Saturday, February 27, 2010
Coral Reefs in Danger of Being Destroyed
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
FCC Rolls Out Loans for On-Farm Renewable Energy
the Overgaard farm
Monday, February 22, 2010
Democratic Sell-out Dianne Feinstein Attempts End-Run to Hand California Water to Billionaire Farmers
Feinstein is trying to ram through a massive transfer of public water into the private...
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Warming Climate May Devastate Major U.S. Crops
posted: 2009-09-11 Earth Institute - Columbia University
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Sierra Club Files Complaint Over Unlabelled Canwest Oilsands Ad Features
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Covering Climate Change
by Ben Block - This article appears in the March/April 2010 issue of World Watch magazine.
News coverage of global climate change is on the rise worldwide, but more in-depth international reporting is needed...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Yemen's Water Crisis Eclipses al Qaeda Threat
Endangered Species on the Grill: The Black Market in Illegal Meat Flourishes in the US
Millions of fork-twirling gourmands -- many of them in the U.S. -- are eating...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A Quarter of U.S. Nuclear Plants Are Leaking a Radioactive Material Linked to Cancer
At least 27 of America's 104 aging atomic reactors are known to be leaking….
Oil Groups Mount Legal Challenge to Schwarzenegger's Tar Sands Ban
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U.S. Press Digs Into IPCC Story
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The Day After Tomorrow Might Have Been Yesterday
WASHINGTON, 12 Feb (IPS) - When the 2004 film "The Day After...
Unravelling the “Miracle” of Malawi’s Green Revolution
Saturday, February 13, 2010
38% of World's Land in Danger of Turning into Desert
by Brian Merchant, Brooklyn, New York on 02.10.10 - treehugger
Friday, February 12, 2010
Cattle Pastures in Deforested Amazon Now the Size of Iceland
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Amazon Will Be Drier Because of Global Warming, But Won’t Turn to Savannah
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The Right's Inability to Grasp Climate Change May Be Funny, But It's Also Very Dangerous
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More Evidence of Link Between Parkinson's and Pesticides
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Walmart to Gauge "Sustainability" in Canada
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Global Warming an Olympic Worry, says Rogge
VANCOUVER – Global warming is starting to worry the International Olympic Committee, with concern mounting over how it might affect future Games.
IOC president Jacques Rogge said it was an issue discussed in meetings on Monday ahead of the Winter Olympics here, with the issue of Cypress Mountain , just outside of Vancouver , highlighting the problem.
The mountain is the site for the freestyle and snowboard events but has been plagued by a drastic lack of snow caused by the warm temperatures which have seen Vancouver enjoying unseasonal highs of around 10C (50F).
Lorry loads of snow have been carted in to the venue and media banned from visiting in an effort to get it ready in time.
"Global warming of course is a worry, it is a worry for the entire world," Rogge said.
"It might affect, in the long-term, the staging of Winter Games but I can tell you that today in the evaluation committee meeting we asked for statistics.
"It is very clear that we want to know what the snow conditions are in a particular resort. Of course, this is not a guarantee for the future.
"But we are doing good research on this. There is also the improvement in artifical snow machines and everything that has been put in place in Cypress Mountain , for example, to alleviate changes in meteorology."
Rogge said global warming would be a key issue examined in awarding any future Winter Olympics.
"Global warming is definitely a factor that must be taken into account in Olympic preparations," he said.
"In awarding the event to a host city, we must look at the climate and snow conditions and geography, as well as ways to alleviate any lack of snow."
Editor's note: Perhaps the best way to avoid worries over snow at Olympic venues is to cancel the Olympics! Sending millions jetting to the Olympics half way round the world every two years is, surely, in itself, climate-changing! When are guys like Rogge going to get these cause-and-effect relationships? l.p.
"With respect to environmental impact, all Olympic Games leave a very large footprint. Thousands of people flying in from all over the world, along with local transportation and the infrastructure that must be created, mean a lot of carbon emissions get spewed into the atmosphere" David Suzuki
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Have Farm Chemicals Ruined Another Life?
|Oh look! What the world needs now!|
Yet another "crop protection" product!
