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  • Offshore Oil Exploration Approved for East Coast—Greenies Freak

    08/22/2014 11:06:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    After decades of paranoid hemming and hawing, last month the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management finally approved oil exploration in Federal waters along the Atlantic coast from Delaware to Florida.‘The announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states,” says the Associated Press report, “creating thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure. But it dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism.”Alas, this “dismay” afflicts only the greenies from Delaware to Florida. From New Jersey up through New England the greenie hysteria against offshore oil exploration prevailed....
  • New species found: walking catfish, Beelzebub bat and two-legged lizard

    07/11/2014 12:47:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 07-10-2014 | Staff
    From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011. But threats to the region's biodiversity mean many of the new species are already struggling to survive, the conservation group warned. "The good news is new discoveries. The bad news is that it is getting harder and harder in the world of conservation and environmental sustainability," Nick Cox, manager of WWF-Greater Mekong's Species Programme, said.
  • Biodiversity Crisis Is Worse Than Climate Change, Experts Say

    01/21/2012 5:33:31 PM PST · by dila813 · 50 replies · 2+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 20, 2012 | ScienceDaily
    Biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world. The challenges of conserving the world's species are perhaps even larger than mitigating the negative effects of global climate change. Dealing with the biodiversity crisis requires political will and needs to be based on a solid scientific knowledge if we are to ensure a safe future for the planet. This is the main conclusion from scientists from University of Copenhagen, after 100 researchers and policy experts from EU countries were gathered this week at the University of Copenhagen to discuss how to organise the future UN Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services,...
  • The Goal: Control of land use

    02/12/2011 10:33:40 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies
    CFP ^ | 2/12/2011 | Henry Lamb
    Which is more important: reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy sources, or add 2.85 million acres to the existing 200 million acres of protected areas? According to the United Nations, 27% of the total land area in the United States is already locked up in some kind of protected area and 67% of the total marine area. This means, of course, that there can be no development of energy or other natural resources in 27% of the nation’s land and 67% of the nation’s marine resources. Only the most avid preservationist, or the most anti-American, could possibly choose to lock...
  • The Convention on Biological Diversity promotes Social Diversity, not Biological

    11/09/2010 9:18:42 PM PST · by wewillnotcomply · 1 replies
    climatequotes.com ^ | 11/09/10 | Sam
    From the 18'th to the 29'th October this year the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) was held in Japan. This conference is held because of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is an United Nations international agreement which came into force in 1993. The purpose of the Convention is stated on their website: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives: 1. The conservation of biological diversity 2. The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity 3. The fair and equitable sharing of...
  • When you hear the word 'Biodiversity' reach for your Browning

    10/30/2010 2:29:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 24, 2010 | James Delingpole
    This column comes to you from sunny Rajasthan, India, where I have taken my family to look for leopards (and crocodiles and monkeys and black buck…). As you can imagine taking the kids somewhere so exotic at half term is costing me an arm and a leg I can ill afford. But I want them to share with me the almost matchless pleasure of seeing big cats (or big anything else: sharks are good too; and bears; and elephants…) in their native habitat. Being amid unspoilt nature, whether it’s walking in the Welsh or Scottish hills or going on safari...
  • How the UN Manipulates the Media and the Public on Biodiversity, Part 2

    10/24/2010 9:25:21 AM PDT · by wewillnotcomply · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yesterday I noted how the UN is trained media how to report on biodiversity, among other things. Today I'm going to look at their public relations campaign, called CEPA. There is some incredible stuff in here. CEPA tactics Here is perhaps the most interesting part of what the UN is doing regarding biodiversity. This document explains everything: Article 6 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) calls on Parties to prepare National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) as the primary vehicle for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level. Many countries have prepared their NBSAPs but...
  • How the UN Manipulates the Media and the Public on Biodiversity, Part 1

