Category Archives: Climate Change

Climate Revolutionaries Gather

On November 5th the Green buzz was thick in the air. A record number of students from around the world met with US Congress members to require a firm commitment to reducing greenhouse gasses. The days before provided training, education, job fairs and entertainment surrounding taking action on climate change.

Also speaking were the legendary Bill McKibben who started the worldwide Step it Up phenomena and continues to write books and create awareness, and also Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House. We had a great time and gained momentum to make important changes. Read more at and prepare for the next event:!

“The solutions of tomorrow are not stashed behind the walls of bureaucracy or political halls. They are in the minds of engineers, designers, innovators, researches, environmentalists, and other spirited individuals.” – Stuart Barea

“This is the new politics. Personal responsibility. Not leaving it to others. I am my planet’s keeper.” – Hilary Benn, Secretary for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Take A Bite With The PB&J Campaign

Is it possible to protect animals and the environment through a vegan based diet? The people from the PB&J Campaign believe it is a fact. The organization was formed by a group of concerned citizens sponsored by the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE) who assists activist working to improve the world naturally. The PB&J Campaign’s sole purpose is to fight our environmental issues through limiting the amount of animal products people eat. Their goal is to shed light on the damage eating animals cause and help individuals change one meal at a time. Although, the program’s reasons are geared more towards environmentalism than animal rights it promotes vegan lifestyle and in the process will save thousands of defenseless animals from slaughter houses. The program shows individuals that they can make a huge difference similar to the act of recycling through simply changing their diet as well.

How Does It Actually Work?

According to the PB&J Campaign, everything we eat comes from plants, whether we eat the plants directly or through an animal intermediary. The basic problem is that animals are inefficient at converting plants into meat, milk, and eggs. Relatively little of what they eat ends up in what you eat because animals use most of their food to keep them alive – to fuel their muscles so they can stand up and walk around, to keep their hearts beating, to keep their brains working. That cow, pig, or chicken has to eat a lot more protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrients than it yields in meat, eggs, or milk. The result is that it takes several pounds of corn and soy to produce one pound of beef, or one pound of eggs, one pound of milk, etc. This holds true even if we’re measuring calories or protein; it takes several times the calories or protein in livestock feed to produce the calories or protein we get from the meat, eggs, or milk.

If we’re wasting livestock feed, we’re also wasting what it takes to grow that feed. This includes inputs like fossil fuels (with all the emissions they produce) to run machinery, to pump water for irrigation, for transportation, and to produce the pesticides and fertilizers. Then there’s the land (= cleared rainforest and grasslands) for growing the crops, along with fertilizers (which produce their own greenhouse gas emissions) and pesticides. When you eliminate livestock and digest plants directly it takes less plants to support you. You also save the inputs that go into the plants. You save fossil fuels, water, land, fertilizers, and pesticides. You also save extra greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer and burning fossil fuels, and you save water pollution from chemicals and silt washing off fields into waterways.

And if that’s not enough, you save on the resources used in raising the animals – yet more land and water. You also save the animal waste that is its own pollution problem, not to mention more greenhouse gas emissions like methane from enteric fermentation. Few people are aware that livestock is responsible for 18% of global climate change.

If you want to contribute in the fight to make a healthier planet by one meal at a time than take the Pledge Now.

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Green Jobs Act

Support 1Sky Solutions and the new green jobs act. They are requesting that all environmentally conscious consumers request their local Senators and Representatives to endorse the complete funding for the Green Jobs Act and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant in this year’s Appropriations Bill. 1Sky Solutions have an easy to access formatted letter for individuals to use to help spread the message to members in office. This is one of the most important bills going through our government process right now which will affect our world for years to come. We have to take action now to save the planet.

Currently, throughout the United States countless organizations, prominent leaders, and people just like you are banding together to fight global warming. The environmental movement has been growing rapidly but without the government assistance it will not be a success. There must be programs and laws created to help protect as well as prevent further damage to our delicate ecosystem. Persuading our leaders to take a different direction in methods we use to manage waste and resources is crucial. Not only our health but our economic success depends on it. As a nation we must work together to change our destructive habits for a better future for all. It is time to create a green energy economy.

