Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann
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Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by The Nation
Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder by Jeremy Scahill. A former Blackwater employee and an ex-Marine who worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. “The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. the former employee also alleges that Prince ‘views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destructionof Iraqi life.'”
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Published on Monday, August 3, 2009 by Canada.com
Carbon Credits: ‘Cure Worse Than the Disease’ by Kevin Dougherty. Quebec – Carbon credits – to package and trade offsets to greenhouse gas emissions – won’t work, says McGill University economist Christopher Green, “rejecting the argument of Premier Jean Charest who wants the Montreal Exchange to be the carbon market for all of Canada.”
Published on Monday, August 3, 2009 by Inter Press Service
The Biggest Shift from North to South: ‘Time to De-Grow’ – Q&A: Claudia Ciobanu interviews economist Serge Latouche. BUCHAREST – He calls for “abandoning the objective of growth for growth’s sake, an insane objective, with disastrous consequences for the environment.” The need for a de-growth society stems from the certainty that the earth’s resources and natural cycles cannot sustain the economic growth that is the essence of capitalism and modernity.
Published on Monday, August 3, 2009 by The Guardian/UK
Will a Warmer World Make Us Sicker? by Roberta Kwok. Scientists are piecing together how climate impacts disease, strange patterns are emerging: mosquito outbreaks can follow drought, shorter migrations can make butterflies sick, and more birds (not fewer) can ward off West Nile virus. From Conservation magazine, part of the Guardian Environment Network. In the late 1990s, a set of alarming maps created a stir in the scientific community. “Based on predictions by a team of Dutch and Australian researchers and initially published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the maps charted how global warming could increase the risk of malaria in seemingly unlikely locales: northern countries such as Poland, the Netherlands, and Russia.”
Published on Monday, August 3, 2009 by The Independent/UK
Warning: Oil Supplies Are Running Out Fast by Steve Connor. Catastrophic shortfalls threaten economic recovery, says world’s top energy economist. “The world is heading for a catastrophic energy crunch that could cripple a global economic recovery because most of the major oil fields in the world have passed their peak production, a leading energy economist has warned.”
Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Modified Corn Seeds Sow Doubts by Martin Mittelstaedt. Next spring, farmers in Canada will be able to sow one of the most complicated genetically engineered plants ever designed, a futuristic type of corn containing eight foreign genes. “But a controversy has arisen over the new seeds, which were approved for use last month by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Health Canada hasn’t assessed their safety.”
Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by The Guardian/UK
Crackdown Against ‘Environmental Criminals’ Follows Greenpeace Report by Damian Carrington and Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro. Shoe Brands Get Tough on Leather Suppliers to Save Amazon Rainforest. Some of the world’s top footwear brands, including Clarks, Adidas, Nike and Timberland, have demanded an immediate moratorium on destruction of the Amazon rainforest from their leather suppliers in Brazil.
Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 by The Guardian/UK
Obama’s Green Credentials Tested by Battle Against Mountaintop Mining by Suzanne Goldenberg. James Hansen and Darryl Hannah among those opposing open-cast coal extraction that destroys mountains and forests. “Like other opponents of mountaintop removal, [they] had been counting on Obama, with his election promises of a clean energy economy, to shift the power balance away from coal. But those hopes evaporated in May when the EPA signed 42 permits for mountaintop removal while turning down only six — a higher ratio even than during the latter part of the George Bush presidency. Some 170 more permits are pending, according to the Sierra Club.”
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