    10/23/2010 12:04:03 AM PDT · by wewillnotcomply · 5 replies
    climatequotes.com ^ | 10/23/10 | Sam
    I'm going to expose what I consider to be a direct attempt by the United Nations to manipulate the media and the public into acting on the 'biodiversity crisis'. Before I do that, I feel compelled to say at least one good thing about the UN. They are very open with their documentation. All the documents I reference in this article were taken directly from their website here, or from websites which are linked within those documents. They aren't making an attempt to hide the following. You may have heard in the news recently that there is a biodiversity meeting...
  • Temperature Constancy Appears Key to Tropical Biodiversity

    07/25/2010 10:49:50 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 7/22/10
    ScienceDaily (July 22, 2010) — The tropics owe their stunning biodiversity to consistent year-round temperatures, not higher temperatures or more sunlight, according to a novel survey of insect diversity at different latitudes and at different points in the planet's history. The finding, presented this week in the journal Paleobiology by researchers from Harvard University, Simon Fraser University, and Brandon University, may finally answer a question that has dogged scientists for centuries. It also suggests, intriguingly, that the world is likely far less diverse today than it was tens of millions of years ago, when the entire Earth had consistent year-round...
  • Actor Ed Norton named UN biodiversity ambassador

    07/09/2010 11:45:39 AM PDT · by Weird Tolkienish Figure · 24 replies · 1+ views
    PRINT Back to story Actor Ed Norton named UN biodiversity ambassador AFP - Friday, July 9 Actor Ed Norton named UN biodiversity ambassador UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - – American actor Edward Norton, who has starred in films including "The Incredible Hulk," "Fight Club," and "Kingdom of Heaven," has a new role -- United Nations goodwill ambassador for biodiversity. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement, noting that Norton and his family had long been involved in issues related to sustainable development and conservation. Norton said he hoped he can use his celebrity to boost awareness of the UN's ideals...
  • Earth Day Becomes Extravaganza

    04/19/2009 7:51:44 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 16 replies · 806+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/19/09 | Jennifer Harper
    Hug a tree. Recycle. But don't forget the biodegradable "green" poop bags to ensure your dog has a small carbon pawprint. Yes, Earth Day has come to this.
  • New book plants seed for biodiverse food production

    01/26/2009 8:10:34 AM PST · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 40 replies · 792+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | Jan 23, 2009 | Diane Rechel
    A Northern Arizona University political science professor is working with Southern African farmers studying their agricultural expertise and exposing trade agreements that could threaten the world's food supply. For more than 30 years, Carol Thompson has been consulting on international agriculture trade issues, spending months or years at a time living in Southern African countries studying agricultural expertise and working to "expose constraining trade agreements imposed upon African farmers." Her recent book, Biopiracy of Biodiversity - Global Exchange as Enclosure, analyzes current international agricultural trade policies, explains how they originated, and how they are impacting the world and indigenous cultures....
  • Martial law of the jungle

    12/23/2008 5:42:35 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 6 replies · 505+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 21, 2008 | Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow
    Scratch an environmentalist and you are likely to find a skeptic of military force. At protest marches and on car bumpers, slogans like "Good Planets Are Hard to Find" mingle with peace signs. This overlap makes sense: Both positions operate under a larger ethos of avoiding harm - and war, after all, often wreaks ecological devastation. But some green thinkers are now coming to a surprising conclusion: In exceptional circumstances, they say, the only effective way to protect the environment may be at the barrel of a gun. In some cases, notably in Africa, biodiversity is threatened by military conflict,...
  • Surveys of flora and fauna may be flawed - Bat study raises doubts over our understanding of...

    12/14/2008 11:45:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 713+ views
    Nature News ^ | 12 December 2008 | Matt Kaplan
    Bat study raises doubts over our understanding of Earth's ecosystems. One of the most common techniques for diagnosing the ecological health of a region may be painting an inaccurate picture of biodiversity, a study of the bats on the tiny volcanic island of Montserrat suggests.To understand an area's ecology, researchers are often asked by funding agencies to conduct a short survey, known as a rapid biodiversity assessment.Such surveys are convenient: they fit easily into the typical 3-5-year timescale of a PhD, match the length of time within which grant-giving agencies expect to see results, and are relatively quick to write...
  • Antarctic islands surpass Galapagos for biodiversity

