LOCAL HERO: Mary Crowley

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A Local Hero is

“a person who makes a difference in their community through labour, leadership or the force of their will.” 

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MARY CROWLEY has received the ‘Heart of Green’ Award for her determined actions to promote and clean up plastic marine pollution in the ocean.

In order to spread awareness she created ‘Project Kaisei’.

Project Kaisei’s Mission:

“Project Kaisei is a non-profit organization focused on increasing awareness of the scale of marine debris, its impact on our environment, and the solutions for both prevention and clean-up.” 

She commenced her journey in August 2009 where she uncovered dramatic images of  floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean, which showed how catastrophic the situation currently is.

She works alongside scientists to find ways to turn plastic into fuel.

Back home in San Francisco, Mary is a local hero inspiring other to take action and defend our oceans. She believes that ‘people will protect what they know.’

OCEAN POL

OCEAN POLL

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Plastic marine pollution has been accumulating since WWII, accounting to 80% of marine pollution around the world including Hawaii, South Africa and India. It leaches out toxic additives which in turn kills animals.

Plastic marine pollution has been accumulating since WWII, accounting to 80% of marine pollution around the world including Hawaii, South Africa and India. It leaches out toxic additives which in turn kills animals.

Mary Crowley speaks about plastic marine pollution.

Project Kaisei

REFERENCE:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/green-local-heroes-2010

http://www.projectkaisei.org/index.aspx

To know more about:

MARINE POLLUTION

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/pollution/

PLASTIC MARINE POLLUTION

http://plastic-waste-pollution.weebly.com/

http://coastalcare.org/2009/11/plastic-pollution/

http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-marine-pollution/

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/index.html

MARY CROWLEY & HER PASSION

http://rewordit.org/mary-crwley-and-her-passion-to-clean-up-the-pacific-ocean-from-plastic/

http://www.oceanvoyagesinstitute.org/mary-crowley-visits-the-harbour-school-hong-kong-2/

http://www.mindfullivingnetwork.com/plastic-patch-in-the-pacific-ocean/

http://theforcesofnature.com/movies/mary-crowley/

PROJECT KAISEI

http://www.projectkaisei.org/index.aspx

GETTING INVOLVED WITH PROJECT KAISEI

http://www.projectkaisei.org/local_clean_up_opportunities.aspx

Southeast Asia Takes A New High on Haze

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Toxic Haze succumbs Southeast Asia

Singapore takes the cake as it hits 401 PSI [Pollutant Standard Index].

Other South Eastern countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia have passed the unhealthy rates of PSI of which is 200.

300 is considered hazardous. Malaysia has doubled this rate as it is at around 750 PSI.

Read more HERE.

REFERENCE:

“The Toxic Haze Choking Southeast Asia”

[http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-haze-choking-south-east-asia]

TO KNOW MORE ABOUT:

TOXIC HAZE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haze

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/dangerous-smog-haze-smothers-s/14473343

http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2013/07/hazy-outcome-on-smog-talks/

http://www.demotix.com/node/2192291

HEALTH IMPACTS

http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/can-body-cleanse-itself-small-toxic-haze-particles

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/fit-to-post-health/minimise-health-impact-haze-012847111.html

Discoveries of a Lifetime: Heracleion

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Remainders of the sunken city

4 miles [6.5 kilometers] off the western coastline of Aboukir Bay, Egypt, an underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio along with his IEASM team has made a major discovery. A lost city, once a port called Heracleion.

Statues, coins, jewelry as well as architectural remains were found. 64 ships dating back to the 8th and 2nd century BCE were found beneath the clay and sea bed. It was said to have been submerged by large waves enabled by a combination of sea levels and collapsing sediment.

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This excavation only enlarges the hopes of both Dr. Goddio and his team. The city was founded in the 8th century BCE and sunk in the 8th century CE and Goodio hopes to have this research continue for the next 200 years unfolding the mysteries of the sunken city.

For more information about this amazing discovery CLICK HERE.

Reference:

‘From Legend to Reality: Discovering the Sunken City of Heracleion’ [http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-mysterious-sunken-city-heracleion]

 

For more information about:

The Lost City of Heracleion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleion

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/10022628/Lost-city-of-Heracleion-gives-up-its-secrets.html

http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2013/06/24/an_ancient_city_thought_lost_is_exhumed_from_the_depths_of_the_ocean.html

 

Dr. Frank Goddio and his Research

http://www.franckgoddio.org/projects/sunken-civilizations/heracleion.html

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/events/cleopatra/franck-goddio/

Climate Change Worsens

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  1. “The West African monsoon produced extreme rainfall in 2012”
  2. “Nigeria experienced the worst flooding in decades”
  3. Triggered flashfloods in Haiti

Climate Change is not only affecting the frequency of hazards, but the magnitude of hazards as well to such an extent where impacts are catastrophic.

CLICK HERE to know more about how Climate Change may be altering our planet for the worse.

