Restoring the Garden

The Environment is degraded by human action. From pollution of oceans, deforestation, desertification, fresh water shortage and related sanitation issues, air quality, soil quality and fertility, through to noise pollution, pharmaceuticals, toxic chemicals and industrial waste, our current collective modality is harmful to all life.

We are custodians of the Earth and our actions could enhance reality for future generations. The last few decades have seen an incredible speed of development and technological advance, but the motivation of this rapid advance has proven destructive. It need not be, and as a collective we must get behind the motivation to begin acting such that future generations too will benefit from the strides we take now.

Mechanistic sciences have denied zero and outlawed infinity. However, fractal mathematics has proven infinity and quantum science renders The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics defunct. The recursive iteration of fractal functions develop chaotic patterns that are reflected throughout all natural phenomena. The Sacred Geometries manifest in the phi ratio/golden mean express in all natural forms. To bind life into mechanistic structures that ignore these aesthetic values, denies the self-sustaining increment that allows the Universe evolutionary development. In doing so that which governs Universal self-sustainability becomes ‘that which is left over’. That which is left over = Waste. Waste = Pollution.

Industrial waste is destroying the self-sustainability of life on this beautiful planet.

The entire Infinite Universe is inter-related, inter-dependant and inter-reliable and thus it is so at every level of our eco-system, the bio-sphere that sustains life on Planet Earth. Globalisation is a natural aspect of the evolution that is taking place. However, this is not the subjugation of the entire populace to a unified economy that disregards life in pursuit of profit. The globalisation of evolution is the awakened consciousness that this is One Planet and the Human Race is One People and the eco-system one interdependent whole.

The gluttony of profit motive and product consciousness is manifest as an addictive behaviour dysfunction that is delusional in its relationship to reality and only views reality through an economic process of measure. In dealing with the severity of current levels of polluting, those who assume authority claim the power to manage the crisis through economic and legislative strategy.

“Business is increasingly seeing climate change in terms of opportunity and return on investment.”
Carbon Disclosure Project ~ Supply Chain Report 2010

“The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) has been working on tackling environmental degradation and climate change from an economic perspective for several decades. Our experience points to the need for a broad, integrated mix of policies in order to achieve strong green growth. Market mechanisms will be crucial within such policy packages.”
Interim Report of the Green Growth Strategy: Implementing our Commitment for a Sustainable Future ~ Meeting of the OECD Council at a Ministerial Level, 27-28 May 2010

These strategies are appallingly inadequate in face of the severity of the situation. They are the perverted perceptions of autocrats being bound in the apparent necessity to maintain the dysfunctional behaviours of a mechanistic society. It seems that the global crisis of environmental destruction can only be viewed through this economic lens, while species extinction and human poverty and death remain secondary to the ledger.

“Nature is often perceived as a luxury: preserving species might be very desirable, losing them might be tragic but ultimately it seems a price worth paying if it allows humans to protect jobs and raise our incomes.

The reality, of course, is very different. Take bees. Wild bee species are already extinct in many parts of Europe. Surviving bee populations are often new varieties gone wild. Now their populations are being devastated across the globe. Bees face a number of serious problems from pesticides to mites and disease to weakened genetic make-up. A survey of British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) members found honeybee numbers declined by 30 % during winter 2007–2008. That represents a loss of more than 2 billion bees at a cost of GBP 54 million to the economy.

The point, as this example and others to follow demonstrate, is that losing biodiversity does not facilitate economic development, it undermines it.”
EEA (European Environment Agency) Signals 2010 – Bio-diversity, climate change and you.

The EEA Signals 2010 document references many affects of pollutants in the environment in the context of the situation being unstoppable. It offers very little in terms of addressing strategies to reduce emission or towards decontamination and removal of pollutants from the environment. As the only value communicated is one of adaptation, it is clear the EU is not addressing the issue. When innovation amounts to infantile graphics of trees on top of tower blocks, it is apparent that those in positions of assumed authority are not adequate to the task.

