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I found this article, and I had to post it. Experts, not just environmentally concerned citizens, but true experts around the world are voicing their concerns in this article. Consider seriously what their words mean. We really must stop being a discardable society and work together.

The 10th Special Session of UNEP’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum is taking place in Monaco right now through the 22nd discussing the concerns. Information follows as to the highly respected people to contact for more information. I hope you find the article of interest and worthy of sharing.–God bless, Donna

Global Warming Adding to Pollution and Over-Harvesting Impacts on the World’s Key Fishing Grounds Says New UNEP – ‘In Dead Water’ – Report

Monaco/Nairobi, 22 February 2008—Climate change is emerging as the latest threat to the world’s dwindling fish stocks a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) suggests.

At least three quarters of the globe’s key fishing grounds may become seriously impacted by changes in circulation as a result of the ocean’s natural pumping systems fading and falling they suggest.

These natural pumps, dotted at sites across the world including the Arctic and the Mediterranean, bring nutrients to fisheries and keep them healthy by flushing out wastes and pollution.

The impacts of rising emissions on the marine world are unlikely to end there. Higher sea surface temperatures over the coming decades threaten to bleach and kill up to 80 per cent of the globe’s coral reefs—major tourist attractions, natural sea defences and also nurseries for fish.

Meanwhile there is growing concern that carbon dioxide emissions will increase the acidity of seas and oceans. This in turn may impact calcium and shell-forming marine life including corals but also tiny ones such as planktonic organisms at the base of the food chain.

The findings come in a new rapid response report entitled “In Dead Water” which has for the first time mapped the multiple impacts of pollution; alien infestations; over-exploitation and climate change on the seas and oceans.

“The worst concentration of cumulative impacts of climate change with existing pressures of over-harvest, bottom trawling, invasive species infestations, coastal development and pollution appear to be concentrated in 10-15 per cent of the oceans,” says the report.

This 10-15 per cent of the oceans is far higher than had previously been supposed and is “concurrent with today’s most important fishing grounds” including the estimated 7.5 per cent deemed to be the most economically valuable fishing areas of the world, it adds.

The report, the work of UNEP scientists in collaboration with universities and institutes in Europe and the United States, was launched today during UNEP’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum taking place in Monaco.

It is the largest gathering of environment ministers since the climate convention conference in Indonesia just over two months ago where governments agreed the Bali Road Map aimed at delivering a deep and decisive climate regime for post 2012.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: “The theme of the Governing Council is ‘Mobilizing Finance for the Climate Challenge’ for trillions of dollars can flow into climate-friendly energies and technologies if governments can provide the right kind of enabling market mechanisms and fiscal incentives.”

“It is sometimes important to remind ourselves why we need to accelerate these transformations towards a Green Economy. In Dead Water has uniquely mapped the impact of several damaging and persistent stresses on fisheries. It also lays on top of these the likely impacts of climate change from dramatic alternations in ocean circulation affecting perhaps a three quarter of key fishing grounds up to the emerging concern of ocean acidification,” said Mr Steiner.

“Climate change threatens coastal infrastructure, food and water supplies and the health of people across the world. It is clear from this report and others that it will add significantly to pressures on fish stocks. This is as much a development and economic issue as it is an environmental one. Millions of people including many in developing countries derive their livelihoods from fishing while around 2.6 billion people get their protein from seafood,” he said.

The report comes in wake of findings issued last week by a team led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis which estimates that over 40 per cent of the world’s oceans have been heavily impacted by humans and that only four per cent remain relatively pristine.

It also comes amid concern that sea bird chicks in the North Sea may be being choked after being fed on a diet of snake pipefish—a very bony species. Over the past five years snake pipefish numbers have boomed a meeting of the Zoological Society in London was told last week.

One reason for their sharp increase in numbers might be changes in ocean currents bringing the fish into North Sea waters, the experts suggest.

The new UNEP report has been compiled by researchers including ones at UNEP’s GRID Arendal centre; UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre and UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment.

It draws on a wide range of new and emerging science including the latest assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—the 2,000 plus panel of scientists established by UNEP and the World Meteorological Organisation.

Other contributions have come from organizations and institutions including the University of Plymouth; the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research; the University of British Columbia; the Institute of Zoology; Princeton University; the University of Barcelona and the Sustainable Europe Research Institute.

