Amazon turtles imperilled by dams, mercury pollution and illegal trade

For as long as people have lived in the Amazon, turtles have likely been on the menu. But what was once low-impact subsistence hunting escalated dramatically after the arrival of Europeans. From the 1700s onward, demand for turtle eggs and meat skyrocketed. And the eggs weren’t just for eating: estimates suggest that more than 200 million … Continue reading Amazon turtles imperilled by dams, mercury pollution and illegal trade

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The Amazon River & the Tragedy of “The Tragedy of The Commons”

Environmentality: a militarized mentality… a pattern of thought that seeks to justify increases in national and civilian security by increasing insecurity; environmentalism turned into a policing action—Robert P. Marzec   According to Robert Marzec, of the University of Minnesota, science has sought since the 1700s to emancipate human beings from their dependence on chance; the science and philosophy of men ultimately “brought about a form of securitization that changed the understanding of Nature from an…

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Waterkeeper’s formal submission regarding relicensing hearings for Deloro Mine Site

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is currently applying to renew its Waste Nuclear Substance Licence for the Deloro site until 2022. The current licence will expire on October 31, 2017.Check out the full submission below from Waterkeeper. Contains key findings, conclusions, and recommendations.Underneath that is a review that goes into further technical details of the hydrogeology of the situation. Swim Drink Fish Canada submission for relicensing written hearing for the Deloro Mine…

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Toronto Harbour Monitoring Report 2017: Key Findings and Recommendations

For the second year in a row, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has released a report on its Toronto Harbour Monitoring Program. The report summarizes key findings and offers recommendations for both waterfront users and the City of Toronto.Highlights of the report:From May 17-September 6, Waterkeeper collected 339 samples from three primary locations: Bathurst Quay, Rees St. Slip, and Marina 4.57% of samples passed standards for swimming, 43% failed.July 21 was the worst day overall. Every single…

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