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SUMMER TIME, SUMMER TIME….SUM, SUM SUMMER TIME!!! WHILE AT THE BEACH….KEEP IT CLEAN….THE LIFE YOU SAVE MIGHT BE THE NEXT GENERATION OF FISH, FOUL AND HUMAN!!!

I receive my daily newsletter from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC!!!  I had to share this with you ….THINK ABOUT PLANET EARTH—-THINK ABOUT OUR OCEANS….DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A BUNDLE OF BAGS FLOATING IN THE OCEAN THAT IS KILLING OUR SEA ANIMALS AND CREATING MORE AND MORE FILTH????  THESE BAGS HAVE COMBINED AND NOW FLOAT IN A CERTAIN REGION OF THE OCEANS OF THE EARTH….HERE…LET ME GET THE PICTURE FOR YOU—HOLD ON A MINUTE…BE RIGHT BACK…

start of the Academy Award-winning movie “American Beauty,” a character videotapes a plastic grocery bag as it drifts into the air, an event he casts as a symbol of life’s unpredictable currents, and declares the romantic moment as a “most beautiful thing.”

To the eyes of an oceanographer, the image is pure catastrophe.

In reality, the rogue bag would float into a sewer, follow the storm drain to the ocean, then make its way to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that’s twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists.

The enormous stew of trash – which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers – floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man’s land between San Francisco and Hawaii.

Marcus Eriksen, director of research and education at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, said his group has been monitoring the Garbage Patch for 10 years.

“With the winds blowing in and the currents in the gyre going circular, it’s the perfect environment for trapping,” Eriksen said. “There’s nothing we can do about it now, except do no more harm.”

The patch has been growing, along with ocean debris worldwide, tenfold every decade since the 1950s, said Chris Parry, public education program manager with the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco.

Ocean current patterns may keep the flotsam stashed in a part of the world few will ever see, but the majority of its content is generated onshore, according to a report from Greenpeace last year titled “Plastic Debris in the World’s Oceans.”

The report found that 80 percent of the oceans’ litter originated on land. While ships drop the occasional load of shoes or hockey gloves into the waters (sometimes on purpose and illegally), the vast majority of sea garbage begins its journey as onshore trash.

That’s what makes a potentially toxic swamp like the Garbage Patch entirely preventable, Parry said.

“At this point, cleaning it up isn’t an option,” Parry said. “It’s just going to get bigger as our reliance on plastics continues. … The long-term solution is to stop producing as much plastic products at home and change our consumption habits.”

Parry said using canvas bags to cart groceries instead of using plastic bags is a good first step; buying foods that aren’t wrapped in plastics is another.

After the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned the use of plastic grocery bags earlier this year with the problem of ocean debris in mind, a slew of state bills were written to limit bag production, said Sarah Christie, a legislative director with the California Coastal Commission.

But many of the bills failed after meeting strong opposition from plastics industry lobbyists, she said.

Meanwhile, the stew in the ocean continues to grow.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is particularly dangerous for birds and marine life, said Warner Chabot, vice president of the Ocean Conservancy, an environmental group.

Sea turtles mistake clear plastic bags for jellyfish. Birds swoop down and swallow indigestible shards of plastic. The petroleum-based plastics take decades to break down, and as long as they float on the ocean’s surface, they can appear as feeding grounds.

“These animals die because the plastic eventually fills their stomachs,” Chabot said. “It doesn’t pass, and they literally starve to death.”

The Greenpeace report found that at least 267 marine species had suffered from some kind of ingestion or entanglement with marine debris.

Chabot said if environmentalists wanted to remove the ocean dump site, it would take a massive international effort that would cost billions.

But that is unlikely, he added, because no one country is likely to step forward and claim the issue as its own responsibility.

Instead, cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is left to the landlubbers.

“What we can do is ban plastic fast food packaging,” Chabot said, “or require the substitution of biodegradable materials, increase recycling programs and improve enforcement of litter laws.

“Otherwise, this ever-growing floating continent of trash will be with us for the foreseeable future.”

How to help

You can help to limit the ever-growing patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. Here are some ways to help:

Limit your use of plastics when possible. Plastic doesn’t easily degrade and can kill sea life.

Use a reusable bag when shopping. Throwaway bags can easily blow into the ocean.

Take your trash with you when you leave the beach.

Make sure your trash bins are securely closed. Keep all trash in closed bags.

