The Watering Hole, Tuesday, February 24, 2015: Environmental News

Today’s post is a re-hash of old news, updated to make us realize that we are approaching a Easter Island scenario with respect to our planet (for those who forgot, archeologists determined that human inhabitants destroyed all the trees on the island, basically making it impossible to have fuel for warmth and cooking.). Messing with the food chain in the oceans brings uninhabitable to a whole new scale.

Plastic in the oceans.

“It’s equal to five grocery bags per every foot of coastline around the globe, says new study.”

Micro plastic particles have been shown to disrupt the lowest forms in the oceanic food chain. Collapse of this life giving resource may be only 10 or 15 years away.

Destroying the food chain is progress?

And if plastics weren’t bad enough, consider acidification of the oceans.

Acid plying havoc with shellfish.


Open thread.

Sunday Roast: Happy Birthday, Pale Blue Dot!

I’m only a day late, but it’s been 25 years (yesterday) since the famous photo was taken by Voyager 1.

I don’t know about all y’all, but every time I hear Carl Sagan talking about “the only home we’ve ever known,” I weep like a baby.  It’s so hopeful, but, at the same time, it’s a severe reality check.

This is our daily open thread — Remember, we’re all in this together.

The Watering Hole, Tuesday February 3, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics – Rural Water

Scientists have studied the water. Rural water (mostly).

The studies come amid new evidence that even low doses of arsenic may reduce IQ in children, in addition to well documented risks of heart disease, cancer and reduced lung function.

“”Arsenic is the biggest public-health problem for water in the United States—it’s the most toxic thing we drink,” said geochemist Yan Zheng, an adjunct research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who coedited the special section and coauthored some of the articles. “For some reason, we pay far less attention to it than we do to lesser problems.”

It’s in the water, mostly rural water, and you know who lives there (mostly).

The Watering Hole, Tuesday January 20, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics


You won’t find it at this restaurant any more. Vegan restaurants have been around for a while, but beef is the mainstay at many high end restaurants. But this London eatery, which won a sustainability award, wants to really live up to its name.

Chef cuts beef from menu to fight climate change.

Petal power anyone?

Open thread. Discuss.