Showing posts from January, 2015

Fracking Linked to Earthquake in Alberta, Canada - Possibly the Largest of its Kind - Ever.

CBC News Alberta's energy regulator fingers hydraulic fracturing as likely cause of 'quake. Story here.

Lies, Damn Lies and the "F" Word. (Video)

Related: " Free Trade: Path to Prosperity - or Back Road to Corporatism? "

Bee Decline Could Cause Malnutrition In Developing Countries - Study.

ClimateProgress Residents of developing nations may soon be struggling with yet another challenge -malnutrition fueled by the decline of pollinators around the world. Details here. Bumblebees on chives. PinP photo.

Why Is the 'Climate President' Approving More Oil Drilling?

Common Dreams Something doesn't compute here. Story here.

More Than Half of Africa’s Arable Land ‘Too Damaged’ for Food Production

INTER PRESS SERVICE A report by the Montpellier Panel – an eminent group of agriculture, ecology and trade experts from Africa and Europe – says about 65 percent of Africa’s arable land is too damaged to sustain viable food production. Story here.

Killing Ragheads for Jesus

OpEdNews - Chris Hedges "American Sniper" lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society -- the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a "Christian" nation to exterminate the "lesser breeds" of the earth, a grotesque hyper-masculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society. Story here.

A New "Monster" Plant is a Looming Concern for Farmers on the Great Plains of the US (and Canada?).

Agro News Prairie farmers may have a new problem on their hands - "Weed palmer amaranth," a formidable threat to crops which seems to scoff at attempts to control it with herbicides.  Story here. Fred Springborn of Michigan State University stands next to palmer Amaranth,  a large and aggressive weed new to that state. Photo credit - MSU.

The Dirty Politics of Climate Change

Kenneth Eade - I've got good news for everybody! Guess what? Climate change is not a hoax! But here's the other news-- Story here.

'Nauseating' Praise for Dead Saudi King Exposes Hypocrisy of West, Say Critics

CommonDreams Western leaders' responses to King Abdullah's death serve as a reminder that Saudi Arabia, with its wealth and geopolitical influence, is a perpetual exception to the west's emphasis on human rights. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised him as a  'strong proponent of peace' in the Middle East.  Story here.

Province of Manitoba, Canada Promises New Supports for Smaller Farmers and Processors

The Co-Operator A small organic market garden in Manitoba. PinP photo. The report says support to grow food-processing sector must extend to all sizes of players. Story here.

Farmer Ain’t in the Dell. A "Toe-Tapper" With a Message! (Video).

Song written and performed by Genevieve Charbonneau.

Nearly 7 Million Litres Of Drilling Waste Spills From North Dakota Pipeline

ClimateProgress Almost 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste spilled from a North Dakota pipeline earlier this month, a spill that’s now being called the state’s largest since the North Dakota oil boom began. Story here.

Food Diversity Under Siege From Global Warming, U.N. Says

Reuters Climate change threatens the genetic diversity of the world's food supply, and saving crops and animals at risk will be crucial for preserving yields and adapting to wild weather patterns, a U.N. policy paper said on Monday. Story here.

'Seedy Business': New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry's High-Cost PR Machine

Common Dreams A typical "industrial-style," GMO farm  in Manitoba. PinP photo. 'The tremendous amount of money spent speaks to depth of public unease about GMOs,' says lead author. Story here.

Robert Redford: Stop the Big Polluter Agenda. PLEASE SIGN!

Please sign here !!!

Kate Storey Selected to Run Again for the Green Party of Canada in Dauphin – Swan River - Marquette.

Onanole, MB.  by Larry Powell - Green Party of Canada. “It’s time to end ‘top-down’ politics in this country,” Storey declared, as a group of dedicated supporters voted unanimously to again endorse her this weekend as their party’s choice in the federal election later this year. " Vote Green and give your MPs the ability to actually represent the people for a change,” she declared. If elected, Storey promised to dedicate herself to fight against the scourges of climate change, and for the principles of social justice and democracy. Kate Storey, candidate, Green Party of Canada. Dauphin - Swan River - Marquette. She and her husband, Doug have been operating an organic farm near Grandview for years. They’ve become living examples of how sustainable agriculture can succeed in a sea of industrial farms, where genetic modification, pesticides and monoculture are increasingly compromising the quality of our food and the very survival of precious pollinators, such as h

Radical Shift in Agriculture Critical to Making Future Food Systems Smarter, More Efficient

UN News Climate change and increasing competition for natural resources have essentially rendered the agriculture model of the past 40 years unsustainable, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO ) has stressed, calling for a ‘paradigm shift’ in food production. Story here. Combining wheat in Manitoba.  Larry Powell - PinP photo.