    12/02/2008 4:28:36 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 778+ views
    A group of isolated Antarctic islands have proved to be unexpectedly rich in life. The first comprehensive biodiversity survey of the South Orkney Islands, near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, has revealed that they are home to more species of sea and land animals than the Galapagos.Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Hamburg, Germany, carried out the survey using a combination of trawl nets, sampling as deep as 1500m, and scuba divers. The team found over 1200 species, a third of which were not thought to live in the region. They also identified five new...
  • Biodiversity 'doomsday vault' comes to life in Arctic

    02/24/2008 11:46:01 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 542+ views
    AFP ^ | 02/24/08 | Pierre-Henry Deshayes
    Biodiversity 'doomsday vault' comes to life in Arctic by Pierre-Henry Deshayes Sun Feb 24, 1:25 PM ET Aimed at providing mankind with a Noah's Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe, an Arctic "doomsday vault" filled with samples of the world's most important seeds will be inaugurated here Tuesday. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Nobel Peace Prize winning environmentalist Wangari Matai will be among the personalities present at the inauguration of the vault, which has been carved into the permafrost of a remote Arctic mountain, just some 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) from the North Pole....
  • Environemental Organizations Generate Green Guilt to Push More Population Control

    08/27/2007 4:50:56 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 442+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/27/07 | Colin Mason
    Front Royal, Virginia, August 27, 2007 (pop.org) - If asked what function the San Francisco-based Sierra Club performs, most of its 1.3 million members would probably reply "protecting the environment," or "raising awareness of endangered species," or words to that effect.  Yet, in their 2007 legislative report for Minnesota, the Sierra Club spent nearly 3 pages describing legislative initiatives that have virtually nothing to do with the environment.  Rather, this section deals almost exclusively with population issues or, to put it more accurately, with population control issues. "Over 250,000 women need publicly supported contraceptive services in Minnesota," the section's...
  • Rich and poor nations launch biodiversity initiative, seek way through climate deadlock

    03/16/2007 2:30:31 PM PDT · by cogitator · 11 replies · 340+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 03/16/2007 | AFP
    Environment ministers from 13 major nations agreed here on Friday to assess the economic cost of Earth's rich biodiversity in a bid to stem species loss and sought common ground in the world's global warming crisis. The meeting at the Cecilienhof chateau -- the venue of the 1945 Potsdam agreement that reshaped Europe -- gathers the Group of Eight (G8) countries and five major developing nations: Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. The 13 ministers agreed a "Potsdam Initiative" on biodiversity that would seek to calculate the economic costs from dwindling species, said German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel, hosting...
  • Wiping out of fish stocks by 2048 'unlikely': FAO

    11/03/2006 3:09:56 PM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 481+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 11/03/2006 | Staff Writers
    The conservation status of fish and crustaceans in the world's oceans is "unacceptable" but dire predictions published Friday in the US magazine Science are "unlikely", according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. "To state that all exploited taxa will have collapsed by 2048, the authors have made a simple extrapolation of their results across the next 40 years. This is statistically dangerous," said Serge Michel Garcia, director of the FAO's Fishery Resources Division. He added: "Such a massive collapse ... would require reckless behaviour of all industries and governments for four decades, and an incredible level of apathy of all...
  • Spectator to genocide: U.S. Marine captain in Darfur ends up mapping crimes in progress

    03/29/2005 4:37:15 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 16 replies · 1,001+ views
    WORLD ^ | 4/2/05 | Priya Abraham
    Brian Steidle's only weapons against mass killing were his pen, paper, and camera. The former Marine captain catalogs what they caught in Darfur, Sudan, with quick-fire urgency: toddlers with their faces smashed in, men castrated and left to bleed to death, charred bodies of villagers locked in huts later burned down. Charged only with monitoring ceasefire violations in the war-wracked region, he soon grew weary of playing spectator to genocide. So after six months, the 28-year-old Mr. Steidle returned to the United States a month ago and launched his own offensive to stop the killing. In mid-March he criss-crossed Washington,...
  • Egyptologists' palm nearly extinct.

