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January 26, 2015

Water shortages in Brazil

Man made disaster

The chickens came home to roost in Brazil.

The use of food to make ethanol damages our environment, is depleting the soil and diverts the resources from fighting hunger to pollute the planet. It is a sin. Brazil that was so proud to produce so much ethanol is starting to see the consequences of it’s reckless policies of deforestation and using the land for ethanol production.

Sao Paulo, Brazil’s megacity of 23 million, could soon run out of water, experts warn, as the city continues to suffer its worst drought in 80 years and scientists say decades of deforestation of the Amazon rain-forest may be to blame.” http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/12/04/sao-paulo-on-brink-running-out-water-and-amazon-rainforest-destruction-to-blame/

Still in denial.

Climate change is denied by the country’s new science minister, Aldo Rebelo, who has declared the environmental movement is “nothing less, in its geopolitical essence, than the bridgehead of imperialism”.

Scientists think otherwise. As well as global warming, they say Brazil’s weather patterns have been disrupted by the loss of Amazon rainforest and the growth of cities.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/23/brazil-worst-drought-history?utm_content=buffer9d02a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Side effects of Ethanol.

There has been hot debate about whether carbon emissions from ethanol production and use are lower than those from oil and whether the 33 percent of the U.S. corn crop diverted to ethanol drives up the price of food. Local effects of ethanol production, however, including water pollution and consumption, have received less scrutiny.

Destruction of rai forest

Brazil is committing suicide.

Fertilizer and pesticide runoffs from the U.S. Corn Belt are key contributors to “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast. A 2008 study by independent researchers, published in the academy’s Proceedings journal, calculated that increasing corn production to meet the 2007 renewable fuels target would add to nitrogen pollution in the Gulf of Mexico by 10 to 34 percent.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/business/energy-environment/25iht-rbogeth.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Destruction of rain forest

The cutting of trees, scientists say, is hindering the immense jungle’s ability to absorb carbon from the air — and to pull enough water through tree roots to supply gigantic “sky rivers” that move more moisture than the Amazon river itself. More than two-thirds of the rain in southeastern Brazil, home to 40 percent of its population, comes from these sky rivers, studies estimate. When they dry up, drought follows, scientists believe. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/12/04/sao-paulo-on-brink-running-out-water-and-amazon-rainforest-destruction-to-blame/

More harm than good.

Ethanol from food

Our priorities.

David Pimentel of Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, whose own studies have shown that ethanol requires more energy to produce than it releases when burned, and that the fertilizer used to grow corn for ethanol has contributed significantly to dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico (areas of the ocean with low oxygen content due to increases in chemicals in the water). http://www.technologyreview.com/news/413002/measuring-corn-ethanols-thirst-for-water/

So what is the car fuel of the future?

Prediction is very hard, especially about the future – Yogi Berra 

But it is not ethanol.

November 5, 2012

Also this is not a political blog I just want to tell my readers why I am voting for Obama.

My concerns: Environmental regulations

Food safety

Global climate change

Access to health care

Access to education-affordable stundet loans

So please do your research on the subject before you vote

Sincerely

Nathan Kagan

Publisher

October 18, 2012

 

Our little planet

Our only home

Environment should not be a political issue! It is a health issue! Do we all want our kids to be healthy? We all need clean water and clean air. Who wants to eat food with pesticides? How about BPA in plastics? Emissions from coal burning plants?

Does it matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican? Republicans say they do it to save jobs. Would you want a job that makes your family sick?

Theodore Roosevelt was a so called Republican, but he …….started the modern environmental movement, and in so doing created the nightmare of land being taken away from economic development and private ownership.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/12/1130679/-I-Abandoned-the-Republican-Party-Revised

Nixon signed the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972, two of the most vital anti-pollution measures ever, as well as the Endangered Species Act, which aimed at preventing the extinction of birds, animals and other living things. “Clean air, clean water, open spaces—these should once again be the birthright of every American,” Nixon said unabashedly.

 

Coal ash the environmental disaster

Healthy economy Republican way.

But today, “Republican environmentalist” is an oxymoron. During his presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich called for abolishing the EPA. Rick Santorum decried a “reign of environmental terror.” Michele Bachmann vowed that in her administration, “the EPA will have doors locked and lights turned off.”

For years, the U.S. coal industry has objected to what it calls the Obama Administration’s “war on coal.” The coal industry claims that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policies are blocking mining operations, causing coal companies to lay off coal miners. But in fact, the coal industry’s percentage of power generation has dropped since Obama took office due to the rise of cheap natural gas, rather than to the polices of the Obama Administration. http://ens-newswire.com/2012/10/03/debate-obama-backs-green-energy-romney-backs-black/

In my opinion environmental issues and climate change are the most important  challenges facing humanity in this century.

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