Richest 1% to Have More Than Rest Of Humanity Combined

Common Dreams New Oxfam report shows the scale of global inequality is "simply staggering." Story here.

The Sale of Monsanto's Toxic Weedkiller is Banned in the Netherlands!

SumOfUs The government of the Netherlands just took a huge step to protect its citizens and banned Monsanto’s super-toxic pesticide Roundup – and it's time more countries did the same. Sign here. PinP photo.

Join Dr. Vandana Shiva in Telling President Obama to Protect Seed Freedom and Food Democracy

Center for Food Safety President Obama will be meeting with the Indian  Prime Minister on January 25 and 26. In response, activist, author and physicist, Dr. Vandana Shiva has written an open letter to the President and the Prime Minister on seed freedom and food democracy. She urges the two leaders to renounce the patenting of life and to stop pursuing “harmonization” of seed patenting laws which would further extend corporate control of our seeds and food.  Click here to sign. Organic fava beans. Will they be next?  PinP photo.

"CHASING ICE" Captures Largest Glacier Calving Ever Filmed - OFFICIAL VIDEO

PinP - This video is 12 years old. I guess the deniers would have us believe this kind of shit never happens, or at least hasn't happened since?

Computer Modelling Shows Climate Change Will Affect Wheat Yields

Manitoba Co-Operator A combination of multiple computer models of weather’s impact on wheat warns of a six per cent dent in world wheat production for every degree Celsius in temperature increase. Story here. Wheatfield.  Larry Powell - PinP photo.

Honeybee Health and Colony Collapse Disorder. A Manitoba Beekeeper Tells it Like it Is.

by Larry Powell Tim Wendell, above, his wife Isabel and a seasonal staff of about 30 tend to over 3,000 hives in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, south of the Town of Roblin. A PinP photo. A veteran Canadian beekeeper whose operations produce almost half-a-million kilograms of honey per year, Tim Wendell, has learned the hard way, just how big a threat "neonicotinoids" pose to operations like his. "Neonics" are now the most widely used group of insecticides in the world. They are either sprayed on crops such as corn, soybeans and canola, or used to treat their seeds.  On a recent speaking engagement, he told audiences in Neepawa, MB, he lost one "bee yard" himself in 2012. It was next to a field which had been planted 4 or 5 years straight to corn treated with "neonics."  He estimates, of the 40 thousand bees in that colony, perhaps only 5 thousand were left. And they were "very disorganized - no longer a community."  He says governm

Hottest Year on Global Record Was Canada's Coolest in 18 Years

CBC News Despite that, the country was 0.1 C warmer than 'average.' Story here.

Three Major Oil Companies Give Up On Arctic Exploration

True Activist As the price of oil continues to drop, oil companies are having less of an incentive to spend their resources extracting oil from new and difficult places. Story here. 

Environmental Degradation Puts Life on Earth at Risk, say Scientists

the guardian Humans are ‘eating away at our own life support systems’ at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years, two new research papers say. Story here.

It’s Time to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides. Please Sign Message Encouraging Ontario, Canada to Press on With Efforts to Restrict Them!

David Suzuki Foundation On November 25, the  Ontario government   became the first government in North America  to announce a plan for regulations to restrict  the use of seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides.  Story here.

Great Canadian Migrations

PinP; Any similarity this commentator bears to David Attenborough, the famous naturalist of BBC TV fame, is purely intentional!

With Wall Street Holding the Strings, Republican-Controlled U.S. Congress Moves to Deregulate Big Banks

Common Dreams Just weeks after taking over both houses of Congress, the Republican party is already aggressively moving to weaken legislation aimed at reining in big banks and protecting the public. Story here. Related: "Is Ottawa Bedding Down With Crooked Bankers?"

Trade Secrets Why will no one answer the obvious, massive questions about TTIP? Story here. Sound familiar? If not, read this   - "Free Trade - Path to Prosperity or Back Road to Corporatism?"

