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  • Shock: 80% of U.S. population growth is from immigrants, resources being sucked dry

    07/30/2014 4:25:30 PM PDT · by westcoastwillieg · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/30/14 | Paul Bedard
    A group dedicated to saving the planet by cutting runaway population increases is raising a new and shocking issue in Washington’s bitter fight over immigration reform: Most of the nation’s population growth is from immigrants, and they are consuming resources dangerously fast. According to Negative Population Growth Inc., 80 percent of the growth in U.S. population comes from immigration, legal, illegal and among American-born children of immigrants... ... "Our nation is already vastly overpopulated,” said Mann. “The evidence is all around us: Millions are out of work, schools and hospitals are overcrowded, our natural resources are dwindling, pollution is increasing,...
  • When the government owns the land it's communism

    04/24/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    April 24, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    When the government owns the land and natural resources and controls production from same, it's called communism. The Founders intended Americans to enjoy their God-given liberty. The constitution was written to severely restrict government power and ensure freedom. The founders never intended for an all powerful central government to own the land or to control the means of production. They limited the central government to about 18 enumerated powers and left all others to the people and the states to decide locally. The United States was intended to be a free Republic governed at various levels by elected representatives, working...
  • American Usage Of Natural Resources In Decline

    06/18/2013 4:45:11 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 2 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 06/18/13 | LD Jackson
    One of our disagreements with President Barack Obama has to do with the usage of the natural resources we have in America. Many of us would like to see them better utilized. It is worthy to note that the desire to see this happen started long before Obama moved into the White House, or even before he came on the political scene. We have continually stated that we should develop all of our natural resources and do our best to move away, as much as possible, from using foreign sources of oil. With the amount of oil we have in...
  • No Time to Get LOST

    12/21/2012 9:28:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Ed Feulner
    “It is an outrage.” The source of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s anger? The fact that the United States has yet to approve a treaty known as the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which often goes by the acronym LOST. Panetta was speaking after the election. His ire about LOST’s status suggests that the Obama administration may well make this a second-term priority. It’s come close to being ratified by the U.S. Senate before -- it dates back to 1982, in fact. But LOST has never been able to gain enough supporters in the Senate. That could change,...
  • Greenland’s mineral rush 'could lead to independence' (and then EU enslavement)

    07/25/2012 2:36:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 July 2012
    Courted by multinational companies and foreign heads of state over its rare minerals and potential oil resources, Greenland could win full independence from Denmark and join the European Union as a free state, according to one expert on the Arctic. Greenland’s leader Kuupik Kleist is boxing above his weight when it comes to foreign policy. Although the premier represents an autonomous island of just 57,000 people, within the last couple of months he has met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and representatives from the Chinese government. Greenland is a self-ruled territory in...
  • Nestle blames biofuels for high food prices

    07/18/2012 2:03:37 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 62 replies
    BBC ^ | July 18, 2012 | James Melik
    The head of the world's largest food producer believes high prices are due to the growing of crops for biofuels."The time of cheap food prices is over," says Nestle chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. He is highly critical of the rise in the production of bio-diesel, saying this puts pressure on food supplies by using land and water that would otherwise be used to grow crops for human or animal consumption."If no food was used for fuel, the prices would come down again - that is very clear," he says. "We are now in a new world with a completely different level...
  • US, China square off over South China Sea

    07/12/2012 2:17:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 12, 2012 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Obama administration pressed Beijing on Thursday to accept a code of conduct for resolving territorial disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea, a difficult U.S. mediation effort that has faced resistance from the communist government. It has endeared the U.S., however, to once-hostile countries in Southeast Asia. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' annual conference. Sitting across from each other at a long table in a grand hall with chandeliers, Clinton stressed the different ways Washington...
  • China's Wen in Iceland, eyes on Arctic riches

