Seal puppies invade Holande

Volunteers of the Creche Pieterburen Seal, in the Dutch city of Groningen, are supplying some of the dozens of seals arrived to the Dutch coast as a result of severe storms that hit during the year.
Many puppies are orphans, arrived in the center with the umbilical cord still attached. The disaster has prompted volunteers to set up temporary tents where to give first aid to animals before their return to sea.
Storms and high tides create problems for seals because the sand banks where they bask remain underwater, said Lenie ‘t Hart, who founded the nursery formally known as the Seal Rehabilitation and Research Center.

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The shoes cemetery

These images come from an area a few kilometers from Zagreb: huge dump of shoes,  in good condition and all branded Fafa. A sort of “cemetery” in which prevailing models with high heels, pink, white and blue.

Who just left all this shoes did not even think for a moment how this hills will cost in terms of environment.

All the energy to produce them, all the works of several men or women wasted for nothing. And now who is going to clean the area?

Shoes cannot be recycled but the materials and the money thrown away  could be used more wisely.

Now we are not in the position of waste anything.

Stop long animal transports

More than one million signatures have been collected by 8hours, to ask European politicians to modify the current law that allow long animal transports.

The 8 hours campaign wants to change the current EU legislation allows for animals to be transported for several days. This has to be changed.
Live animals for slaughter should never be transported for more than eight hours.

Behind this campaign there is the association ANIMALS’ ANGELS. This organisation monitors the situation animals and they have found out how inhuman are the conditions during the transportation.

In 2010 ANIMALS’ ANGELS observed 44 irregular long distance transports within Europe – 43 were found to be carried out in a way likely to cause undue suffering to the animals.

The Animal’s Angels volunteers regularly finds animals suffering from thirst or hunger. Often the water systems are not adequate for the animal species transported, or they are constructed in a way that prevents the animals from reaching them.

Water troughs are dirty or they are not connected to the water tank, or they do not function at all. A very common problem is also the lack of space on the truck – only animals which are close to the water trough have half a chance to actually reach it.

The others go without. The result is serious dehydration, possible illness and collapse.

Unweaned calves suffer especially from lack of appropriate treatment, as they cannot be fed on board. It is not possible to work the commonly used drinking systems with the liquid necessary for unweaned calves. Also they cannot adequately use the drinking devices (bite nipples) commonly installed on
trucks. Therefore thousands of calves suffer regularly from hunger and thirst for thousands of kilometers.

Why 8hours?

Every year millions of animals are transported along European highways, and too often under unacceptable conditions.

In 2002, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare published the report “The Welfare of Animals during Transport” concluding that animal transports, as a ground rule, should be as short as possible. This recommendation is, however, not reflected in the current EU legislation.

Even if this is an important campaign and this time something could really change, it is up to us, we can change the meat market.

On the shelves of our supermarkets we found meat from all around the world.

Very often the animals are slaughtered not in the country in which are raised. This subjects them to long trips in cattle wagons in which some of them died from the terrible conditions in which they are transported.

I am not a vegetarian but I always buy origin controlled meat and 0 km.

Meat is one of the most pollutant product that we eat. So we have to reduce our weakly consume and we have to buy only local meat.

My grandfather had a farm where he breaded calves. I milked my first cow at the age of five and I have learned from him to respect those animals.

It is not right to let them be tortured so let’s buy only the local meat from bio farms.

If you want to donate to support the campaign just go on the Animal’s Angels web site

Gaia, the Italian house that eliminates smog

It was built with a  smog-eating cement and paint,  in Cerro

Gaia the smog eating house

Maggiore, near Milan, the first zero emissions house.

The building was named “Gaia”, because of its impact on the environment, and is the first ecological experiment carried out with a house painting “photocatalytic”.

“Gaia” has already won awards from the Legambiente, an Italian environmental agency,  and the Ministry of Economic Development, in addition to Class A + certification, the highest certification in energy savings.

The complex includes energy-saving heating systems, no boilers or flues, elevator, and energy saving light bulbs.

But the most important new feature is the use of an exterior paint that can transform the contaminants into the air clean.

The new paint was made by Trieste Harpo  company after many years trying.

