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Extinction©

By Felina Silver Robinson

Copyright© 2014

My bones

My skin

My face

My head

My heart

My inner self

My outer self

My body

My Mind

It all belongs to me

It’s all a part of me

It all makes me whole

It all makes me empty

It all makes me happy

It all makes me sad

It all makes me think

It all helps me decide

My thoughts are mixed

My thoughts are uncertain

Sometimes they make me go back to the beginning

So I then can become certain

Certain of my beginning

Certain of my task

Certain of my foes

Certain of my allies

With all in place I’m ready, set, go…

Out into the world

With all that I have

All that I know

And all I intend to do

Look out world because I’ve begun

To turn to you and set you straight

The time has come to change this place

This place we call our home

Times are changing

Just like we do through the years

But now we must give this place

we call home a facelift

We must clean …

our air so we can breathe

We must clean ….

our water so we can drink

We must preserve …

what is good,

what is healthy

what is in danger

In danger of extinction

our birds

all of our food sources

our bodies

our selves

Give back to mother nature

All you have taken

Now she needs you as she has helped you

Help her before it becomes too late

We’re on a path

A path to extinction

Things can end faster than they began

Adam and Eve, Eve and Adam

No matter the name

No matter the forbidden fruit

Where there’s a beginning

There’s always and ending

We can only extend the time before our extinction

So make your choices

Choices control us

Choices change us

Choices lead us

Choices need us

Choices believe in us


1. Is nicotine all bad?

2. Study may explain mysterious cancer–day care connection

The image shows an abnormal blood cell from a mouse that developed leukemia after being injected with cells treated to simulate multiple infections. The coloring marks pairs of chromosomes. In this case, the diseased cell has three copies of chromosome 18

3. Study: Americans’ exposure to heat extremes could rise six-fold by mid-century

4. U.S. FDA considers expanding tests for drug residues in milk

A jug of milk is pictured in New York March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

5. Where Is Avian Flu Hiding?

6. Pearl River Delta air quality improves but ozone levels rise, report shows

A view of Hong Kong's skyline. Photo: EPA


Decade-long study wins Heinz Award after findings include link between air pollution, obesity

air pollution and obesity


Bacteria making meds in wastewater outflows


1. Utah suicides linked to air pollution

2. Civil rights advocates despair after decades of agency inaction

3. BP to stop sending petcoke to Chicago

Petcoke in Chicago

4. Quebec to approve $1.1-billion cement plant without environmental review

Former Quebec Premier Pauline Marois at a news conference in Port-Daniel-Gascons, Que., Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 where she announced the go ahead of McInnis Cement's cement plant project.

5. Cyclone slams into northeast Australia

 

6. Keep an eye on your city’s pollution in real time

How polluted is Pittsburgh today? <i>(Image: breatheproject.org)</i>

7. Think of Earth, not just your stomach, panel advises

8. Regulators: Treat, release Fukushima water to sea

9. Chemical in plastics may alter boys’ genitals before birth

10. Huge Exxon Mobil explosion a reminder of refinery dangers

Exxon Mobil explosion

11. Idaho Cleanup Project sees cleaner groundwater

12. Now cleared for landing at airports: Bees

13. Another state goes after microbeads

14. Federal judge rejects BP bid to lower $13.7 billion oil spill fine

Oil Spill

15. Battle rises in Florida Keys over fighting mosquitoes with mosquitoes

16. BP oil spill altered soil microbes on gulf beach

APphoto_Gulf Oil Spill

17. Governments dither as Delhi chokes on its own air

18. House panel rejects bill to impose buffer zones for pesticides

Kauai pesticides, mana march, protective equipment

19. Toxics from Lake Julian plant too high

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20. Miffed at the fracking ban, these New York towns hope Pennsylvania might adopt them

21. Not easy for strawberry growers to avoid methyl bromide


1. Indian National Rodeo Finals Launches Health Campaign; Declares Diabetes

Awareness Day

INRF
The INFR Diabetes Benefit and Fashion Show is just one of the events that is
part of the campaign to promote diabetes awareness. The model is wearing a
Red Lightning Couture outfit.

2. Are Second-Round Payments for Cobell Coming Soon?

3. Treaties, Ceded Lands, and Recognition

4. Photos: The Akwesasne International Powwow in Cornwall Island, Ontario, Canada

5. Video: People’s Climate March Lays Out the Science, Dovetailing With

Traditional Knowledge

Vimeo/People’s Climate March
Big Blue Marble or Big Doomed Marble? Time is running out to do something
about climate change, and here’s why.

6. Salmon Homecoming Dedicated to Life and Memory of Billy Frank Jr.

AP images/Ted S. Warren
Billy Frank Jr. is seen here in January 2014.

7. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Opening Immigrants’ Eyes to Environmental Health in

American Homes

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ECOSS Staff member Sophorn Sim at an Indoor Air event.

