thousands of years... and most of the oxygen we breathe comes from healthy Living Oceans... while air conditioning may change the temperature of the air to make us more comfortable inside a building, it impacts the Life of the phytoplankton that generate the oxygen we depend on to stay alive...

http://ecodelmar.org/UNEP

http://ecodelmar.org/NOAA

http://ecodelmar.org/phytoplankton


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... quote via : Urban Paradise Guild..::" The biggest polluters have systematically assassinated science, effectively removing it as a basis for good governance. They have created think-tanks to promote these views, and propaganda machines (like FOX)... to hype ignorance. It is no mistake that Republicans benefit most from these same forces. Republicans use the smoke and mirrors built by the polluters to justify policies that benefit the polluters...
http://www.facebook.com/urbanparadiseguild




Frogs are disappearing around the world, primarily due to the widespread use of the toxic weed-killers such as atrazine. As the most commonly found pesticide in U.S. waters, atrazine can kill tadpoles and lead to limb deformities in adult frogs. Please tell the EPA to ban the weed killer atrazine to protect our water, our frogs and our own health! https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2269&s_src=EcoDelMar.org




Medicine from Coral Reefs:
(AZT) azidothymidine, a drug widely used to treat people with AIDS.

The life saving medication, AZT was created from a chemical found in the Caribbean Sea coral reefs, Gorgonian, a type of soft coral commonly referred to as type of sea sponge. Although coral reefs are in the process of dying worldwide, it still unknown how many life saving medicines, derived from coral reefs could have been discovered before the reefs are lost forever. An aquatic organism, called bryozoan Bugula neritina, yields a compound currently being tested in the fight against cancer. Caribbean gorgonian (a soft coral) produces a group of compounds with anti-inflammatory properties.

http://www.noaa.gov/features/economic_0309/medicines.html



Acidifying the ocean is particularly detrimental to the Living organisms that secrete shell material made of CaCO3, such as coral reefs and a type of phytoplankton called coccolithophorids [Kleypas et al., 1999]. The ocean pH change will persist for thousands of years. Because the fossil fuel CO2 rise is faster than natural CO2 increases in the past, the ocean will be acidified to a much greater extent than has occurred naturally in at least the past 800,000 years [Caldeira and Wicket, 2003].

http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2005/07/the-acid-ocean-the-other-problem-with-cosub2sub-emission/
http://EcoDelMar.org/phytoplankton




Phytoplankton
and Zooplankton










Changes in the carbonate chemistry of the ocean may have a strong negative impact on many phytoplankton and zooplankton species that form the base of the marine food chain.

In almost all calcifying organisms tested, ranging from single-celled organisms up to reef building corals, there is a decrease in the ability of the organism to produce calcium carbonate in more acidic waters (6). One study has documented the changes in two species of coccolithophores grown under conditions expected by the end of this century, where both species show significant decreases (25 - 45%) in calcification rates and clear signs of structural damage in their shells, which may affect their physical functioning and reproduction. However, not all species of calcifying organisms are negatively affected by increased acidity, and more research is needed to understand these mechanisms and possible adaptation pathways(7).

The first two photos on the left show scanning electron microscopy photographs of the calcifying phytoplankton Gephyrocapsa oceanica under CO2 conditions of today (top) and under the high CO2 conditions expected by the end of this century (middle).
Pteropods are small "winged snails" that form the basis of the food chain for many commercial fish species. A recent study has observed shell dissolution in living pteropods when exposed to the carbonate content of the ocean expected in the next 50 years in the high latitudes (6).

If ocean acidification leads to disturbances in the populations of these organisms, other non-calcifying organisms may out-compete them for food and nutrients, leading to a change in the ecosystem composition of the system. Although some of the affected organisms are important prey for higher organisms, it is not yet clear how such changes would affect the entire ecosystem.

Photo courtesy of Ulf Riebesell, IFM-GEOMAR. (www.nature.com): Riebesell et al. (2000) Reduced calcification of marine phytoplankton in response to increased atmospheric CO2, Nature 407, 364-367. (Top and Middle); Photo credit: Russ Hopcroft, California State University San Marcos (Bottom)

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - UNESCO




www.eia.gov : consumption global fuels
CO2 graph historic
CO2 Evidence NASA
Ocean pH graph
http://www.global-greenhouse-warming.com/ocean-acidification.html
coral reef - elkhorn before
coral reef - elkhorn today
coral reef - elkhorn Ken



Our Geo-Engineering "Climate Fix"... That Poisons Ocean Life...
Fertilising the oceans with iron to absorb carbon dioxide could increase concentrations of a chemical that can kill marine mammals, a study has found.

(From BBC News / by Richard Black) -- Iron stimulates growth of marine algae that absorb CO2 from the air, and has been touted as a "climate fix".

Now researchers have shown that the algae increase production of a nerve poison that can kill mammals and birds.

Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they say this raises "serious concern" over the idea.

http://OceanLeaderShip.org/2010/climate-fix-could-poison-sea-life/




What is Killing the Phytoplankton...

A chemical culprit responsible for the rapid, mysterious death of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic Ocean has been found by collaborating scientists at Rutgers University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

"The "lipids" (oils) themselves can cause death just like a virus," says Van Mooy. "We can cause the phytoplankton to die by just giving the lipids." ... and this newly found lipid (oil)... deals it's toxic twist of fate by causing the upper-ocean plants to commit cellular "suicide"... There is also a potential connection with cancer.

"It appears that the virus has "borrowed", (copied actually), the genes for this lipid (oil) from the host," he says. "Similar genes are still on the host, but the virus has figured out a way to take those genes and put them into its own genome, and alter them enough to make them more toxic."

Van Mooy sees it as a struggle between two mighty forces. "The phytoplankton are at one end of the boxing ring and they're taking up carbon dioxide, and the viruses are at the other end, and they're out to kill them. And how that works out controls how much carbon dioxide is taken up.

