Category: Soil Erosion & Contamination

Help Neil Young and the ACFN Draw a Line in the (Tar) Sand(s)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5wueetIZn0 The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and other communities live at the front lines of the largest industrial project on earth. Much of ACFN’s traditional territories are home to tar sands rich deposits eyed by industry for exploitation. Tar sands extraction methods cause large scale and irreversible harm to our health, land, water, wildlife, and the global climate system that supports all life. Canadian and Albertan environmental protection laws have […]

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Dredged Up

Never mind the evidence, we’ll do something eye-catching. by George Monbiot For a moment that rarest of beasts, common sense, poked a nose out of its burrow and sniffed the air. Assailed by angry farmers demanding dredging in the Somerset levels, the environment secretary, Owen Paterson broke with protocol and said something sensible. Dredging is often not the best long term or economic solution and increased dredging of rivers on […]

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Phosphorous Starvation Threatens the World

A fully referenced version of this paper is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. The world is running short of phosphate ore for chemical fertilizers; recovering phosphate from waste and reducing phosphate use in phosphate rich countries can alleviate the shortage and simultaneously prevent environmental pollution. by Prof Joe Cummins Phosphorus a limiting nutrient Earth seems to be growing sicker every year along with […]

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Congenital Hypothyroidism and Fukushima Fallout in the US

Plume of airborne radioactive iodine arrival in the US correlates with increased rates of congenital hypothyroidism among the new born. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho A new study finds congenital hypothyroidism in the US rising 28% in the two and a half months after the arrival of the Fukushima fallout of radioactive iodine (I-131) [1]. Researchers and authors Joe Mangano and Janette Sherman from the Radiation and Public Health Project [2] […]

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Bullied by Oil Giant TransCanada

Meet Meghan Hammond, a sixth-generation Nebraskan farmer threatened by TransCanada. In an effort to save their land from a huge oil pipeline her community banned together to build a source of sustainable energy right in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. These Nebraskans made a statement, but they need more hands and hearts on their side.

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Wake up Before it is Too Late – Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate

Click to download (5mb PDF) In late September of last year (2013) the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) put out the latest in their Trade and Environment Review series — titled Wake up Before it is Too Late: Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate. Alert readers may already be aware of this document — as it was the springboard for a […]

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My Story, in Contribution to Our Story of Hope (Zimbabwe)

by Mugove Walter Nyika I grew up with my grandparents in a village 200 km south of the capital Harare, in Zimbabwe. From an early age I learned from my Grandfather, who passed on when I was six, to plant trees, to collect seeds and seedlings and put them into the earth. There were many sacred sites, where it was a taboo to cut down any tree. When I fell […]

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Fukushima Crisis Goes Global

A fully referenced and illustrated version of this report is posted on ISIS members website and otherwise available for download here. Massive radioactive leaks continue from the badly damaged structures as the dangerous operation of moving spent fuel rods begins, and still greater challenges of decommissioning the meltdown reactors yet to come. International help is urgently needed to stem the ongoing release of deadly radioactive isotopes and remediate the badly […]

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Addressing the Causes of Land Degradation, Food/Nutritional Insecurity and Poverty: a New Approach to Agricultural Intensification in the Tropics and Subtropics

by Roger RB Leakey, Agroforestry and Novel Crops Unit, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. Photo 1: A multifunctional agriculture landscape in Viet Nam with many income-generating tree-based production systems on hillsides surrounding an area of intensive food production on the most fertile soils. Abstract The shortage of new land for agriculture and the poverty of smallholder farmers in the tropics are serious constraints on […]

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UNCCD Land for Life Award Winners for 2013 (India, Mexico, Africa): Practical, Doable, Magic

Educating small-holder farmers in India Every year the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents awards and supportive prize-money to projects that have had a positive impact on combating desertification and restoring watersheds and the hydrological cycle. This year’s awards went to excellent projects in India, Mexico and Africa. Watch the fantastic videos below, from John D. Liu and the rest of the EEMP team, to find our more […]

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How Microbes Influence our Minds

We think of ourselves as autonomous individuals with a will of our own, but microbes in our gut turn out to have more say on how we feel and behave than we know. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Communication between the gut and the brain has long been acknowledged and has […]

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