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Re: Mass loss of wildlife caused by human consumption

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:27 pm

Piling wrote:Too many humans on earth, that's the problem. Our planet is crowded, no place for other species.


I do not know about France but the average UK family has 2 children

Many people study first and have a couple of children when we are in a position to support them

Shockingly, in some other countries, people breed like rabbits X(

Sadly, in many of those countries, the women are treated like baby making machines without lives of their own and few, if any, chances of education or betterment

As with China and it's one time law of one baby per family, people worldwide will have to limit the number
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PostAuthor: Piling » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:15 am

France has the highest natality of EU, more than 2 (because of social policy encouraging families).

But even if everybody decide to have no more than 2, starting from 8 billions, it is impossible to not reach one day 20 billions of humans on earth.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:53 pm

Reduce the number of fathers by cutting the penises of ALL sex offenders, ISIS members, murderers, wife beaters, rapists, child sex offenders, pimps and perverts :D

In the UK the government pays a child allowance to people for each child they have

I grew up to believe that before we have children, we should be in a position to support them

I could afford 1 child so I had 1 child and when I had more money I adopted another child

I went on to take in and house dozens of young people over the years

The most I had in my home at any one time, was 20 homeless youngsters :ymhug:

I also set up squats to house homeless young people

I was behind the first short life users groups in the UK. Groups aimed to make short term use of empty properties (a follow on from the squats)

I was behind a lodgers scheme set up to provide lodgings for young homeless people in family homes

My friend and I started what I believe to be the first every Summer Play Scheme for children

I have been involved in the running of countless youth and community groups

I believe that people should NOT have children if they are not prepared to help look after them

Instead of giving parents money to breed like rats, parents should be fined and even imprisoned for failing to look after their children properly, supporting their after hours activities and encouraging/supporting school homework

Behind every drug taking/dealing child is a parent who does not look after their child

We should go back to the early days of birth control

    Sex is for fun :ymdevil:

    Marriage is for babies :ymhug:
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:30 am

Five products you didn't know were harming the environment

Palau has become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in order to protect its vulnerable coral reefs - but for many consumers this may be the first they have heard of the product's harmful effects.

Researchers believe 10 chemical ingredients found in sunscreen are highly toxic to marine life, and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching.

But sunscreen is far from the only household product having an adverse effect on the natural world.

Here are five others you may not have been aware of.

The contraceptive pill

While the contraceptive pill may result in fewer humans inhabiting the planet - reducing the strain on natural resources - a 2016 Swedish study unearthed evidence of an unusual drawback.

In her doctoral thesis at Lund University, Lina Nikoleris found the hormone ethinyl-estradiol (EE2) - a synthetic version of oestrogen found in birth control pills - was changing both the behaviour and genetics of some fish.

When released into water as waste, EE2 was changing "the genetic balance" in fish such as salmon, trout and roach - which have more oestrogen receptors than humans.

The study also found EE2 made it harder for the fish to catch food.

"Previous studies have shown that the fish also develop problems with procreation," said Ms Nikoleris.

"This can lead to the complete disappearance of an entire fish population, and consequences for entire ecosystems."

Avocados

Not only is your favourite breakfast component preventing you from getting on the housing ladder, it is also bad for the environment.

The Water Footprint Network, which campaigns for more efficient water use, calculated that it took around 272 litres of water to grow a single avocado - with a potentially devastating effect on regions where it is grown.

In 2011, an investigation by the Chilean water authority found at least 65 examples of avocado farms illegally diverting rivers and other water sources to their plantations.

That, in turn, was blamed for causing droughts, forcing local villagers to choose between drinking and washing.

Pineapples

The pineapple, which according to Tesco overtook the avocado as the fruit with the fastest-growing UK sales last year, is being grown at such a rate that it is having a detrimental impact on the environment in some parts of the world.

In Costa Rica, one of the world's largest producers, thousands of hectares of forest have been cleared to make way for pineapples.

The Costa Rican Conservationist Federation says complete forests have disappeared overnight, causing irreversible damage to the country.

Pineapples are grown in vast monocultures - the intense production of only one crop - and require a large amount of pesticides, which can also be harmful for the environment.

Shampoo

Palm oil is one of the most efficient and versatile vegetable oils on the planet - but its widespread use has led to significant deforestation.

In a 2018 report, conservation group the WWF warned the conversion of tropical forests and peat land to palm oil plantations was releasing "massive quantities of carbon dioxide, fuelling climate change, and destroying the habitat of species like orangutans".

