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Colombia Halts Hydrocarbon Exploration in World Heritage Area
BOGOTA, Colombia, March 5, 2012 (ENS) – Colombia’s Council of State has ordered a halt to exploration for oil and gas in the country’s Quindío region, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Coffee Cultural Landscape. The region produces some of the world’s highest quality coffee. Issued last week, the government decree requires …

Town of Wayne, NY, passes fracking moratorium, 2/17/20, “town board passed a one-year moratorium on hydrofracking”, posted by   AmoMi Bici shared a link via Ed Kwiatkowski, “big news for – New York State – many towns and cities following along”

NO to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing in Bulgaria

Dec 6, 2011, | “US corporation Shevron has won a contract with the Bulgarian Government – to study the shale gas deposits in North-Eastern Bulgaria. Shale gas extraction (through fracking) is proven to be harmful both to the environment and to the people, living in the area.  The people of Bulgaria are protesting this contract.”

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“12/5/11 – Protest against Chevron winning a contract with the Bulgarian Government to study fracking in North-Eastern Bulgaria. The Bulgarian government cancelled the permit on 1/17/12”
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$18 Billion judgement by Ecuador against Chevron affirmed by US Court of Appeals

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a major blow to Chevron’s efforts to evade responsibility for the devastation it caused in the Amazon rainforest of Northeastern Ecuador.

The appeals court reversed an order by District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan that purported to block enforcement of an $18 billion judgment delivered by an Ecuadorian court in February 2011

Here’s a related story,

Chevron contamination in Ecuador

Progress Energy looking to cancel main construction contract for building Levy County nuclear plant

Thursday, January 26, 201, | “Progress Energy plans to cancel the main development and construction contract for its proposed nuclear plant in Levy County, but its customers will have to keep paying in advance anyway.”


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Good Vibrations– Lessons from Fukushima…

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North Carolina Gets Great Clean Air News — Coal Power Plants retired, 1/18/12, “Great clean air news out of North Carolina today – the Sierra Club and four of our key allies are announcing a settlement that will retire 1,600-megawatts of dirty coal power. North Carolina has long been a clean air leader,…  Posted byThérèse Williams  “Under the terms of the settlement, Duke will retire old coal plants that have double the electric generating capacity of Cliffside, and will make those retirements legally binding. The Southern Environmental Law Center negotiated the settlement on behalf of Environmental Defense Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. For more about the settlement, read the joint press release.”


Reuters, 01/17/12,   “The Bulgarian government, preparing a full ban on shale gas drilling due to environmental concerns, on Tuesday cancelled a exploration permit for the unconventional energy source that it granted to U.S.”  Posted in the EI Eco Newsfeed, January 18, 2012.  Rosie Carnam, Virginia Bryan, Thérèse Williams, Christine Van den Meerssche, Kimberly Hatley-Cabot, Timothy Donald Jeffrey, Regina Siegel, Shirley Stone Nichols, Dawn Ti, and Paul Ward like this. 1 share

Safeguards on Natural Gas Drilling

8/29/11 “Today the Railroad Commission of Texas proposed a new rule for implementing HB 3328, the mandatory natural gas ‘fracking’ disclosure bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year. Under the Commission’s proposal, drillers of new natural gas wells will be required to begin reporting their use of chemicals, additives and base fluids as soon as the rules go into effect.” — 
Sierra Club, Texas Green Report

Anima Mundi documentary – Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Gaia theory

2011, | “When I first began researching for the Anima Mundi documentary (2011) I had assumed permaculture was about growing fruit and vegetables and that was pretty much it, but I was to learn that permaculture encompassed so much more including sustainable housing, self-employment, complimentary healthcare, education, economics and energy, especially embodied energy.”

For a short time my first documentary, Anima Mundi – Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Gaia theory is available to watch for free at Culture Unplugged, an online film festival. Anima Mundi is signed with a US distributor who has ripped me off, thus I have allowed the film to be shown free in their licensed territories by the festival.
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When I first began researching for the Anima Mundi documentary (2011) I had assumed permaculture was about growing fruit and vegetables and that wa

How Mushrooms Can Clean Up Radioactive Contamination – An 8 Step Plan

Saturday, 16th April 2011, | “Many people have written me and asked more or less the same question: ‘What would you do to help heal the Japanese landscape around the failing nuclear reactors?’  Here are 8 steps to cleaning up radioactive materials”

“How Mushrooms Can Clean Up Radioactive Contamination – An 8 Step Plan | Permaculture Magazine
*This article is crossposted from* Many people have written me and asked more or less the same question: “What would you do to help heal the Japanese landscape around the failing nuclear reactors?”
Robert Brothers “ideas are good news, facts are better. The fact mentioned here is that “Gomphidius glutinosus has been reported to absorb – via the mycelium – and concentrate radioactive Cesium 137 more than 10,000-fold over ambient background levels. Many other mycorrhizal mushroom species also hyper-accumulate.” The best news would be results of the use of these species, in terms of how long it takes for how many of them to absorb how much radiaation. Would anyone like to research this, using the sources that Stamets gives?”
Pedro Di Girólamo “You should Post this very good comment as a comment to this article in the original site (Permaculture Magazine) where it was published ^_o”
Erika Leonor Huerta Fuentes “En la naturaleza podemos encontrar el remedio a todos los males…cuántas especies se han extinguido y ya no podemos contar con ellas?”
GoodNews FortheEarth “Pedro, perhaps you could post it for me : )”
GoodNews FortheEarth “Erika, i think i understand most of what you wrote, except for the last part, so perhaps you could translate ? gracias : )”
Pedro Di Girólamo “Well; I will do it naming of course the Group ‘GoodNews For TheEarth’ ;-)”
Jeavonna Chapman “In nature we find the cure for all ills … how many species are extinct and we can not count on them?
Love Google Translate”

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Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants

March 15, 2011, | ” Germany will shut down all seven of its nuclear power plants that began operating before 1980 at least till June, the government said on Tuesday, leaving open whether they will ever start up again after Japan’s crisis.

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the closures, which will leave only 10 nuclear stations still generating, under a nuclear policy moratorium imposed as Japan faced a potential catastrophe at its earthquake-crippled Fukushima complex.”


UPDATE 3-Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants
* Only 10 of Germany’s 17 nuclear plants to stay open * About a third of German nuclear capacity to be shut down * Merkel’s conservatives face defeat in…”
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