If viruses are killing off phytoplankton, this can increase greenhouse emissions, Van Mooy suggests. "That's important because if viruses infect a whole bunch of cells, then they can't perform photosynthesis, they can't take up carbon dioxide."

Van Mooy said: "There are probably more out there. And who knows what kind of activities they may be involved with. They may hold a cure for a human disease or they may play unknown vital role in ...... "phytoplankton"....

http://www.oceanleadership.org/2009/newly-discovered-fat-molecule-an-undersea-killer-with-an-upside/




MORE FAKE CLIMATE DENIAL WEBSITES POPPING UP

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change - Koch Industries Climate DENIAL FRONT

$60,000 received from Koch foundations 2005-2008 [Total Koch foundation grants 1997-2008 : $85,000]

co2science.org :: Center 2 Study CO2 and "Global Change" :: Koch Industries Climate 'DENIAL FRONT ' :: http://bit.ly/eLVFsm




USF Ocean Researcher say even the oil droplets kill phytoplankton
One BP OIL head sealed, while gushers of uncertainty remains...
September 19, 2010|By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times

Kendra Daly, an ocean researcher at the University of South Florida, said even the droplets could kill many plankton, a crucial component of the ocean food chain, possibly creating a cascade effect that could reduce the populations of other, larger species. Already researchers have found some evidence of oil harming plankton in an important spawning area of the Gulf.

Susan Shaw, a marine toxicologist and director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill, Maine, is among those concerned that the combination of the oil and dispersant is "more toxic than either alone" because the dispersants break down the lipid membranes of cells, allowing oil to enter organs more easily, she said.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/19/nation/la-na-oil-spill-legacy-20100919/3




What is killing the phytoplankton...

Ocean Acidification is the term used to describe the decrease in seawater pH due to ocean's absorption of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere...

Ocean Acidification is suspected to affect the functioning of ocean plankton

http://oceanacidification.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/two-year-engineer-contract-%E2%80%9Cstudy-of-the-effects-of-ocean-acidification-on-the-functioning-of-natural-planktonic-communities-in-the-mediterranean-sea-using-large-scale-pelagic-mesocosms/

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please see: http://EcoDelMar.org/phytoplankton

and: http://ecodelmar.org/pcb



What is killing the phytoplankton...

The Vital Link Between the Ocean's Health and Human Health...

http://EcoDelmar.org/pcb :: this video is about dolphins and whales.... and the PCBs known to be circulating in Earth's Oceans and biosphere...

... here is my question...



The "abstract" below is related to several "safer" replacements for PCBs...

...while the text of the abstract states the toxicity is "less" when compared to PCBs... yet the "quantity" of (10 to 56 ug/L) is extremely low...

ug/L = PPB = part per Billion

mg/L = PPM = parts per Million


.... if these "safer" replacement chemicals are considered "toxic" at such extremely low trace levels... and the newer chemicals are "stated to be" less toxic than PCBs... when realizing that dolphins and whales are now testing at well over 1,000 PPM .... Houston, we have a problem.... because industry has already dumped tons of PCBs into rivers that obviously drain into our Oceans... what may not be so obvious to these industrial mavericks is that dumping their toxic pesticides and herbicides into the Ocean is killing the vital phytoplankton that produce most of the oxygen on Earth...


... if these new and supposedly "safer" replacement chemicals are toxic to algae at such low trace levels.... what about the toxic effect of the much higher levels of PCBs in the Oceans now, that could certainly be linked to the 40% loss of phytoplankton happening throughout the Oceans today...

please see: http://ecodelmar.org/phytoplankton



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Laboratory studies were conducted to determine the acute or chronic toxicity of seven potential polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) replacement products (six phosphate esters and one water-glycol mixture) to the alga Selenastrum capricornutum and three species of invertebrates. Significant reductions in algal biomass after 14 d of incubation were measured in tests with five phosphate esters at nominal concentrations ranging from 0.10 to 10 mg/L. The acute toxicity of six phosphate esters tested against a daphnid (Daphnia magna), a midge (Chironomus plumosus) and an amphipod (Gammarus pseudolimnaeus) was moderate, ranging from 1.1 to 18.0 mg/L. The water-gylcol mixture was nontoxic to algae and invertebrates at the highest nominal concentration tested (100 mg/L).

Chronic toxicity tests based on nominal concentrations indicated that five of the six phosphate esters tested against daphnids reduced survival and reproduction at concentrations ranging from 10 to 56 ug/L. whereas only one of three tested against amphipods significantly reduced growth and survival at concentrations of 31 to 128 ug/L. Emergence of midges exposed to three phosphate esters for 30 d was significantly reduced at concentrations of 36 to 319 ug/L. The water-glycol mixture tested was much less toxic to algae and invertebrates than were the phosphate esters. These data indicate that the potential hazard of phosphate esters to the environment is significantly less than that of PCBs.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.5620040204/abstract


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http://EcoDelmar.org/pcb ... this video is about the PCBs in dolphins and whales....
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http://members.greenpeace.org/blog/larry_l/2011/01/26/link-between-the-dolphin-s-health-and-h





Our Oceans Need more help... and less hurt...

Our Oceans gave us everything... what did we give back...


The drawdown of both carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrate per mole of phosphate and the rate of new production by diatoms are much lower than that measured for P. antarctica. Consequently, the capacity of the biological community to draw down atmospheric CO2 and transport it to the deep ocean could diminish dramatically if predicted increases in upper ocean stratiŢcation due to climate warming should occur.

http://ocean.stanford.edu/EESS243/Arrigo_et_al_1999.pdf



* A 1,000-km northward shift of warmer-water plankton, with a similar retreat of colder-water plankton, has been observed in the north-east Atlantic over the past 50 years, as the seas around the UK have become warmer.

* In the North Sea, the population of the previously dominant and important cold-water zooplankton species Calanus finmarchicus has declined in biomass by 70% since the 1960s.