While you may be aware of palm oil's presence in edible products such as chocolate, margarine, ice cream, bread and biscuits, fewer people know of its role in numerous household products.

In shampoo, for example, palm oil is used as a form of conditioner to help maintain your hair's natural oils, which would otherwise be stripped away by chemicals.

Palm oil is also found in products such as lipstick, washing detergents, hand soap and toothpaste.

Air fresheners

The dangerous levels of air pollution in the UK have been well publicised - but did you know that air fresheners could be part of the problem?

A 2016 report, from the Royal College of Physicians, warned that it was not just outdoor air pollution which people needed to be wary of but also poor air quality in our homes, caused by everyday household products such as air fresheners.

These often contain a chemical called limonene, which is commonly used to give a citrus smell - and is also used in food.

It is not a chemical that poses a big hazard to health on its own but once released into the air it can become a problem.

An experiment carried out by the BBC's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor show found that when limonene reacted with the ozone present in air, it produced formaldehyde.

Everyday exposure to formaldehyde may contribute to increasing incidences of asthma and other illnesses.

Links between formaldehyde and cancer were established in the 1980s, and since 2011 it's been listed as a known human carcinogen.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:15 pm

Extinction Rebellion protests block London bridges

Protesters blocked off five major bridges in central London as part of a so-called "rebellion day"

Organisers said thousands gathered in central London to demand the government take greater action on climate change :ymapplause:

Demonstrators occupied Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges for most of the day, after a week of action by campaign group Extinction Rebellion.

They later moved on from the crossings to a rally in Parliament Square.

Large groups of people holding banners began congregating on the five bridges from 10:00 GMT before blocking off the traffic.

Tiana Jacout, of Extinction Rebellion, said the blockages were "not a step we take lightly" but "if things continue as is, we face an extinction greater than the one that killed the dinosaurs".

"We have tried marching, and lobbying, and signing petitions. Nothing has brought about the change that is needed," she said.

According to the group, 6,000 people joined the protests and more than 70 have been arrested.

Two protesters on Westminster Bridge, who did not want to be named, told the Press Association they "truthfully believe we're all heading for extinction".

"Climate change is so important, it's coming over so fast and nothing is being done," the women said.

It is believed about 50 people have been arrested for taking part in action over the past week.

The Met said the protests had caused "significant traffic disruption" and "hampered" emergency service vehicles from getting across London.

On Wednesday, protesters glued themselves to the gates of Downing Street.

At the start of the week, activists blockaded the UK's energy department by chaining themselves together on the pavement.

Is the protest fair?
By Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst

The UK is in the leading pack of nations in cutting the CO2 emissions that are over-heating the planet.

The Climate Change Act locks Britain into reducing greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050, based on 1990 levels.

And the government has kept pace with the step-by-step targets so far, mostly by stopping coal-burning for electricity.

It promises to meet future targets too - although its advisers warn it has to improve by getting more electric cars on the road, and making homes and businesses more energy efficient.

The protesters say the targets will be breached if the government spends £30bn on new roads, encourages fracking and looks to expand aviation even further.

Climate change demands a seismic shift in society, they say. And they’re not seeing that yet.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:29 pm

Climate change: What could be wiped out by temperature rise

Scientists have described the serious concept of "Hothouse Earth".

An international team of researchers suggest that global warming will have severe consequences for the planet.

They paint a picture of boiling hot climates and towering seas in years to come if temperatures rise by just 2C.

That means it could turn some of the planet's natural forces - that currently protect us - into our enemies.

Dr Sarah Cornell is an environmental scientist and one of the researchers behind the report for the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

She's described some of the big changes which could happen with a 2C temperature rise - which is the globally accepted amount, according to the Paris climate agreement.

Chocolate is under threat :shock: X(

This is something that is very close to Dr Cornell's (and everyone else's) heart.

"Chocolate is just one example of a globally important crop that grows in warm and humid climates," she says.

But global warming doesn't mean that there will be more places to grow cacao beans - in fact, it's the opposite.

A rise in global temperatures causes weather systems to be unpredictable and inconsistent, which would put cacao growing at risk.

"It is about the really intricate pattern of temperature, water flow, light intensity, the nutrients already available in the soil," says Dr Cornell.

The Arctic could melt

Ice in the areas around the North Pole could melt completely, says Dr Cornell

But it's not just the animals living there which are under threat.

"When you melt the Arctic, you're changing the way that the whole Earth works," she says.

"You're changing ice that reflects heat back into space into dark seawater that absorbs incoming solar radiation."

