Population increase spikes land grabs from Wall Street and China

There are more than 7 billion people on this planet, and our population is growing faster than most projections predicted. According to an article on Farm Land Grab, this means that land and water are becoming more valuable commodities, carrying a future price tag that governments and global businesses are trying to get in on as early as possible. Reporter Brad Plumer explains why population growth has inspired  corporations to jump on international land grabs that destroy ecosystems, devastate indigenous people and further accelerate the destruction of climate change.

Infographic: www.farmlandgrab.org

Infographic: www.farmlandgrab.org

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DeSmogBlog report on the rapid approval of LNG export terminals

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Photo from EcoWatch: Top 5 Reasons Why LNG Exports are a Very Bad Idea

Truly horrifying new report on the rapid approval of liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminals, the dominant role LNG industry lobbyists have in decision making, and the revolving door between the federal government and the LNG industry.

Introducing “Natural Gas Exports: Washington’s Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat

By Steve Horn and Lee Fang, DeSmogBlog, 19 November 2014

Current law dictates that LNG export terminals must face broad environmental and public interest review by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). However, the Obama administration has pledged to hasten the regulatory process, while Congress has placed renewed pressure on regulators to streamline approvals. And LNG export applicants face lower regulatory barriers when exporting to countries that have free trade agreements with the United States.

Connecting U.S. natural gas to the global market through LNG exports will raise the price of natural gas for U.S. consumers and provide a powerful new market incentive for expanded domestic fracking. The climate and ecological consequences of such a pursuit are unquestionably dangerous. But most policymakers in Washington have ignored that element of the
debate. Instead of conducting a sober analysis of the costs and benefits of expanding LNG exports, regulators and lawmakers have followed the lead of a multi-tentacled lobbying campaign managed by the shale gas industry.

We’re only about halfway done over here, so there might very well be a part two to this post, or some tweeting in the days to come!

Read the whole this along with us here! 

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Earth Watch: Adam Briggle of Frack Free Denton

imgresOn November 13th, Adam Briggle of Frack Free Denton spoke to Margaret Prescod for Sojourner Truth’s Earth Watch.

On election day, Denton passed a fracking ban, making it the first in Texas to ban further hydraulic fracturing. Only days later, they received push back. Denton is preparing for an extended court battle  — a fight that cities nationwide considering similar laws will likely be watching closely.

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The Climate Connection to the Buffalo Storm

If you are reading this and are familiar with Climate Connections, none of this will be news to you. Climate change and weather patterns are inextricably linked.  The mainstream media is a mixed bag of tepid reporting on climate change. This weekend, in the teeth of one of the worst storms to hit the region in history, the Buffalo News published an article describing how the huge lake effect snowstorm connects to warming global temperatures and climate change.

The storm has turned much of our Buffalo, New York community (home offices of Global Justice Ecology Project)  into a disaster area.

Buffalo News readers were exposed to a rare chance to engage an article that links their current situation with significant climate change issues, including a futures analysis. Even though the article contains the apparently mandatory disclaimer that “[this] doesn’t mean you can attribute last week’s storm to climate change,” the roadmap described makes it clear that you can.

We applaud the Buffalo News and News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski on this terrific article. We also note and urge you to read the comments section at this linked article. Many, from climate deniers, are both amusing and sadly reflective of how and why we are facing the current spiral that in Buffalo this time has cost human lives and hundreds of millions of dollars.

South Buffalo, New York, 19 November 2014 "My car", photo by Jay Burney

South Buffalo, New York, 19 November 2014 “My Car,” photo by Jay Burney

Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning

By Jerry Zremski, Buffalo News. 22 November, 2014 

Brace yourself. November’s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity.

While last week’s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it’s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no sign of changing.

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Cultivating Climate Justice: Sustainable Waste & Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda

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This is part 2 of a four-part article series “Cultivating Climate Justice” which tells the stories of community groups on the frontlines of the pollution, waste and climate crises, working together for systems change. United across six continents, these grassroots groups are defending community rights to clean air, clean water, zero waste, environmental justice, and good jobs. They are all members of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, a network of over 800 organizations from 90+ countries.

 This series is produced by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Other Worlds.


 

“To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change…. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned… And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now.” – Philippines lead negotiator Yeb Sano addressing the opening session of the UN climate summit in Warsaw, following Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013

 It’s been a year since Super Typhoon Yolanda (often called Typhoon Haiyan in other countries) swept through the , killing more than 6,000 people and destroying the homes of many more. As UN negotiator for the Philippines Yeb Sano explained in his address to the United Nations: for many people, this is what climate change looks like.

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Sandra Steingraber’s Letter from Chemung County Jail, 21 November 2014

Sandra Steingraber is a New York State anti-natural gas activist extraordinaire, teacher, eco-biologist, author, and parent. She is also a cancer survivor–a cancer linked to drinking water contamination. She has written several books including Living Downstream: an Ecologists Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, and Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. The book is named after her son and is about all of our children, ourselves, and our friends and families that are being raised and living on the contemporary earth. In it she reminds us that there are thousands of human made toxic chemicals, including at least 200 known brain poisons that flow freely.

Today Steingraber is in jail, again, standing up for all of us. She is defending us against a corporate economic culture that cares about profit and expansion and not much else. A few years back, when she was in the Chemung County Jail, that time over an “Earth Day” remembrance, she said about her choice to go to jail:  “A heroic narrative is a substantial one. Against all odds, it is possible that standing up can make a difference. Every person has the opportunity to have a heroic narrative in their lives, and so when our children ask- Are we going to die, it is the beginning of a heroic narrative to say, No–I am on the job, I will help make a difference.”

Sandra Steingraber wrote this letter for EcoWatch from the Chemung County Jail this morning to share with our readers and beyond.

Sandra Steingraber wrote this letter for EcoWatch from the Chemung County Jail this morning to share with our readers and beyond.

Steingraber published a new letter from the Chemung County Jail in EcoWatch on 21 November 2014. An excerpt from “Why I am in Jail” is below.

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Can the bulldozers in Indonesia be stopped?

Back in September, world leaders and major corporations joined the New York Declaration on Forests at the UN Climate Summit. From Germany to the U.S., Nestle to Kellogg’s, the signatures on this no-deforestation policy, according to an article on Earth Island Journal, definitely raise a few eyebrows.

But are they really doing anything to stop razing the land?

An estimated 80 percent of forest destruction in Indonesia between 2000 and 2012 was illegal. Palm plantations were responsible for three-quarters of this illegal deforestation. Photo: Rainforest Action Network

An estimated 80 percent of forest destruction in Indonesia between 2000 and 2012 was illegal. Palm plantations were responsible for three-quarters of this illegal deforestation. Photo: Rainforest Action Network

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We are Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake is one of New York State’s  Finger Lakes. The ecology of the area makes this a distinct bio-region. This is a popular tourist area, an important agricultural area (wine and grapes), and an area of both subtle and dramatic beauty. These lakes in west central New York were the heart of the Haudenosaunee homeland. It was defended from European colonization until the 18th century when the 1779 Sullivan Expedition slashed, burned and murdered its way through the territory and effectively ended the reign of the people.

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Later, the region became home to various civil rights activists including Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. Seneca Falls, located between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, is birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement and has always been a place of activism. It was also the model for Bedford Falls, portrayed in Frank Capra’s iconic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Ithaca, New York, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, is nearby.

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