* The seasonal timing of plankton production has altered in response to recent climate changes. Some species are occurring up to four to six weeks earlier than 20 years ago, affecting predators, including fish.


Continued increase in sea temperature, due to climate change and associated changes such as ocean acidification, are likely to exert major influences on plankton abundance and geographical distributions, with implications for primary production and climate control.

http://www.mccip.org.uk/annual-report-card/2007-2008/healthy-and-diverse-marine-ecosystem.aspx



Phytoplankton has reduced by 40% since 1950...

"Over half of the world's OXYGEN is produced by these phytoplankton," explained Professor David Thomas, from the school of ocean sciences at the University of Bangor. "If you took that away you would lose the basis of life on the globe. There simply wouldn't be enough oxygen to support life." Professor Thomas said: "If you go back far enough in time, life started in the plankton, so we owe it a remarkable debt." telegraph.co.uk View Global Phytoplankton via NASA's Aqua satellite





Louie Psihoyos, photojournalist of "The Cove"... and Miyoko Sakashita ... Oceans Director and Senior Attorney, for the Center of Biological Diversity... discuss the impacts of Ocean Acidification on Earth...

Miyoko Sakashita is on a mission for the Earth's imperiled marine life... and to protect Earth's ECO-Systems from the impending threats of Ocean Acidification...


Audio interview LINK: http://earthup.podbean.com/2010/11/18/louie-psihoyos-miyoko-sakashita-discuss-ocean-acidification/



"quoted from: Jon Harrington :: "Corporate America must change... The cost to the environment and our survival is too great to allow the lobbyists in Washington to "run" our government. Over the past 18 months the petroleum industry has spent... $1,800.00 per day, per congressman, in lobbying expenses. If renewable energy had that kind of money for influence, imagine where we would be...

It was great to have Miyoko on the program this week, as the Center of Biological Diversity is at the forefront of changing policy in Washington.

Jon



LINK to audio interview:
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http://earthup.podbean.com/2010/11/18/louie-psihoyos-miyoko-sakashita-discuss-ocean-acidification/





While most people think farm runoff and sewage are the biggest Ocean problem...

infinitely more detrimental to Life on Earth are the non-biodegradable POPS that are sent from industry to the underground city pipeline systems that many are totally un-aware of... these are highly toxic non-bio-degradable POPS like: PBDEs and PCBs that will continue diffusing cancerous toxic molecules throughout the environment far longer than any bio-degradables... Then to realize the mega tons of plastic will continue to photo-degrade for 400 to 800 years (not bio-degrading) and transport toxic PCBs into the Ocean's food chain for centuries. see: http://ecodelmar.org/pcb




Connecting the plastic ECO dots . . . .
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Why we must keep plastic out of the Oceans....



I made this rudimentary "flash" video in 2006, attempting to give a "brief" visual synopsis that anyone can understand... describing the ecological scenario unfolding 24/7 in our Oceans, worldwide, underscoring the importance of NOT dumping plastic and toxic industrial chemicals into the only living Oceans in the entire universe. LINK to website: ECO Del Mar . org



http://EcoDelMar.org/pcb

http://EcoDelMar.org/phytoplankton




FACTS:

* With every tick of every second 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into our air, land, rivers and oceans by industrial profiteers worldwide.

* This amounts to 10 Million Tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into Earth's environment by industries each year.

* Of these, over 2 Million Tons (over 4.5 Billion pounds) per year are known carcinogens. This amounts to 65 Kg each second.

REF: http://www.worldometers.info/view/toxchem/

Ironically... none of these are the greatest threat to human survival on Earth... and bio-degradable sewage is the easiest of them all to fix... but if we don't get CO2 under control, we will not survive: http://ecodelmar.org/ocean_acidification ... if we loose the phytoplankton... we loose half the oxygen supply on earth... CO2 will skyrocket with out the phytoplankton... and trees will stop functioning... crops will fail... forests will die, dry, burn, and become deserts... and the mega tons of flammable methane hydrates will melt, convert to a gas and destroy the remaining ozone... and still half the Americans deny global warming is real... it's just too difficult for a man to understand something... when his paycheck depends on not understanding it...

The Blue Miracle Planet... 70% covered by miraculous deep blue water... although the Oceans may seem infinite to our eye's view.... in fact all the water on Earth only makes up a precious 0.02% of the Earth's total mass... yet the Oceans give us over half the oxygen we need to live and breathe... without Our priceless Oceans... we will die...

As Sylvia says so poetically... No Blue... No Green... and she is 100% serious... for millions of generations we have enjoyed the only known living Oceans in the entire universe... and after millions of years on Earth... most humans still wonder where Life came from... and with our newest scientific tools we have determined that beautiful wonder of Nature we call "The Nautilus"... has lived in the Oceans for more than 500 Million years... until now... disappearing due to man-made Ocean Acidification and a few decades of industrial dumping of Billions of tons of highly poisonous chemicals into rivers worldwide... just for corporate / share-holder profit.... ignoring the damage to Life's Foundation... what will Earth's brand new Oceans cost... as if the shareholders could afford to buy one...

If we, supposedly intelligent humans, destroy the source of so much Life in The Universe.... the question is not will we survive... but should we... Can we learn to respect Life in Our Living Oceans before we kill every living creature that has lived a healthy Life for millions of generations... long before we arrived to walk "upright" on land... Are we so egocentric as to destroy our very own Ocean Home... Will we realize our origins are so much more likely Aquatic than we dare to dream... Rocks were formed in fire... and when struck together, give fire... the Oceans Give Life itself... and while we have this Gift... dare we stand Lifeless... allowing the destruction of our Aquatic Life Base... with apathetic heads bowed down... to callous industrial profiteers... who will later tell us... they were the "successful" ones... http://EcoDelMar.org/maya

