Keyword: envirowacko

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  • Feds rile ranchers by fencing off water for cattle — to protect a jumping mouse!

    05/12/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Forest Service says it's mouse habitatThe Obama administration’s crackdown on Western land use has sparked a furor over the Forest Service’s decision to fence off a creek used by thirsty cattle in drought-stricken Otero County, New Mexico. The Otero County Commission is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss whether to order the sheriff to open the gates against the wishes of Forest Service officials, who have argued that the fence is needed to protect the Agua Chiquita riparian area and habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Otero County Sheriff Benny House said he worries that the increasingly tense...
  • Eight Botched Environmental Forecasts

    Predicting the weather -- especially a decade or more in advance -- is unbelievably challenging. What's the track record of those most worried about global warming? Decades ago, what did prominent scientists think the environment would be like in 2010? 1. Within a few years "children just aren't going to know what snow is." Snowfall will be "a very rare and exciting event." 2. "[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…[By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide...
  • States consider fees for hybrids to recoup lost gasoline taxes

    06/10/2013 6:25:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 6/9/2013 | Chris Kardish
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is joining a growing number of states exploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners to help make up for revenue those drivers aren’t paying in gas taxes on their fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Federal jury in Utah convicts environmentalist

    03/04/2011 11:07:16 AM PST · by epithermal · 10 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 3, 2011 | Kirk Johnson
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who infiltrated a sale of federal energy leases in December 2008 to protest U.S. policies about climate change was found guilty by a jury Thursday of disrupting a government auction and faces up to 10 years in prison. The defendant, Tim DeChristopher, 29, became a folk hero to some in the environmentalist movement for taking action against the leases, which provoked protests and demonstrations in the closing days of the administration of President George W. Bush because of the perceived risk to sensitive lands in southern Utah. In his four-day trial in federal...
  • Autism: Air Pollution May Be to Blame, Study Suggests

    12/17/2010 9:36:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 17, 2010 | Sammy Rose Saltzman
    What causes of autism? Researchers have blamed vaccines, hereditary factors, and certain heavy metals. And now they're adding another suspect to the list: Air pollution. That's right. A new study shows that children in families who live near freeways are twice as likely to have autism as kids who live off the beaten path. Researchers in Los Angeles looked at 304 children with autism and 259 normally developing children and found that those whose moms were living within 1,000 feet of a freeway when they gave birth had a increased risk for autism. The study was published online in...
  • Climate change deniers: A path to power? (Seattle's Best Barf)

    10/09/2010 11:19:58 AM PDT · by epithermal · 8 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | October 7, 2010 | Joel Connelly
    The event is dubbed "Breakfast of Champions" by Washington Conservation Voters, but a lot of the talk Thursday was of chumps -- lawmakers blocking good deeds in this Washington, and polluters poised for power in D.C. A scorecard highlights "Green Duds" in Olympia, legislators those who thwarted a modest tax on petroleum products, to be earmarked to cutdown stormwater runoff of toxics into Puget Sound.
  • 'Water mining' is now a prime culprit for raising sea levels (irrigation is killing us all alert)

    10/09/2010 7:57:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | October 9, 2010 | Geoffrey Lean
    Nowhere in the Maldives juts more than 10 feet above the Indian Ocean, making it extremely worried about sea level rise. Its president, Mohamed Nasheed, illustrated the point by holding a cabinet meeting under water in the run-up to last year's Copenhagen summit. But a new study shows that global warming is not the only cause of swelling seas. Much comes from "water mining" – the pumping of vast amounts of groundwater from beneath the earth, mainly to irrigate crops. This inevitably ends up in the oceans after it evaporates from farmland and comes down as rain.
  • Environmentalist horror after eating rare crayfish

    04/14/2010 4:42:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 26 replies · 728+ views
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | 4-14-10 | unattributed
    An environmentalist was "thoroughly embarrassed" after he caught, cooked and ate a rare crayfish. Christopher Hemsley, 41, claimed he thought he was netting the non-native signal crayfish, which is not protected. South Lakeland magistrates fined Hemsley, from Leeds, £4,000 yesterday.
  • International day of demonstrations on climate change (Envirowacko's are saving the world today)

