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  • Eco-fashion: Transforming trash into treasures (Purses Made from Candy Wrappers)

    05/13/2008 9:49:41 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 261+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | May 13, 2008 | Valerie Streit
    MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Fashion designers are giving new life to worthless candy wrappers, newspapers and plastic bags; turning trash into trendy tote bags, purses and jewelry. From "post-consumer and industrial waste" comes durable, funky accessories reportedly worn by celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz and Petra Nemcova. One self-described eco-fashion label, Ecoist, has partnered with Coca-Cola, Luna Bar, and Aveda to create handbags made from misprinted and discontinued packaging. "We tap into that source of waste because it is reliable and unfortunately it's abundant," said Ecoist co-founder Jonathan Marcoschamer. "We believe that for the next few years there's...
  • The Age of Gullibility

    05/01/2008 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 52 replies · 94+ views
    Independent Individualist ^ | Apr 29, 2008 | Reginald Firehammer
    That this is the age of gullibility is proved by the fact that three of the most absurd frauds in history have become totally accepted and unquestioned in our age. The results of this universal credulity is a social disaster, the affects of which are apparent in every aspect of our culture. If you think something is terribly wrong with the society you live in, but have not been able to identify exactly what it is, this may help you. The Appeal of Science No rational individual either doubts or questions the power of science to discover the truth. Much...
  • Biodiversity's Bonn Boondoggle

    04/28/2008 4:53:07 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 1 replies · 49+ views
    Financial Post ^ | 4/28/08 | Peter Foster
    In my column last Friday – headlined “Bioperversity” – I suggested that a new book, “Sustaining Life,” from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which claimed that species loss was threatening medicinal discoveries and thus human health, was a typical alarmist crock. It was intended primarily as propaganda to whip up eco-hysteria ahead of next month’s huge United Nations conflab in Bonn to discuss the floundering Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). As if to prove my point, the IUCN the very next day issued a release about the so called “COP9,” that is, the ninth “Conference of the...
  • Chickenfeedhawks

    04/26/2008 7:18:36 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 2 replies · 76+ views
    National Review ^ | April 26, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    Last week, Time magazine featured on its cover the iconic photograph of the U.S. Marine Corps raising the flag on Iwo Jima. But with one difference: The flag has been replaced by a tree. The managing editor of Time, Rick Stengel, was very pleased with the lads in graphics for cooking up this cute image and was all over the TV sofas talking up this ingenious visual shorthand for what he regards as the greatest challenge facing mankind: “How To Win The War On Global Warming.” Where to begin? For the last ten years, we have, in fact, been not...
  • Potato heads are talking rot on food

    04/19/2008 5:14:51 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 3 replies · 97+ views
    The Times of London ^ | April 20, 2008 | Jeremy Clarkson
    A sinister government agency called Wrap (We Rape and Pillage) has spent vast lumps of our money to determine that, in Britain alone, we throw away 5.1m potatoes every day. Apparently this is so morally reprehensible that we should all commit suicide. Hmm. So we have one part of the government telling us that if we continue to eat too much we will become fat and everyone will explode. And now we have another part telling us that we have to finish everything on our plates because it’s wrong to throw food away. Is it though? Of course, eco-mentalists argue...
  • Psychoterratic Illness & other such GW buzzwords

    03/24/2008 10:36:48 PM PDT · by CottShop · 14 replies · 559+ views
    WorldChanging Team ^ | March 21, 2008 10:20 AM | Sanjay Khanna
    You can't make this stuff up folks- The latest victim of the supposed 'man-caused global warming' nut-o-rama are our psychological minds. That's right, it seems that some feller named Glenn Albrecht believes that we're all going to suffer from Psychoterratic illness. What is Psychoterratic illness you wonder? Why it's a malady whereby the mind goes psychotic when the terra firma is violated by we evil human beings. But wait- there's more. It seems that we're all about to suffer yet another crippling malady- Solastalgia. Again you ask, what ever can Solastalgia be? I'm surprised at you all. Shame on you!...
  • Perfect Timing: Domino Interviews Spitzer's Wife - Now We Know What Silda's Been Doing While ...