A PinP photo.
Prof. Schafer, Director of the U of M'sCentre
for Professional and Applied Ethics
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Commercial Fishing Endangers Dolphin Populations, New Study Finds
Tritium Hot Zone Expands
VERNON — The Department of Health said late Monday there appears to be "a very large...
Monday, February 8, 2010
A Green Budget for Canada?
thegreenpages - Canada
Posted: 07 Feb 2010 07:01 AM PSTOttawa - In light of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's invitation for input on the upcoming federal budget, the Green Budget Coalition (GBC) is today highlighting its three priority budget recommendations, whose adoption could stimulate over 8,000 new jobs in renewable energy, ensure clean sources of drinking water for millions of Canadians, and help Canada meet its commitment under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to establish national and regional systems of protected areas.
"These are prime opportunities for Canada to shine on the world stage during the International Year of Biodiversity and in the lead-up to the G8 and G20 Summits," said Barry Turner, Chair of the Green Budget Coalition and Director of Government Relations, Ducks Unlimited Canada.
The Green Budget Coalition comprises 21 of Canada's leading environmental and conservation organizations and has been active since 1999. Its detailed budget recommendations are contained in Recommendations for Budget 2010: Investing in a Prosperous Green Future.
Members of the coalition met with MPs from all political parties and with senior government officials to discuss these recommendations. "We received a positive reception from all of the MPs and officials with whom we met and are optimistic that our recommendations will receive serious consideration as the final budget deliberations take place," said Mr. Turner.
The Green Budget Coalition's 3 priority recommendations for the 2010 federal budget are:
- Protecting Ecosystems and Biodiversity: In the face of dangerous climate change, and with Canada due to report this year on its progress under the UN Convention on Biodiversity, fund a national ecosystem based adaptation strategy to improve Canada's biodiversity protection on lands and oceans.
- Investing in Canada's Freshwater Future: Deliver Canada's promised federal water strategy, building upon recent federal actions, by investing in water and wastewater infrastructure, the cleanup of contaminated sediment, and protecting freshwater ecosystems in the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Basin.
- Re-investing in Renewable Energy: Create at least 8,000 jobs by renewing Canada's incentives for renewable power, establishing green energy bonds and mapping Canada's geothermal potential.
Climate change is a threat to the future of humanity, as Prime Minister Harper has acknowledged. The GBC's recommendations on biodiversity and water highlight some of the key measures required for Canada to prepare for, and adapt to, the impacts of climate change. Strong actions are also required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including investing in clean energy sources, in order to protect future generations and avoid the much greater costs of inaction.
In light of the Copenhagen meetings in December, the GBC is now recommending that the budget allocate new funding, additional to current Overseas Development Assistance commitments, to cover Canada's fair share of the US$30 billion committed in Copenhagen, from 2010 to 2012, in "new and additional resources" to assist developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Stress, Depression Take Toll on Farmers
Canola swaths in October.
Los Angeles May Get Mandatory Rainwater Harvesting Law
feb 5 2010 - treehugger
Friday, February 5, 2010
Coca-Cola Puts on Green Guise for the Winter Olympics
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Ottawa Squanders Energy Economy
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Manitoba's Conservation Minister Responds to my Story on Swan Valley Air Emissions
Subject: News Story On LP's Pollution Controls
Dear Honourable Ministers,
I'd like to congratulate you all on your recent appointments to new portfolios! I am a journalist based near Roblin who writes regularly on issues touching on your areas of ministerial responsibility. (I write for my blog - see link below - occasionally for weekly newspapers in my region and magazines such as Briarpatch and Sasquatch.) As you may know, I've written extensively in past about Louisiana Pacific's logging operations in my general part of the province (and, of course yours, Stan and Rosanne). This time, I'm compiling another article about LP's closure of its pollution control devices at Minitonas. If I may, I'd like to direct a couple of questions to each, or all of you, the answers to which I'd like to incorporate into the story.
• Given the protracted time it is taking for the CEC to make its recommendations, are you still comfortable that, rather than requiring the RTOs to remain in service in the interim, you have allowed them to stay offline? This is obviously permitting more industrial pollutants to escape into the air of the Swan Valley than would otherwise have been the case, is it not? (After all, it will soon be one full year that you will have allowed this to happen.)
