Environment and climate-related news, activities and ideas in support of a greener world.

Philippines: Climate Focus - Time to act is now on energy transformation

What could possibly be so urgent and life-threatening to drive leaders of people from a small and barely reachable island off the coast of Mindoro to leave their homes and travel 285 kilometers by land and sea over the period of five days just to reach Metro Manila? On November 27, a day before the biggest climate justice march in the country, they have reach the Presidential Palace.

No New Animal Testing Lab!

Join Don't Expand UW Primate Testing and Chattahoochee Earth First-- be a part of a National Day of Action against Skanska USA on December 8th with a protest at their Atlanta office!

Skanska USA is planning to build a new animal lab for the University of Washington and has office locations all over the U.S. -- so this day of action is a chance to show them that people all over the country are telling them to cut their contract with the UW and NOT build a new animal lab. This campaign is a rare opportunity to stop the torture of thousands of animals in a lab before the facility is even built, so we must all work together to tell Skanska USA that there will be NO NEW ANIMAL LAB!

Philippine president signs law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packs

President Benigno Aquino, a known smoker, signed the law that will require the scary warning label to cover 50% of the bottom of cigarette packs, front and back. Tens of thousands of people die each year from tobacco-related diseases in the Philippines.

Nearly a decade in the making, Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) lawmaker lauds signing into law of Graphic Health Warnings on tobacco products

In one of the most significant steps forward in raising public health consciousness about the hazards of tobacco products, Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez today lauded the signing of the proposed legislation requiring cigarette manufacturers and importers to print picture-based images of the ill-effects and hazards of tobacco use in the packages of their products.

Officially known as Republic Act No. 10643, the Graphic Health Warning Law was signed into  law by President Benigno Aquino III last Friday, July 18.

Oil Train Week of Action July 6-13, 2014


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Are explosive Bakken crude oil trains coming through your town?  / Actions you can take now!

July 6, 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the first major oil train explosion in Canada which took the lives of 47 people.  The week of July 6-13, 2014 is an international week of action to mark this anniversary and make sure these folk’s lives were not lost in vain.   Your actions should not be limited to this one week as we are dealing with an entrenched oil and rail industry and don’t settle for anything less than the a complete ban on any oil shipped by DOT 111 and DOT 111a cars.

 Actions are being posted on www.stopoiltrains.org

 When you organize a protest please contact us at vancouveractionnetwork@gmail.com

Philippines: They Destroy, We Suffer

Capitalism is destroying the planet. Now we suffer. The devastating horror unleashed by monster-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) upon the eastern and central Philippines regions is unspeakable. As of writing, estimates of the number of casualties and actual damages are tentative because many areas remain isolated and communications, power, road and port systems are down.

By Labor Party - Philippines

An initial estimate by the provincial government of Leyte and the regional police put the death toll at more than 10,000. Seventy to 80 percent of houses and structures along the typhoon’s path were destroyed. In Tacloban City alone, officials told the media that the death toll “could go up” to 10,000, as people died en masse from surging tidal waves.

Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call

Yolanda: the Messenger

By Walden Bello

Hello Warsaw, this Is Haiyan calling

It seems these days that whenever Mother Nature wants to send an urgent message to humankind, it sends it via the Philippines. This year the messenger was Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda.

For the second year in a row, the world’s strongest typhoon barreled through the Philippines, Yolanda following on the footsteps steps of Pablo, a.k.a Bopha, in 2012. And for the third year in a row, a destructive storm deviated from the usual path taken by typhoons, striking communities that had not learned to live with these fearsome weather events because they were seldom hit by them in the past. Sendong in December 2011 and Bopha last year sliced Mindanao horizontally, while Yolanda drove through the Visayas, also in a horizontal direction.

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At the worst of Georgia's ten year draught the roadkill did not decay. It just lay there and shriveled into mummified bodies in the terrible dry heat. During this time landscapers and nurseries suffered economically and some went out of business because the water rationing deprived them of the water necessary for their plants and their businesses to live.


It caught my attention therefore when I saw the landscapers for a posh, high dollar shopping center pumping water from a small creek into a 500 gallon tank truck for their plants. They were pumping so much that they just left their pump sitting on the creek bank between runs. The little creek was down to little but a mud hole and stunk like sour mop water.


They frack because clear air and water aren’t profitable

The true costs of resource extraction are never borne by energy and mining companies because they can dump the costs onto society. Those engaged in fracking are not going to act any differently, and can’t be expected to act any differently.

Having government in their pockets means they do it because they can, but the reasons go well beyond that. Pleading for them to act responsibility is of no use as capitalism requires them to act in socially irresponsible ways. Companies with stock traded on exchanges are legally required to earn the biggest possible profit on behalf of their shareholders, regardless of any other considerations. The rigors of competition also mandate this: If a company doesn’t grow, its competitors will and put it out of business.

Global-warming debate shouldn’t exclude role of livestock

The struggle to halt global warming ordinarily focuses on fossil fuel consumption and use, currently exemplified by the Alberta tar sands and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico. It would be foolish to disregard that, but what if the rapidly expanding livestock industry has been overlooked as a major contributor to global warming?

A paper published in World Watch that provides a strong argument that animal agriculture is significantly undercounted as a contributor to global warming. What makes this study interesting is that, in contrast to unsupported claims about methane sometimes made by vegan and animal-rights activists, it grounds its arguments squarely on carbon dioxide.

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