Ecological Internet: U.S. Supreme Court Must Rule for Carbon

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Via Ecological Internet & Climate Ark:

U.S. Supreme Court Must Rule for Carbon

In one of the most important environmental cases ever to come before the U.S. Supreme Court, climate change and the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions will be ruled upon by the nation’s highest court for the first time. In essence, the case will put the evidence for climate change “on trial” to determine whether the available data are enough to say that CO2 emissions pose a threat to the public’s wellbeing. The case is Massachusetts vs. EPA, 05-1120. Essentially two questions are at issue: can the U.S. government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate CO2, and if it can, is it required to. The Clean Air Act mandates the EPA to regulate emissions from mobile sources that “cause, or contribute to, air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.” A later section of the law defines welfare to include weather and climate effects.

The case turns on whether the U.S. EPA has the authority under the 36-year-old Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide as an air pollutant. Vehicle tailpipe emission standards are the main point of contention. California’s effort to regulate automobile tailpipe emissions, adopted by 11 other states, is under the court’s microscope. Last year, a group of 12 US states and several non-profit environmental groups led by Massachusetts sued the EPA, claiming that this law obligates the EPA to regulate cars’ CO2 emissions. California has issued its own rules that would force car makers to improve vehicle mileage, and 10 other states have followed suit. The case also is expected to define EPA authority to regulate power plant and other industrial emissions. The EPA maintains it has no authority under the Clean Air Act to do so, and even if it had the ability, regulations are inappropriate. It favors, instead, national and international “voluntary partnerships” over mandatory rules covering domestic industries.

The court’s decision which is expected in June 2007, with oral arguments scheduled as soon as late November or early December of this year, could hasten U.S. mitigation of greenhouse-gas emissions – or bring action to a disappointing halt. If victorious, the Supreme Court could send the matter back to the EPA with orders to take up global warming in a way that would lead to a set of rules mandating emission cuts. Surprisingly it is not only environmentalists that desire a “yes” answer, as many economic sectors desire consistent greenhouse gas regulation. […]

With a decade to avert global warming catastrophe, let the U.S. Supreme Court know carbon dioxide is clearly by both science and law a pollutant, causing climate change mayhem, and as such must be regulated – even if it means given lack of political leadership “legislating from the bench”.

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Ecological Internet: Oppose Oil Production in Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

UPDATE, 1/20/07, via Ecological Internet:

“Save America’s Forests” reports on a stunning partial victory in the international campaign to end oil exploration and production in the world’s “protected” rainforests, in this case in Ecuador. Many key demands in Ecological Internet’s longstanding campaign below have been met, including greater protection for indigeneous peoples and protected rainforests from oil and logging. Please choose to send the updated alert below, a congratulatory email that asks for the designation to be expanded to all of Yasuni and other Ecuador protected areas.

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Via Rainforest Portal / Ecological Internet:

Action Alert: Oppose Oil Production in Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park

In two separate letters delivered to the Ecuadorian government, a group of over 40 Yasuni scientists (known as the Scientists Concerned for Yasuni) and 6 international NGOs have criticized Petrobras’ new Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of their new “roadless” plan to build oil production facilities in Ecuador’s world class Yasuní National Park. Although both letters praise Ecuador for stopping Petrobras from building an access road into Yasuni National Park, they emphasize that the new project design (construction and operation of 2 drilling platforms, flow lines, a processing facility and pipeline) will cause major impacts to the region’s biodiversity and indigenous peoples. […]

The Ecuadorian government must be urged to NOT approve the study and to cancel the project, as oil exploration and protected area status are simply incompatible.

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Ecological Internet: Severe Australian Drought Caused by Climate Change, Leave Your Coal in the Ground!

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Via Climate Ark & Ecological Internet:

Action Alert: Severe Australian Drought Caused by Climate Change, Leave Your Coal in the Ground!

