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The Anti-Empire Report: Please tell me again ... What is the war in Afghanistan about?

February 14th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2012/02/14/please-tell-me-again-what-is-the-war-in

Afghanistan is well situated for oil and gas pipelines to serve much of south Asia, pipelines that can bypass those not-yet Washington clients, Iran and Russia. If only the Taliban would not attack the lines. Here's Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, in 2007: "One of our goals is to stabilize Afghanistan, so it can become a conduit and a hub between South and Central Asia so that energy can flow to the south." [2]

Amerika, A modern day East Germany

February 12th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Zionism, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: /http://www.darkpolitricks.com/2010/08/amerika-a-modern-day-east-germany/

Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States. An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances. In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings – about 17 million square feet. The government has directed this huge intelligence apparatus onto the people

Alcoholic drinks to get weaker, says minister

February 7th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9067332/Alcoholic-drinks-to-get-weaker-says-minister.html

Alcoholic drinks should be made weaker under in Britain under Government plans to tackle the "deadly problem” of binge-drinking, a health minister has said. ."In the strategy, ministers are expected to unveil measures to increase the price of alcoholic drinks according to how strong they are. This could be done through higher taxation per unit, minimum pricing per unit or simply higher levels of duty for strong drinks. Ministers will also encourage companies to produce weaker alcoholic drinks.

Cuba on the Road to Clean Energy Development

February 7th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Science

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106684

More than a decade ago, solar electricity changed the lives of several mountain communities in Cuba. Now this and other renewable power sources are emerging as the best options available to develop sustainable energy across the island.If the world's clean energy potential exceeds our consumption needs, why do we insist on using the polluting kind?"

Print Leaflet Feedback Share » New wave of job losses in Australia

February 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/jobs-f06.shtml

The year 2012 has opened with an acceleration of job losses across Australia’s manufacturing, retail, mining and finance sectors, as corporate restructuring and cost-cutting that began last year with the destruction of thousands of jobs. The retail and services industries, which employ by far the biggest numbers of workers, especially young people, are experiencing a devastating slump

Highest level of radioactive cesium in San Francisco-area milk since August 2011 — Now at 150% of EPA’s maximum contaminant limit

February 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://enenews.com/highest-level-radioactive-cesium-san-francisco-area-milk-august-2011-150-epas-maximum-contaminant-limit-chart

A new milk sample has been measured, this one with a best-by date of 2/16/2012. The results are posted to the milk sample page. Low levels of both Cs-134 and Cs-137 were still detected in the sample.

The Seed Emergency: The Threat to Food and Democracy

February 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Science, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/06-0

Patenting seeds has led to a farming and food crisis - and huge profits for US biotechnology corporations.Corporations defined a problem - and for them the problem was farmers saving seeds. They offered a solution, and the solution was to make it illegal for farmers to save seed - by introducing patents and intellectual property rights [PDF] on those very seeds. As a result, acreage under GM corn, soya, canola, cotton has increased dramatically.

Advertise on NYTimes.com Obama Imposes Freeze on Iran Property in U.S.

February 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/world/middleeast/white-house-moves-to-tighten-sanctions-on-iran.html?_r=1

The White House moved to enforce tightened sanctions against Iran on Monday because of the country’s suspect nuclear program, freezing all property of the Central Bank of Iran, other Iranian financial institutions and the Iranian government in the United States. The administration has been trying to persuade Iran’s oil customers to shift to other suppliers,China and India,to keep buying Iranian oil.

Brazil Deepens Strategic Cooperation with Cuba

February 2nd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Zionism, Economic, Politics

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106635

- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's visit to Cuba served to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, leverage the South American giant's investments in the Caribbean island, and deepen political ties. In what was her first trip to Cuba, Rousseff judged as wrong "a blockade that denies a people access to food," in reference to the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, and said her government would be granting 350 million dollars in credit for food purchases from Brazil. On Feb. 1, Rousseff travelled to Haiti, where she was set to meet with government officials to discuss a number of issues, According to official press accounts, during her stay in the capital she signed several agreements with Cuba, but no details of their content were released. "We also agreed to finance the purchase of equipment, machinery, small tractors, and harvesters, with a 200 million (dollar) credit to boost food production in Cuba," Rousseff said, and insisted on a partnership between the two nations that will help the island's development and ensure better living conditions for its people.

Shortages of rare minerals: China's strategic control over terbium, yttrium, dysprosium, europium and neodymium

February 2nd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Science

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29033

China's near-exclusive access to terbium and yttrium sent prices soaring in 2011, potentially hobbling clean energy industry. Shortages of a handful of rare minerals could slow the future growth of the burgeoning renewable energy industries, and affect countries' chances of limiting greenhouse gas emissions, business leaders were told at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Last year, prices of many scarce minerals exploded, rising as much as 10 times over 2010 levels before dropping back, said PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).Terbium, yttrium, dysprosium, europium and neodymium are widely used in the manufacture of wind turbines, solar panels, electric car batteries and energy-efficient lightbulbs. But because these "rare earths" are mined almost exclusively in China, it is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to source them in the required quantities. In a survey of some of the largest clean energy manufacturers, 78% told PwC said they were already experiencing instability of supply of rare metals, and most said they did not expect shortages to ease for at least five years. Currently, 95% of the rare earth minerals needed by clean tech industries come from China which has set strict export quotas. Last year China reserved most for its own for its domestic wind, solar and battery industries, shifting costs to the US and Europe which do not mine any of the minerals.

Strike threat wins new contracts for nurses

February 2nd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://socialistworker.org/

SOME 10,000 nurses at four of the largest New York City hospitals recently settled contracts that include modest raises and increased staffing. The deals also include lump-sum payments that partially offset a recent arbitration decision requiring private-sector nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to contribute to their health care fund for the first time.

