Archive for 26/07/2013


July 09, 2013

Singapore is determined to clear the air over the regional haze problem and set a roadmap for its solution at a three-day Asean meeting in Kuala Lumpur next week.

The city-state will press partners – Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand – for a firm date on implementing a sub-regional haze monitoring system, the Straits Times reported today.

Indonesia especially will be prevailed upon to provide official maps that, together with satellite technology, will help identify culprits who clear land illegally through burning.

However, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan stopped short of blaming Indonesia for the menace that has dogged the region for years, saying that fingers could not be pointed at a sovereign country without substantial proof.

But it will call on Indonesia to renew a partnership on fire prevention and sustainable farming, as well as ratify an Asean Transboundary Haze Pollution Agreement. It is…

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The Creative Flux

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog entry on the demise of our bees after the introduction of neonicotinoids in the past decade. At the time, the EPA had essentially admitted that although they were going to continue allowing the use of these pesticides, they vowed to keep observing their effect on the bee populations. As I have enjoyed watching the bees feast on a flowering Cardoon these past few days, I thought I’d check in to see if, in the past two years, the EPA have gotten any closer to a final assessment and decision on these neuro-active insecticides. As it turns out, they have not.

There are several pesticides in the neonicotinoid family. The most common are imidacloprids, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. As I write this, practically all corn grown in the American Midwest, and most of the soy bean seeds, are treated with one or the…

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As I sit tired on the dilapidated patio of my thought
On a fickle chair of an unsteady , rickety, memory,
Feet tired after a long trudge through the forest,
Darkened by shadows that mercilessly haunt,
Where wind chimes sound like storms on my fragile heart,
As they hit the tall, erect trees that shriek, then retreat,
None by my side, except you in my fear cluttered mind.
The sunlight then warms my benumbed to contemplate,
Touch with crimson rays on the windowsill of my naiveté,
Nudging through fences now bending in shadows stretched,
Bubbles now pale white, transverse, bright and indigo red,
Energized leaves streaming green, voltaic, photosynthesized,
Lilac, violet, spectral colors imaging your lofty reflect,
Spectral hues of my hope in a meditative riot.

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‘US multinational Halliburton has agreed to admit it destroyed evidence related to its part in the huge 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the US Department of Justice announced. Halliburton will pay the maximum fine available, be on probation for three years and continue to cooperate with the government’s criminal investigation, a news release by the department said on Thursday. It did not spell out the fine amount. Al Jazeera’s Raelyn Johnson reports. (25 July 2013)’.

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The Adventures of Ellie and Edmond


We’re heading to Southeast Asia to find today’s feathery friend. These little birds are often found in parks and near homes, so let’s have an evening picnic and meet today’s bird!

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sunda scops owl   Range/Habitat: Southeast Asia/ forests, suburbs

   Diet: carnivore: insects, rodents

   Length/Weight: 8”/3 ½-4 oz

   Conservation Status: common 


Fun Facts:

  •          Sunda Scops Owls are small.
  •          They have prominent ear tufts.
  •     Sunda Scops owls hunt at dusk.
  •          Sunda Scops owls lay up to 3 eggs per clutch.
  •          Male and females call together.

Sunda Scops owls are so cute. We wish we had them near us! It’s great that they love to eat bugs too!

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Geography Directions

By Helen Pallett

In June this year the High Court ruled that the UK government’s decision to create a marine park around the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean had been lawful. This marked the end of a three year long struggle for the indigenous Chagossian islanders, who had argued that the 2010 designation of the archipelago as a protected marine reserve robbed them of their fishing-centred livelihoods and effectively prevented them from ever returning to their ancestral lands. At 545,000 square miles, the Chagos marine park is the largest in the world, claiming to protect an area as rich in biodiversity as the Galapagos Islands. In the absence of any further barriers to its designation, the new reserve will now be expected to live up to its promise of slowing the rate of regional biodiversity loss in the Indian Ocean and replenishing its fish stocks.

The media coverage of…

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Learning from Dogs

In appreciation of clouds.

In the wake of yesterday’s post about the power of meditation, this recent TED Talk seemed a perfect way to end the week.

Published on Jul 16, 2013

You don’t need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature’s finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.

Want to learn a little more about the different types of cloud?  Then go here.  Want to learn more about the Cloud Appreciation Society?  More details here.

And who knows, you may even see your dog in those clouds!

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Civil Society Now


The Green Climate Fund has been opened up to observers, but civil society representatives want to play a bigger role.

MEXICO CITY, Jul 21 2013 (IPS) – The Green Climate Fund (GCF), created under the auspices of the United Nations to finance the huge investments demanded by climate change, was opened up to participation by civil society and private sector representatives as observers in March.

But non-governmental organisations are pressing for more active participation now that the GCF is moving into the crucial phase of designing policies and distributing resources, especially with regard to the controversial Private Sector Facility.

“Now they are discussing what type of observers and executors can be in the Fund. This opens up the possibility of having financial institutions involved as executors, and they are studying the criteria for qualification and safeguards,” Colombian attorney Astrid Puentes, co-director of the Interamerican  Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), told…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA is called Gulf Oil Spill Effects On Wildlife.

After its issues of gang rape in Iraq, poisonous drinking water for soldiers in Iraq, corruption in Nigeria, etc., Halliburton, the corporation of Dick Cheney, ex Vice President of George W Bush in the USA, is in trouble again.

From USA Today:

Halliburton admits destroying Gulf oil spill evidence

Michael Winter, USA TODAY 8:57 p.m. EDT July 25, 2013

Company will plead guilty to a criminal charge in Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Halliburton has admitted destroying evidence in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and will plead guilty to a criminal charge, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Under the plea agreement, which requires court approval, Houston-based Halliburton will also face three years’ probation, pay the maximum fine of $200,000 and continue to cooperate in the Justice Department’s…

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