Monday, 11 February 2013

Oklahoman Youth Pastor Suspended From KXL Construction Equipment, Locked to Machinery.

Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance
A youth pastor locked himself to machinery being used to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline near Schoolton, Oklahoma this morning. He's taking action to protect the North Canadian River and the health of the towns and land it runs through from being irreversibly damaged by leaks and spills... Details here.  

Friday, 8 February 2013

Lake Winnipeg Most Threatened in World in 2013

'This is the red flag'          CBC News
Lake Winnipeg has earned a disturbing new title from the Global Nature Fund (GNF), as the Threatened Lake of 2013."That this huge Canadian lake is faced with problems similar to those of lakes in more densely populated countries is hard to believe," stated the organization, which is based in Berlin, Germany. Details here.

(PLT: Beautiful, if you don't look too close.)

Thursday, 7 February 2013

New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilisations

Analysis by Lester R. Brown - Inter Press Service
WASHINGTON - The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Full story here.

Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza Mexico. PLT photo

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Letter-to-the-Editor)

Dear Editor,

Remember when school would start and your teacher would ask you how you spent your summer vacation?

While school is now a dim and distant memory for me, last summer is anything but. I spent about ten days of it, flat on my back in the Regina General Hospital, after a near-death experience. 

It all started on a dark and stormy night in late June. Like many other folks living in a huge area of the eastern prairies, we suffered property damage in the thousands when a dangerous "plow wind" of well over 100kph struck about midnight, while we were in bed. (Sadly, it was consistent with what our top scientists have been warning us about for decades: That the climate we humans are changing by our addiction to fossil fuels, is bringing "weather events" which have become way more severe and frequent than they once were.) 

It buckled our garage door (above), damaged our car inside, blew the tops off several of the spruce trees in our shelter belt and brought down two of the largest, brushing our sun porch and barely missing our house (below). 

Some days later, I was cleaning up the debris when it happened. I developed the kind of chest pain I knew I couldn't ignore. 

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A Case for Civil Disobedience

By: John Bennett - Sierra Club of Canada - Wpg. Free Press
OTTAWA — All the benefits Roslyn Kunin attributes to life in Canada in her recent column, including peace and order and good government, came about through civil disobedience. The suffragettes who won women the right to vote did not shy away from it. Details here.

First Nations Protestor - Regina. PLT photo

Spruce Point Minesite Mess - a Black Eye for Manitoba (Video)

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Wildlife in a Warming World

'Only by rejecting dirty energy and embracing clean energy solutions — will we begin to alter the path we are on to catastrophic climate change.' Details here.

Red Wing blackbird.
PLT photo


The second-largest ice sheet in the Arctic - Canada's Milne sheet, has collapsed.

This animation shows the sheet rapidly receding, losing almost half its mass.