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The Solution to Pollution is Dilution

Waste disposal has been a challenge in modern history. Back in the day, dirty water was plunged from the second story window to the streets, and the stench was allowed to infiltrate the neighborhood.

Today we take disposal for granted. As long as our toilets flush and take the waste away most people are ignorant of what occurs to the waste. Every solution seems to open up unforeseen consequences.

In wastewater the approach has always been dilution. Wastewater is blended thoroughly and disposed of in oceans and rivers. Ocean disposal is very controversial as to its impacts on the bays and estuaries. Water quality regulations are gearing up to desist of these practices.

However, before we start picketing to stop all ocean outfalls there are a few things to consider:

  1. Environmental Impacts – Wastewater is loaded in nutrients; specially phosphorous and nitrogen which are the basic food of phytoplankton. As food increases, organisms tend to grow faster and in masses. Algae blooms are a problem causing oxygen depletion and fish kills. Wastewater tends to be a few degrees warmer than the ocean’s temperature which could also become a problem with reef growth. We are also adding more ingredients to the mix like pesticides, toxins, bacteria and viruses. The concentration of mercury in some fish make them unhealthy for human consumption. In addition, there is the negative impact of dirty water, bacteria contamination and beach closures in tourism. Every day, the ocean water is tested for bacteria and if the count of bacteria is high the beach is closed for swimming.
  2. Economics – Water is a business. The business of producing drinking water that is safe, free of bacteria and aesthetically pleasing at the most reasonable cost. There is a balance of what customers would like their water to taste and look like and what it costs to produce. The technology exists that would make any water squeaky clean. In fact, so clean that they have to “dirty” it up again so it is safe to drink (the water that we drink needs to have certain mineral content to be healthy). However squeaky clean is too expensive. Essentially we have the power to drink our own waste, but it is hard to sell to the consumer at the added cost and social stigma.
  3. Alternatives – States like Florida and California are heavily regulating ocean outfalls of wastewater. Florida has moved to desist of ocean outfalls and heavily educate and instal policies for reuse and reclamation of wastewater. At this point, most golf courses use partially treated water for irrigation. Most consumers are not willing to buy recycled water. Therefore, since the demand is not there the cost is not justified. Currently, the alternative is to dispose of it in mile-deep wells. Although potentially the wastewater could rise up to contaminate our drinking wells. Well disposal is so new that the impacts to the environment have not been negatively corroborated.

Ocean disposal as it stands could be detrimental to the environment over time. More rigorous treatments are now required to disinfect water before disposal, and prevent concentrations of bacteria/viruses in our beaches. Multiple studies have denied that ocean dilution creates any long lasting impacts to the bays. Without this definitive scientific proof, dilution is the cheapest way of disposal.

However, social stigma has been rising and increasing pressure on regulators to implement policies to prevent ocean disposal and move into reclamation. There is a long way to go to bridge the gap between education, policy and technology.

About the Author:
Ken Myers is an expert advisor on in-home care & related family safety issues to many websites and groups. He is a regular contributor to www.gonannies.com. You can get in touch with him at kmyers.ceo@gmail.com.

Water Conservation – Backyard & Kitchen Tips

Water conservation is vital for a number of reasons. Environmental concerns are abound these days, and maintaining a proper level of conservation is going to ensure that your home maintains low utility bills as well as help the environment. Whilst few of us have the time or money to make life-changing alterations to the way we live; that’s no excuse to not make the small efforts here and there. Your kitchen and garden should be the starting point:

Saving Water in the Kitchen

One of the first things to remember when saving water is not to let anything run. If you are filling up the sink, then only let the water run for a certain period of time. After that, make sure that you turn it off. When drying the dishes, make sure to keep the water off until you need it.

Upgrading certain appliances, such as fridges and ice-makers, may also be the best way to do things. This is because some older appliances are going to be cooled by water. You can now get appliances that are cooled by air which are going to end up conserving a lot more water. This means that your appliances are going to save water as well.