... when we look at the Oceans.... with our "eye site"... or more accurately... in our "human" interpretation of what we think we "see"... when it comes to something as large as the Oceans... it appears to be infinite... and when we made accurate maps that illustrate about 70% of the Earth is covered with water... our minds appear to have accepted that the Earth is about 70% water... so we called it the Blue Planet... and we thought the Oceans were so big, we could never hurt them... and while it might be a beautiful thought... it lead us to our biggest mistake... we took the Ocean's for granted... if we take all the water on Earth... and compare the mass, it only comes to about .02% of the Earth's weight... and that Pristine, Beautiful, Natural, Holy, Godly, Blessed, Miraculous, Sparkling, Magical, Mystical, Precious... Ocean.... gave birth to the only known Life in the entire Universe... and industrial tycoons use it for their toxic toilet... industrial tycoons don't care at all about dolphins, nor the origins of Life in the Universe... Greenpeace has been fighting against industrial tycoons for decades... and i can't see how anyone can watch the following video, and not hear the drums... http://ecodelmar.org/drums




The Growing Danger of Plastic in the Oceans... Greenpeace is calling for all governments put in place a global network of marine reserves, covering FORTY PERCENT of the world's OCEANS... In addition, marine pollution will only be stopped if all nations take responsibility for their excessive consumption and adopt a "ZERO Waste" to Ocean plan including waste reduction and recycling... http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/media-center/news-releases/growing-danger-of-plastic-poll/





Earth's Whales Dying --red alert


Toxic Chemicals Release Report Shows:
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Mercury and PCB Pollution RISE Dramatically

Posted July 7, 2009

Releases of mercury, PCBs, lead and dioxin into the environment increased significantly between 2006 and 2007, according to the annual "Toxics Release Inventory," published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"This information underscores the need for fundamental transparency and provides a powerful tool for protecting public health and the environment," said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "Serving the public's right to know is the crucial first step in reducing toxic chemicals in the places where we live, work and raise children."

The "Toxics Release Inventory" classifies all releases together, including legal and illegal dumping, disposal in mine reclamation ponds (which leach into groundwater) and disposal in toxic dump sites.

Between 2006 and 2007, PCB releases increased by 40 percent, due to disposal of supplies manufactured before the substances were banned in 1979. Mercury releases, mostly due to mining, increased by 38 percent. Dioxin releases increased by 11 percent, and lead releases increased by 1 percent. Overall releases of all persistent, bioaccumalitive and toxic chemicals or metals increased by 1 percent.

PCBs and dioxins are highly toxic to animal life, and children. Both accumulate in animal (including human) bodies and disrupt the body's hormonal and reproductive systems. Lead and mercury can cause neurological and behavioral problems, particularly in children. All four pollutants are especially dangerous to pregnant women and children, due to their effects on the body's development.

According to the "Toxics Release Inventory," slight decreases in air and water pollution occurred between 2006 and 2007 -- 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

In December 2006, the Bush administration implemented a rule decreasing the thoroughness of the EPA's toxics release reporting program. In March of this year, however, President Obama signed a law overturning the Bush policy.

"The public has a right to know about chemicals in their air and water," said New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who authored the law. "The Bush administration watered down this law and let facilities hide critical data about their toxic chemical emissions. It is time to restore the public's right to know about the release of toxic chemicals in their communities."

Sources for this story include: www.ens-newswire.com

Source: Natural News
http://dprogram.net/2009/07/07/toxic-chemicals-release-report-shows-mercury-pcb-pollution-rise-dramatically/
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http://EcoDelMar.org/pcb



Tons of toxic chemicals pipelined by industry into public sewers...

For at least 50 years, giant chemical corporations, including the world's largest producers, and other companies following their lead, have routinely dumped tons of the chemicals into city sewers that emptied into the worlds Oceans. The manufactures discharged the highly toxic chemicals known as PCBs into the rivers.

After public complaints of their children with cancer, federal and state government agencies issued a warning to industry in 1990, and used the $140 million in settlements to look for the effected fish and reduce the effects of the pollution.

http://www.sfgate.com



According to reports of Faroon et al., (2003) more than 1.5 Million Tons of highly toxic PCBs were manufactured worldwide between 1927 and the early 1980s of which much has already been dumped into the environment via sewers and rivers...


Records dating back to 1940s, show that the GE corporation launched a public "give-a-way program" in which American citizens would receive PCB-contaminated material to use as "fill"... The recipients were required to sign a letter stating they were receiving "clean" fill and thereby releasing GE for all subsequent health problems.[17]


Due to their hydrophobic nature, PCBs tend to be adsorbed strongly to organic matter, thus leading to their accumulation in soils and in the food chain (Sawhney et al., 1987). Agric. Biol. J. N. Am., 2011, 2(1): 89-100




UN: Treaty expanded by 9 more dangerous chemicals

By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS
and ELIANE ENGELER,
The Associated Press

May 9, 2009

GENEVA -- A U.N.-sponsored treaty to combat highly dangerous chemicals has been expanded to include nine more substances that are used in pesticides, electronics and other products, U.N. officials said Saturday.

These chemicals pose a risk to life because they damage reproductive systems, cause mental health damage, and cause cancer, said Cooper.

These chemicals have some characteristics that make them exceptionally dangerous, he said.

"These chemicals transit all boundaries. They are found everywhere in the world," Cooper said. "They don't go away. They persist in the atmosphere, they persist in the soil, in the water for extremely long periods of time."

Some of the additions to the list are chemicals that are used less than they once were, but there may be large stockpiles of them around the world in leaky containers.
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Autism linked to PCB exposure in children : [the Research]
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Friday, June 5, 2009 at 5:25pm

Med Sci (Paris). 2007 Oct;23(10):868-72.

[Developmental neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals]

De'partement de ge'ne'tique, de'veloppement et pathologie mole'culaire, Institut Cochin, 24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Jacques, 75014 Paris, France. labie(@)cochin.inserm.fr

"A Silent Pandemic : Industrial Chemicals Are Impairing the Brain Development of Children Worldwide"

Fetal and early childhood exposures to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs)--autism, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and mental retardation.

