Archive | February, 2012

Fukushima disaster was caused by Japan's nuclear authorities, not the tsunami

“This disaster was predictable and predicted, but happened because of the age-old story of cutting corners to protect profits over people”    [Common Dreams, Feb 28, 2012] A new report released today by Greenpeace argues it was neither the 7.1 magnitude earthquake nor the raging tsunami that followed which deserve the real blame for the nuclear disaster at Japan’s […]

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No time to waste on transition to green energy

Even if we convert totally tomorrow, it would be decades before the transition from coal-based power brings temperature benefits. We have delayed too long already and it is time to get started. +++++++++++++ by Kate Ravilious Environmental Research Web, Feb 16, 2012 If the entire world adopted ‘green’ forms of energy tomorrow, how long would it […]

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Social movements call for a Permanent Peoples’ Assembly, Rio 2012

For our rights and the rights of nature, against the commodification of life and the greenwashing of capitalism … Mobilize together towards Río+20 and beyond ++++++++++++++ We, organizations, networks and social movements, involved in the building of the Peoples’ Summit for social and environmental justice, against the commodification of life and nature in defence (Río+20), call for […]

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Canada: Secret government memo warns tar sands damage may be irreversible

Over the coming decade, emissions growth from the Alberta tar sands is projected to be greater than all other Canadian economic sectors combined ++++++++++++++++ by Mike De Souza Calgary Herald, February 21, 2012 Collateral damage from Canada’s booming oilsands sector may be irreversible, posing a “significant environmental and financial risk to the province of Alberta,” says […]

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Global ice loss: 500 billion tons a year

Between 2003 and 2010, the ice mass lost from Greenland, Antarctica and Earth’s glaciers and ice caps was enough cover the United States 1.5 feet (0.5 meters) deep. +++++++++++ [NASA, February 7, 2012] In the first comprehensive satellite study of its kind, a University of Colorado at Boulder-led team used NASA data to calculate how much […]

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Toronto meeting challenges Canada's tar sands criminals

Actions against tar sands and pipelines are an opportunity to revitalize the movement to stop climate change  ++++++++++++ by John Riddell The historic confrontation now shaping up over plans by Enbridge Corp. to build a new pipeline across the Canadian Rockies to export dirty tar-sands oil was discussed at a protest meeting inToronto, February 16. […]

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Canada threatens trade war to protect dirty oil exports

Harper government threatens retaliation if European Union accurately labels oil from tar sands as highly polluting ++++++++++++++ by Damian Carrington Guardian, February 20, 2012 Canada has threatened a trade war with European Union over the bloc’s plan to label oil from Alberta’s vast tar sands as highly polluting, the Guardian can reveal, before a key vote […]

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Activist exposes the lies of Australian's gas frackers

An advertising campaign by Australia’s Coal Seam Gas industry claims to provide ‘facts’ about the benefits of fracking. Their claims don’t stand up. Australian activist Jess Moore is a member of Stop CSG Illawarra, the Socialist Alliance, and won the New South Wales Nature Conservation Council’s 2011 “Rising Star” award. ++++++++++++ By Jess Moore Green Left Weekly, […]

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Murray Bookchin: Anthropocentrism versus biocentrism – a false dichotomy

Murray Bookchin: Anthropocentrism versus biocentrism – a false dichotomy

[Quotes and Insights #24] Introduction by Ian Angus — Some green writers, particularly those who support the viewpoint known as deep ecology, accuse socialist environmentalists of anthropocentrism, of giving absolute priority to human needs and ignoring or downplaying the needs of non-human nature. To that, they counterpose what is variously called biocentrism or ecocentrism – the […]

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Obama's anti-climate crusade

by Donna Goodman  President Obama’s State of the Union speech Jan. 25 contained distressing news for opponents of global warming who recognize the need to begin substantially reducing reliance upon carbon based fossil fuels. “Over the last three years,” Obama said, “we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration. And tonight, I’m […]

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