Tragedy of the commons The tragedy of the commons concept is often cited in connection with sustainable development, meshing economic growth and environmental protection, as well as in the debate over global warming. It has also been used in analyzing behavior in the fields of economics, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, game theory, politics, taxation, and sociology. However the concept, as originally developed, has also received criticism for not taking into account the many other factors operating to enforce or agree on regulation in this scenario. Lloyd's pamphlet February 21, 2012 - Only a Couple Days to Support European Union Labeling of Tar Sands as Highly Polluting Additional Background BREAKING UPDATE: EU blocks passage of Canada’s ‘tar sands’ ranking The vote by a European Commission committee to label Alberta oil sands as a highly polluting source of oil has failed. Proponents of the tar sand fuel quality directive listing failed to win a majority of votes in favor, but neither was there a majority to kill the proposal. As a result, the directive will be taken up by a committee of EU ministers in the coming months.
Massive public protest announced against government-sponsored terrorism of Rawesome Foods in California (NaturalNews) As promised, a massive public protest is now being announced to give the members of the public an opportunity to voice their outrage against today's arrest of three raw foods advocates who are all being charged with conspiracy. The protest will be held at the LA County Courthouse located at:210 West Temple, Division 30Los Angeles Arrive there at 7:45 am to join the protest, which needs to be in full swing early, because the court hearing for James is scheduled at 8:30.
Helping Women Helps the Planet Data increasingly shows that supporting and protecting women’s rights has positive benefits for the planet. Microcredit programs for sustainable agriculture, improved reproductive health and education play a major role in determining whether a woman will become self-sufficient enough to start her own business, or decide whether or not to have children. This, in turn, has strong ripple effects on natural resources. 6 Conservation Strategies That Defy Reason (But Could Work) In the 16th century, 40 percent of Ethiopia was covered by forests. Now, less than 1 percent is as the result of deforestation, of logging, the expansion of agriculture, the conversion of forests into pastureland, fires and the growth of infrastructure, from roads to human settlements. Fifteen years ago, after finding that an all-out ban on cutting down trees was unsuccessful, the Ethiopian government turned to a strategy of getting those who live in forest communities actively involved — and so far, it seems to be working. Ethiopia has a population of 85 million, more than 80 percent of whom live in rural areas, and over 70 million herd animals.
Common-pool resource The use of many common-pool resources, if managed carefully, can be extended because the resource system forms a positive feedback loop, where the stock variable continually regenerates the fringe variable as long as the stock variable is not compromised, providing an optimum amount of consumption. However, consumption exceeding the fringe value reduces the stock variable, which in turn decreases the flow variable. If the stock variable is allowed to regenerate then the fringe and flow variables may also recover to initial levels, but in many cases the loss is irreparable. Common property regime Common property regimes arise when appropriators acting independently threaten the total net benefit from common-pool resource. Why Tar Sands Oil Is The Dirtiest On Earth [Video] Thousands of Americans have petitioned, marched, and been arrested in an effort to stop the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. In fact, a poll [PDF] conducted in early 2012 showed that, when fully educated about what tar sands oil really is, and where the oil flowing through the pipeline would actually end up, a majority of Americans oppose the pipeline. Despite this overwhelming demonstration of disapproval, the White House refuses to keep its promise of moving America beyond oil. Portions of the Keystone XL are already under construction, and Big Oil is using its financial and political clout to make sure the rest of this cross-country pipeline follows suit. Many people make judgement about energy based on the things that affect them most: the price of gas or their personal utility bill.
Genetically engineered maize with synthetic toxin approved for usage in EU food and feed Detail from label of No-GMO Popcorn - design by Juan Wilson Christoph Then TestBiotech Safety of Monsanto’s Synthetic-Toxin maize to be re-examined Testbiotech and GeneWatch UK formally request withdrawal of EU market authorisation of Monsanto´s genetically engineered maize Genuity VT Triple PRO Corn with synthetic toxins. 28 July 2011. World’s First Genetically Modified Babies ‘Created’ in US Anthony Gucciardi, ContributorActivist Post In a developing story, the Daily Mail is now reporting that the very first (admitted) group of genetically modified babies have been ‘created’ in the United States. The scientists involved reportedly announced the result on the night of June 27th, stating that 30 babies were born using genetic modification techniques. Furthermore, 2 of the babies tested were found to contain genes from a total of 3 different parents. The experiment also lasted over 3 years or more according to the researchers, which may be one of many. The ‘GM babies’ were born into women who had trouble conceiving their own children.
Enchanting Forest of Primeval Trees Found in the Gulf of Mexico Fifty-two thousand years is a long, long time for anything to survive–but that is how old scientists estimate a grove of huge bald cypress trees off the coast of Mobile, Alabama, to be. The ancient forest was discovered by scuba divers some years ago after being buried for thousands of years under ocean sediment. Located some 60 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, the forest’s trees are so well-preserved that Ben Raines, executive director of the nonprofit Weeks Bay Foundation and one of the first divers to explore the site, tells Live Science that they still smell like fresh cypress sap. While we might assume water would cause wood to rot, wood can actually survive for long periods of time when it is exposed to wetness. A local dive shop owner had come upon the forest a year after Hurricane Katrina.
Abundance of the chemical elements Estimated proportions of matter, dark matter and dark energy in the universe. Only the fraction of the mass and energy in the universe labeled "atoms" is composed of chemical elements. For example, the mass-fraction abundance of oxygen in water is about 89%, because that is the fraction of water's mass which is oxygen. However, the mole-fraction abundance of oxygen in water is only 33% because only 1 atom of 3 in water is an oxygen atom. Oil Sands Fever and Lack of Environmental Review The Harper Conservatives are well known for being defenders of the oil sands (no matter what effect they have on the climate), going so far as to modify the environmental assessment process in the latest budget so the project can go ahead more quickly. The Tories became vicious when Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair suggested the Alberta oil sands were artificially inflating the Canadian dollar and that was hurting other industries across the country, particularly manufacturing in Ontario. The Tories demanded that Mulcair visit the oil sands before having any such opinion on them, and suggested that he could not have an open mind when he scheduled his visit.