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QUESTIONS AS TO BEST WAY TO SAFELY RECYCLE OLD TV’S

Posted in Conscious Actions, News Brief on January 4th, 2008

THE ALMOST FOUR POUNDS OF LEAD CONTAINED IN EACH SET WOULD POISON LANDFILLS, SOIL AND GROUNDWATER

large_landfill.jpgWith just about a year remaining before television transmissions abandon the analog spectrum in favor of digital transmission, we now find ourselves faced with a major problem: what to do with all of the television sets that will be discarded between now and February 17, 2009 when the shift is expected to take place? How do we get rid of them safely so that they will not be able to hurt us in the months and years to come?

Now the easy answer is send them to the landfills, both here and abroad, dump them in giant holes in the ground, cover em’ over and build the next 21st Century city on top of them. But the easy solution is not going to work in this situation as the soon to be outdated televisions contain lead, lots of it – on average, 4 pounds per set, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Callously tossing this lead into landfills would in due time contaminate soil and groundwater, tat is, more than it is already.

And while services have started springing up to safely recycle old TVs and their waste materials, they are expensive. On average it costs 17 cents per pound to recycle a television, which is on top of a transportation and pickup charge that varies from area to area.

One environmentally sound solution is to stagger replacing the older sets over the next few years so that cities, towns and electronics manufacturers have time to work out a usable solution to this problem. This is possible by purchasing a converter box, one of the many currently being offered by cable companies and area electronics dealers. This converter would enable the old sets to keep working for the foreseeable future.

-LIB

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GRAY WOLVES THREATENED AS THEIR ENDANGERED STATUS IS SET TO EXPIRE

Posted in Eco Thugs, Endangered Species, News Brief on January 4th, 2008

WOLF PROTECTION ADVOCATES WORRY THAT OLD ATTITUDES WILL TAKE OVER ONCE THE GRAY WOLF IS DELISTED AND IT WILL BE OPEN SEASON ON THE INTELLIGENT, ADAPTABLE, AND HIGHLY MOBILE CREATURES

articwolf3.jpgSuzanne Stone, a wolf specialist at Defenders of Wildlife is concerned about the recently approved animal management plan that will allow Wyoming to do something that no other state in the Yellowstone region is allowed to do: to kill wolves at any time by any means across most of the state.

In other area states and in the northwest corner of Wyoming near Yellowstone, wolves will be classified as trophy game animals and may be killed only in strictly controlled numbers by licensed hunters.

However, in the 80 percent of Wyoming outside the Yellowstone area, wolves will be labeled predators, and there will be no quotas and no permits required to kill them. This means that any asshole with a weapon will be legally allowed to target the wolves.

Imagine if you will, a state full of Dick Cheney’s running around half- cocked and probably half-crocked as well, shooting every that moves and you will see why this delisting is a bad thing.

And this is supposed to be a Christian country, a place where people value life in all of it’s diversity and splendor.

What a crock that is.

-LIB

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STUDY: SHIFTING HEAT LAYERS ABOVE ARCTIC TO BLAME FOR ICE CRISIS

Posted in New Scientific Data, News Brief on January 4th, 2008

THE DRAMATIC LOSS OF THE ARCTIC ICE CAP MAY HAVE BEEN TRIGGERED BY DISRUPTION TO THE THERMAL LAYERS OF ATMOSPHERE STACKED OVER EARTH’S FAR NORTH

antartica.jpgThis new data contradicts what to now has been the accepted thinking – that “Arctic amplification” has resulted from the reflectivity of sunlight.

It is the belief of the Stockholm University scientists involved in the study that “a possibly bigger cause for Arctic warming could be changes in heat transport in the middle of the troposphere, an atmospheric band that extends 10 kilometers (seven miles) above Earth’s surface”.

In the year just ended, summer sea ice in the Arctic shrank to about four million square kilometers (2.4 million square miles). This represents a 23% decrease from the previous record low of 5.3 million square kilometers in 2005.

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COURT LIMITS THE NAVY’S USE OF MARINE SONAR OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA

Posted in Conscious Actions, Endangered Species, News Brief on January 4th, 2008

ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAVE LONG CONTENDED THAT THE USE OF THIS SONAR ENDANGERS THE WELLBEING OF AREA SEALIFE

whale2.jpgUnder the terms of the ruling, the court issued an injunction barring the Navy from using mid-frequency active sonar when marine mammals are within 2,200 yards (meters) and requiring it to monitor the area for an hour to ensure no marine life is in harm’s way.

The ruling will, however, allow the military to use the equipment within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the coast, rejecting environmentalists’ demands for a 25-mile (40-kilometer) exclusion zone.

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CALIFORNIA SUES EPA OVER GREENHOUSE GAS REGULATIONS

Posted in Conscious Actions, Corporate Greed, Corporate Polluters, News Brief on January 4th, 2008

IF SUCCESSFUL CALIFORNIA WOULD RECEIVE THE WAIVER THAT IT AND SIXTEEN OTHER STATES NEED TO REGULATE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION STANDARDS FOR NEW CARS AND TRUCKS

2007-09-19-national_debt1.jpgAs predicted here just a few days ago, California has filed suit against the Bush administration in its ongoing bid to set the country’s first greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Appeals asks the federal Environmental Protection Agency to review its own decision last month to deny California a waiver it and 16 other states need to regulate greenhouse gases from new cars and trucks.

California’s more aggressive law would have required the auto industry to cut emissions by one-third in new vehicles
by 2016 or reach an average of 36.8 mpg.

Administration insiders running interference for the auto manufacturers feel that the California law would amount to an undue burden on the already unprofitable auto industry.

To that we say, TOUGH!

-LIB

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