    10/24/2009 12:55:31 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies · 418+ views
    CNN ^ | October 24, 2009
    From seabeds to mountaintops, people around the world were staging a day of demonstrations Saturday to call for urgent action on climate change. The events were being coordinated by a group called 350.org, whose name refers to the parts per million of carbon dioxide it considers the safe upper limit for our atmosphere. The group said it wants to "inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis" ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December. Divers at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and in the ocean off the Maldives...
  • Arctic Ocean acid 'will dissolve shells of sea creatures within 10 years'

    10/04/2009 12:57:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 118 replies · 3,773+ views
    (London) Daily Telegraph ^ | October 4, 2009 | Matthew Moore
    The Arctic Ocean is becoming acidic so quickly that it will reach corrosive levels within 10 years, a leading scientist has warned. Waters around the North Pole are absorbing carbon dioxide at such a rate that they will soon start dissolving the shells of living sea creatures. The potentially disastrous consequences for the food chain have been highlighted by Professor Jean-Pierre Gattuso of the National Centre for Scientific Research in France. His team of oceanographers have produced startling predictions about the acidity of the Arctic Ocean after research carried out on the Svalbard archipelago, a group of islands half way...
  • Obama's green guru calls for white roofs (This is not satire alert)

    05/27/2009 9:30:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies · 1,894+ views
    President Obama's energy adviser has suggested all the world's roofs should be painted white as part of efforts to slow global warming. Professor Steven Chu, the US Energy Secretary, said the unusual proposal would mean homes in hot countries would save energy and money on air conditioning by deflecting the sun's rays. More pale surfaces could also slow global warming by reflecting heat into space rather than allowing it to be absorbed by dark surfaces where it is trapped by greenhouse gases and increases temperatures. In a wide-ranging discussion at the three-day Nobel laureate Symposium in London, the Professor...
  • 'Green' burials are the latest option (just in time for Earth Day)

    04/22/2009 1:01:49 PM PDT · by newgeezer · 72 replies · 1,713+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 04/22/2009 | Kim McGuire
    Claire Garden has lived a modest life. She once resided on a Kansas homestead that was off the grid. There, she lived in a house built of recycled materials and raised organic vegetables. Now, at 71, Garden is thinking about the end of her life and her desire to leave a minuscule footprint on this planet continues to dictate her choices. She wants to be buried on her property in Columbia, Mo., not in a casket, but a canvas shroud, like the one used to bury the character Nate in the television show "Six Feet Under." "I would happily give...
  • Talkin’ trash (From Drudge: LA Camerman keeps Trash for One Year)

    10/02/2008 3:02:03 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 7 replies · 483+ views
    News & Review Lounge (via Drudge) ^ | Oct. 2, 2008 | Melissa Daugherty
    Los Angeles cameraman Dave Chameides reduces his environmental footprint by keeping his garbage for a yearDave Chameides swears he’s not insane, but he’s not surprised some people think otherwise. For the past nine months (since Jan. 1), the lanky Hollywood cameraman has been filling his basement with every single thing he would ordinarily recycle or toss into the trash. For his scientific/social experiment Chameides keeps a running tally of his waste and documents it for all the world to see courtesy of his blog
  • America’s Environmental Policy Forces Canada To Halt Oil Drilling

    09/26/2008 10:04:05 PM PDT · by writer33 · 10 replies · 636+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 9/27/08 | Chris Davis
    Alberta, Canada—With the U.S. Economy in utter free fall, Canada has decided to take the U.S. Democratic Party’s advice and stop all drilling for oil. Despite America importing 20% of its oil from its northern neighbor, Canada has decided to turn off the tap, shipping the oil in on massive tankers. As Russia has threatened to put a stranglehold on Europe, Canada will now put a crimp in America’s lifestyle for the sake of Mother Earth and its environment. The move is likely to send American markets into a deep depression. According to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the unexpected development...
  • Oceans on the Precipice: Scripps Scientist Warns of Mass Extinctions and 'Rise of Slime'

