(I have lost the link to the picture above and below; if you know, please let me know)
This is such a huge subject it is hard to know where to begin. Every living thing on this planet needs oxygen to survive, therefore pollution affects us all. WIKI has a lot to say about it. We may veer a bit off-track sometimes … but bare with me, it’s all connected.
How many major types of pollution are there 3 – 6 – 9 -12 ? keep on clicking the NEXT button when you get to the site above; very informative
DANGERS TO HEALTH: communities in developing countries; respiratory problems caused by burning wood to cook… and the solution.
Rather than burn wood, harming humans and the environment, an alternative would be to make low temperature charcoal from discarded wood / fallen branches etc.
Here (below) is a great video that discusses an alternative approach to actually avoiding pollution instead of wantonly creating it. I don’t necessarily agree with the concept of renting household products but it could easily work with larger items such as cars that often go unused for most of the time. What I would like to see, is that factories are forced to show some corporate responsibility, and are obliged to take back goods at the end of the product’s life, so that all parts could be recycled in one form or another and reused. I should think there are enough materials on the surface of the planet now for us never to have to dig for minerals again. In addition we could reduce our (corporate fed) need for consumerism. Then all we have to do is stop using fossil fuels and we will be on the right track. Anyway, watch the movie and feel free to give feedback, I’m sure there will be many different views about it.
Courtesy of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
“The circular economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative and in which materials flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to reenter the biosphere safely, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere.” Ellen MacArthur
Is pollution a modern problem? Yes and No! As far back as 1272 King Edward I of England banned the burning of sea-coal in London because of smog. As a kid growing up in Liverpool I remember ‘pea-soupers’ where you walked to school along the gutter because you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. Bus drivers had to have a ‘red lantern man’ walking along the gutter in front of the bus to get people to work. Pollution has of course become much worse since the Industrial Revolution; it always does.
It was much the same for America before they enforced the Clean Air Act.
CLICK HERE for a very revealing photo montage of how it was ‘back then’ in the US.
SMOGGY DAYS IN THE UK CIRCA 60′s
As we have seen in the news, China is having the same pollution problems now due to its burning of coal for energy.
“History teaches us nothing?”
Tai Chi or Where’s my Hand?
It has to be said, China are currently expanding their clean air policy, but is it too little - too late?
From The World OceanObservatory
Ship Decommissioning and Ship-Breaking
There are a huge numbers of ocean-going vessels out there, ranging in size from pleasure boats to aircraft carriers. The Lloyds registry alone has 200,000 entries for merchant ships larger than 100 gross tons, and this number is dwarfed if one adds military and private vessels to the mix. These ships do not last forever, of course, and when they are no longer useful, their disposal creates a major challenge …
URGENT: BRISTOL BAY NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THEIR FISHERIES. Take action now!
CARS ARE THE BIGGEST POLLUTERS, RIGHT?
WRONG: THIS SHOCKING ARTICLE SHOULD MAKE YOUR HAIR STAND ON END! This industrial monster requires a massive 14 cylinder, 109,000 horsepower diesel motor that consumes 1,660 gallons of heavy crude oil an hour even at its most efficient setting. There are 90,000 such monsters traversing the world at any one time!
The Union of Concerned Scientists: Democrats and Republicans. Coming together on common ground to put an end to CO2 emissions and climate change.
Watch the video before reading on.
having said that … cars are a major contributor to CO2 gas emissions and inner city pollution. But we need cars so we have to put up with pollution, right?
Wrong! WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? would be a good place to start to find out why we don’t have 100% electric cars on the road right now.
In addition to that, you could read about a famous yet repressed scientist who gave us ‘free energy’ way back in the 1920′s. His name is Nikola Tesla.
Debate rages on about Nikola Tesla’s free energy devices but there is no disputing that the man was a genius way ahead of his time.
“Nikola Tesla was a multi-disciplinary genius. His discovery of the rotating magnetic field in 1882 lead to a series of US Patents in 1888, which gave us the AC electric power system still in use today. This one achievement earned him the honor of being called “The Man Who Invented the 20th Century”.
Q But what’s this got to do with pollution?
Below are a list of other Tesla inventions
DVD Lecture Tesla’s Radiant Energy
Tesla’s Self-acting Engine
Tesla Wardenclyffe Project
Tesla Photo Archive
Short Tesla biography
Tesla Memorial Society of New York
Tesla’s US Patents
Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia
CLICK HERE for a full list of Tesla inventions
What about Nikola Tesla and HAARP?
Just what is HAARP? There are continuing heated debates and conspiracy theories about HAARP and whether it causes earthquakes, global warming, change in weather patterns and potential pollution from fallout. You can read more about HAARP here, do some of your own research and make your own decisions. Never heard of it? Doubt it even exists?