The product combines high quality and the attention to the environment.
The painting “RIALTO domosil photocatalytic”, under the action of sunlight, activates an oxidative process that breaks down pollutants particles  in the atmosphere.

These, once in contact with the facade of the building, under the action of the Sun, are transformed into non-polluting particles, purifying the air.

Zazzaro Tullio, director of the division of Harpo RIALTO group, explains: “The process of purification that is activated through the photocatalytic paints Harpo group is both very simple and very complex. The solar active photocatalyst particles to neutralize the pollutants. For example, oxides of nitrogen absorbed on the surface are converted into calcium nitrate”.

In practice, the most dangerous pollutants substances such as nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, benzene, ammonia, and formaldehyde, with the activation of photocatalysis, are converted into inert compounds soluble in water, non-polluting .

“While maintaining high breathability and water resistance of the masonry- Zazzaro says – coating system provides an effective anti-pollution and anti-fouling with the transformation of air pollutants in water-soluble or inert substances, without that they remain fouling in painting”

This, therefore, maintains the brightness of the color white in time, avoiding the need for costly maintenance and repainting.

Bp wants a refound

Bp will start a trial against Halliburton to cover the cost of cleaning

Gulf oil spill

the oil from the Gulf of Mexico.

The British Petroleum Company, considered by all responsible for the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico,  in 2010, does not want to take all the blame for the enviromental disaster and is now demanding compensation from Halliburton American of $ 20 billion.The news of the request was issued by the agency Bloomberg, citing a legal document signed by BP lawer, Don Haycraft.

BP thus seeks to recover “the costs and expenses that were charged for cleaning the oil spill,” the document says.BP in early December accused Halliburton of destroying evidence related to the tests conducted on the Halliburton cement used to build the platform that was at the origin of the disaster.

Halliburton is the world’s second largestoilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries. It has hundreds of subsidiaries, affiliates, branches, brands and divisions worldwide and employs over 50,000 people.
The oil spill has destroyed the ecosystem of the Gulf.
Everyone has seen the images of birds covered by oil or the giant leak, but the oil is responsable for the death of of over 150 dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf seafood including oysters, crabs, shrimp and mussels continued to contained traces of the dispersant and petroleum hydrocarbons.

One of the death dolphin found in the Gulf last spring

Green gifts for Christmas

If you have no ideas for Christmas here there is an ecofriendly present guide.

I have found it on Inhabitat Green Holiday and it is completely dedicated to animals lover.

If you’ve been searching high and low for an eco-friendly gift for the animal lover in your life, then look no further because we’ve rounded up a bounty of goods that are as kind to our furry (and not so furry) friends as they are to the environment.

It is possible to choose between a WWF adoption, a vegan cupcake recipes book, a Happiknit’s hand-knit neck-warmer is a cowl, scarf, and capelet,  made with 100 % organic fair-trade cotton or even a voucher to sponsor a rescued farm animal.

All the gifts are divided in different categories so it is really easy to find what are you looking for, and I am sure that you will find a really nice idea for your family, friend, boyfriend or girlfriend.

My two favorite categories are green thumb and animal lovers.

In the first I have found the GrowBottle.

This is a cleverly repurposed hydroponic planter made from discarded wine bottles. Each nifty little growing set contains everything needed to get a low-maintenance garden growing, including a hand-crafted recycled wine bottle, soil, USDA certified organic/heirloom seeds, clay pebbles, wool wick, plant nutrient, cork coaster, and a decorative ribbon made from recycled plastic bottles. The GrowBottle is available in five varieties – oregano, chives, basil, parsley, and mint.

GrowBottle Hydropionic Bottle Planters

Or even more crazy: the perfect planter for anyone with limited garden space. Black + Blum’s Hot-Pot bbq is an attractive terracotta plant pot that also doubles as a grill!

Blum Barbecue Planter

From Animal Lover I have found instead the Moma Bubble Bag for who cannot stand the leather.
This chic bubbly bag makes a great gift for ladies who prefer to avoid leather purses. It’s cut from Laplam, a new material made from 60% – 80% recycled plastic, so it’s stylish, light on the earth, and vegan too!

Moma bubble bag

Eco Christmas tree designed by Jolanta Šmidtiene

For the past three years, Jolanta Šmidtienė has been designing the

Jolanta-Šmidtienė tree

holiday décor for Kaunas in Lithuania.

