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From filthy to fabulous: Mumbai beach undergoes dramatic makeover

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , on August 15, 2017 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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Led by spirited young lawyer and environmentalist Afroz Shah, volunteers collected a staggering 5.3 million kilograms of decomposing trash and plastic from the 2.5 kilometer stretch of beach over a period of 21 months.
“I shifted to my new apartment two years back and saw plastic on the beach — it was 5.5 feet high. A man could drown in the plastic,” Shah told CNN. “I said I’m going to come on the field and do something. I have to protect my environment and it requires ground action.”
Shah, 33, began cleaning the beach in 2015 with the help of a neighbor. Over time, he was joined by more than 1,000 volunteers including local Versova residents, slum-dwellers, politicians, Bollywood celebrities and schoolchildren.
The volunteers have also cleaned 52 public toilets at the beach and planted 50 coconut trees. Shah says he wants to plant 5,000 coconut trees there and turn it into a “coconut lagoon like it used to be.”
Versova beach on August 6, 2016. The beach held 5.3 million kilograms of trash before it underwent the world's largest beach clean-up.
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http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/22/asia/mumbai-beach-dramatic-makeover/index.html

Proof with Images that The Whole World, Animals, Trees, the EARTH are Being massively Destroyed by Humans jeopardizing Our Survival

Posted in 2017, animals, Extreme Weather, food, Galaxy, Mind, spirituality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2017 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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An elephant killed by poachers left to rot……..(disgusting people)

“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.” Sometimes words can be superfluous. These pictures say more than a thousand words.

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A rainforest in flames — goats used to graze here.

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USA:  In Oregon, this thousand-year-old forest fell victim to the chain saw for a new dam. (may the people responsible for this be damned!=

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This polar bear starved to death in Svalvard, Norway. Disappearing ice caps are robbing polar bears of both their living space and food !!!!

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Japan: While the entire world watched the events of Fukushima, a massive heat and power station was burning just a few miles away. All attempts to extinguish it where fruitless.

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The Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya rides a wave of filth and trash in Java, Indonesia. Surfing in the TRASH!!!!

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A lignite power plant contaminates the air with its discharges.

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Paradise almost lost: the Maldives, a popular vacation spot that is threatened by rising sea levels.

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The view of the overdeveloped metropole of Mexico City (with more than 20 million inhabitants). (rats live better)

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INDIA: And yet another megatropolis — a bird’s eye view of New Delhi (over 22 million inhabitants).

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CANADA: The scars left behind from the mining of oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta.

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Canada: A massive truck delivers a load of oil sands for processing. It’s hard to believe that oil sand is a leading source of Canadian energy.

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USA: To the last drop: an oilfield in California and the merciless overexploitation of humans.

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The blunder of the Brazilian rain forest is being repeated here in Canada.

 

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A dead albatross shows what happens when we litter. A living dumpster.

 

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A Mine of diamond, HOW deep will they dig for these? To the core of the earth???

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Poachers pose proudly with the coat of a Siberian tiger.

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CHEMTRAILS  and Trails of excessive air traffic over London.

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Spain: a multitude of greenhouses to produce for the whole Europe fruits and vegetables full of pesticides!

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Tons (literally) of broken electronics end up in developing countries and are stripped for precious metals by using deadly substances.

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USA: A landfill for worn-out tires in the desert of Nevada.

 

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The poles are melting so fast no one does care….A massive waterfall from melting pack ice. These masses are the only meltwater and the undeniable proof that climate change is advancing swiftly.

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China: A simple herd farmer cannot withstand the stench of the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia.

My feeling after watching all these images which are only a sample of what is going on, we are doomed, our children too and the children to be born and we managed to destroy in 150 years A WHOLE PLANET! Most people don’t care and are unaware of the horrible effects our lifestyles have on nature. Too late to help raise awareness……

Source: http://www.hefty.co/truth-in-pictures/

 

 

 

20,000 fish: lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs & other animals died at Savory Park, Canada

Posted in 2016, 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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30 December 2016

The carcasses of thousands of sea creatures have mysteriously washed up on the western coast of Nova Scotia.

As many as 20,000 fish, lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs and other animals have turned up dead at Savory Park, Canadian authorities said.

And they have no idea why. Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans department tweeted images of the massive cross-species graveyard.

Environmental officials are testing the water for pesticides and oxygen levels for possible clues. As a precaution, they’re warning consumers to only buy seafood from authorized vendors.

“Dead fish found on shore should not be collected by general public,” the Fisheries and Oceans department tweeted.