In a new review study, published in The Lancet, Philip Grandjean and Philip Landrigan from the Harvard School of Public Health systematically examined publicly available data on chemical toxicity in order to identify the industrial chemicals that are the most likely to damage the developing brain.

The researchers found that 202 industrial chemicals have the capacity to damage the human brain, and they conclude that chemical pollution may have harmed the brains of millions of children worldwide.

The authors conclude further that the toxic effects of industrial chemicals on children have generally been overlooked. In North Amercia, the commission for environmental cooperation, and in European Union the DEVNERTOX projects had reached to the same conclusions. We analyse this review and discuss these rather pessimistic conclusions.

PMID: 17937897 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Lancet. 2006 Dec 16;368(9553):2167-78.

Developmental neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals.
Grandjean P, Landrigan PJ.

Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. pgrand@hsph.harvard.edu
Comment in:
Lancet. 2007 Mar 10;369(9564):821; author reply 821-2.
Lancet. 2007 Mar 10;369(9564):821; author reply 821-2.
Republished in:
Ugeskr Laeger. 2007 Aug 20;169(34):2782-4.


Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, attention deficit disorder, mental retardation, and cerebral palsy are common, costly, and can cause lifelong disability. Their causes are mostly unknown. A few industrial chemicals (eg, lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], arsenic, and toluene) are recognised causes of neurodevelopmental disorders and subclinical brain dysfunction. Exposure to these chemicals during early fetal development can cause brain injury at doses much lower than those affecting adult brain function. Recognition of these risks has led to evidence-based programmes of prevention, such as elimination of lead additives in petrol. Although these prevention campaigns are highly successful, most were initiated only after substantial delays. Another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults. Despite an absence of systematic testing, many additional chemicals have been shown to be neurotoxic in laboratory models. The toxic effects of such chemicals in the developing human brain are not known and they are not regulated to protect children. The two main impediments to prevention of neurodevelopmental deficits of chemical origin are the great gaps in testing chemicals for developmental neurotoxicity and the high level of proof required for regulation. New, precautionary approaches that recognise the unique vulnerability of the developing brain are needed for testing and control of chemicals.

PMID: 17174709 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

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Chemosphere. 2007 Apr;67(9):S412-20. Epub 2007 Jan 16.

Disrupting effects of hydroxy-polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners on neuronal development of cerebellar Purkinje cells: a possible causal factor for developmental brain disorders?

Kimura-Kuroda J, Nagata I, Kuroda Y.

Department of Brain Structure, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience, Tokyo 183-8526, Japan. jkkuro@tmin.ac.jp

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and hydroxy-PCB (OH-PCB) metabolites are widely distributed bioaccumulative environmental chemicals and have similar chemical structures to those of thyroid hormones (THs). Previously, we reported that THs are essential for neuronal development and the low doses of PCBs inhibited the TH-dependent dendritic development of Purkinje cells. From these results, it is suggested that exposure to PCBs may disrupt normal neuronal development and cause some developmental brain disorders, such as LD, ADHD, and autism.

PMID: 17223178 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2008 Feb;102(2):146-54.

Prenatal exposures to persistent and non-persistent organic compounds and effects on immune system development.

Hertz-Picciotto I, Park HY, Dostal M, Kocan A, Trnovec T, Sram R.

Center for Children's Environmental Health and Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA. ihp@ucdavis.edu

Immune system development, particularly in the prenatal period, has far-reaching consequences for health during early childhood, as well as throughout life. Environmental disturbance of the complex balances of Th1 and Th2 response mechanisms can alter that normal development. Dysregulation of this process or an aberrant trajectory or timing of events can result in atopy, asthma, a compromised ability to ward off infection, or other auto-immune disease. A wide range of chemical, physical and biological agents appear to be capable of disrupting immune development. This MiniReview briefly reviews developmental milestones of the immune system in the prenatal period and early life, and then presents examples of environmentally induced alterations in immune markers. The first example involves a birth cohort study linked to an extensive programme of air pollution monitoring; the analysis shows prenatal ambient polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and fine particle (PM2.5) exposures to be associated with altered lymphocyte immunophenotypic distributions in cord blood and possible changes in cord serum immunoglobulin E levels. The second example is a study of prenatal-polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposures and the foetal development of the thymus, the organ responsible for lymphocyte maturation. Mothers with higher serum concentrations of PCBs gave birth to neonates having smaller indices of thymus size. Finally, this report underscores the tight connection between development of the immune system and that of the central nervous system, and the plausibility that disruption of critical events in immune development may play a role in neurobehavioural disorders.

PMID: 18226068 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
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Metabolism. 2008 Oct

Brain development: anatomy, connectivity, adaptive plasticity, and toxicity.
Kalia M.

Department of Molecular Biology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. madhu.kalia@jefferson.edu

The developing brain is inherently more vulnerable to injury than the adult brain because brain development is extraordinarily complex, with periods of unique susceptibility. When brain developmental processes are suspended or delayed by any external influence, virtually no potential exists for subsequent regeneration and repair. This inevitably leads to long-lasting or permanent consequences. Recent genetic studies have contributed to a better understanding of the dynamic adaptive changes that occur in the developing brain as a consequence of genetic and environmental processes. Many industrial and environmental chemicals such as lead, methyl-mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene are recognized causes of neurodevelopmental disorders that lead to clinical or subclinical brain dysfunction. A number of these developmental disabilities arise from interactions between environmental factors and individual gene susceptibility. In addition, neurodevelopmental disorders of unknown origin, such as mental retardation, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, and autism are becoming increasingly prevalent, with costly consequences for the family and society. The aim of this review is examine brain developmental anatomy, connectivity, adaptive plasticity, and toxicity in the context of current knowledge and future trends.

PMID: 18803960 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Environ Health Perspect. 1999 Jun;107(6):510.Links
Risk assessment and prevention of Children's exposure to environmental toxicants

NIEHS.

