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Alaska and Aerial Killing of Wolves

WoodMoor Village Zendo has the following remarks about La Sarah’s wolf-killing hobby, along with a chilling video.

I don’t know where other Buddhist bloggers stand on this issue, but it seems a clear one to me even without a disposition toward Buddhist ethics. It doesn’t seem to me that Alaska would be a place where such indiscriminate killing of wolves would be the least necessary to either control their population (an argument often made for other animals), or to protect human interests (property, livestock, etc.). Moreover, the methods used are cruel in the extreme:

WoodMoor Village Zendo: Alaska and Aerial Killing of Wolves

I stopped hunting many years ago, and it’s been a long time since I unnecessarily and knowingly killed any living thing with a face.  Even when I was into blood sports, however, I knew what every conservationist worth his Eddie Bauer vest knows today: predators are absolutely necessary to the chain of life, and it’s really rare for the predator/prey balance to be so disturbed that it is necessary to take out the guys at the top of the food chain.  On the rare occasions when that occurs, the predators usually starve and the prey survives in sufficient numbers to reproduce when conditions are right.

Except for humans.  We seem well on the way to doing a good job of offing ourselves, but it seems we’re also quite likely to take a lot of the rest of the planet with us.  Ah, well.  Maybe the cockroaches will do a better job.


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The Greenest Celebrity in Hollywood

Certainly there’s uber-enviro Ed Begley Jr., who has his own green reality-TV show (Living with Ed) and whose greenness is so notorious that an episode of The Simpsons had him driving a car powered by his sense of self-satisfaction.

Don’t count out Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governator, who as California’s head has ensured that the state remains No. 1 in the nation when it comes to tackling climate change — though he hasn’t shaken his Hummer habit.

And of course there’s Leonardo DiCaprio, who proves conclusively that, contrary to what many conservatives think, earth-friendly habits needn’t preclude you from a rich lifestyle of award-winning film performances and rampant supermodel-dating.

But the greenest of them all may be a name that’s less known: More…


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From the Environment News Service

RECOVERY
DAWNS FOR HUMPBACKS AND SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES


GLAND, Switzerland, August 14, 2008
(ENS)
– The humpback whale and other species of large whales are now
more secure against extinction than they have been in the recent past,
according to the latest cetacean update of the 2008 Red List of Threatened
Species released on Tuesday by the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature. But while some large whales are doing better, most
small coastal and freshwater cetaceans are moving closer to the brink.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2008/2008-08-14-01.asp


BEIJING
AIR IMPROVES, OLYMPIC VILLAGE EARNS LEED GOLD


BEIJING, China, August 13, 2008
(ENS)
– Beijing’s air quality has improved, with the sky clearly
visible today after rains on Sunday and Monday reduced the air pollution,
heat and mugginess that made Olympic athletes, visitors and residents
uncomfortable for days. The Beijing Olympic Village Wednesday received a
LEED gold award from the U.S. Green Building Council, certifying that the
buildings meet criteria for sustainability and energy efficiency.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2008/2008-08-13-01.asp


August
14, 2008

Product
Safety Law Signed Today Bans Toxic Toys

U.S.-Mexico
Border Governors Strategize to Green Their Economies

Stormwater
Overflows to Chesapeake Bay Focus of Court Battle

Small
Solar Power Generators Need Grid Interface Help

Louisiana
to Invest $1 Billion in Coastal Protection, Restoration

Army
Privatizes $100 Million Fort Ord Explosives Cleanup

Wyoming
Judge Again Blocks Roadless Area Conservation Rule


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News from the Environment News Service

INTERNATIONAL
WHALING COMMISSION MAKES LITTLE PROGRESS

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 1, 2008 (ENS) – The International
Whaling Commission wound up its annual meeting here Friday without
achieving new protections for whales or resolving the deep rifts that
divide the member governments into pro-whaling and pro-conservation
factions. The meeting centered on the future of the commission with only
brief clashes between the two factions, due to a strategy of avoiding
votes and attempting to reach consensus through discussion.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2008/2008-07-01-02.asp



EXTREME
WEATHER EVENTS PREDICTED FOR WARMING NORTH AMERICA

WASHINGTON, DC, July 1, 2008 (ENS) – Atlanta
is thirsty, New York is sizzling, Des Moines is flooded – all these
situations have happened this year, and a new federal government report
predicts an increasing frequency of the same kinds of extremes across
North America as the planet warms. “This report addresses one of the most
frequently asked questions about global warming – what will happen to
weather and climate extremes?” said report co-chair Tom Karl, PhD, who
directs the National Climatic Data Center.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2008/2008-07-01-01.asp