According to the US Geological Survey, a number of factors could contribute to fish kills. While toxic chemical exposure can be one cause, most fish kills are attributed to low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the water, according to the USGS.

Just this year, mass fish deaths were reported in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and Hongcheng Lake in Haikou,China.

In Florida, dead fish blanketed the Atlantic coast for miles in March. The deaths were caused by a combination of environmental factors. Warmer waters, increased precipitation and pollutant runoff made way for toxic algae blooms and brown tide, ultimately depleting the water of oxygen.

In China, an estimated 35 tons of fish died at Hongcheng Lake in May. While residents blamed the fish kill on pollution, local authorities attributed the incident to changes in salt levels…..

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Please What to do to Help them Save le Parc des Bouillides (French Riviera)

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2016 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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The Parc des Bouillides located around Valbonne, French Riviera is a very popular park in the South East part of France.

Everybody comes here to enjoy a “free” gorgeous area. You can chill out, play, run, practice sports in a preserved environment but not for long…

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It’s a must to stop the local politicians and the French Railway Company, SNCF, from destroying the Parc des Bouillides as they want to implement a railway station in the core of it!

4500 people live around the park plus many trees, animals, even a rare species of turtle.

Please help us out. In advance thank you for supporting its conservation by signing the petition online:

https://www.change.org/p/sauvons-le-parc-des-bouillides

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Giving your opinion on the website of the “SNCF Ligne Nouvelle”. All voices matter:

http://www.lignenouvelle-provencecotedazur.fr/vos-avis

If you read (or not) French you can simply click on our page the “I Like” button and find out about our action on:

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https://sauvonsleparcdesbouillides.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/what-to-do-to-save-the-parc-des-bouillides-on-the-french-riviera-from-destruction/

 

19-Year-Old, Boyan Slat, Develops Cleanup Array To Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From Oceans

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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Another young creative mind working towards bettering our world. 19-year-old Boyan Slat has revealed his plans to the world regarding his Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans.

The revolutionary device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.

It all began when Boyan Slat launched a project that analyzed the size and amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches. He produced a paper of his findings which went on to win several prizes, including Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology. Boyan also had the opportunity to unveil his final concept during a TEDx talk in 2012.
Boyan states “One of the problems with preventive work is that there isn’t any imagery of these ‘garbage patches’, because the debris is dispersed over millions of square kilometres. By placing our arrays however, it will accumulate along the booms, making it suddenly possible to actually visualize the oceanic garbage patches. We need to stress the importance of recycling, and reducing our consumption of plastic packaging.”
Wise words from a truly innovative mind. After his impressive invention, Boyan decided to found The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization responsible for the development of his proposed technologies. If brought into fruition, his solution could save hundreds of thousands of aquatic animals annually, reduce pollutants (including PCB and DDT) from building up in the food chain and even improve human health given the fact harmful plastic has been found in humans after being in the ocean. 

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/04/19/19-year-old-develops-cleanup-array-to-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-oceans/

Whispers of Ecological Change in the Arctic Are Trying to Tell Us Something. Are We Listening?

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Avery McGahaone of two master’s students who joined me in Tromsø, Norway to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference in January, 2014. It is supplemented with some additional reporting by me. McGaha’s trip was made possible by a grant from the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism

Following the recent announcement by NASA and NOAA that 2014 was likely the hottest year on record a loud controversy erupted over global warming. As DotEarth blogger Andrew Revkin pointed out, the fight was a distraction from the clear-cut, long-term trend of rising temperatures.

The noise about global warming overall has also tended to drown out relative whispers of subtle — but significant — change taking place at a variety of scales in the Arctic. These range from tiny organisms living underneath sea ice, all the way up to charismatic creatures like reindeer and walruses, as well as the food webs of which these living things are a part.

One example of the ecological whispers coming from the Arctic: Recent research has shown that warming in the Barents Sea north of Norway and Russia has caused an increase in the productivity of phytoplankton, tiny photosynthesizing organisms that sustain aquatic food webs. You can see a big, beautiful — and natural — bloom of phytoplankton in the satellite image above.

Satellite imagery and other forms of remote sensing comprise a powerful tool for monitoring the Arctic. But scientists also have been digging beneath these broad views and turning up other evidence of change.