Australia is currently experiencing extreme drought as a result of abrupt climate change, and the nation is undergoing unprecedented discussion of global heating reminiscent of America’s own post-Katrina reckoning. Half of arable agricultural land is becoming wasteland and farmers have received some $2 billion in drought assistance hand-outs since 2001. A report released recently by the conservation group WWF puts Australia’s consumption habits among the 10 worst in the world, with 6.6 hectares of land and water required to support each person. Unsustainable Australian lifestyles including native forest clearing and wasteful water use threatens their continent’s fragile ecosystems, and the drought is a precursor of Australian and global ecosystem collapse to come. Further, Australia’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions are among the highest in the world. And Australia’s economy is based heavily upon the deadly coal fossil fuel industry which exerts undue political influence. […]

To address their current climate caused drought emergency, Australia simply must ratify the Kyoto Protocol immediately and engage seriously in negotiations to further establish global mandatory emissions cuts for all nations that are equitable and adequate to achieve what climate science indicates is necessary to conserve the global climatic system. The best estimate is that emissions must be cut as soon as possible by 60-75%, a level which requires Australia forgoing the burning of their coal resources. Though clearly imperfect and inadequate, Kyoto represents mechanisms for establishing, implementing, monitoring and extending emission reductions globally. Difficult international negotiations lie ahead, to achieve equitable reductions in emissions by all countries sufficient to stabilize the global atmosphere. Australia must stop its obstruction of international climate policies. Allowing Australia to continue jeopardizing decades of negotiations which establish an emissions regulation framework is unacceptable. Tell them so below!

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Ecological Internet: An Appeal for South India’s Wild Elephants

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Via Ecological Internet and EcoEarth.info:

Action Alert: An Appeal for South India’s Wild Elephants

Elephant populations in most ranges are thought to be declining due to a combination of factors, the main ones being habitat loss due to expanding human settlement, increasing resource demands, and habitat fragmentation. Habitat fragmentation leads to the isolation of populations, and for wide-ranging animals, it may result in several isolated populations that are too small to be viable. Furthermore, inbreeding depression can exacerbate loss of genetic viability due to small population size, eventually leading to population extinction. For these reasons it is imperative that immediate efforts be focused towards protecting known key populations and creating corridors that can facilitate animal migration and gene flow. […]

We are appealing to you to PLEASE immediately write to the Government of India, to DEMAND that they get serious about protecting South India’s wild elephants!

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Ecological Internet: Southeast Asia’s Burning Rainforests and Peatland Threaten World’s Climate

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Via Climate Ark and Ecological Internet:

Southeast Asia’s Burning Rainforests and Peatland Threaten World’s Climate

On November 6th governments from all over the world will be meeting in Nairobi for the second meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 2) and the 12th Conference of Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP 12) – the year’s most important United Nations climate change talks. To date international policy discussions have largely ignored the destruction and burning of Southeast Asia’s rainforest peatlands. These wet, swampy rainforests are drained to be cleared for agricultural plantations, and as they dry their peat filled soils are highly susceptible to long burning, carbon and methane rich fires. Peatland fires have for years been one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions – accounting for the equivalent of some 15% of all global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. Hundreds of peat and forest fires are once again burning across Borneo, Sumatra and Java. Unless the international community acts quickly, Southeast Asia’s emissions of carbon and methane from burning peatlands alone may lead to dangerous climate change including massive sea level rises and mass extinctions. […]

Yet it is not too late to save and restore these vital rainforest peatland carbon stores. Remaining untouched peatlands must be protected from drainage and fires, and drained peat can be re-flooded and restored. At the Nairobi Conference, governments must address the crisis in Southeast Asia’s peatlands and forests as a top priority. […]

Please add your voice and tell national Nairobi conference delegates to act now to save Southeast Asia’s peatlands and rainforests, before it is too late not only for those precious ecosystems and the people who depend on them, but for the future of the global climate.

Ecological Internet: Say No to Industrial Mining in French Guyana’s Ancient Rainforests

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Via Ecological Internet’s Rainforest Portal:

Say No to Industrial Mining in French Guyana’s Ancient Rainforests

The French government will soon decide whether to grant the last required environmental license for industrial open-air gold mining in the primary rainforests of French Guyana by the Canadian multinational Cambior. The site chosen for the project covers 30 square kilometers of protected rainforests including numers nature reserves. Local peoples are protesting by organizing the “No to the Cambior project at Kaw Mountain” campaign made up of a coalition of 24 organizations in French Guyana against the gold mining activity.