Answering for America’s Madness

by Ann Jones   TomDispatch Americans who live abroad — more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) — often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly odd and troubling conduct of the United States.  Polite people, normally reluctant to risk offending a guest, complain that America’s trigger-happiness, cutthroat free-marketeering, and “exceptionality” have gone on for too long to be considered just an adolescent phase. Which means that we Americans abroad are regularly asked to account for the behavior of our rebranded “homeland,” now conspicuously in decline and increasingly out of step with the rest of the world.

Leave Most of Canada's Tar Sands in the Ground if You Want to Meet Climate Targets - Study.

The Globe and Mail As U.S. President Barack Obama and a Republican-led Congress spar over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a new analysis of worldwide fossil-fuel reserves suggests that most of the Alberta oil the pipeline is meant to carry would need to remain in the ground if nations are to meet the goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius. Story here.

Paving Path Towards Climate Goal, Denmark Sets World Record for Wind Power

Common Dreams Wind turbine - Saskatchewan, Canada. Larry Powell PinP photo. 'It shows that we can reach our ultimate goal, namely to stop global warming,' said climate minister. Story here.

#SaveTheBees Campaign Update...

The Sierra Club Canada Foundation will be undertaking a cross-country speaking tour as part of our #SaveTheBees campaign.How can you help? Find out here.

Australia Is Burning, and Climate Change Is Making It Worse

Inside Climate News It’s summertime in Australia, which means the fires are raging . Every year, the continent’s sweltering temperatures and dry conditions create a toxic combination for bush fires that can threaten homes and lead to injuries and deaths. This season’s wildfires are particularly damaging, destroying the largest amount of territory in more than three decades. The Insurance Council of Australia yesterday declared a catastrophe for regions near Adelaide in South Australia. Story here. Related:   Emissions for Power Sector Jump as Carbon Tax Ends in Australia

All Forms of Life Are Sacred

OpEdNews - Chris Hedges Fowl on an organic farm in Canada.  (Someone once said,  "Livestock raised on organic farms each has one bad day in its life.  For those raised in animal factories - every day is a living hell!")  Larry Powell PinP photo. The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. Once we desanctify animals we desanctify all life. And once life is desanctified the industrial machines of death, and the drone-like bureaucrats, sadists and profiteers who operate them, carry out human carnage as easily as animal carnage. There is a direct link between our industrial slaughterhouses for animals and our industrial weapons used on the battlefields in the Middle East. Details here.

Climate Change Plan Should be Priority for Political Parties in 2015 Election

the Hill Times All federal political parties face a spotlight glare on climate, says columnist David Crane. Which will be willing to offer real and clear choices on our energy-environment future, with credible policies to back their plans up? Story here.

2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far

Climate Progress The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has announced that 2014 was the hottest year in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. NOAA (the US weather service) is expected to make a similar call in a couple of weeks and so is NASA. Story here.

The Fight to Save Canada's Legendary Peel Watershed Continues

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER MATHER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC The Yukon Government has announced that it will appeal a decision in the lawsuit concerning the Peel Watershed launched by a Yukon First Nation, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Yukon Conservation Society. Story here.

Leonardo DiCaprio (UN Messenger of Peace) at the Opening of Climate Summit 2014

Will Climate Change Kill Outdoor Hockey In Canada?

University of Washington Conservation Youngsters skate on an outdoor rink in Manitoba.  Larry Powell PinP photo. Take anything from Canadians, anything at all—anything except hockey. Story here.

The Wreck of the Kulluk

The New York Times In 2005, Royal Dutch Shell, then the fourth-largest company on Earth, bought a drill rig that was both tall, rising almost 250 feet above the waterline, and unusually round. Story here. PinP: This is not an easy read, but well worth the time and effort. An epic and disturbing tale of folly at sea.

A Cinematic Insight Into the Kind of Country Canada Embraces as a "Free Trade Amigo"

RELATED:  " Free Trade: Path to Prosperity - or Back Road to Corporatism? "

Federal Tax Relief Program for Some Cattle Producers in Western Canada - Another Price to Pay For Climate Change Inaction?

By: The Canadian Press PinP photo. EDMONTON - The federal government is giving some livestock producers in Western Canada a bit of tax relief.  Producers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and B.C. who faced forage shortfalls due to extreme weather will be allowed to defer tax on their cattle sales for 2014.     Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says eligible producers in designated areas can defer income tax on the sale of their breeding livestock for one year in order to help replenish that stock.

Pope Francis’s Edict on Climate Change Will Anger Deniers and US Churches

The Guardian Pontiff hopes to inspire action at UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York. Story here.