When using other appliances like your dishwasher or your washing machine, always make sure to run them when they are full. Do not just wash a single pair of trousers or a single shirt. This is just going to end up wasting a lot of water.

Saving Water in the Garden

When it comes to your garden, you may just feel like spraying water everywhere to ensure that your plants are healthy. While this can be beneficial for your plants, it can be detrimental to your water supply. The first thing you need to do when it comes to conserving water is to take a look at your outdoor taps. A lot of people are going to notice taps leaking indoors, but not outdoors. A leaking tap can end up wasting a lot of water.

Instead of using a hose in order to water your garden plants, use a watering can. The watering can is only going to hold a certain amount of water, and therefore you will be able to monitor the amount that you are using on your plants. A constantly-running hose is just going to end up taking more water.

A unique way to save water is to add a few extra patios and walkways to your garden. These extra walkways do not have to be watered, therefore meaning you are going to use less water overall.

These are just a couple of tips that are going to help you to cut down on your water usage. If you receive a water bill, then you will be surprised at how much less you are going to be paying if you decide to follow some of these tips. Conserving water is also important for the summer time, so make sure that you are extra vigilant when the summer gets too warm. This will ensure that you always have water.

Walter Bucket works alongside UK Water Features to help them develop more environmentally friendly products and reduce their carbon footprints. When he’s not badgering every department of the company to quit printing everything out, Ewan spends time tending with his cactus farm at home.

Keys to Live Your Life According to Nature Rules

How you live your life according to nature rules will depend on the true principles of life. The principles consist of spirituality, philosophy and science. So the interconnection between these principles are always rooted with the rules of nature.

Nature cannot exist without our existence and we will never exist without nature. When you will follow the rules of nature, then you will have to follow the principles of spirituality, philosophy and science.

Moreover, if we like to interpret our life according to these principles, then spirituality will work as a mentor for emancipation; philosophy will work as a mentor for wisdom and science will work as a mentor for the experiment.

One thing you have to know is that our life is beaded with these principles and we live on it as well. So nature always works as a platform for them to perform with us. So the rules of nature never live without the principles of spirituality, philosophy and science.

Spirituality

Freeing yourself from the bondage, spirituality will work on your life as a mentor. Particularly, the dogmas of the various religious beliefs always work under it. So when you belong to a particular religious belief, then your life will depend on its principle. Still, you have to follow the rules of nature through your religious gospel.

Actually, how you will live your life according to the spirituality and nature as it will depend on how the co-existence of these two parameters feels in your life. Our everyday action is somehow interlinked with the nature of rules.

In reality, spirituality preaches the rules of life and nature trains us about it. All activities in your life, will guide by the rules of nature along with the spiritual norms.

What you see; what you eat; what you love; what you act, all are according to the rules of nature. Even, your judgments; your accomplishments are also controlled by the nature.

Through trees and stones, you will able to learn more than your masters. Moreover, if you understand nature better, then you will see that your conviction, belief and accomplishment will take a sharp turn. The main purpose of our life is to understand its meaning and performs accordingly. So in this connection, spirituality and nature will guide you.

Philosophy

When philosophy and nature are intermingled with our life, then we become a master of our destiny. The reason is that, through philosophy, we will be able to make a relationship of truth, belief and justification. So in this context, we will able to make a formidable makeover on our lives.

In our life, happiness, worry, sorrow, truth, goodness and other human emotions and qualities are determined by the cocktail of philosophy and nature.

Actually, through our emotions and human characteristics, we can understand the true philosophy of our life. So we can lead our life accordingly. Moreover, it will auger our perception on the forefront of the believing.

Science

In the era of science, we are able to perform and live according to its principles along with nature. Our evolution and creation history is deliberately coincidenced with the rules of nature.

So our existence is also linked to the rules of nature and science as well. The experimental experience of science is itself guiding the quality of our life through its outcome. Therefore, these keys are the lifeblood of our existence and moreover, we also depend on it as well. The more you understand its power, the more you can make your life more lively and comfortable accordingly.

