Showing posts from May, 2009

American Honey Bee Numbers Still Dwindling

Courtesy Science News Honey Bee Colony Losses In U.S. Almost 30 Percent From All Causes From September 2008 To April 2009 Click on headline for more.

Home Depot 's Green Image is Laid Bare. It's a Sham!

By Gary Hughes, AlterNet. Posted May 27, 2009. The endangered wilderness. Courtesy of "International Rivers." Home Depot is associated with an environmentally destructive project in South America. Just click on headline to read full story. ======

Climate Change Already Causes 300,000 Deaths Yearly

Courtesy of the Huffington Post. MEERA SELVA | May 29, 2009| AP

Climate change summit hijacked by biggest polluters, critics claim

* Terry Macalister *, Sunday 24 May 2009 20.25 BST A vital meeting in Copenhagen this weekend that will help shape the agenda for the most important climate change talks since the Kyoto protocol has been hijacked by some of the biggest polluters in the world, critics claimed today. Read more....

H1N1 Virus: The First Legal Action Targets a Pig Farm

Time Magazine - By Bryan Walsh Friday, May. 15, 2009 In an initial step toward what could be the first wrongful-death suit of its kind, Texas resident Steven Trunnell has filed a petition against Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, based in Virginia, and the owner of a massive pig farm in Perote, Mexico, near the village of La Gloria, where the earliest cases of the new H1N1 flu were detected. Trunnell filed the petition in his home state on behalf of his late wife, Judy Dominguez Trunnell, the 33-year-old special-education teacher who on May 4 became the first U.S. resident to die of H1N1 flu. Read more here.... Also read related article here...

Corporate Agriculture to Blame for Hundreds of Thousands of Farmer Suicides in India

By Tara Lohan, AlterNet. Posted May 20, 2009. Vandana Shiva says industrial agriculture has left Indian farmers indebted and destitute, and explains how to stem the tide of suicides. ====== Comment: Hi Larry: Sad, sad; on the other hand, I strongly believe that Corporates are the ultimate source of the Pollution that is bestowed upon Planet Earth and Our Environment. It has tennacles that reach out to every source of money, with our Governments blessings !! Regards, Joe Leschyshn

Global Auto Industry Slams on Brakes - Fuel Economy Takes Centre Stage

Vital Signs Media Alert The global financial downturn has driven an auto-industry crisis that saw production and sales of passenger cars and light vehicles decline by 4 and 5 percent respectively in 2008. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Projections suggest that both production and sales will drop even more dramatically in 2009, with 10 million fewer vehicles rolling off assembly lines than in 2007. A new snapshot of vehicle production trends from Worldwatch Institute includes fuel economy data as well as sales data for the largest producer countries, revealing that: · New cars made in Japan and Europe go farthest on a gallon of gas, achieving more than 40 miles per gallon on average, while Japan is planning to reach 47 mpg by 2015. · As of 2008, only 1.5 percent of light-duty vehicles sold in the United States had a reasonably high fuel efficiency at 35 mpg, but the Obama administration has announced that it will push standards to 39 mpg for cars by 2016 and 35.5 mpg for car

Peruvian Army Moves Into Amazon After Tribes Blockade Rivers and Roads

Published on Monday, May 18, 2009 by The Guardian/UK Ecology and culture at stake say environmentalists, as government plans to exploit rainforest for oil, gas and timber. Read more here.... Eds. note - Another shameful chapter in the shameful war by criminal corporations, aided by their criminal accomplices in government, against ordinary people, guilty of nothing more than wanting a place to live! l.p.

Michael Pollan: "Don't Buy Any Food You've Ever Seen Advertised"

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!. Posted May 15, 2009. "The real food is not being advertised. And that's really all you need to know." Click on title for complete story.

Roundup-Resistant Ragweed Suspected in Ontario Field

Staff - the Manitoba Co-Operator-5/7/2009 Researchers at Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College suspect they may have found Canada's first population of a glyphosate-resistant weed. Read more here.... Please scroll down and also read "Superweed Explosion Rocks Monsanto Heartland." (Drawing by Paul Hoppe)

Are California's Policy-Makers Making the Drought There Worse?

By Tara Lohan, AlterNet. Posted May 8, 2009. Like much of the West, the state has serious water issues, but Mother Nature is only partly to blame. Read more here... (Photo l. courtesy of the New Republic Please also read, "Water Crisis Rocks L.A., Mexico City. Who's Next? (AP Photo r. Eduardo Verdugo)

Farms Race: The Obama's White House Garden Has Lit an International Movement on Fire

By Ari LeVaux, AlterNet. Posted May 1, 2009. The first garden has spurred a race to plant flags on other high-profile plots and lay claim to various other gardening firsts. Read more here.

Unprecedented Use Of DDT Concerns Experts

Science News ScienceDaily (May 9, 2009) Read more here...

Major Park Development Begins Before Public Consultation Do!

The Government of Manitoba has given the green light to Tim Hortons to develop a children's camp in a hitherto undisturbed part of Nopiming provincial park. The project, which has begun even before the public could be consulted, has raised the ire of environmental groups like the Manitoba branch of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. To read more and sign a petition against the development, click here.

Update to "Big Cattle Operation Worries Local Resident"

A long-time resident of Roblin, Manitoba, CA, Ray Spencer, says the onus will apparently be on him if he wants to proceed with his concerns about a big cattle operation north of town, near Boggy Creek. (Please read the response of the owners of the operations, the Beasleys to the story, below and the author's response to that, immediately after.) In a story in the weekly newspaper, the Roblin Review in April, Spencer said those who fish in a small lake next to the ranch, were worried it might get contaminated by the waste from the nearby cattle. A provincial inspector went to the ranch to investigate his complaint. But Spencer says the Minister of Conservation, Stan Struthers, has now informed him, he'll have to prove the lake has been polluted by the cattle, before any action can be taken under provincial regulations. Spencer says he is angry that cattle producers don't seem to have to abide by the same sort of strict waste disposal regulations as, for example, cottage-own

From Abalone to Whales: Aquatic Species in Canada Face Risk of Extinction

NEWS RELEASE FROM COSEWIC - May 1-09 -Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Iconic land mammals like the polar bear aren't the only species facing an uncertain future from climate change in the Arctic. Bowhead Whales may be recovering in Canada’s Arctic, for now. But they're not "out-of-the-woods" yet. A Bowhead and two Beluga whales