    04/20/2012 10:06:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:17am EDT | Mia Shanley
    China's premier Wen Jiabao was in Iceland on Friday, beginning a tour of northern Europe that will focus on Chinese investment in a continent eager for funds and to trade with the rising world power. … That the prime minister of the world's most populous nation should stop first, however, on a remote island of just 320,000 has raised hopes for an injection of Chinese cash into an economy ravaged by the bursting of a financial bubble in 2008—but also suspicion of Beijing's hunger for natural resources. A Chinese developer is fighting a government decision last year to bar him...
  • Sierra Club: Perry’s Energy Plan: Wheeze Baby Wheeze [American families have enough to worry about]

    10/15/2011 1:28:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Pittsburgh--(ENEWSPF)--October 14, 2011. Today, Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry unveiled his energy plan for America. The plan, if implemented, will poison our air and water with toxic pollutants like soot, smog, arsenic, cadmium, dioxin, lead, and formaldehyde. It would also undercut safeguards from mercury, which is a neurotoxin and is known to harm developing fetuses. “Rick Perry’s energy plan reads like a roadmap for making America’s kids sick,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. “Under this plan, we can expect to see much higher rates of asthma among children, and risk to pregnant women from mercury...
  • Are you an envirnonmentalist or a conservationist?

    07/02/2011 9:56:50 AM PDT · by Gum Shoe · 40 replies
    Red State Zombie ^ | July 2, 2011 | Red State Zombie
    I remember taking a forestry class my freshman year of college. The curriculum, presented by a veteran instructor from the California Department of Forestry, covered several related topics that included ecology, biology, life cycles, wild-land fire control, conservation, and commerce based on those natural resources. I never heard the associate professor use the word "environment" or "environmentalist" during the course. Granted, it was years ago, and course outlines do change over time as new information on any given subject becomes available. But, the disconnect suggests the environmentalist movement is a recent concoction that has little basis in traditional resource management...
  • Legal gamesmanship threatens our energy future (Montana looks to Rick Perry's TX model)

    07/02/2011 2:39:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | July 2, 2011 | By DON STERHAN‌
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is able to boast about job growth under his watch, noting that over 265,000 jobs, or nearly 37 percent of the jobs created nationwide since the summer of 2009, have been created in the Lone Star state. He credits this growth to a few simple conditions: low taxes, a regulatory climate that is fair and predictable, and a legal system that limits frivolous lawsuits. According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly one-fourth of the 70 companies that left California this year relocated to Texas. When new or relocating companies and investors survey the landscape and consider...
  • Study: Enviro-light bulbs can cause cancer

    04/26/2011 11:08:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/26/11 | Kerry Picket
    According to a recently released German study, the supposed "environmentally friendly" compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's), are reported to have "cancer causing chemicals" that are sent out when the light is switched on, reports London's Daily Telegraph: Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on. Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.”
  • Energy dependence: A completely unnecessary national security risk

    03/28/2011 6:37:26 AM PDT · by justsaynomore · 10 replies
    The North Star National ^ | March 27th, 2011 | Herman Cain
    In the early 1970s, America’s dependence on foreign oil was a little over 20 percent. Today, our dependence on foreign oil is over 65 percent. We have become more and more energy dependent because we have never had a serious energy independence strategy, and we still do not have one. Energy independence is within our grasp because we have plenty of energy natural resources. We have billions of barrels of oil, plenty of natural gas reserves, more coal than any other country in the world, lots of places we could build dams for hydroelectricity and some of the safest nuclear...
  • The energy superpower (For fun, try to guess w/o reading who has more reserves than anyone on earth)

    03/28/2011 6:12:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    american thinker ^ | 3/28/11 | T. LIFSON
    According to the Congressional Research Service, which nation has the largest energy reserves of all? Surprise! It is the United States. Peter C. Glover of the Energy Tribune writes: In case anyone missed it, let me repeat something that is of a magnitude of 10 on the scale of news-quakes for Joe Public USA: America's combined energy resources are, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service (CSR), the largest on earth. They eclipse Saudi Arabia (3rd), China (4th) and Canada (6th) combined - and that's without including America's shale oil deposits and, in the future, the potentially...
  • BREAKING: Harrison Schmitt Out as EMNRD Secretary (NM - Astronaut, climate change denier)