    03/12/2008 3:03:37 PM PDT · by XR7 · 9 replies · 1,820+ views
    AdvertisingAge ^ | 3/12/08 | Nat Ives
    When Eliot Spitzer was New York attorney general, the man seemed to own the press, seizing headlines with every investigation on Wall Street -- or prosecution of high-end prostitutes on Staten Island. Now that The New York Times has reported on Gov. Spitzer's much more amicable relationship with a separate ring of expensive prostitutes, the press will for a time own him. Nor will public life be much better for Silda Wall Spitzer, Mr. Spitzer's wife. So let's take a moment to appreciate the last softball interview Ms. Spitzer is going to have for a while: a video tour, for...
  • Researchers Challenge Water-Flow Model

    01/19/2008 1:08:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 90+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 18, 2008 | CORNELIA DEAN
    Decades ago, when geologists were developing ideas about how water typically flows across land, many of them studied the streams of the Mid-Atlantic States, concluding that they naturally move in ribbonlike channels cut through silty banks. In the years since, ecologists and conservationists have used this model in efforts to restore streams damaged by urbanization. Now, though, researchers at Franklin and Marshall College are challenging it. They say the streams studied by their geological predecessors were not “natural archetypes” but rather the artifacts of 18th- and 19th-century dam building and deforestation. The scientists, Robert C. Walter and Dorothy J. Merritts,...
  • At Man's Expense (NY Times Eco-Stupidity Alert)

    12/27/2007 10:48:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies · 126+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 26, 2007
    Media: The New York Times blubbers about how Cuba's environment will suffer in a post-U.S. embargo era of increased tourism. Better to preserve a "priceless ecological resource" than to free people from oppression.It is becoming increasingly more difficult to take the environmental movement, and science and environmental reporters, seriously because of stories such as the Christmas Day hand-wringer "Conserving Cuba, After the Embargo." Given great latitude by New York Times editors, reporter Cornelia Dean goes on for more than 2,000 words about "why many scientists are so worried about what will become of (Cuba's environment) after Fidel Castro and his...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury warns greed could wreck the Earth (Environmental Christmas Sermon)

    12/25/2007 6:24:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 69 replies · 111+ views
    AFP ^ | December 25, 2007
    The leader of the world's Anglicans slammed "human greed" in his Christmas sermon, saying it threatened the Earth's fragile environmental balance. Doctor Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, told worshippers at Canterbury Cathedral in south-east England, that humanity needed to protect the world created by God. People should treat each other and nature with "reverence", the Church of England leader said. "More and more (is) clearly required of us as we grow in awareness of how fragile is the balance of species and environments in the world and just how our greed distorts it. "When we threaten the balance of...
  • European Union Has Doubled Ecological Pressure On Planet In 30 Years, Report Suggests

    11/28/2007 1:32:33 PM PST · by Brilliant · 10 replies · 42+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 28, 2007 | ScienceDaily
    The growing economic strength of the European Union has doubled the ecological pressure on the planet in the past 30 years, according to a WWF report. Despite technological advances, environmental pressure has been growing at a faster rate than the European population, creating a deficit of natural resources for the rest of the world and for future generations. “Just a generation ago much of Europe was an ecological creditor, using fewer resources than it had,” said Tony Long, Director of WWF’s European Policy Office. “But today Europe lives beyond its means. If the world’s citizens lived as Europeans, we would...
  • Cal mulls what to do with tree-sitters [Freeper advice needed]

    11/23/2007 9:14:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 106 replies · 218+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 22, 2007 | Michelle Locke
    BERKELEY, Calif. - University of California officials have won the legal right to oust a band of tree-sitters who've taken up residence in an oak grove standing in the way of a planned sports center. But how do you uproot a tree-sitter in Berkeley, one of America's most politically correct cities? "Extremely difficult," acknowledges campus spokesman Dan Mogulof. As the protest nears its one-year anniversary, plenty of people have suggestions: Fire hoses, skunk spray and tranquilizer darts are among the thorny ideas Internet posters have planted. So far, the university has moved cautiously. The university wants to remove dozens of...
  • Wolf Awareness Week Ends- Werewolf Awareness Week Starts Tomorrow !

