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Archive for October 30th, 2008

Quotes of the Week: On EF, Food, Water, Pollution

Posted by feww on October 30, 2008

The Earth’s natural resources are being depleted at terminal speed!

The United States, Australia, UAE, Kuwait and Denmark have the largest ecological footprints per person

“If our demands on the planet continue to increase at the same rate, by the mid-2030s we would need the equivalent of two planets to maintain our lifestyles. … If humanity has the will, it has the ways to live within the means of the planet, but we must recognize that the ecological credit crunch will require even bolder action than that now being mustered for the financial crisis” ~ James Leape, Director-General of WWF International (Living Planet Report), speaking on the reckless consumption of natural capital which is endangering the world.

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Some 37 percent (31.5 million tons) of all fish removed from our oceans each year is used mostly (90%) as feed for livestock and ranched fish.

“If you’re creating protein for humans to consume, does it make sense to take three to five pounds [up to 20 pounds for ranched tuna] of perfectly good food and convert it into only one pound of food?” ~ Ellen Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and a professor at Stony Brook University in New York, One-third of world fish catch used for animal feed

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Drinking water for Lima, Peru, imperiled by mining legacy

“With the rains, there could be filtration on the hillside and cause a disaster that would affect the central highway, a mining facility [with toxic ponds,] a hydroelectric plant, and the tailings would reach the Rimac River, causing a big disaster of contamination.” ~ Antonio Brack, Environment Minister of Peru, speaking on the possibility of the Rimac River, which provides drinking water to the capital, Lima, being contaminated by tailing ponds nearby that contain up to a million metric tons of tailings.

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