Lady Darwin
19 April 2012 @ 7:28 PM

(Source: igottatakeapiss)

2 years ago via dealanexmachina (originally igottatakeapiss)
6 April 2012 @ 12:22 PM
climateadaptation:

Republicans,  “More pesticides, please.”
theatlantic:

The Truth About the Republican War on Caterpillars
In a statement widely taken as a metaphor, the chairman of the Republican National Committee on Thursday said his party is no more trying to hurt the nation’s females than it is larval butterflies and moths.
“If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars,” Reince Priebus told Bloomberg Television, in response to a question about the party’s supposed “war on women.” “It’s a fiction.”
But the war on caterpillars and other innocent insects, it turns out, is not a fiction at all.
Under the guise of aiding the agriculture industry, Republicans and their allies in Washington have been waging a long-running campaign to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from limiting bug-killing pesticides. Last year, GOP Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas authored a letter, signed by several others in his party, calling on Democrats to “address the continued regulatory overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency that is a growing concern of farmers, ranchers, foresters and agribusinesses throughout the nation” by bringing up their bill to ease pesticide regulations. This obvious attempt to run roughshod over the rights of many-legged herbivores everywhere was laughably justified as a matter of “public health as we enter mosquito season.” […]
Republicans may claim that they have no anti-caterpillar agenda — that they’re just trying to protect people and plants from being bitten, that they’re merely the victims of a liberal media that sympathizes with the radical bugs’-rights lobby. But the truth is clear, and it’s nothing new: Republicans just don’t care about caterpillars.
Read more. [Images: Reuters]

climateadaptation:

Republicans,  “More pesticides, please.”

theatlantic:

The Truth About the Republican War on Caterpillars

In a statement widely taken as a metaphor, the chairman of the Republican National Committee on Thursday said his party is no more trying to hurt the nation’s females than it is larval butterflies and moths.

“If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars,” Reince Priebus told Bloomberg Television, in response to a question about the party’s supposed “war on women.” “It’s a fiction.”

But the war on caterpillars and other innocent insects, it turns out, is not a fiction at all.

Under the guise of aiding the agriculture industry, Republicans and their allies in Washington have been waging a long-running campaign to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from limiting bug-killing pesticides. Last year, GOP Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas authored a letter, signed by several others in his party, calling on Democrats to “address the continued regulatory overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency that is a growing concern of farmers, ranchers, foresters and agribusinesses throughout the nation” by bringing up their bill to ease pesticide regulations. This obvious attempt to run roughshod over the rights of many-legged herbivores everywhere was laughably justified as a matter of “public health as we enter mosquito season.” […]

Republicans may claim that they have no anti-caterpillar agenda — that they’re just trying to protect people and plants from being bitten, that they’re merely the victims of a liberal media that sympathizes with the radical bugs’-rights lobby. But the truth is clear, and it’s nothing new: Republicans just don’t care about caterpillars.

Read more. [Images: Reuters]

2 years ago via climateadaptation (originally theatlantic)
6 April 2012 @ 11:22 AM
boston:

Harvard study finds common pesticide kills bees 
- Researchers pointed to the pesticide imidacloprid as the probable cause of destruction of honeybee colonies worldwide since 2006.

As it turns out, the bees were not leaving Earth for Melissa Majoria because the Daleks were moving the planet.

boston:

Harvard study finds common pesticide kills bees

- Researchers pointed to the pesticide imidacloprid as the probable cause of destruction of honeybee colonies worldwide since 2006.

As it turns out, the bees were not leaving Earth for Melissa Majoria because the Daleks were moving the planet.

2 years ago via climateadaptation (originally boston)
3 April 2012 @ 2:36 PM
poptech:

The Ocean Conservancy, which organizes an annual International Coastal Clean-Up, has published its results in the 2012 Trash Index. You’re not imagining it: as the global population swells, tankers continue to leak oil, and plastic water bottles continue to be our favorite way to drink tap water, the world’s beaches are getting dirtier.
Nearly 600,000 volunteers worked in multiple countries to pick up and record the over nine million pounds of trash listed in this report. Check out their trashy findings, download a helpful pocket guide to recycling and if you’re inclined, donate to help their efforts. And for the love of all things oceanic, if you smoke, find a better place than the ocean or ground to throw your cigarette butts (the number one piece of trash found on beaches)!
Image: Ocean Conservancy

poptech:

The Ocean Conservancy, which organizes an annual International Coastal Clean-Up, has published its results in the 2012 Trash Index. You’re not imagining it: as the global population swells, tankers continue to leak oil, and plastic water bottles continue to be our favorite way to drink tap water, the world’s beaches are getting dirtier.

Nearly 600,000 volunteers worked in multiple countries to pick up and record the over nine million pounds of trash listed in this report. Check out their trashy findings, download a helpful pocket guide to recycling and if you’re inclined, donate to help their efforts. And for the love of all things oceanic, if you smoke, find a better place than the ocean or ground to throw your cigarette butts (the number one piece of trash found on beaches)!

Image: Ocean Conservancy

2 years ago via poptech (originally poptech)
14 March 2012 @ 2:44 PM

A statue’s face is covered with a gas mask, in the Paseo de la Reforma avenue, at Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 28, 2012. Activists covered statues with gas masks in avenues of 15 cities in the country, in order to highlight the intense generation of pollutants by vehicles.

(Source: news.xinhuanet.com)

2 years ago
3 March 2012 @ 8:06 AM

It’s no secret that, as nations continue to grow and develop, they alter the face of the Earth. Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s large-format photographs show how industrial development is restructuring terrains across the world. His work has taken him to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, which forced the relocation  of more than one million people in China, to Canadian mines where tailings, or residue, run through lakes in Ontario, and, most recently, to the dryland agricultural fields of Monegro, Spain.

“These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence,” Burtynsky says in his Web site’s statement. “Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet set us into an uneasy contradiction.”

2 years ago via lovingremixed (originally lovingremixed)
14 January 2012 @ 3:47 PM
2 years ago via sixblocksaway (originally social-immune-system)