    10/24/2007 3:31:14 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 6 replies · 64+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 10/24/07 | vanity
    Wolf Awareness Week ended yesterday-according to the National Wildlife Federation. They neglected,however, to mention Werewolf Awareness Week-which begins tomorrow and which ends on Hallowe'en.
  • World's only pure blue lizard at risk of extinction [thanks to environmentalists]

    09/08/2007 8:35:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies · 1,061+ views
    mongabay.com ^ | March 7, 2007 | Tina Butler and Rhett Butler
    High above the forest floor on the remote Colombian island of Gorgona lives a lizard with brilliant blue skin, rivaling the color of the sky. Anolis gorgonae, or the blue anole, is a species so elusive and rare, that scientists have been unable to give even an estimate of its population. Due to the lizard’s isolated habitat and reclusive habits, researchers know little about the blue anole, but are captivated by its stunning coloration.Approximately 35 miles off the Pacific coast of Colombia lies Gorgona, an island with a unique past and an uncertain future. A high security prison colony was...
  • Carbon Offsets — Buyer Beware

    07/19/2007 8:41:56 PM PDT · by yhwhsman · 10 replies · 586+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Thursday, July 19, 2007 | Steven Milloy
    Junk Science: Carbon Offsets — Buyer Beware By Steven Milloy Congress began investigating the carbon offset industry this week. The inquiry could produce some “inconvenient truths” for Al Gore and the nascent offset industry. "snip"So how many offsets supposedly compensated for the CO2 sins of Al Gore and the dozens of individuals credited with producing a movie shot in Nashville, Los Angeles, and Beijing? According to a Web site release from NativeEnergy – which has since been removed – it only cost 40 tons of offsets (worth about $480) to make “An Inconvenient Truth” carbon neutral. It’s an absurdly low...
  • Al Gore Warming for 2008 Run?

    07/19/2007 2:07:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 949+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 18, 2007
    Al Gore maintains that he won't seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 -- but his actions seem to belie his words. Gore has kept himself very much in the public eye as the White House races kicked into gear, providing plenty of evidence that he's eying another run for president: His award-winning global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" brought him back into the limelight last year. His new book "An Assault on Reason" is a best seller, and when he launched his national book tour in May, one observer said the event seemed "more like a campaign stop...
  • Al Gore's Trendy Environmentalism in Barcelona (Spanish eco-businessman smackdown)

    07/10/2007 3:47:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 1,009+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | July 10, 2007 | Pablo Ouziel
    On the 23 of June, I had the opportunity to attend the Friends of Trees Conference in Barcelona. It has taken me a few weeks to digest all the information, which I, together with about 900 other people managed to inhale: The fumes of change, the organic revolution, the climate crisis, the need for solidarity and action. It was a most overwhelming task: and Al Gore's redundant joke of: "I used to be the next president of the United States," has hardly helped ease the intensity of the situation. The crowds clapped at every comment made by the speakers, who...
  • Worms [when used to compost garbage] are killing the planet, says top researcher

    06/25/2007 1:51:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 58 replies · 1,841+ views
    mrw.co.uk ^ | June 21, 2007 | Liz Gyekye
    Worm composting could be doing more harm than good to the environment, a leading researcher claimed today. Composting Association research director Jim Frederickson said: “Worms produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases. Recent research done by German scientists has found that worms produced a third of nitrous oxide gases when used for composting.” The ‘wiggly ones’ naturally produce nitrous oxide gases when they are put into the process of composting. Worms can be used for home grown composting or commercial composting and are typically red worms. They are used to recycle food scraps and other organic material into valuable soil...
  • Newsmaker: Nuke power not so clean or green (junk science hurl)

