Showing posts from February, 2009


Friends - Just wanted to let you know, my article "Lament for the Honeybee, " has now been published in the online magazine, "OnEarth." "OnEarth" is produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a major international environmental organization with more than a million members! ABOUT: "OnEarth, the award-winning environmental magazine, explores politics, nature, wildlife, culture, science, health, the challenges that confront our planet, and the solutions that promise to heal and protect it. Our contributors include (North) America's finest writers and poets whose original works appear on pages filled with prize-winning photography and splendid art. Are you curious about who's cutting down (North) America's great forests... the newest plan to save Congo's last primates...why Detroit is stuck in reverse… the sex life of the poisonous moonflower… how Aboriginal Australians set the land on fire…a journey through Canada's wild nor


PHOTO COURTESY JOHN NAGY, GNWT WINNIPEG FREE PRESS; Caribou herds across Canada’s North have dropped drastically. Some place the blame on increasing development; others blame climate change or say it’s just "*the cycle of life. by Bruce Owen Winnipeg Free Press February 22, 2009 Caribou, the 'heart and soul' of the Far North and its most important food source, have begun disappearing in staggering numbers that have left stunned observers desperately searching for answers.


COMMENT: "The Tennessee coal ash disaster -podcast" entry in Paths Less Travelled made me discover your excellent blog that I look up regularly now. Thanks! Johanne ===== The worst environmental disaster in US history - ever! That's how some are describing the huge spill of coal fly ash at a holding pond before Christmas. Matt Landon, a volunteer with United Mountain Defense, talks with Emily Voigt about the magnitude of the coal ash disaster at the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in Kingston, Tennessee. Listen here. Running time: 6 minutes, 32 seconds.

Media Commentators. Responsible Citizens, or Junk Scientists?

Dear Editor, Are our "opinion-leaders" doing their jobs? Or, are they letting us down? I will defend to the death the right of media commentators to speak their minds on any issue. But what if those opinions are based on fairy tales rather than facts? When addressing global warming, for example, are they seeking out the best evidence on which to craft their editorials? Or are they simply being contrary, making their pronouncements based on nothing more than junk science or personal bias? One doesn't have to look very far for media diatribes that label environmentalists as troublemakers or even "wackos." According to these "opinion-leaders," those who drive hybrid cars or buy carbon offsets when they travel are wasting their time. And lawmakers who clamp down on idling vehicles, are Communists! They would have us believe that either global warming isn't happening at all, or is being caused by just about anything other than human activity. So what is

Biofuels Crops May Yield Less Than Expected

ScienceDaily (Jan. 15, 2009) — Global yields of most biofuels crops, including corn, rapeseed and wheat, have been overestimated by 100 to 150 percent or more, suggesting many countries need to reset their expectations of agricultural biofuels to a more realistic level. Read more here>> (Photos by l.p.)

This Is Bad: We're Heading for 'Water Bankruptcy'

Posted by Tara Lohan, AlterNet at 4:42 PM on February 2, 2009. From California to the Himalayas, things are looking bad. In case you haven't been following recent headlines around water, they go something like this: Read more here>>

Blueberries Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

NaturalNews Insider Alert newsletter Dear NaturalNews readers, New research on blueberries is showing they contain remarkable medicine for activating the brain and preventing Alzheimer's disease. Check out the brief on this breaking news: