Los Angeles (Girl Underground) – Dripping with feel good indie-pop, Los Angeles-based artist Susy Sun, takes the act of being selfish from a relationship to a larger platform for her “Selfish Love” video, off her self-titled EP. The sweet tune is basked in the warm rays of Southern California and displays the beauty that is all around us, simultaneously also revealing how the simple act of “turning the other way” dissolves this very beauty. A post shared by Susy Sun (@susysunmusic) on Jun 14, 2017 at 10:21am PDT “The song itself is touching on the idea of being selfish in a relationship, but for the video I widened the scope and wanted to Read MoreRead More
United States (ANHUSA) – The International Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Last October, eminent judges heard testimonies from victims. Last week, following procedures established by the International Court of Justice, judges presiding over the tribunal delivered its legal opinion regarding Monsanto’s impact on human rights, the environment, access to food, and scientific integrity after hearing testimony from thirty witnesses and experts from around the world. Their conclusion: Monsanto’s business activities infringe on our right to a clean, sustainable Read MoreRead More
World (openDemocracy) – “What is the state? We are the state! The state is the state thanks to us” said Havva Ana (Mother Eve), a 63-year old woman who, in July 2015, joined a demonstration to block the demolition of ancient forests in Rize, Turkey. What Havva Ana meant was that the state depends on the people for its legitimacy – and that it must not prioritise short-term profit over their rights and wellbeing. The forests of Çamlıhemşin have, for hundreds of years, provided livelihoods and ancestral connection in the Black Sea region. In the face of the destruction, Read MoreRead More
India (Sputnik) – The single largest solar park in the world, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 megawatts, is nearing completion in India. The nine-square-mile Kurnal Ultra Mega Solar Park, which has cost 70 billion rupees ($1.09 billion) of both public and private money to construct, contains 4 million solar modules. The park is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state, which in recent years has distinguished itself as the solar power capital of India. It is a joint endeavor of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation, a private venture company mostly owned by government corporations. Construction of the Read MoreRead More
World (OtherWords) – We all know our consumer society creates far too much waste. OtherWords columnist and author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It Jill Richardson proposes a simple way to keep unwanted, but still useful items, out of landfills. My neighbor moved out this week. I learned that when I found a moving truck blocking my car and I couldn’t get out of the driveway. No matter — by the end of the day, the truck was gone. In its place, however, was a queen-sized pillow-top mattress, a wooden Read MoreRead More
World (NSF) – Editor’s Note: A cloud-seeding experiment in Idaho was recently forced to cease due to heavier than usual snowfall and potential flooding dangers. When even the weather becomes a commodity to be bought and sold, does the natural environment stand a chance? Following is the report from the National Science Foundation, a federally-funded research agency. Can cloud seeding — dispersing particles into the air with the aim of increasing precipitation — increase snowfall? This winter, a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) conducted a cloud-seeding project in southwestern Idaho to try to answer that Read MoreRead More
Russia (GV) – According to a popular legend many Russians learn in school, the Russian people 11 centuries ago invited “managers” from Scandinavia to come and help rule over their lands. The so-called “Varangian” tribe leaders (coming from the territories of modern Sweden and Norway) had a knack for good governance, and they were enormously helpful in Old Rus, the story goes. The age of the Varangians came and went, but some Russians today are still looking abroad for another savior. In Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia, local environmentalists have found their man: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio. In order to draw attention to air pollution that’s Read MoreRead More
Kailua, Hawaii (GREED) – Although numerous studies point to potential health hazards, EPA head Scott Pruitt denied the previous administration’s petition to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide that is especially dangerous to young children. The agrochemical of household use has been discontinued in the U.S. for nearly two decades, and despite an overwhelming amount of evidence suggesting that the substance is dangerous to humans and the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a go-ahead last week to its continued use in agricultural applications. The chemical is known to pollute water supplies and has even has Read MoreRead More
Brazil (Sputnik) – An estimated 10 million honey bees were killed over several days in the countryside of São Paulo state, Brazil. The suspected cause of death is reported to be airborne pesticides. In a matter of days, 136 beehives in the municipality of Porto Ferreira were destroyed. “Not even the queen bees managed to survive,” Wanderley Fardin, owner of the affected apiaries, told Xapuri. “The ground is littered with dead bees. Those that are left are flying about with nowhere to go.” Fardin said that the pesticides destroyed forty years of work and generated a loss of around one ton of honey and R$250,000 (about $78,000) in financial losses. He will Read MoreRead More
On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.
The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens sapiens is the cause. Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme.
And it is no longer the case that mainly “invisible” species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans.Read More