REFERENCE:

“The Fingerprints of Climate Change on Two Extreme Natural Disasters” [http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-erratic-floods-and-droughts-%E2%80%93-two-extreme-disasters-and-fingerprints-climate-change]

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE:

http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/edu/k12/ClimateChange-Ag

 

ON HUMANS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_climate_change_on_humans

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/

 

ON AGRICULTURE

http://www.ifpri.org/publication/climate-change-impact-agriculture-and-costs-adaptation

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/agriculture.html

 

ON ANIMALS

http://www.climateandweather.net/global_warming/effects_on_animals.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_climate_change_on_terrestrial_animals

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/aboutcc/problems/impacts/

Adapting to extreme weather

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‘A musher corrals his sled dogs on the Inland Ice Cap in Greenland.’ –
Photograph by Robert E. Peary, National Geographic

 

Like wild prehistoric animals, we humans too have been able to adapt to the harsh diversity of our climate.

Adaptation is key for humans to evolve and survive.

Click here for more pictures

 

Reference:

Explore: Cold [www.nationalgeographic.com]

 

For furthermore information on adapting to climate extremes:

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/january21/evoladap-012109.html

http://anthro.palomar.edu/adapt/adapt_2.htm

http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/science/cold_humans.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/01/040114075853.htm

 

2 Public beaches in Dubai are awarded Blue Flags

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Blue Flag awarded to Al Mamzar Beach Park & Jumeirah Open Beach

Blue Flag awarded to Al Mamzar Beach Park & Jumeirah Open Beach

“By raising this flag, this means our beaches are complying with all international requirements from cleanliness, to safety, to the quality of water”said Hussain Lootah, Engineer and Director General of Dubai Municipality. He proudly led the ceremony on the 6th of July as Al Mamzar Beach Park and Jumeirah Open Beach both became the 1st and 2nd public beaches in the UAE to be certified as blue flagged beaches. They are 4th and 5th in the country as 3 private beaches have been accredited.

 

The Blue Flag, awarded by the Foundation Environmental Education, is a voluntary eco-label award

The Blue Flag, awarded by the Foundation Environmental Education [FEE], is a voluntary eco-label award

The Foundation for Environmental Education [FEE] awards blue flags to beaches and marinas around the world once they have met the 32 strict quality criteria deal including services such as Water Quality, safety and environmental services. It is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3,850 beaches and marinas in over 48 countries around the world.

As the beaches get bigger and more popular with tourists, the more difficult it is to achieve and maintain the 32 strict criteria deal. The Dubai Municipality is proud to have its public beaches meet with international standards with hopes of not only attaining its award, but to keep the public safe from an unhealthy environment.`

 

References:

GULF NEWS

 Al Mamzar beach park and Jumeirah Open Beach get blue flag

 

For more information:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2013/July/nationgeneral_July111.xml&section=nationgeneral

http://www.zawya.com/story/Al_Mamzar_Beach_Park_and_Jumeirah_Open_Beach_get_Blue_Flag-GN_06072013_070725/

http://www.ahlanlive.com/swim-safe-at-dubai-s-beaches–275072.html

 

Airplane crashes are not as deadly as their exhaust fumes

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Asiana Airline’s Boeing 777 formally known as Seoul Airlines suffered a fatal crash as it landed at San Francisco airport. It resulted in 2 deaths, both Chinese teenagers coming to America for a summer camp.

The Pilot flying the plane was a veteran with over 10,000 hours of flight experience, however it was his first time flying a Boeing 777. The main cause of the crash was the inaccuracy of speed when landing.  This caused the tail of the plane to land first eventually resulting in the bursting of flames.

This devastating crash has left all other 305 out of 307 passengers in shock and several injured. However it has now been found that the main causes of deaths in planes may not only be resulted to the crash itself. The exhaust fumes play a large role in the death toll of passengers.

A tenth in the death toll is caused by airplane pollution. Airplane exhaust is similar to car exhaust which too has harmful substances within its composition. These particulates are driven by prevailing winds as they are expelled from the aircraft. Humans breathe them in as they reach sea level which can result to cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer according to the UN’s World Health Organization. Planes that cruise at altitude within the troposphere lead to 8000 deaths a year and airplanes taking off and landing leads to 2000 deaths a year.

Steven Barrett, an aeronautical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, highly recommends regulators taking action immediately as air pollution alone already contributes to millions of deaths a year.

He believes that Sulfur in jet fuel, which is the main killer, can be reduced with additional costs.

These facts have now opened doors for scientists to find new ways to reduce the statistics in order to cut down the death toll now making airplane pollution an important focus for environmental regulations.

References:

National Geographic Daily News

&

abc News

For furthermore information on:

The dangers of plane exhaust…

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/10/11/planes-dont-kill-people-plane-exhaust-does/

http://www.omg-facts.com/Science/Ten-Times-As-Many-People-Are-Killed-By-P/16683

http://www.european-lung-foundation.org/16281-plane-exhaust-kills-more-people-than-plane-crashes.htm

San Francisco Asiana Airline’s airplane crash…

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/07/07/san-francisco-plane-crash-passengers.html

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/08/boeing-777-crashes-at-san-francisco-international-airport/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/07/us-usa-crash-asiana-idUSBRE9650E220130707

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-san-francisco-plane-crash-20130708,0,415166.story