News for 2012-02-20

Monday, February 20, 2012
[title] Garth Lenz: The True Cost of Oil
What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat. Garth Lenz’ touring exhibition, “The True Cost of Oil”, has played a major part...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Perpetual Growth Myth' Leading World to Meltdown: Experts
"The current system is broken," says Bob Watson, the UK’s chief scientific advisor on environmental issues and a winner of the prestigious Blue Planet prize in 2010. "It is driving humanity to a future that is 3-5°C warmer than our species has ever known, and is eliminating the ecology that we...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'It's Going to Be War': First Nations Battle Canadian Tar Sands
The indigenous First Nations of Canada, along with environmentalists and civil society groups, are gearing up for an epic battle as the oil giant Enbridge continues to press for its 'Northern Gateway' pipeline that would transport tar sands oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia. The...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US/UK Military Chiefs Urge Against 'Destabilizing' Israel Strike
Senior military officials from both the US and the UK took to prominent media outlets over the weekend to publicly warn against an Israeli strike on Iran. * * * Appearing on CNN 's Fareed Zakaria GPS on Sunday, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, responded to a question about...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Australian Cancer Survivor Fights to Stop Gene Ownership
In Australia today, a cancer survivor and a consumer organization have taken four biotech companies to court over a patent related to a human gene linked to breast and ovarian cancers. On Monday, an Australian Federal Court began hearing the landmark case brought by the Brisbane woman, Yvonne D'...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thich Nhat Hanh: Connect With and Love Mother Earth to Heal the Planet
Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, peace activist and scholar, says that we must see the connection between the Earth and ourselves, and that we must fall back in love with Earth in order to heal the planet. Guardian editor Jo Confino interviewed the 86-year-old at his Plum Village retreat center...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Seasick: Dead Sea Otters, the Canaries in a Coal Mine of 'Sick Seas'
This weekend, marine mammal experts revealed alarming new evidence that seals, otters, and many other marine species around the world are becoming increasingly infected by parasites and other diseases common in goats, cows, cats, and dogs, due to changing water temperatures, dramatic shifts in the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] U.S. Legacy in Afghanistan: Giant Prisons
Despite claims to hand over control of the main U.S. detention center in Afghanistan to the Afghans, the U.S. military is instead investing millions to double the size of the facility. Spencer Ackerman writes in Danger Room this morning:
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[title] Scahill: US Needs to 'Back Away from Kill Your Way To Peace'
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