    06/11/2007 6:59:58 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 71 replies · 1,324+ views
    CNet ^ | June 11, 2007 | Elsa Wenzel
    Cold War-era nuclear fears have eased in recent decades, replaced by anxieties over global warming. Lately, in some circles, nuclear power has gained a new reputation as a pollution-free cure-all for a world starved for clean energy. But the nuclear industry hasn't cleaned up its act, according to Helen Caldicott, who spearheaded the nuclear disarmament movement in the 1980s. (Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling nominated Caldicott for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.) Caldicott, a pediatrician by training, has devoted 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the health hazards of nuclear power. Not only is atomic...
  • Going green: Vatican expands mission to saving planet, not just souls

    05/25/2007 1:34:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 513+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | May 25, 2007 | Carol Glatz and Alicia Ambrosio
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Expanding its mission from saving souls to saving the planet, the Vatican is going green. A giant rooftop garden of solar panels will be built next year on top of the Paul VI audience hall, creating enough electricity to heat, cool and light the entire building year-round. "Solar energy will provide all the energy (the building) needs," said the mastermind behind the environmentally friendly project, Pier Carlo Cuscianna, head of the Vatican's department of technical services. And that is only the beginning. Cuscianna told Catholic News Service May 24 that he had in mind other sites...
  • Overfishing Great Sharks Wiped Out North Carolina Bay Scallop Fishery

    04/03/2007 3:05:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies · 1,097+ views
    NewsWise ^ | 3-28-07
    Newswise — Fewer big sharks in the oceans led to the destruction of North Carolina’s bay scallop fishery and inhibits the recovery of depressed scallop, oyster and clam populations along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, according to an article in the March 30 issue of the journal Science. A team of Canadian and American ecologists, led by the late world-renowned fisheries biologist Ransom Myers of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has found that overfishing in the Atlantic of the largest predatory sharks, such as the bull, great white, dusky and hammerhead sharks, has led to an explosion of their ray,...
  • HERE'S GORE VERSUS BUSH AGAIN -- THIS TIME IT'S THE ENVIRONMENT STUPID!

    02/28/2007 10:13:15 AM PST · by janereinheimer · 3 replies · 363+ views
    http://www.janereinheimer.com ^ | 2/28/07 | Jane Reinheimer
    HERE'S GORE VERSUS BUSH AGAIN -- IT'S THE ENVIRONMENT, STUPID! The part that follows about Al Gore was printed a few days ago as a moment of zen. But what I've found since I wrote that piece is a web site you can go to and figure out what your carbon footprint is. It's www.carbonfootprint.com. Quint is workign on ours. He says we should be fairly low because our electricity utility is nuclear powered so we don't have to worry about carbon stuff. But then, look out if there's a big boom. You'll find us headin' for the hills! But...
  • President Bush's Crawford TX Home is Model of Environmentally Friendly Living

    02/27/2007 1:58:35 PM PST · by Lecie · 29 replies · 2,396+ views
    Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ^ | February 27, 2007 | Marc Morano
    President Bush's Crawford TX Home is Model of Environmentally Friendly Living February 27, 2007 Marc Morano - February 27, 2007 Former Vice President Al Gore has been criticized for his rather large electric bills ($30,000 a year) at his home in Tennessee. http://tennesseepolicy.org/main/article.php?article_id=367 What you might not have heard about is how environmentally friendly President George Bush's home is in Crawford Texas. Below is a partial reprint from the Chicago Tribune from April 29, 2001. Chicago Tribune Bush loves ecology --at home April 29, 2001 By Rob Sullivan. Rob Sullivan is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles The 4,000-square-foot...
  • New Sea Creatures Discovered in Antarctica

    02/25/2007 4:11:29 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 1,296+ views
    AOL News ^ | February 25, 2007 | Deborah Zabarenko
    Spindly orange sea stars, fan-finned ice fish and herds of roving sea cucumbers are among the exotic creatures spied off the Antarctic coast in an area formerly covered by ice, scientists reported on Sunday. This is the first time explorers have been able to catalog wildlife where two mammoth ice shelves used to extend for some 3,900 square miles over the Weddell Sea .
  • Eco-Millionaire's Land Grab Prompts Fury (Argentina)