In Dead Water Key Findings

• Half the world’s catch is caught along Continental shelves in an area of less than 7.5 per cent of the globe’s seas and oceans.
• An area of 10-15 per cent of the world’s seas and oceans cover most of the commercial fishing grounds.
• 80 per cent to 100 per cent of the world’s coral reefs may suffer annual bleaching events by 2080 under global warming scenarios.
• Those at particular risk are in the Western Pacific; the Indian Ocean; the Persian Gulf; the Middle East and in the Caribbean
• Over 90 per cent of the world’s temperate and tropical coasts will be heavily impacted by 2050. Over 80 per cent of marine pollution comes from the land. Marine areas at particular risk of increased pollution are Southeast and East Asia.
• Increasing concentrations of C02 in the atmosphere are likely to be mirrored by increasing acidification of the marine environment.
• Increasing acidification may reduce the availability of calcium carbonates in sea water, including a key one known as aragonite which is used by a variety of organisms for shell-building.
• Cold-water and deep water corals could be affected by acidification by 2050 and shell-building organisms throughout the Southern Ocean and into the sub-Arctic Pacific Ocean by 2100.
• Climate change may slow down the ocean thermohaline circulation and thus the continental shelf “flushing and cleaning” mechanisms, known as dense shelf water cascading,over the next 100 years. These processes are crucial to water quality and nutrient cycling and deep water production in at least 75 per cent of the world’s major fishing grounds.
• Dead zones, area of de-oxygenated water, are increasing as a result of pollution from urban and agriculture areas. There are an estimated 200 temporary or permanent ‘dead zones’ up from around 150 in 2003.
• Up to 80 per cent of the world’s primary fish catch species are exploited beyond or close to their harvesting capacity. Advances in technology, alongside subsidies, means the world’s fishing capacity is 2.5 times bigger that that needed to sustainably harvest fisheries.
• Bottom trawling is among the most damaging and unsustainable fishing practices at the scales often seen today
• Alien invasive species, which can out-compete and dislodge native ones, are increasingly associated with the polluted, overharvested and damaged fishing grounds. The report shows that the concentration of ‘aliens’ matches with some precision the world’s major shipping routes.

Christian Nellemann, who headed up the rapid response team that compiled the report, said: “We are already seeing evidence from a number of studies that increasing sea temperatures are causing changes in the distribution of marine life”.

Some of these changes are being found from the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey of the Northeast Atlantic.

Warmer water copepod species or crustaceans have moved northward by around 1,000km during the later half of the 20th century with the patterns continuing into the 21st century.

“Further evidence of this warming signal is seen in the appearance of a Pacific planktonic plant in the Northwest Atlantic for this first time in 800,000 years by transfer across the top of Canada due to the rapid melting of the Arctic in 1998,” said Dr. Nellemann. “We are getting more and more alarming signals of dramatic changes in the oceans. It is like turning a big tanker around. Our ability to change course and reduce emissions in the near future will be paramount to success”.

The link between healthy and productive fishing grounds and ocean circulation or ‘dense shelf water cascading’ is in some ways only now emerging.

Three years ago the Hotspot Ecosystem Research on the Margins of European Seas of which UNEP is part, documented such a phenomenon in the Gulf of Lions in the north-western Mediterranean.

A quantity of water equal to two years-worth of the river discharge from all rivers flowing into the Mediterranean is, in four months, transported from the Gulf of Lions to the deep Western Mediterranean via the Cap de Creyus canyon.

It has a critical impact on the population of the heavily harvested deep sea shrimp Aristeus antennatus, the crevette rouge, by bringing food that in turn triggers a sharp increase in young shrimp resulting in plentiful catches three to five years after the ‘cascading’ event.

“Imagine what will happen if climate change slows down or stops these natural food transport and “flushing” effects in waters that are often already polluted, heavily fished, damaged and stressed”, said Dr. Nellemann. “We are gambling with our food supply”.

Stefan Hain of UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, said it was critical that existing stresses were also addressed too in order to conserve fish stocks and coral reefs in a climate constrained world.

He said there was growing evidence that coral reefs recover from bleaching better in cleaner, less polluted waters.
Dr Hain cited monitoring of corals around the main Seychelles island of Mahé which were among corals world-wide that suffered from the high sea surface temperatures of the late 1990s. Here coral reefs recovery rates have varied between five to 70 per cent.
“Coral reefs recovering faster are generally those living in Marine Protected Areas and coastal waters where the levels of pollution, dredging and other kinds of human-induced disturbance are considered low,” he said.