    02/10/2011 6:59:47 PM PST · by CedarDave · 33 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 10, 2010 | Dan Boyd
    Harrison Schmitt, a former NASA astronaut who was chosen by Gov. Susana Martinez to head up the state's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, has withdrawn his nomination after a squabble with the Senate Rules Committee over background checks.
  • China renews relationship with Zimbabwe (loans for access to natural resources)

    02/10/2011 1:36:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Telegrahp UK ^ | February 10, 2011 | Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg and Peter Foster in Beijing
    Yang Jiechi's visit represents warming relations between the two countries after China distanced itself when a violent crackdown by President Robert Mugabe over disputed elections in 2008 soured the investment climate. But there have been suggestions in the local media that Mr Yang will not get a friendly reception from all quarters. A reported agreement that could see China hand over as much as $10 billion in loans in return for access to Zimbabwe's platinum and revenue from its diamond fields has caused a row among government officials, one of whom dismissed it as a "raw deal".
  • Russia and China: A love affair fueled by Oil and Gas

    11/29/2010 11:57:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Ocnus.net 2010 ^ | 11/27/2010 | Ocnus.net 2010
    Russia and China have enjoyed a close but lopsided economic relationship since the mid-2000s. Beijing sees its giant neighbor to the west rather as little more than a source of energy and other commodities to feed China's rapidly growing economy. The results of recent meetings between senior Russian officials and China's premier Wen Jiabao suggest that the relationship is unlikely to change anytime soon. Oil, sweet oil During his November 24 talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the Chinese premier announced that earlier in the day a total of 13 contracts were signed, worth $8.5 billion in total. Prime Minister...
  • China On The Brink

    09/21/2010 7:08:02 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who have seen the economy of the People’s Republic of China up close and personal do not have quite the rosy view of it that outsiders do. Hong Bing Yuan, “Chinese exile, novelist, philosopher and law professor,” shared his less-than-sanguine thoughts on the Dragon at Pepperdine. According to university officials, Yuan pointed out that: * “First, not everyone can participate in the marketplace, which increases the number of exports. If people domestically cannot participate in the economy, then there is more to sell to places like the United States; * “Second, China exploits their abundant source of cheap, poor...
  • U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

    06/13/2010 7:54:15 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 1,632+ views
    WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe. An internal...
  • Utah governor signs bills to seize federal land

    03/28/2010 7:56:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 105 replies · 2,366+ views
    ap ^ | March 28, 2010
    Two measures OKd by Gov. Gary R. Herbert would allow use of eminent domain to take valuable sites. A long court fight is likely. Supporters hope the bills, which the Republican governor signed Saturday, will trigger a flood of similar legislation throughout the West and, eventually, a U.S. Supreme Court battle that it hopes to win -- against long odds. More than 60% of Utah is owned by the U.S. government, and policy makers complain that federal ownership hinders their ability to generate tax revenue and adequately fund public schools... Initially, the state would target three areas, including the Kaiparowits...
  • Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some

    02/19/2010 7:50:52 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 53 replies · 1,345+ views
    fox news ^ | 2/18/2010 | fox news
    More than a dozen pristine landscapes, wildlife habitats and scenic rivers in 11 Western states, some larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, are under consideration by the Obama administration to become America's newest National Monuments -- a decision the administration can make unilaterally without local input or congressional approval.
  • Zimbabwe mulls mortgaging minerals to offset debt

    01/02/2010 11:01:53 AM PST · by UAConservative · 18 replies · 565+ views
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | January 2, 2009
    HARARE (AFP) – Zimbabwe is considering mortgaging its mineral wealth to offset the country's 5.4 billion dollar debt owed to multilateral donor agencies, a government report says. The ministry of finance report seen by AFP said various options were being considered for paying off the external debt, an essential step to secure new financing from lenders for 2010-2012. "A key conditionality for unlocking new financing of 7.5 billion -- 10 billion (dollars) ... evolves around the development of a Debt Relief and Arreas Clearance Strategy for the country's external debt overhang of 5.4 billion, of which 3.8 billion is in...
  • Advocates say time is right to reform mining law

