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Drilling for Shale Gas Unearths Environmental Risks, Ottawa Warned

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By: Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press - Posted: 31/08/10 MONTREAL - The Conservative government has been warned… Please also read; "No Fracking Way," here.

Food Crisis Looms After Floods in Pakistan

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30 August 2010 - by: Renee Schoof - McClatchy Newspapers Washington - The worst floods in... Courtesy of news.bbc.co.uk

Greenpeace Activists Occupy Arctic Oil Rig

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Greenpeace - Feature story - August 31, 2010 Our activists are ...

Willaim Ryerson on the US "Population Bomb" (Video)

Global Warming Deniers Aren't "Experts" At All: It's Time for a New View of Science

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Bloomsbury USA / By Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway The "debate" over global...

City of Moose Jaw Fined $55,000 for Violation of Fisheries Act

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News Release - Gov't. of CA MOOSE JAW, SK. - The City of.. EDITOR'S NOTE: Bravo! But just a moment! Who will be pleading guilty now that this same hypocritical federal government is allowing mining companies to pollute pristine Canadian lakes with their poisonous tailings? l.p.

The Fate of New Orleans Hangs in an Uncomfortable Balance With Mother Nature

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Sunday 29 August 2010 - by: Olga Bonfiglio, t r u t h o u t Hurricane Katrina demonstrated… One of the many disturbing scenese after the tragedy. (Nat'l. Geographic photo)

President Obama's Cancer Panel: Eat Organic, Avoid Plastics

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By Leah Zerbe - Rodale Institute Au '10 Our organic table at Old Market Sq. in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2006. l.p. photo A landmark report says the U.S. government has been grossly underestimating the effect of environmental toxins on our cancer risk.

Conservation Group Calls for Halt to Industrial Development in Manitoba Caribou Habitat

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Manitoba Wildlands - 25 August 2010 Fire Destroys Woodland Caribou Habitat - "MW" calls for action. Hinterland Who's Who

Victory! India Scraps Large Hydropower Project on the Ganges

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Fri, 08/27/2010 By: Katy yan For the third year in a row, one of India's most eminent...

ClimateWatch Magazine » New Evidence on Warming Ocean

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Globe courtesy of WWF ClimateWatch Magazine » New Evidence on Warming Ocean

Earth Overshoot Day – how can we get out of debt?

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WWF 21 August 2010 The world has gone into ecological overdraft.

Factory Farms Make You Sick, Let Us Count the Ways

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Corporate Crime Reporter, August 27, 2010 Factory farms make you.... Chicken factory by treehugger.com

Ryan Reynolds Video on the True Cost of Gasoline

More Major U.S. Corporations Join Boycott of Alberta Tarsands Fuels

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Bob Weber, The Canadian Press - 26/08/2010 EDMONTON - Another four major U.S…. Tar sands photo by Beautiful Destruction

Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline

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Natural Resources Defense Council's Save BioGems News, Au 25, 2010 In northeastern Alberta, the lush forests, sedge meadows and freshwater lakes of the Peace-Athabasca Delta attract more than a million birds every year. Manitoba geese photo by l.p. These undisturbed wetlands are critical nesting grounds for tundra swans, snow geese, whooping cranes and countless ducks, but they are slowly being poisoned by tar sands oil extraction taking place just south of the delta. Tar sands oil development has already contaminated rivers and lakes with toxic discharge, created vast waste ponds and worsened global warming pollution. Now, plans for a new trans-boundary pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast is moving forward, paving the way for additional mining and drilling in the boreal forest. Not only would the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline destroy even more habitat for millions of migratory birds, it would do nothing to lead the United States toward

Suburban Sprawl and the Decline of Social Capital

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22 August 2010 - by: Anthony DiMaggio, t r u t h o u t Why Long Commutes Are Bad for the American Body and Mind (P.S. Canadian, too? l.p.) Please also visit this link and read about the tragedy of this huge, new subdivision that was supposed to be a progressive, green addition to Winnipeg. Waverly West construction. Wpg. Free Press photo

The Future of Air Quality at a Big Manitoba Wood Products Plant is Now in the Hands of the Minister