8. Raza-Blue sky


1. Engineering Mosquitoes to Spread Health

The promise of transforming flying vectors of dengue fever into preventive-medicine tools

2. Anger mounts in Indian Kashmir after worst flood in over century

3. Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

4. Monetary hazards… Story of Sapele coal merchants

5. Democrats try to balance environmental and business interests in Virginia

6. When fracking and free speech collide

A defamation case against a man who claimed fracking polluted his water

highlights free-speech issues

fracking Steve Lipsky

7. Heart drug could be cure for Ebola: British researchers

8. Changes in America’s Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Wisconsin cities, mills told to cut even more while farms remain largely free

from regulation

An early summer storm flushes loads of sediment off farmlands southwest of Green Bay. Manure-covered farm fields and big rains have proven to be a bad combination for the bay, because the phosphorus-rich runoff is causing massive algae blooms.

9. Dead zones haunt Green Bay as manure fuels algae blooms

Many gains from Clean Water Act are lost due to overloads of phosphorous

entering waters

Postdoctoral student Dirk Koopmans (right) prepares to haul aboard a piece of equipment used to monitor conditions on the bottom of Green Bay, which is suffering from an oxygen deficiency. UW-Milwaukee faculty member Jerry Kaster (left) watches and Geoff Anderson operates the winch.

10. Toxic algae cocktail brews in Lake Erie

Stew of farm runoff, invasive mussels, big rains poisons Toledo’s water, sends

lake back to its dark ages

A fire tug fights flames on the Cuyahoga River near downtown Cleveland, Ohio, where oil and other industrial wastes caught fire June 25, 1952.

11. Fukushima: Trouble in Mushi Mushi Land

Japan’s beetle kingdom tries to recover from the nuclear disaster

Showing Yoshinori Yoshida at Mushi Mushi Land 2014

12. Crews battle out-of-control wildfire as Southern California bakes

 

13. Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond?

Indigenous leaders killed near Brazil border following logging and land title battle

Jorge Ríos Pérez, one of four Ashéninka leaders recently assassinated in the Peruvian Amazon.

14. GreenSpace: Carpeting presents complex health issues

Stain repellents, backing materials, and volatile organic compounds in carpeting can have health effects, but the industry has been innovative in dealing with issues.

15. The Central Coast and the legacy of the Mother Lode, part 1

16. Churches combat health disparities in minorities through outreach

Pastor George Gaskin (right), whose mother died of colon cancer, greets parishioners at Bethel Baptist Church in Union City. Photo: Peter Earl McCollough, Special To The Chronicle

17. Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California’s railroad bridges,

no state oversight

Michael Upton, 13, of Benicia, fishes from underneath the Benicia-Martinez bridge while the Benicia-Martinez Railroad Drawbridge can be seen in the background in Benicia, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)


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1. Animal Traffic

<strong>EVIDENCE ROOM</strong> The mammal reference collection at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Service Laboratory is filled with deer, rams and antelopes.

2. Ebola: How bad can it get?

Dead body removed from home

3. Many In West Africa May Be Immune to Ebola Virus

4. Chlorine burn to kill brain-eating amoeba continues in St. John Parish

st. john parish welcome sign

5. Home: Green pest control methods gaining popularity at Beaches

Ron P. Whittington for Shorelines  Nature's Way technician Bill Small points out an ant infestation on the corner of a home's exterior wall that was exposed during a backyard renovation. Instead of chemicals, the green pest control company relies on a mix of mineral dust and powders used in combination with natural baits, along with modern insect growth regulators and plant essential oils, to target and destroy insects, fungi and bacteria.

6. PESTICIDES: Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for ‘bee-killing’ chemical

7. NC says Duke Energy coal ash dams are high hazard risk

8. In path of pollution, residents react to $26 million cleanup pact

A playground next Carrie Gosch Elementary School is included Superfund site clean up for arsenic lead East Chicago September 4

9. Report alleges link between fly ash, health problems at SCI-Fayette

10. Gillibrand seeks federal ban on plastic microbeads in personal care products

11. Q&A: What Federal Ruling Against BP Means for Oil Drilling’s Future

A judge’s ruling in the 2010 Gulf oil spill could have widespread consequences.

Photo of smoke rising from BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.

12. Nelson Wolff wants better regulation of flaring in the Eagle Ford

13. Collins pressed to back EPA’s proposal for stricter power plant emissions limits

 Ted Reiner, a former lobster fisherman from Cliff Island, said climate change poses a threat to that fishery and others in urging Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to support the plan.

14. EPA chief McCarthy seeks support for ‘Clean Power Plan’ at R.I. gathering

15. Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies

Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies

16. Environment: In shadow of oil boom, North Dakota farmers fight contamination

One county’s infertile lands offers a test case of the long-term effects of wastewater spills

Photo taken near Williston, North Dakota.