The ‘European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register’ holds a public database of all reported pollutant emissions across Europe. It is extensive, while the only requirement to report to the register is when industrial emissions exceed the recommendation guidelines.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (World Health Organisation [WHO] and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations [FAO]) mandates the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone. Under codex guidelines and WTO compliance, every animal used for food must be treated with anti-biotics and growth hormone. While now it is becoming recognised the anti-biotic residues are becoming a pollutant issue that is difficult to deal with:

“Although environmental bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics under selective pressure, the same antibiotic resistance genes, already present in human bacterial pathogens, have been found in bacteria in environments where no pollution by antibiotics has occurred. This may occur because resistance genes can be maintained and spread in natural bacterial populations through gene transfer when bacteria reproduce and migrate to different ecosystems. This indicates that it may be difficult to eliminate pollution by antibiotic resistance.”
Anti-Biotic Pollutants, Science for Environment Policy, European Commission, 4-2-2010

Codex Alimentarius also mandates that all food, including organic, must be irradiated (unless eaten locally and raw). It also sets limits for the quantities of industrial chemicals that can be found in foods as residue. Chemicals that are passed as acceptable in foods, according to the Codex Alimentarius Commission include persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Persistent organic pollutants are defined as such because they remain within the compounds that they are found in for a long, long time.

·         There are twelve Persistent Organic Pollutants, (POPs) that 176 countries have banned from use in any form. These 12 worst chemicals( worldwide) are:-
Pesticides:

·         Hexachlorobenzene

·         Toxaphene

·         Chlordane

·         Aldrin

·         DOT

·         Mirex

·         Dieldrin

·         Pentachlorophenol

·         Endrin.

       By Products of Contaminants:

·         PAH’s

·         Dioxins

·         Furans.

       Chemicals:

·         PCB’s

·         Hexabromobiphenyt.

Codex Alimentarius guidelines have authorised as permissible seven of these POP’s. including Hexachlorobenzene, Aldrin and Dieldrin. It will be considered, under WTO compliance, a Trade Violation to stop imports of products containing these chemicals.

Emissions of particulates and particulate precursors (SO2, NOX and NH3), and emissions of the precursors of ground-level ozone (NOX, NMVOC (non-methane volatile organic compounds), CO and CH4), and emissions of acidifying (SO2, NOX and NH3) and eutrophying gases (NOX and NH3) are all serious environmental pollutants. While awareness of this toxic cocktail of pollutants is established, it is emerging that no-one is quite sure of the environmental impact of these chemicals in combination.

“Long-range atmospheric transport of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) has polluted sediments in high mountain lakes in Europe. Recent research has found that lakes in northeastern Europe are a hotspot for PAH contamination, and concentrations of these toxic compounds were also above the 'no effect' threshold in lakes in north, central, west and southeast Europe.

PAH's are a large group of chemical compounds found naturally, for example, in oil and coal. PAH's are also emitted to the environment as the result of human activities…

…The wide distribution of PAH's is of concern because the compounds can persist in the environment and cause long-term adverse effects: many PAH's have toxic and carcinogenic properties that can affect a variety of organisms…

… Calculated concentrations of the PAH's were compared with sediment quality guidelines and toxic equivalent factors (used to assess mixtures of PAH's of different toxicities) in order to determine whether the toxicity levels found in the lake sediments could cause harm to those ecosystems.

All the lakes had total PAH concentrations above the 'no effect' threshold.”
The Toxicity of PAH’s in European Mountain Lakes, Science for Environment Policy, European Commission, 10-06-2010

The lack of awareness related to chemical pollutants also extends to the pharmaceutical industry and drug usage and disposal, in both human and animal populations.

“Two examples of pharmaceuticals adversely affecting wildlife have been well documented: ethinyl estradiol (EE2), a derivative of the hormone oestrogen, is thought to be responsible for feminising male fish. Diclofenac, which is used as an anti-inflammatory drug in cattle, has killed millions of vultures in Asia that have eaten the bodies of dead animals. However, the impact on small organisms may be less obvious and therefore not reported.”
Managing the Impact of Drugs in the European Environment, Science for Environment Policy, European Commission, 11-03-2010

Eutrophication remains a serious problem, in the Black Sea, Agricultural pollution has led to intense algal blooms, depleting oxygen levels in the water and resulting in the collapse of seabed habitats.

