Category Food and Water

Tomgram: Ellen Cantarow, Paradise Lost — or Found?

From the article: Salt caverns 1,000 feet or more underground have been used for gas storage since the middle of the last century and have a checkered history. A January 2015 analysis of Crestwood’s plan, based on documents by both independent scientists and an industry geologist, found 20 serious or extremely serious incidents in American salt cavern storage facilities between 1972 and 2012. Ten of these involved large fires and explosions; six, loss of life or serious injury; eight, the evacuation of from 30 to 2,000 residents; and 13, extremely serious or catastrophic property loss.

Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning

From the article: The study—written by James Hansen, NASA’s former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many of whom are considered among the top in their fields—concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years.

Susu Jeffrey | Shafted by SWLRT: Comments on the Most Expensive Public Works Project Ever Proposed in Minnesota

Jeffrey: The US business model did not evolve to plan sustainability. Public works programs are funded on a formula of minimum cost because cost is somehow limited to the cost of construction.

Pipeline Spill in the Heart of Canada’s Tar Sands Industry Leaks 1.3 Million Gallons of Oily Emulsion

The leak, which was discovered Wednesday afternoon, is the largest pipeline spill in the province in 35 years, when a 54,000 barrel oil spill became Canada’s worst-ever pipeline incident.

Susu Jeffrey | SOUTHWEST LRT: The New/Old Plan

Is SWLRT worth the Chain of Lakes?   Why not put the transit where the people are?   By Susu Jeffrey  July 6, 2015 Reviving from a $341 million “funding gap” Southwest LRT proponents reduced the scope of the project by $250 million while cobbling monies together to keep the priciest ever state public works […]

Southwest LRT: Mayor Hodges Aide “I’m Sorry”

Peter Wagenius, Senior Policy Aide to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, apologized at the final Southwest LRT public hearing on June 18—final for this round. The SWLRT budget is approaching $2 billion. It is the largest public works project ever proposed in Minnesota.

Reversing Grassroots Win, US Senate Approves Fast Track Trade Measure

Friends of the Earth: “These trade deals would harm the environment, allow corporations to roll back government laws on fossil fuel exports and impede future action by Congress to protect the planet from climate disruption. A vote for Fast Track is a vote for climate disaster and an attack on our clean air and water.”

Chris Hedges: Choosing Life

 The normal life span of a cow is 20 to 25 years. The life span of a cow on a dairy farm, one whose reproductive system is often speeded up through administering hormones such as estrogen and prostaglandin, is five to seven years. By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  April 19, 2015 AP / Carrie Antlfinger MINISINK, […]

Common Dreams: Don’t Miss A Plethora of Important Articles This Week

Winnie Byanyima: Activists from around the world will defy the terrorists to attend the World Social Forum in Tunis on March 25, determined to make the occasion a beacon for free speech, justice and equality. I am proud to join the leaders of Greenpeace, ActionAid, Civicus and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in highlighting the urgent need to tackle the vested interests of the 1 percent, in order to build a better world for all of humanity.

Ukraine Agreed to a Monsanto “Land Grab” to Get a $17 Billion Loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Corporate globalization and control. Note that Chevron is also deeply involved in the Ukraine.

Former Pro-GMO Biotech Scientist Admits GMOs are NOT Safe