Notes to Editors

The report “In dead Water: Merging of climate change with pollution, over-harvest, and infestations in the world’s fishing grounds” can be accessed at at http://www.grida.no or at http://www.unep.org or http://www.globio.info

High resolution maps and graphics from the report for free use in publications can be accessed at:
http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Graphics/DeadWater

The 10th Special Session of UNEP’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum will take place between 20 and 22 February in Monaco. http://www.unep.org/gc/gcss-x/

The theme is Globalization and the Environment–Mobilizing Finance to Meet the Climate Challenge. Monaco, the Host Country’s web site is at http://www.unep2008.gouv.mc/pnue/wwwnew.nsf/HomeGb For more information, please contact
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson and Head of Media,  Email: nick.nuttall@unep.org and Robert Bisset, UNEP Spokesperson for Europe-robert.bisset@unep.fr  . Mr. François Chantrait, Directeur. Centre de Presse
10 Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 – MONACO Email: pnue2008.press@gouv.mc
UNEP News Release

Plastic water bottles contribute a great deal to the the water pollution problem to the tune of billions of bottles each year. They just don’t disappear: They’ll be around for hundreds of years in the environment and continue to do so unless we do something individually right now.

To find out how you can drink the healthiest water, and make it in your own home from your tap, go to http://www.be-alkaline.com and request the free newsletter and the free ebook for great information. Watch the videos. You’ll be amazed at how you can drink the best, alkaline, micro-clustered, anti-oxidant(anti-aging) water for you and your family, and how easy it is to do while saving the environment. Call us if you have any questions. The number is on the site. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. —Have a beautiful day, Donna

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Hi-Hope you are having a great summer Saturday.

Do you have your water bottle handy? Turn it over, and look for a little triangle embossed on the bottom, and there should be a number embossed within that triangle. Most water bottles, juice bottles, and soda bottles have a number 1 in that triangle. If that number is below 7, the toxic chemicals in the plastic could very well be leaching into the water. The lower the number the more chemicals. So, if the number is only 1, which it probably is…that will tell you that even more toxic materials are leaching into your beverage of choice including water.

You see water is a solvent. Nature’s most impressive solvent. Your water is shipped and stored in warehouses, for who knows how long, until you, the consumer, buys it and drinks that water with all those added chemicals going into your body.

Not only are many bottled waters derived from the Public Water Source and have the potential of having the chemicals from the No. 1 plastic in the water, but it takes 16 billion barrels of oil a year just to produce the pastic in which it is bottled-not to mention the incredible amount of landfills the bottles occupy each year, and the fact that they take 1000 years to bio-degrade. What a horrible legacy to leave to the children of the world.


So if you are concerned about the environment, let’s stop the insanity!! Let’s get eco-friendly and get healthy, too.

More info next time you won’t want to miss…Have a great day,
Donna

Email me at: donnsinfo@gmail.com Please don’t spam me

Go to http://www.be-alkaline.com to find out how you can make your own, delicious, safe, healthy, alkaline water in your own home that is ideal for drinking and be eco-friendly at the same time. Let’s Live Green, save the environment from toxic, plastic bottles, and help heal this beautiful planet we all call home. God bless—

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Wow! Starting this month in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom has banned city departments from buying bottled water for their water coolers. Other mayors, one in Utah and one in Michigan have followed in Mayor Newsom’s footsteps.

Imagine: 45,000,000 plastic water bottles are dumped into landfills every day in the US alone. Following is a quote by Sylvia Carter from Newsday.com: “Even if the water is not killing us, we’ve been had, money-wise. Both Aquafina by Pepsi and Dasani by Coca-Cola depend on supplies of municipal water; we are paying for water that came from the tap – which can end up costing more per gallon than gasoline. In many cases, bottled water in this country has been found to be no safer than tap water; the National Resources Defense Council tested bottled water and found a third of it contaminated with bacteria, synthetic chemicals and arsenic. The EPA’s regulations on tap water are stronger than the FDA’s regulations on bottled water.”