17. Climate Change Threatens The Newest Prescription For Children: Time Outdoors

FOREST CHILDREN

18. Oil Spill Penalty Will Hurt, But Not Cripple, BP

19. Baby foods, cereals and crisps found to contain raised levels of cancer risk chemicals

Three baby foods as well as crisps, cereals and chips contain raised levels of a chemical linked to cancer according to research from the FSA (file picture used above)

20. Diesel-Exposure Claims Find a Legal Path

Ruling in Favor of Plaintiff in Workers’ Compensation Court Could Spur Similar Cases

21. Polluters are “hijacking our democracy,” according to retired military

general who took control of Hurricane Katrina emergency relief efforts in 2005

Honore pic

22. How the USDA’s new ‘chicken rule’ could change what you eat, and how it’s inspected

Biggest change in meat inspection in 50 years

23. In Myanmar, China’s Scramble for Energy Threatens Livelihoods of Villagers

In western Myanmar a Chinese-backed energy and trading hub is taking shape on a remote island

A photo of a boatman steering through a mangrove swamp near the start of a 1,500 mile oil pipeline from the Bay of Bengal to China's Yunan province.

24. Gene-altered apple tested in Washington state

25. GMO lobbying is a booming business as labeling laws increase

26. EU under pressure to allow GM food imports from US and Canada

Large businesses lobbying intensely to undermine safety regime in new trade deal, campaigners warn

food labels

27. Growing A Green Desert

28. If You Read Only One Story On Health And Fracking, Read This One


1. Feather loss hits young Antarctic penguins, putting them at risk in frigid weather

2. Infrastructure cracks as Los Angeles defers repairs.

3. Mining company, allies spent freely to get bill approved

Tim Myers, an engineer with Gogebic Taconite, in May checks core samples, drilled several hundred feet into the iron vein below, at the site of a proposed mine.

4. Since 1990, billions more have access to clean water

5. Delhi’s air pollution levels remain a problem

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6. Drinking or fracking? Report finds top shale plays globally are in places with

scarce water

7. Mountain Forest Changes Threaten Calif. Water Supplies

8. Changing Climate Makes City Stormwater Management Harder, Health

Risks Higher

Gowanus

9. Susquehanna Flats show hope for Bay

Dip in pollution and favorable weather sparked rebound of underwater grasses

that have survived catastrophic storms

10. Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County causing health problems

 

11. Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

Tests by the state government of Saxony show that more than one in three wild

boars gave off such high levels of radiation, thought to be a legacy of Chernobyl,

that they were unfit for human consumption

Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

12. Are parabens and phthalates harmful in makeup and lotions?

13. Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef: AFR

A tourist swims on the Great Barrier Reef in this undated file picture. Fishing will be banned from about one third of the Australian reef under a draft rescue plan unveiled by the Australian government May 30. REUTERS/HO/Great Barrier Reef National Park Authority

14. Possible Risks of S.S.R.I. Antidepressants to Newborns

15. Mexico baffled by sudden death of thousands of fish in Lake Cajititlán

Nearly 50 tonnes of popoche chub fish are latest incident of dead fish
removed from lagoon in disastrous year for species
Dead fish at Mexican lake

16. Grassy Narrows: Why is Japan still studying the mercury poisoning when

Canada isn’t?

Canadian officials have never admitted to a single case of Minamata disease in

northwestern Ontario

Dr. Akitomo Shimoji, a Japanese doctor who specializes in neurology and psychiatry among victims of mercury poisoning, performs a skin sensitivity test on Grassy Narrows resident Bill Fobister.

17. Toxic gulls: Quebec’s contaminated bird colony offers clues about flame

retardants

18. Kenya: mothers and children scratching a living on Eldoret dump

Mothers of the Dump, Eldoret, Kenya : Sarah Nasimiyu is 45 years old and is pictured with her two-year-old Joshua on Eldoret's dump where she worked, Kenya.


1. Colorado researchers probe Parkinson’s disease causes, treatments

Ron Tjalkens, professor of toxicology and neuroscience at Colorado State University, is researching Parkinson’s disease at his lab on campus in Fort

2. Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects

Pepper Spray

3. Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water

4. Large ‘dead zone’ signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay

5. Asbestos: The Killer That Still Surrounds Us

6. Dialing Back On Cell Phone Waste

Academics and technology firms seek to reduce the growing problem of

electronic waste from old cell phones

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7. Food security faces growing pest advance

Root knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) on a tomato plant Image: Courtesy of CABI

8. Cowichan’s peaceful waters hide a growing threat

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9. California drought: Why doesn’t California build big dams any more?

New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River near Sonora. (AP Photo/Bureau of Reclamation, File)

New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River near Sonora.

(AP Photo/Bureau of Reclamation, File)

10. Dumpster dining: Environmentalist raises awareness about food waste

11. Thailand heading for a waste crisis

Thai villagers covering their noses while riding a motorcycle past a vast rubbish dump in the Praeksa district. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul, AFP)

12. More Than 1,000 in Aceh Protest Ban on Illegal Gold Mining

Fish Deaths: Miners in Aceh dispute claims that their activities cause

destruction to the environment

Thousands of traditional gold miners staging a protest in Geumpang in Aceh on Aug. 30, 2014 against a gold mining ban. (Antara Photo/Ampelsa)

13. Bacteria offers bowel cancer clue

14. There were 13 new nesting territories where eagles had not been

documented before.

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15. Puget Sound’s endangered killer whales continue decline

Number of whales drops to 78, a figure not seen since 1985, with two deaths

this year and no new calves since 2012

Killer whales