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Portside Date:  March 26, 2014
Systemic Disorder

The U.S. State Department appears to be cooking the books in its studies of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Could this be a sign that the Obama administration is preparing to approve a project that potentially could be the tipping point for uncontrollable global warming? Continue reading »

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By The Guardian,
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‘Big money required “charismatic megaspecies” to be saved from extinction. The elephant was declared endangered when it was not.’ Illustration: Satoshi Kambayashi

Ivory is the cocaine of south-east Asia. Millions of people demand it, and the world thinks it can stop them by banning supply. The world is wrong. Today’s London conference of Cites, the world wildlife organisation, saw panjandrums from 46 countries meet with British royalty in the painted halls of Lancaster House. Previous Lancaster House conferences liberated Africans from bondage. This one put them back. The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge pledged to “end the ivory trade” and “secure the future of these iconic species”, notably the rhino and the elephant. Never were words so futile. Continue reading »

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By Ruth Eisenbud, Animal Issues Correspondent
Annotated by Patrice Greanville

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Feb 012014
 
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The Valdez Affair

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by ROBERT HUNZIKER, Counterpunch.org

Valdez, Alaska carries the moniker: the “snowiest place in the United States,” receiving on average 300-to-600 inches per year. Additionally, Valdez is the end of the line for the Tans-Alaska Pipeline that carries oil from the Alaska North Slope.  It’s a beautiful setting ensconced in the midst of eye-catching pristine wilderness. As for example, the view from the Port of Valdez is richly appointed with alluring nature and nestled amongst a backdrop of snow-capped mountains reflected in the icy cold still waters of its serene seaport.

But, nowadays, wintry Valdez is different. It’s warm! Continue reading »

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