Sunday, March 12, 2017

Native Americans March to the White House to Protest Pipelines

by Theodora Filis

Following months of demonstrations in North Dakota, thousands of Native Americans along with their supporters marched to the White House to express outrage at President Trumps continued support for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.
Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, Dave Archambault, spoke at the rally asking communities around the world to stand with them today, as they had done in the past. The Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock lost their bid to legally halt the construction of the last link of the oil pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Completion of the pipeline is expected on April 1, 2017.

Tipis were erected on the National Mall by protesters.

Some protesters were wearing traditional tribal outfits, carrying signs that read Native Lives Matter, Water is Life, and Protect the Water while marching.

While speaking to the crowd, Archambault was often times interrupted by those supporting him with cheers, and others who booed him. There were many who accused him of selling them out by allowing the main anti-pipeline protest camp, Oceti Sakewin, to be clear out.
Archambault told the crowd that he wasn't bothered by them being upset, and tried explaining that the only reason he was attending the rally was for the sake of the youth and the future of the Sioux people.

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The pipeline is now being constructed after Trump signed an executive order last month clearing the path for construction to continue. Trump also opened the way for another pipeline -- the Keystone XL project -- that will carry Canadian crude into the United States.
One of President Trump's first acts in office was to sign an executive order reversing the decision by the previous administration, of Democratic President Barack Obama, to delay approval of the $3.8 billion Dakota pipeline project by Energy Transfer Partners LP.
Although the fight seems to be over, and construction is underway, opponents of the pipeline have vowed to continue protesting.

Scott Pruitt Denies C02 Emissions Primary Cause of Climate Change

by Theodora Filis
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headed by Scott Pruitt, has denied the scientific claim that climate change is caused primarily by carbon dioxide emissions.
Pruitt said that to measure human activity on the climate is challenging and that because of the tremendous amount of speculation surrounding the impact humans have on climate change he would have to disagree that it's a primary contributor to global warming. He went on to say that the EPA needed to continue the debate, review, and analyze findings.
These comments have placed Pruitt in a difficult situation with the EPA. For more than a century, science has proven that CO2 traps heat. Scientists have concluded that atmospheric concentrations of the gas have increased by more than a third since the industrial revolution, driven by the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.

Gina McCarthy, Pruitt's predecessor, condemns his comments.

The EPA states on its website that carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change. This statement is backed by NASA, which calls CO2 the most important long-lived forcing of climate change.
A report, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, summarized the findings of 2,000 international scientists. The report claims that it is extremely likely that the steep rise in CO2, along with other greenhouse gasses such as methane, has caused most of the global warming experienced since the 1950's.
Gina McCarthy claims the world of science is about empirical evidence, not beliefs. That when it comes to climate change, the evidence is robust and overwhelmingly clear that the cost of inaction is unacceptably high. McCarthy said she can not imagine what additional information the administrator might want from scientists for him to understand that.

A core EPA function is the regulation of greenhouse gasses.

Prior to heading the EPA, Pruitt was the attorney general who sued the EPA in order to stop Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which imposes emissions limits on coal-fired power plants. Under the Trump administration, the Clean Power Plan is probably going to be cut. President Trump as called the EPA a disgrace and has said he would reduce it to tidbits in hopes of creating economic growth.
Pruitt is scheduled to review the EPA's role in vehicle emissions standards, methane emissions, and protection of America's waterways. Severe cuts are expected under the new White House budget proposal.

UN Confirms Small Scale Farming Can Feed The World

UN Confirms Small Scale Farming Can Feed The World
by Theodora Filis

A new report from the U.N. calls for changes in agriculture. The new report includes contributions from more than 60 experts from around the world. Warning us that we need to change and transform our agriculture, food, and trade systems so we can start to increase diversity on farms, cut back on fertilizers and support small-scale farming.

Global security and rising conflicts are noted causes in an urgent need to transform our farming methods. The report refers to this as "ecological intensification", and goes on to say, "This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high-external-input-dependent industrial production toward mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farming.
Eco-Farming Can Feed The World

Key indicators reported by the U.N. for transformation in farming techniques are:

  • Increased soil carbon and better integration.
  • Greenhouse gas reductions.
  • Organic and inorganic fertilizer use optimization.
  • Cut food chain waste.
  • Climate-friendly food consumption.
These findings and suggestions differ greatly from the new free trade agreements, which include the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the US-EU Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is designed to strengthen the hold of large corporations and finance companies on the global economy.
The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development came to a similar conclusion.
In their report from 2007, the International Assesment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) received contributions from over 100 countries and concluded that "Business, as Usual, is Not an Option", and called for an urgent move toward "agroecological approaches". In their report, they stressed the urgency for "food security and climate resilience."

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Climate Engineering, Cooling Wealthy Nations While Poorer Countries Incinerate

Climate Engineering, Cooling Wealthy Nations While Poorer Countries Incinerate

How is it possible that the abrupt climate shift unfolding on our planet is not creating nearly as much heat in wealthy nations as compared to poor countries? This, now statistically proven scenario, is yet another glaring red flag to confirm the ongoing global climate engineering insanity being carried out by militarized / industrialized nations. Highly toxic and environmentally devastating global geoengineering programs are a primary tool and weapon of the more powerful nations. The worldwide weather modification assault has been used to confuse and divide populations in regard to the true state of the climate and the true extent of the threat that we collectively face. The ongoing effort by the climate engineers to mask the full degree of climate damage from first world populations has been aggressive and consistent. 99
Geoengineered skies, ┼áiauliai, Lithuania. Photo credit: Zenonas Mockus
Recent studies have now proven that a completely unnatural global temperature scenario is taking place which would not be possible without the existence of ongoing climate intervention programs. Temperatures in high income nations are rising at a far slower rate than low income nations
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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Chemical Replacement in BPA-Free Bottles Might Be Just As Bad

Chemical replacement in BPA-free bottles might be just as bad for you

By Bryan Nelson

BPA, or bisphenol A, is an organic synthetic compound that's used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins. Because it's clear and tough, it has been especially useful for making plastic water bottles, and therein lies the problem. BPA has been shown to dissolve into our water, and once ingested in can potentially cause hormonal problems.
That's because BPA can mimic the actions of estrogen in our bodies, a hormone known to be involved in breast development, regulating periods and maintaining pregnancies, as well as a host of other things. Concerns about the negative health effects of BPA have thus led to some bans, as well as a demand for BPA-free plastics.
So, problem solved, right? Not exactly. It turns out that a common chemical replacement for BPA, fluorene-9-bisphenol (or BHPF), has now been shown capable of messing with our estrogen levels too. And like BPA, it's dissolving into our water, according to New Scientist.

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.
That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world.

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