Category Archives: Environmental News

More Than 700 Oil Spills Reported In The Same Month Pipeline Opens

By Alex Pietrowski, The Mind Unleashed

There’s more reason to be concerned about the Dakota Access Pipeline than you may think. The distress expressed by water protesters at Standing Rock is not just for the sake of opposing big oil. There is a valid reason: the prevalence of oil spills in North Dakota.

To emphasize this possibility, let’s take a look at the number of oils pills in North Dakota recently reported by the North Dakota Department of Health. Chris Clarke at KCET, a non-profit community media organization, recaps the report: Continue reading More Than 700 Oil Spills Reported In The Same Month Pipeline Opens

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Billionaire to Give Most of His Fortune to Save the Ocean from Plastic

By Christina Sarich, The Mind Unleashed

Kjell Inge Røkke, a Norwegian billionaire, one of the richest men in his country, and previously known as “a ruthless corporate raider” is giving away $2.7 billion of his fortune to build a mega-yacht that will help clean plastic from our oceans.

Røkke made his billions in off-shore drilling and shipping companies, but now he wants to clean up the plastic that is choking marine life and making our oceans a sea of death.

He wants to build a 596-foot vessel, called the REV, that will clean 5 tons of plastic trash daily from waters and then melt it down , Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper reported. It would be large enough to travel around the world to make autonomous expeditions gathering trash and measuring the ocean’s health. Continue reading Billionaire to Give Most of His Fortune to Save the Ocean from Plastic

All About Lavender Oil: It’s Benefits, Uses and How to Make Your Own

By Dr. Mercola, mercola.com, Thanks to Conscious Life News

A whiff of lavender oil can trigger various sensations, and its sweet fragrance brings to mind rows and rows of beautiful blue-violet flowers under the summer sky. But if you look beyond lavender oil’s aroma, you’ll find that there’s more to it than meets the eye — or your sense of smell. Continue reading All About Lavender Oil: It’s Benefits, Uses and How to Make Your Own

Grocery Store Rescues Food and Will Give It Away to Those Who Need It

By Anna Hunt, Natural Blaze

Why should we be excited about a new grocery store? Because this new store is giving away rescued food, in addition to offering it up for sale. OzHarvest, a new marketplace in Kensington, Australia, tackles both problems: food waste and food insecurity. Continue reading Grocery Store Rescues Food and Will Give It Away to Those Who Need It

Nestlé Sinks Teeth into Jamaica and Nigeria: Hosting ‘Health Events’ While Products are Toxic

By Cassius Kamarampi, The Mind Unleashed

Nestlé has been experiencing terrible loss. As we noted in an article a few months ago titled “Processed Food is Dying: Nestlé Takes Worst Hit in 20 Years as Public Opinion Shifts”:

“This “Q4” as the corporate world calls it, Swiss processed food giant Nestlé took a harder hit than they have in 20 years. Even mainstream business articles are sporting headlines such as “Nestlé Drops Targets as Consumer Giants Struggle,” from the Wall Street Journal. Could it be that consumer giants are actually struggling because of a shift in public opinion?” Continue reading Nestlé Sinks Teeth into Jamaica and Nigeria: Hosting ‘Health Events’ While Products are Toxic

Hawaii Seeks a Ban on Chemical Sunscreens in Effort to Save Coral Reefs

By Vic Bishop, Natural Blaze

Around the world oceans coral reefs are dying as a result of bleaching, water temperature increases, poor stewardship, vandalism, tourism, and pollution; and worldwide attention is needed to protect them. Now, in an effort to save coral reefs, Hawaii is making an effort to ban certain chemical sunscreens for the impact they are having on the breathtaking coral reefs surrounding the islands.

Hawaiian Senator Will Espero has presented a state congressional bill which would outlaw the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, two UV-blocking chemicals which are disrupting coral reefs as beachgoers are washing tons of this stuff into the oceans. Continue reading Hawaii Seeks a Ban on Chemical Sunscreens in Effort to Save Coral Reefs

Dakota Access Pipeline Springs First Oil Leak — Before Completion

By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution

Of the many concerns cited by those who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the likelihood of a leak occurring has been most pressing. While tribe members worried a leak could contaminate a primary source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, environmentalists pointed out how it could also harm wildlife, increase reliance on fossil fuels, and more.

But despite the protests, the legal activity, and cries from the media, the pipeline passed. While no one wants to say “I told you so” when it comes to Mother Earth and its many beings, it’s necessary to point out that those who oppose the pipeline have already seen a some of their worries fulfilled. Continue reading Dakota Access Pipeline Springs First Oil Leak — Before Completion

The Soul in the Sea: Re-Uniting with the Dolphins

By Frank Joseph, Waking Times

“What mystery is the sea,” exclaimed Herman Melville, “whose stirrings speak of a hidden soul beneath!”1 I only understood what the great American meant for the first time two years ago, while visiting the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences in Honduras.

It was located at an otherwise uninhabited islet just off the mainland, where a shallow barrier corralled more than thirty dolphins within some six square acres. The top of the fence stood so low above the water, all but the most arthritic dolphin could easily hop over it. In fact, several have made good their escape in this manner, I was told, only to jump back inside a few days later. Continue reading The Soul in the Sea: Re-Uniting with the Dolphins

How Neonicotinoids Kill Spring Breeding for Bumble Bees

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

It is believed that when a human experiences a threat such as toxicity, body functions that aren’t necessary for survival might go on the back burner until the threat is removed. If this is true, then it turns out that bees experience the same problems.

“Queen bees will only lay eggs when the eggs are fully developed,” says Prof. Nigel Raine, holder of the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation.

According to a new University of Guelph study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society Bneonicotinoid pesticides hinder wild queen bumblebee’s reproductive success. Continue reading How Neonicotinoids Kill Spring Breeding for Bumble Bees

Flint Threatens to Kick 8,000 Families Out of Their Homes if They Don’t Pay for Poison Water

By Matt Agorist, Thanks to The Mind Unleashed

Flint, MI — By now, nearly everyone knows multiple government officials in Michigan knowingly poisoned thousands of men, women, and children after the city switched its municipal water source from the Detroit water system to the Flint River. Now, however, as if poisoning residents and their children weren’t enough, the city of Flint is threatening to take people’s homes for refusing to pay for the tainted water.

Although Flint — which blew wide open a year ago — is largely out of the headlines, the crisis is still unfolding. Residents are still unable to drink the water, leaving most families to rely on bottled water for everything from brushing their teeth to cooking and bathing. Continue reading Flint Threatens to Kick 8,000 Families Out of Their Homes if They Don’t Pay for Poison Water