    02/03/2007 4:33:51 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 656+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-4-2007 | Uki Gońi
    Eco-millionaire's land grab prompts fury Argentinian critics say an American campaigner is buying up vast wetlands for US strategic goals Uki Gońi in Buenos Aires Sunday February 4, 2007 The Observer (UK) Douglas Tompkins cals himself a 'deep ecologist'. He is a millionaire on a quest to preserve some of Argentina's last frontier lands from human encroachment by buying them and turning them into ecological reserves. But Argentina may not permit him such philanthropy. Opponents are branding him a new-age 'imperialist gringo' and claim he has a secret aim: to help the US military gain control of the country's natural...
  • Eco-freaks and projected self-loathing (analysis of enviro-whackos)

    02/02/2007 1:33:01 PM PST · by Emile · 15 replies · 533+ views
    OpinionEditorials.com ^ | 2/1/07 | Helen & Peter Evans
    Why is it that, "Whenever Nature displeases us, it must be our fault for doing something that displeased Nature"? This was a question raised by John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, speaking at the Heritage Foundation on January 23, 2007 in support of his new book "Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism is Hazardous to Your Health!" If the winter's too hot, summer's too cold, hurricane Katrina too extreme, environmentalists always conclude that it's because we did something wrong, like atmospheric pollution, habitat destruction and/or the paving of America. Not only does this knee-jerk reaction indicate a colossal sense of self-importance, that importance...
  • (Bye to Socialism) Blizzards, reindeer, darkness: new Klondike is hottest place in Europe

    01/09/2007 7:25:50 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 8 replies · 1,074+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 01/07/2007 | Alex Duval Smith
    The article, from one of the world's leading newspapers, touches on what a blessing saying "hasta la vista" to socialism really can be - not to mention future prospects! Ask the people who live in the hottest city of Europe - and they don't speak "cockney" or french with a Paris accent. The fall of Communism in Russia and China in combination with the orientation towards pro-capitalism of Scandinavia has already lead to a explosion of trade between the world's 14th biggest economy, Russia, the world's 4th biggest economy, China and the 8th biggest one, the Scandinavian countries (Source: IMF...
  • Animal Fats Touted As Future Fuel Source (Biodiesel)

    01/02/2007 9:50:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 634+ views
    Iwon News/AP ^ | January 2, 2007
    Jerry Bagby is typical of the oil men who are prospecting for a fortune in the Midwestern biofuels boom. He's convinced there's oil in these hills — and he's found a well that no one else is using. Bagby and a longtime friend have cobbled together $5 million to build a new biodiesel plant on the lonely croplands outside this southeast Missouri town. They're betting they can hit paydirt by exploiting a generally overlooked natural resource that's abundant in these parts — chicken fat. There's a virtual gusher of the stuff at a nearby Tyson Foods Inc. poultry plant. Currently,...
  • Off-Roaders Fight Ecos for Calif. Canyon

    12/17/2006 7:01:52 PM PST · by Westlander · 41 replies · 1,175+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 17, 2006 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Whoever named Surprise Canyon got it right. Mere miles from bone-dry Death Valley, the canyon cradles two unexpected jewels: a gushing mountain stream and what's left of a once-bustling silver mining town. Environmental groups allege that, before they won protection for the area in 2001, off-roaders destroyed the canyon by cutting trees, dumping boulders in the water and using winches to drag their Jeeps up the waterfalls.
  • Phytoplankton Cloud Dance (link between marine biology and cloud formation)

    11/13/2006 12:35:18 PM PST · by cogitator · 10 replies · 547+ views
    TerraDaily ^ | 11/13/2006 | Staff Writers
    Atmospheric scientists have reported a new and potentially important mechanism by which chemical emissions from ocean phytoplankton may influence the formation of clouds that reflect sunlight away from our planet. This intimate connection between life and the environment of Earth could have profound implications for the future of our planet's global ecosystem. Discovery of the new link between clouds and the biosphere grew out of efforts to explain increased cloud cover observed over an area of the Southern Ocean where a large bloom of phytoplankton was occurring. Based on satellite data, the researchers hypothesized that airborne particles produced by oxidation...
  • Green Elephants

    11/10/2006 9:51:30 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 155+ views
    Prior to Tuesday's vote, Republicans for Environmental Protection announced its slate of endorsed candidates for U.S. Congress. “Each of these candidates is a conservation-minded Republican dedicated to responsible environmental stewardship,” said REP President Martha Marks. “While our party as a whole is not where it should be when it comes to environmental stewardship, electing this slate of Republican candidates would represent a giant stride toward changing that.” Thought it might be interesting to see how they did in the election. Did being green garner them any turn-out-the-vote support?Here’s how things shaped up. Incumbents are denoted with an asterisk. Info in [...
  • Let's make up our own statistics .. THEY do it ...