    05/12/2009 2:59:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 12, 2009 | Joan Lowy
    A lot has changed since the General Mining Law was passed in 1872, but very little has changed about the law itself. Those who want it to be modernized say this finally may be the year they get reform. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has introduced a reform bill, and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., already has held a hearing on his own legislation. Attempts over the years to change the law have foundered against the political influence of the mining industry, but members of Congress say prospects for an overhaul are...
  • China May Not Bail Out US

    03/11/2009 1:43:42 PM PDT · by ReaganRedux · 29 replies · 903+ views
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 031109 | ReaganRedux
    The US-China economic nexus is the most strategically important in the world today. The nexus is in danger of fraying as US Government dependence on Chinese money grows even as China now has more options for how it spends or invests its huge surplus than it did even 2 or 3 years ago. The Chinese have growing doubts about the wisdom of continuing to buy US Treasuries at their current enormous rate.
  • The Mythology Of Green Energy

    02/06/2009 5:16:13 AM PST · by jay1949 · 20 replies · 894+ views
    American Sentinel ^ | February 6, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    Anyone who believes the "green energy" hype should spend a day driving around Buchanan County, Virginia, to view the cross-hatching of excavations and roadcuts which scar the landscape. Southern Appalachia is experiencing a natural-gas boom, but the production of this "green" fuel is far from benign.
  • Lawmaker says he wants to reclaim Utah lands ( Sagebrush Rebellion )

    02/08/2009 6:54:41 PM PST · by george76 · 93 replies · 2,719+ views
    abc 4 ^ | February 8, 2009
    A state lawmaker said Friday he wants to reclaim Utah's lands and resources from the federal government so the public can use them for recreation and energy development. Rep. Michael Noel, R-Kanab, said he's declaring another Sagebrush Rebellion. The original Sagebrush Rebellion took place in the 1970s and 1980s, when a coalition of mining and grazing interests pressured federal policy makers to cede greater control of federal lands to state and local authorities. Noel said that Utah can "take care of itself," and that the federal government shouldn't be allowed to regulate what the state can do with its own...
  • Lawmakers: Colo. withheld enforcement rules costs

    02/04/2009 11:49:58 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies · 329+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 3, 2009 | Steven K. Paulson
    Colorado lawmakers claim state withheld budget figures on enforcing oil, gas regulations . The Department of Natural Resources told Colorado lawmakers in 2007 that developing state oil and gas regulations could cost less than $7,000 the first year, while an internal department estimate put the cost of implementing the regulations at more than $1 million... "This is a major breach of trust," said McNulty, who said he was assured by state budget officials last year that any initial enforcement of new oil and gas regulations would not require a substantial increase in state spending. "We have rules on how we...
  • IMF expresses concern over DR Congo debt to China (34 % of known global cobalt reserves)

    09/24/2008 5:44:44 PM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 291+ views
    afp ^ | 9/25/08 | afp
    A senior official with the International Monetary Fund expressed concern over the Democratic Republic of Congo's levels of debt to China, in a report released Wednesday after a 18-day visit here.
  • Canada boosts its frontier troops as Russia eyes Arctic

    09/19/2008 9:55:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 239+ views
    AFP ^ | September 19, 2008
    OTTAWA: Canada is stepping up its military alertness along its northern frontier in response to Russia’s “testing” of its boundaries and recent Arctic grab, the prime minister said yesterday. “We are concerned about not just Russia’s claims through the international process, but Russia’s testing of Canadian airspace and other indications ... (of) some desire to work outside of the international framework,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “That is obviously why we are taking a range of measures, including military measures, to strengthen our sovereignty in the North,” he said, highlighting a new sensor net, navy patrols and a military training...
  • THE GREAT CHINESE TAKEOUT: BEIJING AGGRESSIVELY PURSUES AFRICA’S NATURAL RESOURCES