She continued, “The environment is at risk because of our ridiculous water consumption out of plastic bottles. Last month, the Houston Chronicle, in a strong editorial, spoke of “a beast-like mass two times the size of Texas” that slowly “roams and grows.” This is the Eastern Garbage Patch in the northern Pacific Ocean, likely the world’s largest trash dump, according to The Los Angeles Times; 90 percent of this trash is plastic, much of it water bottles. Americans annually consume more than 9 billion gallons of water in plastic bottles, most of them made of polyethylene terephthalate. It takes the equivalent of 18 million barrels of crude oil to create the plastic used in a year’s worth of bottles, according to the Chronicle editorial.” http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/ny-fdsyl5296059jul18,0,494428.column?coll=ny-entertainment-columnists

Unimagineable statistics, aren’t they? An incredible amount of plastic is used in the production and sales of drinks-both water and soda-and mass amounts of crude oil are consumed in the process. The by-products and CO2’s are unleashed into our atmosphere and environment contributing to Global Warming. And, on top of all that, all those bottles do not bio-degrade for 1000 years. What a horrible legacy we are leaving to the children of the world!

I personally don’t agree with drinking tap water in many areas, however. There are some statistics on that which I will get to you in the future. There are other alternatives; safe alternatives with added health benefits that won’t endanger our environment and contribute to Global Warming. Get information at www.be-alkaline.com . Go ahead and request the free book and the newsletter. Both are “need to know” information and pertinent to the times. The only ones to get your info is us & we will never share or sell it-very private.

More next time…

Take care, Live Green, & have a great evening,
Donna
www.be-alkaline.com

Write me: donnasinfo@gmail.com

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Welcome back to my blog. I haven’t posted since the end of April, and, oh, how I missed posting and reading  comments and e-mails from my readers.  I was away to be with my dear Aunt Rose who became very ill and subsequently passed on at 94 years “young.”  I took some time off afterward for reflection and to spend time with my family.

Oh, how I miss her, though. She was quite a lady and great inspiration to me with her optimistic outlook on life. She had  a natural ability to tell jokes, getting the punchline perfect everytime. Her right leg was amputated 4 1/2 years years ago; however, she used a prosthetic leg after that to get around independently. Her favorite quip was, “I’m fine, as long as I have one leg to stand on,”  and then she would laugh. And, independent she was. She drove her car, taught her music students for both organ and piano, and volunteered to play the piano at her church and a nursing home once a month. Music was an integral part of her life. She lived to play her music everyday, and she played beautifully. She’d been playing since she was a very young girl.

As I was packing her things, I found the canvas shopping bags she regularly used in shopping for groceries and such. Ever concerned about the  environment and having a love for nature and this beautiful planet, she had an old-fashioned philosophy of “waste not, want not.” Plastic and paper bags were scarce in her little home. If only the earth’s general population had a speck of that mind-set. 

This last week-end, many well-known, dedicated celebrities shared their talent with the world while joining with Mr. Al Gore to express their message of concern about Global Warming for “Live Earth’ the Concerts for a Climate in Crisis.”  People everywhere were further encouraged to live an eco-friendly lifestyle for the sake of the environment and Planet Earth, our only home. I know that my Aunt Rose would wish that everyone be blessed with a long, happy life filled with music and love, while living “green” even into our 90’s, leaving a legacy of a safe, beautiful world behind for children everywhere. 

My aunt had a favorite little poem that I will leave you with. Print it out and hang it somewhere. It’s a great reminder for everyday life and all the wonderful blessings we have.

Have a great evening, and may God bless.

Donna

“We Thank Thee”

For the flowers that bloom about our feet;

For the song of bird and the hum of bee;

For all things fair we hear and see,

Father in heaven we thank Thee!

For the blue of the stream and the blue of the sky;

For the pleasant shade of branches high;

For the fragrant air and the cooling breeze;

For the beauty of the blooming trees,

Father in heaven we thank Thee!

For the mother-love and father -care,

For brothers strong and sisters fair;

For the love at home and here each day;

For guidance lest we go astray,

Father in heaven we thank Thee!

For this new morning with its light;

For rest and shelter of the night;

For health and food, for love and friends;

For everything His goodness sends,

Father in heaven we Thank Thee! –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Amen

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So many great sites are encouraging  kids to get involved and become aware as to how they can help in taking care of our home, Earth. One of them is http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/index.cfm  Children are never to young to appreciate the beautiful planet we live on.

Whnenever you can, take your children on frequent nature walks. Observe the birds, other animals, and the  gorgeous trees in the forest if you’re fortunate to live in an area that allows you to do so. If not, put up birdfeeders and birdbaths to get an upclose familiarity with our little friends. We enjoy our hummingbirds that come to dine at our feeders everyday. They have such awesome personalities for such little creatures.