    08/14/2008 3:28:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 632+ views
    Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, in a bold new assessment of the oceans and their ecological health. Publishing his study in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Jackson believes that human impacts are laying the groundwork for mass extinctions in the oceans on par...
  • Obama on conservation: Don't drill, inflate your tires

    07/31/2008 4:37:15 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 24 replies · 277+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | July 30, 2008 | The Editors
    You heard that right, folks. According to the anointed one, if we were all to just fill our tires properly, we wouldn’t have to do the environmentally disastrous thing and drill in pristine ANWR. Never mind that his math is inane and ANWR is a chunk of permafrost the size of a stamp on a football field that was set aside by Jimmy Carter for the purpose of drilling.
  • Switzerland Wants to Protect the Rights of Plants

    05/06/2008 2:18:25 PM PDT · by DaveyB · 92 replies · 207+ views
    FOXNews ^ | Monday, May 05, 2008 | Brit Hume
    Plants' Rights It isn't just the rights of animals that some are promoting. The Weekly Standard reports an ethics panel in Switzerland is expressing concern that the arbitrary killing of plants is morally wrong. The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology says that humans cannot claim "absolute ownership" over plants; that "individual plants have an inherent worth," and that man may not use them as he pleases.
  • Environmental fugitive to appear in Portland federal court [Tre Arrow]

    03/03/2008 12:36:34 PM PST · by B Knotts · 14 replies · 174+ views
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Fugitive environmental activist Tre Arrow is back in Portland to stand trial today in federal court on conspiracy and arson charges. The 34-year-old militant sought asylum in Canada in 2004, claiming he was a victim of political persecution. He fought extradition. But a recent 14-count federal grand jury indictment has charged Arrow with conspiracy, arson, attempted arson, and use of destructive devices. He is accused of taking part in the destruction of several concrete-mixing trucks at Ross Island Sand and Gravel Company in Portland in April 2001. He's also blamed with destroying logging trucks in June 2001....
  • Water-rage attack in Australia (66 y.o. man murdered)

    11/01/2007 9:26:16 AM PDT · by WakeUpAndVote · 30 replies · 316+ views
    Al-Reuters ^ | 11/1/2007 | Unk
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man has been charged with murder in Australia after an elderly man who was watering his garden was bashed to death in an apparent case of suburban water-rage.
  • Swimmer plans record North Pole swim [to highlight global warming]

    05/28/2007 10:10:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies · 1,156+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 28, 2007 | John Joseph
    A British adventurer is planning to highlight the effects of global warming by becoming the first person to swim at the North Pole and break his own record for the coldest swim. Sporting just a cap, trunks and goggles, Lewis Gordon Pugh will swim 1 km (0.6 miles) in water at a temperature of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius on July 15, a dip he expects to last 21 minutes. Such a swim would have been impossible as little as 10 years ago because the water would have been frozen, Pugh says. "Most people have no idea that you can find...
  • DiCaprio follows Gore on climate change

    05/19/2007 3:34:07 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies · 496+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2007 | Angela Doland
    CANNES, France - About a decade ago, when Leonardo DiCaprio was on the cusp of megastardom and Al Gore was the U.S. vice president, the two talked together about global warming. Now an all-out environmental activist, DiCaprio has followed Gore's lead by bringing a climate change documentary to the Cannes Film Festival. DiCaprio co-produced and co-wrote "The 11th Hour," which explains how humans have changed the climate and how to fix the damage. "It's such an amazingly large issue, and you suddenly you feel like, what can I do? What can I do? It's too big for me to deal...
  • Global warming to displace one billion

    05/14/2007 5:30:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies · 1,025+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 14, 2007
    AT least one billion people risk fleeing their homes over the next four decades because of conflicts and natural disasters that will worsen with global warming, a relief agency warned today. In a report, British-based Christian Aid said countries worldwide, especially the poorest, are now facing the greatest forced migration ever - one that will dwarf those displaced by World War II. In what at the time amounted to "the largest population displacement in modern history," it said, 66 million people were displaced across Europe by May 1945, in addition to the many millions more in China. Today there are...
  • Scientist says cremation should meet a timely death