Big Sur
Evacuated as Wildfires Race to the California Coast

Rhode
Island Court Gives Lead Paint Jury Verdict the Brush-Off

Habitat
Protection Sought for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Georgia
Judge Yanks Coal Power Permit on Climate Concerns

Conservationists
to Buy 500 Square Miles of Montana Timberlands

Zarco 66
Opens Earth Friendly Fuels Station in Kansas

Puget
Sound Water Quality Bill Debuts in Congress


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ENS


COOLING EARTH’S CLIMATE AS A MATTER OF FAITH

NEW YORK, New York, December 24, 2007 (ENS)World Council of Churches General Secretary Dr. Samuel Kobia is calling concerns about climate change “a matter of faith” and says the Christian faith community must be at the vanguard of the response to global warming. Across the United States, religious leaders working to curb climate change include Rev. Sally Bingham, whose title is “environmental minister” at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-24-01.asp




KATHMANDU, Nepal, December 24, 2007 (ENS)To commemorate the Ghunsa tragedy, in which the lives of 24 conservationists from the Nepalese government and WWF were lost in a helicopter crash, the government of Nepal has announced the designation of four new high altitude Wetlands of International Importance.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-24-03.asp


Treacherous Weather Plagues Holiday Travelers

Pennsylvania Invests $20 Million in Community Recycling

Congress Earmarks $3 Million to Reopen EPA Libraries

Green Carts Will Bring Fresh Produce to New Yorkers

Florida Identifies 272 Impaired Waterbodies for Cleanup

Iowans Want Energy Conservation Before New Coal Plants

Bankrupt W.R. Grace Puts $32 Million Into Superfund Cleanup

PG&E First in the Nation to Buy Wave Energy

Climate Satellite Group Defines Earth’s Water Changes


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From the Environment News Service (ENS)


AUSTRALIA WANTS JAPANESE WHALERS OUT OF WHALE SANCTUARY

CANBERRA, Australia, December 20, 2007 (ENS) – With less than three weeks in office, the new Australian government is planning diplomatic and legal action against Japan’s so-called “research” whaling. Much Japanese whaling takes place in the Australian Whale Sanctuary in the Southern Ocean, where the Japanese whaling fleet is right now, pursuing whales.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-20-01.asp



ARSENIC IN RICE THREATENS ASIAN PUBLIC HEALTH

ROME, Italy, December 20, 2007 (ENS) – Improved irrigation practices in Asia could reduce the high levels of arsenic found in rice, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, said Wednesday, warning of the increased food safety risk posed by the toxic substance.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-20-04.asp



STUDY: THAILAND COULD SUPPORT 2,000 TIGERS

NEW YORK, New York, December 20, 2007 (ENS) – Conservationists estimate that today 5,000 tigers remain in the wild, down from 100,000 tigers that inhabited Asia alone just 150 years ago. Now, a new study
of the potential for tigers to survive in Thailand has hope soaring that the endangered big cats may not be headed for extinction.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-20-02.asp


Cloned Animals to be Tracked for Food Processors

Million Tons of CO2 Will Be Injected Under Illinois

Off Road Vehicle Damage Closes North Carolina Trails

Winter Forecast Shows Little Drought Relief for Southeast

Bacteria Keep Undersea Methane Out of the Atmosphere

Colorado Water District Ordered to Restore River


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From the Environment News Service


FUTUREGEN, WORLD’S CLEANEST COAL PLANT, SITED IN ILLINOIS

WASHINGTON, DC, December 18, 2007 (ENS)A consortium of some of
the world’s largest coal companies and electric utilities has selected
the small east-central Illinois town of Mattoon for FutureGen, a $1.4
billion coal-fueled power plant that is planned as the cleanest in the
world. The FutureGen Alliance today announced that Mattoon was chosen
over three other sites in Tuscola, Illinois; Jewett, Texas; and Odessa,
Texas.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-18-01.asp



TWO NEW MAMMALS FOUND IN REMOTE NEW GUINEA

ARLINGTON, Virginia, December 18, 2007 (ENS)A miniscule possum
and an enormous rat were recorded by scientists as probable new species
on a recent expedition to a remote and virtually unknown area of
Indonesia in the pristine wilderness of western New Guinea’s Foja
Mountains. “It’s comforting to know that there is a place on earth so
isolated that it remains the absolute realm of wild nature,” said
Conservation International Vice President Bruce Beehler, who led the
expedition.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-18-03.asp



SENATE PASSES FARM BILL STRONG ON BIOENERGY, CONSERVATION

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2007 (ENS) – The U.S. Senate Friday
approved a $286 billion farm bill shepherded through by Senator Tom
Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the Agriculture Committee. The measure
improves farm income protection and makes investments for the future in
energy, conservation, nutrition and rural development initiatives. The
final vote count was 79-14, more than enough to turn back a veto threat
by President Bush.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-17-01.asp



