Ralph Waldo Emerson: “You have just dined, …


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“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the

slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance

of miles, there is complicity.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Extreme Ausdehnung von Todeszonen in der Ostsee


EXTREME AUSDEHNUNG VON TODESZONEN IN DER OSTSEE

Die Todeszonen in der Ostsee haben sich einer Studie zufolge extrem ausgedehnt – von 5000 Quadratkilometern um 1900 auf inzwischen 60 000 Quadratkilometer. Schuld ist vor allem der starke Eintrag von Nährstoffen, aber auch der Temperaturanstieg.

In der Ostsee hat sich die Fläche der sauerstoffarmen Todeszonen im vergangenen Jahrhundert mehr als verzehnfacht. Insgesamt wuchsen die Areale mit extremem Sauerstoffmangel zwischen 1898 und 2012 von 5000 auf 60 000 Quadratkilometer an. Das berichtet ein dänisch-schwedisches Forscherteam um Jacob Carstensen von der Universität Aarhus in den «Proceedings» der US-Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften («PNAS»). Ursachen sind demnach die Erwärmung des Wassers, vor allem aber der Eintrag von Nährstoffen etwa durch die Landwirtschaft. Die Wissenschaftler untersuchten östlich der dänischen Insel Bornholm und um die schwedische Insel Gotland, wie sich Temperatur, Salzgehalt und Sauerstoffwerte in den vergangenen 115 Jahren entwickelt hatten. Dabei stellten sie fest, dass die Wassertemperatur in beiden Gebieten um etwa zwei Grad Celsius stieg. Die Folgen für den Sauerstoffgehalt: Je höher die Temperatur des Wassers, desto weniger Sauerstoff kann sich darin lösen.

Noch gravierender aber wirken sich Nährstoffe etwa aus der Landwirtschaft aus, die mit Flüssen in die Ostsee gespült werden. Sie lassen etwa Cyanobakterien sprießen, die sich stark vermehren und Sauerstoff verbrauchen. Die Forscher bezeichnen die Ostsee als die weltweit größte Sauerstoffmangelzone menschlichen Ursprungs.

Überraschend gut sah es im Untersuchungsgebiet 1993 aus: Damals waren die Todeszonen etwa auf das Maß von 1931 geschrumpft. Die Ostsee schien sich nach schwierigen Zeiten erholt zu haben. Doch die Studie zeigt, dass dies einem seltenen Ereignis geschuldet war: Zwischen 1982 und 1993 floss mehr Wasser aus der Ostsee in die Nordsee hinaus als auf umgekehrtem Weg hinein. Da die Nordsee mehr Salz enthält, sank in dieser Zeit der Salzgehalt der Ostsee. Die Schichten aus Wasser mit geringem und hohem Salzgehalt wurden durchlässiger. Tiefen- und Oberflächenwasser tauschten sich stärker aus, mehr Sauerstoff gelangte in die Tiefe.

Seit 1993 dehnten sich die sauerstoffarmen Zonen wieder aus und sind heute größer als je zuvor. Fische und andere Meeresbewohner haben dadurch einen kleineren Lebensraum, was etwa die Fangmengen schrumpfen lässt. Die Wissenschaftler sehen eine Möglichkeit, die Ostsee wieder gesünder zu machen: Die auf Felder ausgebrachten Düngemittel müssten verringert werden.

Rise in urban beekeeping a treat to bees: Well-meaning city types who put hives up in their gardens could actually be harming bees, acc. to a new study


Rise in urban beekeeping a threat to bees

Well-meaning city types who put hives up in their gardens could actually be harming bees, according to a new study.

Rise in urban beekeeping a threat to bees

In London alone, in the five years from 2008 to 2013 the number of hives doubled from 1,677 to more than 3,500.  Photo: ALAMY
Louise Gray

By , Environment Correspondent

7:00AM BST 12 Aug 2013

The Unviersity of Sussex research said that more honey bees in the city just mean less nectar and flowers are available to the wild bee population.

The study, published by The Society of Biology, said people should be planting wild flowers instead.

In London alone, in the five years from 2008 to 2013 the number of hives doubled from 1,677 to more than 3,500.

But Professor Francis Ratnieks, from the Laboratory of Apiculture & Social Insects at Sussex, said the boom in urban beekeeping is not the answer to honeybee declines.

He said it could even be bad for honey bees and other flower-visiting insects as it risks overtaxing the available nectar and pollen supply, and potentially encourages the spread of diseases.

“Both honeybees and wild bees have been declining. Although the causes are complex the most important seems to be loss of flowers and habitat.

“If the problem is not enough flowers, increasing the number of hives risks making that problem worse. The honeybee is just one of many insect species which feed on nectar and pollen. Having a high density of honeybee hives is not only bad for honeybees, but may also affect bumblebees and other species feeding on the same flowers.

“If a game park was short of food for elephants, you wouldn’t introduce more, so why should we take this approach with bees?”

Dr Rebecca Nesbit, of the Society of Biology, said people who want to help bees should plant more wild flowers.

