Showing posts from October, 2010

Panel Urges Immediate Preservation for Nova Scotia Agricultural Land

Staff - Manitoba Co-Operator - 10/27/2010 A provincial committee asked to consider...

Troubled Islands: Hurricanes, Oil Spill and Sea Level Rise

ScienceDaily (Oc. 29'10) — The islands flanking...

Navajos Hope to Shift From Coal to Wind and Sun

By MIREYA NAVARRO - New York Times - Oc 25 '10 BLUE GAP, Ariz. — For decades, coal has been...

Climate Change Denial Pervades U.S. Elections

Matthew O. Berger WASHINGTON, 28 Oct (IPS) - In the run-up to the U.S.

Threatened Populations of Caribou and Moose To Be Monitored & Protected in Manitoba As East Side Road Project Moves Forward: Blaikie

Manitoba News Release - Oc 26 '10 Local Residents to Participate in Wildlife Monitoring Program Including Use of Satellite Tracking, Infrared Camera A high-tech wildlife monitoring program will be part of the environmental-licensing process for the all-season road project from PR 304 near Hollow Water to Berens River First Nation, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, minister responsible for the East Side Road Authority, and Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced today during an international caribou conference in Winnipeg. "The wildlife monitoring program will ensure high-quality and meaningful information is available regarding moose and woodland caribou on the east side of Lake Winnipeg," said Robinson.  "As part of the program, local residents and trappers will be hired to collect field data that will help us make responsible decisions as we move forward building this critical link to east-side communities." The $2.4

At 9 Months, 2010 Still Tied for Hottest Year

By Pat Brennan • The Orange County Register • Oc 25'10  At the end of its ninth month, 2010 is still...

Arctic Report Card: Region Continues to Warm at Unprecedented Rate

ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2010)    The Arctic region... (Credit: iStockphoto/ Erlend Kvalsvik)

Are Business Interests Giving Bad Advice to the Canadian Government on Climate Change?

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                                                                                                        In 1988, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, created The National  Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE).    In laymen's terms, its duty was, and is, to advise Ottawa on ways of developing this country economically that won't destroy our environment or the hopes of future generations. Just this month, NRTEE published (at least on first glance) a largely credible report on global warming , entitled "Degrees of Change" in the magazine, Canadian Geographic. It describes it as "The first comprehensive illustration of expected climate impacts published for Canada." It lists several consequences, "some positive, most negative" which are expected across t

What a Scientist Didn't Tell the New York Times About His Study on Bee Deaths

By Katherine Eban, Fortune - October 8'10 EDITOR'S NOTE: Please read this article carefully. It's yet another sordid tale of corporate dirty deeds and media sloppiness..scandalous in the extreme. Shame on you Bayer CropScience! Shame on you, New York Times! l.p.  COMMENT: "A chemical company-Bayer-funds the research, and 'surprise'..the conclusion is:  bees are not dying off because of chemicals. Isn't that nice!" Margaret

Manitoba Funds Buy-Local Campaign

Manitoba Co-Operator - Staff - 10/19/2010  Work on a "Buy Manitoba" branding campaign...

Have We Really Solved the Mystery Behind the Shocking Die-off of Bees?

Image / By Tom Laskawy The New York Times essentially called it 'case closed' on Colony Collapse Disorder, but there is good reason to be wary about their reporting.   photo by l.p.  EDITOR'S COMMENT: My sentiments exactly!  The degree to which media, even of the stature of the New York Times, seem prepared to bend over backwards to avoid singling out the role of pesticides, is truly disturbing. Even the group representing Canadian beekeepers seems engaged in the same game. The Bayers and Monsantos of this world truly do have powerful allies!  l.p.