    06/06/2006 8:53:33 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 17 replies · 2,356+ views
    Histories: Fruits of the tomb 03 June 2006 NewScientist.com news service Stephanie Pain When Giuseppe Passalacqua went to Egypt in the 1820s his plan was to do a bit of horse-trading. He soon discovered a more lucrative line of work - excavating ancient tombs and selling off their contents. While Passalacqua found many priceless treasures, unlike most tomb-robbers he also made off with the more mundane. If something could be carried off, it was - right down to the dried-up offerings left to feed the ancients in the afterlife. Among these were some strange shrivelled fruits that have posed a...
  • Bird Flu's 'Risk To Biodiversity'

    04/19/2006 2:44:47 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 323+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-19-2006 | Helen Briggs
    Bird flu's 'risk to biodiversity' By Helen Briggs BBC News science reporter The Owston's civet is prized by bushmeat restaurants The spread of bird flu poses serious risks to biodiversity, say scientists who have detailed an outbreak of the virus in Owston's civets. The mammal is a small, endangered carnivore that lives in the forests of Vietnam, Laos and southern China. Three animals died at a conservation centre in northern Vietnam last summer. It is not known how they contracted the virus, as they do not eat poultry. The scientists report the cases in a journal of the UK's Royal...
  • Green Gold and Cargo Cults

    03/30/2006 4:53:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 335+ views
    TCSDaily ^ | 29 Mar 2006 | Alan Oxley
    CURITIBA, Brazil -- The biggest environmental meeting of the year will run until the end of March in Curitiba, Brazil. If you ever wondered why efforts in the UN to protect the environment rarely succeed, all the reasons are on display. It is a case study for the Harvard Business Review. Message (confused) The meeting is described by code - "COP8MOP3". Like a message from Big Brother it is everywhere in Curitiba. It dominates the main conference room and is on the sides of buses and every branch in the city of the HSBC Bank, the conference sponsor. The average...
  • National Education Association (A Peek Inside)

    03/27/2006 4:26:06 PM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies · 552+ views
    Members only but I just got ahold of this in print from an unnamed source and decided to share some excerpts with you: In a section called Upfront on pg. 11: Trading Spaces Sure, your lawmakers went to school years ago, but do they remember? During the weeks devoted to testing, or the months when the school budget can't cover the cost of paper, it seems the statehouse is oh-so far from the classroom. Getting community leaders into schools, so that they can see what really happens, was the goal of dozens of Indiana teachers, who hosted "Legislators as Teachers"...
  • Slouching toward global enslavement

    02/06/2006 7:56:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 1,071+ views
    Freedom.org ^ | February 1, 2006 | Joan Veon
    Last year was another instrumental year in the advance of world government. While most commentators will concentrate on popularized events, many will not discuss the latest steps taken to cement the final touches to a world governmental structure, that has been in the making for the last 150 years or so. In order to understand the importance of 2005's global achievements in the march towards global governance, which is the integration of the world's peoples, countries, and philosophies, we must briefly visit the past. Let us recount the 1913 birth of the U.S. tax code. Over the past 92 years,...
  • Did Early Humans First Arise in Asia, Not Africa?

    12/28/2005 4:01:34 PM PST · by SuzyQue · 50 replies · 1,568+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | December 27, 2005 | Nicholas Bakalar
    Did Early Humans First Arise in Asia, Not Africa? Nicholas Bakalar for National Geographic News   December 27, 2005 -----snip------They believe that early-human fossil discoveries over the past ten years suggest very different conclusions about where humans, or humanlike beings, first walked the Earth. New Asian finds are significant, they say, especially the 1.75 million-year-old small-brained early-human fossils found in Dmanisi, Georgia, and the 18,000-year-old "hobbit" fossils (Homo floresiensis) discovered on the island of Flores in Indonesia. -----snip------"What seems reasonably clear now," Dennell said, "is that the earliest hominins in Asia did not need large brains or bodies." These attributes...
  • On Human Diversity: Why has the genetics community discarded so many phenotypes?

