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151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

By Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay More than 150 new dams planned across the Amazon basin could significantly disrupt the ecological connectivity of the Amazon River to the Andes with substantial impacts for fish populations, nutrient cycling, and the health of Earth’s largest rainforest, warns a comprehensive study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Scouring … Continue reading 151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

UK claims greenhouse gas reduction, while outsourcing carbon emissions to China

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian Britons’ consumption of goods such as TVs and mobile phones made in China has “outsourced” the UK’s greenhouse-gas emissions, and is leading to a net increase in global emissions, according to a report from an influential committee of MPs. While the UK’s own greenhouse-gas emissions have been tumbling, people … Continue reading UK claims greenhouse gas reduction, while outsourcing carbon emissions to China

Chevron accused of scamming Indonesian government with fictitious green project

By Agence France-Presse Indonesia on Saturday accused five Chevron employees of being involved in a scam to set up a fictitious green project that lost the state some $270 million, a charge denied by the US oil giant. “The Attorney-General’s Office (AGO) has named seven suspects, five of whom are from Chevron,” the office said … Continue reading Chevron accused of scamming Indonesian government with fictitious green project

Bright green colonialism: massive solar project threatens sacred Indian sites and wildlife

By Edward Helmore / The Guardian Of the many projects commissioned by the Obama administration to showcase its commitment to renewable energy, few are as grandly futuristic as the multibillion-dollar solar power projects under construction across broad swaths of desert on the California-Arizona border. But at least two developments, including the $1bn, 250-megawatt Genesis Solar … Continue reading Bright green colonialism: massive solar project threatens sacred Indian sites and wildlife

“Big Conservation” organizations using public reputations to sell out forests

Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the organic industry encourages its supporters to buy the resulting timber and food under the newly devised … Continue reading “Big Conservation” organizations using public reputations to sell out forests

Dow Chemical uses nanotechnology to turn plant life into non-biodegradable plastics

By Owen Lloyd, DGR News Service Dow Chemical, working together with Utrecht University, has found a way to develop the building blocks of plastics from the living flesh of plants, as a purportedly green alternative to oil-based production. The researchers were able to construct the widely-used plastics ethylene and propylene from an iron catalyst made … Continue reading Dow Chemical uses nanotechnology to turn plant life into non-biodegradable plastics

NOAA study: Natural gas could be as bad for climate as coal

By Jeff Tollefson / Nature When US government scientists began sampling the air from a tower north of Denver, Colorado, they expected urban smog — but not strong whiffs of what looked like natural gas. They eventually linked the mysterious pollution to a nearby natural-gas field, and their investigation has now produced the first hard … Continue reading NOAA study: Natural gas could be as bad for climate as coal

No Justice – Or Future – in an Industrial Economy

This essay first appeared on theplanetfeedsus. an open letter to the national Occupy Wall Street movement, from Aidan Ponyboy Kriese, DGR Austin Dearest Occupy :: I write y’all with the greatest admiration, excitement, hope, and humility. I write with the intention to contribute to the conversations that people are having nationally – and internationally – … Continue reading No Justice – Or Future – in an Industrial Economy