This year, the city was faced with an extremely restrained budget. They sought to create a recycled tree of some sort that would be beautiful without breaking the bank.

It is Christmas. The lights bright the streets, decorations are everywhere and a smell of crackling fireplaces fill the air.

I just love Christmas. Unfortunately since I have became an “ecologist” Christmas has a bitter taste.

In fact I cannot help to think about all the massive footprint that all our family will leave while we are celebrating the most famous birthday in the world.e

Yes because behind all our presents and lights there is a huge production of greenhouse gas and waste.

So I loved the Christmas tree designed by Jolanta Šmidtiene for the city of Kaunas.

The tree did not cost anything and it is made only by recycled plastic bottles.

The massive fir is 42 feet high and made with more than 40 thousand bottles tying together.

At night the tree lit from the inside and emits a powerful emerald light.

Frozen Planet lie

I am sincerely disappointed. The polar bears cubs in the documentary were

Sir David with a polar bear in the last episode of Frozen Planet

not “beneath the snow” as Sir David said.

Who you can trust nowadays if even BBC Frozen Planet disappointed you?

A part from irony, actually when I saw the footage I tough “how they have reach them under the snow?”

And it is even worst to know the sad destiny of this two little creatures.

Sir David said it was right that the programme disguised the origins of the footage because telling the truth would “ruin the atmosphere” for viewers.

He told ITV1’s This Morning: “During the middle of this scene, when you’re trying to paint what it’s like in the middle of winter in the Pole, do you say, ‘Oh, by the way, this is filmed in a zoo?”

“It would completely ruin the atmosphere and destroy the pleasure of the viewers. It’s not a falsehood.”

On this point I have to agree with him, but even if this story will partially

Maybe a too mean cartoon from the Mail Online

ruin the reputation of the programme and of the Frozen Planet team, all their work remains priceless.

And the most important thing is that the message behind those incredible image remains the same.

This story has rather strengthened the SOS message on the climate condition and shows us that it is already quite impossible to see polar bear cubs because they are less and less.

This uncomfortable truth is in front of us. The BBC made a mistake but we do not have to throw away another occasion to reflect on the climate changes and the wildlife situation.

China wants to guide a new green revolution

After years of indiscriminate pollution to increase its growth now China is ready to guide a new green revolution.

While China has decided to partially change its policy, the United States, that had come to Durban to isolate Europe, are now likely to end up isolated.

Despite the Obama promises during his presidential campaign, Usa remain hostile to any binding agreement on climate change.

While remaining the main polluter world, China is also the world’s largest manufacturer of photovoltaic and wind energy leader.

China will install 180 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar power capacity by 2020, equal to the capacity built by the rest of the world over the past 40 years.

China, which will account for one third of global energy demand growth between 2009 and 2035, currently has a wind power capacity of 42 GW and a solar power capacity of 1 GW.

Last year Beijing government  has invested in clean energy technologies to £50 billion dollars against £17 billion of the U.S..

China is interested in the green market and wants to push the green economy not just for economic reasons.

In fact its capital city is  besieged by desert and its water sources are at risk, because of climate chaos caused by the greenhouse emissions.

Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s chief negotiator in Durban,  has been presented in Durba a picture of the changing situation.

China has improved its energy efficiency by 19% by 2005 (reducing emissions of 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide) and has scheduled a further improvement of 40 to 45 percent by 2020.

The country will invest £290 billion over the next 5 years to develop a low carbon manufactures and will produce 1 million electric cars by 2015.

DURBAN SUMMIT

Those are really encouraging promises but, as everybody know, the Durban summit has been a failure.

No agreement has been found. Once again the divisions were to strong.

But, at least,  the Durban Summit has provided the clearest signal yet to green businesses and investors that the transition to a low carbon economy will not be derailed, and has also given them a deadline of four years to deliver the clean technologies that will make the completion of an ambitious legally binding climate change treaty so attractive that no one will lose sleep about signing up.

Even if , since 2008, renewable energy market has attracted more private capital investments then the fossil fuels  one, oil and carbon lobby still are too strong.

The only chance for a drastic change is a new balance in the energy market.

Only when renewable energy will be worthy in  terms of money they will bit the fossil fuels.