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Re: Pollution
« Reply #60 on: May 14, 2014, 12:10:42 am »
Citing Climate Change, Ethical Reasons, New Zealand Town Divests From Fossil Fuels

Aaron Packard, 350.org | May 13, 2014 9:23 am


Dunedin is closer to Antarctica than it is to the U.S., but this city in New Zealand today joined 23 U.S. cities and one Dutch town by announcing that it will divest from fossil fuels.

The Dunedin city council voted on Tuesday to remove existing fossil fuel extraction investments—close to $2 million—and prevent future investments in fossil fuels by its $75 million Waripori fund. The move sees Dunedin City become the first New Zealand city to divest from fossil fuels for ethical and climate change reasons.

This move by the council comes at a time when the conservative New Zealand Government, led by Prime Minister John Key, has been pushing desperate plans to expand fossil fuel extraction across New Zealand. Yet this vote, along with the divestment announcements last September by five Anglican Dioceses in New Zealand, and the months of campaigning to halt the Denniston Coal Mine and offshore oil drilling reflect a growing disquiet with the government’s fossil fuel plans.

In recent months the Australian owned bank, Westpac, has also come under pressure to take steps to divest. Climate campaigning groups 350 Aotearoa—the New Zealand arm of 350.org—and Coal Action Network Aotearoa, are specifically calling on Westpac to halt its funding of Bathhurst Resources, whose planned coal mining project on the Denniston Plateau and surrounds would be one of the largest new contributors to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from New Zealand.

“It’s time for Westpac to front up and take responsibility for the impacts of their financing, like Dunedin has today,” said 350 Aotearoa National Coordinator Ashlee Gross. “Financing oil, coal and gas companies is playing a major role in determining whether these companies go ahead with plans that would push us well past safe CO2 levels, or whether we start to get serious about the transition to clean energy.”

This growing discontent locally has in recent weeks been backed by the rapidly growing global divestment movement. Last week, Stanford University announced plans to divest its $18 billion USD endowment fund from coal investments. Two weeks earlier, the world’s largest fund manager, BlackRock, announced plans to create a fund that will exclude fossil fuels.

The Dunedin city council’s ethical investment policy will formally exclude the munitions, tobacco, fossil fuel extraction, gambling and p o r n ography industries from its investment portfolio. With an investment policy like that, it sure makes living in Dunedin more tempting.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/13/climate-change-ethics-divests-fossil-fuels/
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« Reply #61 on: May 14, 2014, 12:51:41 am »

A Look Back at the Town That Didn’t Back Down  to Fracking


Brandon Baker | May 12, 2014 3:46 pm | Comments
       

A small-town fracking ban took place nearly three years ago in upstate New York, but that doesn’t make it any less monumental.

That’s why Earthjustice produced a new video examining how Dryden, NY’s ban happened and why it remains as an inspiration to cities across the country hoping to fight fracking.

“My voice, by itself, carries very little weight,” said Marie McRae, a resident who galvanized the community to support a ban, “but when I join my voice with my immediate neighbors, with the larger community that I live in, we all together have a voice that’s loud enough for our elected officials to hear.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qxh7f3WJlc&feature=player_embedded


The town’s governing body banned fracking in August 2011 and withstood subsequent, corporate lawsuits attempting to overturn the decision. The short video was selected for the Gasland blog‘s movie of the week. Lee Ziesche, Gasland’s grassroots coordinator, said she thinks, “wow, that’s what democracy looks like,” when watching the video.

“Every community across this nation can do exactly what Dryden did,” resident Joanne Cipolla-Dennis said in the video.

“You have to care about each other. That’s the American dream … you count on your neighbor.”


Agelbert NOTE: You HAVE to care for ALL of the life forms in the biosphere because any other way of thinking and acting is STUPID as well as being WRONG.  ;D I admit that I won't make a lot of friends and influence many people with that statement...

BUT nevertheless, it's TRUE! 




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Oil and Gas Operations Are a ‘Death Sentence for Soil’
Amy Mall, Natural Resources Defense Council  | May 5, 2014 9:45 am

Yesterday’s Denver Post has a very important story about the toll of oil and gas production on soil.

Soil sounds like a really boring topic. But, as the Soil Science Society of America says: “soils sustain life.” According to the Society, “soil supports and nourishes the plants that we eat” and that livestock eat; soil “filters and purifies much of the water we drink;” “soils teem with microorganisms that have given us many life-saving medications;” and “protecting soil from erosion helps reduce the amount of air-borne dust we breathe.”

According to the Post:

◦At least 716,982 gallons (45 percent) of the petroleum chemicals spilled during the past decade have stayed in the ground after initial cleanup—contaminating soil, sometimes spreading into groundwater.  >:(

◦Oil and gas drilling produces up to 500 tons of dirt from every new well, some of it soaked with hydrocarbons and laced with potentially toxic minerals and salts.  >:(

◦Heavy trucks crush soil, “suffocating the delicate subsurface ecosystems that traditionally made Colorado’s Front Range suitable for farming.” 

These impacts from the tens of thousands of wells in Colorado alone led a Colorado soil scientist to state that oil and gas operations are ”like a death sentence for soil.”