    04/18/2007 1:00:49 PM PDT · by Triggerhippie · 128 replies · 2,251+ views
    (AFP) ^ | Wed Apr 18, 10:30 AM ET | Staff Writer (apparently)
    SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian scientist called Wednesday for an end to the age-old tradition of cremation, saying the practice contributed to global warming. Professor Roger Short said people could instead choose to help the environment after death by being buried in a cardboard box under a tree. The decomposing bodies would provide the tree with nutrients, and the tree would convert carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen for decades, he said. "The important thing is, what a shame to be cremated when you go up in a big bubble of carbon dioxide," Short told AFP. "Why waste all that carbon...
  • Some criticize Gore's profits from toxic mining

    03/18/2007 1:33:55 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 16 replies · 622+ views
    WBIR.com ^ | 3/18/07 | BILL THEOBALD
    CARTHAGE, Tenn. - Al Gore has profited from zinc mining that has released millions of pounds of potentially toxic substances near his farmstead, but there is no evidence the mine has caused serious damage to the environment in the area or threatened the health of his neighbors. Two massive white mountains of leftover rock waste are evidence of three decades of mining that earned Gore more than $500,000 in royalty payments for the mineral rights to his property. New owners plan to start mining again later this year, after nearly four years of inactivity. In addition to bringing 250 much-needed...
  • Controversial scientist predicts planetary wipeout (We're all Gonna Die!!)

    11/29/2006 7:34:31 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 86 replies · 1,689+ views
    This is London ^ | 11-28-06 | Staff
    Billions of people could be wiped out over the next century because of climate change, a leading expert said. Professor James Lovelock, who pioneered the idea of the Earth as a living organism, said as the planet heats up humans will find it increasingly hard to survive. He warned that as conditions worsen, the global population which is currently around 6.5 billion, may sink as low as 500 million. Prof Lovelock also claims that any attempts to tackle climate change will not be able to solve the problem, merely buy us time. Given the dire situation we face, he urged...
  • Nature Mag: "Inconvenient Truth" for Al Gore: Climate Change is a Natural Occurrence

    06/04/2006 6:25:12 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 21 replies · 1,561+ views
    Al Gore continues to be the comedic gift that keeps on giving. First, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) revealed on May 24, 2006, that Gore has used enough hydrocarbons to circle the globe to present over 1,000 Power Point presentations on climate change. CEI also revealed that he recently used five large SUVs to haul his movie entourage a mere 500 yards at the Cannes Film Festival in France, all the while admonishing others to curtail their own energy use. Gore's "Saturday Night Live" appearance can't top that kind of comedy. On the heels of these embarrassing revelations, Nature magazine...
  • 4 Indicted In Vail Resort Eco-Terrorism ( New Arson Charges )

    05/19/2006 10:06:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 1,175+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2006 | Associated Press
    A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted four people on eight counts of arson for a series of eco-terrorism fires set at the Vail ski area in 1998. Those indicted are: Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, 29, Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff, 28, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, 31, and Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 33. Gerlach and Meyerhoff are presently in federal custody in Oregon, facing separate arson charges. The whereabouts of Overaker and Rubin are unknown. The Two Elks Lodge and other structures on Vail Mountain were burned to the ground on Oct. 19, 1998. Damage was estimated at $12 million. A group called the...
  • Freep a poll! (Global warming: Fiction or hoax?)