Trash is also a problem in parts of San Francisco Bay. For an interactive map showing some of the worst locations, go to www.savesfbay.org/baytrash.

– Justin Berton jberton@sfchronicle.com

This article appeared on page W – 8 of the

 

This article is important.  That is Why I am sharing it…..Think about the earth’s future…..contact Justin Berton….see what you can do to help….SAVE THE PLANET AND OURSELVES!!!!

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What would Charles Darwin SAY about Nature Fighting Back? ( ….. Polution, Ocean Dredging and destruction of the “Circle of Life” and the Lives of Sea Animals and Fish)

I receive bulletins from National Geographic Magazine!  You should too.  That is a back door to the world and its progress and digress depending on the articles that are written.  I have a deep love and concern for the ocean and the creatures that live there. 

 I truly believe that there is a connection between the global econonmy and the status of human population and quality of life for all creatures,  (including human beings.)  Children and animals are usually the first to suffer from the push of productivity in the economic drive to build and promote the future toward technology. 

 For example the oil spills only come from   oil tankers! A recent oil spill has caused problems for the ocean’s animal life…of course including the birds who live off the sea creatures too.   I have not read any recorded information that has blamed oil spills on “so called natural occurences in nature”—have you?  

 Animals like dolphins get caught in nets from fishing boats and die horrible deaths  when those nets are meant for tuna only. 

Consider the circle of life and the impact that it has on the natural order of things in the ocean.  It appears that the fishing industry is only concerned with “catching,  cleaning,  and shipping to the warehouse,   fish market,” or factories! 

Look,  I am guilty of eating as much tuna as the next person. 

But my concern here is to discuss and promote the welfare of the entire ocean(s). 

 Realize that we have never been down this road before.  Never in the history of the world have factories,and the drive for productivity had such adverse impact on nature itself.  Look at “global warming.”  The world we live in is driven by technology. 

Most technology from what I have read and come to understand causes polution. Did you know what I learned about DELL COMPUTERS and (probably other computer companies are guilty of this too) –Dell Computer ships all of is RECYCLED COMPUTERS to China!  Are you surprised that the issues of lead in toys, and food, or whatever is coming from China is tainted?  I am not!  I was a student at Nyack College two years ago, and my major was and is  Organizational Management.  We had to do a group project on Dell Computers…Marketing Plan.  My job was to research Dell and its reaction to Enviornment!  I was disgusted when I saw that they sent all of the collected  recylced computers to China and put them in a dump. Look it up yourself.  Look up Dell, and then you will see the Green Peace conflict with Dell.   Elderly people in China were scavening through these dumped computers, and sometimes using the old parts that are filled with toxic chemicals to cook with!  UGH!!!–

   I remember when I was a kid and I heard how dirty the East River in New York City was back then.  Now they have cleaned it up.  How did they do it?  They eliminated most of the factory industry from New York City. 

 There are still factories but  not such a vast amount as in the beginning of the industrical age of this country. The recent blurb I read in the Waldbaums Supermarket regarding  the decline and the interruption of the use of plastic bags for shoppping bags instead said that a well known  magazine on business stated that last year the United States used a billion plastic bags.  Some of these bags end up in the ocean, and rivers. 

 The fish,  or mammals of the ocean swallow these bags and die horrible deaths!   What  is happening now is a push to change that from plastic to a heavy gauge shopping bag with materal  canvas like handles to eliminate the use of plastic bags!  That is great.  But now there is a another new problem.  It is about what a National Geographic Email/Newsletter I recieved called,

 
Sea Lions Photo Gallery: A West Coast Eco-War
A fleet of doe-eyed whip smart sea lions is laying siege to the Pacific Northwest, wreaking havoc on surf breaks, fishing lines, and endangering salmon runs. Photograph by Ami Vitale

http://newsletters.nationalgeographic.com/WBRH016AA685A3F7C21E9379733C00 A fleet of doe-eyed whip smart sea lions is laying siege to the Pacific Northwest, wreaking havoc on surf breaks, fishing lines, and endangering salmon runs. More >>

 This article that can be  found in the National Geographic November issue,  explains that there are sea lions that are attacking another species of weaker, or less in number sea lion. 