“Eutrophication is a widespread problem for both marine and aquatic ecosystems, caused by excess levels of nutrients. With increasingly intensified agriculture, high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen from fertilisers and manure are reaching water bodies, and shallow, small lakes are especially at risk.”
Water and Bio-diversity, Science for Environment Policy, European Commission, July 2010.

Exacerbating this situation are policies of removing wheat and sorghum crop residue after harvest for bio-fuel production.

“Compared with plots where no residue was removed, complete removal increased water runoff dramatically in the tilled plots: in the freshly tilled wheat runoff increased by 61%, in the freshly tilled sorghum plot by 94% and in the spring-tilled sorghum plot by 225%. Increases in run-off from the untilled wheat plot were not as significant.

Residue removal increased soil erosion and therefore the loss of sediment (rock fragments) contained in the soil in all types of crop and tillage. Complete removal doubled the sediment loss to 14 tonnes per hectare for tilled wheat and increased it from 0.9 to 7.2 tonnes per hectare for untilled wheat. As a result, organic carbon in the soil that is bound to the sediment was also lost causing significant soil degradation, since soil organic matter is a source of nutrients and plays a fundamental role in the global carbon cycle. Besides the loss of fertile lands, sediments can cause problems when deposited in downstream lakes and rivers or on roads or clogging drainage systems, for example.

Downstream water quality also worsened when nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, escaped from soil in surface runoff. Removal rates of above 75 per cent of residue increased the losses of total nitrogen and of total phosphorus threefold in freshly tilled plots and eightfold in untilled plots.”
Crop Residue Provides Valuable Protection for Soil, Science for Environment Protection, European Commission, 14-01-2010

“In southern, central and eastern Europe 8 % of the territory, about 14 million hectares, currently show high sensitivity to desertification.”
EEA (European Environment Agency) Signals 2010 – Bio-diversity, climate change and you.

It is apparent that the single focus on carbon footprints, cap and trade policies and the exploitative tactics of carbon credits has diverted attention from a true understanding of the environment at government and public level, and yet still incentives and strategies of solution are largely based on taxation and financial motivation.

Interim Report of the Green Growth Strategy: Implementing our Commitment for a Sustainable Future ~ (Meeting of the OECD Council at a Ministerial Level, 27-28 May 2010) ~ is clearly focussed at this level of exploiting environmental degradation for profit. Of course, developments occurring with alternate energy sourcing are applauded, but can only offer partial solutions, however, financial incentives are being targeted in this direction. Primary industry sectors targeted, and the solution technology proposals made are:

Electrical/Utilities ~ Wind power, geothermal power, solar power, hydroelectric power and nuclear power.

Agricultural ~ Bio-methane production, Bio-fuels crop production (non-food).

Construction ~ Renewable energy plants.

Transport ~ Public transit systems, fluvial transport, rail freight transport.

Manufacturing ~ Wind turbines, solar panels, storage betteries.

Services ~ Engineering services, heating equipment, environmental consulting services.

That this is the conclusion of a 94 page document reporting a ministerial two day briefing is a sad reflection of our collective failure to grasp the situation.

This article barely scratches the surface of this complex and extremely harmful to life issue.

The arena is vast and affects all aspects of our commercial lifestyles. It must be addressed and valid projects to tackle the situation must be empowered, both in terms of reducing pollutant emission and removal of pollutants from the environment.

“Over the past 20 years, butterfly populations in Europe have dropped by 60 %”
EEA (European Environment Agency) Signals 2010 – Bio-diversity, climate change

Climate Change & the Military 

The Environment is degraded by human action. From pollution of oceans, deforestation, desertification, fresh water shortage and related sanitation issues, air quality, soil quality and fertility, through to noise pollution, pharmaceuticals, toxic chemicals and industrial waste, our current collective modality is harmful to all life.

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Created: Fri 16 Dec 2011
Updated: Tue 28 Mar 2017