Federal Government Failing to Enforce Laws in Oilsands

Simon Dyer — Pembina Institute - Oct. 20, 2010 You could be forgiven... A thick layer of tar & a thin film of oil/bitumen reflecting a late summer sunset on the Albian Sands Muskeg River Mine tar pond. Photo by

Climate Change Hits Home (Video)

Latest Bee Loss Figures Show Canada Doing Better

by Larry Powell    The group representing beekeepers in this country says 21 percent of honey bee colonies in Canada were lost over the winter of 2009-10. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) says, of the 611,972 "over-wintered" colonies, 128,463 were dead or unproductive by spring.  According to these latest CAPA figures, belatedly released just this past Friday, this represents 1.4x the long-term winter loss rate for Canada.  The Association describes this as a substantial improvement over the previous three-year period during which losses averaged 32.6%. CAPA credits beekeepers' effective use of mite control products in the improvement in colony losses. It adds, "extension professionals" also attribute such improvement to a new mite-control product called "Apivar," approved for use last fall. CAPA tempers its optomitic message with this note of caution, however. " Though encouraging, it is too early to det

Honeybee Disease - a Breakthrough?

OnEarth By Sharon Levy - October 7, 2010 After years of mystery, a team of researchers has undercovered new... l.p. photo

UN Forestry Plan Could Increase Logging, Advocates Warn

15 Oct '10 - by: Stacy Feldman - SolveClimate News Forestry advocates are warning...

6 Revolting Breakfasts That Just Might Kill You Before Lunch

AlterNet / By Brad Reed - October 10, 2010  From candy cereals to dead pigs piled onto biscuits, Americans start their days with some deadly concoctions. EDITOR'S NOTE" Not to be outdone by our American friends, Canada has now actually allowed Kentucky Fried Chicken to introduce an equally disgusting dish called the Double Down sandwich, into this country! That's progress! l.p.  (Image, above, provided by KFC)

Back Biodiversity 100, Save our Wildlife

The Guardian, 4 Oc 2010 - George Monbiot To press governments into action, not platitudes on the biodiversity crisis,...

Put on Pot of Soup, Help Fight Food Crisis

Winnipeg Free Press - By: Laura Rance - 16/10/2010 Growing up on the farm...

Thirsty Yet? The Importance of Saving Our Water Resources

Posted by Tara Lohan at 2:35 pm - October 15, 2010   Today, across the world...

Our Commons Future is Already Here

A stirring call to unite the environmental and global justice movement from Maude Barlow

Message from Earth: Organic Matters (Video)

Farm Workers Fight for Justice in Florida (Video)

It's Official: BPA is "Toxic" in Canada

Environmental Defence - 2010 October 13 As of Today, the 
Federal government formally adds BPA to the Toxic Substances List effective immediately

Invasion of the Shoal Lakes

Wpg. Free Press - Laura Rance - 9/10/10 Overflowing bodies of water swallow up agricultural land in Manitoba

Hungary's Sludge Recalls Ecological Horrors Lurking in Eastern Europe After Communism

By: Alison Mutler,George Jahn, The Associated Press- 11/10/2010  BUCHAREST, Romania - Abandoned mines in...   Photo: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Accountability: Corporate Arrest in Hungarian Toxic Mud Disaster

Oct. 11, 2010 by Agence France-Presse Hungarian police on Monday...

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NASA Study Sees Earth's Water Cycle Pulse Quickening

Freshwater is flowing into Earth's ocean in greater…. "The Water Planet." This photo, emphasizing the Earth's oceans is courtesy of Earth Observatory.

Argentina's "Roundup" Human Tragedy

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 9:15 AM From: "" The Institute of Science in Society - Science Society Sustainability This article can be found on the I-SIS website at ======================================================== ISIS Report 06/10/10 Argentina's Roundup Human Tragedy ############################ Ten years of GM soy and glyphosate poisoning have escalated the rates of cancer and birth defects. Claire Robinson GM soy a death sentence for humans and the environment Argentina has become a giant experiment in farming genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready (RR) soy, engineered to be tolerant to Roundup, Monsanto’s formulation of the herbicide glyphosate. The Argentine government, eager to pull the country out of a deep economic recession in the 1990s, restructured its economy around GM soy grown for export, most of which goes to

Joint Initiative Lays Out Physical Effects of Climate Change on Canada

Oct 5 '10 - Canadian Round Table on Environment and Economy The physical effects of climate change...