Another hotly debated pollution topic is that of chemtrails. The chemtrail conspiracy theory holds that some trails left by aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for purposes undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by various government officials.
Here’s a Discovery Channel video that hotly debates the topic. Here is another video that shows three KC-135 US military aircraft that were ‘off the radar’ and on a collision course with a Fedex carrier in commercial airspace. You don’t have to look too closely to wonder what on earth they were spraying out. You can skip to 5:00 if you don’t have the time. (amazing footage)
Katrineholms Kuriren, Hagberg has openly admitted that these unusual cloud trails are actually a toxic mix of chemicals, viruses, and metals that she has collectively referred to as “chemtrails.”
In fact, the Patent Application for the Stratospheric Welsbach seeding for reduction of global warming (chemtrail) system, can be viewed here. So, the system itself – chemtrailing – can hardly be denied. The question remains then, what is being sprayed and why the denial and secrecy?
Was Hurricane Sandy exasperated by chemtrail dumps? Watch this video and see what you think.
“…the report also reveals details of the DICE trials in south Dorset between 1971 and 1975. These involved US and UK military scientists spraying into the air massive quantities of serratia marcescens bacteria, with an anthrax simulant and phenol…” Test centre based at Porton Down. The Guardian.
“Sue Ellison, spokeswoman for Porton Down, said: ‘Independent reports by eminent scientists have shown there was no danger to public health from these releases which were carried out to protect the public.”
Zinc cadmium sulphide, bromide, e.coli & bacillus globigii (mimics anthrax) serratia marcescens bacteria, phenol, untold germs, bacteria, micro-organisms, toxic heavy metals, carcinogenics are some of the chemicals commonly found in chemtrails (click for links)
Could anybody at Porton Down please tell me how any of these toxins are “good for the public.”
“Building on Carson’s ground-breaking research, we also know that certain kinds of chemicals can and do disrupt human [and other animals’] entire immune system.”
The very fact that the British government saw fit to arbitrarily and continuously spray millions of its subjects with a variety of toxic chemicals without permission is in itself an abhorrent and indefensible act of staggering contempt and belligerent disregard for the health and safety of the hapless public.
Who knows what ailments, birth defects, diseases these chemicals caused? Certainly not the British public.
Okay, we have gone a bit off track here again, but it’s all connected in the bigger picture. Back to more commonly known forms of pollution…
Clean energy investment in much of the Western world took a dive in 2012, thanks to regulatory uncertainty and steep curbs in subsidies.
That wasn’t the case in China, which saw investment in clean energy hit a record $67.7 billion last year, up 20 percent from 2011, largely due to a surge in its solar sector, according to a year-end report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
WONDERFUL NEWS: From … Sunrise in the dessert
“The trigger for leadership here to think about switching to renewable energy is one that is also driven by the legacy of this country being an energy player on the world stage. For five decades we’ve been producing hydrocarbon resources. Yes, we still have substantial reserves with us, but inevitably they’re going to diminish.” What a great initiative from one of the world’s leading oil producers.
LET’S GO NUCLEAR ?
What are the long term effects of dumping nuclear waste? Technical
What can we do about nuclear waste? Less technical
According to a report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, it will take 3 MILLION YEARS for radioactive waste stored in the United States as of 1983 to decay to background levels. So, presently, the only solution is to store the waste in a place so that the environment won’t be contaminated. The problem with storing nuclear waste is both political as well as technological. In terms of politics, no one wants it stored near them. So there’s much dispute as to where radioactive waste should be stored. In addition, storing so much waste is a major technological challenge. According to a report issued by the British Parliament, “In considering arrangements for dealing safely with such wastes, man is faced with time scales that transcend his experience.”
In layman’s terms; “after careful consideration … we have no idea what long term damage this will cause the planet… and future generations, but as long as it is out of sight …”
I believe there is an overwhelming lack of governmental and corporate responsibility here that ‘transcends experience.’
The problem is that nothing we encase nuclear waste in will ever last anything like 3 million years. It safely be assumed then that we are leaving a horrifying legacy of toxic disaster for future inhabitants of this planet on a scale hitherto unseen. Literally, a ticking time bomb waiting to happen.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO DUMPING NUCLEAR WASTE? here are six alternatives – none of them great
In response to questions about nuclear waste, Gordon Edwards responded, “the questions posed are good and sensible ones. Unfortunately there are no equally good and sensible answers.” A collaborative US-Japan research organisation.
“No statistically significant increase in major birth defects or other untoward pregnancy outcomes was seen among children of survivors.” RERF
HAS THERE BEEN ANY NUCLEAR TESTING SINCE WW11? YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS, TRULY.
And to back it up …
Nuclear testing by country This is a ‘must see’ site packed with statistical information, dates, locations, graphs and links.