So it's a vicious circle - the less ice there is to reflect heat away from the Earth, the more global warming accelerates.

Entire nations might have to move

How can you be a country if you don't have any land?

Melting ice means rising sea levels - which could put low-lying island nations, such as the Maldives, under the sea.

"It will have all kinds of social consequences because the people who live in these low-lying areas will have to go somewhere," says Dr Cornell.

"There are already lots of discussions with people in low-lying Pacific islands talking with Australia and New Zealand about where they can live, and how they can have nationhood while renting land from another country."

Unpredictable rain

Combine rising temperatures with other human activity such as deforestation, and you have drastic effects on the water cycle.

"When you change landscapes, you change where water can flow," says Dr Cornell.

"When you warm the planet and are simultaneously changing the landscape, you're changing the water cycle... in a much less predictable way than it was before."

Extreme changes to the water cycle can lead to severe floods - and severe droughts.

How a tree frog affects a whole ecosystem

Two years ago, a little brown treefrog called Toughie died in Atlanta, USA, at the age of 12.

He was the last known living Rabbs' fringe-limbed treefrog to exist.

Toughie's story is a symbol of the rate of extinction that is being caused as a result of climate change.

The extinction of a species even as small as a frog has consequences which we don't yet fully understand.

"We could lose treefrogs, and that doesn't sound important but it's vitally important because it's what we lose with it," says Dr Cornell.

"When we're killing species, we probably won't know in advance what the consequences are.

"But we already know that we're making ecosystems much more vulnerable".

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:14 am

Watch The Iceland Christmas Ad Which Will
Never Be Shown After Authorities Banned It


Supermarket Iceland's advert for Christmas has been banned for being too political

https://youtu.be/JdpspllWI2o

The commercial, made with Greenpeace, features an animated orangutan and highlights the destruction of the rainforest by palm oil growers :((

The advertising clearance body, Clearcast, who screen broadcast adverts, deemed that the film breaks rules banning political advertising laid down by the 2003 Communications Act.

Earlier this year, Iceland became the first major UK supermarket to announce they are removing palm oil from all its own-brand products :ymapplause:

Iceland's founder Malcolm Walker said: "This was a film that Greenpeace made with a voice over by Emma Thompson.

"We got permission to use it and take off the Greenpeace logo and use it as the Iceland Christmas ad. It would have blown the John Lewis ad out of the window. It was so emotional."

The watchdog said in a statement: "Clearcast and the broadcasters have to date been unable to clear this Iceland ad because we concerned that it doesn’t comply with the political rules of the BCAP code.

"The creative submitted to us is linked to another organisation who have not yet been able to demonstrate compliance in this area."

More than 890,000 people have since signed a petition calling for the advert to be shown on TV.

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/watch-icelan ... ad-banned/
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:27 am

Iceland Advert: Which Products Contain Palm Oil And How Can You Avoid It?

You won’t see Iceland’s Christmas advert highlighting the impact of palm oil production on TV this year because it’s been banned for being “too political”

The supermarket teamed up with Greenpeace to create an animation which tells the story of an orangutan whose home had been destroyed by palm oil producers.

But, Clearcast, who decides which adverts are and aren’t allowed in the UK, ruled it “contravenes the prohibition on political advertising”. The decision sparked hundreds of thousands of people to watch and share the advert on social media.

Earlier this year Iceland became the first major supermarket in the UK to ban products using palm oil because of environmental issues.

What is palm oil?

Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil which is made from the fruits of trees known as African oil palms.

Such trees are mainly grown in plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The oil is naturally high in saturated vegetable fats.

It can be found in half of all supermarket products, including processed food, toiletries and cosmetics.

Why is palm oil bad for the environment?

Palm oil production is believed to have been responsible for around 8 per cent of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008.

It’s down to a huge surge in demand for the product because of its apparent health benefits and lower production costs.

Forests are usually burned to clear areas where people can grow oil palms - and sometimes this happens illegally.

It’s seen large areas of forest in south-east Asia and Africa destroyed, with 100,000 orangutans lost between 1999 and 2015.

Other animals like rhinos and tigers as well as indigenous people have also had their homes destroyed because of palm oil production.

Which products contain palm oil?

Palm oil can be found in half of all packaged supermarket products. This includes:

    - Lipstick

    - Pizza dough

    - Instant noodles

    - Shampoo

    - Ice cream

    - Detergent

    - Margarine

    - Chocolate

    - Cookies

    - Biodiesel

    - Soap

    - Packaged bread
How can you tell whether a product contains palm oil?

