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Hottest Year In History Ends With Freak Climate Disasters

Alternet - Dec 31 2010 As greenhouse pollution continues to build...

Fiji Water Targeted by Class Action Lawsuit for Lying About Their Green Cred

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Alternet - De 31 2010 Looks like Fiji Water has stepped in it...

Here's to a Safe, Peaceful and Green 2011!

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To my readers, May you and yours enjoy all the best of the season and the new year. May 2011 bring more:  Love Joy Peace cleaner, greener attitudes citizens, politicians and industry leaders genuinely dedicated to a better world. and less War Famine Hunger Disease Pollution Climate change Sincerely, Larry & Rowena  ====== Amen and Amen.  Thank you for all the reports and postings...sometimes it feels like you are talking in the dark, I am sure, but people are listening...and you must keep bringing things to our attention.   Maggie

The Gulf of Mexico is Dying

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De'10 By Dr. Tom Termotto - by concernedcitizensofflorida A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill It is with deep regret that we publish this report. Please also read Dr. Termotto's open letter to President Obama.

Innovation of the Week: Climate Smart Seaweed Farming

By Matt Styslinger - De '10 - Worldwatch Institute At the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in...

We are Facing the Greatest Threat to Humanity: Only Fundamental Change Can Save Us

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Maude Barlow / Alternet Quite simply, human-centered governance systems are not working and we need new economic, development and environmental policies.

The Serengeti Highway

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Shared by: Jen M. - the Green Pages - on December 28, 2010  Most of us will only ever see a lion... Buffalo photo by    etravelphotos Editor's comment: The Dominion of man over the natural world is nearing completion. Notice, one reason for the highway is to get at material needed to make batteries for hybrid vehicles, widely considered by modern society as a "green" endeavour! Sadly, our assault on Mother Earth will only cease when human populations themselves, through one means or another, are brought within sustainable proportions. l.p.

Sacrificing the Rainforest on the Altar of Energy

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By Milagros Salazar * Inter Press Service LIMA, Dec 27, 2010 (IPS/IFEJ) - The construction of five hydroelectric... Tambopata, Peru.  (Photo: k lichstig)

Temperature Rising

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A Scientist, His Work and a Climate Reckoning By JUSTIN GILLIS - De '10 MAUNA LOA OBSERVATORY, Hawaii — Two gray machines...

Ottawa Kept in Dark 
on Abnormal Fish Found 
in Tar Sands Rivers

Josh Wingrove - THE GLOBE AND MAIL De 17'10 EDMONTON— Hundreds of deformed fish found in...

'Dirty Oil' Anger Shocked Tories, Wikileaks Reveals

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Allan Woods - Ottawa Bureau - theStar.com - De 23'10 OTTAWA—Canada was “too slow” to respond... Editor's comment - A day late and a dollar short, wouldn't you say, Jim? l.p.

City of Brandon, Manitoba, Pulls Plug on Biodiesel Processor

By: Allison Dowd - 26/12/2010 - Winnipeg Free Press BRANDON -- The City of Brandon is saying goodbye to its biodiesel...  ===== Editor's comment: Is this bad luck, or a lack of will? l.p.

EPA Presents Plan on Greenhouse Gases. Can Next Congress Stop It?

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Christian Science Monitor - Dec. 24 - 2010 The EPA set out a timetable Thursday for curbing the emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants and refineries. But Republicans have signaled their steady opposition, and a battle looms.

Green Party of Manitoba Calls for "Climate Accountability"

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WikiLeaks: US Ambassador Planned "Retaliation" Against France Over Ban on Monsanto Corn

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21 De'10 - by: Mike Ludwig, t r u t h o u t The former United States…. Editor's comment: What do you suppose the present ambassador is saying in secret cables? Anything much different? l.p.

Cold Burn

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Posted December 20, 2010 - George Monbiot Yes, the extreme cold in the UK right now really could be a result of global warming.

L.A. Times Slams Fox Over Climate Scandal - 'Shouldn't Call Itself a News Organization'

AlterNet / By Joshua Holland After several revelations of Fox's blatant bias, the rest of the corporate media may finally be catching on.

US Beekeepers Call for a Ban on a Pesticide Linked to Colony Collapse Disorder

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Pesticide Action Network - North America - Thu, 2010-12-09 Larry"s comment. It simply never ends. Ever more & newer studies point to the undeniable role of pesticides in the deaths of honey bees. Yet nothing is done. Please sign the petition.... Here. http://action.panna.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5370 l.p.

How Ethical Are Ethical Funds? (Opinion)

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"Conscientious" investments and the tar sands connection   by Larry Powell Beautiful Destruction  photo. I doubt that many investors with a social conscience would assume that the ethical funds they hold would be helping pay for such projects as the Alberta oil sands. I certainly didn't - turns out, I was wrong! All five of Canada's major banks lend money to tar sands operators. And all five are actually included in the portfolios of the many ethical investment funds in this country. As if that isn't enough, so too is at least one major corporation, Suncor Energy, which actually extracts the tar from the sands! Ethical Funds lists Scotiabank, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Suncor Energy among its top ten holdings. The investment company adds, RBC, for one, "provides significant capital to the oil and gas and other smokestack industries." Suncor describes itself as a "pioneer" and one of the biggest player

Manitoba Will Likely Fail to Reach Greenhouse Gas Targets

Wpg Free Press - Dec 7'10 Manitoba's auditor general cast doubt Monday... Editor's note: Is Anyone Surprised? l.p.

