Mining The Earth: 18 Nov 2014

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 3:23 pm

*US. National Public Radio and Mine Safety and Health News: “thousands of mine operators fail to pay safety penalties . . . [most of which] are between two and 10 years overdue . . .. [F]ederal regulators seem unable or unwilling to make mine owners pay.” $70 million in delinquent penalties owed by 2700 mining companies to date, 130,000 additional violations among delinquent mines, and many other findings.

 

Mining the Earth

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 6:15 pm

AK-Canada. Seabridge Gold owns KSM mine for which it has “early construction permits from the British Columbian government”. The mine is in “the transboundary Unuk River watershed” between BC and Alaska, which makes for a very interesting problem. First Nations and environmentalists are very concerned about the mine. Now AK Senators Mark Begich (D) and Lisa Murkowski (R), and Representative Don Young (R), are involved, too.

What the GOP Senate Could Mean for the Environment

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 4:10 pm

The next chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will likely be Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, a well-known and outspoken climate change denier. In 2012, citing Genesis 8:22 in the Bible, he said, “‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’ My point is, God’s still up there. And this is the, the arrogance of people who think that we human beings would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me, outrageous.”

Political Realignment and the Environmental Movement

By: Sunday November 2, 2014 6:56 am

The conventional wisdom about Democrats’ and Republicans’ racial politics over the last century or so seems to go something like this: Lingering hostility towards Republicans over the Civil War created a “solid South” for the Democrats. The GOP’s more business-friendly stance also sent working class people to the Democrats, creating an uneasy and unstable coalition comprised in part of minorities and unreconstructed racists. The fractures were visible even in signature achievements like Social Security,* and the coalition split apart for good over civil rights legislation in the 60s. Helped along by the Southern Strategy, conservative whites flocked to the Republican party starting in the 70s, and the two parties sorted into bases that had fewer ideological contradictions.

Mining the Earth: 28 Oct 2014

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 6:28 pm

*Everywhere. As resources become more scarce, chances of bringing populations up and out of extreme poverty decrease—while the chances of more people being thrown into extreme poverty increase. People must consume fewer resources and accelerate recycling activities if that dismal scenario is to be avoided. Rare earths are particularly troublesome since “they are critical in the automotive, electronics and renewable sectors”, demand for them is escalating—and “supply shortages are predicted.”

Late Night: Mining the Earth

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 8:00 pm

*Everywhere. So, Peabody Energy is going to the G20 meeting with its “Advanced Energy for Life” message, an attempt to tie coal to “benevolence, altruism and empathy for the world’s poor.” Burson-Marsteller is reportedly doing the pr work; they did the same for the tobacco industry until 2010. Peabody is already holding meetings and workshops in Australia, touting the new message.

Late Night: Boomtown USA

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 8:00 pm

At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn’t expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn’t really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer.

“Can you cover the floor?” the other waitress yelled around 11 p.m. as she and her crop-top sweater sidled behind the bar to take over for the bouncers and bartenders. They had rushed outside to deal with a commotion. I resolved to shuttle Miller Lites and Fireball shots with extra vigor. I didn’t know who was fighting, but assumed it involved my least favorite customers of the night.

Mining The Earth: 14 Oct 2014

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 5:12 pm

*USA. Use of sand for fracking may be all the rage right now, but concerns about “the health impacts of breathing silica dust” are mounting, too. One sand miner’s stock increased 400% over the past year and a half, and another is adding 3.8 million tons “of frac sand mine and plant capacity in Wisconsin and Missouri.” But health experts and local governments are increasingly very concerned about the major effects of sand mining on health.

Study: Earth Lost 50% of Its Wildlife in Last 40 Years

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:25 am

According to a new study from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London, planet Earth has lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years. The metric used to make the determination was the Living Planet Index (LPI) which has declined by 52% since 1970. The LPI measures more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish according to the WWF website.

A Lively Atmosphere at the People’s Climate March

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 2:27 pm

The People’s Climate March featured a diverse amount of people and groups with major themes scattered throughout the march under the banner of environmentalism.

With the United Nations General Assembly occurring two days later, organizers hoped to create an event to raise awareness through the efforts of those in attendance.

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