The gold mining activities as planned by Cambior S.A. will devastate the ecology of these priceless tropical rainforests of Guyana and their inhabitants.

Read more and take action here.

UPDATE: The following update was sent out by Ecological Internet on 10/13/06:

VICTORY: French Guiana Rainforest Gold Mine Successfully Blocked; Ecological Internet’s Campaign Protest Given as Major Factor in Decision

French Guiana’s environmentalists are rejoicing as it became known yesterday that gold mining activities of Canadian multi-national Cambior in the heavily rainforested Kaw region in French Guiana have been blocked. In late September, Ecological Internet’s Earth Action Network mobilized, upon the request of local and international conservationists working in the area, a last ditch effort to protect the area from certain ruin – inundating government officials with tens of thousands of protest emails.

Read more here.

Ecological Internet: RAINFOREST ALERT: Malaysia Must Stop the Violence Against the Penan and Logging of Their Rainforests

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: GlenBarry [at] EcologicalInternet.org
Date: Jul 9, 2006 9:13 AM
Subject: RAINFOREST ALERT: Malaysia Must Stop the Violence Against the Penan and Logging of Their Rainforests

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!

ACTION ALERT
Malaysia Must Stop the Violence Against the Penan and Logging of
Their Rainforests

By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet, Inc.
http://www.rainforestportal.org/
July 9, 2006

TAKE ACTION
Insist Malaysian authorities respect native customary land rights and boundaries of Penan’s last remaining ancestral rainforest reserves

http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=penan

Malaysia’s indigenous Penan peoples are again resorting to logging road blockades to protect their native customary land rights and last remaining ancestral rainforest reserves. Logging workers of Malaysian Interhill logging have already dismantled a Penan logging road blockade near Ba Abang in the Middle Baram region of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo. Now the Police and Federal Reserve Unit are reportedly moving into the Baram region to break at the behest of Samling logging a long-standing second blockade erected by the Penan to protect the boundaries of their last remaining large rainforest expanse. There exists great potential yet again in Sarawak for deadly violence against indigenous peoples striving to protect their way of life and rainforest habitats. And Malaysia’s government must be held accountable for the conduct of Malaysian logging companies there and throughout the world.

Take action now at: http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=penan

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Ecological Internet: WATER ALERT: Water More Precious than Gold, Stop Chile’s Pascua Lama Gold

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: GlenBarry [at] EcologicalInternet.org
Date: Jun 21, 2006 11:54 AM
Subject: WATER ALERT: Water More Precious than Gold, Stop Chile’s Pascua Lama Gold

LIST NOTE: After a much needed vacation, Ecological Internet has recommenced its normal activities. Thank you very much for helping us to reach our mid-year fund-raising goal. We are still seeking funds for capital expenditure of a new search server, so please continue to help out as much as you can at http://www.ecoearth.info/donate/

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PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!

ACTION ALERT

Water More Precious than Gold, Stop Chile’s Pascua Lama Gold Mine

By Water Conserve, project of Ecological Internet, Inc.
http://www.waterconserve.org/

June 21, 2006

TAKE ACTION

Glacier gold mine will taint pristine valley with cyanide http://www.waterconserve.org/alerts/send.asp?id=chile_gold_water

Canadian-based Barrick Gold plans to soon launch a gold mine in a remote Chilean valley that will destroy regional water supplies and devastate local sustainable agricultural practices. The proposed “Pascua Lama” mine will lead to the destruction of glaciers and contamination of the purest of water sources necessary for Chile’s well-being. As is typical for gold mining, the project will use cyanide and other toxic materials to extract small amounts of gold from huge volumes of mined ore. Toxic chemical waste including cyanide will be removed via drainage into nearby rivers, seriously polluting marvelously pure glacial fed rivers, and causing long-term environmental impacts for local peoples. In a first, glaciers abutting and partially covering the proposed mine will be destroyed, posing a threat to the ecosystem and further contaminating the source of local water supplies, seriously harming agriculture and quality of life in the region. Lack of global access to freshwater is the biggest immediate environmental threat to hundreds of millions of people. Global warming and deforestation are worsening this water crisis. Water is more precious than gold, and its accessibility must be a global human right that surpasses all other considerations. There can be no further destruction of natural water systems upon which humanity is utterly dependent upon for life. Let’s draw the line at Pascua Lama.

