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The Stream, November 10: Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Record High Again

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The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Global levels of carbon dioxide reached a record high average last year for the 30th year in a row, spelling bad news for climate change. South Africa’s government could spend millions to assist farmers affected by a severe drought, while an irrigation district in California is planning to build more groundwater banking facilities to store floodwater. A dam failure at an iron ore mine in Brazil forced communities to shut off drinking water hundreds of kilometers downstream. Oil pollution in the Niger Delta remains a persistent problem.

“I don’t think anything has changed in terms of the Niger delta and the Ogoni environment. The benefits of oil revenue are still elusive. Delta communities still have no electricity, no basic services. And the oil spills keep happening.”–Patrick Naagbanton, founder of the Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development, on slow progress to clean up oil pollution in the Niger Delta. (Guardian)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

300 kilometers Distance downstream of a dam failure at a Brazilian iron ore mine that communities needed to shut off drinking water supplies. Reuters

$26 million Amount set aside for disaster relief in South Africa, where a severe drought is hurting farmers and drawing down water supplies in Johannesburg. Reuters; Bloomberg

Science

Science, Studies, And Reports

Carbon dioxide emissions reached their highest average globally in 2014, the 30th year in a row that they have set new record highs, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The atmosphere averaged 397.7 parts per million of CO2 last year. Reuters

On the Radar

On The Radar

California’s Fresno Irrigation District is building more “groundwater banking” facilities to capture floodwaters and redirect them into underground aquifers. The facilities aim to take advantage of events like this year’s El Nino, which is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the parched state this winter. Los Angeles Times

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Exactly Why Ocean Pollution Is Bad For Us {InfoGraphic}

Exactly Why Ocean Pollution Is Bad For Us {InfoGraphic}

plastic ocean pollution infographic

Over the last few decades, tons of rubbish has been continually dumped into the ocean.


In 2014, about 5,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico was devoid of life because of pollution.
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With the ocean and planet’s health at risk, what can we do to put a stop to this and how exactly does ocean pollution effect humans?

The infographic below explores the main causes of ocean pollution and how it poses a risk to our health (and our planet’s health).

[Listen to Dr. Wallace J. Nichols talk about our connection to the ocean
and other bodies of water: Turtle Hugger Wallace “J.” Nichols & His Blue Mind]

ocean pollution infographic

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Bonus:

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Raising Chickens 101

Raising Chickens 101

baby chickens, chicks

Get started with your own backyard chickens!

GD Meg had chicken envy after talking with me about my own backyard chickens. Listen to this Green Divas at Home radio show segment to hear our conversation, then read on for more!

We’re just getting started with chickens this year and our new feathered friends are so much fun I thought I’d share a few thoughts about our experiences from a novice’s perspective.

There are lots of wonderful, knowledgeable blogs written by long-time chicken chicks (mostly) and for detailed instructions, I recommend you find your local expert, follow her blog and/or attend her classes.

We’ve wanted chickens for several years, but waited until our local ordinance allowed it. It’s important to make sure you’re allowed to keep chickens in your area and that you know what the rules are for how many, where and how they should be kept.

We have rules about the number and sex of chickens (no roosters!), the setbacks of the coop from property lines, the height of the coop and other rules. Beyond the rules, we always think it’s a good idea to share the benefits of our animals with our close neighbors. We try to share our honey with neighbors and plan to share our eggs too.

[Read: 10+ Eggsellent Reasons Organic Eggs are Better]

Speaking of eggs, we don’t have any yet!

We got our chickens from the local feed store, owned by a friendly man who happens to be a poultry expert. We wanted to make sure we got chickens from a local expert who would be helpful if we ran into problems or if we had questions and that didn’t have any disease issues.

We got our five hens when they were about six weeks old so they could go outside without a heater. Now they’re about 20 weeks old and should begin laying eggs any day. It’s been a lot of fun watching them grow up. We chose our chickens from what our feed guy had available. He had sexed chicks (sorted so we knew that they were hens).

We already had a 200 square foot area enclosed with an 8’ fence that we decided to use for the chickens. We put together a small kit coop and placed it inside the larger fenced area. (We will be building a larger custom coop in the next few months). My husband framed a peaked roof over the fenced area. We now have plenty of sun for the chickens but also shade in the hot sun and protection from the rain in the larger fenced area. He also added an old wooden ladder and extra perches they love to sit on during the day.

Surprises about chickens?

They’re pretty easy to keep. Of course we check on them at least once per day, making sure they have food and water and no health problems. We usually like to bring them a treat too. They love grapes and vegetable peels from the garden, corn cobs, etc. They also love grass and dandelion flowers.

Since we got them I’ve let them in the vegetable garden or out on the lawn with me when I’m working in the garden. They stay together in a group and close to me and run and hide if they hear a noise or the dogs get too close to them. We only let them run free if we’re outside supervising, but they get about several hours per week when we’re working outside.

We did take a very helpful class from a great instructor here in the Chicagoland area. She teaches at the Chicago Botanic Garden and other Chicagoland locations and does consulting for chicken keepers around town. Most areas have local experts who are wonderful resources and a great value for the price for their services.

Bonus:

Listen to the latest full episode of the Green Divas Radio Show …

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