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Au 24-2010 - by Larry Powell Important recommendations on what the Manitoba Government should do about controlling pollution from a big wood products plant in the province, are now in the hands of the Minister of Conservation, Bill Blaikie. Louisiana Pacific Canada's OSB mill near Swan River. Photo by Larry The Clean Environment Commission, an "arms-length" advisory agency, began last year to look into the merits of a government decision almost 20 months ago, to allow "temporary" closure of pollution control devices at Louisiana Pacific's "oriented strandboard" plant in the Swan Valley of western Manitoba. Certain toxic emissions have apparently been escaping into the air around the plant, near the Village of Minitonas, since that time. The Commission will recommend that the devices should either be started up again, or closed permanently. The agency says it submitted its report to Blaikie on Aug. 16th, but, he was away, so wouldn't hav

On Harper's Northern Tour

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Au 24-'10 - Below is my letter to the Winnipeg Free Press (now published, Au 27.) l.p. === = Dear Editor, I find media coverage of Prime Minister Steven Harper's current tour of the north, appalling. If I heard the CBC correctly this morning, our Prime Minister is "putting emphasis on science" in his approach to northern development! An emphasis on science? The sad fact is, this so-called leader of ours has been spitting on science and scientists ever since he came to power. He has been appointing "climate-denying" oil and gas toadies as his "science advisers" while being nothing but criminally negligent in his approach to the crisis of global warming. As our "True North" melts around the people and creatures living there, Harper parades about, peddling "Arctic sovereignty" as some kind of opiate we can all use to avoid the harsh reality of climate change. No doubt Harper has a greedy eye on the petroleum bonanza

A Great Way to Blow a Day

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By: Laura Rance Wpg. Free Press - 21/08/2010 Folks eating it up at farmers' markets. Farmers' market photo by l.p.

High-Yield Agriculture Slows Pace of Global Warming, say FSE Researchers

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Louis Bergeron - Stanford News Service - 2010 Advances in high-yield agriculture….. EDITOR'S NOTE: I do not always agree with stories I post here. This is a case in point. But what I think is secondary. I would love to hear your comments on this study. Might there be something to it? Or is it just a piece of "agri-biz" propoganda? l.p.

Outrage at UN Decision to Exonerate Shell for Oil Pollution in Niger Delta

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John Vidal, environment editor • guardian.co.uk, 22 August 2010 • Oil giant blamed for 10% of 9m barrels leaked in 40 years
 Photo courtesy of Crossed Crocodiles

Gulf Oil Spill Spawns Biofuels Industry Opportunism

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by Dave Levitan - May 6th, 2010 SolveClimate Producers tout the ethanol alternative to oil, but similar problems abound. Cornfield photo by l.p.

Three Pillars of a Food Revolution

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19 Au '10 by: Anna Lappé, YES Magazine As marketers learn to fake... Cattle feedlot l.p. photo

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Watching for British Cloned Cow Genetics

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Manitoba Co-Operator - Staff - 8/19/2010 A claim that Canadian farms are importing... (Conventional) cow photo by l.p.

Emissions From Alberta Tar Sands Rise, Not Fall, as Canada Claims!

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Susan Casey-Lefkowitz’s Au'10 SWITCHBOARD Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog The latest "line" from Canada is... Liquid mine wastes are a major liability of oil sands mining. Photo: David Dodge, Pembina Institute.

Pavlovsk Seed Bank Faces Destruction

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John Vidal, environment editor - 8 Aug 2010 The Guardian 'Priceless collection' in Russia was never registered so does not officially exist, say developers
 Russian president Medvedev has ordered an inquiry into the station being turned into private housing. Photograph: Frans Lanting/Corbis

Mankind is Using up Global Resources Faster Than Ever

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By Louise Gray - Telegraph.co.uk
 - 16 Aug 2010 The growing world population and increasing consumption have pushed the world into ‘eco-debt’ a month earlier this year, according to the latest statistics on global resources. www.thenutritionpost.com

Climate Change Debate Rises with Pakistan Floods

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By Zofeen Ebrahim - KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug 16, 2010 (IPS) "If this is not... Please also read: "Is Climate Change a Four-Letter Word?"

Uncovering the Lies That Are Sinking the Oil

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Truthout - 16 Au '10 - by: Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld The rampant use of...

Fields Soaked Near Winnipeg and Manitoba's Interlake; Farmers Try to Stay Afloat

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By: Jen Skerritt and Matt Preprost - Winnipeg Free Press - 16/08/2010 CBC photo Yields, quality to take a hit.... Please also read, "Is Climate Change a Four-Letter Word?"

Could Zero Tillage Prove to be a Boon for Developing-World Farmers?

