By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes |
BBC correspondent in Beijing
China is not the biggest oil consumer in the world, that prize goes to
America, nor is it the biggest importer - which is also the USA.
What China outdoes the rest of the world at is the growth of its appetite.
Tropical Storm Jeanne wreaks havoc in Haiti. 300,000 homeless, 1060 dead, mostly children under 16, over 1000 missing, 175,000 in need of immediate relief, many might die of thirst or hunger. Hundreds of years of imperialist deforestation leave Haiti at the mercy of floods.
Recreational fishing is taking a heavier toll on some threatened marine fish in US waters than commercial fishing, say researchers who analysed 22 years of government catch records.
by Jeff Hecht & Gaia Vince
Governments may have to persuade people to eat less meat because of increasing demands on water supplies, according to agricultural scientists investigating how the world can best feed itself.
"Western diets, which depend largely on meat, are already putting great pressures on the environment. Meat-eaters consume the equivalent of about 5,000 litres of water a day compared to the 1,000-2,000 litres used by people on vegetarian diets in developing countries. All that water has to come from somewhere."
By Kelpie Wilson |
t r u t h o u t |
Monday 30 August 2004
When history looks back, 2004 will turn out to be a remarkable year,
and not just for the unraveling of the lies and deceits of the Bush
presidency. Equally as significant is the emergence into public
prominence of certain scientific facts that have long been suppressed.
Two new realities are fast converging on the public consciousness
with what may be serendipitous timing: climate change and peak oil.
Freddy Jolly, leading a group of Cree people, completed his campaigning walk of 456km to raise awareness and to mobilize support to protect the last untouched river accessible by road in James Bay - the mighty Rupert River. Mr. Jolly, his fellow walkers and supporters, seek to liberate the Rupert River from large scale dam projects planned by Hydro-Quebec and its private partners. Last year Wildcanada.net and Earthwild International selected the Rupert and Eastmain Rivers as Canada's 2nd most endangered rivers.
| Aug 27 2004 08:49 AM MDT
YELLOWKNIFE - It's now been five years and counting as the territorial and federal governments continue to disagree over who is responsible for the surface clean-up of Giant mine. But officials say there are no immediate environmental threats at the mine.
That's not the case for another mine nearby. From the Ingraham Trail, all that's visible of the Ptarmigan mine is the blue headframe.
The CBC is running story about how a Canadian gas company is buying "emission-reduction credits" from another company in Chile. This scheme, allows rich, polluting contries to use their dollars to allow them to pay-off poor contries for the 'right' to dump toxins in to the global environment and take away the 'rights' of those in the poor contries to do so in the future.
| Aug 24 2004
Government to spray controversial herbicide
Prensa Latina ;
LONDON, August 20 (PL)
The price of petroleum is now approaching 49 dollars per barrel, prompted by the tension in Iraq and the consistent increase in demand from consumer markets such as China and India.
In the past fifteen months the government has begun to redistribute uncultivated land from private estates or public lands to poor peasants and landless labourers. In a repeat of the agrarian reform programmes carried out decades ago in several Latin American countries, some 2.2 million hectares (5.5 million acres) has already been distributed to 116,000 families organised in cooperatives.
But the Venezuelan agrarian reform goes beyond satisfying peasant land hunger and alleviating poverty. It is based as far as possible on organic practices and is intended as the foundation stone of an entirely new social and economic model, oriented towards self-sufficiency, sustainability and "endogenous development".
Thursday July 22, 2004 ;
The Guardian (UK) ; Tim Radford
Touching the void
As the human population explodes, other species are running out of food and
Protesters may change tactics following arrest
By CARY CASTAGNA AND ROSS ROMANIUK, POLICE AND CITY HALL REPORTERS
Demoralized fogging opponents are reconsidering their tactics after one of them
was thrown in jail following a protest early yesterday. "I don't know if anyone
wants to do another demonstration, or hold off and watch the issue unfold,"
protest organizer Dave Nickarz told The Sun.
SOURE: CBC North
Jun 21 2004
A fuel line running through the middle of the community of Kugluktuk in Nunavut burst, spilling 2,000 litres of contaminated diesel fuel into the ground. This CBC story focuses on what a "good job" the clean up crews did, calling this disaster for the small community a "learning experience".
The article barely mentions that the small town now must deal with cleaning this mess up or its long term effects on the soil. It also does not look at the poverty present in many small northern communities which prevent them from paying for essentials such as replacing old pipelines.
SOURCE: CBC North
IQALUIT - Nunavut organizations hope International Polar Year will draw more attention to changes happening in the Arctic.
Inuit groups hope that issues such as melting sea ice and climate change get discussed
The event, which brings together Polar researchers from around the world, is held only once every 50 years.
"There's different birds coming to the land. People that are hunting and fishing, they're falling through the ice and it's going to catch up to the south,"