    10/16/2006 12:46:39 PM PDT · by knarf · 9 replies · 363+ views
    What's left of my mind | Octember 16, 2006 | knarf
    I got the idea from This thread.
  • Where are the Hurricanes? I blame global warming...

    09/15/2006 8:55:58 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 11 replies · 955+ views
    Dean's World ^ | Aug 9, 2006 | Scott Kirwin
    Where are the Hurricanes? I blame global warming...http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/1155133659.shtml Scott Kirwin Aug 9, 2006 Nearly a year ago the country was being slammed by hurricanes. As Americans suffered some claimed that the ferocity of Katrina and Rita was due to global warming. A search of Dean's World shows that this site is one of the few that argued against that idea over the course of 2005. So here we are, a year later. Where are the hurricanes? Where is the fury of Mother Nature? Where are her righteous swirls of rain and wind that shall smite the evil non-Kyoto Protocol signing...
  • Evangelical lobby in US backs film on global warming

    09/15/2006 6:26:14 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies · 289+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 15/09/2006 | Catherine Elsworth
    A powerful alliance of Evangelical Christians and other religious groups is challenging traditional views of environmental activism by promoting a documentary about global warming in churches across America. The group aims to convince congregations of all denominations that damage to the environment is a moral and spiritual rather than political issue that requires urgent action at every level. The Great Warming, a Canadian production narrated by Keanu Reeves and Alanis Morissette, is being pitched in particular at the powerful conservative Christian constituency, which was credited with helping to re-elect President George W Bush in 2004. Its release is timed to...
  • louder than words

    09/12/2006 7:54:03 AM PDT · by Tim Slagle · 3 replies · 224+ views
    RevolutionHeadquarters ^ | September 8, 2006 | Tim Slagle
    Is the Earth over crowded? One of the most popular Leftist Mantras is that there are too many people on the Planet. Alongside, " Why do I have to pay my student loan back?", "Too many people on the planet," is one of the top five things you are likely to hear a Leftist say... Their evidence of overcrowding, is the rate of species extinction....there have been roughly two extinctions per year in North America over the past 368 years. Only about a hundred of those were warm blooded animals. Another hundred are plants. The vast majority of those species...
  • A Harvest That Hurts: Clandestine Pot Gardens Cause Ecological Damage

    08/06/2006 8:45:29 AM PDT · by CAWats · 40 replies · 835+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 8/6/2006 | Jennifer Squires
    SUMMIT — Sheriff's patrol Sgt. Mark Yanez surveys the mess the pot farmers left behind: trash, empty propane tanks and gardening supplies. A blue jug of Power Force Multi Insect Killer and a paper sack with crumbly remains of ammonia sulfate are most damaging to the forest, he says. But Sgt. Steve Carney, leader of the three-man team, knows his crew's efforts will only slow the expanding problem on state and federal lands: marijuana-growing operations that deputies say are controlled by Mexican drug cartels. The pot farms present a multitude of problems. Armed men camp nearby to defend the gardens,...
  • Parts of U.S. West Bar Tree-Cutting on Private Land

    07/31/2006 4:14:28 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies · 788+ views
    Environmental News Network ^ | July 27, 2006 | Laura Zuckerman, Reuters
    SALMON, Idaho — In a state where pine and fir outnumber residents, the loss of several privately owned spruces should hardly excite attention, let alone spark a crusade emblematic of a new trend to protect trees on private land. But in the ski community of Ketchum, Idaho, a seasonal home for the rich and famous and the last resting place of writer Ernest Hemingway, a developer's plan to cut down three towering conifers on his property spurred the city to issue an emergency order last month outlawing the felling of mature trees. Resident Lara Babalis wanted additional assurances. She spent...
  • TREE GLIDERS: Bird's-eye glimpse of nature