About The Author: Alia is a writer/blogger. She loves writing travelling and reading books. She contributes to the Luis Montalvan website. Her contribution can be also found at Luis Montalvan on Twitter.

How to Make an Eco Friendly Environment

An eco-friendly environment is a like a natural habitat for its occupants, separated from the polluted world outside. People can make their place of residence or work environment friendly and contribute significantly towards the global efforts against earth warming. The execution of a plan to promote eco-friendly environment also helps to promote energy conservation by promoting the use of energy efficient devices. It also doesn’t take a herculean effort or huge expenditure to transform a person’s immediate surrounding into an eco-friendly environment. Some useful tips in creating an eco-friendly environment efficiently are mentioned below.

Using eco-friendly ingredients to build and decorate homes and offices

A useful way in which an environment is made eco-friendly is by painting walls of home and office spaces with paints that are lead free. Lead free paints ensure less spillage of toxic materials as waste from construction sites. Opting for natural fibers instead of synthetic ones for furnishing the interiors of a house or office space with materials like silk, cotton or linen helps in recycling them for future use and also renders the house less hazardous for human health.

Ensuring proper ventilation of cooking areas

A cooking space in an office or a kitchen at home must be constructed in such a way that it is bright with light and airy so that no artificial lighting or exhaust is required to work during daytime. Additionally, cooking gases must be used economically by collecting all the ingredients required for cooking a particular food item, before lighting the gas. Turn it to low, when so required.

Energy Conservation

One of the simplest ways to make a place eco-friendly is to conserve energy by using energy efficient appliances to reduce down total energy consumption. One such example is the use of Energy-efficient bulbs that are easily accessible, inexpensive, and guzzle five times lesser energy than ordinary bulbs. Motion sensor light bulbs are also a energy-efficient alternative to make a home or office space energy efficient.

Using eco-friendly methods of waste disposal

In disposing domestic or office wastes, maintaining two dustbins, one for collecting organic waste entitled to be recycled like fruit and vegetable peelings, used tea leaves, etc and another for collecting non-organic wastes like tin, plastic, stationery etc is always advisable. Emptying organic wastes in garden spaces can act as useful manures or compost for the plants growing therein.

Installing Solar panels to produce clean energy

People must consider installing solar panels in their houses or office spaces to meet their own energy requirements. Around 50% of yearly hot water requirements can be achieved by mounting solar thermal plants. People living in countryside or villages can use mini home wind turbines to generate clean and energy for their domestic requirements.

Using natural alternatives to the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers

The habit of spraying pesticides in garden, orchards and farm areas to get them rid of bugs can be counterproductive. This can result in poisoning the sub-soil and the groundwater running through it. Instead the use of ladybugs, which can be procured from local nurseries or hardware stores, can be used effectively to tackle the usual farm or garden pests and rodents. It is advisable to water the plants first and release the bugs during late afternoon or early evening.

Conclusion

The aforementioned tips and strategies are some of the ways in creating an eco-friendly environment around residential or office spaces. Although insignificant when viewed from a larger perspective the degree of personal awareness displayed by individuals and institutions can go a long way in ensuring the goal of striving to sustain a clean and healthy environment globally.

About The Author: Alia is a journalist and blogger. She is a contributor to several sites such as Marnie Bennett.

Can I Recycle My Carpet?

Why Carpet Recycling Simply Makes Sense, and Simple DIY Ways to Reuse Carpet in Different Ways.

Recycling can be a drain on time and money, but not always! Some materials are able to be reused in many different ways, or can be recycled to in fact, save money. Carpet is one such material and luckily, recycling systems are now in place across the US to help keep the crude oil and synthetic fibers found in carpet out of landfills.

Unfortunately, the majority of carpet that ends up in landfills is thrown away for reasons other than wear – most often from owners simply growing tired or disliking the color of their carpet. One way to “recycle” your carpet is by re-dying it, which can change the look and feel of the room without the hassle of recarpeting, plus the costly environmental impact. Like-new carpet can also be repurposed into cushy throw rugs, or donated to Habitat for Humanity.