Some products that use palm oil aren’t always clearly labelled. It can appear under a number of names, including:

INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol

CONTAINS: Palm oil

Many companies hide palm oil in the ingredients by writing vegetable oil, but more often than not, it is a mixture of oils that contains palm.

Buying Products With Sustainable Palm Oil

The RSPO provide companies with a symbol if the palm oil they use is from sustainable sources.

To be stamped with the RSPO Trademark, they have to prove that no forests or areas that contain significant concentrations of endangered species or fragile ecosystems can be cleared.

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Look out for this mark on all the products above.

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/the-news-exp ... -palm-oil/
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:39 am

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Orphaned baby rhino rescued near dead bodies of poached animals

Orphaned baby rhino called 'David' is saved from South African wilderness after he's found alone near his dead parents' whose tusks were sawn off

    Baby rhino rescued from poachers in South Africa by emergency charity team

    'David' found near dead bodies of mother and other killed endangered rhinos

    Rhino saved from slaughter and taken to safety to be looked after by orphanage

    Team in area to trim horns to deter poachers by many had already been killed
An orphaned baby rhino was rescued after both his parents were killed by poachers in South Africa.

The baby rhinoceros, nicknamed David by his rescuers, was found not far from the dead bodies of many of the endangered animals.

A team of conservationists were in the area to trim the horns of rhinos to deter poachers from killing them for their tusks, but the poachers got to them first and already slaughtered the huge beasts.

Several carcasses of recently killed rhinos were found, including a dead female, whose vulnerable orphaned calf was found nearby.

The Rhino 911 team - a rapid response helicopter unit that flies in to help wounded rhinos - loaded him into a truck and took him to safety.

When the Rhino 911 team arrived in South Africa to trim rhino horns they discovered poachers had already killed many of the endangered species

Baby rhino David was found near his slaughtered mother by the rescue team and taken to safety at at orphanage

David was small enough to fit into the back of a Toyota Landcruiser, so he could be taken to a nearby vets and then to The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo Province, South Africa

The orphaned animal was given medical attention by vets before being taken to a rhino orphanage in South Africa

He was small enough to fit into the back of a Toyota Landcruiser, so he could be taken to a nearby vets and taken to be looked after by The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Rescuers named him 'David' in honour of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, which funds Rhino 911's work.

In just a decade more than 7,000 African rhinos have been killed by poachers to feed the demand in Asian markets for rhino horn, which is wrongly thought to have ancient medicinal properties, the charity says.

From 2007 to 2014, South Africa saw a growth of over 9,000 per cent in rhino poaching.

Black market rhino horns is valued at around £2,330 ($3,000), meaning a whole horn could fetch poachers up to £15,000.

It is thought that if poaching continues at this level, the species could be hunted to extinction.

Georgina Lamb, who is charity founder David Shepherd's granddaughter, was travelling with the Rhino 911 rapid response helicopter and said many of the team were in tears when David was found

Rhino calf David was found not far from the dead bodies of many of the endangered animals, including his mother

Georgina Lamb, who is David Shepherd's granddaughter, was travelling with the Rhino 911 rapid response helicopter when the tragic death toll was discovered.

She was accompanied by her sister, the artist Emily Lamb and DSWF Wildlife Ranger Ambassador, Jacques Rudolph, who lives in South Africa.

Georgina, who is DSWF's head of programmes and policy, described how many of the team were in tears when David was found.

She said: 'This is possibly one of the most heart-breaking days I have ever experienced.

'We're so sad to have to share such horrible news with our supporters, but this really does show why our work is so important.

Rhino 911 is a rapid response helicopter unit, flying in to help wounded or orphaned rhinos with the aid of vets to treat the animals

The team found carcasses of dead rhinos around the area when they landed to trim their horns to deter poachers from hunting them

Many of the rescue team were moved to tears by the sight of so many dead rhinos in South Africa

'When the orphan rhino was named David as thanks for our support, we were all in tears.'

Rhino 911 is a rapid response helicopter unit, flying in to help wounded or orphaned rhinos with the aid of vets.

During their trip the team also successfully trimmed the horn from an adult rhino, reducing the risk of it being killed in the future by poachers.

Rhino 911 pilot and co-founder, Nico Jacobs, said: 'If we hadn't been here, this little baby rhino would have dehydrated and died.

'This is the problem we're facing in South Africa every week – it's terribly sad that the people can't unite to save these amazing animals.'

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation funds projects across Africa and Asia that are working to save the rhino.

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