As you will all remember, TEPCO’s plans for decontaminating the ever increasing amounts of radioactive water accumulating at Fukushima depend upon their ALPS decontamination system. Recently the first hot runs of this system commenced and now a report has been issued in Japanese only on Nov 29.
A group of professional engineers who say Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal is three times riskier than the company states is trying to raise $20,000 to ensure their alternative analysis reaches a broader audience. Brian Gunn, who was the project
Biotechnology corporations would like us to believe that their technology can remake industrial agriculture and usher in a second “Green Revolution” that will feed the entire world. Now that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been in the ground for almost 20 years, we can evaluate the reality of GMOs, and their future “green” potential. We can also look at our options for making green food choices.
A fundamental problem, that’s never been dealt with, is that
There was little time to revel in the sudden appearance of sunshine in October after over a week of low dense fog, because our skies quickly filled with smoke from countless logging slash piles. While forest practices have improved since the bad old
In rural towns throughout Mexico, life carries on as it has for generations. Sons help their fathers haul wood, women tend to the fire and select seeds, and whole families take part in sowing, caring for and harvesting crops.
In early September, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) launched a major campaign targeting 20 of the largest snack food companies that use palm oil in their candy bars and potato chips. “Cut Conflict Palm Oil, Not Rainforests” says RAN, citing massive conversion of rainforests and peatlands to palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia. RAN’s campaign also highlights labour abuses, declining wildlife populations, and violent clashes between communities and palm oil developers.
RAN says these issues cause major risk to the reputations of
With the help of fundraising efforts across Canada, the Hupacasath First Nation will launch an appeal after their first court challenge to the Canada-China investment treaty known as FIPA was dismissed in August.
Those opposed to the treaty are wary of the powers it could give to Chinese business and the secrecy of private arbitration hearings. Since treaty making is a royal prerogative and parliamentary debate is not required, the Hupacasath and other critics are calling it undemocratic.
Electric cars have drawn a lot of attention, but zero-emissions automobiles still have an environmental impact. For instance, mining and manufacturing materials for the batteries and chassis all have an environmental impact.
It has been a very long haul since we took the plunge last June and paid for our solar equipment, manufactured in China, to be transported across the US border to our home in Kaslo, BC. Free trade has really destroyed our own manufacturing economy, but that is a whole other conversation.