Take action:
http://www.waterconserve.org/alerts/send.asp?id=chile_gold_water

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RAINFOREST ALERT UPDATE: Chinese Olympic Committee Must Independently Prove Olympic Torch Not Burning World’s Rainforests

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: GlenBarry [at] EcologicalInternet.org
Date: Jun 11, 2006 7:32 AM
Subject: RAINFOREST ALERT UPDATE: Chinese Olympic Committee Must Independently Prove Olympic Torch Not Burning World’s Rainforests

ACTION ALERT UPDATE PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!

Chinese Olympic Committee Must Independently Prove Olympic Torch Not Burning World’s Rainforests

By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet, Inc.
http://www.RainforestPortal.org/
June 11, 2006

TAKE ACTION
Beijing Olympics 2008: Destroying Papua’s Ancient Rainforests to Raise the Olympic Torch
http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=olympic_timber

In April of 2006, Ecological Internet alerted the world to plans by the Chinese Olympic Committee to destroy ancient Papuan rainforests in Indonesia to construct facilities for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Since then our network has sent over one million protest emails to Chinese and Olympic officials, which even the authoritative Chinese government has been unable to ignore. In response the Chinese Olympic Committee has offered vague assurances that construction companies have “specifically prohibited the use of virgin timber”. But no independent proof is provided to back up these dubious promises. A country that hides the truth about Tiananmen Square and human rights is certainly capable of misleading regarding holding a “Green” Olympics. Chinese denial of using ancient rainforest timbers is therefore not credible without independent inspections and monitoring that verify this is in fact the case. Given the tawdry state of China’s own forests and the reality of huge imports of endangered timbers to meet domestic demand, it is highly unlikely construction of this scale (estimated to require millions of cubic meters of timber) could occur without using ancient rainforest timbers. The Chinese government and Olympic committee must commit to independent inspection to prove their claims. Otherwise the reputation of China and the Olympics will be irreparably tarnished. This campaign has only just begun.

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Ecological Internet: RAINFOREST ALERT UPDATE: Criticism Grows Over Pipeline Which Will Devastate the Amazon

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Note: You can read the entire update, as well as post a comment, here and here.

To take action, see Action Alert: Massive Gas Pipeline to Pierce the Amazon.

The following is excerpted from the action alert.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: GlenBarry [at] EcologicalInternet [dot] org
Date: Jun 4, 2006 4:45 PM
Subject: RAINFOREST ALERT UPDATE: Criticism Grows Over Pipeline Which Will Devastate the Amazon

ALERT UPDATE

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RAINFOREST CONSERVATION NEWS TODAY
Criticism Grows Over Pipeline Which Will Devastate the Amazon
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Rainforest Portal a project of Ecological Internet, Inc.
http://www.rainforestportal.org/ — Rainforest Portal
http://www.rainforestportal.org/news/ — Rainforest Newsfeed

TAKE ACTION:
Massive Gas Pipeline to Pierce the Amazon
http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=amazon_pipeline

June 4, 2006
OVERVIEW & COMMENTARY by Dr. Glen Barry, Rainforest Portal

Criticism Grows Over Pipeline Which Will Devastate the Amazon

Here is an important update on plans by Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina to build a massive natural gas pipeline through Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. In March, the Rainforest Portal and Ecological Internet took the lead in making this a global issue, as our network mobilized to campaign against this potentially 9,000 km long pipeline. The proposed project would pierce the heart of the Amazon – devastating rainforests, water resources, the climate and indigenous populations across a huge swathe of South America – and ensuring the destruction of the Amazon as a large, operable whole. The article indicates that opposition is growing and the pipeline’s prospects are fading. Let’s end this boondoggle now – please send now and forward widely the still current and urgent alert: Massive Gas Pipeline to Pierce the Amazon.

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