Russia wheat export fears send prices soaring

January 31st, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://www.agrimoney.com/news/russia-wheat-export-fears-send-prices-soaring--4105.html

Wheat prices ended at a four-month high in Chicago, and in Paris at their highest since June, boosted by concerns over Black Sea supplies fostered by a double whammy of frost and export curb concerns.

Why Are the Chinese Buying Record Quantities of Gold?

January 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonchang/2012/01/29/why-are-the-chinese-buying-record-quantities-of-gold/

Analysts believe China bought as much as 490 tons of gold in 2011, double the estimated 245 tons in 2010. “The thing that’s caught people’s minds is the massive increase in Chinese buying,” remarked Ross Norman of Sharps Pixley, a London gold brokerage, this month.So who in China is buying all this gold?The People’s Bank of China, the central bank, has been hinting that it is purchasing. “No asset is safe now,” said the PBOC’s Zhang Jianhua at the end of last month. —China is the world’s largest gold producer.

New Study: Climate Change Threatens World's Wheat Crop

January 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Science

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/29-2

It could be much more difficult than we thought to feed everyone in a warmer world.A study released Sunday afternoon finds that wheat crop yields could plunge due, in part, to climate change. Extreme temperatures are already cutting wheat yields in India (Narinder Nanu/AFP) The study, published in Nature Climate Change, researchers warn that current projections underestimate the extent to which hotter weather in the future will accelerate this process. Extreme heat causes wheat crops to age faster and reduce yields, the Stanford University-led study shows, underscoring the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population as the world continues to warm.

We've Lost Nearly All of Our Wild Foods -- What Happened? And What Are We Missing?

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/153568/weve_lost_nearly_all_of_our_wild_foods__what_happened_and_what_are_we_missing

Once upon a time, wild foods were a regular and beloved part of the American diet. Today, the American epicure might dine on foraged mushrooms and ramps, but for many of us, fish are the last wild food we eat. What happened? And what are we missing?

Sugar High: The Dark History and Nasty Methods Used to Feed Our Sweet Tooth

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/153831/Sugar_High%3A_The_Dark_History_and_Nasty_Methods_Used_to_Feed_Our_Sweet_Tooth/

Sugar is now 20 percent of the American diet, but it's not just our health that suffers from its pervasiveness. Today, sugar productionstill uses exploitative labor practices and can cause serious environmental problems .

Nuclear Power After Chernobyl and Fukushima

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/nuclear-power-after-chernobyl-and-fukushima-4593/

It is one of the marvels of our time that the nuclear industry managed to resurrect itself from its ruins at the end of the last century, when it crumbled under its costs, inefficiencies, and mega-accidents. Chernobyl released hundreds of times the radioactivity of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, contaminating more than 40% of Europe and the entire Northern Hemisphere.1

Wheat Climbs as Russia May Slow Shipments Amid Waning Supplies January 26, 2012, 9:53 AM EST

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-26/wheat-climbs-as-russia-may-slow-shipments-amid-waning-supplies.html

Wheat advanced to a three-week high in Chicago as Russia may slow shipments of the grain with supplies for exports down. Corn and soybeans gained. Wheat stockpiles held by farmers in Russia’s main exporting regions in the south have dropped below last year’s levels, declining as much as 50 percent in some areas, SovEcon, a Moscow-based agricultural researcher, said yesterday. The country banned exports in August 2010 after its worst drought in half a century. The ban was lifted in July. “Russia could potentially put some export curbs in place, but nothing is for certain.

Ecology and the Pathology of Capitalism

January 20th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30304.htm

Virtually all of the social upheaval, inequality, and environmental problems of today in some way ensue from capitalism, including overpopulation and armed aggression. Capitalism requires continuous economic expansion and a burgeoning market for consumers. This is simply not possible on a finite planet.Through lifelong indoctrination, Americans are persuaded that self-interested greed is in their best interest.The illusion of democracy, including voting in the absence of meaningful choice, is a poor substitute for direct action and anarchy. Democracy cannot flourish in the sterile soil that capitalism leaves in its wake. Either we have democracy or we have capitalism, or we create something entirely different.

Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

January 20th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Science

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/sun-shoots-a-fastball-at-earth-but-minimal-impact-expected-on-satellites-power-grid/2012/01/20/gIQA5KiBEQ_story.html

A huge sunspot unleashed a blob of charged plasma Thursday that space weather watchers predict will blast past the Earth on Sunday. Satellite operators and power companies are keeping a close eye on the incoming cloud, which could distort the Earth’s magnetic field and disrupt radio communications, especially at higher latitudes.

While Some Waste, Others Feast

January 20th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106503

Alexander, a 24-year-old law student dines almost exclusively on the food that other Germans – grocery stores, restaurants and supermarkets – throw away. supermarkets and grocery stores 'sort out' potatoes that are too large, cucumbers that are "too bent" for dumping The stores’ management eliminate foodstuffs considered ‘unattractive’, even if they are still edible. As a result, thousands of tonnes of apples, bananas, milk, coffee, yoghurt, sugar and cheese rot in enourmous garbage containers .In response to what the food retail industry has dubbed ‘looting’, supermarkets and grocery stores are now locking up their garbage containers. Many companies have even hired security personnel to keep away the looters from containers all over the country , a bakery chain used to toss up to 12 tons of bread every month. "Now, we burn the old bread as (fuel) for our backing ovens.

After Fukushima, fish tales

January 13th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/After%2BFukushima%2Bfish%2Btales/5994237/story.html#ixzz1jqQpnFBz

Dewar, the executive director of Physicians for Global Survival, a Canadian anti-nuclear group, says the Canadian government has downplayed the radiation risks from Fukushima and is doing little to monitor them. “We suspect we’re going to see more cancers, decreased fetal viability, decreased fertility, increased metabolic defects – and we expect them to be generational,” she said. And evidence has emerged that the impacts of the disaster on the Pacific Ocean are worse than expected.