    03/27/2006 5:42:32 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies · 369+ views
    News-Sentinal ^ | 3-27-06 | Ft. Wayne News-Sentinal
    Global warming is: The greatest emergency the world faces, warranting drastic action to control emissions of greenhouse gases. Obviously a problem, but gradual reductions in greenhouse gases are needed to balance environmental protection and prosperity. Still so uncertain that it must be studied more before committing to any dramatic reaction. A hoax perpetrated by environmental extremists.
  • 3 Indicted in Calif. on Ecoterror Charges

    01/26/2006 7:14:13 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 809+ views
    Associated Press ^ | DON THOMPSON
    Three environmental activists were cooking up plastic explosives and had planned to test a device the day they were arrested, federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday as they indicted them. The three face five to 20 years in federal prison if they are convicted of conspiring to use fire or explosives to damage property. The suspects planned assaults this spring in the name of the Earth Liberation Front, a 'loosey-goosey, sort of mist-of-the-fog kind of an organization' of environmental activists, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said. Eric McDavid, 28, Zachary Jensen, 20, and Lauren Weiner, 20, remain in jail. They could enter a...
  • Ecoterror suspect released on bond

    01/19/2006 5:02:55 PM PST · by george76 · 121 replies · 3,675+ views
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 01/18/2006 | LARRY HENDRICKS
    After a delay of nearly a month, a Flagstaff woman accused of being connected with the 1998 firebombing of a logging company in Oregon has been released from jail. Kendall Tankersley, 28, also known as Sarah Harvey, was released from an Oregon jail Jan. 10 on $150,000 bond. She is back in Flagstaff, ready to begin taking two classes at Northern Arizona University. Tankersley, a former employee at the university, was indicted in November by a federal grand jury in Oregon. She is accused of attempted arson and arson, acting as a lookout, in connection with a fire at U.S....
  • Energy, A Potent Political Weapon (Watch out for Envirowackos)

    01/06/2006 2:22:51 PM PST · by proud_yank · 2 replies · 184+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 1/5/2006 | Steven Milloy
    Americans should pay special attention to this week’s crisis between Russia and the Ukraine involving natural gas. It foreshadows what could happen here if we continue to cede control of our national energy policy to environmentalists. Last year’s election of the outspokenly pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko as president of the Ukraine breached previously close ties between Russia and the Ukraine. Looking to make Yushchenko pay a political price and to make the Ukraine pay an economic price for favoring the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin attempted to exploit a dispute over prices between the two nations’ natural gas companies. On Jan....
  • Japanese warship 'sent to help whalers' (Enviro wacko alert)

    01/04/2006 12:45:01 PM PST · by proud_yank · 21 replies · 651+ views
    news.com.au ^ | jan 2, 2006 | Amanda Hodge
    A STANDOFF between Japanese whalers and environmentalists has escalated with a conservation group claiming the Japanese Government has sent a warship to Antarctic waters to protect its fleet. The Washington-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said it had received a tip-off that a Japanese naval ship had been sent to the region to defend its whalers from protesters. It said it was concerned the warship would try to seize its vessel and those of the two Greenpeace crews shadowing the fleet through the Southern Ocean. "The Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research has made an open accusation of piracy and eco-terrorism against...
  • EPA Proposes Testing Chemicals and Pesticides on Orphans and Mentally Handicapped Children

    11/16/2005 7:57:25 AM PST · by andie74 · 58 replies · 1,134+ views
    Organic Consumers Association ^ | November 16, 2005 | Organic Consumers Association
    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 Public Comment Period Closes December 12, 2005 Public comments are now being accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its newly proposed federal regulation regarding the testing of chemicals and pesticides on human subjects. On August 2, 2005, Congress had mandated the EPA create a rule that permanently bans chemical testing on pregnant women and children. But the EPA's newly proposed rule, misleadingly titled "Protections for Subjects in Human Research," puts industry profits ahead of children's welfare. The rule allows for government and industry scientists to treat children as human guinea pigs in chemical experiments...
  • Brazilian environmentalist dies in protest (Enviro on Fire)

