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Oil Industry Safety Record Blown Open

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• Suzanne Goldenberg, guardian.co.uk, 29 July 2010 The National Wildlife Federation says....

Canada Tries to Peddle Questionable Beef Overseas

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Monday, July 26th, 2010 - Council of Canadians One of the Harper government’s main... EDITOR'S NOTE: Once again, Harper-Dearest lets trade trump human health and safety! l.p.

Depleted Uranium Weapons Behind Rise in Cancer

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Global Research, July 27, 2010 A research study on the cause of...

Nasty, Poisonous Plant Causes Burns, Blindness

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Winnipeg Free Press - By: Melissa Martin - 27/07/2010 Aggressive species could spread across Canada... Photo courtesy of Manitoba Co-Operator

Innovation of the Week: Reducing Food Waste

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2009-12-17 - W ORLDWATCH I NSTITUTE In some parts of... (Photo credit: Catherine Njuguna)

Climate Change Causes Larger, More Plentiful Marmots, Study Shows

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Implications for Many Creatures That Hibernate ScienceDaily (July 22, 2010) — Could populations of these "gophers" (Richardson's ground squirrels), be about to explode, too?) l.p. photo

Oil Devastation Found at Major Gulf Breeding Site

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ScienceDaily (July 22, 2010) — A Cornell Lab of.... Raccoon Island, Louisiana Coast

ACTION ALERT: Demand That Canada Support UN Right to Water Resolution

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Let's get behind movements like these and stop this grinning jackass in his tracks! l.p. http://www.canadians.org/action/2010/RTW-June-18.html Updated July 6, 2010 After years of hard work, there has been a breakthrough in our right to water work at the United Nations. Several countries are prepared to support a resolution on the right to water which is likely to be voted on at the end of July. Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow, and Blue Planet Project Organizer Anil Naidoo have been speaking to international delegations urging countries to support the resolution. Unfortunately, Canada appears to be obstructing the process. It will be crucial that we get as many letters to the Canadian government over the next few days demanding that Canada support the right to water. Please join us in sending the email below to Stephen Harper. http://www.canadians.org/action/2010/RTW-June-18.html

Canadian Researchers Solve Monarch Migration Mystery

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By: Dominique Jarry-Shore, The Canadian Press - 24/07/2010 TORONTO - A new Canadian study... Monarch cluster, courtesy of www.hiltonpond.org

What Those Who Killed the Tar Sands Report Don't Want You to Know

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By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Jul 2010, TheTyee.ca Why did a parliamentary committee suddenly.... Open pit bitumen mine courtesy Beautiful Destruction.

Cheney's Push of Deregulators Caused BP Oil Spil Disaster

Groups Seeking Ban on Toxic Pesticide Go to US Federal Court

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NEW YORK - July 22 - CommonDreams.org Outlawed in homes and gardens, pesticide is still sprayed on food crops Crop-duster photo by l.p. EDITOR'S NOTE: In case you think chlorpyrfos (Lorsban) is a problem only in the US, think again! It is used extensively on grain crops on the Canadian prairies and made a Swan Valley family very sick a few years ago. Read their story here. "Family Believes it was Poisoned by Crop Spray " l.p. Why no lawsuit here?

Glacial Melt and Ocean Warming Drive Sea Level Upward

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John Mulrow and Alexander Ochs, with Shakuntala Makhijani - Worldwatch Institute - Jul 22, '10 The average sea level... Peter Hollinger photo

British Meat and Dairy Are Destroying Rainforests

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By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - 20 Jul 2010 Telegraph.co.uk Huge swaths of rainforest… British dairy herd, courtesy of Superstock

BP Oil Poisons the Gulf of Mexico's Food Chain

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By Dahr Jamail* NEW ORLEANS, United States, Jul 20, 2010 (IPS/IFEJ) - Shellfish in… (AFP/Getty Images/ File/Sean Gardner)

Cattle Die in Kansas heat

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Manitoba Co-Operator - staff - 7/19/2010 Cattle prices on...

Science Matters: Protecting the Planet is a Sacred and Scientific Duty

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Jul 7th, 2010 - David Suzuki with Faisal Moola Cloud formation. l.p. photo

The Killing Fields of Multinational Corporations

Jul 14th, 2010 -- Vandana Shiva - The Asian Age The Bhopal gas tragedy was...

Global Warming Slowly Kills Red Sea Coral

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ScienceDaily (July 16, 2010) — In a pioneering... Photo courtesy of Google Images

Winnipeg's Mosquito Wars Need More Data

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Winnipeg Free Press - By: Staff Writer - 17/07/2010 EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note the refreshingly restrained and thoughful comments from readers at the bottom of this story! We need more intelligent exchanges like these, rather than the vitriol such topics usually bring! l.p.

E. coli Seen Thriving in Globe's Warming Climate

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Manitoba Co-Operator - Staff - 7/13/2010 Genetic changes in...