The Post points out that no federal or state agency has ever assessed the impact of the oil and gas boom on soil and on human health.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/05/oil-gas-operations-death-sentence-for-soil/
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10 Most Toxic Ingredients Used In Coal, Oil and Gas Production  :P

http://ecowatch.com/2013/12/09/10-toxic-ingredients-used-in-coal-oil-gas-production/
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Greenhouse Gas USA State Rankings
« Reply #65 on: May 19, 2014, 08:36:52 pm »
http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/17/greenhouse-gas-state-rankings/



The Green Mountain State has the LEAST GHG Emissions!
                                                                                       


http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/17/greenhouse-gas-state-rankings/
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The Light Bulb Conspiracy

Planned Obsolescence is the deliberate shortening of product life spans to guarantee consumer demand.


As a magazine for advertisers succinctly puts it: The article that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business - and a tragedy for the modern growth society which relies on an ever-accelerating cycle of production, consumption and throwing away.       

The Light Bulb Conspiracy combines investigative research and rare archive footage to trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to present-day stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers.

This film travels to France, Germany, Spain and the US to find witnesses of a business practice which has become the basis of the modern economy, and brings back disquieting pictures from Africa where discarded electronics are piling up in huge cemeteries for electronic waste.

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http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/light-bulb-conspiracy/
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #67 on: May 24, 2014, 02:46:36 pm »



'Tide is Turning' as Oregon Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban of GE Crops



Ronnie Cummins: "These victories make it clear to agribusiness giants like Monsanto and Dow that the day has come when they can no longer buy and lie their way to victory."

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/21-1
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« Reply #68 on: May 25, 2014, 01:28:12 am »
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The food and beverage sector: Accomplices to the climate crisis

Oxfam names major food firms as climate change 'accomplices'

Oxfam, May 21, 2014

Climate change threatens the world's food and beverage industry like few other sectors of business.  It is a major risk to food supply chains, to consumer demands and, ultimately, to companies' future profitability.

The Big 10 food and beverage companies -- Associated British Foods (ABF), Coca-Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever -- are significant emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) across their global operations.

If together they were a single country, these 10 famous companies would be the 25th most polluting country in the world, emitting more GHGs (263.7 million tons per annum) than Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway combined. They are not doing nearly enough to cut their own carbon footprint.

 But worse, they are failing to use their experience, leadership, and power to transform their own industry and push for the level of climate action the world needs. With a few notable exceptions, the Big 10 are being silent accomplices to this unfolding crisis. It is a serious charge because these companies should be fully aware of the impact that climate change is having on the planet's food system, given their dominance and reach into it. Two companies in particular, Kellogg and General Mills, are clear laggards among the Big 10. Both companies are highly vulnerable to climate impacts but also well positioned to lead the industry towards a more sustainable future.

Climate change is contributing to storms, floods, drought, and shifting weather patterns. These are causing crop failures, food price spikes, and supply disruptions. The end result will be more poverty and hunger. By 2050, there could be an extra 25 million malnourished children under the age of 5 because of climate change, and 50 million more hungry people.

This is the human dimension of the climate change crisis that is already unfolding. The poorest, most vulnerable people are being hit first and worst. But all of us will be affected. In major markets like the US and the UK, Oxfam calculates that climate change will drive up the retail price of products like General Mills' Kix cereal by up to 24 percent and Kellogg Corn Flakes by as much as 44 percent over the next 15 years. Such retail price hikes are the consequence of rising prices of commodities like corn and rice, projected to double by 2030, with half the price rise due to climate change.

For the full report:

http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp186-standing-sidelines-big10-climate-emissions-200514-en_2.pdf
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« Reply #70 on: May 26, 2014, 08:38:59 pm »
Indians accused over “Devil’s Bend” killings go on trial 26 May 2014


Police break up road blockade near Bagua, Peru, June 5th © Thomas Quirynen

Fifty-three people go on trial in Peru today, charged in connection with violent clashes between indigenous protesters and police five years ago that left thirty-three dead.

The violence erupted in June 2009 after more than 50 days of nationwide protests led by Peru’s Amazon Indians over government plans to strip the Indians of their rights, and open up the Amazon to oil drilling and mining.

The clashes took place in Peru’s northern Amazon town of Bagua, after police confronted indigenous protesters who had peacefully blockaded a highway at a place known as “Devil’s Bend” for almost two months.

Twenty-three police officers, five Indians and five civilians were killed and more than 200 injured during the incident, according to a report by Peru’s Ombudsman. Unofficial reports have claimed the death toll was much higher.

Amongst those charged is Alberto Pizango, the president of Peru’s Amazon Indian Organization AIDESEP. The prosecution has called for Pizango to be imprisoned for life for “inciting violence”.

Since the clashes, several of the government’s controversial decrees have been repealed. In 2011, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala approved a law designed to guarantee indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior and informed consent to any projects affecting them and their lands.

However, since then the government has approved a controversial expansion of the massive Camisea gas project, even though it will penetrate deep into the territory of uncontacted Indians.

