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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


City Streets©

Copyright 2016

By Felina Silver Robinson

I walk upon my city streets

Gasping for fresh air to breathe

It’s not easy if you didn’t know

With all the pollution that surrounds us

Too many cars and trucks

Followed by tons of smokers

Buildings and homes burning their chimney stacks

It’s a wonder that anything can survive out there

I walk upon my city streets

Wishing for more change

I’m grateful for the bicycle lanes

More so for what’s left of the greenspace

I wish for so much more though

I yearn somewhat for a simpler time

Where buildings didn’t fill the air

And take away the view

I walk upon my city streets

Where the ground now crumbles at my feet

All tattered and torn

From the weight of the world

And not being cared for

I can hear the earth’s cries

I walk upon my city streets

Gasping for fresh air to breathe

I close my eyes

And realize we brought this on ourselves

Now we must find a way to fix it all

Before it’s too late


1. South Dakota scientist says USDA censored pesticide research

USDA researcher files whistleblower complaint alleging retaliation.

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2. Popcorn without fluorinated chemicals

Retailer Coop Denmark introduces microwave oven popcorn containing no fluorinated substances in the food packaging, aims to phase out further chemicals of concern by 2017

3. ‘Toxic cocktail’ makes Delhi world’s most polluted city

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4. Storms, tornadoes lash Texas; death toll rises to 6

Rhonda Burnett walks her horses through flood waters while Lee Hays helps a neighbor's dog in Garfield, Texas, Saturday Oct. 31, 2015.  Another...

5. Exxon Mobil Accused of Misleading Public on Climate Change Risks

6. Drilling proposed in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine.

7. Indonesia’s Forest Fires Take Toll on Wildlife, Big and Small

8. Exclusive: Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human Cognition, New Harvard Study Shows

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9. Could Solar Energy Be California’s Next Cash Crop?

Strapped by drought, farmers are increasingly sowing solar panels rather than seeds.

Blue solar panels in a patchwork of green and brown land

10. 2nd Strongest Storm in Arabian Sea History: Extraordinary Chapala Hits 155 mph


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


New research suggests that living in towns and cities can increase the risk of brain shrinkage and silent strokes, both of which are linked to dementia

Capital crime: there are as many as 4,300 deaths a year from air pollution in London alone
Capital crime: there are as many as 4,300 deaths a year from air pollution in London alone

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

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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)


1. Environmental Good News Stories By Dr. Norman D Yan

2. Phragmites: A fluffy path to global rule.

3. Playing God: With so many creatures under threat of extinction, and so

little money to fund conservation efforts, some say it’s time to pick who

will survive.

Devil in the detail: Zoos Victoria CEO Jenny Gray watches as keeper Monika Zabinskas holds Milana, a one-year-old - and healthy - Tasmanian devil.

4. Fracking hearing Friday could draw big crowd

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5. State backs off plans to test for WNC natural gas potential

Green groups say fracking still threat to region

6. Water testing cannot explain dirty well water for Susquehanna County woman

Gerri Kane holds a magnet to a jar of unfiltered well water to show how suspended particles react. Kane, of Auburn Township in Susquehanna County, believes hydraulic fracturing and natural gas production near her home has contaminated her water supply.

7. Neighbors: Report shows threat Pascagoula residents face from nearby industry

8. China may be ready to kick coal habit

A coal-fired power station at Yangzhou in China's central Jiangsu province Image: Vmenkov via Wikimedia Commons

9. Canada’s oil sands: The steam from below

New technologies are being used to extract bitumen from oil sands

10. Freeing the Arteries of the Planet

11. Wildfires threaten Yosemite, other western communities

12. ‘Haboob’ in Coachella Valley highlights dust trend

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13. Is this the end of the ‘war on trees’? UN members pledge to restore woodland

and safeguard rainforests

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14. More than 40 percent of Pittsburgh residents in danger zone for crude oil train derailment.

15. Iowa’s pipeline safety record spotty

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16. Valley’s summer without water: ‘How can they let this happen?’

17. They were the last word in glamour, but has the sun set on LA’s swimming pools?

As the state tackles a three-year water crisis, artists and academics
condemn ‘backyard oases’ as selfish and wasteful
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18. Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions

Water rationed in 19 cities in southeast and central regions after usually
abundant supplies run dry
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19. Sarawak rivers drying up

20. See the world’s biggest island, now

Changing times: icebergs near Ilulissa.

21. Deadly Cocktail: Investigation finds people exposed to toxic chemicals after

Petrotrin leak on Eid holiday

22. Pesticide drift from conventional farms is a persistent problem for organic and

small farms

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23. Just 13, And Working Risky 12-Hour Shifts In The Tobacco Fields

24. Lavender farmers rebel against EU chemical rules

In this picture taken Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, a poster in a field of lavender reads "Lavender is not a chemical produce; No to the REACH rules" in Sederon, near Carpentras, southern France. The sweet smell of lavender is tinged with bitterness this year in the south of France, as farmers who harvest the flower protest European regulations linking the plant to chemical toxins. Photo: Claude Paris, AP / AP

25. Britain’s nuclear clean-up bill to soar by billions ‘because of Government incompetence’

26. Water Shortages Lead To ‘Tanker Mafia’ In India

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27. Difference engine: Where gadgets go to die

A growing mountain of electronic waste needs to be disposed of responsibly

by rich nations rather than shipped to poorer countries to do the dirty work

28. See the world’s biggest island, now

Changing times: icebergs near Ilulissa.


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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

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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

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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

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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

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27. Growing A Green Desert

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