Friday, 8 February 2019

Human Hunting Is Driving the World’s Biggest Animals Toward Extinction


Smithsonian.com
"Moose may soon disappear completely from some parts of Manitoba, Canada,
where the population has dropped by as much as 57 percent."
Source CPAWS MB. A PinP photo.
A new analysis found that 70 percent of Earth’s largest creatures are decreasing in number, while 59 percent are at risk of extinction. Story here.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Hidden Environmental Toll of Mining the World’s Sand


YaleEnvironment360
By far the largest mining endeavour globally is digging up sand, mainly for the concrete that goes into buildings. But this little-noticed and largely unregulated activity has serious costs — damaging rivers, wreaking havoc on coastal ecosystems, and even wiping away entire islands. Story here.
Sand mining in the Netherlands. Photo by GeraldM at Dutch Wikipedia
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Guess what folks? This already questionable practise is set to start up, big-time, here in my home province of Manitoba, too! And this one is for the even more disreputable purpose of FRACKING! You didn't know? Not surprising. Read on and weep. l.p.
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Frack Sand Mining Coming to Manitoba and Soon.
Consultation or Coercion – You Tell Me
Is a controversial “frac sand mine”about to go ahead on the east side of Manitoba's Lake Winnipeg without proper consent?
by Don Sullivan.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Ramped up efforts needed to protect the world's inland waters


ScienceDaily
The Birdtail River meanders past a big gravel-mine in western Manitoba,
Canada. A PinP photo.

Surface water protection is well below global targets in over half of the world's countries, according to a new study. Story here. 

Saturday, 2 February 2019

‘The devastation of human life is in view’: what a burning world tells us about climate change


The Guardian
Houses burn in the monster "Fort Mac" fire in Alberta, CA.
IMAGE CREDITS: TWITTER, INDIATODAY.

I was wilfully deluded until I began covering global warming, says David Wallace-Wells. But extreme heat could transform the planet by 2100. Story here.


Doug Ford appoints his new Chief Climate Advisor.

Photo by Laval U, Canada.

Out of the mouths of babes. A teenager delivers a powerful message to the world's richest. (Video)

Friday, 1 February 2019

Factory Farms Pollute the Environment and Poison Drinking Water


TRUTHOUT
The polar opposite of a factory farm.
A pig herder in Romania.
Photo by PetrS.
Hog waste can contain potentially dangerous pathogens, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. 
Story here.

RELATED: 

                                                   "In Hogs We Trust."  
A critique of Manitoba’s “runaway” hog industry.

By Larry Powell.

Does your place of residence make you immune from climate calamity? I think not! (Opinion)

by Larry Powell I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard one of my fellow "prairie dogs" remark, how "lucky" or...