Current Environmental Issue

October 1, 2014

David Attenborough backs Bengal Tiger project

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I am a big fan of David Attenborough. His work in documentary filmmaking is legendary. A £1m​ project to save Bengal Tigers and stop them from eating locals is being launched with help from David Attenborough. In the project a corridor of land will be bought to allow tigers and other threatened species save passage between a reserve and a forest. Also, an entire village will be relocated away from the area to stop man-eating incidents from happening. Attenborough is quoted to say “Tigers are magnificent creatures. It would be a tragedy of truly monumental proportions if they were to be lost to the world. Not only that, it would be totally inexcusable on our part but if we don’t act fast to provide them with suitable territory to live in, they will disappear. We mustn’t let that happen.” I intend of keeping up with news on this project in the future.


Ocean Health Gets “D” Grade in New Global Report Card

October 1, 2014

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Antarctica’s ocean, the Southern Ocean, and the high seas (15 oceanic regions above national jurisdiction) got a score of a 67 out of 100, which is up by two points since last year. Note that a score of 100 does not mean a perfect sea, but rather it can sustainably provide food and oxygen. This score of 67 is due to the pollution, overfishing, lack of protection, and climate change. This data is based off of the Ocean Health Index, which studies the benefits that the oceans give to people and the state of which they are in. The U.S. in particular scored a 72 this year. One of the reasons for the improved score is that overfishing has become less severe, but it is still a large problem. Click here to find out more.

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Our Diets Effect the Environment

October 1, 2014

In a recent Greendex Study, a study that looks at how and what a country eats effects its environmental footprint. What these studies have found is that eating less meat, and a more vegetarian diet, actually are better for the environment. Countries such as India, China, Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil all have the smallest food environmental footprints. These countries eat more locally, such as organic, home grown fruits and vegetables, and are more willing to cut meat from their diets. The countries with the largest food environmental footprint are typically English speaking countries, as well as Japan and Sweden. These countries (including the US) are unwilling to cut meats from their diets, especially meats such as beef and chicken. These countries also don’t care as much about where their food is coming from. So, maybe it’s time to start considering a more vegetarian diet.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140929-greendex-survey-environmental-attitudes-ngfood/


Decrease in Global wildlife populations

September 30, 2014

Looking over the past 40 years there has been a large decline of populations. Fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians had an overall decline of 52 percent. Original finding had it at a decline of 28 percent but with more data from tropical areas it was actually found to be much higher. Freshwater species suffered the most declining by 76% while marine and terrestrial species still declined but only at 39%.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/29/environment-wildlife-idUSL6N0RU48D20140929


Environmental issue

September 30, 2014

peta shows us 25 Reasons You Should Never Fly Air France.


Natural to Resort to Atlantis!

September 30, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/science/barrier-islands-feeling-the-effects-of-climate-change.html?ref=science30coast-master675

Barrier Islands of the United States Atlantic coasts will feel some of the most dramatic impacts of climate change. The only uncertainty is when will these Islands be absorbed by the ocean, not if.

These are also Islands were a lot of development is going on.

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The problem with both rising sea levels and development happening on these Islands is the development will soon be under water. Developments also make for slower recoveries from flooding.

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Global Survey Says We’re Eating Better, But Our Diet Is Still Unsustainable

September 29, 2014

This was an interesting article that discussed food consumption around the world.  It started off with informing readers how many people around the country eat locally and are more are of how food choices are impacting the environment.  Continuing India was ranked first out of eleven countries because of their cultural eating habits, 1 in 4 are vegetarians. Another major topic was food as culture and how it impacts what people eat because of the back ground in ones culture. A good example was Mexico, “Mexicans ranked last in the Greendex measure of food due to a diet heavy in beef and chicken. The Japanese, who eat more fish and seafood than anyone, ate the next least-green diet. Swedish and Spanish consumers saw the biggest drops in their food scores since 2012, thanks to bigger appetites for fish and seafood in both countries and for chicken in Spain. Meanwhile America’s junk food culture means its consumers eat the most processed and packaged foods and the fewest fruits and vegetables. And not surprisingly for island nations, the British and Japanese eat far more imported food than homegrown.” The last section of this article discussed how countries and people say it’s not our problem and that they are not changing their diets. Especially in first world countries, British, German, Australian, American, and Canadian consumers showed little interest in changing their consumption habits to diminish their environmental footprints—even though theirs were among the biggest. The most stubborn consumers lived in Japan, which last week announced it will resume whale hunting and where nearly half eat pork several times a week. “Something’s going on in Japan—talk about entrenched,” says Susan Frazier, research manager at NGS. “There’s not much there that’s changing for the positive.”

Map of countries included in the greendex.

The Greendex is a quantitative study of 18,000 consumers in a total of 18 countries (14 in 2008, 17 in 2009 through 2012) asked about energy consumption and conservation, transportation choices, food sources, the relative use of green products versus conventional products, attitudes toward the environment and sustainability, and knowledge of environmental concerns. A group of international experts helped determine the behaviors that were most critical to investigate.


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