Showing posts with the label Bad Businesses

World's biggest meat firm, JBS, caught red-handed. (Video)

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‘You can’t drink money’: Kootenay communities fight logging to protect their drinking water

The Narwhal In Glade, BC, where clear-cutting could begin any day, determined residents are pulling out all the stops in an effort to protect their local creek — even though a judge ruled they have no right to clean water. Story here. The south end of Kootenay Lk. Photo by Shawn from Airdrie, Canada.

Replanting oil palm may be driving a second wave of biodiversity loss

PHYS ORG A palm oil plantation in Malaysia, poisoned to make way for new growth. CEphoto, Uwe Aranas The environmental impact of palm oil production has been well publicized. Found in everything from food to cosmetics, the deforestation, ecosystem decline and biodiversity loss  associated with its use is a serious cause for concern. What many people may not know, however, is... story here.

Farm workers sicken as Trump slashes regulations meant to protect them.

New York Times Ordinary people suffer because of Trump's deference to powerful interests. Details here. RELATED:  Manitoba Family Believes it was Poisoned by Crop Spray  (like the one referred to in the Times story) Watch video here from Sept. 2006..

Modern slavery promotes overfishing

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The Olympics vs. the Wild Creatures of the Rainforests.

Rainforest Action Network  The Borneo file-eared frog ( Polypedates otilophus ). Photo by Charlels J. Sharp. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are likely built on the backs of endangered species. That’s because the very timber being used to build the Olympic venues is being sourced from Indonesia’s rainforests. So much for being “one of the most sustainable Olympics yet!” Details here.

"Manitoba doesn't need a carbon tax. We're already 'green!'" - Premier Brian Pallister.

by Larry Powell Below is a copy of an e-mail I just sent to Chris Hall, host of the CBC Radio program, "The House." It concerns an interview he did this morning with Manitoba's Premier, Brian Pallister on the Premier's move to withdraw from the federal carbon tax plan. If you didn't hear it, Pallister announced to the world that a carbon tax is not needed in Manitoba because both he and his government are already green! Manitoba Premier, Brian Pallister. Photo by Hi Chris! I'm a native Manitoban who has, as a journalist, researcher and citizen, long been immersed in the politics of this province. I could hear the lies dripping from Premier Pallister's mouth as you interviewed him on the carbon tax this morning. His assertion that both he and Manitoba are already green, comes less than a year after his government slashed important legislation. It once provided us with a measure of health and environmental protection from the mass polluti

Busted! Citizens' group exposes Illegal hog operation in Manitoba. Few consequences likely for barn owner.(Video)

Read an alternative version here.  Also.... "In Hogs We Trust."   A critique of Manitoba’s “runaway” hog industry. Part 1 - Antibiotic Overuse. Part 11 - The price we pay for corporate pig$.   Part 111 - From Malaysia to Manitoba - the global magnitude of livestock diseases. Part 1V - The health and environmental costs of an expanded hog industry. Part V - What’s behind Manitoba’s drive to expand?  

This is Giant Mine

TheNarwhal  Giant Mine - 2008. Photo by  WinterCity296  WinterforceMedia This gold mine was once so dangerous that it killed a toddler who ate snow two kilometres away. Canada’s second-largest environmental liability is inside Yellowknife city limits — and intrinsically tied to the city’s history and future. The federal government has now inherited the billion-dollar cleanup effort that could span a century. More here.

World's Biggest Brands Are Pushing Indonesia's Endangered Wildlife to Extinction

EcoWatch An ancient Indonesian rainforest, home to elephants, orangutans, tigers and rhinos, is being destroyed by industries which extract products such as palm oil. Story here. A Sumatran tiger. Dick Mudde.

Exxon Loses Appeal to Keep Auditor Records Secret in Climate Fraud Investigation

 inside climate  news The documents, held by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, could provide a glimpse into the oil giant's calculations of the business risks posed by climate change. Story here.

Pipeline leaks more than 70 thousand litres of crude oil onto Oklahoma farmland

Nation of Change Plains All American Pipeline has been behind at least 25 pipeline incidents in the state of Oklahoma since 2004, with more than half of them due to corrosion. Story here.

Trump sued over Keystone XL pipeline

Nation of Change "We cannot stand by and allow oil and gas companies to ruin our climate and pollute our land, water and sacred cultural sites." Story here.

St. Boniface residents say metal shredder is polluting air, harming health

CBC news Province says neighbourhood is safe, but residents and environmental researcher disagree. Story here.

How Protecting Native Forests Cost a Southeast Asian Activist His Life

YaleEnvironment360 Logging in Malaysia. Photo credit:  Stephen Codri gton n Malaysian activist Bill Kayong fought to save native forest lands from logging and oil palm development. Like a troubling number of environmental campaigners around the world, he paid for it with his life.  Second in a series .

Stop Trump From "Blessing" a "Marriage" (between Monsanto and Bayer) Made in Hell. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!

AVAAZ This is urgent! Trump is ready to bless a merger between chemical giants Monsanto and Bayer to create a $100 billion agribusiness beast designed to dominate our earth's food system. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!!!

Dirty industries spend more on politics, keeping us in the fossil age.

by George Monbiot Alberta tar sands - photo by "Beautiful Destruction." Make America Wait Again. That’s what Donald Trump’s energy policy amounts to. Stop all the clocks, put the technological revolution on hold, ensure that the transition from fossil fuels to clean power is delayed for as long as possible.  Story here.

Another Blatant Conflict-of-Interest is Ignored on Our National Airwaves. Has CBC Radio's "The House" Let Us Down Again?

by Larry Powell Will the CBC ever learn? More than five years ago, the radio program "The House," interviewed their "go-to" guy on just about everything; corporate apologist and big-shot business tycoon Derek Burney (l.), a former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. and adviser to Brian Mulroney.  He sang the praises of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline (extremely controversial even then) and railed against the "violent emotion" being used by environmentalists to oppose it. He never gave, nor was he asked to give, examples of what he meant by violent. Neither did he nor the CBC ever mention that he (Burney) was then (and may still be, for all I know), a director of Trans Canada Pipelines, proponents of the project! It was only after I made a formal complaint to the CBC ombudsman that they apologized for the "oversight."   Fast forward to this morning and, lo and behold, the same program interviewed the same Derek Burney! This time, in a

Thousands of snow geese die in Montana after landing on contaminated water

the guardian Huge flock of migratory birds landed on acidic waters of an open pit mine where employees attempted to scare them off. Story here.

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.