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By Abby Massey - Worldwatch Institute In agriculture, sometimes less... Canadian wheat field l.p. photo

Manitoba Will be Significantly Affected by Climate Change - Govt. of Can. Website

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Manitoba Wildlands - Au - 2010 It is expected that Manitoba will be highly impacted... Sunset photo by l.p.

Human Noise Pollution Can Lead Fish Away from Good Habitats to Their Death

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ScienceDaily (Aug. 13, 2010) — The growing... Poster by in.com/

More Drilling, More Disasters, (Including Canada) Unless We All Do Our Part

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Science Matters - By David Suzuki The Gulf of Mexico disaster is... Photo by Calgary Herald

Lightning Strikes Over Winnipeg Spark Sky-High Damages

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By: Lindsey Wiebe Wpeg. Free Press - Posted: 14/08/2010 FRIDAY morning's downpour lit...

Climate Leader Dies

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Professor Stephen Schneider Climate scientist at Stanford University – passed away on July 19. Steve was a tireless, dedicated author contributing to all four IPCC assessment reports. The scientific community will deeply miss this great leader. Read more ...(pdf)

Is the News Coming From the Gulf Too Good To Be True? Unfortunately, Yes

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AlterNet - Au 1o-2010 Thad Allen may be struggling to find the oil, but that's not because it's all gone. Bird in oil spill. Seattle Weekly

Mosquito Wars: Politics, Economics or Science?

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by Bill Paton - Prof. of Biology, Brandon University, for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - 8/12/10 Heated debates are….

Costs of Oil Reach Far Beyond What We Pay at the Pump

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08/12/10 - by: Mark Engler - Truthout This might be an opportune... Photo by seasteading.org

Storms Unfold as Climate Scientists Have Predicted

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8/ 13/10 Boston Globe Heat waves, fires, and floods fit their predictions Please also read; "Is Climate Change a Four-Letter Word?"

National Farmers Union Warns New Trade Agreement with EU Could Crush Canadian Farmers

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New "FTA" threatens famers' right to save seed, NFU warns. (PDF) Grain stored on open ground. l.p. photo

US Court Rescinds USDA Approval of GE Sugar Beets

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Posted on August 13, 2010 by Heather The True Food Network Order Bans Planting or Sale of... Cherry tomatoes. (Organic!) l.p. photo

Tar Sands Toxins Growing Rapidly

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Globe & Mail - Au 10-2010 Volume of arsenic, lead increased 26 per cent in last four years, Environment Canada says. AB tar pond by Beautiful Destruction

Russia's Agony a "Wake-Up Call" to the World

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By Stephen Leahy - Inter Press Service VIENNA, Aug 11, 2010 (IPS) Food prices soar in the face of Russia's record heat wave. Photo courtesy of CommonDreams.org

Greenland Ice Sheet Faces 'Tipping Point in 10 Years'

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• Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent • guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 10 August 2010 Scientists warn that temperature rise of between 2C and 7C would cause ice to melt, resulting in 23ft rise in sea level ! A view of Jakobshavn Glacier (Sermeq Kujalleq), the most dynamic glacier in Greenland. Photo courtesy of Science Poles

The U.S. Peddles GM Seeds and Pesticides to Poor Mexican Farmers; Impoverishes Communities

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By Jill Richardson - Alternet - Au 6'10 The author takes a trip to Mexico to see the 'green revolution' firsthand -- and what she finds is shocking. Crop sprayer photo by l.p.

Is Climate Change a Four-Letter Word?

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by Larry Powell If it isn't a "dirty" topic, why then do so many people seem to prefer to walk on hot coals rather than talk about it? I happen to be one who believes climate change is not only real and affecting us now, but is caused by the way we live on this earth as humans. But don't take my word for it. That is exactly what the world's best scientific minds have been telling us for years. But nobody seems to be listening; or, even worse, refusing to hear! And what about the skyrocketing number of deadly storms, both around the world and here on our own doorstep ? I've either been seeing them in the news, a lot, or experiencing them, first hand. Haven't you?   Trees brought down by the storm in the Vosges forest, France De. '99 Courtesy of the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Galerie I have sometimes tried to get people to tell me what they believe might be behind all this weird weather. (I'm usually met with stoney silence or a noncommittal

Anti-Tarsands Protest Unfurled on Calgary Tower

Tuesday, August 3, 2010- CBC News

In World of Weeds, Nature Laughs Last

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By: Laura Rance - 31/07/2010 Winnipeg Free Press While an invasive plant called... Pigweed photo Courtesy of the University of Arkansas