The Pacific Garbage Patch is Bigger Than the Continental US -- New Updates

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Jaymi Heimbuch - San Francisco, CA - Fri Jul 9, '10 planet green Everything You Need to Know to Make It Go Away

Water as Human Right Threatens to Split World Body

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By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jul 15, 2010 (Inter Press Service) - A long... (photo by Flickr user Gary Edenfield)

Hudson Bay Polar Bears 'Could Soon be Extinct'

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By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor THE INDEPENDENT Thursday, 15 July 2010

MANITOBA TO PUT TOYOTA'S NEW PRIUS PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE TO THE TEST

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July 13, 2010 Manitobans will be among the first in the world to actively test Toyota's new Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV), Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak announced today, as the province took delivery of the new car, teaming up with Manitoba Hydro, the University of Manitoba and Toyota Canada to put it through its paces. "Our climate, previous experience with plug-in hybrid technology and Manitoba's abundant hydro electricity made this province a fantastic choice for these trials," said Chomiak. "These trials will help position Manitoba to adopt this greenhouse gas-reducing technology early. Having electrically powered vehicles would make Manitoba more fuel self-sufficient. It could also create opportunities for Manitobans to develop related products and services as well as expertise in researching and developing components for electric vehicles." "Toyota is grateful to have such important partners join us as we work toge

Deadly Summer for Canada Geese Who are Culled, Beaten to Death in the U.S.

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By: Ciara Byrne, The Canadian Press - Jul. 14-2010 TORONTO - It's been a….

Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball

By Joe Bageant - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico Capitalism is dead, but we still dance with the corpse...

BP oil Spill: Barack Obama's Investigation Hears of 'Friction'

Susanne Goldenberg - The Guardian - New Orleans - July 13th - 2010 • Commission told Transocean should have...

Climate Change Means More Heatwaves, Premature Deaths, Scientists Warn

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WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2010 (ENS) Climate change is...

Drill or Die

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Published on Friday, July 9, 2010 by CommonDreams.org - by Sandy LeonVest On July 8, the Obama administration lost…

50 Members of Congress Warn State Dept Against Rubberstamping 2,000-Mile Tar Sands Pipeline

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"Solve Climate" In unexpected speech… Photo courtesy Alternet

How Felton, Calif., Achieved Water Independence

by Tara Lohan - Yes! magazine How a Tiny town beat a big corporation.

Toward Sustainable Agriculture - US National Academy of Sciences

One Year After Ontario Ban: Over 80% Decline of Most Common Pesticides in Surface Waters

Christine Lepisto Berlin - treehugger In April 2009, it became...

Pesticide Ban a Big Win for Italian Honey Bees

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By Larry Powell -  If you enjoy this blog, please consider  donating to the author to keep it going.  Just click on the link below . Thanks! - Larry                                                                                                        ROBLIN, MB Jul 8 -2010 I began worrying the other day about my last story on this topic "Are Pesticide Regulators on the Take?". Bee photo by l.p. In it I raised some hard questions about the behaviour of those who are supposed to protect you, me and our environment from harmful pesticides in Canada. A mounting body of evidence shows several such products are killing valuable pollinating insects like bees, essential to the production of many of our food crops. Their populations are crashing alarmingly in many regions of the world, including Canada. Yet our politicians and "regulators" party on, allowing bee-killing poisons to continue in heavy use, as if none of this was going on. Still, I worried, h

Ag Input Sales Slump Due to Heavy Rains on Prairies

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Manitoba Co-Operator - Staff - 7/8/2010 New estimates show... EDITOR'S NOTE: Climate change? Naah! That's just hooey! l.p. Big farm rig. l.p. photo

UK Inquiry Into "Climategate" Scandal Vindicates Researchers

.......but also finds lack of openness By RAPHAEL G. SATTER 
Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) -- An independent report into….

Protecting the Urban Forest

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Wpeg. Free Press July 2- 2010 Winnipeg's canopy of trees, its urban forest, is….

Leaked G20 Documents: Canada Won't Cut Extra Subsidies for Fossil Fuels

Clare Demers - Pembina Institute Despite the Harper…. EDITOR'S NOTE: Shame on you, Harper! You are doubtlessly the worse Prime Minister my country has ever known! l.p.

Louisiana Calls on BP to Fund Mental Health Programs

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by Sasha Chavkin - 
ProPublica, July 1, 2010 As Louisiana officials….

Whale Killing - We Were Heard!

Dear friends, We did it! The proposal to legalise whale killing went down in flames in Morocco -- and our campaign helped to tip the balance. In a few short weeks, we built the biggest whale-saving petition in history, signed by an extraordinary 1.2 million of us worldwide, and delivered it directly to key delegates at the International Whaling Commission meeting. In the end, the 24 year old whaling ban was upheld. The pro-whaling lobby tried to use political favours to win a so called 'compromise' that amounts to a quota for hunting whales, but as tension grew in the closed-door talks, our massive petition became a top story on the BBC’s world news , and we worked with friendly negotiators and other allies to put pressure where it was most needed and draw greater global attention. The Australian environment minister Peter Garrett received our petition for like-minded governments in front of the world's media and said “Thank you very much Avaaz. It i

'Balanced' Ecosystems Seen in Organic Agriculture Better at Controlling Pests, Research Finds

ScienceDaily (July 1, 2010) There really is... Editor's note: "See interesting footnote below from the Organic Food Council of MB. l.p. Late Blight Update There have been three additional confirmed cases of late blight in commercial conventional potato fields in the province this week. One case is in the central region, one in the western region and one is near Winnipeg. The Disease Severity Values (DSVs) for late blight risk have gone over the threshold values in many parts of the province, which increases the risk of infection. With widespread rains and very moist conditions, areas with low DSVs could also have localized high-risk spots (such as low spots, areas near tree lines, etc). With the high moisture in fields in many parts of Manitoba, the risk of late blight is high. To help prevent late blight, organic potato and tomato producers in high-risk areas must follow a five-day spray schedule using approved copper products, making sure to always fo

Deep-Sea Mining Adds to Fears of Marine Pollution

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By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor - the Independent - 2 July'10 Concerns about.... (photo from NOAA, Ocean Explorer)