1Sky Solutions was established in 2007 to aim the strength of millions of environmentally conscious citizens on one primary objective. This objective is to gain federal action by 2010 that will turnabout global warming. A goal as hefty as this needs support to make any lead way. 1Sky solutions are using every resource to find the right technique to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency, highlight renewable energy, and invent other breakthrough technologies. Their intent to produce a clean energy economy through eliminating our dependence on overseas oil and producing a modernistic age of green jobs. Over 2.5 million dollars in 501c3 funding has been raised through the organization. Using every possible communication resource ranging from Internet to door-to-door individuals just like you are contributing 1Sky Solutions efforts to reach the Congressional districts in America.

1Sky’s slogan is our climate, our future, one chance. It is as poetic as it is true. Our climate is in turmoil Arctic ice caps are melting, natural disasters are becoming a daily occurrence, and temperatures are breaking history records. Economic issues are increasing as well. We only have one chance which is now to pursue a solution. Sustainable energy, green buildings, effective growth programs, and new clean energy technologies is key. It will take a lot of work for us to get the government to realize the immense opportunities and economic benefits for green jobs. With the manufacturing industry crumbling generating green employment in solar, wind and more organic industries can help improve the lives of millions along with the environment. Let’s make a change! Go to 1Sky Solutions today to ask the future president of the United States to support the Green Jobs Act.

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The Jokes Are Just Too Obvious –

– but the reality of global frightening is too damned frightening. Part of the problem is animal gas emissions, but it looks like a solution might be coming soon.

From Max Lindberg (Planetsave):

You’ve probably had that one pulled (pardon the pun) on you at least once in your life, and the old guy got a good laugh out of your response. It’s ok, old guys do strange things, I know.

Well, this isn’t about old guys, but sheep, cattle, deer and goats, the premier emitters of methane gas in the world. In this case, nature is “pulling the finger.”

For New Zealand, according to the Telegraph, its 45 million sheep and 10 million cattle are responsible for more than half of that nation’s methane emissions. That’s a lot of burping and farting, but the country is trying to meet the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

Don’t laugh, to New Zealand’s government this is serious stuff, so serious that an animal “flatulence tax” may be imposed on farmers. They’ve reportedly shown their disapproval by sending parcels of manure to members of parliament.

Estonians, meanwhile, have just lifted a tax on cattle methane emissions. Farms housing more than 300 cows or 2000 pigs would have been assessed an annual tax of about $5000 each. Protests have halted that action, at least for the time being. It’s said that cattle account for 18% of that country’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

Science To The Rescue!

According to Phil Goff, New Zealand’s trade minister, scientists in that country have mapped the genome that causes methane in ruminant animals. That, he says, can lead to a vaccine that would turn off the fart switch and reduce greenhouse gasses.

It may be a while, but Goff told an Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development meeting in Paris that a solution to the problem was in sight.

Scientists in Australia have reportedly developed a burp vaccine that acts against the archaean microbes that produce methane in sheep rumens. It was apparently somewhat successful.

Is There a Future for a Flatulence Shot?

In the U.S., it’s reported that about 2 percent of this country’s methane emissions come from livestock. Research is continuing on altering an animals diet, and changing the way fertilizers are used where livestock graze. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlines methane emissions from all sources on their website.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says scientists estimate livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Shots of the kind proposed by New Zealand scientists could make a big impact on greenhouse gasses, especially in smaller countries with large amounts of domestic and wild ruminants.

Do Humans Add to Greenhouse Emissions?

Of course you know, as long as we depend on livestock for the major portion of our protein and other nutritional needs, we add to greenhouse gas numbers by merely sitting down to a steak, or some bacon and eggs. I suspect, however, the steak will win out, after all we’re paying record amounts for gasoline and we’re still driving our gas guzzlers every day, adding even more pollutants to the air we breathe.

