Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Moratorium on Fracking Announced by Newfoundland Government

St. John's Telegram
Reviews, public consultations needed before policy developed, minister says. Full story here.

A Global Ban on Left-Wing Politics?

That’s what the new rules being smuggled into trade agreements are delivering.
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 5th November 2013
Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? No, I don’t either. Mind you, I spent ten minutes looking for my watch the other day, before I realised I was wearing it. Forgetting about the referendum is another sign of ageing. Because there must have been one, mustn’t there? After all that agonising over whether or not we should stay in the European Union(1), the government wouldn’t cede our sovereignty to some shadowy, undemocratic body without consulting us. 
Would it?

A Century of Scientific Discovery That Brought Life and Death

The Guardian

It's 100 years since Fritz Haber found a way to synthesise ammonia – helping to feed billions but also to kill millions, and contributing to the pollution of the planet…Details here.