Warmer and Wetter Winters

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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2015/02/06/whispers-ecological-change-arctic-trying-tell-us-something-listening/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DSC_News_150212_Final&utm_content=#5465

One Day on Earth

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

 

 

 

 

The sheer amount of work that was put into each and every set-up and their impeccable quality; keeping in mind that the camera rig was composed of two, in order to mimic the stereoscopic effect of the experience of human eyesight (“3D”), with immaculate camera moves, using everything from Skycam, where the rig is mounted on wires, flying above and through the treetops; to “hothead” cranes, where the ability to manipulate the rig in an up-and-down, side-to-side and every-which-way of rotation, going straight from the tree canopy to the forest floor, to a shot produced by an incomprehensibly small crane, which takes us from underwater, in the teeniest, pristinely-clear, little sylvan streamlet, to follow the footsteps of a brightly polka-dotted salamander, which looks, for all the world like a living piece of jewelry. 

There is also the adept use of every kind of lens and focal length, from the intense depth-of-field, compressing herds of animals within their majestic landscpes, offered by the longest of long lenses, down to the widest possible macroscopic angles, achieved from fiberoptic lenses, giving us the sense of intimacy that would come from being the same size as the smallest of amphibians and insects and of living inside a fox den with a vixen, nursing her skulk of the most adorable kits…

Brazil: The Rainforest from the sky

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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The world’s rainforests are currently disappearing at a rate of 6000 acres every hour (this is about 4000 football fields per hour). When these forests are cut down, the plants and animals that live in the forests are destroyed, and some species are at risk of being made extinct.

I produced and arranged this song to make people aware of the mass destruction. We have to do something for us, for our children and children to be born.
Song written by Mike Vaughan/The Bold CorsicanFlame

Fukushima radiation killing our children, govt hides truth – former mayor

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2014 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, a town near the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant, is warning his country that radiation contamination is affecting Japan’s greatest treasure – its children.

Asked about government plans to relocate the people of Fatuba to the city of Iwaki, inside the Fukushima prefecture, Idogawa criticized the move as a “violation of human rights.”

Compared with Chernobyl, radiation levels around Fukushima “are four times higher,” he told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze, adding that “it’s too early for people to come back to Fukushima prefecture.”

“It is by no means safe, no matter what the government says.”

Idogawa alleges that the government has started programs to return people to their towns despite the danger of radiation.

“Fukushima Prefecture has launched the Come Home campaign. In many cases, evacuees are forced to return. [the former mayor produced a map of Fukushima Prefecture that showed that air contamination decreased a little, but soil contamination remains the same.

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According to Idogawa there are about two million people residing in the prefecture who are reporting“all sorts of medical issues,” but the government insists these conditions are unrelated to the Fukushima accident. Idogawa wants their denial in writing.

“I demanded that the authorities substantiate their claim in writing but they ignored my request.”

Once again, Idogawa alludes to the nuclear tragedy that hit Ukraine on April 26, 1986, pleading that the Japanese people “never forget Chernobyl.” Yet few people seem to be heeding the former government official’s warning.

“They believe what the government says, while in reality radiation is still there. This is killing children. They die of heart conditions, asthma, leukemia, thyroiditis… Lots of kids are extremely exhausted after school; others are simply unable to attend PE classes. But the authorities still hide the truth from us, and I don’t know why. Don’t they have children of their own? It hurts so much to know they can’t protect our children.

“They say Fukushima Prefecture is safe, and that’s why nobody’s working to evacuate children, move them elsewhere. We’re not even allowed to discuss this.”

The former mayor found it ironic that when discussing the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for 2020, Prime Minister Abe frequently mentions the Japanese word, “omotenashi,” which literally means that you should “treat people with an open heart.”

In Idogawa’s opinion, the same treatment does not apply equally to the people most intimately connected with Fukushima: the workers involved in the cleanup operations.

“Their equipment was getting worse; preparation was getting worse. So people had to think about their safety first. That’s why those who understood the real danger of radiation began to quit. Now we have unprofessional people working there.

http://rt.com/news/tokyo-radiation-fukushima-children-836/

James has single handedly removed hundreds of pounds of garbage and made it a remarkable refuge for hundreds of birds

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

They Call Me Birdman

As he rounds the corner of West 208th Street and Ninth Avenue with two green fishing nets over his shoulder, James Cataldi says: “You go first. They’ll flock toward me if they see me.” Just a year and a half ago, this wedge of waterfront was a dumping ground and a “heroin shantytown.” But today, James has single handedly removed hundreds of pounds of garbage and made it a remarkable refuge for hundreds of birds. “I was a Wall Street guy. I was heavily into math,” Mr. Cataldi says. “But this is my calling.”

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