Toilet on tap: Panel recommends Americans drink more waste water to combat future shortages

January 11th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2085351/Toilet-tap-Panel-recommends-Americans-drink-waste-water-combat-future-shortages.html#ixzz1jCcebjMb

'Wastewater is a drought-proof supply and a very viable option compared to imported water and other options' Next time you pour a glass of water from the tap try not to think about this - you might be about to drink what you once flushed away. Rising numbers of Americans are consuming wastewater, or 'toilet on tap', without even realising it, according to an official report. Even though it once contained human waste, food scraps and bath scum, the National Research Council claims that it could actually be better for you than fresh water.

2012 Is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/04-1

The year 2012 has opened with news that Fukushima's radioactive cloud may already have killed some 14,000 Americans, according to a major study just published in the International Journal of Health Services. Some 100 million tons of tsunami trash---much of it radiated by Fukushima fallout---has begun contaminating the beaches of our west coast. Germany and Japan, the world's third and fourth largest economies, along with numerous others countries, have definitively turned away from the "Peaceful Atom."

How Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories May Pose a Genuine Threat to Humanity

December 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/153554/how_right-wing_conspiracy_theories_may_pose_a_genuine_threat_to_humanity/

The paranoia infecting a broad swath of the American right-wing can be comical at times -- think about Orly Taitz and her fellow Birthers. But we laugh at our own peril, because what Richard Hofstadter famously characterized as "the paranoid style in American politics" poses a serious threat to our future: the right's snowballing conspiracy theories could ultimately lead to disaster.

Startling the Global Community, Canada Withdraws from the Kyoto Convention

December 22nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21510

Canada has announced its intention to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gas emissions (GGE), sandbagging the other signatories to the convention. The Kyoto protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan in 1997, was designed to combat global warming with the agreement allowing countries like China and India take voluntary, but non-binding steps to reduce their greenhouse gas carbon emissions.

Over 462 trillion becquerels Fukushima strontium in Pacific Ocean, Seafood risk - Health risk looms as Pacific seafood accumulates radioactive poisoning

December 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/over-462-trillion-becquerels-fukushima-strontium-pacific-ocean-seafood-risk?CID=examiner_alerts_article

After Japanese Prime Minister declared the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe under control Friday, Japan's The Asahi Shimbun newspaper released calculations Monday showing at least 462 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium have leaked into the Pacific Ocean since Fukushima's No. 1 nuclear power plant catastrophe began, making it one of the world's most severe marine pollution cases in history. According to Greenpeace independent research, Government and retailors are not adequately protecting the public from dangerous radioactive contaminated Pacific seafood, still sold unlabeled in Japan and on the international market, including to the United States due to a secret pact between Secretary Clinton and the Japanese Prime Minister.

Why Is It So Easy to Save the Banks – but So Hard to Save the Biosphere?

December 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/18-3

They bailed out the banks in days. But even deciding to bail out the planet is taking decades. Nicholas Stern estimated that capping climate change would cost around 1% of global GDP, while sitting back and letting it hit us would cost between 5 and 20%. One per cent of GDP is, at the moment, $630bn. By March 2009, Bloomberg has revealed, the US Federal Reserve had committed $7.77 trillion to the banks. That is just one government's contribution: yet it amounts to 12 times the annual global climate change bill. Add the bailouts in other countries, and it rises several more times.

Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

December 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/medical-journal-article--14000-us-deaths-tied-to-fukushima-reactor-disaster-fallout-135859288.html

Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count. WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.

Why Is the FDA Saying It's OK to Eat Seafood 10,000 Times Over the Safe Limit for Dangerous Carcinogens?

December 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/153475/why_is_the_fda_saying_it%27s_ok_to_eat_seafood_10%2C000_times_over_the_safe_limit_for_dangerous_carcinogens/

FDA not only downplayed the risk of contamination, but ignored staff members who proposed higher levels of contamination protection. Ever since the largest offshore oil spill in history spewed into the Gulf of Mexico last year, independent public health experts have questioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's efforts to effectively protect Americans from consuming contaminated seafood.

Highly Toxic Mercury Present in Processed Foods, Yet FDA Does Nothing

December 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/highly-toxic-mercury-present-in-processed-foods-yet-fda-does-nothing/

Why has the FDA ignored the fact that mercury, an element that is highly toxic in all forms, was found in a large number of brand-name processed foods? Specifically, the mercury content was found to be contained in high-fructose corn syrup, which also reportedly contains genetically modified ingredients. Instead of addressing this major public health concern, the FDA is focusing their time on crushing beneficial supplements through ridiculous NDI regulations that threaten the entire infrastructure of the nutraceuticals industry.

The Walmartization of America Redux: How the Relentless Drive for Cheap Stuff Undermines Our Economy, Bankrupts Our Soul, and Pillages the Planet

December 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/16-4

If you want to know why the middle class disappeared and where they went, look no further than your local Walmart. People walked in for the low prices, and walked out with a pile of cheap stuff, but in a figurative sense, they left their wages, jobs, and dignity on the cutting room floor of the House of Cheap.

The Poor Man’s Guide To Survival Gear

December 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://www.alt-market.com/articles/414-the-poor-mans-guide-to-survival-gear

Some knives deserve the amount of attention and the high price tag they have garnered, but many are just….well….regular knives with a fancy name engraved in the blade. You are buying a knife for its functionality, not its sex appeal. Gerber, SOG, and Kershaw make plenty of knives which work just as well for $80 or less than any $400 cord wrapped Strider knife. Being able to prioritize gear and understand what is truly useful versus what is a waste of space is as important a skill as being able to shoot or navigate a map. It does not take a lot of money to build a solid base kit for emergencies….unless you buy one that somebody made for you .Guns and survival go hand in hand, especially during an economic or social collapse. To bring up guns in a prepping article almost always draws criticism of militancy and extremism from suburban basted over-privileged adolescent hippies who have read “Into The Wild” way too many times and think survival is about “communing with nature”. Sorry kids, but as much as I love nature, as soon as you turn your back on it, you end up a pre-digested meal spread like almond butter across 30 acres of grizzly valley.