 CAN I SAY SOMETHING HERE FOR A HOT MINUTE!!!  Is it safe to say that maybe the reason that the sealions are becoming so AGRESSIVE is that they are HUNGRY???? DO THE FISHING BOAT COMPANIES OF THE WORLD CONTROL HOW MUCH FISH IS BEING TAKEN OUT OF THE OCEAN?  HOW MUCH PER DAY IS CAUGHT IN NETS?  MAYBE THE SEALIONS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO WATCH THE STUPID NETS COME DOWN AND WATCH IT GO BACK UP.  NOW IF YOU WERE HUNGRY AND YOU SAW YOUR FOOD MOVING AWAY FROM YOU…WHAT WOULD YOU DO?  ISN’T IT CALLED DARWINS THEORY OF EVOLUTION IN ACTION?  THE SEALIONS ARE HUNGRY—-LOOK…..MAYBE THEY ARE STARVING AND WE DO NOT KNOW HOW FEW FISH ARE LEFT AFTER THESE FISHING BOATS HAUL IN THEIR CATCH FOR THE DAY!  WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT ON THE CONDITIONS OF THE SEA AND THE ANIMAL LIFE THAT SURVIVES ONLY ON OTHER FISH?—-WE AS LAND DWELLERS LIVE OFF OF THE VEGATABLES AND LAND MAMMALS FOR EXISTANCE AND NUTRITION…..WHAT ELSE DO THE SEALIONS HAVE TO EAT EXCEPT FOR THE SALMON!?  SO ARE THE SEA LIONS REALLY AS AGGRESSIVE AND “KILLER”  AS WE THINK?  OR ARE THEY JUST MERELY TRYING TO SURVIVE?  THINK ABOUT IT.

 Also the article states that these sea lions are also attacking the nets or salmon fishing boats….thereby affecting the fishing industry!

  Hey,  look.  These animals are not doing anything wrong…based on the fact that they are animals!  They are not breaking any laws.  They are the victim here.  Obviously they  cannot find enough to eat in their natural habitat. 

This is a hazzardous condition…not just for them….but possibly for the rest of the world.  What do you think?  Are there any scientists reading this blog?  If so please reply and I want your opinion too,  if you are a GREEN and SAVE THE WORLD  FROM GLOBAL WARMING type of scientist. 

Please give an educated insite to my little blog.   I do not believe that animals ever do anything wrong.  We have to share the world with animals.  They have natural instinct and cannot do anything but what comes natural to them. 

So how can you call an animal a “killer?”  Even Darwin (who I do not completely agree with in regards to “Natural Selection,”  and all that)  did have theories on life and death and the destruction or the elimination of a specific spesices based on genetic predispostion. 

 But what would Darwin say now in 2007/2008?  How would Darwin explain the polution and economic drive that is possibly destroying our health,  the enviornment, and the ocean?  I truly wonder what would Charles Darwin say? 

Because he had written a bit of his own theory and some people took that theory and used it to promote slave ownership….the ownership of one human over another.  Strange isn’t it…..Have you ever seen a lion in the wild make a slave out of another lion?  Or how about “cross species dominating another species “like a monkey dominating and enslaving  wildebeast for example?  Yet somehow people used Darwin’s theory of evolution to promote slavery.  —Sorry  I digress. 

Let us return to the original topic.  Is nature fighting back?  What will happen to nature and human beings?   How much damage will be done in the next five years if the polution, over fishing,are not addressed.  Is it the sea lions that are the “real killers”  here….or is it something else that we are not monitoring  or caring about. 

 I feel very worried about the future of the health of our planet over all.  I am very concerned about the well being of my son’s future.  Please respond maybe we cannot not solve all of the problems,  but atleast  dialogue  can ease some of  concerns of our fellow bloggers.

Riveroflifelisajoy 

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Sea Lions Photo Gallery: A West Coast Eco-War
A fleet of doe-eyed whip smart sea lions is laying siege to the Pacific Northwest, wreaking havoc on surf breaks, fishing lines, and endangering salmon runs. Photograph by Ami Vitale

Sea lion in a box

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Army Corp of
Engineers capture and mark sea lions in the Bonneville Dam area and relocate them to Astoria, Oregon, to monitor their abundance and movements in the lower Columbia River and its tributaries.  
These efforts are part of a study to examine sea lion foraging activities in the inland waters and to evaluate any impact they might have on salmonids in the Columbia River Basin. The sea lions were branded and equipped with a combination of flipper tags, numbered visual patches, VHF radio tags, and satellite-linked transmitters.
Photographer Ami Vitale
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