“We must remember that there are around 250 bee species native to the UK, along with many other insects which feed on flowers. By focusing our efforts on providing what these insects lack, we can help not only honeybees but all flower-visiting insects. Everyone can get involved, whether you have a garden, an allotment or a window box. Plant the right flowers and the bees will fly many miles to find them.”…

Please, read more:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/10235916/Rise-in-urban-beekeeping-a-threat-to-bees.html

China is building emergency radio broadcast network


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Typhoon Saomai making landfall in Zhejiang, China, 10 August 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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China building emergency radio broadcast network
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Jul 08, 2013

China currently has no special system for releasing essential information, such as warnings, relief materials transfers and reconstruction, to people in disaster-affected regions.

China is constructing a special emergency radio broadcasting system to spread rescue and relief information in disaster-affected areas.

The State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, China National Radio and other departments are jointly building the broadcasting network, according to a statement released after a Tuesday symposium on the construction of national emergency radio services.

The network is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2015, the statement said.

China currently has no special system for releasing essential information, such as warnings, relief materials transfers and reconstruction, to people in disaster-affected regions.

The plan, which experts have called an important measure for coping with disasters, was inspired by a similar but smaller-scale radio network established after a fatal 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on April 20.

The radio service, jointly initiated by China National Radio and local radio and TV stations, broadcast government relief measures and secondary disaster warnings to disaster-affected people via loudspeakers, AM radio frequencies and satellite facilities between April 22 and May 23.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

JAPAN AM PRANGER: UN-GERICHT SOLL JAGD AUF WALE STOPPEN


Japan tötet jedes Jahr Hunderte Wale in der Antarktis, obwohl sie international geschützt sind. Offiziell dient die Jagd wissenschaftlicher Forschung. Doch Australien nennt dies Augenwischerei. Um den Walfang zu stoppen zog es gemeinsam mit Neuseeland vor den internationalen Gerichtshof in Den Haag. Die Kläger wollen beweisen, dass Japan in Wirklichkeit kommerziell fischt und gegen internationales Recht verstößt. Die Umweltschutzorganisation “Sea Sheperd” begrüßt die Eröffnung des Verfahrens: “Wir hoffen natürlich, dass die Richter sich für die schon bestehenden Gesetze und Bestimmungen entscheiden werden. Es ist nicht erlaubt, Wale innerhalb des Schongebietes in der Antarktis zu jagen, es ist nicht erlaubt, Wale innerhalb der australischen Wirtschaftszone zu jagen, und es ist nicht erlaubt, Wale zu töten, die auf der Liste der bedrohten Tierarten stehen.” Tierschützer versuchen mit manchmal waghalsigen Manövern, die japanische Walfangflotte zu stören. Australien hofft, dass das Gericht noch in diesem Jahr vor Beginn der neuen Jagdsaison ein Urteil fällt.

http://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/video/japan-am-pranger-un-gericht-144713555.html

 

And now: Political Parties affiliated to Government demanding immediate Action to ban Cattle Slaughter in the Country


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Demonstrators at the funeral of Lasantha Wickrematunge, an assassinated Sri Lankan journalist, burn an effigy of the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Political parties affiliated to the UPFA Government demanded that President Mahinda Rajapaksa take immediate action to ban cattle slaughter in the country.

 

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) insisted the slaughter of cattle should be banned before the funeral of Ven. Bowatte Indrarathana Thera who had succumbed to the injuries sustained after setting himself ablaze at the main entrance to the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy on 24 May.

 

General Secretary of the JHU, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, addressing the media in Colombo said, Indrarathana Thera’s death was not a suicide but a sacrifice of life for the sake of the country.He added that Indrarathana Thera had been involved in various campaigns against cattle slaughter, and the monk had clearly declared before setting himself on fire that no one should be held responsible for his action.

 

Speaking about his connection to the JHU, Minister Ranawaka said that Indrarathana Thera was a member of the Pelmadulla Pradeshiya Sabha, but he had lost his membership of the local authority as he had not attended the Pradeshiya Sabha meetings due to his social service engagements.

 

He went on to say that some foreign media are attempting to create a wrong impression about the monk’s death by stating it was suicide related to a religious issue.

 

Meanwhile, the Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Wimal Weerawansa, has also requested President Rajapaksa to immediately ban the slaughtering of cattle in Sri Lanka.

 

In the wake of a Buddhist monk setting himself ablaze,  Weerawansa has written to President Rajapaksa saying that measures should be taken based on the incident. He had further pointed out that the majority of the country’s Buddhists and Hindus reject cattle slaughtering, and that only a small group among Sri Lankan society approves of it. He stated that in India, which has a majority of Hindus, cattle slaughtering has been banned and that during festivals such as Thai Pongal, they express gratitude to the cow that plays an important role in the traditional Indian farmstead. As such, it is greatly disappointing that cattle slaughtering continues to take place in Sri Lanka, a country which boasts of an agricultural economy, Weerawansa added.