Learning disabilities, intellectual retardation, dyslexia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and propensity to violence affect millions of U.S. citizens and are diagnosed in an estimated 3% of all children born in the United States. The consequences of these neurological, developmental, and behavioral disorders are often tragic; their familial, societal, and economic costs are immense, and the resulting disabilities lifelong. Toxic chemicals in the environment--lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, mercury, and certain pesticides--are now known to cause some fraction of neurodevelopmental disabilities. The implications of this discovery for prevention are potentially enormous; developmental disorders of toxic origin can, in theory, be prevented through the identification, characterization, and elimination of toxic environmental exposures. However, serious impediments to prevention exist: too few chemicals are tested for toxicity to early brain development, knowledge of infants' and children's special vulnerabilities and unique exposures is scant, and paradigms for environmental risk assessment have only begun to address the hazards confronting infants and children.

PMID: 10339454 [PubMed]


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2009 | New Study: Autism Linked to Environment. New research links soaring incidence of neurological disorder to fetal and infant exposure to pesticides and household chemicals ...

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=autism-rise-driven-by-environment



Researchers also noted that consuming fish is not the only source of PCBs, but these compounds are found in many other foods such as meats, fatty foods, fast foods, cheeses, ice cream, and even in the most rigid vegan diet (Schecter et al. 2001).

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A Little Poison With Your Fish?
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Article by Erin Brockovich

There's been a public advisory about eating toxic fish. Those of you who have been eating fish because it's healthier, but you've been walking around achy and fatigued, listen up.

" Consumption of smallmouth bass caught in Chartiers Creek from the PA Route 980 Bridge in Canonsburg to the mouth in Washington and Allegheny Counties, and in Little Chartiers Creek from Canonsburg Lake Dam to the mouth in Washington County, should be limited to six meals per year, due to polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, contamination."

I see things like this and it really makes me wonder at the thinking. Do I need fish so much that I want a 1/6th portion of poison with it?

So what is PCB and why is it in my fish?

Polychlorinated biphenyl is an organic compound of benzene, carbon and chlorine that used to be used in coolant, electronics, sealants, adhesives, caulking, pesticides, carbon paper, and various other industrial uses. Production has been banned since the 1970s. It is especially dangerous because it is odorless and tasteless, and so stable that it hangs around a long time.

Clean water is always a concern for me. The EPA has set a limit of 0.0005 milligrams of PCBs per liter of drinking water (0.0005 mg/L). Unfortunately, industry released at least 1,300,000 pounds of PCBs into the Hudson river alone between approximately 1947 and 1977. It's seems that it is still there. And PCBs are toxic to people.

PCB consumption is harmful for pregnant and nursing woman, and harms to the neonatal and natal immune system. It is linked to long term immune and autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatitis, bacterial infections, and multiple cancers.

http://www.brockovichblog.com/2008/01/a_little_poison_with_your_fish.html
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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine
1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop F-32
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO • 888-232-6348 (TTY)
FAX: 770-488-4178
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To: Erin Brockovich,

I believe the PCB problem is just beginning... and will have a greater impact on human health sooner than global warming... we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg in children with autism and learning disorders caused by environmental neuro-toxic PCB exposure...

We must keep the plastic out of the Oceans to reduce the damage that will be done to all life on Earth if we do nothing... First we must raise awareness of the severity of this ecological disaster... that started over 50 years ago... and still most of the voters are unaware...

Politicians appear to have their hands tied... so to speak... scratching their heads... while life on Earth becomes impaired... from the tiny honey bees ... to giant whales and coral reefs worldwide...
as long as we sit still... the manufactures will buy the lobbyists who buy the politicians who allow the manufactures to pollute the entire planet and shrink our children's IQ down to the point they can't even understand what is happening to our beautiful Oceans... the only living Oceans in the entire universe... and the only healthy brain our child will ever have... who pays the highest price... if not that child... while the polluters save billions... http://EcoDelMar.org/autism

No *industry funded* research has ever reported any significant negative effects of PLASTIC BPA, ... although more than 90 PERCENT of GOVernment funded studies have reported SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE effects to life... http://EcoDelMar.org/pcb

We need the action of a grass-roots effort to bring this issue to the surface... to create a critical mass of voters who will make a significant difference in the lives of millions of children worldwide.

Be the change we want to see in the world... we must think we deserve a clean environment before we will have one... right now... people don't "think" they deserve a clean environment... so we don't have it... one of the challenges is to think loving thoughts while confronting the industrial giants who are killing our living environment for their profit... and they know it...

Larry --in Key Largo


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the research linking PCB to Autism
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There were 873 advisories in place for PCBs, with 39 states, American Samoa, and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe reporting PCB advisories in 2004 alone.

There were 4,652,401 lake acres and 110,522 river miles under PCB advisory in 2004. Four states (District of Columbia, Indiana, Minnesota, and New York) issued statewide freshwater (river and/or lake) advisories for PCBs, and seven other states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island) issued PCB advisories for all of their coastal marine waters in 2004 alone.

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Evidence suggests that contaminants continue to pose more of a threat to Bald Eagles than suggested in the delisting proposal. PCBs, DDE, and mercury are still major concerns in many locations across the United States; there are many areas in which these substances are still concentrated in sediments and eagle prey. Generally, the concern with these chemicals is not one of acute lethality but of continuing sublethal effects such as reproductive impairment, and nervous-, immune-, and endocrine-system impacts. In addition, dioxins, furans, PBDEs, phthalates, PFOSs, and other lipophilic chemicals have been shown to bioaccumulate in eagles and can have negative effects on eagle reproduction. Due to their lipophilic nature, these chemicals readily bioaccumulate in eagle prey in close proximity to aquatic systems; they tend to biomagnify in the food web, exposing Bald Eagles to toxic levels of these contaminants.

http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/scientific_integrity/bald-eagle-external-peer-review.pdf



