Do we question our actions enough?
Can we actually reach and realise the full extent of our impact?

 

A TALE OF EXTINCTION : THE BIRD SERIES (2016) //

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THE FICTION

What if…

Little by little…

…Water became toxic and life as we used to know is changing radically. The now established police state maintains the culture of the uncertainty. Technology has greatly evolved and helps us holding onto the last natural resources. Little by little, we’re facing the inevitable. We don’t seem to be able to distinguish anymore, what is mechanised and what is not. Little by little, technology has gained its own mind, its own moral and is replacing life. It was our salvation and it is becoming our demise…

What if…

Little by little…

 

 

Ocarinas I

Buff Clay (100g)

Kaolin 25%, Ball clay 25%, Quartz 35%, Feldspar 15%

17 November 2015

12:00 – 17:30

There is no reason to believe that the mining or processing of bentonite, kaolin, and other clays poses significant toxicological dangers to the environment. However, physical disturbance to the land, excessive stream sedimentation, and similar destructive processes resulting from the large-scale mining and processing of clays, like any large-scale mining operation, have a potential for significant environ- mental damage.

Kaolin produces a specific pneumoconiosis, known as kaolinosis. Its fibrogenic potential is considered to be at least an order of mag- nitude less than that of quartz. Specific exposure limits should be set, and kaolin should not be considered an inert (nuisance) dust.

With regard to bentonite, a comparable montmorillonite pneumo- coniosis has not been consistently reported. Based on its surface chem- istry, lack of fibrogenicity in experimental systems, and limited human findings, inhaled bentonite is likely to be less dangerous to humans than kaolin. – Environmental Health Criteria 231 : Bentonite, Kaolin, and Selected Clay Minerals, 2005

 

Ocarinas II

Buff Clay (100g)

Kaolin 25%, Ball clay 25%, Quartz 35%, Feldspar 15%

20 November 2015

11:00 – 16:00

24 November 2015

12:00 – 15:00

Since millions of gallons of mining waste burst from an inland iron ore mine a month ago, 300 miles of the Rio Doce stretching to the Atlantic Ocean has turned a Martian shade of bright orange, and the deadly consequences for residents and wildlife are just beginning to emerge.

At least 13 people died in the initial flooding, and many in communities along the river have suffered from diarrhea and vomiting as the toxic mud seeped into their water supply. Eleven of the 90 native fish species in the river were already at risk of extinction prior to the spill, according to federal environmental officials, and experts believe that wide-ranging forms of animal and plant life will be wiped out as entire ecosystems are destroyed. With Brazil’s level of biodiversity, the die-off is likely to include an untold number of species that have yet to even be discovered.


Several days ago, the toxic sludge, which continues to spew from the mining site, reached the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Linhares north of Rio de Janeiro, as workers undertake a series of emergency projects to mitigate the damage along the river and into the Atlantic. “There’s never been a disaster like this before, so there’s no guidebook for what we’re supposed to do,” said Rodrigo Paneto, environmental secretary for Linhares, who is overseeing an emergency dam project to protect the city’s water source. “We’re in war mode, just running around responding to dangers as they appear.”

Experts say diseases related to water supply issues will likely result in deaths of riverside residents. Authorities, meanwhile, struggle to learn what other types of toxic material have spewed from the broken dam. So far, they know that the mud contains extremely high levels of iron and manganese; dangerous levels of arsenic have also been detected. Metallic dust from the river is also likely to form, creating airborne safety risks.

“This is a permanent blow. The cost is irreparable. A lot of life forms are never coming back,” said professor Carlos Machado, a researcher who studies natural disasters at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. There’s no telling how many more might die from long-term public health problems generated by the disaster, he said. “A lot of attention has been paid to those directly affected by the spill. But the risks are much larger than that, and they will last a long time.” – Los Angeles Times, 20 December 2015

 

Ocarinas III

White Bronze Clay (50g)

Copper Powder 60-80%, Tin Powder 5%-15%, Water-soluble Cellulose Binder 5%-10%

01 December 2015

14:30 – 17:00

02 December 2015

17:25 – 17:31

17:55 – 18:01

18:30 – 18:32

06 December 2015

15:00 – 17:30

17:30 – 19:00

The current extinction rate is estimated to be up to a thousand times higher than prehistory rates. This phenomenon has been described as the sixth wave of extinctions by scientists Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin ecosystems are being disrupted around the world, and the wondrous tapestry of living things that supports human existence is unraveling.