For older carpet that is truly past its prime, gardeners promote the use of carpet for reducing weed growth while still allowing enough moisture. Using old carpet in this manner is an alternative to pesticides, or rubber. Carpet can also easily be transformed into a cat scratcher or litter catcher, scratch-resistant pads for underneath couch feet or bed posts, or perhaps even providing some extra cushion for your laundry room or child’s tree house?

Of course, you can also tear out the carpet and recycle in the more traditional sense. Historically, carpet recycling was difficult to find and expensive, making it an unpopular choice for homeowners, carpet installers, contractors and recyclers. However the process has recently improved making it easier and can actually save money.

Recyclers are now equipped with analytical tools to identify the various categories of carpet, even when submitted in a dumpster with other materials, which makes the process just as convenient for contractors as sending the materials to the landfill. Often times recycling materials also ends up costing less than waste costs for landfills as well, making the sustainable choice the cheapest choice as well.

Part of the reason for the improvements is the increase in value of carpet materials. The fibers of the various types of carpets are recovered, cleaned, and processed into new carpets, or other plastics such as car parts. It is an extremely important process because not only do recycling centers create jobs, they save on fossil fuels and resources used to create brand new products. Recycling also reduces the amount of materials taking up space in our landfills and the resulting toll on the environment.

With all of the possibilities and benefits of carpet recycling plus the cost effectiveness of the option, the question becomes why would you simply throw away this valuable, cost saving material?

Rubi Wiswall is a writer for Revolution Recovery, a commercial and residential waste recycling company. They are proud to offer their communities carpet recycling as a sustainable option that is competitive with any other form of waste management.

CSAs: Join One Today

As summer is quickly approaching, the growing season is in full force. If you are looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, and perhaps milk, eggs, breads, and meats too, you might want to check out a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in your area. To learn more about CSAs and their benefits read on.

The Basics of CSAs

A CSA consists of a farmer offering a certain numbers of shares (memberships) to the public. Consumers purchase a share and in return receive a box of locally, grown produce or other good(s). With this arrangement, both parties agree to the potential risks (and benefits) associated with farming.

Advantages for You

As a consumer, there are many advantages for you to join a CSA. You are getting the freshest possible foods available. They are the healthiest for you, full of nutrients and vitamins. You know from where your food is coming and specifically how it was grown. As a CSA member, you typically get first pick of the crops too. You can talk with the farmer and tour the farm. By joining a CSA, you will be exposed to many more foods that you may not be accustomed. This will enable you to try new foods and new ways of cooking.

Advantages for the Farmer

Joining a CSA is also advantageous for farmers. Agreements are made ahead of season. This allows farmers to get the selling out of the way, and be able to focus on farming during the summer. Also, because farmers receive their money at the time an agreement is signed, they have some sort of cash flow. Farmers get to personally know their customers and share their trade. This can be very rewarding for them.

Advantages for the Environment

CSAs are not without advantages to the environment. In fact, CSAs have a strong impact. By purchasing local, transportation and pollution in the environment is reduced. Packaging is also kept to a minimum. Often, many farmers who participate in CSAs lean towards organic farming methods. They stay clear of pesticides and chemicals and treat animals more humanly. This helps the land, water system, and air.

Joining a CSA

If you are seriously considering joining a CSA, check out the internet for ones in your area. Go visit several farms, talk to the farmers, and see their growing methods. It’s best to have all the information upfront so that you can make the right choice for you and your family.

Article by Jim Shannon at Bamboo Habitat

Thermal Imaging at Home: To Save Your Planet and Money

The innovation of ‘Thermal Imaging’ has impressively changed the pre-learned concepts and theories of people.

‘Thermal Imaging’ with the help of infrared radiations, helps us to notice the density differences and temperature fluctuations in any tangible thing around us. Till today, this method has been generally used to detect biological upsets in delicate body organs and sometimes by property owners to track out the hidden causes of safety issues within the house. The temperature fluctuations or the structure tempering detected by a thermal imaging camera are not possible to be noticed with bare eyes.