    11/14/2005 1:43:19 PM PST · by proud_yank · 23 replies · 696+ views
    Globe and Mail (Canadia) ^ | Nov 14, 2005 | AP
    Brazilian environmentalist dies in protest Monday, November 14, 2005 Posted at 2:06 PM EST Associated Press Rio de Janeiro — A crusading defender of Brazil's Pantanal wetlands died of his burns after setting himself on fire to protest a proposed sugarcane alcohol plant in the environmentally fragile region, hospital officials said Monday. Francisco Anselmo de Barros, 65, wrapped himself in an alcohol-soaked blanket and set it on fire during a protest Saturday in Campo Grande, 1,200 kilometres northwest of Rio de Janeiro, according to officials at the Santa Casa hospital. Fellow protesters smothered the fire with blankets and sprayed it...
  • Vilsack to trade in SUV for hybrid

    10/05/2005 9:33:25 AM PDT · by RushCrush · 22 replies · 591+ views
    DES MOINES, IA - Gov. Tom Vilsack will trade in his gas guzzling sports utility vehicle for a more fuel efficient hybrid vehicle, his spokesman said. Vilsack spokesman Matt Paul said the governor plans to get rid of his 2005 GMC Yukon, which gets 13 miles per gallon, according to Consumer Reports, for a new flexible fuel SUV, which runs on E85, a gas-ethanol blend. E85 is cheaper than the 10-percent ethanol blend and regular unleaded gas sold at most stations. The fuel is only sold at about 20 stations statewide
  • No protected status for amphibian (Endangered Species Act!)

    09/29/2005 7:06:31 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 7 replies · 549+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 8/29/05 | Theo Stein
    Expecting to be fed, boreal toads at an Alamosa hatchery turn toward the photographer. Scientists say they now won t have to get special permits to study the creatures, speeding research on a fungus decimating the population. (Special to The Denver Post / Mark H. Hunter) Colorado's boreal toad was removed as a candidate for the federal endangered-species list Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That could be good news for ski-slope developers - and maybe even for the toad itself. An exotic fungus that is hammering the warty, high-elevation amphibian made it a candidate for endangered-species protection...
  • Jeb Bush Signs Bill for Florida's Growth

    06/24/2005 7:20:46 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 43 replies · 591+ views
    AP ^ | 06/24/05 | MITCH STACY
    BRANDON, Fla. - Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday signed into law landmark legislation that overhauls the state's growth and development guidelines for the first time in two decades and calls for $1.5 billion in state money to be spent during the next year on new highways, classrooms and water facilities. Accompanied by key lawmakers, cabinet members and other officials in this Tampa bedroom community notorious for traffic snarls, Bush said the new "pay-as-you-go" laws will ensure there are adequate roads, schools and water resources in a state projected to grow by 5 million residents in the next 17 years. "It's...
  • The debate's over: Globe is warming

    06/13/2005 11:28:10 AM PDT · by BJClinton · 119 replies · 3,114+ views
    USA Today, via Yahoo ^ | 06/13/2005 | Dan Vergano
    <p>General Electric is the latest big corporate convert; politicians at the state and national level are looking for solutions; and religious groups are taking philosophical and financial stands to slow the progression of climate change.</p> <p>They agree that the problem is real. A recent study led by James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies confirms that, because of carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases, Earth is trapping more energy from the sun than it is releasing back into space.</p>
  • Diaperless Babies Seen As Earth-Friendly Solution (Enviro-wacko alert)

    04/25/2005 7:28:34 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 214 replies · 3,798+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 4/22/05 | Marc Morano
    (CNSNews.com) - As environmentalists celebrate the 34th annual Earth Day, some in the green movement are now advocating "diaper-free" babies to help save the planet. Citing concerns about plastic disposable diapers clogging landfills and the amount of washing and detergents that cloth diapers require, many environmentalists are taking a page from tribal cultures and seeking to eliminate the use of the baby diapers altogether. The green movement is now promoting diaperless babies as a "retro, cutting-edge, environmentally friendly scheme" to mothers throughout the industrialized world. The green movement already has declared war on the modern flush toilet, declaring it an...
  • Greenhouse Gas [Crichton is deceiving you! You're all doooooooomed for not believing. Oh, BARF!]

