Drill Spill

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management “has backed [Arctic] drilling after going through the process again, despite revealing in its Environmental Impact Statement ‘there is a 75% chance of one or more large spills’ occurring.” (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/mar/22/shell-oil-driling-in-arctic-set-to-get-us-government-permission)

Separating oil from ice looks to be a slippery target.

Lunar Power

“If the weather is clear on Friday morning the European grid will suddenly lose the equivalent generation of eight to ten very large coal power plants as the moon passes between solar panels and the sun. … In the UK, more than half of the solar generation could be lost. But this will be largely offset by the drop in demand caused by people stopping what they are doing.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/18/solar-eclipse-unprecedented-test-european-power-grid)

In Scotland, Stratus Power and productivity will continue entirely unabated.


Sea lion “mothers aren’t easily finding food and are staying away longer than the normal one- to two-day journey because of changes in water temperature. At some point, the pups seem to be heading out to sea on their own, and washing up starving and exhausted on California beaches in record numbers. … Some of the pups have come in with five or six pounds of rocks in their stomachs.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/17/us-usa-california-sea-lions-idUKKBN0MD17220150317)

Tough puppy love.


“Sandra, because of her captivity and exposure to human beings for her entire life, is what primatologists call an enculturated ape. … The needs of an orangutan are easy to determine based on studies of orangutans in the wild. … But are there some choices and preferences to which Sandra has a right?” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0315–ethical-ape-col03.html)

And would her choices be as doomed as those made by us, the enculturating apes?


“Scientists on the Global Taskforce on Systemic Pesticides concluded that the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides is affecting earthworms, birds and bees and the quality of water and soils. … Bayer and Sygenta [sic] are suing the European Commission to lift its temporary ban on the three neonicotinoids. ‘The Commission must stand form against these bully-buy tactics.'” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2790530/bees_victory_in_pesticide_battle_bayer_libel_action_dismissed.html)

This is worrying evidence that the toxic effect has already spread to humans.


“Uneaten bread causes algal blooms, allows bacteria to breed and attracts rats and other vermin. … Swap it for healthier more natural treats like oats, corn, or defrosted frozen peas. And exercise portion control.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/16/dont-feed-the-ducks-bread-say-conservationists)

Water fowl concoction.


“An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognised the ape as a ‘non-human person’ unlawfully deprived of its freedom.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/21/uk-argentina-orangutan-idUKKBN0JZ0QA20141221)

A suitable sanctuary might be a library.
Bless Terry P.