ALBANY, Mar. 20, 2019 — The New York State Senate voted unanimously today to pass an state Assembly bill that bans construction of new waste incinerators in the Finger Lakes region. The bill, which won unanimous Assembly approval last week, now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has 10 days to sign the bill into […]

via State Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Banning Waste Incinerators in Finger Lakes; Cuomo Urged to Sign it Into Law — Water Front- Peter Mantius

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As anyone who reads this column knows, I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York. There’s eleven of these “fingers,” not ten, which is perfect, because it’s a region know for oddities. Abolitionists, Suffragettes, Spiritualists, Actors, Chicken Nuggets, Traffic Lights, The Curve Ball, Lacrosse, possibly Rickshaws, all sorts of odd things […]

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Orangutan Mother Seriously Wounded in Air Gun Attack

As industrial organizations continue the drive to increase palm oil plantation production and paper making on the island of Sumatra, this Orangutan suffered serious injuries at the hands of an air-gun toting poacher. The mother Orangutan lost her new born baby as a result of this attack. She had 74 air pellets in her body when rescued by an animal shelter, blinded with six pellets in her eyes, many broken bones, including a broken collarbone.

This is all really sad stuff, not to mention the cruelty of it all, as pressures increase to de-wilderness the island putting at risk the remaining rare populations there of Asian elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans (and many others).

Environmental activists: Email, mail, call or text the national and local governments there, including the tourism associations involved with the area.

Some of the irony here is that western heart-related doctors recommend against the consumption of tropical oils (includes palm oil) as being detrimental to health. Maybe that message has not yet reached South East Asia. Palm oil is certainly proving harmful to the animal populations, previously mentioned here.

Lastly, these cruel efforts are reducing the world’s remaining  rain forests — the palm trees, unfortunately, don’t replicate the benefit of dense rain forests…

Delegates to recent National People’s Congress asked for more help from central government and warn of cost of fighting pollution Beijing residents wearing masks on a smoggy day last year. Photo: Simon Song China’s cash-strapped regions are lobbying Beijing to loosen its purse strings to help fight pollution, saying they do not have the funds […]

via Cash-strapped Chinese regions seek support from Beijing to meet costs of environmental clean-up — CHINDIA ALERT: You’ll be living in their world, very soon

 

Elephants are one of the most majestic creatures walking the Earth. Despite being around 3m (9 feet 107⁄64 inches) tall and African elephants weighing about 6000kg (13,227 pounds) on average, they are gentle giants, known for their intelligence, empathy and strong family bonds. Unfortunately, there are murderous assholes in the world that don’t respect life […]

via Last Photos Of The Legendary Elephant Queen Before Her Death — LustWithoutYou