Since 1500, approximately 375 species of invertebrates, 81 species of fish and 291 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians have become extinct. About three-fourths of vertebrates other than fish have disappeared since 1800, while only 80 species died out in the previous three centuries. These figures represent a minimum number. An estimated 5 million species of animals and plants exist in tropical rainforests, a conservative figure that may apply to insects alone, according to biologist Edward O. Wilson. About half of these species are restricted or localized in distribution. With this in mind, at the present rate of destruction of tropical forests, some 17,500 species are being lost per year a rate 1,000 to 10,000 times greater than extinction rates prior to human intervention.

Human activity lies at the root of this potentially catastrophic phenomenon. Killing for food or sport, as well as conditions created by humans, such as habitat destruction and competition, predation and disease from introduced animals, is responsible for the vast majority of these extinctions. It is with this perspective that we can see the present situation as an unnatural event, not linked to climatic changes, meteors or volcanic eruptions, but a result of human-caused changes wrought in the Earth’s environments and by direct extermination. – Endangered Species Handbook, Animal Welfare Institute, 1983- 2005

 

Ocarinas III

Silver Clay (20g)

Fine Silver Powder 90%-95%, Water-soluble Cellulose Binder 5%-10%

01 December 2015

19:00 – 21:00

02 December 2015

11:00 – 12:15

16:05 – 16:09

06 December 2015

16:30 – 17:30

Globally, one in eight — more than 1,300 species — are threatened with extinction, and the status of most of those is deteriorating, according to BirdLife International. And many others are in worrying decline, from the tropics to the poles.

While birds sing, they also speak. Much of their decline is driven by the loss of places to live and breed — their marshes, rivers, forests, and plains—or by diminished food supply. But more and more these days, the birds are telling us about new threats to the environment and potentially to human health in the coded language of biochemistry.

Through analysis of the inner workings of birds’ cells, scientists have been deciphering increasingly urgent signals from ecosystems around the world. Like the fabled canaries that miners once thrust into coal mines to check for poisonous gases, birds provide the starkest clues in the animal kingdom about whether humans, too, may be harmed by toxic substances. And they prophesy what might happen to us as the load of carbon-based, planet-warming gases in the atmosphere and oceans climbs ever higher.

The idea that birds tell us about our own health has gained even more scientific traction in the decades since Silent Spring as biochemical analysis has become more precise. Much of that work stemmed from studies Canadian Wildlife Service toxicologist Glen Fox and others conducted on the Great Lakes, the world’s first and biggest testing ground for contaminants and birds. Fox’s work began with tales from terns and other fish-eating birds. He found high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the lakes and their sediments, and enlarged thyroids that were producing little hormone in the birds. Substances that build up in food webs just like DDT, PCBs were banned in the United States in 1978, with the rest of the world to follow.

By the late 1980s, there was so much research about chemicals in the Great Lakes that zoologist Theo Colborn, then at the World Wildlife Fund, began examining the studies to see if she could discern a big picture. The results were stunning: The Great Lakes’s top 16 or 17 bird predators were vanishing. The problem stemmed from assaults on the endocrine system, which controls hormones and reproduction. And that, in turn, was linked to man-made substances in the water and prey. So, birds’ ability to reproduce crashed in multiple ways. The concept of the “endocrine disruptor” was born.

Looking at birds gives humans the unsurpassed ability to identify and quantify chemical threats across time and space around the globe, noted Christy Morrissey, an ecotoxicologist at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. “Birds can tell us a lot about what’s going on around us that we might not be able to see,” she said.

In many Native American and other indigenous cultures, birds are messengers sent by the creator, or symbols of change, or protectors and healers. Today they play that role in a non-spiritual sense: They send warnings to tribes about the health risks of eating fish tainted with industrial pollutants. – National Geographic, 26 August 2014