    09/09/2008 2:58:43 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 237+ views
    shippingdigest ^ | September 8, 2008 | ROSALIND MCLYMONT
    It was a tiny entry in the Aug. 17 online edition of People’s Daily, China’s most influential newspaper. The headline read, “East China port does booming trade with Africa.” The port in question was Longkou, in bustling Shandong Province, which is preparing to launch two additional ocean carrier routes to Africa later this year. In the past seven months, the article quoted Shandong Provincial Bureau of Port Shipping Services as saying that 41 ships carrying cement and “sundry goods” — machinery, electronics, chemicals, textiles, garments and leather products, all of which are manufactured in Shandong — left the port bound...
  • NYT's Warner: Americans 'Competing for Ever-shrinking Stock of Resources'

    08/09/2008 3:49:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 136+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Just one paragraph tucked toward the end of a column. But Judith Warner's words offer a revealing insight into how liberals view economics and the world. In the lefty mindset, making it isn't a matter of doing or making something of value. It comes down instead to contriving to get a piece of the action, a share of the wealth that some undefined other has created in some undescribed way. The gist of Warner's column, Compassion Deficit Disorder, is that Americans have become increasingly cranky and suspicious of how others are gaming the system. She cites Michael Savage's accusations that...
  • China prepares for big buying spree in Africa

    08/02/2008 6:06:43 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 108+ views
    ft ^ | 8/2/08 | ft
    China is preparing to move into Africa on a scale that far outstrips its acquisitions on the continent to date, according to the South African bank that is laying the groundwork.
  • Guinea, China study mines-for-infrastructure deal

    07/31/2008 12:37:10 PM PDT · by KingJaja · 3 replies · 101+ views
    Reuters ^ | Kingjaja
    CONAKRY, July 31 (Reuters) - Guinea and China are discussing a deal which could see billions of dollars of Chinese investment in return for mining rights in the West African country, which has a third of the world's bauxite, a Guinean minister said. A delegation including officials from the Chinese Development Bank recently spent a week in Guinea and is due to discuss a range of investment projects with state and private sector investors back in China, he said. "The first phase has just happened in Guinea. A mission is expected to go to Beijing in the next few months...
  • China eyes big Africa spree-(oh goody)

    07/30/2008 8:03:16 PM PDT · by Flavius · 20 replies · 150+ views
    ft ^ | July 31 2008 | By Tom Burgis in Lubumbashi
    China is readying to move into Africa on a scale that far outstrips its acquisitions on the continent to date, according to the South African bank that is laying the groundwork. High-level groups of bankers from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Standard Bank, respectively China and Africa's biggest banks, are examining potential targets in Africa's oil and gas, telecommunications, base metals and power sectors, executives at the Johannesburg-based lender told the Financial Times.
  • Buying into 'the petroleum for the next century'(Goldman Sachs gunning for water speculation)

    06/15/2008 7:57:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 111 replies · 128+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 06/13/08 | ROB CARRICK
    Buying into 'the petroleum for the next century' ROB CARRICK Friday, June 13, 2008 Looking to jump into an investment in a scarce resource with lots of upside potential? There's a clear case to be made for water. Oil and gas, metals and fertilizers and food are still going strong, while investors have only recently started to talk about water. And yet, water has much the same imbalance between supply and demand as traditional resources. The investment dealer Goldman Sachs recently described water as the “the petroleum for the next century.” Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds focusing on water have...
  • Report says China consumes twice its supply

    06/10/2008 11:15:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 268+ views
    China consumes more than double what its natural resources can supply... China uses 15 percent of the world's total biological capacity—resources such as water, land and timber... "In the next 10 to 20 years, China's consumption will likely continue to pose threats to China's own ecosystems and place increasing pressures on global biocapacity," Water and electricity are priced below their market value in China, causing it to be inefficiently used ...
  • Survey reveals oil and gas resources on BLM land

    05/22/2008 11:16:48 PM PDT · by SFC Chromey · 21 replies · 94+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 5/21/2008 | Patty Henetz
    A survey of onshore oil and gas resources show public lands contain 31 billion barrels of oil and 231 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but not all of it is available for development - something the Bush administration would like to change, according to a new report. The so-called Phase III inventory, ordered up as part of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, and released today by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, looks at the potential for energy development, as well as development's obstacles.
  • Congress to transform America to socialism? Water bill would 'destroy' private property rights

