Here’s How You Can Help Stop the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline

Recently the controversial Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipeline projects have been reintroduced into the news with now-president Trump signing into executive order the re-approval, revival and relaunch of the pipeline project, much to the anger and disappointment of thousands of eco-aware protesters, the scientific community, environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF , NWF, and also the Native American (Standing Rock) Souix tribes who reside on their reservations where the proposed pipelines are to be routed through, if the plan stays where it currently is.

Here is some more additional about the two projects:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_Pipeline#Keystone_XL
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Access_Pipeline

While there are many pre-existing pipelines running across the U.S. – there are concerns that these two pose a very real potential risk to the lands on which they course through…as the Dakota Access pipeline borders along and a good portion of the XL pipeline (phase 4) goes right through a large area of the Great Plains called the Ogallala Aquifier, a shallow tablewater aquifier that is one of the world’s largest natural aquifiers in the world, comprising an area of 174,000 sq miles, and ecompassing much of Nebraska, parts of South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It provides millions of people in the Great Plains area with drinkable groundwater.

While TransCanada, a major energy corporation based in Alberta, Canada – the creators of this project, stated that with newer implemented detection technology and the use of larger and thicker steel piping would reduce the risk of oil leaks and spills, should a major environmental disaster were to occur (much like what happened with BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig oil spill) it would be detrimental to the Ogallala aquifier groundwater and surrounding sources of water such as the Missouri River.

Not only that, but the origin of the oil that is to be delivered across these pipelines by TransCanada are coming from the tar sands located in Northern Alberta, which has more content of petroleum bitumen. It is thicker and dirtier than regual conventionally-derived crude oil and the amount of energy it will take to process and refine the oil that comes from these tar sands can increase the rate of greenhouse (Co2) emissions into the atmosphere.  In addition the potentiality of some bad oil spills affecting not only the environment, but the local economy. An example being that from the 2010 Enbridge Tar Oil Spill.

Ok, so we now know this controversial pipeline project is some bad news…so what can we do about it? – Here are two links that can help in what can be done to counteract against this threat. (I have already signed a few petitons myself regarding these environmental issues).

http://www.ecowatch.com/stop-dakota-access-pipeline-2216655918.html

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2673

Things to know about the warming Arctic – clip from “Before the Flood”

Here is a good vid clip i came across – discussing the effects of anthropogenic-caused climate change and it’s gradual detrimental threats it poses on our planet’s environment…narrated by Dr. Eric Sala, a National Geographic explorer and researcher in oceanic conservation. This comes from the critically-acclaimed documentary, “Before the Flood” created by Oscar-winning actor and environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio…a must watch! – highly recommended –

We live in environmentally sensitive times as we lead into the 21st century, having a priority in protecting our ecology is paramount to our future’s potential outcome. There are forces at play currently that may counteract this progress. Please watch and consider quietly to yourself, what will be your own future if we don’t act on this very important issue…our children…grandchildren…

The Wildlife and Food Connection

World Wildlife Fund’s landmark Living Planet Report, a biennial report card of how we’re doing when it comes to protecting our planet from environmental harm, shows a devastating decline in wildlife populations around the world. Wildlife populations are on average, about half the size they were just 40 years ago. One of the main culprits? Food production. Much of the food we buy and consume daily directly impacts wildlife. The video shows some of the ways we can help.

Scientists report discovery of closest exo Earth-like planet – Proxima b

artist rendering of planet Proxima bThe exoplanet (a planet outside our Solar System) was found orbiting Proxima Centauri and has been given the name Proxima b, making it the closest known exoplanet to earth. This artist rendering provided by the European Southern Observatory shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System.

AP report – After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where life might exist, astronomers have found one right next door.

A planet that’s rocky like Earth and only slightly bigger has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri , the nearest star to our solar system, scientists reported Wednesday. It is probably in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold Goldilocks Zone where liquid water — a key to life — is possible, if the planet has an atmosphere.

