The gas industry’s influence in Washington has grown tremendously thanks, in large part, to the rapid consolidation of the gas industry into the hands of the largest oil companies in the past few years. Not long ago, the industry was made up primarily of what its proponents call “mom and pop” companies—small operators that drilled chiefly for conventional gas.
Addressing inequality is crucial in responding to the current economic, food and climate change crises across the globe. As the spreading Wall Street protests indicate, inequality and a sense that the system only works for the top one percent is under attack across the world. Rising inequality and unemployment is also cited as a major factor in the Arab uprisings which are still playing out. And rising food and fuel prices are again ringing alarm bells.
The Australian Greens have reacted strongly to confirmation that fossil fuel companies successfully pressured energy minister Martin Ferguson to enlist ASIO and the Federal Police in spying on climate change and clean energy activists.
Tanzania and Uganda have agreed that a proposed joint commercial rail track from Tanga to Arusha and Musoma and onward to Kampala, would not cut through the Serengeti national park, ending 12-months of speculation.
As it stands now, the $1.9 billion railway line to link Tanga port and the Lake Victoria side dock of Port Bell close to Kampala via Musoma port, would route nearly 100 km south of the Serengeti to protect the ecosystem.
"Never before has this world suffered so much economic loss due to natural disaster, most of which has been in Asia and the Pacific," Sanjay Srivastava, UN regional adviser for disaster risk reduction, told IRIN in Bangkok.
The F.A.A. fields complaints that pilots who act like birds, flying ultralight aircraft to guide whooping cranes, are engaged in a commercial activity. While it investigates, the migratory birds are stranded.
How much has the oil sands industry grown over the last few decades?
As the images show, forest must be cleared for both in situ and surface mining. The mining and extraction process releases sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and fine particulate matter into the atmosphere. Tailings ponds contain a number of toxins that can leak into the groundwater or the Athabasca River. The entire process, from mining and separating oil sands to producing crude oil, releases more greenhouse gases than other oil production methods.
Globally, more than 50 percent of modern medicines and more than 90 percent of traditional medicines come from wild plants and animals. More than 70,000 plant species are used as medicine, making up "one of the most significant ways in which humans directly reap benefits provided by biodiversity," according to the United Nations Environment Programme. Many of the leads for treatments of cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and many other life-threatening diseases are coming from the marine ecosystems in coral reefs.
The Environmental Protection Agency is developing plans to seize more control of our communities and environment under the guise of promoting “sustainable development” – buzz words directly from the United Nations Agenda 21 plan.
Toxic chemicals used to line fast food wrappers migrate easily into human blood, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Toronto and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
The end of the US military occupation does not mean Iraqis have full control of their oil. Royal Dutch Shell oil giant signs a contract for a $17bn flared gas deal. Iraq's supergiant Rumaila oil field is already being developed by BP...more