    05/03/2008 12:23:22 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 50 replies · 106+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 5/3/08 | Henry Lamb
    The classic definition of socialism is: government control of the sources of production. A bill now before Congress, H.R. 2421, will give the federal government absolute control over all sources of production. This bill, if enacted, will instantly convert the United States into a socialist nation. The debate, however, is not about the merits of socialism over capitalism and free markets; the debate is about water. The bill will give to the federal government control over all water in the United States, and control over all "… activities affecting these waters." Water is essential in the production of virtually everything....
  • Is This The Beginning Of Water Wars?

    04/12/2008 11:06:20 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 85+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-11-2008 | NewScientist.com news service
    Is this the beginning of water wars? 18:00 11 April 2008 NewScientist.com news service Catherine Brahic As Barcelona runs out of water, Spain has been forced to consider importing water from France by boat. It is the latest example of the growing struggle for water around the world – the "water wars". Barcelona and the surrounding region are suffering the worst drought in decades. There are several possible solutions, including diverting a river, and desalinating water. But the city looks like it will ship water from the French port of Marseilles. The water services authority in Marseille say that no...
  • Afghanistan sitting on a gold mine[Natural Resources]

    02/22/2008 10:36:19 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 721+ views
    AFP ^ | 21 Feb 2008 | Sardar Ahmad
    Afghanistan is sitting on a wealth of mineral reserves -- perhaps the richest in the region -- that offer hope for a country mired in poverty after decades of war, the mining minister says. Significant deposits of copper, iron, gold, oil and gas, and coal -- as well as precious gems such as emeralds and rubies -- are largely untapped and still being mapped, Mohammad Ibrahim Adel told AFP. And they promise prosperity for one of the world's poorest countries, the minister said, dismissing concerns that a Taliban-led insurgency may thwart efforts to unearth this treasure. Already in the pipeline...
  • Digester to clean dairy wastewater

    08/07/2007 1:26:34 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 33 replies · 638+ views
    UPI ^ | 08/07/07
    LOS LUNAS, N.Y., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A waste digester that can separate water from cow manure on a farm in New Mexico is believed to be the first of its kind aimed at restoring clean water. The Raymond L. Jarrett farm, which has 400 cows in Los Lunas, has been awarded $64,686 to treat the cows’ wastewater and reuse it to irrigate fields and recharge aquifers, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday. The digester is one eight projects sharing $274,000 in grants from the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. The other projects include a portable windmill and wireless...
  • Study: Toilets Need Radical Redesign

    07/30/2007 7:55:43 AM PDT · by Millee · 70 replies · 1,048+ views
    Live Science ^ | 7/30/07 | Corry Binns
    The Western World's dependence on flush toilets could be its environmental downfall. Toilets that use less water, such as the "squat toilet" in which one squats over a hole in the ground, are prevalent in parts of Asia, Europe and Africa, but a new historical study suggests that after decades of flushing, it will take radical innovations for the mainstream West to adopt any new system. "Most people can hardly imagine that other ways of handling human waste have ever existed," said study author Maj-Britt Quitzau, an environmental sociologist with the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark. "But actually, systems...
  • How To Turn The Deserts Green & Double the Size of the Habitable Earth

    07/29/2007 2:48:05 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 113 replies · 2,525+ views
    Desalination Research And Development ^ | 07/27/07 | Charles Kilmer
    I've been in Las Vegas this week for an American Membrane Technology Association desalination conference. I'll leave today for home haunts in Mclean, VA. Flying in on Monday from the east coast the old desert valleys of western Utah and Nevada look like old dead lakes. Come to think of it -- they are old dead lakes. Except there's a blue tangle of finger lakes among the carved brown mountains to the south. These mark Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Man made lakes. Both are now half full. There was a legislative breakfast on Wednesday morning. On the panel for...
  • Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy (we can't do ANYTHING right!)