Now assuming that seventy percent of the world population understands the catastrophic effects that global warming is having on the earth, we have come up with diverse ways to seek out solutions to this problem. And the solution is not just about using air, water and sun for primary energy needs, it embodies every particular aspect of the way we live in and behave. Here we introduce the very new concept of thermal imaging.

But the new benefit that is credited to this technology is being beneficial to the environment. Of course, on close scrutiny, we find that thermal imaging points out sources of abnormal heat loss in a particular area that is different from its surrounding area. We all know that heat radiated out from constructions is a potent source of global warming. Any unwanted source of heat due to an unseen leakage could be an additional cause that would aggravate the problem although with utter paucity.

Secondly, the technology is a potent application for those who wish to buy themselves a piece of livable property. Remember, thermal imaging cameras help to detect flaws which go unseen by human eyesight? So now, before you start working on your dream house, you have all the resources to make sure that the same does not become a liability to your pocket in the future. Any kind of construction mishap could not only need to be repaired urgently in the future, thus adding to your costs, it could also pose to be a threat to the safety of the residents of the house. For example, a weak insulation in the wall could lead to short circuit. It would remain unnoticed, but it cannot be ignored via a thermal imaging camera.

Thirdly, thermal imaging facilities provided by many companies, keeps the user informed about the leakages in the building structure. Still, if you have not switched to the advance thermal imaging facility, then it is the right time to do so. It is always better to bear a few additional costs rather than facing innumerable difficulties and repeated expenditures in the future. This will result in long term gain in terms of peaceful and hassle free life-style. Moreover, it will also contribute a lot in sustaining the atmosphere and the planet resistant with many global warming related issues.

About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger who is a tech freak. She has a weak side for gadgets and bikes. Beside this she is trying her hands on two totally different topics i.e. In vitro fertilization and Gi Joe Action Figures.

Top 10 Most Threatened Species

This planet currently has over 8.7 million species of animals with approximately three quarters of them still undiscovered.1 Every animal, plant or insect has its own unique role when it comes to the planet and the ecosystems that are part of it.

When you look at the big picture, the ten most threatened animal species doesn’t even begin to cover it as there are hundreds of species at risk for extinction. However, I have chosen to focus on a few well-known species that are at risk due to human involvement in their habitats and environments.

10. Polar Bear

Photo Credit: longhorndave

While the population of Polar Bears (60% of which are in Canada) exists at around 20,000-25,000, they are perhaps one of the most threatened species on our list due to climate change and global warming. One of the major threats is the melting of the polar ice caps, which is causing polar bear cubs to have to swim farther distances with their mothers, many of whom die.

9. Giant Panda

Photo Credit: donjd2

The Giant Panda has been a staple among endangered species lists for years now. While they are still in existence, many outside factors threaten them. The largest is that while there are 2,500 mature animals in the wild, most of their population is fragmented across China living in much smaller groups. This creates lack of genetic diversity and can cause premature death, which will continue to deplete the species. Luckily, the Chinese government has established over “50 panda reserves, protecting more than 2.5 million acres – over 45 percent of remaining giant panda habitat – protecting more than 60 percent of the population”.2

8. Leatherback Turtle

Photo Credit: USFWS/Southeast

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), “as few as 2,300 adult females now remain, making the Pacific leatherback the world’s most endangered marine turtle population”.3. The population is at risk due to many adults being accidentally killed by fishing fleets. In addition, they are subject to pollution and climate change as well as egg harvesting.