    07/23/2006 6:15:10 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 350+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2005 | KRISTIN FINAN
    TREE GLIDERS: Bird's-eye glimpse of naturehttp://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/3290086.html http://tinyurl.com/qdo9d July 31, 2005, 8:48PM A zip through the trees provides a different view of the Hill Country By KRISTIN FINAN It may have been one of the most breathtaking views she'd ever see, but 7-year-old Mandy White kept her eyes focused on the half-inch steel cable stretched out in front of her, worried it would zip her through the air smack into a giant Cypress tree. "I'm thinking it's gonna be scary," she said, finally tilting her helmet-topped head toward the creek below her. "Like the first time I rode a water slide."...
  • It’s Corn vs. Soybeans in a Biofuels Debate

    07/13/2006 11:33:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 3,488+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | July 13, 2006 | ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
    CHICAGO, July 12 — Biodiesel produced from soybeans produces more usable energy and reduces greenhouse gases more than corn-based ethanol, making it more deserving of subsidies, according to a study being published this month in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, done by researchers at the University of Minnesota and at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., points to the environmental benefits of the biodiesel over ethanol made from corn, stating that ethanol provides 25 percent more energy a gallon than is required for its production, while soybean biodiesel generates 93 percent more energy. The study’s...
  • Historic Meeting of Religious Leaders Under Way in Moscow

    07/04/2006 10:54:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 635+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 4, 2006
    MOSCOW, JULY 4, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A Russian Orthodox Church official called for a "global union" in the world that respects various traditions, especially religious ones. Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, president of the Foreign Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, made that comment at the historic meeting of some 200 leaders of the world's religions. The leaders, from 40 countries, are meeting for three days in the Russian capital to discuss their positions on the problems that afflict contemporary society. The objective of the meeting was to influence politicians' decisions favorably and to favor a general change in the...
  • Duluth Enacts Civic Ecology(becomes an "Eco Municipality.")

    06/28/2006 1:41:34 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 16 replies · 352+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 6-27-06 | ap
    Duluth, Minn. Duluth has become the third U.S. city to become an Eco Municipality. Ashland and Washburn enacted the Swedish-born sustainability program last year. The Duluth City Council passed a resolution last month pledging to move toward four basic principles of sustainability: use fewer natural resources, use fewer man-made or synthetic chemicals, cause no additional degradation to the Earth and meet all human needs.
  • An Inconvenient Truth for Al Gore (Laugh Alert)

    06/14/2006 8:28:55 PM PDT · by Tzimisce · 17 replies · 1,703+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | June 12, 2006 | Tom Harris
    "Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth", showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2. With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie? Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention." More...
  • Another global warming gift: itchier poison ivy

    05/31/2006 3:10:56 PM PDT · by edzo4 · 35 replies · 800+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5-30-06 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON - Another reason to worry about global warming: more and itchier poison ivy.</p> <p>The noxious vine grows faster and bigger as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, researchers report Monday.</p> <p>And a CO2-driven vine also produces more of its rash-causing chemical, urushiol, conclude experiments conducted in a forest at Duke University where scientists increased carbon-dioxide levels to those expected in 2050.</p>
  • More carbon dioxide makes more noxious poison ivy

    05/30/2006 1:03:10 PM PDT · by billorites · 90 replies · 1,217+ views
    Pravda ^ | May 30, 2006
    Another reason to worry about global warming: more and itchier poison ivy. The noxious vine grows faster and bigger as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, researchers report Monday. And a CO2-driven vine also produces more of its rash-causing chemical, urushiol, conclude experiments conducted in a forest at Duke University where scientists increased carbon-dioxide levels to those expected in 2050. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, a chemical that traps heat similar to the way a greenhouse does, that is considered a major contributor to global warming. Greenhouse gases have been steadily increasing in the atmosphere since the Industrial...
  • Poison Ivy Itchier, More Plentiful With Warming, Study Says