    07/05/2007 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 624+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 3, 2007 | Chee Chee Leung
    HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species. The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species, reducing the amount of energy available to them by almost 10 per cent, scientists report. Researchers said the findings showed humans were using "a remarkable share" of the earth's plant productivity "to meet the needs and wants of one species". They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be...
  • 'We're Living on Borrowed Time', Claims Charles

    12/06/2006 3:52:29 PM PST · by Cecily · 63 replies · 1,327+ views
    The Evening Standard (UK) ^ | December 6, 2006
    Prince Charles launched his 'green revolution' with a stark warning that we are all 'living on borrowed time' if we don't stop eating up the world's resources. In a forthright speech in front of leading figures, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Prince said: 'We are consuming the resources of our planet at such a rate that we are, in effect, living off credit and living on borrowed time. 'It is our children and grandchildren who will have to pay off this debt and we owe it to them and ourselves to do something about it before it is too...
  • Despite popular belief, the world is not running out of oil, UW scientist says

    10/20/2006 8:32:00 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 12 replies · 737+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | October 19, 2006 | Staff
    PHILADELPHIA – If you think the world is on the verge of running out of oil or other mineral resources, you've been taken in by the foremost of seven myths about resource geology, according to a University of Washington economic geologist. "The most common question I get is, 'When are we going to run out of oil.' The correct response is, 'Never,'" said Eric Cheney. "It might be a heck of a lot more expensive than it is now, but there will always be some oil available at a price, perhaps $10 to $100 a gallon." Changing economics, technological advances...
  • North America confab 'undermines' democracy

    09/22/2006 2:14:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies · 1,045+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 21, 2006 | Jerome Corsi
    A closed-door meeting of high-level government and business leaders that discussed the merger of North America was designed to subvert the democratic process, charged an attendee of the confab in Banff, Canada. Mel Hurtig, a noted Canadian author and publisher who was the elected leader of the National Party of Canada, provided WND the agenda and attendee list of the North American Forum at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Sept. 12-14. Hurtig said the "secret meeting was designed to undermine the democratic process." "What is sinister about this meeting is that it involved high level government officials...
  • The Man With the Plan for Russia Inc.

    06/05/2006 3:41:12 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 237+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | June 6, 2006 | Stephen Boykewich
    ST. PETERSBURG -- Using natural resources for geopolitical gain may upset the West, but for the man who was helping shape President Vladimir Putin's energy strategy years before he took office, it's merely common sense. "There was a time when salt was the most important resource in the world. Then it was metal of any kind, then later it became gold," said Vladimir Litvinenko, rector of the St. Petersburg State Mining Institute, in an interview last week in his luxuriously appointed office. "In the specific circumstances the world finds itself in today, the most important resources are hydrocarbons," he said....
  • "Separatist" (not really) fervour hits northern Ontario: Residents would rather be Manitobans

    03/15/2006 12:09:49 PM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 42 replies · 706+ views
    Separatist fervour hits northern Ontario Residents would rather be Manitobans Mention secession in Canada, and the mind turns to Quebec, and perhaps the restive western provinces. Now add to that list the inhabitants of the northwestern part of Ontario, in the heart of the country. But rather than yearning to leave Canada, they want to leave their province and join Manitoba next door. If they get their way, Ontario would lose 60 per cent of its area, though just two per cent of its people. The ambivalent loyalty of these Ontarians has deep roots. When Canada became a confederation in...
  • Bolivia, Brazil Near Deal on $1.5B Plant

    02/19/2006 5:17:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 281+ views
    Ely Times & County ^ | Alan Clendenning
    SAO PAULO, Brazil - The state-owned oil companies of Brazil and Bolivia are expected to clinch a deal soon to build a $1.5 billion petrochemical complex along their border, a top Bolivian official said. The plant would be built in the city of Puerto Suarez next to the Brazilian border in an area known as the Pantanal, the world‘s largest marshlands, said Andres Soliz, Bolivia‘s hydrocarbons minister. Soliz said an official announcement was expected within days. Soliz said the Morales administration also expects to finish renegotiating contracts before June with the multinational companies that have been extracting Bolivian natural gas...