And then, maybe we might look at insects as a possibility. If you haven’t read my recent post, take a look.

Well, just thought you’d like to know that help may be on the way for those countries awash in livestock-emitted methane, and maybe, someday, for humans too. No, our “gas” emissions are small in comparison, and only a minor irritant if you happen to be downwind of someone with a problem.

Mother earth has her own way of belching methane, something that’s caused some severe changes in the planet’s weather. Read Joshua S Hill’s blog; Methane Could Kick-Start Increased Warming“.

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The Clean Coal Myth

Coal supplies an extensive amount of energy to America and other parts of the world. Due to worldwide environmental awareness companies such as Clean Coal Technologies Inc. have been promoting their new clean coal procedures. The coal industry is now pitching the idea that their filthy coal can be cleaned to become less hazardous to the environment. Most clean coal processes involve carbon sequestration type solutions. The company called Clean Coal Technologies Inc. claim to posses the ability to remove almost 90% of pollutants from coal before the burning process.

Does the coal industry want to mislead the public with their promise of a future with clean coal? The act of cleaning coal is a very complex and uncharted area of development. Not only is it extremely expensive but the proper research needed to execute this technique in a way which will not cause additional environmental issues are years away. There are many environmental clean coal advocates supporting this new process. Although, the idea of cleaning up a major energy source such as coal sounds groundbreaking it only focuses on carbon and not the other impacts that it has on the environment.

Coal remains a danger to the environment cleaned or in its normal state. The process of mining, burning, breathing it, and even carbon sequestration of it is still a potential environmental risk. It has various waste products which contain numerous heavy metals that are dangerous when released into the environment. Mining is one of the most dangerous occupations. Many miners suffer from chronic lung disorders and diseases such as cancer and heart disease from breathing in coal dust particles.

The act of mining not only risk the lives of miners but it can radically change the natural landscapes and habitats for wildlife. Ash and boiler slag wastes from coal mining are often dumped in nearby valleys and streams. This practice virtually destroys forest areas and creeks. Mining also produces acid rain. Acid rock drainage or AMD occurs when water drains from a mine creating sulfuric acid. This condition can pollute rivers killing plants and aquatic species that are unable to survive pH shifts. One single coal-fired plant pulls in an average of 2.2 billion gallons of water every year to produce steam for mobile turbines. An estimated 1.5 million fish die when the water is drawn from rivers and oceans. Water levels may even shift. The method used to transport coal is railroad locomotives which run on diesel fuel. Millions of toxic particles are distributed throughout the air during the transportation of coal.

The leading cause of global warming, smog, and air pollution is the act of burning coal. Methane along with carbon dioxide is released into the air through burning coal. Methane contributes for 9% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is considered to be more dangerous than carbon dioxide in promoting global warming.

If the coal industry does perfect a method to clean coal it will still be a dirty process polluting our environment and damaging our precious ecosystem.

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I Had To Read This Twice –

– and you probably will have to as well … things are actually changing (who’d have thunk it?).

From The Environmental News Network:

Exxon facing shareholder revolt over approach to climate change

A shareholder revolt at ExxonMobil led by the billionaire Rockefeller family has won the support of four significant British institutional investors who will call on Monday for a shakeup in the governance of the world’s biggest oil company. has learned that F&C Asset Management, Morley Fund Management, the Co-Operative Insurance Society and the West Midlands Pension Fund are throwing their weight behind a resolution demanding that ExxonMobil appoints an independent chairman to stimulate debate on the company’s board.

Exxon is facing a rebellion from its investors over its hardline approach to global warming. The firm has refused to follow rival oil companies in committing large-scale capital investment to environmentally friendly technology such as wind and solar power.

The Rockefeller dynasty, whose ancestor John D Rockefeller founded the original oil business at the core of ExxonMobil, have sponsored four shareholder resolutions demanding changes at Exxon. One of these calls on Exxon’s chief executive Rex Tillerson, to relinquish his role as chairman in favour of an outsider to bring in an alternative point of view.

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