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Moreira Da Silva (PPE-DE ). -- (PT) Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, in the field of the environment and public health, the main problem with the European legislative process is not its inability to produce appropriate legislation. The problem lies, on the one hand, in the slowness with which directives are transposed into national law and, on the other, in shortcomings in their implementation. The environmental directives that we are now debating, on PCBs, nitrates and habitats, are examples of this very problem. There is little point in our having approved the directive on habitats and the creation of the “Nature 2000" network in order to protect sites of Community importance, when the Commission has been waiting since 1995 for all the Member States to present a definitive list of these sites, as well as their plans, rules and management mechanisms. The same problem applies to the directive on PCBs. And there is little point in our having stipulated the ban on PCBs and the decontamination of all equipment containing PCBs and PCTs with a view to protecting public health, if five years on, the overwhelming majority of Member States have not only failed to implement the directive, but have also failed to take the most simple action, which was to catalogue PCBs and to produce plans for decontamination.

We therefore have widespread non-compliance and for that reason, these directives have not produced the environmental results hoped for. We also have a situation, however, in which a degree of impunity reigns. The slowness of the Community's legal processes and the rare use of financial penalties against those Member States that are slow to comply have sent out two negative political messages. Those States that do comply feel that there is no incentive to continue and those that do not comply do not feel any pressure to change their ways.

It is therefore crucial for the Commission, as Guardian of the Treaties, to monitor the whole process of transposing and implementing Community law, publicizing the commitment of all the Member States and guaranteeing that those States that do not comply will be penalized as an example.

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Finally, scientists understand why all the dolphins and whales are terminally ill, with suppressed immune systems and cancers caused by industrial pollution, they beach themselves to die at our feet, victims of money saved and profits made while industry pollutes rivers worldwide.

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The CLEAN WATER ACT of 1972 was clearly created to protect Americas rivers, streams, and tributaries that carry water for drinking and eventually arriving to the only Living Oceans in the known universe.

Now a single word, "navigable", threatens to undo years of protection against the industrial dumping of millions of tons of known carcinogens into our Rivers and Oceans.

Because of the wording "navigable waters", the law might not apply to small creeks that lead to rivers... "Court Cases are now being "lost" because industry is dumping into a "small stream" that flows into a river, rather than the river itself," said David M. Uhlmann, a law professor at the University of Michigan who led the environmental crimes section of the Justice Department.

117 million Americans get their drinking water from sources fed by waters that are vulnerable to exclusion from the Clean Water Act of 1972.

45 percent of major polluters might become outside the "navigable" regulatory reach.

In many US states, big polluters say the "CLEAN WATER ACT of 1972" no longer applies to them... and are therefore refusing to renew or apply for permits, making it impossible to monitor what they are dumping, say US officials.

Setting an example, the US Air Force Base near Clovis, N.M., for instance, recently informed the E.P.A. that it no longer considers itself subject to the CLEAN WATER ACT of 1972.

More than 200 "oil spill" rulings have recently become "delayed".

"If you can get Glenn Beck to say that government storm troopers are going to invade your property and check into your mud-puddles, farmers will panic in the Midwest and "light up" their congressmen’s switchboards," said the coalition member, who asked not to be identified.

http://ecodelmar.org/clean_water


The health and intrinsic beauty in Nature is our Guide... in the smallest of the leaves... a dragonfly... a seagull... the dolphins and whales... any one of them will guide any Soul to the Light... out of the materialistic 'real world', that will finally be seen as the illusion it was...


Life is breathing... the question is... will we awaken before we have lost every whale and dolphin in the Oceans... How can we humans come to understand that we are all part of the most amazing family of beings to ever exist in all of time... we are miraculous Life forms made from trillion year old star dust... and still we need to practice "gratitude" every day... to manifest the Humility we need to protect the only known human Life forms in the entire universe from the ego's quest to dominate the very Nature that Gracefully creates Life every moment and beats in every Heart since the beginning of time...

. . . and to answer the popular question about 'optimism vs pessimism'... i like the way Paul Hawken says it: ..::"If you actually look at the science about what is happening on Earth and your aren't pessimistic... you don't understand the data... But if you meet the people who are working to restore this Earth and the lives of the poor... and you aren't optimistic... you haven't got a pulse"... http://EcoDelMar.org/paul

Today we are well on our way to loosing the Coral Reefs on Earth caused by Ocean Acidification: http://EcoDelMar.org/coral ... and the Climate Change unfolding today is clearly anthropogenic... the big question is... can we operate our industrial revolution 'Sustainably'... and the question before that is... can we recognize that our 'life-style' is driving up the CO2 that is causing Ocean Acidification... potentially harming the health of phyto-plankton... Earth's #1 source of Oxygen for us to breathe in the air.

..:: " A recent study by Dalhousie University oceanographer Boris Worm and his team found that phytoplankton populations in the ocean are declining at an alarming rate because of human activity and climate change.

..:: " Why should we care?

..:: " They remove CO2 from our AIR and produce more than half the OXYGEN we breathe.

..:: " The report, published in the July 29 edition of Nature, states that PHYTO - PLANKTON have already declined by about 40 per cent since 1950.

..:: " We can't BREATHE without them...

..:: " While governments stall and deniers spread confusion, it gets more and more difficult to achieve the kind of emissions reductions that scientists say are necessary to prevent the Earth from reaching cataclysmic.

..:: " It was once possible... and "MAY" still be...

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2010/08/declining-phytoplankton-another-sign-of-climate-catastrophe/
Earth Care...
Connecting the plastic eco dots . . . . .
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Why we MUST keep plastic out of the Oceans....



