Bloomberg News - U.S. rail-safety regulators began a “Bakken blitz” of inspections of crude oil tank cars this week as they seek to prevent a railroad disaster in the U.S. similar to July’s fatal inferno in Quebec. Full story here.
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Winnipeg Free Press - by Gwynne Dyer
In 2007, oil drillers found a reservoir of an estimated 846 million barrels of heavy crude in Yasuni National Park, in Ecuador's part of the Amazon. But the park is home to two indigenous tribes that have so far succeeded in living in voluntary isolation -- and it is listed by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve. A single hectare of Yasuni contains more species of trees than all of North America. Details here.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Nature NewsDetails here.
A Mexican beach. PLT photo.
Monday, 26 August 2013
There’s less reliable information for small towns, rural Canada. Details here.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Officials in British Columbia have privately warned that the province lacks the ability to manage oil spills from existing and future oil traffic, and even a moderate spill would overwhelm their ability to respond, documents show. Full story here.
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Chiefs want compensation for removal of water from their traditional territories. Details here.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
by Lester Brown
A wheatfield in Manitoba, Canada. PLT photo
Agriculture as it exists today developed over 11,000 years of rather remarkable climate
stability. It has evolved to maximize production within that climate system. Now,
suddenly, the climate is changing. Details here.
"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." -Voltaire
Bradley Manning: 35 years in military prison.
Edward Snowden: Political refugee in Russia.
Looks like Voltaire is more timely than ever.
Whistleblowers and journalists are being hunted down in all corners of the globe for exposing grave and illegal government activities—the targeting of innocent civilians on the battlefield, massive surveillance operations, torture. They are being pursued for bringing you the truth.
Allow the Light of Public Scrutiny to Shine on the Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada Oil Spill Disaster! PLEASE SIGN!
A brave whistleblower released news that a Tar Sands spill in Alberta, Canada is "unstoppable," leaking into pristine lands around Cold Lake. The public must know about this!
|Allow the Media into Tar Sands Spill Sites|
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
One of Canada's top constitutional lawyers is taking the Conservative government to court over increasing restrictions on who can speak at energy board hearings -- and what they are allowed to say. Details here.
Monday, 19 August 2013
Water quality was once a source of pride for a town in the shadow of an arms factory. Now, 500 cancers have been diagnosed. Details here.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
In comments released yesterday by the State Department, TransCanada Corp. acknowledged a possibility that opponents of Keystone XL have long used against the project: The heavy oil sands crude that would run through the controversial pipeline, if spilled in water, could sink below the surface. Details here.
Thursday, 15 August 2013
There is only a week left to have your say on Taseko’s proposed open-pit mine at pristine
Fish Lake, a sacred place of ceremony and gathering for the Tsilqhot’in people and the
heart of a watershed that supports unique rainbow trout, at-risk grizzly bears, and
sustainable local economies that respect the ecosystem. Take action.
Keep Arsenic out of the Water at Virden, Manitoba, Canada! An Open Letter to Manitoba's Minister of Environment
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
It’s the new DDT: a class of poisons licensed for widespread use before they had been properly tested, which are now ripping the natural world apart. And it’s another demonstration of the old truth that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.Manitoba honeybees. PLT photo
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
PEOPLE IN ACTION
Reah Janise Kauffman and Julianne Simpson
Earth Policy Release
August 13, 2013
We love hearing about how our publications inspire others to take action and share their stories
on our website. From the classroom to the political arena, people are spreading the word about
Plan B and EPI’s work to create a roadmap to sustainability.
In 2007, Dr. Bonnie Winslow-Garvin, a school psychologist and
long-time fan of Lester’s work, gave her husband Michael Garvin a
copy of Plan B 2.0. Garvin was so inspired by Lester’s call to action
that he left his national security consulting work to focus on moving
the world to a carbon-free energy economy. In 2009 they founded
RENAIS, a renewable energy technology and financing consultancy
specializing in wind power, in their home state of Iowa.
Garvin also wanted to act internationally. He decided to begin with
the Caribbean, a region heavily dependent upon fossil fuel imports,
where highly-polluting diesel generators dominate the electricity
sector. With contacts in Curacao’s utilities and government,
including former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, Garvin is encouraging
retrofits of the country’s diesel-fueled vehicles and power stations to
boost efficiency and cut pollution, using “hydrogen hybrid” technology
from Canadian firm dynaCERT. Garvin, focusing his longer-term
efforts on alternative energy production combined with battery
storage, envisions Curacao becoming the first zero-carbon energy
economy. More broadly, he plans to play a consulting role as the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) implements its recently-agreed Regional Energy Policy, which emphasizes conservation,
efficiency, and renewables as key for long-term energy security.
Democracy and the environment are the cornerstones of a prosperous future. But our federal government doesn’t see it that way. How many of us have watched, astonished and sick at heart, as Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet gutted our environmental laws, muzzled our scientists, and violated our free speech rights?
Moments ago, ForestEthics Advocacy (FEA), represented by my friend Clay Ruby, launched a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Canada against the Harper Government. Clay believes the Harper government overstepped its authority when it established rules that dictate who can speak at National Energy Board (NEB) hearings AND what exactly they can say.
Your partnership and support in getting us this far has been incredible. It takes courage to stand up to a powerful adversary. Now we must all step up again. The start-up fees for this lawsuit will cost $150,000. ForestEthics Advocacy is currently raising funds to cover these expenses and two generous donors have offered to help by throwing out a $25,000 challenge match.
Thursday, 8 August 2013
This video is about an island in the ocean about 2000 km from any other coast line.Nobody lives there, only birds... and yet...you will not believe your eyes! This film should be seen by the entire world, please don't throw anything into the sea. Unbelievable, just look at the consequences! Please watch here.
Cormorants & barbed wire in Manitoba, CA.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
A pair of widely-used fungicides are showing up prominently in bee pollen—and appear to be making bees significantly more likely to succumb to a fungal pathogen. Details here.