It is easily the closest potentially habitable planet ever detected outside our solar system — and one that could be reachable by tiny, unmanned space probes before the end of the century, in time for some people alive today to witness it.

The price we pay for plastic: saving the ocean from one of the worlds worst addictions.

albatross-plastic-ocean-garbage-patch-pacificWhat’s the price of a bottle of water, or a ready meal from the corner shop? One pound? Two ninety-nine? The real cost is probably more than you realise. That’s because our addiction to plastic is responsible for one of the worst ecological disasters of the modern age: the build up of plastic in the world’s oceans. Environmental activists have been warning of this ticking bomb for years and governments around the world are now starting to act. But there are also things that we can all do at home and in our lives to reduce the damage.

The facts

The amount of plastic produced worldwide is estimated to be around 300 millions tonnes each year and between 1.5 and 4.5 per cent of that ends up in the ocean. Were it all to wash up on shore, it would cover every foot of coastline in the world. As a result, the ratio of plastic to plankton in the Mediterranean is thought to be about 1:2, one in three species of marine mammals have been found entangled in litter, fish in the North Pacific ingest about 12 to 24 thousand tonnes of plastic every year, and tiny fragments of plastic have even been found in the arctic ice shelf. Each one of these facts is shocking in its own right, and a tarnish on the human race.

Misconceptions

It is easy to imagine that you don’t contribute to plastic in the ocean. All the plastic you use goes into the bin and that is dealt with by the council, who surely don’t put it in the ocean. But the truth is that around 80 per cent of rubbish that ends up in the ocean originates on land. Many plastics float and are easily swept into rivers and sewage before making its way to the ocean. Additionally, micro-beads, found in cosmetics, find their way directly into our water supplies and are incredibly harmful to marine life.

What can you do?

The government is working hard to reduce the harm done by plastic in the ocean, and the environmental lobby is stronger than ever. The five pence bag charge and a potential ban on the use of micro-beads in cosmetics are both examples of progress. But personal activism starts in the supermarket, and could take you to all four corners of the globe.

maxresdefaultFirst, stop buying bottled water, which is incredibly bad for the environment for a host of reasons. For example, bottled water manufacturing requires 17 millions barrels of oil worldwide per year, and it takes three times more water to produce the product than to fill the bottle! Many plastic bottles end up in the ocean and drinking tap water and using a re-useable bottle are easy ways to do your bit. If you are concerned about the health impacts of drinking tap water you can also use an in-line filter – there really is no excuse.

Second, try and stop buying or using disposable plastics, that is products made from plastic that are designed to be used just once, such as straws, cutlery, and plastic bags. Make a note of how often you use these items, and try to cut down. Single use plastic also includes packaging for ready-meals, so cook more, using fresh meat and veg from the market, that naturally uses less. If you have to buy products in plastic packaging, like yogurt pots, try and buy them in bigger quantities less often to reduce the amounts used. On the same note, you can re-use plastics such as take away cartons and ice cream tubs for other uses where possible. Once you come to the realisation of how bad plastic actually is for the environment, washing out containers and using for other purposes will soon become second nature.

After decreasing what you buy, the second most effective way of aiding the plastic crisis is to recycle. Recycling stops your plastic from ending up in land-fill or the ocean, and it also reduces the need to produce more plastic, too.

Marine Conservation

For some people, taking small actions at home will never be enough. If you want to dedicate more of your time to protecting the oceans you can volunteer to help charities like the Marine Conservation Society. Voluntary work can start in your home-town through stalls and fundraising. Once you get involved, you can then find out more about the exciting opportunities for field-work, which means really getting involved with conservation work itself such as research and beach clean-ups. You may even be able to start a career as a marine biologist or conservation advocate if looking after the oceans is something that inspires and drives you to pursue it professionally. The crisis in the world’s oceans is global, and plastic pollution affects marine eco-systems all over the world, so there are also opportunities to travel and volunteer at the same time.