I made this rudimentary "flash" video in 2006, attempting to give a "brief" synopsis that anyone can understand... describing the ecological scenario unfolding 24/7 in our Oceans, worldwide, underscoring the importance of NOT dumping plastic and toxic industrial byproducts into the only living Oceans in the entire universe. LINK to website: ECO Del Mar . org


While most people think sewage is the biggest Ocean problem...

infinitely detrimental to Life on Earth are the POPS that are sent from industry to the underground city pipeline systems that many are totally un-aware of... these are highly toxic non-bio-degradable POPS like: PCBs that will continue diffusing cancerous toxic molecules throughout the environment far longer than any bio-degradables... Then to realize the mega tons of plastic will be photo-degrading for 400 to 800 years (not bio-degrading) and transporting PCBs into the Ocean's food chain for centuries... see: http://ecodelmar.org/pcb

FACTS:

* With every tick of every second 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into our air, land, rivers and oceans by industrial profiteers worldwide.

* This amounts to 10 Million Tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into Earth's environment by industries each year.

* Of these, over 2 Million Tons (over 4.5 Billion pounds) per year are known carcinogens. This amounts to 65 Kg each second.

REF: http://www.worldometers.info/view/toxchem/

Ironically... none of these are the greatest threat to human survival on Earth... and bio-degradable sewage is the easiest of them all to fix... but if we don't get CO2 under control, we will not survive: http://ecodelmar.org/ocean_acidification ... if we loose the phytoplankton... we loose half the oxygen supply on earth... CO2 will skyrocket with out the phytoplankton... and tress will stop functioning... crops will fail... forests will die, dry, burn, and become deserts... and the mega tons of flammable methane hydrates will melt, convert to a gas and destroy the remaining ozone... and still half the Americans deny global warming is real... it's just too difficult for a man to understand something... when his paycheck depends on not understanding it...

The Blue Miracle Planet... 70% covered by miraculous deep blue water... although the Oceans may seem infinite to our eye's view.... in fact all the water on Earth only makes up a precious 0.02% of the Earth's total mass... yet the Oceans give us over half the oxygen we need to live and breathe... without Our priceless Oceans... we will die...

As Sylvia says so poetically... No Blue... No Green... and she is 100% serious... for millions of generations we have enjoyed the only known living Oceans in the entire universe... and after millions of years on Earth... most humans still wonder where Life came from... and with our newest scientific tools we have determined that beautiful wonder of Nature we call "The Nautilus"... has lived in the Oceans for more than 500 Million years... until now... disappearing due to man-made Ocean Acidification and a few decades of industrial dumping of Billions of tons of highly poisonous chemicals into rivers worldwide... just for corporate / share-holder profit.... ignoring the damage to Life's Foundation... what will Earth's brand new Oceans cost... as if the shareholders could afford to buy one...

If we, supposedly intelligent humans, destroy the source of so much Life in The Universe.... the question is not will we survive... but should we... Can we learn to respect Life in Our Living Oceans before we kill every living creature that has lived a healthy Life for millions of generations... long before we arrived to walk "upright" on land... Are we so egocentric as to destroy our very own Ocean Home... Will we realize our origins are so much more likely Aquatic than we dare to dream... Rocks were formed in fire... and when struck together, give fire... the Oceans Give Life itself... and while we have this Gift... dare we stand Lifeless... allowing the destruction of our Aquatic Life Base... with apathetic heads bowed down... to callous industrial profiteers... who will later tell us... they were the "successful" ones... http://EcoDelMar.org/maya

... when we look at the Oceans.... with our "eye site"... or more accurately... in our "human" interpretation of what we think we "see"... when it comes to something as large as the Oceans... it appears to be infinite... and when we made accurate maps that illustrate about 70% of the Earth is covered with water... our minds appear to have accepted that the Earth is about 70% water... so we called it the Blue Planet... and we thought the Oceans were so big, we could never hurt them... and while it might be a beautiful thought... it lead us to our biggest mistake... we took the Ocean's for granted... if we take all the water on Earth... and compare the mass, it only comes to about .02% of the Earth's weight... and that Pristine, Beautiful, Natural, Holy, Godly, Blessed, Miraculous, Sparkling, Magical, Mystical, Precious... Ocean.... gave birth to the only known Life in the entire Universe... and industrial tycoons use it for their toxic toilet... industrial tycoons don't care at all about dolphins, nor the origins of Life in the Universe... Greenpeace has been fighting against industrial tycoons for decades... and i can't see how anyone can watch the following video, and not hear the drums... http://ecodelmar.org/drums





Without Living Oceans, planet Earth will not have a Life supporting atmosphere...

Consider the following scenario,
and tell me if i am wrong about this...

1) we have no way to stop runaway Ocean Acidification...

2) we will probably continue burning fossil fuels worldwide for 50 years or more...

3) all the kings horses and all the kings scuba divers can not prevent the Oceans from becoming so acidic it will dissolve the coral reefs and impair all marine life, including the phytoplankton....

4) if that happens... we could loose up to 70% of Earth's oxygen supply...

5) with more CO2 in the atmosphere, even the trees, plants and crops will no longer function...

6) when the methane hydrates melt... and they already are... mega tons of flammable biomass will burn out of control worldwide... releasing additional greenhouse gas, increasing the positive feedback loop....

7) forests will become deserts... further reducing oxygen and increasing CO2...

8) Earth's currently Livable atmosphere will be lost for thousands of years... No blue, No green...

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... we LIVE on such a beautiful planet... if we could just share this space and stop destroying the LIFE for profit...

... and so many people are saying... well... humans had their chance on Earth... so now "mother nature" will just "take back" the planet... and "shake us humans off"... like a bunch of "fleas"...

... i don't understand how humans can have this "attitude"... that we "got ours"... and we had "our fun" ...

... they say "so what" ... let "mother nature" take back the planet... to heck with the future generations...

... i say ... do you not realize that future generations are as much a part of "mother nature" as you and i are right now...

... how can anyone be so egotistically arrogant as to say "so what if humans become extinct"... i ask you now if you think LIFE is so worthless for "tomorrow's children"... if you HONESTLY think LIFE it really that "worthless"... would you bite off half of your own tongue, right now... and then throw it to the sky and tell God how "worthless" it was for you... and how worthless future generations are to you...

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