 

Meanwhile, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) also said they will do their best to ensure that the wishes of  Indrarathana Thera are granted. BBS General Secretary, Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, told the media that Indrarathana Thera’s death was not a suicide, but one of life sacrifice. He added, Indrarathana Thera had demanded that both the slaughter of cattle and unethical conversions be stopped and a suitable Constitution for Sri Lanka be set up, vowing that BBS will work towards those objectives. 

 

“Although the Animal Welfare Bill was drafted, it did not become law. Indrarathana Thera continuously fought to pass the Bill and establish it as a law. There was a Bill to stop unethical conversions but that too has not become law,” he said. Gnanasara Thera stressed that cattle slaughter should be stopped and the majority of the people in the country are also against it.  

Over 800 world scientists agree: GM crops are nothing short of a bio-war on our food


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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why genetically modified foods are dangerous, but if you look closely, you may just find the name of one listed among the names of more than 800 scientists from around the globe who have joined forces in an open letter to all world governments, outlining their detailed concerns over the alarming potential threat of biotech’s unauthorized, worldwide GM foods experiment.

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Sources for this article include:
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php
http://www.the-scientist.com
http://www.grain.org
http://www.naturalnews.com/037289_Monsanto_corporations_ethics.html

Suffering`s End: Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”


Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”

Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile “Milking”

A mother killed her baby and herself to end the torture of life on a  bear bile farm. She hugged her cub until it suffocated, then drove her own head  into a wall.

Bear bile is prized in traditional Chinese medicine, and the  demand for it has led to mass production. Bear farmers lock moon bears into “crush cages,” so small the bears can’t move. Then farmers puncture their gall  bladders to siphon off their bile.

The resulting wound stays open because farmers force needles or shunts into  it so often. It becomes “susceptible to infections and diseases which can cause  the animals unbearable pain,” according to the Daily Mail. Also common are broken teeth from biting on the bars of  cages, painful foot conditions and even malignant tumors.

This can go on for 20 years, until the bear stops producing bile and is killed.  More than 12,000 bears are caged on bile farms.

The following video contains some disturbing images.Video credit: Animals Asia  Please, visit the O-Site to watch Video! Thank You!

What A Mother Bear Knows

Moon bears have large vocabularies and lots of smarts. They know what is  going on.

This mother reacted immediately when her cub cried of distress because  farmers were puncturing its gall bladder for the first time. She broke out of  her own cage and into her cub’s cage and did the only thing she could to save  her baby from suffering.

This story is heartbreaking, but it is also an illustration of moon bears’ intelligence. Consider what this bear had to understand to do what she did: that  what the farmers were doing felt the same way to someone else as it did when  they did it to her; that the farmers would keep on doing this to her baby again  and again; and the nature of death — namely, that it would end everything.

Consider also the depth of her devotion to her cub: she broke out of her  cage, which she must have been able to do before but never did — or else she had  one of those moments of super-adrenaline that allow mothers to lift cars off their children; and after she hugged her baby  to death, she killed herself. The Daily Mail says she killed herself to end her torture,  but she could have done that before. I think that may have been part of it, but  mostly she killed herself because she had killed her cub.

This moon bear isn’t the only mother trapped in a factory farm who has gone  to extremes to protect her young. Veterinarian Holly Cheever tells the tale of a dairy cow she treated who had given birth four  times, and had her newborn confiscated every time. The fifth time, out in  pasture at night and without humans around (obviously this happened a while ago,  before factory farming had adopted near-constant restraints), she had twins.  This cow understood that the farmer knew she had been pregnant, that he was  expecting a calf, and that he would take her calves away as he had all her  previous babies. So she hatched a plan.

In the morning she brought one of her calves to the farmer, so that he would  be satisfied. She hid the other calf in the woods at the edge of the pasture. “Every day and every night, she stayed with her baby — the first she had been  able to nurture FINALLY — and her calf nursed her dry with gusto,” Cheever relates.

That gusto led to a glitch the poor mother had not anticipated. Her udder was  empty every time the farmer tried to milk her. Eventually he figured things out,  found the bull calf, and stole him away for a short, miserable life in a veal  crate. His mother’s efforts may not have bought him that much time, but they did  reveal how smart she was and how capable of love.

Moon Bears and Their Bile

CITES lists moon bears as one of the most critically endangered species in  the world. Any trade in them or their parts is illegal. Estimates of their population vary; some estimate  that in all of Asia there are only 16,000 moon bears in the wild.

Many experts, including some practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, say that  there are herbal or synthetic alternatives that have the same effects  as bear bile and its active ingredient, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA).

Bile farmers are producing too much bile. The market is saturated. Rather than scale down their  operations, they keep the bears caged and keep suctioning fluids out of live  bears’ bellies, then sell the result in the form of non-therapeutic products  like shampoo. Those non-medicinal products account for half of the bile farmers  sell.

Please watch the above video from advocacy group Animals Asia for more  information on the plight of moon bears.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/mother-bear-kills-cub-and-self-to-escape-life-of-bile-milking.html#ixzz2NE7Yd6eD