 

If you live in a big city and don’t have that option, rent some of the great IMAX and National Geographic movies available that focus on nature. Getting our children and grandchildren to relate to wildlife anywhere and everywhere on Earth will start a love for nature and hopefully instill a feeling of responsibility for doing their part as they grow older in taking care of the world around them. Above all, though,  make it fun. If you’re excited and interested about nature,  about conserving energy, and about  being environmentally responsible, they will, too. Have a great evening.

 

Be happy & Live Green,

Donna

 

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My husband and I have been “health nuts” for nearly 40 years together and were so before we married. I found a booklet that we had “way back when” that had an interesting story. It was an interview with Eddie Albert; you know the great actor who was, also, the star of the old TV show, “Green Acres.” 

Eddie Albert was a naturalist and health nut in real life, too,  and spoke out publicly regarding environmental issues. He loved nature and was an organic gardner as well as an an avid skindiver.  He said he could hardly make a dive without coming up out of the water weeping. He sensed the approaching death of the oceans and the marine inhabitants who live in the beauty of the subterranean world.

 Mr. Albert went on a 19 city tour back in 1971 to talk about the “facts,” and he was armed with with much information. He said,”The Mississippi River is a sewer…Lake Erie is dead…We have 22 river basins in this country almost devoid of oxygen…We can’t wait until 1980 to cleanse the air.” His cry was “Clean Up or Perish.”

From his research he concluded that if air pollution inthe U.S. was cut in half that it could reduce cancer incidence by 15%. “Water,” he said,  “is neccessary to the life of industry and American cities-but it should be processed to guarantee that it will be put back into streams in the purest forms…We put men on the moon in a decade at a cost of $24 billion, and if we expended the same effort and funds we could have purer air by 1980.”

He reminded the then Pres. Nixon of the three speeches he made about the integrity of the oceans–“and then they dump nerve gas into the sea…We didn’t holler loud enough..We are despoilers…God gave us dominion over the land and the seas. It needs strong stewardship.” 

Just this week we hear the plight of the Pacific islands that are facing ruin and extinction from flooding as a result of Global Warming. The Supreme Court decided that the environment was an important issue and everything causing greenhouse emissions would be scrutinized, not just cars.

It may be over thirty years ago since the tour of Eddie Albert; however, steps are finally being taken. Let’s do our part.

God bless, Donna

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The news has been full of reports and announcements regarding Global Warming of late. Sydney, Australia, encouraged a period of time for shutting off all electectricty this last week to give awareness to the issue. Some restaurants even offered candle lit dinners to their patrons in order to participate.

Today,  www.msnbc.msn.com has an article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17889856/ , “Climate Report: ‘Highway to Extinction,'” reporting on “dire predictions include loss of species, increasing scarcity of water.” The report says “global warming has already degraded conditions for many species, coastal areas and poor people. With a more that 90 percent level of confidence, the scientists in the draft report say man-made global warming over the last three decades has had a discernable influence on many physical and biological systems.”

Go there today and read the article. It says that if just 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 degree Celcius is added to the average temperature, “between 400 million and 1.7 billion extra people can’t get enough water, some infectious diseases and allergenic pollens rise, and some amphibians go extinct… This is the likely outcome for 2020, according to the draft.” If it rises a bit further, the scientists say that depending on the level of greenhouse gases-CO2’s, people will start dying of malnutrition, more diseases, and drastic inclimate weather will result.

Scientists, however, are optimistic because they say the populace will  reduce CO2 emissions that cause Global Warming. As oceanographer and top author of the 2001 report James Mccarthy says, ” The worst stuff won’t happen because we can’t be that stupid.” Let’s all smarten up and “Live Green” for the sake of our grandchildren and the worl in which they will be living.

Health and happiness to you,

Donna

Adopt solar: At www.fuelnews.info ,  view a great little video narrated by Actors Ed Begley, Jr.  and Morgan Freeman, and sign on for  Solar Energy for your home’s electricity needs today with NO  systems $ investment. Call us at 501-624-7500 for more information or questions. Please leave a message as to the best time to get back with you since we may be on the phone with someone else. We look forward to talking with you. You can start to Live Green for no cost to you.

 

“The sun can produce all the energy in one hour that the world needs for an entire year. Adopting Solar Energy just makes sense. It’s safe and smart. YOU really can make a difference in the life of future generations.”

“What we do to the planet, we do to ourselves.”

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Email Stephen & Donna at: adoptsolar@gmail.com

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