June 22, 2001

Miscellaneous Subjects 91: 1. A Comment + 2. Urge Your Senators to Pass the Sudan Peace Act + 3. Letter to Bush re: Global Warming + 4. Department of Energy (DOE) Asks for Public Comments & The World of Free Energy + 5. Undersea methane hydrates + 6. Locust army marches on its stomach + 7. A PAIN IN THE ASIA & TRASH CAN-ADA & LOW-CALORIE DESERT + 8. THE LIGHTS ARE OFF, BUT EVERYBODY'S HOME


Hello everyone

I was hoping to be able to let you in on the Big Good News I mentioned in my last email to you, but some unforeseen circumstances have prevented me to be able to do so yet. So I'll keep you posted as soon as I'm able to break the news to you.

In the meantime, here is another compilation of mostly energy and environmental related information.

Wishing you all a good time - no matter what!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000

P.S. The Meditation Focus #41 will also follow shortly.


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."

— Albert Einstein


Check this:

Report: Bush Stunned by U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Size
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010617/ts/bush_nuclear_dc_1.html

Environmental heroes win Goldman Prize: A report on eight people from six countries awarded this most prestigious prize for environmental activism.
http://www.simedia.org/new/Goldmanprize2001.html

Helping the orphans of Ukraine: Tony Budell, founder of British Humanitarian Aid, has been taking convoys of humanitarian supplies to children in the Ukraine.
http://www.simedia.org/new/helping_orphans.html




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From: "Birgitta Storjohann" <b.storjohann@sympatico.ca>
Subject: Re: Miscellaneous Subjects 88
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001

Thank you Jean for this most valuable information that attracts our attention to how urgent it is for us to wake up and to get moving for peace in one form or the other. These testimonies revive our courage to think and act differently. We can make the difference. Let's be together, have allegiance to our values and work in UNITY. We all want the same: live in a better world. But let's make sure there will be a world tomorrow.

Birgitta




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From: "Leti Guerra" <letiguerra@hotmail.com>
Subject: Urge Your Senators to Pass the Sudan Peace Act
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001

Hi!

The House of Representatives just took a historic step against slavery and genocide in Sudan. Now, your voice is vital in getting the Senate to follow suit.

International oil companies (that your mutual funds likely invest in!) are helping the Sudanese government fund slave raids against its own black African civilian population. But on Wednesday, June 13, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation barring these oil companies from the New York Stock Exchange. This is a landmark move - because it sends the message to companies that they cannot be partners to genocide and collect American capital investment.

To learn more about slavery in Sudan, see http://www.iAbolish.com .
To send a fax and e-mail to your Senator through an automated website, check out:

http://GetActiveHub.com/campaign/senate?rk=n7zkLdE1spqyW




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Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2001
From: lillian akersborg <lillakers@yahoo.com>
Subject: Letter to Bush re: Global Warming

Dear Jean,

Thank you again for all the amazing work you do to help keep us informed. This letter was in my e-mail, and should be sent to as many people as possible. Hopefully, you will include it one of your compilations.

Thank you,

Lillian Akersborg

Subject: Urge President to Honor Kyoto Commitments

President Bush recently announced that the United States Government will not honour its commitments under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gases.

The United States produce 25% of the world's carbon dioxide, a gas that is believed to be the main contributor to global warming. Rising global temperatures are known to raise sea levels, and change precipitation and other climate conditions. Changing climates alter forests, crop yields, and water supplies. It could also threaten human health, and harm birds, fish, and many types of ecosystems. An increase in weather-related disasters will occur, deserts may expand into existing range lands, densely populated coastal areas will flood and large numbers of people will have to move.

Show you disagree with the Bush Administration's decision to withdraw from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on Global Warming. Urge President Bush to review his policy in this matter and devise a comprehensive plan to reduce US emissions of greenhouse gases.

Please sign your name, town and country of residence at the bottom of this e-mail, copy the entire text of this e-mail (do NOT use the forward button), into a new message and send it to as many people as possible and send a Cc of this e-mail to the White House at president@whitehouse.gov to show Mr. Bush the world is watching.




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Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001
From: Trevor <wharmony@iinet.net.au>
Subject: Department of Energy (DOE) Asks for Public Comments

Hello Jean, and thanks for your continued work and the mail-outs.

As you know there is a growing move towards free energy technology and also a great deal of pressure building against fossil fuels and nuclear power. You have seen my support for Dr. Steven Greer's initiative. Now there is another opportunity, for those of us who are aware of these new energy technologies, to make ourselves heard and press for funding and support for these technologies.

The following is a mailout I have sent to about 250 people. I am urging everyone to do the same while each of us writes a personal letter or email to Ms. Bonny Overton (details below) then the message may get through. I intend working on a letter today that I can copy to you if you are interested as a sample?

Best regards... Trevor

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ENERGY POLICY FORUM

US Department of Energy (DOE)

Asks For Public Comments - June 29 Deadline

This is your chance to have a say about the future of our planet!