    04/06/2005 11:05:38 PM PDT · by Brian328i · 22 replies · 694+ views
    Technology Review ^ | May 2005 | Joseph Romm
    Michael Crichton has written that rarest of books, an ­intellectually dishonest novel. Crichton has made a fortune exploiting the public’s fears: Prey (fear of nanotechnology), Rising Sun (fear of Japanese technological supremacy), and Jurassic Park (fear of biotechnology). These books attack the hubris of those who use technology without wisdom. In Prey, he warns, “The total system we call the biosphere is so complicated that we cannot know in advance the consequences of anything that we do.” Given the author’s past, one might expect that a Crichton book on global warming would warn about the risk of catastrophic climate change—the...
  • Canada Begins Cull of 300,000 Baby Seals

    03/30/2005 5:08:37 PM PST · by Shermy · 124 replies · 1,949+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 31, 2005
    Thousands of commercial hunters armed with clubs, rifles and spears moved on to the ice floes off eastern Canada today to kill more than 300,0000 baby seals for their pelts over the next few weeks. The spring hunt, which began yesterday, is expected to bring the area's coastal communities some £8.5m, but has been condemned by animal rights activists as barbaric. This year's hunt is the third large-scale cull since the Canadian government decided in 2003 to allow almost a million seals to be culled over three years. Article continues The move dismayed the anti-seal hunting movement, which has been...
  • Davenport’s battered barn to stay just that

    02/20/2005 12:31:02 AM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 82 replies · 1,657+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | February 19, 2005 | Genevieve Bookwalter, Sentinel Staff Writer
    Davenport’s battered barn to stay just that Sierra Club court victory ends plan for wine and cheese shopBy GENEVIEVE BOOKWALTERSENTINEL STAFF WRITERDAVENPORT — David Luers had a dream: Buy the dilapidated barn off Highway 1, demolish it and build a wine and cheese shop he’d run with his wife. Santa Cruz County officials approved the plan, as did the state Coastal Commission.But nine years after buying the abandoned structure at Highway 1, Old Coast Road and Davenport Avenue, Luers is living in Idaho, where he’s running a gift shop and wondering how he can unload the property.Earlier this month, a...
  • Md. Considers Surcharge on Mammoth SUVs

    02/19/2005 9:54:38 PM PST · by 69ConvertibleFirebird · 114 replies · 1,299+ views
    Forbes ^ | 02-15-2005 | AP
    Associated Press Md. Considers Surcharge on Mammoth SUVs 02.15.2005, 07:56 PM Driving a super-sized sport utility vehicle on Maryland roads would cost $750 more a year under a measure being considered by state lawmakers. Delegate Bill Bronrott is promoting the registration renewal surcharge for owners of SUVs that weigh more than 6,000 pounds. "This bill is ... about the largest, heaviest passenger vehicles that are the least fuel efficient and the most toxic to our air, land and water," the Democrat told a House committee hearing Tuesday. SUVs covered by the legislation include the Hummer H2, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Lincoln...
  • Trouble with Kyoto Treaty:Greece lags in emissions trade (the shape of things to come)

    12/12/2004 10:57:41 AM PST · by longtermmemmory · 17 replies · 591+ views
    Athens News ^ | Dec 3,2004 | COSTIS STAMBOLIS
    Greece lags in emissions trade The European Union will launch its emissions trading scheme in February2005. But Greece, which missed an important deadline for joining last March,is racing to finish in time for the kickoff. Heavy penalties will ensue if they fail COSTIS STAMBOLIS The European Union is set to launch its pioneering emissions trading scheme early next year, in compliance with Kyoto protocol requirements. Greece is the only European Union country that still has not submitted to Brussels its national emissions proposal. The deadline for national proposals was March 31. Member plans are essential for an EU directive which...
  • Tre Arrow Speaks