7. Mountain Gorilla

Photo Credit: Sara & Joachim

While the population of Mountain Gorilla’s is currently on the upswing, having increased by 26% with a new population of 7864, they are still considered a threatened species. They are at risk of losing their habitats to continued deforestation and pollution and are often still poached. Another and lesser-known threat is disease. As Mountain Gorillas are so closely related to humans and are in areas where many tourists visit to see them, they are often unknowingly exposed to various “human ailments and can even die from the common cold”. 5

6. Mediterranean Monk Seal

Photo Credit: flickkerphotos

There are approximately only 600 of these seals in existence. As it stands, “the species is the world’s most endangered seal and one of the most endangered marine mammals”.6 They are in danger from various circumstances such as hunting, heavy ship traffic, fishing nets and pollution. According to another article, the survival rate of pups of the Mediterranean Monk Seal is very low. In fact, “the pup survival rate is very low with just 50% chances of an individual’s survival”.7 When it comes to the cold season from September to January, only 29% of pups survive. For the rest of the year, “their survival rate is 71%”.8

5. Siberian Tiger

Photo Credit: Daisyree Bakker

According to a recent study, population of the Siberian tiger is “down to just 14 animals, scientists report in the journal Mammalian Biology”.9 There are approximately 500 Siberian Tigers in existence, but their genetic diversity is depleting, which puts the effective population much lower. Not only this but the constant deforestation of their habitats is also shrinking their population. The WWF believes that if no action is taken, tigers (not just Siberian) will be extinct within the next twelve years.10

4. Philippine Eagle

Photo Credit: www.siargao-paradise.com

While not on many typical threatened species list, the Philippine Eagle certainly deserves to be there. It is approximated that “there are only from 180 to 500 Philippine eagles in nature”. Despite the secondary effects of deforestation, the demise of this beautiful bird is coming directly from human hands. These eagles are often poached, hunted or their eggs collected to sell to zoos and bird collectors. Farmers even hunt them for food or for fun. Due to the fact it takes these birds from 5-7 years to become sexually mature, they are simply not recovering at the rate they are being destroyed.

3. Red Wolf

Photo Credit: LaggedOnUser

According to the Red Wolf Recovery Program, “today 100-120 red wolves call northeastern North Carolina home” 11, which is their only wild population. In 1980, the red wolf population declined to only 17 animals due to deforestation and was declared extinct by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. While the population still exists, they are continuing to be threatened by deforestation. In addition, red wolves are still often hunted as they are considered pests to farmers.

2. Javan Rhinoceros

Photo Credit: http://library.thinkquest.org/26993/animals.htm

The Javan Rhino resides in Western Indonesia and “with no more than 60 left in the wild and none in captivity” is considered to be the rarest large mammal on the planet. The main reason for this species almost being wiped off the Earth is that they have been widely poached since colonial times. Additionally, they are, like many other species on this list, losing their environment to deforestation and agricultural plots. Another concern, similar to the Amur Leopard and Siberian Tigers, is that due to the small population, the Javan Rhinoceros is now also lacking in genetic diversity, which is key to survival.

1. Amur Leopard

Photo Credit: Arran Edmonstone Photography

The Amur Leopard recovered from having population of less than 40 individuals around the 1950’s. However, today, the population is again at risk. Today, the wild population of Amur Leopards is “estimated at less than 50 individuals”.12 Some of the main threats to the Amur Leopard that worry conversationalists are habitat loss due to deforestation and development, prey scarcity and poaching or illegal trade for the fur. Additionally, another threat to this species is the fact that they have declined to such a small population, which not only reduces their genetic diversity, but also makes them at risk for disease.

Though the list of threatened species across the planet is much larger than ten, what we can do to help protect their existence fits every species. The first is to become aware of what wildlife lives in your area. Though they may not be as exotic as the leopard or Giant Panda, they still deserve your attention. Once we become aware, we can start to make change such as supporting legislation to build nature reserves or protect wildlife from poaching. Other things we as individuals and as a society can take part in, is to be mindful of the environment and focus on sustainable living. This will help us to protect the environment as it is today and for future generations.


