Tag Archives: 2010

the Politics of Green and Oil Spill Damages; priceless

the Politics of Green and Oil Spill Damages; priceless

Fishery at Breakers Reef June 22, 2010 (Ocean Rehab)

Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. pre- Oil Spill Surveys of Breakers Reef slideshow on Earth Rehab Flickr’ . click here and see what’s happening to protect Florida’s underwater eco-systems.

Slideshow Click.

 

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What’s World Wildlife’s Problem in USA?

What’s World Wildlife Fund’s problem in USA?

I apologize to all EarthRehab fans, but we must immediately remove WWF from our site. Unbelievable to think about after raising awareness for their excellent work abroad for 3 years.

– the unbelievable harrassment we have been getting from WWF has got us scratching our heads at EarthRehab..

They (WWF) claim that our support for their work is insignificant and they do not want for us to raise awareness or funding for them in any way. Michael Kite has threatend to have his Lawyers file a law suit. 

Mr. Kite also said that EarthRehab does not benefit their organization, as they are the #1 most respective and largest Environmental Effort on the Planet.

E-mail letter “Cease & Decist” from WWF’s Michael Kite:

May 20, 2010

William Djubin Founder EarthRehab

Dear Mr. Djubin,

 Pursuant to our phone conversation today, please immediately remove World Wildlife Fund’s name and logo anywhere it appears on your web site or marketing materials.  I have included a copy of where this appears on your site.  We requested this via U.S. mail and email on December 6, 2007, enclosed for reference.  We require a licensing agreement anytime someone communicates to the consumer that a donation can be made to WWF based on the sale of a product.  

Please certify to us in writing within 10 business days that you have taken this action.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 202-495-4677 or michael.kite@wwfus.org.  In addition, I can put you in touch with our legal counsel if you would like.

Sincerely,
Michael Kite World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1193
Phone: 202.495.4677
Fax: 202.495.4270
michael.kite@wwfus.org
www.worldwildlife.org


the Politics of Green; Oil Drilling

the Politics of Green; Oil Drilling

When Obama signed off the Altantic Seaboard he could have never expected this to happen the very same week:

A China oil-transport ship spills millions of Gallons of Oil/Coal near the Great Barrier Reef, the most populated Eco-system that we know of to date. (Trillions of animals in wait)
“”One of the most worrying aspects is that the ship is still moving on the reef to the action of the seas, which is doing further damage” to the coral and hull, Quirk said.”

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ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (AP) — The crew of a coal-carrying ship that ran aground on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and is leaking oil will be questioned Tuesday about why their vessel was in a restricted area, an official said.
Two tugboats were sent Monday to stabilize the Chinese-registered Shen Neng 1 so that it would not break apart and further damage the fragile coral beneath.
Late Saturday, the Shen Neng 1 rammed into Douglas Shoals, an area that has shipping restrictions in order to protect what is the world’s largest coral reef and one that is listed as a World Heritage site because of its gleaming waters and environmental value as home to thousands of marine species.
“We’ve always said the vessel is up in an area it shouldn’t be in the first place,” Marine Safety Queensland general manager Patrick Quirk said. “How it got to that to that position will be the subject of a detailed investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Board.”
Quirk said the agency was aware that other ships sometimes used a shortcut through the reef, a practice that will also be reviewed by the federal government.
The ship’s owner, Shenzhen Energy, a subsidiary of the Cosco Group that is China’s largest shipping operator, could be fined up to 1 million Australian dollars ($920,000) for straying from a shipping lane used by 6,000 cargo vessels each year.
“This is a very delicate part of one of the most precious marine environments on earth and there are safe authorized shipping channels – and that’s where this ship should have been,” Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said Monday.
She said a boom will be put around the ship Tuesday to contain oil leaking from the hull. Aircraft sprayed chemical dispersants in an effort to break up the slick Sunday.

“Our No. 1 priority is keeping this oil off the Barrier Reef and keeping it contained,” she said.

Authorities fear the ship will break apart during the salvage operation and wreck more coral, or spill more of its heavy fuel oil into the sun-soaked sea. However, Bligh said the risk of the ship breaking apart appeared to have lessened since the first of two tug boats arrived and reduced its movement.
About 2 tons (2 metric tons) of oil have already spilled from the 1,000 tons (950 metric tons) of fuel on board, creating a 100-yard (100-meter) slick that stretches 2 miles (3 kilometers), Marine Safety Queensland said in a statement.
Bligh said it could take weeks to dislodge the ship.

“One of the most worrying aspects is that the ship is still moving on the reef to the action of the seas, which is doing further damage” to the coral and hull, Quirk said.