    03/25/2004 6:53:22 AM PST · by oceanperch · 23 replies · 181+ views
    ELF | 3-22-04
    TRE ARROW SPEAKS OUT & INFO ON DEFENSE FUND Reply to: frontline@rocketmail.com Frontline Information Service   - TRE ARROW SPEAKS OUT & INFO ON DEFENSE FUND -  03/22/04 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Tre Arrow Speaks Out TRE ARROW URGES EVERYONE TO FOCUS ON THE REAL ISSUES 19 March 2004 VICTORIA, BC -- Tre Arrow, well known forest and animal rights activist, ledge sitter, and congressional candidate, urges the media to...
  • Police Arrest Man as S.U.V. Vandal

    02/20/2004 5:22:57 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 52 replies · 281+ views
    NY Times ^ | Feb 20, 2004 | Anon.
    Sport utility vehicles made Patrick Dillon see red, according to the police. In a more-than-two-month spree in Manhattan, Mr. Dillon, a 53-year-old building superintendent in Manhattan, squirted more than two dozen sport utility vehicles with red paint from a ketchup-like squeeze bottle, police officials said. Last night, the police charged him with criminal mischief. At 6:40 p.m., Capt. James W. Murtaugh, who was on patrol on his bicycle on West 77th Street, rode past a man also on a bicycle, dressed in a black shirt, black hat, and black camouflage pants, with a black scarf wrapped around his face, holding...
  • Are You Eating Cancerous Salmon?

    01/14/2004 5:01:58 PM PST · by farmfriend · 7 replies · 360+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 01/14/2004 | Ronald Bailey
    Are You Eating Cancerous Salmon? By Ronald Bailey Smoked salmon with capers and onions was featured at brunch at a friend's house this past Sunday. I dug in and enjoyed two helpings, despite last week's dire headlines that I was recklessly gambling with cancer. Those alarming headlines were based on the study "Global Assessment of Organic Contaminants in Farmed Salmon" published in Science. That study tested 700 samples of salmon from Europe and South and North America for the presence of various man-made contaminants. The researchers supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts especially focused on poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCB) levels in...
  • Tree sitter, "Butterfly" Hill, focuses on S. Dakota's Black Hills

    09/16/2003 2:30:08 PM PDT · by rface · 24 replies · 298+ views
    Rapid City, S. Dakota Journal ^ | Tuesday September 16, 2003 | Bill Harlan
    Julia "Butterfly" Hill, perhaps the world's best-known anti-logging protester, says the last time she was in the Black Hills was four-and-a-half years ago when "Clinton was turning into Bush." Hill was supporting a pardon for Leonard Peltier during President Clinton's last two weeks in office. "Instead, he pardoned a bunch of thieves," she said last week in a telephone interview. Hill, who also is known simply as Julia Butterfly, is returning to Rapid City with her "We the Planet" tour to draw attention to four issues: - Two commercial timber sales in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve south of Mount Rushmore....
  • Bush Weakens Ozone Layer Treaty

    07/22/2003 9:28:18 PM PDT · by EdZ · 33 replies · 405+ views
    The Independent (UK) ^ | 20 July 2003 | Geoffrey Lean
    New US demands - tabled at a little-noticed meeting in Montreal earlier this month - threaten to unravel one of the greatest environmental success stories of the past few decades, causing millions of deaths from cancer. The news comes at a particularly embarrassing time for the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who pressed the President in their talks in Washington last week to stop his attempts to sabotage the Kyoto Protocol which sets out to control global warming: one of the few international issues on which they differ. Now, instead of heeding Mr Blair, Mr Bush is undermining the ozone treaty...
  • Pine trees may help create smog, acid rain (The trees are killing us!)

    03/16/2003 8:15:20 PM PST · by FatherOfLiberty · 25 replies · 1,503+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 3/13/2003 | Danny Kingsley
                Pine trees may help create smog, acid rainThursday, 13 March  2003 Could pine trees be making things worse? Latest research suggests they contribute to smog  Rather than being a global warming solution, pine trees may be inducing smog and acid rain by releasing vast amounts of nitrogen oxide into the air, researchers have discovered. Under some circumstances, needles from Scots pine trees can release nitrogen oxides directly into the atmosphere, according to a report in today's issue of the journal, Nature. A team led by Professor Pertti Hari of the University of Helsinki...