Brussels - Oil companies have the potential to achieve more than 10 per cent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 without using agrofuels, reveals a report launched today by Friends of the Earth Europe.  Released on the day Shell and BP announced combined quarterly profits of 14.4billion US dollars,  ‘Extracting the truth: [...]
Tesco carbon footprint study confirms organic farmings energy efficiency but excludes key climate benefit of organic farming soil carbon
A study looking at the carbon-footprint of a range of key consumer staples sold through Tesco has reported that the two organic products studied generated no more and in some cases less greenhouse gases than the same amount grown non-organically.
Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director said:
“We congratulate Tesco for making an important start in helping [...]
In a BBC interview in 1996, Andrew Marr, then of the Independent, described the ’spectrum’ of media available to the British public: “We have a press which has, it seems to me, a relatively wide range of views - there is a pretty small ‘c’ conservative majority, but there are left-wing papers, and there is [...]
The stakes couldn’t be higher for Ben Bernanke. If the Fed chief decides to lower rates at the end of April, he could be condemning millions of people to a death by starvation. The situation is that serious. Food riots have broken out across the globe destabilizing large parts of the developing world. China is [...]
She’s had blisters, she’s been shot at, but climate campaigner Heather Simpson will be welcomed warmly when she arrives in the West Coast’s Happy Valley tomorrow, after departing on foot from Auckland’s Sky Tower over three months ago.
The Walk the Walk’ group has travelled on foot to state-owned enterprise Solid Energy’s proposed opencast coal mine [...]
“Two years ago President Bush said America was addicted to oil but today he complained that we just need a bigger fix. When American families are struggling with record prices at the pump, how can we justify continuing to subsidize Big Oil as it rack up tens of billions in record profits?
“The disastrous policies of his administration [...]
Bering Sea, United States - Our research voyage to the Bering Sea has led to the discovery of a species of sponge new to science. Using state-of-the-art manned submarines to explore the world’s deepest underwater canyons the new sponge was collected in samples of never before seen life from the Bering Sea floor.
The sponge from [...]
Global Peace and Justice Auckland congratulates the activists from the Ploughshares group who entered and deflated one of the domes at Waihopai spybase near Blenheim early this morning. The photo of the deflated dome is a powerful symbol of resistance to New Zealand’s role in supporting the so-called war on terror being waged by the [...]
The proposed rules for the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will involve huge transfers of wealth but make very little difference to New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in the next five years, says a Sustainability Council report released today. Households, road users, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), that generate a third of the nation’s greenhouse [...]
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–Whether you live in a cardboard box or a luxurious mansion, whether you subsist on homegrown vegetables or wolf down imported steaks, whether you’re a jet-setter or a sedentary retiree, anyone who lives in the U.S. contributes more than twice as much greenhouse gas to the atmosphere as those living in the rest of [...]
Arlington, VA - Researchers discovered a legless lizard and a tiny woodpecker along with 12 other suspected new species in Brazil’s Cerrado, one of the world’s 34 biodiversity conservation hotspots. The Cerrado’s wooded grassland once covered an area half the size of Europe, but is now being converted to cropland and ranchland at twice the [...]
Preliminary findings suggest a link between Morgellons Disease and Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium extensively manipulated and used in making GM crops; has genetic engineering created a new epidemic? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States announced the launch of an investigation on Morgellons Disease’ in January 2008 , after receiving thousands of complaints [...]
An important vote on GMOs is due to take place on 7 May in Brussels. The agro-chemical industry wants to get EU permission to grow pesticide-producing maize plants and a GM potato that contains an antibiotic resistant gene. We want EU Commissioners to say NO when they discuss the applications on 7 May. Our petitions, [...]
Vast amounts of money are flooding the world’s commodities markets, driving up prices of staple foods like wheat and rice. Biofuels and droughts can’t fully explain the recent food crisis — hedge funds and small investors bear some responsibility for global hunger. The Philippines will take delivery of 500,000 tons of rice in May to [...]
The United States and the European Union have taken a “criminal path” by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Speaking at a press conference recentlty in Geneva, Jean Ziegler said that fuel policies pursued [...]
Deep in the basement of a dusty old library in Edinburgh lies a small black box that churns out random numbers. At first glance the box looks profoundly dull, but it is, in fact, the eye’ of a machine that appears capable of peering into the future.
The machine apparently sensed the September 11th attacks on [...]
Aspartame was approved by deception through the USA FDA Food and Drug Administration. Through lies and lobbying aspartame has now poisoned 6000+ foods and spread to 90 countries. The complex range of symptoms to serious disease collectively are known as Rumsfeld Disease. As US Cabinet minister Rumsfeld used his connections approved by the FDA with [...]
Amazonian Leaders and Supporters Stage a Clean Up Operation to Urge Occidental Petroleum To Remediate Its Toxic Disaster in the Peruvian Amazon
Los Angeles, CA - Indigenous leaders joined by scores of environmental and business leaders, and celebrities including Daryl Hannah will don hazmat suits and stage a “clean up operation” outside the headquarters of Occidental Petroleum, demanding that the company clean up the massive environmental contamination it left behind in the Peruvian Amazon.
Oxy dumped nine billion [...]
Calgary, Alberta - IA delegation of indigenous leaders from the Peruvian Amazon is in town this week to tell two Calgary oil companies that they oppose drilling on their tropical rainforest homelands. The delegation, representing the Achuar people of northeastern Peru, will hold a private meeting on Tuesday with Talisman CEO and President John Manzoni [...]
“WALKING THE WALK”, an epic journey ends tomorrow as a team of conservationists complete a three month, 1000 kilometre on-foot journey from Auckland to Happy Valley to protest the mining of an area of national ecological significance. HAPPY VALLEY is 256 hectares of rare sub-alpine ecological wetland, habitat of 13 protected and endangered species of [...]
It is now 22 years since the Chernobyl explosion, the largest civil nuclear disaster ever. Serious contamination spread over 150 000 square kilometres in Byelorussia, Ukraine and Russia. Radioactive clouds deposited radiation thousands of kilometres away. Hundreds of thousands people had to be evacuated, and millions more were left to live in areas that were dangerous [...]
For some time now the rising cost of food all over the world has taken households, governments and the media by storm. The price of wheat has gone up by 130% over the last year. Rice has doubled in price in Asia in the first three months of 2008 alone, and just last week it [...]
ECO welcomed the Government’s putting measures in place to implement the Interim Measures agreed for bottom fishing on the High Seas in the South Pacific. ECO spokesperson, Barry Weeber, said while the measures only partially implement the interim arrangements they were a major step forward. Mr Weeber said the requirement to have an observer onboard [...]
Wrapping up a six-day visit to Iraq, the United Nations human rights envoy tasked with protecting the rights of children caught up in armed conflict said that the war-ravaged country’s children are silent victims of the continued violence.”Many of them are no longer go to school, many are recruited for violent activities or detained in [...]
Climate change is having a greater and faster impact on the Arctic than previously thought, according to a new study by the global conservation organization WWF. The new report, called Arctic Climate Impact Science - An Update Since ACIA, represents the most wide-ranging reviews of arctic climate impact science since the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) [...]