Daily Archives: October 15, 2012

October 15 News: World Grain Reserves ‘At A Very Low Level, Leaving No Room’ For Extreme Weather, Warns UN

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/15/1010821/october-15-news-world-grain-reserves-at-a-very-low-level-leaving-no-room-for-extreme-weather-warns-un/

October 15 News: World Grain Reserves ‘At A Very Low Level, Leaving No Room’ For Extreme Weather, Warns UN
By Stephen Lacey on Oct 15, 2012 at 8:06 am
World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned. [Guardian]
Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other countries this year have eroded reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which has experienced record heatwaves and droughts in 2012, now holds in reserve a historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the next year, says the UN.
“We’ve not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year,” said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). With food consumption exceeding the amount grown for six of the past 11 years, countries have run down reserves from an average of 107 days of consumption 10 years ago to under 74 days recently.
In previous elections, candidates from both parties have campaigned on pledges to be environmental presidents. This time, neither candidate is talking much about cleaning up the air or protecting scenic lands. [NPR]…….. (more).

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Right-wing food companies

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/24/right_wingers_food_companies_salpart/
Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 10:39 AM EDT
Right-wing food companies
These food chains are owned by far right-wingers who’ve funded conservative super-PACs
By Lauren Kelley, Alternet
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Groups: New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plotted ‘Behind Closed Doors’

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/10/10-9

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Common Dreams
Groups: New England Tar Sands Pipeline Plotted ‘Behind Closed Doors’
Oil giants lobby tar sands plan behind closed doors while denying their intention
– Common Dreams staff

A new analysis released today by national and regional environmental groups shows that US oil giant Exxon Mobile and Canada’s Suncor hold a majority stake in a pipeline system that local residents along its route fear could soon be used to transport tar sands from western Canada to the New England coast.

The central concern of the report (pdf) surrounds a 2008 proposal by Canadian oil giant Enbridge to reverse the flow of existing east-to-west oil pipelines that would allow transport of tar sands oil—categorized by many as the “dirtiest oil in the world”—from Alberta to the deepwater harbor of Portland, Maine. …… (more).

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“Slow Food: A Model for Sustainable and Healthy Living”

“Slow Food: A Model for Sustainable and Healthy Living.”

The University of Maine and ESTIA
6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27
University of Maine
Wells Conference Center
Orono

http://estiamaine.org/

“(H)estia was Goddess of the Hearth or, more specifically, of the fire burning on a round hearth… (H)estia’s symbol was a circle … (H)estia was … a spiritually felt presence as well as a sacred fire that provided illumination, warmth, and heat for food” Jean Shinoda Bollen – Goddesses in Every Woman

ESTIA Is:

  • A non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the protection of cultural and biological diversity and the preservation of biotic systems.
  • An educational learning community pioneering an integrative human-ecological approach to education on issues of peace and sustainability.
  • A model and a catalyst in the promotion of peaceful co-existence benefiting the local and the global community.

ESTIA was created as a means to advocate and support cultural and biological diversity and the preservation of vital living systems. The organization’s members work to develop workshops, courses, conferences and hands-on opportunities for people who are in need of exploring the realities of global interdependence.

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BookTV: Daniel Yergin, “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World”


ublished on Oct 15, 2012 by BookTV

From the 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Daniel Yergin presents his book, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.

Cambridge Climate Research Associates
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Breaking News on the RNC’s Election Fraud Scandal

Published on Oct 1, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT

The Republican National Committee has been caught red-handed trying to sabotage the Democratic vote around the nation ahead of this year’s election. As Brad Friedman at BradBlog.com reported, the Florida Republican Party cut ties with a political firm known as Strategic Allied Consulting after it was discovered that firm changed addresses on numerous voter registration forms to block newly-registered Democrats from voting in November. The scandal is now spreading, as at least ten counties in Florida have discovered these fraudulent registration forms. And law enforcement authorities are getting involved in the matter. And the National Republican Committee has also cut ties with the firm, which it gave $3.1 million to register voters in wing states like Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia. It’s unclear how much damage this election fraud may have on the elections in those states. Joining Thom Hartmann to break some new information in this scandal is Greg Palast – investigative journalist with the BBC and the Guardian – and author of the book: “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.”

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Will President Obama Address Climate Change?

Published on Oct 9, 2012 by ForaTv

Complete program available for free at http://fora.tv/2012/10/03/Diana_DeGette_What_Obama_Will_Do_with_Four_More_Years

Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette outlines a possible strategy for enacting climate change legislation during a new session of Congress.

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Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Peter Singer’s Strategy to Ration End-of-Life Care

Published on Oct 14, 2012 by ForaTv

Arguing for the motion, Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, provides his strategy for effectively rationing end-of-life care.

Complete program available for free at
http://fora.tv/2012/10/10/Debate_Should_the_United_States_Ration_End-of-Life_Care

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

A Campaigner’s Story: Land Grabs Campaign Launch Stunt

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by OxfamGreatBritain

On the 4th October 2012, Oxfam launched a new global campaign to tackle the big land deals that are forcing hard-working people from their homes, jobs and food — leaving them destitute and hungry.

Activists from across the UK came to London to help launch the campaign by staging a land grab — complete with JCB diggers and 1940s ‘land girls’ – outside the Houses of Parliament.

Find out more and join the campaign to ask World Bank President, Jim Kim, to freeze the bank’s investment in land and set a fair standard for others to follow. http://www.oxfam.org.uk/land

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Rise of the Machines – USA

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by journeymanpictures

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Most people see drones as a controversial weapon prowling over foreign battlegrounds. But as America’s military campaigns wind down, these machines are coming home and set to change civilian lives forever.

“This is a powerful technology. No amount of hand-wringing is going to stop it”, says drone expert, Peter Singer. Whether it’s a floating TV station streaming live to the web, the prying lens of the paparazzi, the police chasing a criminal or a government agency spying, small domestic drones are experiencing an exponential growth. At the world’s largest drone convention in Las Vegas a salesman tells the crowd, “this can be used in law enforcement, disaster relief and industrial applications. It’s also very good at dusting floors. Every home owner should have one”. And as the technology advances at a frightening speed, anyone with a few hundred dollars can buy one over the counter. These hobby drones can fly for miles and provide sharp video feedback to the pilot. “I wouldn’t cheat on your wife!”, laughs columnist Charles Krauthammer. But jokes aside, there are real fears over the “political, legal and ethical issues that play out with this”, argues Singer. In 3 years time an order from the US congress will see tens of thousands of drones legally occupy an already crowded sky, raising numerous questions about basic safety, terrorism and civil liberty. As companies rush to cash in on this new billion dollar industry, experts warn, “we’re not ready for this”.

Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120