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Hungary Destroys All GMO Corn Fields – Mar 6th, 2013

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Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.

Planetsave reports:

Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added.

To see full article follow this link: http://www.trueactivist.com/hungary-destroys-all-monsanto-gmo-corn-fields/

Germany: Nuclear power plants to close by 2022

Anti-nuclear protester in Munich, 28 MayGermany saw mass anti-nuclear protests in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Germany’s coalition government has announced a reversal of policy that will see all the country’s nuclear power plants phased out by 2022.

The decision makes Germany the biggest industrial power to announce plans to give up nuclear energy.

Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen made the announcement following late-night talks.

Chancellor Angela Merkel set up a panel to review nuclear power following the crisis at Fukushima in Japan.

There have been mass anti-nuclear protests across Germany in the wake of March’s Fukushima crisis, triggered by an earthquake and tsunami.

‘Sustainable energy’Mr Rottgen said the seven oldest reactors – which were taken offline for a safety review immediately after the Japanese crisis – would never be used again. An eighth plant – the Kruemmel facility in northern Germany, which was already offline and has been plagued by technical problems, would also be shut down for good.

Six others would go offline by 2021 at the latest and the three newest by 2022, he said.

You can read the rest of this amazing positive initiative by Germany at this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13592208

UN resolution looks to give “Mother Earth” same rights as humans – Apr 11, 2011

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Bolivia is preparing a draft treaty to present to the United Nations giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans. The bid mirrors a law passed in that country in January

UNITED NATIONS — Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.

The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to “dominate and exploit” — to the point that the “wellbeing and existence of many beings” is now threatened.

The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia’s Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January.

That document speaks of the country’s natural resources as “blessings,” and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities, and the right to be free from pollution.

I’m in tears… if the whole world could take this step we’d be in such a beautiful place… possibly what we think of as heaven… read the rest of the article here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/10/bolivia-enshrines-natural-worlds-rights

DR Congo blocks Soco from oil search in Virunga park – March 18th, 2011

Mountain gorilla in Virunga (file photo)The gorillas have suffered from fighting in the park

The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK’s Soco International to search for oil in the famous Virunga National Park, home to rare mountain gorillas.

Environment Minister Jose Endundo said he had rejected an environmental assessment submitted by the firm.

Environmental groups had warned that drilling for oil in the park would damage the park’s eco-system and increase tension in the volatile area.

This was denied by Soco.

Virunga is home to some 200 of the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, the AP news agency reports.

It is also seen as one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and is on the UN’s list of World Heritage sites in danger.

Bravo Congo, for a country desperate for economy, truly a courageous decision by the government for our fellow beings sharing the earth.

Read the rest of the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12783233

Chevron fined for Amazon pollution by Ecuador court – Feb 15th, 2011

Maria Eugenia Briceno and her son sit in front of her house which is just in front of an oil well in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, January 2011
Maria Eugenia Briceno lives in the area affected by the pollution
A court in Ecuador has fined US oil giant Chevron a $8.6bn (£5.3bn) for polluting a large part of the country’s Amazon region.

The oil firm Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, was accused of dumping billions of gallons of toxic materials into unlined pits and Amazon rivers.

Campaigners say crops were damaged and farm animals killed, and that local cancer rates increased.

Condemning the ruling as fraudulent, Chevron said it would appeal.

The company will also have to pay a 10% legally mandated reparations fee, bringing the total penalty to $9.5bn (£5.9bn).

Pablo Fajardo, lawyer for the plaintiffs, described the court ruling as “a triumph of justice over Chevron’s crime and economic power”.

“This is an important step but we’re going to appeal this sentence because we think that the damages awarded are not enough considering the environmental damage caused by Chevron here in Ecuador,” he told the BBC World Service.

Chevron statement said the firm would appeal, and called the ruling “illegitimate and unenforceable”.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadoreans, in a case which dragged on for nearly two decades.

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The plaintiffs said the company’s activities had destroyed large areas of rainforest and also led to an increased risk of cancer among the local population.

The trial began in 2003 after almost a decade of legal battles in the US. At that time, a US appeals court ruled that the case should be heard in Ecuador.

Environmentalists hope the case will set a precedent, forcing companies operating in developing countries to comply with the same anti-pollution standards as in the industrialised world.

Wouldn’t that be a turn for the earth, making large companies liable for what they are doing to our planet!

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12460333

New images of remote Brazil tribe

Panoan Indians (Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/Survival
The group appears to be healthy and thriving
New pictures have been released of an isolated tribe living in rainforest on the Brazil-Peru border.

Brazil monitors many such tribes from the air, and they are known as “uncontacted” because they have only limited contact dealings with the outside world.

Photographs of the same tribe were released to the world two years ago.

Campaigners say the Panoan Indians are threatened by a rise in illegal logging on the Peruvian side of the border.

But Brazilian authorities believe the influx of loggers is pushing isolated Indians from Peru into Brazil, where the two groups could come into conflict…..

Most important good news: “Ms Watson added that some authorities denied the existence of such tribal groups in the forest, in order to further their aims.”

Read the rest of the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12325690

We’re a minimalist family

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FACTS & ARGUMENTS ESSAY

RACHEL JONAT

From Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 5:55PM EST
Last updated Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 6:00PM EST

I’d always said I would clean closets and get organized while on maternity leave with our first child. My husband and I aren’t hoarders by any means, but we constantly battled junk drawers and meagre closet space in our 1,100-square-foot condo. After 10 months at home, my son was finally napping well but I was no farther ahead on the clutter.

Best line:  The living-with-100-things movement is not for most people. Living with just what you need, no matter the number, can be for everyone.

read the rest at:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/were-a-minimalist-family/article1881374/

From the BBC Jan 24th, 2011

Polar bear’s epic nine day swim in search of sea ice

Scientists studying bears around the Beaufort sea, north of Alaska, claim this endurance feat could be a result of climate change.

Polar bears are known to swim between land and sea ice floes to hunt seals.

But the researchers say that increased sea ice melts push polar bears to swim greater distances, risking their own health and future generations.  This one lived!!!

Read rest of story:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9369000/9369317.stm


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