Peru’s government has been heavily criticized by both indigenous people and families of the deceased police officers for its failure to prevent the violence.

No police officers have yet been brought to trial. >:(



Read Survival’s eyewitness report (download includes several pictures :o) of the Bagua killings .here NOTE: contains images some may find disturbing
http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/10249
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« Reply #72 on: May 29, 2014, 11:22:21 pm »
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« Reply #73 on: June 01, 2014, 04:32:50 pm »
05/29/2014 12:28 PM     

Big Carbon & Big Tobacco, Same Path to Court


SustainableBusiness.com News

At some point, corporations will be held accountable for their crimes against nature and society by fueling climate change and misinforming the public on this emergency.

A letter to 75 corporate executives of major fossil fuel, insurance and other carbon-intensive companies makes it clear that day is drawing nearer - it says executives could face personal liability for funding climate denial and obstructing policies necessary to fight climate change. 

 The Center for International Environmental Law, Greenpeace International and World Wildlife Fund sent the letter to fossil fuel, mining, insurance and carbon-intensive manufacturers like cement-maker Holcim (here's the list).

 "From asbestos to tobacco to oil spills, history shows that those who mislead the public, the market or the government about the risks of their products, or the availability of safer alternatives, can face substantial legal liability, both as companies and as individuals. As the impacts of climate denialism and regulatory obstruction become clear, we want to understand how corporations, insurers, and officers and directors are allocating those risks among themselves. Just as importantly, we ask what steps they're taking to prevent the misconduct that creates those risks in the first place," says Carroll Muffett, President of the Center for International Environmental Law.

"Sooner or later, those who hide the facts and oppose policies to fight climate change will be held to account by the courts. By signing this letter, we hope to bring attention to the importance of truthful, transparent and responsible corporate reporting and policy engagement on climate change," says Samantha Smith, who leads WWF's Global Climate and Energy Initiative.

50 corporations produce 75% of the greenhouse gases of the 500 largest publicly traded companies. These are the major polluters in the US. 

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Indeed, leading environmental attorneys from around the world are building the case to go after polluters in court to force them (or their government regulators) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   

"Big Carbon is where Big Tobacco was, before it started losing," says an article in The Nation. The tobacco industry kept spinning doubt long after the science was clear on the health issues caused by its products. "As the tobacco suits lurched forward, documents - as well as some infamous congressional testimony - proved the industry's bad faith, swaying public opinion against tobacco. It was that, along with the massive wave of lawsuits by all 50 state attorneys general, that helped persuade Congress to bring the cigarette makers under the federal regulatory umbrella," explains The Nation.

"While the industry scoffs at the importance of climate-change lawsuits, Big Carbon is thought to be taking them very seriously in private  - especially after a federal appeals court found in 2005 that US cities and even individuals suffering economic and other damages from climate change have standing to sue under the National Environmental Policy Act," climate attorney Matthew Pawa, told The Nation.

"We want to influence the court of public opinion. We have to educate people about the truth after all this industry disinformation. So let the lawsuits produce documents and testimony and all sorts of information for the public. That's one of their functions. That's where the tobacco wars were won. Even [Representative Henry] Waxman's famous tobacco hearings in Congress - the tobacco execs never admitted anything. You didn't need to get to that. By the time they left the hearing room, they were already pariahs. We'd seen through them," says attorney Kert Davies.


Here is the letter:
 

Dear ____,

We are writing to you as we are contacting individual members of the Board of Directors and/or Officers of ___ corporation, which ranks among the largest historic contributors to industrial greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, we have contacted Senior Executives of major writers of Directors and Officers (D&O) liability cover. You can view the list of recipients on the Greenpeace International website.

The corporations who share the majority of responsibility for the estimated global industrial emissions of CO2 and methane over the past 150 years may have been or may be working to defeat action on climate change and clean energy by funding climate denial and disseminating false or misleading information on climate risks (see Annex A). These actions are being taken despite increased awareness of the threats associated with climate change among shareholders, the insurance industry, and many others, and the overwhelming body of climate science on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.

While lawful lobbying is a vital part of the democratic process, corporate influence - either directly or through outside organizations - aiming to obstruct action on climate change, coupled with the development, sponsorship or dissemination of false, misleading or intentionally incomplete information about the climate risks associated with fossil fuel products and services to regulators, shareholders, and insurers could pose a risk               to directors and officers personally. In particular, the threat of future civil or criminal litigation could have major implications for D&O liability insurance coverage (see Annex B).

We ask that you respond within four weeks to the "Questions for fossil fuel company directors and officers". The substance of this letter, along with a list of companies to which we have sent letters is posted on the Greenpeace International website, and your response will also be posted soon after its receipt.

We look forward to receiving your responses.    


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 Read the article in the Nation, Want to Stop Climate Change? Take the Fossil Fuel Industry to Court:

 
Website: www.thenation.com/article/179459/want-stop-climate-change-take-fossil-fuel-industry-court#

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25738
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Nice EPA new Carbon Regs video. "We will never, in the USA, have to pick between a healthy economy and a healthy environment." 


Select Soundbites from the EPA Carbon Rule Announcement June 2, 2014:
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