United States: 1,054 tests involving at least 1,151 devices, 331 atmospheric tests
Soviet Union: 715 tests (involving 969 devices)
France: 210 test (50 atmospheric, 160 underground
China: 45 tests (23 atmospheric and 22 underground)
Various others in India, Pakistan & North Korea make up the rest.
I only recently found out about this nuclear testing during my research into pollution and I am still reeling with shock. Given the amount of testing, it really begs the question, “what effect do atomic explosions have on pollution, climate change, earthquakes and other ‘natural’ disasters. Why isn’t this in the news? Why don’t we all know about this?
I don’t have the answers, but I do have some information on where they were tested.
In 1951, the first Atom bomb was detonated over a section of desert called Frenchman Flat, about ninety miles northwest of Las Vegas. For more than forty years, this stretch of sage brush and sand would become ground zero for U.S. nuclear testing. In fact, the last detonation happened just fifteen years ago, on September 23, 1992. Since the early 1990’s, independent producer Claes Andreasson has interviewed test site workers, scientists, legal scholars and test officials, as well as people living “downwind” from the Nevada Test Site. “Dirty Harry: When the American Dream became a Nightmare” is a culmination of those interviews.
…and finally, how much does all this cost?
The current US national debt stands at $16 trillion and counting …
click link for update: US national debt clock
Why post a clock of the US national debt? What’s the point?
Because if the US had spent a fraction of this $16 trillion dollars leading the world in clean energy technology, instead of going to war with other countries, we wouldn’t have a global pollution problem now.
This is the dollar cost and does not, could not, equate what nuclear testing has cost planet earth from all ‘contributors’. I’m sure that any objection would be met with a platitude that “all tests were done under the strictest of safety conditions and were essential in the interests of national security,” from all parties involved.
HOW MUCH POLLUTION DOES WAR CAUSE? The greenhouse gases released by the Iraq war thus far equals the pollution from adding 25 million cars to the road for one year says a study released by Oil Change International, an anti petroleum watchdog. The group claims Iraq war emissions estimates come from combat, oil well fires, increased gas flaring, increased cement manufacturing for reconstruction, and explosives.
LIFT THE VEIL is a much watch documentary; “it is the long overdue film that powerfully, definitively, and finally exposes the deadly 21st century hypocrisy of U.S. internal and external policies,(leading to war and pollution) It imbues the reader with hope to bring about real systemic change while there is yet time for humanity and this planet.
I did not expect this atomic / nuclear issue to have so many facets or take up so much of this blog, but it would be remiss of me to leave it out. Moving on…
It would seem the best solution is to not create nuclear waste, or the threat of global pollution from war and atomic bomb(s) fall-out, in the first place.
“an unparallelled catastrophe” – nobody really knows the long term effects of the pollution caused by an all-out atomic war, or how long it would take before the planet was habitable again, but you can get a very good idea by reading this article.
You can forget cars, airplanes, ships and factories. A global nuclear war would be the biggest and worst single polluting factor our planet has ever seen and one which would take untold years to recover from. Meanwhile, the few million that may survive would face a life of unparallelled plague, sickness and misery. The water, the air, the soil and any plant life or animals would be contaminated with cancer causing radiation, leading to grotesque deformities in newborns for many generations to come. The very lifeblood of the planet you need to survive would be killing you. Still think going nuclear is a good idea?
Ask yourself this question: Do you trust your government to act responsibly with its nuclear warheads? 100% ?
But what would we do without nuclear energy? What are the alternatives?
There are two ways in which solar energy is currently used. Solar thermal uses the heat of the sun to warm water – which is then used either to provide hot water for use or to provide heating…
Windmills has been around for centuries – and recent technological developments has made wind turbines an efficient way of generating energy…
The development of hydropower began 150 years ago. Yet, by 2003, hydropower contributed only 2.2 percent to the world’s total supply of energy. This is only a portion of renewables’ 13.3 percent share in global TPES…
Biomass is derived from different types of organic matter: energy plants (oilseeds, plants containing sugar) and forestry, agricultural or urban waste including wood and household waste. Biomass can be used for heating, for producing electricity and for transport as biofuel. The use of biomass significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions …
Geothermal energy is power extracted from heat stored in the earth. GEOTHERMAL energy offers the compelling prospect of base-load power generation that operates continuously – regardless of weather conditions, and with negligible fuel costs and greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions …
It is said that there is enough geothermal power underground to last planet earth for another 1,000,000 years. Is this true?
So… if there is all this non-polluting, ecologically friendly, economical energy out there that would put the damage into reverse and save the planet from inevitable and irrevocable destruction, as we are already witnessing today, why are we still burning fossil fuels?
Don’t know, you’d have to ask the rich oil & coal barons about that one.