    10/25/2005 8:03:25 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 61 replies · 1,777+ views
    The Scientist ^ | 10-24-05 | Armand M. Leroi
    HEAD CASES: The physical phenotypic differences between this Sudanese skull (right) and this European skull (left) are apparent. (From J.L.A. de Quatrefages, E.T. Hamy, Crania ethnica: les Cranes des races humaines, Baillere et fils: Paris, 1882.) Henry Flower became director of the British Museum of Natural History in 1884, and promptly set about rearranging exhibits. He set a display of human skulls to show their diversity of shape across the globe. A century later, the skulls had gone, and in their place was a large photograph of soccer fans standing in their terraces bearing the legend: "We are all...
  • Military exercises 'good for endangered species' (Ranges can have more wildlife than nat'l parks)

    08/14/2005 10:37:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 325+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 12 August 2005 | Michael Hopkin
    Firing ranges can have more wildlife than national parks.Military exercises are boosting biodiversity, according to a study of land used for US training manoeuvres in Germany. Such land has more endangered species than nearby national parks. The land is uncultivated, but also churned up by tank tracks and explosions. This creates habitat both for species that prefer pristine lands and those that require disturbed ground, explains ecologist Steven Warren of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Military land can host more species than agricultural land, Warren told a meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Montreal. What's more, its...
  • Unprecedented effort needed to save world's biodiversity: UN study (2010 maybe too late)

    05/21/2005 5:12:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 589+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/05 | AFP
    Unprecedented effort needed to save world's biodiversity: study Sat May 21, 2:59 AM ET MONTREAL (AFP) - An unprecedented effort is required between now and 2010 to stop further deterioration of the planet's fragile biodiversity, according to a UN report that compiled the work of 1,300 researchers. In fact, 2010 may be too late, say the authors of the report, pleading with governments, NGOs, international organizations and companies to immediately put in place longterm conservation plans. According to the report published this week in Montreal, "The world in 2100 could have substantial remaining biodiversity or it could be relatively homogenized...
  • Travesties of Regulation: Harmful U.N. policies

    02/15/2005 10:29:39 AM PST · by Starve The Beast · 3 replies · 365+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 15, 2005 | Henry I. Miller & Gregory Conko
    Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul Volcker, who heads the inquiry into corruption in the United Nations' defunct oil-for-food program, has just issued a sobering interim report. He concludes that the program was "tainted, failing to follow the established rules of the organization," and that "political considerations intruded." But the U.N.'s problems don't stop at Oil-for-Food — as if that weren't enough. Those of us who study ongoing U.N. agencies' deliberations on regulatory issues find obvious and egregious flaws in them, even when they do follow established rules. The U.N.'s systematic sacrifice of science, technology, and sound public policy to...
  • Endangered weeds

    11/14/2004 11:39:07 AM PST · by Issaquahking · 69 replies · 3,025+ views
    EDITORIAL: Endangered weedsInsignificant plants shouldn't halt auction The absurdity of the biodiversity movement was never more evident than Wednesday, when Las Vegas officials learned the federal government is moving to protect some 8,000 acres from development because of the presence of weeds. Much of the land, which extends across the far northern valley from North Las Vegas west into Las Vegas, was slated for auction to home builders in February. However, botanists found the Las Vegas bearpoppy, a scrub protected under state law, and a previously unknown form of the kindling known as the Las Vegas buckwheat. "It's a brand...
  • Great White Sharks Win International Protection from Ultimate Predator: Humans

    10/12/2004 11:23:32 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 633+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 10/12/2004
    BANGKOK, Thailand, Oct. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The world's most-feared shark received international protection from human predators here today when the international community approved trade controls on great white sharks and shark parts at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. World Wildlife Fund praised the addition of great whites to CITES as a conservation boost for the ocean's largest predatory shark. The member nations of CITES voted Tuesday to include the shark on CITES's Appendix II, 87 to 34. Appendix II listing of a species allows international trade, but requires importing and exporting countries to ensure that trade...
  • Agency to Designate Habitat for Dragonfly (It's time to SUE the Center for Biological Diversity!)

