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Severn Suzuki at the United Nations, 1992

In Climate Change, Environment, Global Issues on February 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

 

It’s been almost 20 years, UN! Let’s do something!

Aerial fumigation causing more harm than good in Latin America

In Environment, Global Issues, Human Rights on January 13, 2011 at 2:26 am

While listening to Philip Borges’ talk on TED.com last night, one of the things he said really stuck with me. He talked about one of the tribes he photographed, who had been forced to move three times in 10 years because of aerial fumigation in their area. This forced me to think why we were resorting to such primitive measures in Latin America, of course with ridiculous mental images of Agent Orange and other chemicals back in the Vietnam days. So I decided to find out more about this phenomenon.

 

Latin America, as it is well-known, is the hub for most of the world’s cocaine, heroin and other illegal drugs. Colombia alone is the source of over 90 percent of the cocaine entering the United States. Countries like Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia are the main allies of the US, implementing its drug policies to stop the influx of these drugs into US soil. The numbers are shocking: over 750 tonnes of cocaine are shipped annually from the Andes worldwide in this multi-million dollar industry, and these amounts of production are consistently increasing. Read the rest of this entry »

First Electric Car!

In Environment, Global Issues on January 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

Electric, cool. Eco-friendly, not really.

So, Ford just released it’s first ever fully electric car, the Ford Focus Electric in the 2011 Consumer Electronic Show.  And yes, I think this is the coolest thing ever, and I can’t wait to buy this (if newer more efficient models are not on the line in 10 years or so) 🙂

Although this is a great concept, I wonder how efficient it really is. Here’s some stuff I find wrong with the idea of an electric car: Read the rest of this entry »

Step 1: Ban Plastic

In Environment, Global Issues on January 1, 2011 at 12:58 am

Italy bans plastic bags on New Year’s Day.

I can’t think of a better start to 2011.

🙂

1st World Trash, 3rd World Victims

In Development, Environment, Global Issues on December 29, 2010 at 3:44 am

How does American waste end up in a toxic dump in Nairobi, Kenya?

With another decade coming to an end, I decided to finally sell my first laptop by the end of this month. While trying to figure out how best to get rid of it, I came across this somewhat-horrifying picture of this toxic garbage dump in Nairobi, Kenya. This led me to wonder, “Exactly HOW would my laptop, of all things, end up thousands of miles away in a dump like this one?” A little bit of research yielded the true story behind how far our trash actually travels. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the cost of natural disaster?

In Development, Environment on December 16, 2010 at 5:33 am

Over 260,000 people died in 2010 due to natural disasters, and according to recent analyses, this has cost us all about $222 billion dollars. Most of the devastation occurred in Pakistan and Haiti, and were caused by climate-change related factors.

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The Story of Bottled Water

In Environment on December 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm

It tastes the same, looks the same, but costs MUCH more than your ordinary tapwater.

Upcoming blog on a related issue! 🙂