Occupy the Food System The world can feed itself, without corporate America's science-experiment crops and expensive chemicals

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/12-0

Farmers have been through this before — our lives and livelihoods falling under corporate control. It has been an ongoing process: consolidation of markets; consolidation of seed companies; an ever-widening gap between our costs of production and the prices we receive. Some of us are catching on, getting the picture of the real enemy.

Fukushima Plant Leaks Radioactive Water

December 5th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/05/fukushima-leak-radioactive-water

Radioactive water might have found its way into the Pacific ocean and experts believe it could contain strontium... "Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse. And everything in the sea died." Revelation 16:3

The Greatest Water Crisis in the History of Civilization: Coming to the American West?

December 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/153312/the_greatest_water_crisis_in_the_history_of_civilization%3A_coming_to_the_american_west_/

Think of the coming Age of Thirst in the American Southwest and West as a three-act tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles. New records tell the tale: biggest wildfire ever recorded in Arizona (538,049 acres), biggest fire ever in New Mexico (156,600 acres), all-time worst fire year in Texas history

Using Arable Land for Bio-fuels: Carbon Credits in the ‘Valley of Death’

November 30th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28071

AGUAN VALLEY, HONDURAS– At 3,000 square miles, the Aguan River Valley in northeastern Honduras is about the same size as California’s Death Valley. But despite being green and fertile, the Aguan basin is becoming famous as a “valley of death.” Since January 2010, at least 45 displaced peasants have been killed in clashes over land rights in Aguan, and “the actual number of killings is probably much higher,” according to Annie Bird, co-director of the human rights advocacy group Rights Action (RA), who visited Honduras in September.

Report Highlights Obama's Broken Environmental Promises. Critics say White House office operates as 'one-stop wrecking machine' for important environmental protections

November 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/29-0

Barack Obama has been just as zealous as George Bush in stripping away environmental, health and safety protection at the behest of industry, it turns out. Report shows Obama has been just as zealous as his predecessor at thwarting the EPA. (Photo: Kent Nishimura / POOL/EPA) Some environmental organizations were beginning to suspect this, after Obama over-ruled his scientific advisers and blocked stronger ozone standards. Now, a new report [pdf] from the Center for Progressive Reform has dug up some key data revealing that the White House in the age of Obama has been just as receptive to the pleadings of industry lobbyists as it was in the Bush era. And it goes far beyond ozone.

Fukushima: “China Syndrome Is Inevitable” … “Huge Steam Explosions”, “Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion” or a “Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosion” May Occur

November 22nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World

Link: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/fukushima-china-syndrome-is-inevitable-huge-steam-explosions-massive-hydrovolcanic-explosion-or-a-nuclear-bomb-type-explosion-may-occur.html

Mainichi Dailly News notes: As a radiation meteorology and nuclear safety expert at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, Hiroaki Koide [says]: The nuclear disaster is ongoing. At present, I believe that there is a possibility that massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again. At the No. 1 reactor, there’s a chance that melted fuel has burned through the bottom of the pressure vessel, the containment vessel and the floor of the reactor building, and has sunk into the ground. From there, radioactive materials may be seeping into the ocean and groundwater.

Radiation Reporting: Blind, Idiotic, Corrupt - or All Three

November 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.truthout.com/radiation-reporting-blind-idiotic-corrupt-or-all-three/1320952140

The ongoing radiation catastrophe stemming from three out-of-control nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, has taken a back seat to far graver news events of late: Michael Jackson's doctor, fund-raising by presidential hopefuls, the World Series and Netflix stock.

7 Elephants Now Thrashing Your Living Room 1. Fukushima Is Irradiating the Planet

November 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1359/061/7_Elephants_Now_Thrashing_Your_Living_Room.html?currentSplittedPage=0

Estimated to have already far surpassed Chernobyl in dangerous radioactive emissions that are not abating in the least and expected to get worse, we hear nothing about this in the mainstream news. In fact, the level of denial is outright Orwellian.

White House Could Cast Decisive Vote to Permit 20,000 Fracking Wells in Delaware River Basin

November 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/11/white_house_could_cast_decisive_vote

This week the Delaware River Basin Commission released draft regulations to allow for the natural gas drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in the river’s watershed, which provides water to 15.6 million people in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The proposed plan would allow for some 20,000 gas wells to be developed in the watershed. A vote on the regulations is set for Nov. 21 and could prompt a battle between activists and the White House, which holds a seat on the commission and may cast the deciding vote. We speak with Josh Fox, whose documentary about fracking, "Gasland," was nominated for an Academy Award, and play an excerpt of his new video about the possible impacts natural gas fracking could have in the Delaware River Basin. [includes rush transcript]

New International Report Shreds Japan's Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario

November 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/New-International-Report-Shreds-Japan-s-Carefully-Constructed-Fukushima-Scenario.html

Needless to say, in the aftermath of the disaster, both TEPCO and the Japanese government were at pains to minimize the disaster’s consequences, hardly surprising given the country’s densely populated regions. But now, an independent study has effectively demolished TEPCO and the Japanese government’s carefully constructed minimalist scenario. Mainichi news agency reported that France’s l’Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, or IRSN) has issued a recent report stating that the amount of radioactive cesium-137 that entered the Pacific after 11 March was probably nearly 30 times the amount stated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. in May.

The costly fallout of tatemae and Japan's culture of deceit

November 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111101ad.html

There is an axiom in Japanese: uso mo hōben — "lying is also a means to an end." It sums up the general attitude in Japan of tolerance of — even justification for — not telling the truth.

Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Science, Health

Link: http://fairewinds.com/content/scientist-marco-kaltofen-presents-data-confirming-hot-particles

Washington, DC - October 31, 2011 – Today Scientist Marco Kaltofen of Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented his analysis of radioactive isotopic releases from the Fukushima accidents at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Mr. Kaltofen’s analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO’s Fukushima reactors. Fairewinds believes that this is a personal health issue in Japan and a public health issue in the United States and Canada.