DEEPWATER BLOW OUT: TWO MEN FACE CHARGES Unfortunately, these were not executives
SAVING ICELAND Connected to the same disaster above
…is one of the worst disaster known to mankind, and is still ongoing. At its peak Lusi spewed up to 180,000 m³ of mud per day. By mid August 2011, mud was being discharged at a rate of 10,000 m³ per day. This was a significant decline from the previous year, when mud was being discharged at a rate of 100,000 cubic metres per day. It is estimated it will continue gushing toxic mud for another 30 years.
It is the biggest mud volcano in the world, created by the blowout of a natural gas well drilled by PT Lapindo Brantas, Company officials contend it was caused by a distant earthquake. In August 2012, geologists stated definitively that the Sidoarjo mudflow was caused by drilling operation misconduct, which only used a quarter of the height of drilling wallpipe, strictly in violation of industry standards, and was not caused by a distant earthquake almost 300 km away.
Despite a network of dams and barriers having been erected to contain the flood, as of February 2007 the mud was up to 10 m thick, with an estimated volume of 12 million cubic metres. The enormous quantity of mud has so far buried 4 villages and 25 factories, some of which you can see here, barely protruding above the surface.
BIG QUESTION: Why aren’t any of these executives facing criminal charges?
While natural disasters can do much damage and devastation, some of the worst environmental disasters in history have been caused by people. Some are accidental. Some are speculated to be the work of government conspiracy. The 33 disasters on this list are ordered chronologically starting with the most recent, though they could be grouped by type. Moreover, the repetition of disaster types supports the argument that humans have failed to really learn from past mistakes. If this argument is correct, we may be adding another disaster to the top of the list fairly soon, but for now, here are our top picks among some of the world’s worst man-made environmental disasters.
- The Ones that Made History (and in many cases are still a cause of pollution)
- BP Gulf Oil Spill
- Tennessee Coal Ash Spill
- Sidoarjo Mud Volcano
- Al-Mishraq Fire
- West Virginia/Kentucky Coal Sludge Spill
- Baia Mare Cyanide Spill
- Libby, Montana Asbestos Contamination
- Gulf War Oil Spill
- Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
- Chevron Oil Refinery Spill
- Bhopal India Gas Leak
- Meltdown at Three Mile Island
- Amoco Cadiz
- Cactus Dome Marshall Islands
- Times Beach Missouri Dioxin Contamination
- Fire Hole in Turkmenistan
- The Palomares Incident
- Ecocide in Vietnam
- Castle Bravo
- London’s “Great Smog” 1952
- Love Canal
- Minamata Bay toxic poisoning
- The Great Dustbowl
- Alabama PCB Poisoning
- Ongoing Disasters
HOW MUCH DOES THE US SPEND ON GREEN ENERGY? Tallying just how much cash went to green projects isn’t easy. The government website that tracks stimulus spending lists 27,226 individual awards under the “Energy/ Environment” section, totaling just shy of $34 billion.
HOW MUCH DOES THE US SPEND ON WAR? For the 2011 fiscal year, the president’s base budget of the Department of spending on “overseas contingency operations” brings the sum to $664.84 billion. As of June 2011, the total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is approximately $3.7 trillion so far.
So what can I do about stopping pollution?
This year our governments will hand nearly hundreds of billions of dollars in government subsidies to the coal, gas, and oil industries — six times as much money as we invest in renewable energy.
Ending these subsidies could actually take a giant step towards solving the climate crisis, save gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and help make clean energy cheaper than fossil fuels.
You can also raise awareness about pollution and the urgent need to stop using fossil fuels by sharing this site, raising your voice and speaking out. Simply by Lifting The Veil you can begin to get an awareness of what is happening on our battered planet and why. By raising awareness we can hopefully get back on the right track before it is too late (never say die) The three biggest threats we need to remove from our fragile planet, in any order, are 1) fossil fuels 2) atomic power, of any kind and for whatever reasons 3) megalomaniacs
There are many ideas HERE you can try out at home to reduce pollution. Every little helps. Or just Google ‘energy saving tips’ for tons of ideas.
Revolutions that Made the Earth: This book places humanity in context as part of the Earth system, using a new scientific synthesis to illustrate our debt to the deep past and our potential for the future.
“The current planet-reshaping activities of our species may be the start of another great Earth system revolution, but there is no guarantee that this one will be successful. The book explains what a successful transition through it might look like, if we are wise enough to steer such a course.”
RECYCLE EVERYTHING: why we must: how we can. “What does that mean? It means that your laptop, desk, clothing, house—everything you possess or use at home or work, when those things are no longer usable, their materials can go to make new laptops, desks, clothing and houses, again and again.” To do this, we need materials that are engineered to be reused perpetually. Janet Unruh
Amazing Technology that could help to prolong the life of products. Is this the new Teflon?
Solutions for Saving the Planet and Humanity: by Phil for Humanity: includes a free ebook and links to other popular articles.