    09/24/2004 9:58:10 AM PDT · by sauropod · 16 replies · 535+ views
    Associated Press | 2004 | By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press Writer
    Agency to Designate Habitat for Dragonfly By JOHN FLESHER Associated Press Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Prodded by a lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to designate critical habitat for an endangered dragonfly found in only a few Midwestern wetland areas. The agency reached a settlement with five environmental groups that accused the government of shirking its responsibility to protect the Hine's emerald dragonfly. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., signed an order last week to implement the agreement, said Brent Plater, an attorney for one of the groups, the Center for Biological Diversity. The settlement...
  • U.N. Influence on Domestic Policy ( Long but worth the read )

    02/04/2002 4:08:03 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 3 replies · 335+ views
    http://eco.freedom.org ^ | Monday,February 04,2002 | By Michael Coffman Ph.D., and Henry Lamb
    The United Nations now administers more than five hundred treaties, of which 175 treaties and protocols directly influence policies of the federal, state, and local government. These treaties and agreements often have noble goals and seem to address a real need within the global community. However, obscure or statist language inherent within the treaties often results in U.S. law, and subsequent regulations, that conflict with the principle of individual sovereignty interwoven into the Constitution of the United States (hereafter called the Constitution). An Example For instance, to meet the letter of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the DOI had ...
  • Uncle Sam: An Environmentalist (SellOut of America)

    06/17/2004 8:42:37 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 19 replies · 231+ views
    propertyrightsresearch.org ^ | March 5, 2004 | John F. Turner
    Uncle Sam: An Environmentalist   U.S. Working with World to Preserve Environment, Official Says - Assistant Secretary Turner asks Europeans to look past disagreements   "Another survey showed that Americans overwhelming support our nation's major environmental laws and more than 80% of Americans favor strengthening these environmental standards." - John F. Turner (Where in the heck did he manufacture these numbers? During a meeting at the Sierra Club?)   March 5, 2004   Speech by John F. Turner   Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs   Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Oceans and...
  • So you're an environmentalist...

    05/31/2004 8:11:32 PM PDT · by TheBigB · 17 replies · 2,760+ views
    email | waaay back when | various
    "The right to have children should be a marketable commodity, bought and traded by individuals but absolutely limited by the state." - Kenneth Boulding, originator of the "Spaceship Earth" concept (as quoted by William Tucker in Progress and Privilege, 1982) "We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion -- guilt-free at last!" -- Stewart Brand (writing in the Whole Earth Catalogue) "Free Enterprise really means rich people...
  • Battle Over U.S.-Mexico Border Fence Heats Up

    03/15/2004 6:31:31 PM PST · by TERMINATTOR · 30 replies · 519+ views
    FOX News Channel ^ | March 15, 2004
    <p>LOS ANGELES — Each year, thousands of illegal immigrants sneak across the border between Tijuana and San Ysidro, Calif.</p> <p>A thin metal border fence helps separate the United States from Mexico and has helped stem the flow of immigrants but it's not enough. Now, the U.S. Border Patrol is trying to finish building a second fence but the effort is being blocked by the California Coastal Commission (search) because of environmental concerns.</p>
  • Science and Public Policy

    02/04/2004 7:27:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,311+ views
    Reason ^ | February 4, 2004 | Ronald Bailey
    Our man in science goes to Congress I am testifying at an oversight hearing before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on "The Impact of Science on Public Policy" today, Feb. 4, 2004. I was asked to submit testimony about how and why environmental predictions have gone wrong. What follows is the written version of my testimony. (I get a whole five minutes to speak.) My name is Ronald Bailey. I am the science correspondent for the public policy magazine Reason and I have written and reported on scientific and environmental policy for more than two decades for...
  • Nature's Affirmative Action