Why Is the State Department Using Our Money to Pimp for Monsanto?

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/152921/why_is_the_state_department_using_our_money_to_pimp_for_monsanto/

The State Department is using taxpayer money to help force genetically modified crops on other countries. People in India are up in arms about eggplant. Not just any eggplant -- the fight, which is also raging in the Philippines, is over Monsanto's Bt eggplant. Even as increasing scientific evidence concludes that biotechnology and its arsenal of genetically modified crops may be doing more harm than good, companies like Monsanto are still pushing them hard and they are getting help from the U.S.

EPA Puts Jon Grand in Prison

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/31-7

Where are the criminal prosecutions of the major corporations responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Still nowhere to be found. Where are the prosecutors? Where is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Not prosecuting major polluters. Instead, what are they doing? Cracking down on whistleblowers. And those who support whistleblowers. While the corporate crooks are running free.

How the 1 percent rules

October 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/26/how-the-1-percent-rules

Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History explains how the 1 percent has rigged the supposedly democratic political system so they're always the winners. THE OCCUPY movement's most powerful unifying factor has been its clear and simple identification of the key problem in American society: the divide between the vast majority of the population--the 99 percent--and the richest and most powerful 1 percent.

Worst Food Additive Ever? It's in Half of All Foods We Eat and Its Production Destroys Rainforests and Enslaves Children

October 24th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/152848/worst_food_additive_ever_it%27s_in_half_of_all_foods_we_eat_and_its_production_destroys_rainforests_and_enslaves_children/

The production of this ingredient causes jaw-dropping amounts of deforestation (and with it, carbon emissions) and human rights abuses. On August 10, police and security for the massive palm oil corporation Wilmar International (of which Archer Daniels Midland is the second largest shareholder) stormed a small, indigenous village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They came with bulldozers and guns, destroying up to 70 homes, evicting 82 families, and arresting 18 people. Then they blockaded the village, keeping the villagers in -- and journalists out. (Wilmar claims it has done no wrong.)

Why Is the CIA Keeping Climate Change Secret?

October 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=why-is-the-cia-keeping-climate-chan-11-10-23

The Central Intelligence Agency is working on climate change, but you'd never know it. Climate change is hard to hide, but the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is trying anyway.

The Arctic and the Lessons of the Gulf

October 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/opinion/the-arctic-and-the-lessons-of-the-gulf.html?_r=3&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha211

The Interior Department has been inching closer to approving Royal Dutch Shell’s ambitious plans to drill for what are believed to be huge deposits of oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska.

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 450 Tonnes of Groundwater Per Day Seeping into Reactor/Turbine Bldgs

October 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/10/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-450-tonnes-of.html

Since the end of June when the contaminated water treatment system started the operation, total 50,000 tonnes of groundwater have seeped into the reactor buildings and turbine buildings at Fukushima I Nuke Plant. Now, the total amount of contaminated water (highly contaminated water plus not-so-highly contaminated, treated water) at the plant has grown from 127,000 tonnes at the end of June to 175,000 tonnes as of October 18, according to Asahi Shinbun.

Climate change 'grave threat' to security and health

October 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15342682

Climate change poses "an immediate, growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London. Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases. A statement from the meeting adds that humanitarian disasters will put more and more strain on military resources.

Rick Perry Officials Spark Revolt after Doctoring Environment Report

October 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Science

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/10/14-4

Officials in Rick Perry's home state of Texas have set off a scientists' revolt after purging mentions of climate change and sea-level rise from what was supposed to be a landmark environmental report. The scientists said they were disowning the report on the state of Galveston Bay because of political interference and censorship from Perry appointees at the state's environmental agency.

Our Oceans Are in Dire Shape, But Without Them All Life on Land -- Human, Plant and Animal -- Is Totally Screwed

October 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/water/152636/our_oceans_are_in_dire_shape%2C_but_without_them_all_life_on_land_--_human%2C_plant_and_animal_--_is_totally_screwed/

Global warming's impact on oceans will be severe, not only for marine life but also for all life on land. Global warming has often been discussed with regard to its effects for life on land: increased temperatures and heat waves, increased weather extremes, less but more intense rainfall, drought and forest fires.

Fukushima: Japan Goes to WAR - Giant Nuke Weapons Aimed at the US, Switched ON

September 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21193

(San Francisco) - Japan is readying six huge, long acting nuclear weapons for immediate use against the country’s economic and military foes. Chief among those is the United States. The weapon is radioactive poison gas from the six destroyed American reactors and old reactor cores at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Fukushima Daiichi is now fully weaponized in concept and, in just days, in real life.

25 Signs That A Horrific Global Water Crisis Is Coming

September 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/25-signs-that-a-horrific-global-water-crisis-is-coming

Every single day, we are getting closer to a horrific global water crisis. This world was blessed with an awesome amount of fresh water, but because of our foolishness it is rapidly disappearing. Rivers, lakes and major underground aquifers all over the globe are drying up, and many of the fresh water sources that we still have available are so incredibly polluted that we simply cannot use them anymore. Without fresh water, we simply cannot function. Just imagine what would happen if the water got cut off in your house and you were not able to go out and buy any. Just think about it. How long would you be able to last? Well, as sources of fresh water all over the globe dry up, we are seeing drought conditions spread. We are starting to see massive "dust storms" in areas where we have never seem them before. Every single year, most of the major deserts around the world are getting bigger and the amount of usable agricultural land in most areas is becoming smaller. Whether you are aware of this or not, the truth is that we are rapidly approaching a breaking point.

Tar Sands Protesters: "Which Side Are You On, Obama? Which Side Are You On?" Determined oilsands pipeline protesters can't hide disappointment

September 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/09/03-9

WASHINGTON — As hundreds of anti-oilsands activists gathered for a final day of civil disobedience Saturday at the White House, the sizable crowd erupted in familiar songs of protest. More than 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested in the past two weeks in front of the White House as they protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline project. (Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press) One lilting verse carried across the White House lawn louder than the others: "Which side are you on, Obama? Which side are you on?"

