Showing posts from November, 2016

The Fusarium-Glyphosate Connection - How an Amazingly Successful Weedkiller May Have Yet Another Dark Side. (Video)


Corporate Giants' "Sustainable" Palm Oil Revealed as Sham

CommonDreams Nestlé, Kellogg's, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and others are linked to child labor and forced labor in Indonesia. Story here. A vast palm oil plantation in Indonesia.  Photo by Achmad Rabin Taim.

Prime Minister Trudeau, We Will Do What It Takes To Stop New Pipelines Make Trudeau Listen; go here.

First Nations, environmentalists vow 'long battle' on approved Kinder Morgan pipeline

CBCnews Kinder Morgan, business groups cheer announcement as 'defining moment' for Canada's energy industry. Story here.

Join the fight against Donald Trump's attacks on our environment.

Friends of the Earth President Trump will be the greatest threat to the environment in living memory. To stop him from destroying the planet, we must join together and fight back. PLEASE DONATE NOW!

Loss of sea ice, changes to tundra: Study says Arctic faces 19 tipping points

NATIONALOBSERVER An international report says the Arctic is perched on the edge of fundamental social and environmental change as it faces 19 tipping points ranging from loss of summer sea ice to the slow creep of shrubs and trees across the tundra. Story here.

Grassy Narrows residents eating fish with highest mercury levels in province New analysis using provincial data reveals that mercury in an average meal of walleye from Clay Lake is 15 times the daily intake limit for adults. Story here.

'We are in shock': historic Bolivia drought hammers homes and crops

theguardian The country’s worst drought in 25 years, spurred by poor management, El Niño and climate change, has reservoirs drying up and hospitals struggling. Story here.

Species On The Move

Inside Climate News As climate change impacts habitats around the world, species are on the move, trying to adapt — and survive. Story here. Wild turkey. Photo by  MONGO

An Open Letter to the Premier of Manitoba.

Dear Premier Pallister: from John Fefchak. I have concerns and am speaking out for the despair of Lake Winnipeg and our precious water sources in Manitoba.

Save BC's Ancient Temperate Rainforest. PLEASE SIGN!

A Portrait of a Man Who Knows Nothing About Climate Change

New York In his interview with the New York Times , Donald Trump expressed more flexibility on climate change, which he has previously called a hoax created by China . That is the good news. The bad news is that Trump’s lack of commitment to the cause of climate-science denial is rooted in a comprehensive failure to grasp the issue. Story here.

ALUS Canada to launch New Acre Project

Manitoba Co-Operator Donor dollars will be matched with individual projects they choose. Story here.

Building a greener future

nature climate change The built environment will play a key role in determining future emissions, so it is essential that low-carbon infrastructure and design are implemented. Story here.

'Shockingly Stupid' Attack on Science: Trump to Eliminate NASA Climate Research

CommonDreams President-elect plans to entirely slash climate science in favor of deep space exploration. Story here.

Global sea ice has reached a record low – should we be worried?

NewScientist It’s an internet sensation. An alarming graph showing the global area of sea ice falling to unprecedented lows for this time of year has gone viral. Story here.



Take the Pledge to Help End BC's Grizzly Hunt

The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends

The Washington Post Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic. Story here.

The tragic reason seabirds keep mistaking ocean plastic for food

The Washington Post Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean, where it often goes straight into the bellies of hungry birds, sea turtles and other marine animals. This is a big concern for scientists, who are still investigating the possible consequences for the marine ecosystem — but until now, researchers weren’t completely sure why so many animals were mistaking the plastic for food in the first place. Story here.

