Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter... It’s About Things Getting Meaner" - BillMoyers.com


[soundcloud recording] – In a wide-ranging conversation, the journalist and climate activist discusses the recent Paris climate accords, the politics of global warming, climate change denial and environmental justice.

Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter... It’s About Things Getting Meaner" - BillMoyers.com


Small tribe with a big voice vows to stop Chinese oil drilling in the Amazon | Fusion




QUITO, Ecuador—Wearing a traditional headdress and a white vest woven from the bark of an Amazonian tree, Manari Ushigua held a megaphone to his mouth to denounce Ecuador’s latest oil deal: A multi-million dollar contract that will allow oil drilling on his tribe’s territory for the first time in four decades.
“We don’t want oil drilling in our lands,” said Ushigua, one of the most well-known leaders of Ecuador’s tiny Zapara tribe. “Our culture is at risk of disappearing; so is our language and our way of relating to the rainforest...”


more: Small tribe with a big voice vows to stop Chinese oil drilling in the Amazon | Fusion


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

▶ A Year of Weather 2015 | EUMETSAT video on YouTube



A Year of Weather 2015 - YouTube
Published on Jan 29, 2016 by EUMETSAT
This visualisation, comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and the JMA, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2015, with audio commentary from Mark Higgins, Training Manager at EUMETSAT.

The visualisation has been produced by EUMETSAT's data visualisation team and is composed of a satellite infrared data layer superimposed over NASA's 'Blue Marble Next Generation' ground maps, which change with the seasons.



Friday, January 29, 2016

Please Support The Committee For Future Generations | breathlines




A MESSAGE FROM OUR FRIENDS IN LA PLONGE, SASKATCHEWAN

In the spring of 2011, the Dene, Cree, Metis and settler people of northern Saskatchewan discovered that 3 of their communities were being targeted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to become “the host” to store all of Canada’s high-level nuclear waste with an open-ended possibility of storing spent nuclear fuel from the USA as well.

Northern Saskatchewan and the traditional lands of the Dene, Metis and settler communities have long been poisoned by the uranium industry. But in the last few years, this despoliation has intensified, with proposed long term storage of depleted uranium. We formed the Committee For Future Generations to resist these plans.

You can support us and stand with us in a number of ways. We are offering for sale prints of Marius Paul’s breathlines painting “Mother and Child” pictured above. You can listen to a recent interview Candyce Paul gave. And you can read more of this message (which includes how to purchase prints).

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Prints measure 18″ X 23″ and are individually signed and numbered by Marius. They cost $200 and we will ship to your address for an additional $15.

A Message from La Plonge, SK and The Committee For Future Generations | breathlines

Committee for Future Generations | No Nuclear Waste in Northern Saskatchewan

Sunday, January 24, 2016

SPECIAL TONIGHT: X-Files live twitter feed | X-Files SEASON PREMIERE




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BREAKING: B.C. First Nations win court challenge against B.C. over Enbridge pipeline | National Observer



The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled the B.C. government breached its duty to consult the Gitga'at and neighbouring First Nations on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The decision, announced Wednesday, is seen as a major victory for First Nations that could have an impact on future oil pipeline projects...

more: BREAKING: B.C. First Nations win court challenge against B.C. over Enbridge pipeline | National Observer

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Trans-Pacific Partnership | The Sierra Club is deeply concerned about the lack of transparency around the TPP and the deal's environmental implications.



The United States recently struck an expansive free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Eventually, every Pacific Rim nation may be included.
The Sierra Club is deeply concerned about the lack of transparency around the TPP and the deal's environmental implications. Here's why:
  • Extreme Secrecy. The TPP negotiations took place in extreme secrecy. Still no drafts of TPP texts have been released. And public input has been drowned out by dominant corporate input; more than 600 corporate advisors have actively worked to shape the agreement while the public is being kept in the dark. 
  • Threat to Forests, Wildlife, and Fish. While the TPP environment chapter should set strong and binding rules to address conservation challenges like illegal timber and wildlife trade, its rules will likely be too weak to have an impact on the ground and are unlikely to be enforced, rendering the chapter essentially meaningless. Read more here.
  • Unfettered Rights to Corporations. The TPP will include provisions that give corporations the right to sue a government for unlimited cash compensation -- in private and non-transparent tribunals -- over nearly any law or policy that a corporation alleges will reduce its profits. Using similar rules in other free trade agreements, corporations such as Exxon Mobil and Dow Chemical have launched over 600 cases against more than 100 governments. Dozens of cases attack common-sense environmental laws and regulations, such as regulations to protect communities and the environment from harmful chemicals or mining practices. Read more here about how harmful investment rules included in other trade pacts have led to the attack of climate and environmental policies.
  • Increase in Dirty Fracking. The TPP may allow for significantly increased exports of liquefied natural gas without the careful study or adequate protections necessary to safeguard the American public. This would mean an increase of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the dirty and violent process that dislodges gas deposits from shale rock formations. It would also likely cause an increase in natural gas and electricity prices, impacting consumers, manufacturers, workers, and increasing the use of dirty coal power. Read our factsheet on the TPP and natural gas exports here!

Learn more...


Trans-Pacific Partnership | Sierra Club