Archive | March, 2018

Phase Out Single Use Plastic – Bags, Straws, Etc.

The editorial says we should set goals to stop the use of single use plastic.  The EU is working on reducing plastic waste and considering a tax on plastic.California has banned single use plastic grocery bags.  100 cities have banned polystyrene food takeout boxes.  Britain’s PM proppsed phasing out plastic waste by 2042.   http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-plastic-plan-20180220-story.html

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Fewer Big Bugs May Cause of Decrease in Whip-Poor-Wills, Nighthawks, Swallows, and Swifts

Why are big, insect-eating birds disappearing? Maybe we’re running low on bugs.

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Citizens Oppose Pipeline in Louisiana

Because they often leak, are situated on top of  lower income and minority populations, and harm both people and wildlife with their toxins when they leak.  The Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the Center for Constitutional Rights are organizing against the pipeline.  This is the other end of the Dakota Access pipeline. #NoBayouBridge https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/13/critics_of_bayou_bridge_pipeline_in http://www.labucketbrigade.org/ https://ccrjustice.org/home/press-center/ccr-news/north-dakota-puerto-rico-controversial-security-firm-profits-oil-protests

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Teens Win Legal Skirmish Over Oil Cos. and Government

Young people and future generations can continue their lawsuit versus the US government policies favoring oil, coal, and gas companies and contributing  to global warming. www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teens-lawsuit-battling-climate-change-wins-victory-over-justice-department_us_5aa20a12e4b01b9b0a39c53c?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

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Conference on Race and Journalism at CU on 3-10-18

  Lee Fang of the Intercept will speak.  He studies the Koch brothers’s use of money in politics, the  alt-right, white supremacists,  white nationalists, and the far right. Others will speak about how the journalism and  race interact, abut labor trafficking, about creating  a space for  alternative voices. …. https://www.colorado.edu/cmci/coveringraceconference http://www.cvent.com/events/rights-wrongs-and-responsibilities-covering-race-in-today-s-america/agenda-b219665af4654ec1b2f55930cd175843.aspx

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Monarch Butterfly Populations Declining due to Pesticides

Monarchs have declined by 80 % over the last 20 years.  Monsanto’s GMO crops and Roundup pesticides   have removed the milkweed plants that monarchs eat.   “In addition to glyphosate, monarchs are threatened by other herbicides including dicamba, Enlist Duo and by neonicotinoid insecticides that are toxic to young caterpillars.” https://www.ecowatch.com/monarch-butterfly-population-migration-2543505935.html

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Study & Protect the 8 Million Unknown Species

E.O.wilson writes that we need field biologists and protected reserves for about one half of the earth. www.nytimes.com/2018/03/03/opinion/sunday/species-conservation-extinction.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

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Shoveler Ducks Circle and Feed

Shoveler Ducks Circle and Feed

Yesterday, I saw a group of about 25 northern shovelers swimming in a tight circle on the pond in the CU research park by the bike path SW of  Foothills and Arapahoe.  They herd and eat insects and snails  that they stir up with their feet in the mud.  Also, ringneck ducks were doing their mating […]

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