    11/16/2003 11:00:53 PM PST · by farmfriend · 3 replies · 155+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 11/13/2003 | Richard Braun
    Nature's Affirmative Action By Richard Braun Biodiversity, represented by the 10 million or so animals, plants and microbes living on this planet, is threatened by many human activities. Amongst the numerous quasi-natural environments, the widest diversity is in the tropical humid forests, of which about half has been cut down during the past 100 years. The remaining area will vanish in the next 50 years, if no substantial countermeasures are undertaken. No single action on its own will be a remedy, but a central issue is to prevent subsistence farmers, who want to produce food for themselves and their families,...
  • United Nations Day of Shame

    10/23/2003 9:24:20 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 7 replies · 126+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 10/24/2003 | Henry I. Miller and Gregory Conko
    United Nations Day of Shame By Henry I. Miller and Gregory Conko UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan recently declared that the global pursuit of scientific endeavors is marked by inequality. Noting that developing countries invest much less on scientific research and produce fewer scientists, Annan warned that the resulting imbalance in the geographic distribution of scientific activity creates problems for both the scientific community in developing countries and for development itself. He urged scientists and scientific institutions around the world to resolve this inequity and bring the benefits of science to all. How humanitarian. How enlightened. How hypocritical. The UN is...
  • Returning to Earth Worship, Part 1

    10/17/2003 9:09:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies · 542+ views
    Citizen Review Online.org ^ | 9/29/03 | Michael S. Coffman
    Returning to Earth Worship, Part 1 By Dr. Michael S. Coffman Ph. D. NewsWithViews.com September 29, 2003 Though few Christians are aware of it, the cry to "save the earth," "be sustainable" and "live in harmony with nature" is rooted in the ancient pantheistic religions that dominated the Egyptian, Babylonian, Grecian and Roman Empires. Former Vice President Gore even promotes them in his book Earth in the Balance, "...the prevailing ideology of belief in prehistoric Europe and much of the world was based on the worship of a single earth goddess, who was assumed to be the fount of all...
  • Thrown to the Wolves - Wolves are being reintroduced to wildlands to drive people out

    08/06/2003 3:48:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 78 replies · 3,005+ views
    The New American ^ | January 27, 2003 | William Norman Grigg
    Wolves are being reintroduced to wildlands to drive people out, intentionally putting human life at risk for the sake of creating a UN biodiversity preserve. Across the nation, particularly in western states, ranchers are feeling the bite of the so-called "wolf recovery" program, which began with reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. Stemming from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), this program was followed three years later with the return of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest, and similar initiatives are underway in the Midwest and Northeast. As the resurgent wolf packs thrive, they are inflicting serious economic damage...
  • NAFTA Countries Adopt Biodiversity Strategy (Christine Todd Whitman in one of her last acts)

    06/28/2003 2:44:18 PM PDT · by furnitureman · 8 replies · 369+ views
    Environment News Service ^ | June 26, 2003 | Environment News Service
    NAFTA Countries Adopt Biodiversity Strategy WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2003 (ENS) - North American cooperation in the conservation of biodiversity was adopted as a long term strategy Wednesday by the environment ministers of Canada, Mexico and the United States at their annual meeting as members of the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Attending this 10th session of Council was Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson, Mexican Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Victor Lichtinger, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman in one of her last acts in this position. She steps down Friday. From left, Mexican...
  • The rule of international law

    04/19/2003 12:22:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 38 replies · 348+ views
    WND ^ | April 19, 2003 | HENRY LAMB
    There is no virtue in the rule of law, unless that law is legitimized by the consent of the governed. The people in Saddam's Iraq lived under the rule of law, as did the people in Hitler's Germany. Only the consent of the governed can give legitimacy to the rule of law. France, Germany and Russia joined Kofi Annan in proclaiming that the world should be governed by the rule of international law, under the administration of the United Nations. Under international law, as devised and administered by the U.N., the people who are governed by it have no opportunity...
  • 'Eco-extremists' planning to eliminate humans

    01/27/2003 2:18:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies · 524+ views
    InvestigativeJournal.com. ^ | 1/23/2003 | Jim Slinsky
    Now hold on to your sneakers because here they come -- the largest group of eco-extremists ever assembled in one place will be meeting at State College on February 1. It is their second meeting in Pennsylvania. It's called the "Prospects for Recovery and Rewilding" (of PA) sponsored by the PA Wildlands Recovery Project (PWRP). Frankly, I have been hankering to write a story about steelheads and steelhead fishing. I am chomping at the bit to wade an ice-cold stream in below freezing temps and catch a 10-lb. steelhead on a fly rod. If this weather will break February might...
  • Researchers Tie Worldwide Biodiversity Threats To Growth In Households (come into your home next?)