Helping out on a marine conservation project could provide the skills and knowledge you need to start a career helping save the oceans, or provide valuable experience applicable to a host of other areas. Most importantly though, it is your contribution to minimising the harm humanity does to the oceans and the planet that count the most.

Make a positive change today

Reducing the damage done to the oceans by our use of plastic is a global challenge, and it is easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of the problem. But like all environmental activism, the solution starts at home and the battle is won one person at a time. So educate yourself and work on the little things. If you can do more, volunteer, learn, contribute and inspire others to do the same.

 

Special thanks to Joe Thomas of All Green PR – www.allgreenpr.com – for creating this exclusive and enlightening article for the readers of Divine Earth.

Protecting Earth from Asteroids ~ Space organizations recognize need for global cooperation

The discovery of an asteroid the size of a large sports stadium, Apophis, drew much public attention to space in recent years. Here is an update on Apophis from space.com

http://www.space.com/19226-asteroid-apophis-gives-earth-a-close-shave-in-2029-infographic.html

Also, in 2013 a meteor caused by a near Earth asteroid exploded over Russia with no advanced warning ~ It exploded with the force of 20 to 30 atomic bombs but far enough in the atmosphere, 18 miles, to spare lives but did cause over 1,000 injuries. (Reference Wikipedia Chelyabinsk meteor)
These cases, among many others, bring greater attention for the need of an effective international space program to find ways to protect Earth from near Earth objects~

Congress releases 28 classified pages on alleged Saudi 9/11 link

Saudi Arabia’s link to the 9/11 hijackers has been questioned since that tragic day in American history through 9/11 investigations ~ For 13 years, 28 pages of the government’s official 9/11 commission report has been classified from the public by the Bush administration. Government officials that have been privy to read the 28 pages have urged Congress to release the classified pages and this month approved its release ~

Cancer Cells Die In 42 Days: This Famous Austrian’s Juice Cured Over 45,000 People From Cancer And Other Incurable Diseases! (RECIPE)

An Austrian national, Rudolf Brojs, searched his entire life for the best alternative cure for cancer, and he was finally successful. His special juice will boost your immune system, clean your blood and it will also supply your body with energy. But the most important thing is that this juice is proven to help in the fight against cancer cells as well! It has been effective in the treatment of over 45,000 people with cancer and other incurable diseases. Brojs is certain that proteins are what feeds cancer cells and we need to eliminate them.

He devised a special eating regimen which lasts for 42 days, and he recommends drinking just tea and his special vegetable juice, with beetroot as its main ingredient. During these 42 days, the cancer cells starve and die, while your overall health is improved.

In order to prepare his special juice you need organic vegetables. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Beetroot (55%),
  • Carrots (20%),
  • Celery root (20%),
  • Potatoes (3%)
  • Radishes (2%)

You just need to put all the ingredients in a blender and mix them all well. That’s it, you’re ready to start your treatment.

Just remember not to overdo it with the consumption of the juice, drink as much as your body requires.

Beetroot is abundant in antioxidants, C, B1, B2, B6 vitamins, folic and pantothenic acid, and the minerals – potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, zinc, beetroot is considered to be one of the most health beneficial vegetables. The red color in beets comes from magenta pigments known as betacyanins.

A number of studies have confirmed beetroot is extremely beneficial in treatment against leukemia and cancer.

First of all, beets are abundant in betaine, which is an amino acid with powerful anticancer properties. Plus, it’s a strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification agent. Studies confirm that betaine destroys cells in the tumor tissue.

Beetroot can be used for the treatment of many types of cancer and the findings of one study revealed that 100% of subjects suffering from cancer positively responded to beet treatment.

It’s beneficial for pregnant women because it contains high levels of folic acid. It boost the function of the liver and gall bladder, preventing constipation. It helps with headaches, toothaches, dysentery, bone problems, skin issues and menstrual pains. It’s a true all-purpose medicinal plant which should be an indispensable part of every diet.

Source: http://www.healthyfoodteam.com