1 http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/310775
2 http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/giantpanda/panda.html
3 http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/marine_turtles/leatherback_turtle/
4 http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-07/world/africa.gorilla.population_1_mountain-gorilla-population-world-population-species?_s=PM:WORLD
5 http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/mountaingorilla/threats.html
6 http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9416000/9416895.stm
7 http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/animals/mammals/Carnivora/Phocidae/Monachus/Monachus-monachus.html
8 http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/animals/mammals/Carnivora/Phocidae/Monachus/Monachus-monachus.html
9 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/07/siberian-tiger-population_n_829348.html
10 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/07/siberian-tiger-population_n_829348.html
11 http://www.fws.gov/redwolf/
12 http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/amur_leopard2/

This article was contributed by Amy Lizee from Environment911.org.

Environment911.org is an interactive website for individuals to come and discuss the environment from green business to natural disasters. We feel it is important for people to come together and share their thoughts, ideas and visions for the future.

PETA: Charge BP with Cruelty to Animals

David from PETA contacted me regarding letters PETA recently sent to the attorneys general of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. In the letters, Peta is urging the attorneys general to bring charges against BP and all other culpable parties of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico of cruelty to animals.

“Just as BP is the subject of a federal criminal investigation, causing needless pain and suffering to animals violates each affected state’s anti-cruelty laws,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “BP can compensate for the loss of human livelihoods, but it can never make up for the loss of life that it has inflicted on these states’ animals.”

According to PETA, the anti-cruelty laws of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida provide that any person who unnecessarily causes the torment or death of any animal is guilty of a misdemeanor.

The impact on the oil spill on wildlife includes:

  • Some oil-soaked birds lose the ability to float and ultimately drown.
  • Other birds die from hypothermia or hyperthermia after oil destroys the insulating powers of their feathers.
  • Oil contamination in turtles can cause chemical burns, and kidney, liver, and brain damage can result after animals ingest the tar balls and chemical dispersants that have inundated the Gulf.
  • Marine mammals lose body weight when they can not feed due to contamination of their environment by oil
  • Birds become easy prey, as their feathers being matted by oil make them less able to fly away;
  • Marine mammals such as fur seals become easy prey if oil sticks their flippers to their bodies, making it hard for them to escape predators

Those are just some of the affects of oil spills on wildlife. And, there’s also the affect on the food chain. For example, poisoning of wildlife higher up the food chain if they eat large amounts of other organisms that have taken oil into their tissues. This can also result in poisoning of young through the mother, as a dolphin calf can absorb oil through it’s mothers milk.

To date, more than a thousand animals-including 333 sea turtles and 41 dolphins and other mammals-have been collected dead along the coast. Whales are also expected to be among the casualties.

How Can I Help?

You can assist PETA by sending your concerns to the attorneys general in question.

About PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other “pests,” and the abuse of backyard dogs.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

Larry King Live: Gulf Coast Relief Telethon

Larry King Live will be hosting a telethon on Monday night. Proceeds from the 2 hour event will go towards rebuilding the gulf coast.

Celebrity participants include Chelsea Handler, Sting, Tim McGraw, Kathy Griffin, Alyssa Milano, Deepak Chopra, Pete Wentz, Ted Danson, Robert Redford, Harry Connick Jr., Jenny McCarthy, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Aaron Neville, Kerry Kennedy, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Anderson Cooper, Tyson Ritter, Lenny Kravitz, Ian Somerhalder, Edward James Olmos, Philippe Cousteau and more.

All donations will be distributed between the following three charity associations:

  • The Nature Conservancy: In response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, The Nature Conservancy has launched their Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration, expanding their efforts for long term recovery for the Gulf of Mexico and habitats along the coast, including salt marshes, oyster reefs, marshlands, beaches and estuaries.
  • The National Wildlife Federation Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund: Supports efforts to find and save oiled wildlife, and help recover their delicate ecosystems that make up their nesting and breeding grounds.
  • United Way: Offering help to the families along the Gulf that are facing financial, educational and health-related challenges as a result from the economic disruption from this Oil Spill. The United Way Gulf Recovery fund will provide emergency assistance, such as help with food, rent and utilities, and support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild these lives and these communities.

The telethon will begin at 8pm (ET) on Monday, June 21.

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