Fukushima Blows Lid Off Exploited Labour

September 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=104978

TOKYO - The Fukushima disaster has thrown up the first opportunity in decades to bring justice to thousands of unskilled workers who risk radioactive contamination to keep Japan’s nuclear power plants running.

Second giant ice island set to break off Greenland glacier

September 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44353322/ns/us_news-environment/#.Tl_womqJ2mk

Astonished scientist says he was 'completely unprepared for the gob-smacking scale of the breakup, which rendered me speechless' New photographs taken of a vast glacier in northern Greenland have revealed the astonishing rate of its breakup, with one scientist saying he was rendered "speechless." In August 2010, part of the Petermann Glacier about four times the size of Manhattan island broke off , prompting a hearing in Congress.

The return of the BP disaster?

September 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/09/201191163236563698.html

Oil is resurfing again not far from the location of the BP Macondo Well off the Gulf of Mexico, 15 months on. According to oil trackers, globs of oil have been spotted near the Macondo Well [Bonny Schumaker/On Wings of Care] Fifteen months after BP’s crippled Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst environmental disaster in US history, oil and oil sheen covering several square miles of water are surfacing not far from BP’s well. According to oil trackers with the organisation On Wings of Care who have been monitoring the oil since early August, rainbow-tinted slicks and thicker globs of oil have been visible.

APPEAL OF THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF VICTIMS OF AGENT ORANGE/DIOXINE

August 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, War

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21150

The Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin, held in Hanoi from August 8th to 9th, 2011 included participants from around the world: Agent Orange victims, victims of other toxic chemicals, scientists, lawyers and social activists. The conference is a significant and important historic event, marking the 50th anniversary of the first spraying of the toxic chemical Agent Orange (1961-1971) by the U.S. forces in Vietnam and Indochina.

Expanding Desert, Falling Water Tables, and Toxic Pollutants Are Driving People From Their Homes

August 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/environment/152253/expanding_desert%2C_falling_water_tables%2C_and_toxic_pollutants_are_driving_people_from_their_homes/

As environmental stresses mount, we can expect to see a growing number of environmental refugees. People do not normally leave their homes, their families, and their communities unless they have no other option. Yet as environmental stresses mount, we can expect to see a growing number of environmental refugees.

Fifty-Four Protesters Arrested as Environmental Report on Tar Sands Pipeline Is Released

August 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.truthout.com/fifty-four-protesters-arrested-environmental-report-tar-sands-pipeline-released/1314387572

As environmental activists were handcuffed in front of the White House on Friday, the State Department released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the massive Keystone XL pipeline that would pump crude oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada across six western states to stations in Oklahoma and Texas.

China's State Oceanic Administration: Wider Ocean Contamination Than Japanese Government Has Admitted

August 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/08/chinas-state-oceanic-administration.html

China sent a survey ship and taking seawater samples off the coast of Fukushima back in June and July. The State Oceanic Administration now says the contamination of the Pacific Ocean may extend as far as 800 kilometers (497 miles) off the coast of Fukushima, as reported by the Science and Technology Daily (ST Daily) in China, according to Asahi Shinbun.

5.9 quake rattles Fukushima, Japan

August 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10744574

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan, jolting the area devastated by a quake and tsunami in March, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning. The quake hit at 3:22 am (0622 NZT Thursday) at a depth of 38 kilometres, with its epicentre 18 kilometres from Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture, the United States Geological Survey said.

Chicago's "clean coal" lie

August 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/08/11/chicagos-clean-coal-lie

CHICAGO'S THIRD coal plant isn't about "green jobs" or "clean power," but propping up the dirty and destructive coal industry, rather than investing in proven renewables like wind and solar.

The Empathy Ceiling: The Rich Are Different — And Not In a Good Way, Studies Suggest The 'Haves' show less empathy than 'Have-nots'

August 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/08/10-7

Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish. In fact, he says, the philosophical battle over economics, taxes, debt ceilings and defaults that are now roiling the stock market is partly rooted in an upper class "ideology of self-interest." “We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behavior in every way, and some work on compassion and it’s the same story,” he said. “Lower class people just show more empathy, more prosocial behavior, more compassion, no matter how you look at it.”

We've Entered the Age of Mass Extinction: Goodbye Fish and a Whole Lot More

August 8th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/environment/151886/we%27ve_entered_the_age_of_mass_extinction%3A_goodbye_fish_and_a_whole_lot_more/

Mass extinction is finally fighting its way back into the news cycle, thanks to recent scary reports on climate change from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, the United Nations Environment Program and the July issue of Science. But University of Washington paleontologist Peter Ward has been there, done that, and he's still depressed as hell.

Vulnerability of indigenous tribes in Brazil

August 8th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/americas/2011/08/08/vulnerability-indigenous-tribes-brazil

According to workers at the Brazilian government-run national Indian foundation, FUNAI, late last week a group of men from a paramilitary faction from Peru, armed with rifles and machine guns, entered Brazilian territory and encircled a remote jungle guard post used by FUNAI researchers to study and protect isolated indigenous tribes near the border with Peru. The incident happened at a FUNAI post known as Xinane, a very remote monitoring location in Brazil's Acre state that serves as a small, five-person research base for the study and protection of isolated indigenous tribes in the region.

Japan’s Fukushima catastrophe brings big radiation spikes to B.C.

August 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.straight.com/article-415211/vancouver/fukushima-brings-big-radiation-spikes-bc

After Japan’s Fukushima catastrophe, Canadian government officials reassured jittery Canadians that the radioactive plume billowing from the destroyed nuclear reactors posed zero health risks in this country. In fact, there was reason to worry. Health Canada detected massive amounts of radioactive material from Fukushima in Canadian air in March and April at monitoring stations across the country. The level of radioactive iodine spiked above the federal maximum allowed limit in the air at four of the five sites where Health Canada monitors levels of specific radioisotopes.