A police boat was standing by to evacuate the 23 crew members if the ship breaks apart.
The bulk carrier was taking about 72,000 tons (65,000 metric tons) of coal to China from the Queensland port of Gladstone when it slammed into the shoals off Queensland’s coast in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Numerous conservation groups have expressed outrage that bulk carriers can travel through the reef without a specialized marine pilot. Shipping lanes in Australian waters typically require a seasoned captain to go aboard an incoming ship to help navigate around hazards. Until now, the government has said there is no need for marine pilots around the protected area because large ships are banned there


the Politics of Green; Florida and the Clean Water Act

the Politics of Green; Florida and the Clean Water Act

A meeting will be held at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute on March 31, 2010 to discuss the Federal EPA Clean Water Act.

The meeting is intended to get scientific and public input regarding the nutrient criteria for establishing clean and healthy waters for Florida, and you are invited.

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
PLACE: Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, Johnson Education Center Auditorium, 5600 US Highway 1 North, Ft. Pierce, Florida 34946

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local scientists, is embarking on a process to engage those people familiar with Florida’s marine waters in the development of numeric nutrient criteria for estuarine and coastal areas. The primary purpose of numeric nutrient criteria is to protect healthy well-balanced natural populations of flora and fauna from the effects of excess nutrient enrichment. Implementation of these criteria can prevent over-enrichment from occurring, and can be used to identify waters impaired by nutrients in need of restoration. The criteria would also support full recreational use of the State’s predominantly marine waters.

The components of this estuarine/coastal nutrient criteria development process include:

• Engaging local organizations, stakeholders, and experts around the State to generate discussion and exploration of appropriate numeric nutrient criteria;

• Compiling data and scientific support on key ecological attributes and for recommended numeric nutrient criteria where such information is generated and available; and

• Ensuring that such information is accessible to both FDEP and EPA for consideration when moving forward with proposed numeric nutrient criteria. 


Containers fall off ship, drift toward West Palm, but Coast Guard says shoreline safe

Containers fall off ship, drift toward West Palm, but Coast Guard says shoreline safe:

thanks Palm Beach Post.

WEST PALM BEACH — After racing to prevent an environmental disaster, the Coast Guard sought to calm fears late Thursday that 30 shipping containers that fell off a freighter in the Keys might drift up Florida’s east coast spilling severely hazardous materials.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/containers-fall-off-ship-drift-toward-west-palm-200130.html

-Thanks Paul Quinlan


the Politics of Green and pollution; EU

Needed to post a few pics from my visit to Europe.

Very poor air quality on Barcelona 2009

Including Barcelona  Spain air quality pics, Livorno (Pisa) water pollution and roadside pollution, finally Cannes France with litter on rooftops and open ocean plastics in the seaweed line. Enjoy.

Very poor air quality on Barcelona 2009

Trash found everywhere roadside in Pisa Italy

Water Issues near a Glass Factory in Pisa, Bright Grey/Blue cloudy water?

Water Issues near a Glass Factory in Pisa, Bright Grey/Blue cloudy water?

Cannes rooftop litter 2009

Open Ocean Pollution; Cannes France 2009 seaweed line

Open Ocean Pollution; Cannes France 2009 seaweed line

Open Ocean Pollution; Cannes France 2009 seaweed line


The politics of Green and Water in Florida

As a Native Floridian and a lover of water I am pleased that the EPA has finally addressed our Water Quality Crisis. I have copied the following passage from this 2009 determination by the EPA:
http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/rules/fl-determination20090114.pdf

Magnitude of Nutrient Over-Enrichment in Florida
Water quality degradation due to nutrient over-enrichment is a significant
environmental issue in Florida. Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection has acknowledged and documented the magnitude of over-enrichment. According to Florida’s 2008 Integrated Report,6 approximately 1,000 miles of rivers and streams, 350,000 acres of lakes, and 900 square miles of estuaries are impaired for nutrients in the State. To put this into context, these values represent approximately 16% of the assessed river and stream miles, 36% of the assessed lake acres, and 25% of the assessed square miles of estuaries that Florida has listed as impaired under the IWR. The actual number of miles and acres of waters impaired for nutrients is likely higher, as many waters currently classified as “unassessed” may also be impaired.
This conclusion is based upon a range of available information, including the vastmamounts of monitoring data that exist on nutrient-related parameters in Florida waters. With almost 800,000 nutrient-related data points in STORET (including nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, and turbidity), Florida has substantially more data points than any other State or Territory to clearly characterize the magnitude of its nutrient challenges.

How can YOU help???
*Please sign our Enforce the Federal Clean Water Act for Florida petition: (many of you already have, Thanks.)
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/enforce-the-federal-clean-water-act
this petition is also available on Care2 and Facebook.

William Djubin
Founder
EarthRehab