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Samina Cabral

Samina Cabral

Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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Bag Bans Move Forward Despite Opposition

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Do you remember Hilex Poly? They are the plastic bag manufacturer based in South Carolina that single-use-bag-krosseel-mfileexpressed disappointment when a single use plastic bag ban passed in Seattle two years ago.

On Wednesday Hilex Poly was awarded the 2013 Society of Plastics Engineers Environmental Division's Award for Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications. Which sounds more like the title of a textbook than an award for innovations in plastics recycling solutions and commitment to sustainability. The company received the award for its "Bag-2-Bag®" recycling program.

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A Laysan Albatross, World's Oldest-Known Bird, Gives Birth Again

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on Saturday, 16 February 2013
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The average age of an albatross in the wild is 50 years but on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)wisdom-left-with-mate-laysan-albatross-Pete Leary-USFWS a Laysan albatross known as Wisdom is at least 62 years old and earlier this month she hatched a chick for the sixth consecutive year.

Bruce Peterjohn, chief of the North American Bird Banding Program at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research in Maryland estimates that Wisdom, the bird in the left of the picture, has probably raised at least 30 to 35 chicks during her breeding life maybe even more.

A female albatross can only lay one egg a year and then a significant portion of that twelve month period is taken up incubating and raising the chick. Sometimes an albatross will take a year off from laying an egg if they have raised a chicks consecutively. Wisdom however must be a really good mom because she has nested every year since 2008.

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If the plastic is sugar, do I have to unwrap the candy?

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People like to complain about the price of gasoline but if consumption is consumption than those same pink plastic cuppeople should be whining about the cost of any item that is made of plastic or packaged in plastic for that matter.

Why? According to the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: “The volume of oil used every year in the production of plastics equates to approximately five percent of the world's total oil consumption. Approximately 40 percent of all plastics are used in packaging, which puts special pressure on the packaging industry to reduce dependence on oil.”

Perhaps it’s not the price of milk that is rising, it’s the added cost of that plastic jug; or consider toys both made of plastic and packaged in the material. Double the plastic, double the price!

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Method Debuts Bottle Made from Ocean Plastic

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Method (people against dirty), the makers of an eco-friendly line of liquid soap products for the home and55601-Ocean-Plastic-Hero-shot-72dpi-md copy body, have debuted their sustainable bottle made from a blend of plastic marine debris and post-consumer recycled plastic. The packaging has been roughly a year in the making.

The company worked with volunteers from Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i and the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation to collect several tons of the rigid, opaque plastic needed to make the bottles from Hawai’i’s beaches  -it’s like shell-collecting: done by hand but not quite as delightful.

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NOAA Grants Money to Assist With Tsunami Debris

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NOAA’s Marine Debris Program will distribute $250,000 in grants to assist the five states along the yaquina head newport oregon sir douglascountry’s west coast that are expected to be impacted by tsunami debris from last year’s disaster in Japan.

Funds will be used to remove stuff such as the 132-ton concrete slab teeming with life that broke off from a Japanese dock and washed up on an Oregonian shore almost a month ago.  

The Japanese government reported that the March 2011 tsunami washed away an approximate 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific and of that astronomical amount about 70 percent sank. NOAA and the Japanese were kind enough to do the math for us and estimate 1.5 million tons remain floating a-sea in the North Pacific in an area “roughly three times the size of the lower 48 states.” However, this is not a concentrated amount of stuff: it’s likely been scattered and it will arrive on coasts north of the Main Hawaiian Islands and east of Midway Atoll over many years.

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Living on Plastic

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on Saturday, 12 May 2012
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This week Mike Lee, an environmental reporter with the San Diego Union- Tribune, wrote an article thatso calbeach kariatx discussed the recent findings of a study about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” conducted by UCLA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

A rapid increase in the amount of plastic trash floating at sea has impacted the marine environment but not in the way you are thinking.

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350.org Connects the Dots for Climate Change Action

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Yesterday Cinco De Mayo parades marched merrily through cities from Seattle to Kansas City (their climate change dot duffernuttercelebration featured a Chihuahua parade) and Mexican heritage was celebrated with traditional dancing and music. The Battle of Puebla was fought and won on a May 5th a long time ago but the climate change battle is ongoing and 350.org staged events of their own over the weekend to raise more awareness.

The idea was simply to “connect the dots” between global warming and extreme weather through a series of images featuring dots, and the people and creatures in areas that had been affected or are continuing to be affected by the issue.

"We just celebrated Earth Day. May 5 is more like Broken Earth Day, a worldwide witness to the destruction global warming is already causing," said Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, a global climate campaign. "People everywhere are saying the same thing: our tragedy is not some isolated trauma, it's part of a pattern."

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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