Climatic Changes – Current Global Trends & Our Future

  The current trends of global warming can be quite dispiriting. We have witnessed some of the wildest and most extreme weather and climatic events in the year 2013. The records have shown that in 2004, 252 million people were affected by climatic disasters, 96% of them were from the developing countries. The weather pattern changes that we are observing today are only due to a degree or two rise in global temperature. If the trend continues, we will be facing more devastating consequences in the future. As the global temperature rises, we will be facing more serious consequences. Scientists predict that as the green house gases continue to increase, the polar ice caps will melt causing sea levels to rise. As a consequence, countries close to the coastal area and low lands will go under water. There are more serious and deadly consequences that environmental scientists are warning everyone about. We will discuss the 10 most fatal consequences of global warming below. Consequences of the global warming   1. Forest fires are more common in the USA today Forest fires or wild fires are becoming more common today and causing more damages in the residences and surrounding areas. Today, forest fires are becoming more common because the ice melts quicker in the winter due to global warming. Droughts and lack of moisture in the far Western American States, such as California, is also a reason for wild fires. 2. Arctic plants are experiencing a boom in growth Arctic plants are experiencing a boom in their growth. This is due to rapid melting of arctic ice during spring. This...

Ecology VS. Environmental Science How It Relates To Our Economy

Environmental policies of a nation are without a doubt related to its economy. There are costs associated with energy resources and the effect of the resources on the environment, as well as costs and benefits associated with depletion of the environment that relates to air pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, toxic waste, fossil fuels, global warming, and so on. Environmental economics The field of economics that deals with the environment is referred to environmental economics. This is a sub field of economics, which emphasizes on economy and describes economy as a subsystem of ecosystem. Environmental economics also focuses on preservation of our natural capitals, such as land air, water, mining, fossils, and all other natural resources. Ecological economics Ecological economics is another field of economics which is defined as both interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary academic fields of study, aiming to focus on the co-evolution and interdependence of natural ecosystems and human economies over a given period of time and place. The difference between environmental economics and ecological economics is that environmental economics makes mainstream economic study of the environment. Economy is treated as a “subsystem” of the ecosystem, emphasizing on prevention of natural capitals. Ecology VS. Economics From definition of the two fields of economics, we can clearly see that both the fields of economics consider eco-system as the main system that controls economy of a given space and time. Many people thought about doing something good about the environment but it seemed to interfere with economy and how they build their wealth. Both ecology and economy was viewed as two separate and independent fields and most people thought...

Blog Highlights from 1/21/2014 – 2/3/2014

  2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 27 Highlights from official blog of the 2014 National Biodiesel Our Sustainable Path To Success: A Progress Report – This report focuses on issues material to our business, organized into three primary sections: Environmental Stewardship, Social and Governance. WSP Media Highlights – 2013 – WSP research on the water soft path approach is mentioned in this December 2013 article in The Castlegar Source about the need to “think outside the box” when it comes to long-term planning for water use in B.C.’s Kettle River watershed Smart Blog On Food and Beverages – As packaging becomes almost as important as the product it holds, packaging design has been elevated to an art form. NRDC Blog Highlights Cornell’s Sports Greening Efforts | Cornell Sustainable Campus Blog highlights form Cornell University 2012 Highlights: Sustainable Forestry This week, we are celebrating our achievements from the past year, where we have seen our rates of growth soar. Today, we focus on our efforts in sustainable forestry…...

New FDA And Federal Government Regulations Of Livestock

New FDA requirements for livestock antibiotics There have been several significant changes announced by the Food and Drugs Administration regarding the use of antibiotics in livestock. According to the new regulations of the U. S FDA, and Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD), a veterinary will need to supervise the use of antibiotic drugs on livestock. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has been supportive of sensible drug use by veterinarians, and has been working with the U. S FDA to shape regulations to standardize the medical use among animals to develop processes and principles that promote proper use of antimicrobial among animal farmers. The announcement made by FDA on December 11 2013was somewhat a result of a lawsuit in 2012 by the Defense Council, which put pressure on FDA. Pressure from other public health organizations as well as AVMA made it easier for FDA to make its decision. Requirement for livestock identification by Federal Government The federal government has recently launched a “livestock identification” program. According to experts, this would not be an extra burden for the cattle farmers. The Federal and State laws require that dairy cows and cattle over the age of 18 be registered when they are being transported across the state lines. Some acceptable forms of identifications such as a ear tag has to be displayed on the livestock while transporting them. Each animal is given an identification number attached with the ear tags. In some cases farmers also use tattoos or old fashioned branding on animals, which is also acceptable. The new regulations of the animal identification will help the government to track animals in...

Government Records Of 2013 Most Extreme Weather & Climatic Events

The year 2013 was really full of weather deviations from the usual, when we saw some of the record high temperatures and low temperatures, droughts, floods, and so on. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weighed in on this phenomenon on Wednesday with a list that shows 2013’s Significant Climate Anomalies and Events. 2013’s Significant Climate Anomalies And Events. The report has also put certain weather occurrences into historical perspective, suggesting that the rise in global temperatures is giving rise to such extreme weather events. For example, NOAA has ranked 2013 as the fourth warmest year on record since 1980. Here are some of the most significant weather events of 2013 as appears on the NOAA report 1.Drought conditions get worse in the far West America California faced its driest drought last year while Oregon has reported its fourth driest year on record. Despite the improvements in the central and south east regions of the United States, the conditions in the American West continue to get worse. California being one of the largest agricultural states in America, the consequence of drought can be devastating, and there seems to be no relief soon from drought in the near future according to National Drought Mitigation Center located at the University of Nebraska. 2. Tropical cyclone Haiyan hit land with record strength Haiyan, hitting the Philippines in 2013 has been one of the strongest one in history with 190 miles per hour winds and have been reported to have killed 5,700 people in the Philippines. United Nations have estimated that 11 million people have been affected by the tropical cyclone. 3....