• Regardless of what the CEC's recommendations will be, or when it makes them, are you prepared to seriously consider placing the RTOs back in service immediately?
• Would you consider looking into the option of LP using a bioreactor as a future means of controlling emissions, as has been suggested by one of the independent experts hired by Concerned Citizens of the Valley?
If you have any questions about me, please feel free to ask! I hope to hear back from you at your earliest opportunity. Best regards and complements of the season!
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February 3, 2010
Dear Mr. Powell:
Thank you for your email of December 31, 2009 in which you sought information related to the review of Louisiana-Pacific’s proposal to alter air emissions control equipment for the Swan Valley Oriented Strand Board plant.
As you are aware, the Clean Environment Commission (CEC) is currently reviewing this matter. My Department will await the recommendations of the CEC before making any permanent decisions regarding air emissions control equipment.
Again, thank you for providing your comments on this matter.
cc: Honourable Rosann Wowchuk
Honourable Stan Struthers
Editor's note: Normally, I wouldn't consider such a "non-response" response from an elected official even worthy of mention. But I thought it important to place this government on record that it is aware of the action it has taken and is consciously sticking to it, regardless of the consequences down the road.
Will there be consequences in terms of health outcomes later on? Time will tell.
Mr. Balikie's response is not unlike one you might expect from any other government of any other political stripe. His inference clearly is; it would somehow be impossible, illegal or unethical for him to do anything pending the CEC's recommendations. Given that the CEC is strictly an advisory body, that inference is clearly just an excuse for sticking to what many people still believe to be a wrong-headed decision. l.p.
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GM Crops Facing Meltdown in the USA
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Please circulate widely, keeping all links unchanged, and submit to your government representatives demanding an end to GM crops and support for non-GM organic agriculture
Artist Paul Hoppe
Two traits account for practically all the genetically-modified (GM) crops grown in the world today: herbicide-tolerance (HT) due to glyphosate-insensitive form of the gene coding for the enzyme targeted by the herbicide, 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS), derived from soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and insect-resistance due to one or more toxin genes derived from the soil bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis).
Commercial planting began around 1997 in the United States, the heartland of GM crops, and increased rapidly over the years.
By now, GM crops have taken over 85-91 percent of the area planted with the three major crops, soybean, corn and cotton in the US ] (see Table 1), which occupy nearly 171 million acres.
Table 1. GM crops grown in 2009 in the USA
The ecological time-bomb that came with the GM crops has been ticking away, and is about to explode.
HT crops encouraged the use of herbicides, resulting in herbicide-resistant weeds that demand yet more herbicides.
But the increasing use of deadly herbicide and herbicide mixtures has failed to stall the advance of the palmer superweed in HT crops. At the same time, secondary pests such as the tarnished plant bug, against which Bt toxin is powerless, became the single most damaging insect for US
Monster plants that can’t be killed
It is the Day of the Triffids - not the genetically modified plants themselves as alluded to in John Wyndham’s novel - but “super weeds that can’t be killed” , created by the planting of genetically modified HT crops, as seen on ABC TV news.
The scene is set at harvest time in Arkansas October 2009.
Grim-faced farmers and scientists speak from fields infested with giant pigweed plants that can withstand as much glyphosate herbicide as you can afford to douse on them. One farmer spent US$0.5 million in three months trying to clear the monster weeds in vain; they stop combine harvesters and break hand tools. Already, an estimated one million acres of soybean and cotton crops in Arkansas have become infested.
The palmer amaranth or palmer pigweed is the most dreaded weed. It can grow 7-8 feet tall, withstand withering heat and prolonged droughts, produce thousands of seeds and has a root system that drains nutrients away from crops. If left unchecked, it would take over a field in a year.
Meanwhile in North Carolina Perquimans County, farmer and extension worker Paul Smith has just found the offending weed in his field , and he too, will have to hire a
migrant crew to remove the weed by hand.
The resistant weed is expected to move into neighbouring counties. It has already developed resistance to at least three other types of herbicides.