COUNTRIES AGREE TO WRITE NEW CLIMATE ACTION PACT

NUSA DUA Bali, Indonesia, December 15, 2007 (ENS)Governments
meeting in Bali today agreed to launch negotiations towards a
strengthened international climate change pact as a successor to the
Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012. “This is a real
breakthrough, a real opportunity for the international community to
successfully fight climate change,” said Indonesian Environment
Minister and President of the conference, Rachmat Witoelar.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-15-01.asp


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Whalers to be tracked

The Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, set his country on a diplomatic collision course with Japan yesterday amid reports that he plans to send an armed vessel to monitor a whaling expedition to the Southern Ocean.

Japan’s annual scientific hunt plans to slaughter more than 1,000 whales in the area this year, but it is the plan to kill 50 humpbacks – a protected species – that has most angered anti-whaling nations….

Whalers to be tracked | Environment | The Guardian


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Is a Hummer more energy-efficient than a Prius?

Some wonderful urban legends have sprung up about the Prius and its battery, the most colorful being this claim about the hybrid being less ecofriendly than a Hummer. Some of the more thrilling chapters originated in one study done by a marketing company that was not peer-reviewed but, unfortunately, was widely quoted in the media. Writer George Will, who is syndicated in 450 papers, penned an April column on the topic, headlined “Use a Hummer to Crush a Prius.” The story was also pumped into the Internet-disinformation pipeline by gleeful bullies for whom size is apparently quite important, and before long the Prius had morphed into a sort of traveling toxic-waste dump trailing clouds of diabolical fossil-fuel exhaust.

You can disprove most of the false claims by doing a bit of math. … Mr. Green


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From The Environment News Service


FIRST U.S. CLIMATE EMISSIONS CONTROL BILL HEADS TO SENATE FLOOR

By J.R. Pegg
WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2007 (ENS)
A Senate
committee approved a landmark global warming bill Wednesday night,
calling on the nation to cut greenhouse gas emissions some 70 percent
by 2050. Although the measure faces an uphill battle in the full
Senate, proponents say the vote signals a growing consensus within
Congress and among the American public that the United States needs to
take more aggressive action to tackle global warming.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-06-10.asp



SHOSHONE USE FILM, COURTS TO FIGHT GOLD MINE ON SACRED LAND

By Lisa J. Wolf
CRESCENT VALLEY, Nevada, December 6, 2007 (ENS)
The
32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival presented Western Shoshone
grandmother Carrie Dann with the Eagle Spirit award for best overall
contribution in American Indian cinema at an awards ceremony November
27. “Our Land, Our Life,” the film that shows the Western Shoshones’
determined struggle to maintain their way of life, won the festival’s
Best Documentary award.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-06-01.asp


VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE

NUSA DUA, Bali, Indonesia, December 5, 2007 (ENS)Adaptations to
climate change that are working for farmers in the Sudan and China,
flood-prone cities in Argentina and Uruguay, and Caribbean islands at
risk of dengue fever, among others, were presented in a new report at
the United Nations climate conference now underway in Bali. Hosted by
the government of Indonesia, the conference brings together
representatives of more than 180 governments.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-05-01.asp



OIL DEVELOPERS PERMITTED TO PENETRATE PRISTINE UPPER AMAZON

WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2007 (ENS)One of the most intact and
biodiverse rainforest regions on Earth, located in the Upper Amazon
Basin on the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border, is now threatened by imminent
oil development, warns a conservation organization based in Washington
with close ties to its counterpart groups in South America. Known as
the Napo Moist Forest ecosystem, this remote region is home to
uncontacted indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation.


http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2007/2007-12-04-02.asp


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Another Reason for Legalization? I ain’t sayin’, I’m just postin’…

Imagine you and your family buy a piece of country property on a quiet dirt road far from neighbors and highways. One of the selling points of your parcel was a year-round creek up at the north end; you’ve seen mergansers, turtles, and fish on your stretch of the creek. But one day you notice the taste of gasoline in your drinking water.

You must be mistaken—your well is spring-fed and you had it tested for mineral and bacterial contamination before you purchased the property. You test again, and this time the sample indicates serious diesel contamination. Further investigation leads to a “fake house” nestled in trees on the other side of the creek. The building looks like a residence, but it’s only home to several hundred marijuana plants. The diesel tank for the system’s generators—necessary to power about forty 1,000-watt lamps, some on eighteen hours a day, some twelve—is leaking gallons of diesel into the soil, the creek, and the groundwater.

Greening the Green « Terrain Magazine, Winter 2007 « Ecology Center