Earth's systems in rapid decline

August 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/08/20118383214222938.html

Overpopulation is causing huge losses in biodiversity, and 'protected areas' such as national parks aren't working. Protecting bits of nature here and there will not prevent humanity from losing our life support system. Even if areas dedicated to conserving plants, animals, and other species that provide Earth's life support system increased tenfold, it would not be enough without dealing with the big issues of the 21st century: population, overconsumption and inefficient resource use.

Fukushima Radiation 1,000 Times H-Bomb Peak

August 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/08/02/fukushima-radiation-1000-times-h-bomb-peak-2/

Dr. Chris Busby, world famous physicist, said tests run at the respected Harwell Radiation Laboratory in England demonstrate the airborne radiation in Japan is 1,000 times higher than radioactive “fallout” at the peak in 1963 of H-Bomb detonations by the nuclear powers. The calculations were on radioactive Cesium 137.

US of Austerity: What $570 Billion Cuts Will Do to Our Water, Air, the Jobless, Children, the Elderly, and the Poor

August 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/151887/us_of_austerity%3A_what_%24570_billion_cuts_will_do_to_our_water%2C_air%2C_the_jobless%2C_children%2C_the_elderly%2C_and_the_poor/

The debt ceiling deal simultaneously slashes programs crucial to our country's functioning and opens the door to more devastating- and mandatory - cuts.

With Media, Americans Focused on Debt Drama, Congress Attacks Environment

July 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/29-10

It’s tough getting any news out of Washington these days that doesn’t involve the debt ceiling. Understandably, the political firestorm that has led our country to the brink of financial default has dominated headlines. [While you’re hopefully off enjoying the Great Outdoors this weekend, House Republicans will be pushing legislation that promises to destroy it.]

'Radiation hormesis an incredible lie' - Video

July 27th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/191079.html

The nuclear theory 'radiation hormesis' - the hypothesis that low doses of ionizing radiation are beneficial - is "an incredible lie." "A lot of nuclear scientists … actually have the nerve to claim that radiation is good for you, and they have this theory called 'radiation hormesis' and they claim that radioactivity exercises the immune system and it's a healthy thing for people. Essentially what they are doing is promoting their technology with this incredible lie," Karl Grossman, a professor at State University of New York College told Press TV's U.S. Desk in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

Secret Cloning Projects Exposed - Video

July 27th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://youtu.be/LWhEOmWcHNs

Help us warn the world- send Genetic Genocide video to everyone you know... Genetic Armageddon: Humanity's Greatest Threat

Emails Show White House Promotes Genetically Engineered Crops in Wildlife Refuges

July 25th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.truthout.com/emails-show-white-house-promotes-ge-crops-wildlife-refuges/1311621066

The Obama administration is supporting genetically engineered (GE) agriculture in more than 50 national wildlife refuges across the country and watchdog groups say internal emails among top administration officials reveal that the GE plots are a priority in the White House.

Japan’s Food-Chain Threat Multiplies as Fukushima Radiation Spreads

July 25th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-24/threat-to-japanese-food-chain-multiplies-as-cesium-contamination-spreads.html

Radiation fallout from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant poses a growing threat to Japan’s food chain as unsafe levels of cesium found in beef on supermarket shelves were also detected in more vegetables and the ocean.

US heat wave preys on poor

July 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/heat-j23.shtml

The heat wave engulfing much of the US and Canada is threatening the lives of those least able to protect themselves from extreme conditions of heat and humidity, especially the elderly, the poor, undocumented immigrants workers, and the infirm.

Deaths mount in US heat wave

July 22nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/wave-j22.shtml

A midsummer heat wave covering much of the US, Midwest, Great Plains, and South has led to the deaths of at least two dozen people and is now spreading to the Great Lakes and Northeastern states. The National Weather Service said that 141 million people were under a heat advisory because of the above-average temperatures.

Canada blocks UN from declaring asbestos a “hazardous” substance

July 21st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/asbe-j21.shtml

Canada’s Conservative government has prevented asbestos—a notorious carcinogen responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year—from being listed as a hazardous substance under the United Nations’ Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.

Republicans Approve Regulation-Blocking Coal Bill on ALEC's Wish List

July 21st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.truthout.com/republicans-approve-regulation-blocking-coal-bill-alecs-wish-list/1311185463

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve legislation on July 13 that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating toxic coal ash wastes from electric power plants and delay the implementation of air quality rules. The Republican-controlled House is expected to pass the bills.

Drought Grips the Horn of Africa - Videos

July 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/spotlight/hornofafrica/

Leaving Dadaab, Somalis' 'journey from hell', Aid group seeks al-Shabab help, World's 'worst disaster', Plea for 'massive aid', UN issues drought appeal,

Would You Trust a Management Consultant with the World's Rainforests?

July 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/09-3

Our protests stopped David Cameron handing UK forests over to corporations. Now the rainforests are being handed to management consultants.

The Zombie Shopping Empire Maintains "It Can't Happen Here"

July 5th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Police State

Link: http://www.culturechange.org/cms/content/view/754/65/

Listening to Thunderclap Newman, a revolutionary rock band of 1969-1971, it's clear that then, as now, we didn't know where we were going. Their number-one song in the UK, "Something In The Air," proclaimed "the revolution's here." In those heady days there was far more optimism for the revolution, defined variously in Marxist terms or what came to be lumped into "New Age" consciousness. The Movement and its revolution did not succeed in changing society's course, as The Movement soon fragmented into submovements which survive today (feminist, environmental, peace, gay rights, etc.).

Massey Energy: When Greed Leads to Manslaughter

July 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/03-3

Just when we thought Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch (in Montcoal, West Virginia) mining disaster of April 5, 2010, which killed 29 coal miners, couldn’t elicit any more tears or regrets or disgust or outrage, we find out how wrong we were.