U.S. to Regulate Big Polluters, Leaving no Excuses for Canada’s Inaction

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P.J. Partington — The Pembina Institute - Dec. 2'10 It would be hard to count…..  Reuters photo

WikiLeaks Cables: Shell's Grip on Nigerian State Revealed

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David Smith - guardian.co.uk - 8 De 2010 US embassy cables reveal top executive's claims that company 'knows everything' about key decisions in government ministries .

May You Shop 'til You Drop This Christmas! (NOT!) Video

Buy Nothing This Holiday Season

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Worldwatch Institute- 2010-12-02 Super News! In 2010, more Americans went shopping the weekend after... Satellite images of parking lots, like this one, show more and more shoppers as Black Fri. nears. Courtesy of Gizmodo.

Impervious to Learning

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By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 8th December 2010. David Rose appears to have learnt nothing from his catastrophic mistakes before the Iraq war.

Federal Court Rules Feds Failed to Protect BC Killer Whales

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Shared by: F. Los on December 8, 2010 - GreenPages Vancouver - Conservation groups, represented by Ecojustice...

Article in The Lancet Takes Canada to Task for Asbestos Exports

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The Canadian Press - 8/12/2010 MONTREAL - Criticism of Quebec's controversial...

The Peasant View of Cancún Talks: 'They Want to Turn the Air Into a Commodity'

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John Vidal, environment editor - guardian.co.uk - 7 De '10 As the world's politicians gather, protesters march against the Cancún climate change summit's 'false solutions' Clouds by l.p.

Climate Deal Failure Could Devastate World's Poor, IPCC Chief Says

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By Stacey Feldman - Solve Climate News  Dec 5, 2010 Science provides "compelling logic" for decisive progress at UN climate talks. 

Tar Sands' Long Shadow

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Manitoba Wildlands - 4/12/10 Canada Exports Dirty Oil and Dirty Energy Policies    Beautiful Destruction photo

Manitoba Bird Flu Quarantine Widens, Hatchery Destocked

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Manitoba Co-Operator De3'10 Another farm in…. Photograph by:  Brian Snyder, REUTERS

High Water Advisory Issued For Assiniboine River Watershed

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Manitoba News Release - De. 3, 2010 Manitoba Water Stewardship's Hydrologic Forecast Centre has   issued a high water advisory for the Assiniboine River and its tributaries, from the Shellmouth/Russell area to Headingley, as a result of ice jams.  Shellmouth Dam (above) in more normal times. Also see photo (below) just below the dam. Pics by l.p. ·         The Assiniboine tributaries and the main river remain well within their banks at most locations. However, due to the recent heavy snow followed by a sudden drop in temperatures, ice jams and flooding are occurring at various locations downstream of the Shellmouth Reservoir, Miniota and in the Brandon area.  ·         This local ice-jam flooding is expected to continue at locations on the main river and some larger tributaries like the Souris and the Little Saskatchewan rivers until the freezing process stabilizes in the next two weeks. ·         Communities in the Assiniboine Valley, especially in low-lying are

Another Flood of the Century?

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Winnipeg Free Press - By: Bruce Owen - 2/12/2010  Heavy rainfall, snow lead premier to sound the alarm. Flooding in the Red River Valley - 1997 Courtesy of the Gov't. of Manitoba

Cycle City, USA. How Portland Plans to Become the First World-Class bike City in America.

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by Jay Walljasper - yes!  Nov 29, 2010 It’s become a cliché that Portland is America’s most livable... EDITOR'S NOTE: As cities like Toronto and Winnipeg elect (& re-elect) loonies as their mayors, it's refreshing to note that there remain pockets of sanity somewhere on this continent! I am reminded of a quote from H.G. Wells, who once said, "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." l.p.

US Federal Court Orders First-Ever Destruction of a GMO Crop

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San Francisco, CA – November 30, 2010 – Centre for Food Safety. Genetically Engineered Sugar Beet Seed Crop Must be Removed! Finds Government and Monsanto rushed to illegally plant herbicide resistant crop. Cdn. Biotechnology Action Network Press Statement, December 1, 2010: Yesterday a US federal district judge ordered Monsanto's genetically engineered sugarbeet seedlings be uprooted. This is the first court-ordered destruction of a GE crop in the US. The decision (November 30, 2010) follows a challenge from farmer and environmental groups based on the risks of contamination. The judge noted that non-GE crops were at risk and that the US Department of Agriculture, by allowing September plantings, tried to circumvent his prior ruling that the sugarbeets were illegal, pending an environmental assessment. Below is a letter from CBAN to Canadian sugar company Lantic, and a press release from US group Center for Food Safety which represented groups in the legal challen