What do coal, gold, & natural gas have in common? Or water, petroleum, & uranium? They are all natural resources that mining and other resource-extraction companies take from the ground and sell to others. It seems to be a common pattern for these 'extractive industries' to be ready and willing to harm people and the natural environment in their quests … [Read more...] about Greedheads & Natural Resources
Place & Infrastructure
Barnaby Ruhe: ‘Ban Fracking Locally’
From Barnaby Ruhe, 5/9/2012: only local action is going to happen, folks. and probably only mothers' actions with pots and pans. someone has to stop the imminent destruction for the children. that it is a clear violation of fundamental rights, the frack takeover of local government!! as well as the dangers they are ameliorating and mitigating with 'best management … [Read more...] about Barnaby Ruhe: ‘Ban Fracking Locally’
Drilling & mining – worse than organized crime!
Let’s see… in 2010, 29 miners died in the Upper Big Branch mine because Massey Energy didn’t want to comply with safety regulations. BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, killing 35 workers and contaminating the Gulf of Mexico with over 50 million gallons of crude oil that will affect the ecosystem for years, maybe decades. Natural gas companies foul our land and ground … [Read more...] about Drilling & mining – worse than organized crime!
Lighting Up the Dark
I just read an article by Sanjay Khanna that discusses how the government of Norway partnered with agricultural research organizations to create the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. [‘Stories That Light Up the Dark’,Yes! Magazine, September 2010.] Even more interesting than the seed vault itself is Khanna’s observation that the lore of farmers and and indigenous people can also be … [Read more...] about Lighting Up the Dark