Oil spill imperils Yellowstone River

July 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/07/201173215513901206.html

Disaster and emergency relief officials are attempting to contain environmental damage caused by a ruptured oil pipeline in the US state of Montana. The accident spilled 150,000 litres of crude into the Yellowstone River and there are reports of oil being spotted 160km downstream from where the rupture occured.

Nuclear Fiddling, While Los Alamos Burns

July 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/graham07012011.html

On May 4, 2000 a controlled burn on Cerro Grande Mountain, deep in the Bandelier National Monument, escaped control of the US Forest Service. The flames would rage across New Mexico's highlands for over one month until contained. It would take another month to fully extinguish. Hundreds of homes were burned to cinders, most in the city of Los Alamos, and final damage estimates were in the $1 billion range.

Extreme Weather Link 'Can No Longer Be Ignored'

July 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/07/01-6

Scientists are to end their 20-year reluctance to link climate change with extreme weather – the heavy storms, floods and droughts which often fill news bulletins – as part of a radical departure from a previous equivocal position that many now see as increasingly untenable.

Fukushima children test positive for internal radiation exposure

June 30th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/30/fukushima-children-radiation-tests-caesium

Trace amounts of radioactive substances have been found in urine samples taken from children from Fukushima city, raising concerns that residents have been exposed internally to radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant 37 miles (60km) away.

Fukushima Spews, Los Alamos Burns, Vermont Rages & We Almost Lost Nebraska

June 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://hawaiinewsdaily.com/2011/06/fukushima-spews-los-alamos-burns-vermont-rages-we-almost-lost-nebraska/

Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry. We know only two things for certain: worse is yet to come, and those in charge are lying about it—at least to the extent of what they actually know, which is nowhere near enough.

Getting Used To Life Without Food

June 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.rense.com/general94/getting.htm

The ability to manipulate the price of essential foods worldwide at will -- almost irrespective of today's physical supply and demand for grains -- is quite recent.Almost every culture had the practice of storing a reserve stock of a grain harvest ­ right up to the most recent times. Wars, droughts and famines were the reason. When properly stored, grain can be safely stored over a period of about seven years, enabling reserve stocks in case of an emergency. The process of eliminating government grain reserves in major producing countries took time, but with the passage of the 1996 Farm Bill, the US had virtually eliminated its grain reserves. The EU followed soon after. Today, among major agriculture producing countries, only China and India still hold to a strategic security policy of nationally held grain reserves.The price of grain was now run by the new casino masters of grain supplies -- from Wall Street to London and beyond -- For some two billion people in the world who spend more than half of their income on food, the effects have been horrifying. During the speculation-driven grain price explosion in 2008, more than a quarter billion people became what the UN terms "food insecure,"Up until the grain crisis of the mid-1970s there was no single "world price" for grain, the benchmark for the price of all foods and food products.

If Ayn Rand and the Free Market Fetishists Were Right, We'd be Living in a Golden Age -- Does This Look Like a Golden Age to You?

June 28th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/151463/if_ayn_rand_and_the_free_market_fetishists_were_right%2C_we%27d_be_living_in_a_golden_age_--_does_this_look_like_a_golden_age_to_you/

The lavish rewards flowing to the titans of industry have not exactly transformed society into a vibrant force for beneficial progress. If the “free-market” theories of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman were correct, the United States of the last three decades should have experienced a golden age in which the lavish rewards flowing to the titans of industry would have transformed the society into a vibrant force for beneficial progress.

Strong quake rocks Alaska

June 24th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/06/201162434046227661.html

Major earthquake with magnitude of 7.2 has struck off the coast of US state, near the remote Aleutian Islands. An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has struck the Pacific Ocean 172km east of Atka, Alaska, at a depth of about 40km, the US Geologic Survey (USGS) has said. The Alaska Earthquake Information Centre says the Thursday evening quake was felt through the central Aleutians and as far east as Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.

The Growing Food Crisis, and What World Leaders Aren’t Doing About It

June 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/23-1

If all goes as planned for the G-20 this year, leaders of the world’s most powerful economies will convene to issue bold proclamations, talk past each other, and quietly agree to do virtually nothing. The stakes might be a little higher now, though, as the political poker table will be stacked with millions of the world’s hungriest people. Guess who’ll come away empty handed?

Climate Change: It's Bad and Getting Worse

June 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://dahrjamail.net/climate-change-its-bad-and-getting-worse

Severe weather events are wracking the planet, and experts warn of even greater consequences. The rate of ice loss in two of Greenland's largest glaciers has increased so much in the last 10 years that the amount of melted water would be enough to completely fill Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in North America.

Fukushima already ten times worse than Chernobyl in ocean waters, suggests data

June 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/032678_Fukushima_ocean.html

Recent readings taken roughly 19 miles out to sea from the Fukushima nuclear power facility in Japan have revealed radioisotope levels ten times higher than those measured in the Baltic and Black Seas after the massive Chernobyl disaster. Because Fukushima is much closer to water than the Chernobyl plant is, the ongoing fallout there is shaping up to be far worse than Chernobyl, at least as far as the world's oceans are concerned, and time will tell just how devastating this massive disaster will be on the entire world as radiation continues to circulate around the globe.

Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks

June 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/10/as_japan_nuclear_crisis_worsens_citizen

Almost three months after the earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear disaster in Japan, new radiation "hot spots" may require the evacuation of more areas further from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency recently admitted for the first time that full nuclear meltdowns occurred at three of the plant’s reactors, and more than doubled its estimate for the amount of radiation that leaked from the plant in the first week of the disaster in March. “What they failed to mention is that they discharged an equally large amount into the ocean,”

A 35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown, Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?

June 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/sherman06102011.html

U.S. babies are dying at an increased rate. While the United States spends billions on medical care, as of 2006, the US ranked 28th in the world in infant mortality, more than twice that of the lowest ranked countries. (DHHS, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. Health United States 2010, Table 20, p. 131, February 2011.)

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