    01/13/2003 1:35:51 PM PST · by heyhey · 8 replies · 124+ views
    National Science Foundation ^ | 2003-01-13 | National Science Foundation
    Researchers Tie Worldwide Biodiversity Threats To Growth In Households ARLINGTON, Virginia - Scientists from Michigan State (MSU) and Stanford universities, in a fresh look at world population dynamics, have revealed evidence that increased numbers of households, even where populations are declining, are having a vast impact on the world's biodiversity and environment. Reduction in household size has led to a rapid rise in household numbers around the world and has posed serious challenges to biodiversity conservation, write Jianguo (Jack) Liu of MSU and Stanford colleagues Gretchen C. Daily, Paul R. Ehrlich and Gary W. Luck in the Jan. 12 advance...
  • World Heritage Biodiversity Hot Spots to Get $15M

    12/06/2002 9:53:08 AM PST · by cogitator · 5 replies · 779+ views
    Environmental News Service ^ | November 20, 2002
    World Heritage Biodiversity Hot Spots to Get $15M WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2002 (ENS) - Places that are the richest in their variety of unique animals and plants are often the places most jeopardized by development, even though they may be designated as World Heritage sites by the United Nations. To protect and conserve these most threatened biodiversity hot spots, Conservation International and the United Nations Foundation have formed a new three year, $15 million partnership. (CAPTION) The southern muriqui Brachyteles arachnoides is one of the most threatened primates in Brazil's Atlantic Forest. (Photo by Haroldo Palo, Jr. courtesy...
  • Environmentalist Crusade Against Progress and Technology Aims at Making Man's Life a Hell on Earth

    10/25/2002 1:31:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 271+ views
    www.capitalismmagazine.com ^ | August 8, 2000 | David Holcberg
    We are fortunate enough to live in the US at the beginning of the 21st century and enjoy all the benefits of modern science and technology. Human life is now longer, healthier and richer than ever before. But not everybody is happy about it. Some people would rather have us go back in time and sacrifice it all. They are the advocates of Environmentalism. Environmentalism is not, as many naively think, a movement to protect the environment for man. It is rather a movement to protect the environment from man. But man could not have risen from the caves without...
  • The Wildlands Project Comes to Hidalgo County

    10/15/2002 4:50:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 226+ views
    Freedom.Org ^ | October 15, 2002 | Judy Keeler
    Read Part One At first glance the Sky Island Alliance's most recent brochure is a colorful portrayal of images. A beautiful Mexican Parrot fills the front page. Picturesque Chihuahuan Desert landscapes leap from the inner pages. A portrait of the elusive jaguar dominates its own corner. Although the Alliance now claims to have originated in 1992, in response to the Forest Service's development-oriented recreational plan, their initial press coverage stated they were established to "design biological reserves". Claiming to be a grassroots coalition in favor of restoring native biological diversity, and a publicly supported non-profit, 501(c) 3, organization, the Alliance's...
  • The Battle of Environmentalists versus the US Military

    10/13/2002 2:19:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 420+ views
    CAPITALISM MAGAZINE.COM ^ | October 12, 2002 | Tom DeWeese
    As America's military deploys troops, armor, planes and ordinance to bases in the Middle East surrounding Iraq, they will do so after years of fending off another kind of attack, one by the massed forces of environmental organizations that have done everything in their power to reduce and restrict the ability of our military to train its soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen. A Green Fifth Column has waged its own war on this nation's ability to be ready for war on land, sea and air, seeking through legislation and litigation to thwart the training of our military forces and hinder...