Herbicide-resistance in weeds is nothing new. Ten weed species in North Carolina and 189 weed species nationally have developed resistance to some herbicide.
A new herbicide is unlikely to come out, said Alan York,retired professor of agriculture from North Carolina State University and national weed expert
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Biotech Crops Cause Big Jump in Pesticide Use: Report
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Boreal Forests Store More Carbon than Tropical Forests
Posted: 15 Nov 2009 09:58 PM PST
Report Calls for Global Climate Talks to Consider Boreal’s Impact
OTTAWA, Ontario—When the world thinks of forests and their value to offset global warming, tropical forests come to mind. A report released today shows that the global impact of Canada’s boreal forest, which stores nearly twice as much carbon per hectare as tropical forests, has been vastly underestimated.
“The Carbon the World Forgot” identifies the boreal forests of North America as not only the cornerstone habitat for key mammal species, but one of the most significant carbon stores in the world, the equivalent of 26 years of global emissions from burning fossil fuels, based on 2006 emissions levels. Globally, these forests store 22 percent of all carbon on the earth’s land surface.
“Past accounting greatly underestimated the amount and depth of carbon stored in and under the boreal forest,” said Jeff Wells, an author of the report. In addition to carbon storage in trees, organic matter accumulated over millennia is stored in boreal peatlands and areas of permafrost. Some of this boreal carbon has been in place for up to 8,000 years.
The boreal forest’s status as the most intact forest left on earth also offers a unique opportunity for plants and animals forced to adapt to shifting habitats. Most other habitats today are highly fragmented by human activity, creating a variety of additional obstacles for species survival.
In light of these findings, today’s report urges that international negotiations on carbon and forest protection consider ways to account for and protect the boreal.
“Any effective and affordable response to climate change should include preserving the world’s remaining, carbon-rich old-growth forests,” said Steve Kallick, director of the Pew Environment Group’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign. “This report makes clear that nations must look not just at the tropics but at all the world’s old-growth forests for climate change solutions.”
“Keeping that carbon in place by protecting boreal forests is an important part of the climate equation,” said Dr. Andrew Weaver, “If you cut down the boreal forest and disturb its peatlands, you release more carbon, accelerating climate change.” Dr. Weaver of the University of Victoria is a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Prize.
“The collision of climate disruption and massive human degradation of ecosystems is seriously worrying globally,” said leading conservation biologist Dr. Stuart Pimm of Duke University. “These changes are surely novel in earth’s history.” Maintaining the boreal forest’s intactness will be critical to slowing ecosystem shifts and to providing migratory corridors for displaced wildlife.
“Conservation can be an important tool in the fight to mitigate climate change” said Larry Innes, Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative. “International protocols and legislation need to create opportunities to maintain the carbon stored in intact boreal forest soils, peatlands, and wetlands while enabling indigenous and local communities to take a leadership role in determining how to best conserve not only carbon, but the full suite of ecological, cultural and economic values that the boreal forest represents.”
More than 1,500 international scientists led by authors for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommended in 2007 that at least half of Canada's boreal forest be protected from further disturbance - in large part to keep both the boreal forest carbon bank and internationally significant wildlife habitats intact. Despite the current lack of international protocol, several Canadian First Nation, provincial, and federal governments have taken important steps to protect hundreds of millions of acres of Canada’s carbon rich boreal forest. In all, scientists are recommending that at least 300 million hectares be protected.
For further information, contact:
- Larry Innes, Executive Director, Canadian Boreal Initiative, firstname.lastname@example.org ; 416-575-6776, 613-230-4739 ext 226.
- Steve Kallick, Director, International Boreal Conservation Campaign, Pew Environment Group 206-327-1184; email@example.com
- Dr. Jeff Wells, science advisor to the International Boreal Conservation Campaign, 207-458-8492; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Stuart Pimm, Duke University, contact Sue Libenson, 907-766-2841; email@example.com
- Dr. Andrew Weaver, University of Victoria, contact Sue Libenson, 907-766-2841; firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the full report and associated materials: http://borealbirds.org/carbonreport.shtml
Thanks to David Childs for sharing.
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