Thousands of Dead Orangutans

Orangutans are being shot, starved, and burned into extinction by ruthless palm oil plantation expansion. We’re demanding that PepsiCo stop fuelling the demand for  irresponsibly sourced palm oil, which is killing the orangutans.  Will you chip in CA$2? DONATE CA$2 NOW DONATE CA$5 NOW DONATE CA$10 NOW OTHER AMOUNT Dear Larry, Thousands of orangutans in Borneo are killed every year --  shot, starved, and burned to death as their rainforest home is destroyed.  Unless action is taken to protect them, they will likely be extinct in ten years. It's all because of a ruthless effort by the palm oil industry to deforest as much of the island as possible to make room for their destructive palm oil plantations. As their habitat burns, orangutans go hungry. Many starve, while others leave the forest in a desperate search for food and are then often shot by palm oil plantation workers. The only way that orangutans will be saved is if big food cor

Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  Dear Larry, Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline! As you read this, thousands of Indigenous Peoples are camped along the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota. They’re fighting to protect their land and water from the construction of the Dakota Access oil and gas pipeline. And it’s up to the President to decide.

Protect the Bees! PLEASE SIGN!

  Dear Larry, Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Protect the rusty-patched bumblebee! It’s been a long and disappointing week. Donald Trump was elected to be our next President. Our planet is in real trouble. But even as we face the prospect of a Trump White House, there are still many ways you can help protect the planet. Right now, one of our crucial wild bees -- the rusty-patched bumblebee -- is on the brink of extinction. And you can help save it!

We Can't Let This Happen

Larry, In a matter of weeks, the Canadian government will approve or deny the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. This decision could put the B.C. coast and our fragile climate at risk.  We’ve heard that the decision is coming soon and that the government is leaning toward approving the pipeline. There’s not a moment to lose. We can’t let this happen. It’s time to scale up our resistance.  Sign the petition to send Trudeau a message: climate leaders don’t build pipelines! Just last week, the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement came into force. The Trudeau government wants us to believe that we can meet our new climate targets  and  build new tar sands pipelines. But you and I know that’s not true. More than eighty-five tribes and First Nations are standing up to tar sands expansion, and we are standing with them.  Time is running out. The decision on Kinder Morgan is due in a few weeks. But together we can turn the tide and stop this devastating project.  Add your name to th

This Story Will Make You Angry

Dear Larry, This is a story of an arrogant government agency more dedicated to helping pesticide manufacturers to profit than doing its job to protect human health and the environment. It’s a story that  will make you angry . It proves beyond a doubt that pesticide management in Canada must be fixed. Here’s our story. It starts three years ago. Back in 2013, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) was faced with the evidence of catastrophic bee kills by neonicotinoids used to coat corn and soy seeds.  Honey beekeepers were finding millions of dead and dying bees during spring planting. No one knows how many millions of wild bees were also killed on contact since no one was counting wild bees. The European Union had just decided to ban the use of three neonicotinoids until more research has done on their impact on bees - thiamethoxam, clothianidin and imidacloprid. Faced with millions of dead bees and the important precautionary ste

What it would really mean if Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement

Washington Post After Tuesday’s U.S. election upset, climate change watchers and wonks are scrambling to assess what it would really mean if Donald Trump, true to his word, ditches or simply fails to participate in the Paris climate change agreement (which he could do through a  variety of mechanisms ). And it does indeed appear that the consequences for international diplomacy, and for the planet, would be considerable. Story here.

President Trump means we can’t escape a dangerously warmer world

Scientific American Is there anything positive to say on the climate front after the US election result? Well, the rest of the world may finally get serious about preparing for a world more than 3 o C warmer, because make no mistake that is where we are heading. Story here.

Paris climate deal thrown into uncertainty by US election result

theguardian Many fear Donald Trump will reverse the ambitious course set by Barack Obama, withdraw the US from the accord and increase fossil-fuel spending.  Story here.


Hey Larry, Today, around the world, SumOfUs members are in shock.  Many of you, like me, probably had a sleepless night. I’m shocked and afraid for what the future holds for the United States, and the world.  Donald Trump and the Republicans will control the White House, Congress and the Senate. SumOfUs members are part of a global community.  There are millions of people in the United States and around the world who will be directly impacted by this result.  Many of them are feeling anxious and afraid right now. We’re sending our thoughts to them all. In this moment we need to reaffirm the values and mission of our community.  Our mission is to fight for people over profit. But what does that mean in a world where Donald Trump is President? I want to know how you are feeling right now, and what your reaction to the election result is.  What do you think our community should focus on in the coming months? GETTING MONEY OUT OF POLITICS FAIR TRADE DEALS STANDING