‘Intersex Fish Of The Lower Potomac’ Is Not A Reality Show. It’s A Reality.

Intersex smallmouth bassBack in 2003, a male smallmouth bass was caught in the south branch of the Potomac River that had both male and female parts – intersex. Since then, wildlife biologists have discovered that 50-100% of the fish in various tributaries leading into Chesapeake Bay have become intersex . Here’s a USGS explanation why fish become intersex:

“Intersex is one manifestation of endocrine disruption in fish. Endocrine disruption can result in adverse effects on the development of the brain and nervous system, the growth and function of the reproductive system, and the response to stressors in the environment. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists have documented the presence of endocrine disrupting contaminants in rivers and streams across the nation. Additionally, USGS scientists and others have demonstrated that exposure to endocrine-active contaminants can cause endocrine disruption, which can have ruinous impacts on fish populations.”

What’s causing the endocrine disruption is still a mystery. In addition to stormwater overflows loaded with sewage and pharmaceutical waste, pesticide pollution and manure with natural hormones from upstream farms are also considered a cause of the he-fish to he-she-fish transformations. There are currently two new bills in the Maryland House and Senate that would require farmers to better track what pesticides they’re using on their farms. [Washington Post]

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It’s Not A Painting – It’s A Picture Of A Polluted Lake In China.

Lake algae bloom caused by chemical fertilizer pollution in China.That floating stuff may look like paint but it’s lake algae that has bloomed from chemical fertilizer pollution. The Chinese government is spending $77 million to restore the lake.

Lake algae bloom caused by chemical fertilizer pollution in China.

Do you think this doesn’t happen in the US? Think again…

Algae bloom in Wisconsin's Lake Tainter

Algae bloom in Wisconsin's Lake Tainter (2010)

We’re doing some painting of our own. [RocketNews 24]

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Nothing Says ‘Consumption’ Like A 1200 Sq. Ft. Luxury Garage With Flat Screen, Library Etc.

Maserati Dream Garage in Los Angeles.This dream garage recently one a design award. The garage was designed by Holger Schubert of archisis for a home in Los Angeles. Here’s a description (from Design Driven):

“The 1,200 square foot space provides a designated spot for the car and a large open area for a couch, a slide-away TV, a built-in book shelve in front of a large storage room, as well as a small kitchen, a bathroom and a library.

An area of 8′ x 12′ is made of sandblasted aluminum grating that is set flush into the concrete floors. It hides a 9′ long steel ramp, which the driver raises five inches by remote control to create a slope sufficient for the car to roll out and be started outdoors.”

In a nutshell – this garage is nicer than my house. Who needs this much to house their car? The only person I could think of was Cameron’s dad from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and you probably know already what Cameron thought of his father… [Design Driven via Neatorama]


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Dennis Hope Will Sell You A Plot Of Land On The Moon. Jubbling Helps Pick Its First President.

MoonShop's Dennis Hope with his moon lots for sale.Dennis Hope has been selling $24.00 plots of land on the moon for 30+ years. To date, Mr. Hope’s MoonShop has sold just under 600 million acres of moon properties and he has approx 9.4 billion acres left to sell. How is he selling property on the moon? According to Mr. Hope, he’s found a loophole in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and he filed a claim on it. Here’s a NY Times video on Dennis Hope:


Of course a moon colony is going to need a leader and we’ve got just the person – Northwest Ordinance for Space advocate Newt Gingrich.
New Gingrich - first President of Moonsylvania.
Mr. Gingrich is qualified and a nice bonus is that he’ll push for statehood once the moon’s population reaches 13,000. Be sure to give Governor Gingrich time; he might complain a little at the start about wanting to come back to earth and that he’s a changed man but he’s done that before and eventually, he’ll come around to moon life.

So how does buying land on the moon fit with Jubbling? It’s a reminder of how important it is to take care of the planet we actually live on and it’s a reminder that we need to reduce the amount of money we waste on bad ideas. [Gizmodo]

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BIG’s Waste To Energy Ski Slope In Copenhagen Breaks Ground. Hooray For Hedonistic Sustainability!

Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant
Artificial ski runThe Bjarke Ingels Group [BIG] just broke ground on their waste-to-energy / ski-slope in Copenhagen. It’s called the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant and in addition to sporting a ski run, it’s also an efficient waste conversion plant that will generate electricity and shoot a smoke ring out of its smokestack each time a ton of carbon has been released. It’s all part of designer Bjarke Ingels’ desire to incorporate Hedonistic Sustainability into his projects – building sustainable, useful structures that can also be used for pleasure.

From A/N Blog:

“Against all odds, BIG-founder Bjarke Ingels is actually building a mountain-slash-ski-slope-slash-waste-to-energy-power-plant in his hometown of Copenhagen. Announced in 2011, the project nearly stalled during the approval process, but officials in the Danish capital broke ground on the facility on Monday. Called the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant, the structure represents Ingels’ concept of Hedonistic Sustainability, the notion that a sustainable building shouldn’t only be green, but should also be fun.”

Watch Bjarke Ingels TED speech below for more info on this project. I have to admit, I wanted to not like this project but it’s pretty amazing. Thank you BIG.dk for introducing us to hedonistic sustainability. [A/N Blog]


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Worst Cruise Ever? Scientists Predict That In 2050, Ships Will Be Able To Sail Directly Over North Pole.

North Pole signThe northern sea route, or trans-arctic passage, has been passable by ships for the last 7 summers and now comes information that the North Pole may be open to ship traffic by 2050. According to a report from Dr. Laurence C. Smith and Scott R. Stephenson, the shortest route connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans will be accessible in 2050 by ice-strengthened ships that can travel directly over the North Pole. From the Guardian:

“The scientists took two classes of vessels and then simulated whether they would be able to steam through the sea ice expected in seven different climate models. In each case they found that the sea routes opened up considerably after 2049.”

The recent opening of the Northern Sea Route, for ship traffic from Norway to China, has saved shipping companies between $230,000 – 400,000 in time and bunker fuel; crossing directly over the North Pole could save shipping companies an additional 40%. To counter these savings, putting a value on the “holy crap!” factor of sending ships over the North Pole in our lifetime is incalculable. Sailing over the North Pole should not be a goal – it should be viewed as an obstacle that needs to be avoided. [Guardian]

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