Environment

Climate Change

June 6, 2008
Many low lying Pacific islands are in danger of disappearing under water soon. Bodies of water around the world are turning into refuse sites, or drying up from overuse. Philippino Vice President Noli De Castro signed a declaration calling for the protection of Manila's three main water bodies, including Manila Bay, which is rapidly turning…

China: Changing horizons, changing diet

May 31, 2008

Guardian: Food crisis, part 4, reports on the impact of urbanization and consumerism in China

‘You don’t get two-for-one deals on fruit’

May 30, 2008

Guardian: Food crisis, part 3, Scottish couple discuss weekly struggle to feed family on a tight budget

"The World According to Monsanto"

May 29, 2008
A recent report by an agricultural advocacy group says that some of the world’s largest biotechnology companies such as Monsanto, BASF, and Syngenta are seeking hundreds of patents on seeds designed to withstand the environmental stresses of global warming. While industry representatives say that traditional farming practices won’t withstand the impact of sea level and…

Living on the breadline

May 28, 2008

Guardian: First of series on the world food crisis, struggling to get by in Cairo after price increases

How clean Is Clean Coal?

May 26, 2008

In a single year, less than one in 100,000 Americans contract a rare form of blood cancer. In Pennsylvania coal country, the rate is nearly five times higher. Many suspect "clean" coal is the cause. As the 2008 presidential candidates promote the potential of clean coal as an alternative fuel source, and as Congress prepares…

Tensions run high at Amazon dam protest

May 24, 2008

Amazon Indians mark the end of a five-day protest against the Belo Monte hydroelectric project, by swimming in the Xingu River, which they say the dam will destroy. The proposed dam will be one of the world’s largest hydroelectric power plants. Tensions ran high and turned to violence as the week progressed. While the government…

Coral Sea sharks could be wiped out

May 23, 2008

Conservation groups in Australia warn that shark populations in the Coral Sea could be wiped out if the area isn’t protected. The World Wildlife Fund has released a new report saying that shark populations are vulnerable to over-fishing and other threats. The study called on the Australian Government to declare the Coral Sea a Marine…

15,000 to be displaced by proposed Amazon dam

May 22, 2008

Amazon Indians and environmental activists rallied against proposed Amazon dam projects in the city of Altamira, Brazil on Tuesday. Environmentalists say these developments could displace 15,000 people and destroy traditional fishing grounds of Indians living nearby. As a result of economic growth in Brazil in recent years, the government is spending $296 billion to develop…

US polar bear protection falls short

May 17, 2008

The US government declared the polar bear a threatened species on Wednesday, citing global warming and decline in sea ice over the last three decades as the major causes. The announcement comes after environmental groups won a court order earlier this year, which forced the government make a decision by May 15, 2008. While the…