    05/30/2006 3:09:30 PM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies · 701+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 5-30-06 | Brian Handwerk
    Global climate change may soon make our planet a much itchier place. Rising levels of carbon dioxide—a so-called greenhouse gas that traps heat within Earth's atmosphere—can fuel booming poison ivy growth, a new study reports. Even worse, the rash-inducing vines may become more potent. Working in a Duke Univerity-owned forest near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, researchers used a system of carbon dioxide-pumping pipes to create atmospheric CO2 levels that were some 200 parts per million higher than the current norm. Many global warming models predict that such levels will be a reality by 2050. (Related: "Global Warming Could Cause Mass...
  • Prolific egg thief dies in 40ft fall from tree

    05/27/2006 5:16:30 AM PDT · by aculeus · 97 replies · 2,130+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | May 27, 2006 | By Alan Hamilton
    BRITAIN’S most notorious illegal collector of rare birds’ eggs has fallen to his death after losing his footing as he climbed a tree in a Yorkshire wood. Colin Watson, 63, a father of three from Selby, was three-quarters of the way up a 40ft larch near Campsall, Doncaster, when he slipped and fell. It is not known which species he was hoping to add to his collection that proved his downfall. His family said last night that he had climbed the tree only to take photographs. But to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Watson was public enemy...
  • New beetle invasion may end in sad song for trees on mesa ( Eco-nut lawyers vs foresters )

    05/08/2006 7:17:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 716+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | May 08, 2006 | SALLY SPAULDING
    While beetles at low levels always exist on Grand Mesa National Forest, some foresters worry the area may be on the verge of a beetle disaster. “It’s at the edge of possibly blowing up and killing a lot of trees,” said forester Kitty Tattersall of the Paonia and Grand Valley ranger districts. “We’re worried it could become a problem.” Mostly, foresters are concerned about the spruce beetle, whose outbreaks are normally triggered by blowdowns. Last October, violent winds toppled trees near the Alexander Lake area on the mesa, creating the potential for a spruce beetle epidemic. Spruce beetles usually emerge...
  • Meat-Eaters Aiding Global Warming?

    04/19/2006 4:24:50 AM PDT · by Millicent_Hornswaggle · 69 replies · 1,035+ views
    www.abcnews.go.com ^ | April 19, 2006 | abcnews
    Your personal impact on global warming may be influenced as much by what you eat as by what you drive. That surprising conclusion comes from a couple of scientists who have taken an unusual look at the production of greenhouse gases from an angle that not many folks have even thought about. Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin, assistant professors of geophysics at the University of Chicago, have found that our consumption of red meat may be as bad for the planet as it is for our bodies. If you want to help lower greenhouse gas emissions, they conclude in a...
  • Meeting Doctor Doom [Top scientist advocates eliminating 90% of population for ecology]

    04/02/2006 4:48:49 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 64 replies · 4,981+ views
    The Citizen Scientist ^ | 3/31/2006 | Forest M. Mimms III
    Meeting Doctor Doom Forrest M. Mims III Copyright 2006 by Forrest M. Mims III. There is always something special about science meetings. The 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science at Lamar University in Beaumont on 3-5 March 2006 was especially exciting for me, because a student and his professor presented the results of a DNA study I suggested to them last year. How fulfilling to see the baldcypress ( Taxodium distichum ) leaves we collected last summer and my tree ring photographs transformed into a first class scientific presentation that's nearly ready to submit to a scientific journal...
  • Bylaw would put teeth in wetlands protection

    03/13/2006 8:39:11 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 14 replies · 402+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 12, 2006 | Dan Tuohy
    Disturb a frog's vernal pool habitat: Pay $300. Alter a marsh, meadow, bog, bank, or pond of any size: See you in court. The potential fine and enforcement actions are some of the teeth in a proposed wetlands protection bylaw that would give the Belmont Conservation Commission greater authority over what happens in or around wetlands. The proposal, which voters will decide at Town Meeting on April 24, would reinforce a state law that more than half of the communities in Massachusetts have found lacking in some way. Belmont would join at least 180 others with a new wetlands bylaw,...