Hi everyone,

Before you do anything about this please read the abridged article below by Peter Lindemann. It may give you some ideas about what is possible such as reversing global warming by accessing a new source of non-polluting energy that will one day be made available to everyone on this planet.

I believe society should be focusing on and investing in new energy systems such as those listed in Peter's article. You might even want to quote some, if not all, of the information in the article to get your point across.

You can email your suggestions to the DOE (address below) although more notice will be taken of a personalised letter. Furthermore, your suggestion will carry more weight if you are concise, non-judgemental and positive. And, remember, make sure your letter is delivered well before the deadline.

Please pass this information on to your friends, neighbors, acquaintances, associates, co-workers, etc. If you live outside the U.S. send it on to anyone you know who lives there.

Sincerely...

Trevor Osborne

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Public Say on Energy Efficiency and Renewable

Energy Programs Scheduled

The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the locations and details of seven public meetings that will be held across the country throughout the month of June. The first-of-its-kind public outreach effort will allow the public, elected officials and energy experts to provide the department with information regarding the current funding and historic performance of its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs. These meetings are one part of a comprehensive review of the programs caglled for in President Bush's National Energy Policy released last month.

"Energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy resources are critical elements of the President's National Energy Policy," said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. "The public's input at these meetings will help us identify opportunities for future research and investment while assessing our past effectiveness in these areas."

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy funds research, development, demonstration and deployment of affordable, advanced energy technologies and practices in five energy sectors -- buildings, industry, transportation, power generation and delivery, and federal government facilities.

Comments offered at these meetings should address the objectives of the current energy efficiency and renewable energy research, development, demonstration and deployment programs; suggested potential objectives for future programs; implementation of current and future programs; and whether these federal programs are achieving intended objectives.

Each meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. the department will receive comments from public officials only. Details on the locations and dates of the meetings follows:

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June 26 Washington, D. C. - Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D. C.

Written comments will be accepted but must be submitted to the department by 5:00 p.m. EDT, June 29, 2001.

Written comments should be no more than four single spaced pages, using 12 pitch font and 1 inch margins. All written comments will be included in the proceedings of the seven public meetings.

Comments may be sent to: Ms. Bonny Overton, U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, EE 3.1, 1000 Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, DC 20585, or via electronic mail to EERENEP.comments@ee.doe.gov

Copies of the National Energy Policy can be found on the web at http://www.energy.gov/

For further information about EERE programs, please visit http://www.eren.doe.gov/

Media Contact:

Jill Schroeder 202/586-4940, Chris Kielich 202/586-5806

Release No. R-01-092

Release Date: June 07, 2001

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NOTE FROM JEAN: Lots of amazing free-energy technologies available NOW - I especially enjoyed and approved of the conclusion of this article below...

The following is an excerpt. The full version is available at: http://www.escribe.com/science/keelynet/m10192.html

The World of Free Energy

By Peter Lindemann, D.Sc.

In the late 1880's, trade journals in the electrical sciences were predicting "free electricity" in the near future. Incredible discoveries about the nature of electricity were becoming common place. Nikola Tesla was demonstrating "wireless lighting" and other wonders associated with high frequency currents. There was an excitement about the future like never before.

Within 20 years, there would be automobiles, airplanes, movies, recorded music, telephones, radio, and practical cameras. The Victorian Age was giving way to something totally new. For the first time in history, common people were encouraged to envision a utopian future, filled with abundant modern transportation and communication, as well as jobs, housing and food for everyone. Disease would be conquered, and so would poverty. Life was getting better, and this time, everyone was going to get "a piece of the pie." So, what happened? In the midst of this technological explosion, where did the energy breakthroughs go? Was all of this excitement about "free electricity", which happened just before the beginning of the last century, all just wishful thinking that "real science" eventually disproved?

Current State of Technology

Actually, the answer to that question is NO. In fact, the opposite is true. Spectacular energy technologies were developed right along with the other breakthroughs. Since that time, multiple methods for producing vast amounts of energy at extremely low cost have been developed. None of these technologies have made it to the "open" consumer market as an article of commerce, however. Exactly why this is true will be discussed shortly. But first, I would like to describe to you a short list of "free energy" technologies that I am currently aware of, and that are proven beyond all reasonable doubt. The common feature connecting all of these discoveries, is that they use a small amount of one form of energy to control or release a large amount of a different kind of energy. Many of them tap the underlying aether in some way; a source of energy conveniently ignored by "modern" science.

1) Radiant Energy.

Nikola Tesla's Magnifying Transmitter, T. Henry Moray's Radiant Energy Device, Edwin Gray's EMA Motor, and Paul Baumann's Testatika Machine all run on Radiant Energy. This natural energy form can be gathered directly from the environment (mistakenly called "static" electricity) or extracted from ordinary electricity by the method called "fractionation." Radiant Energy can perform the same wonders as ordinary electricity, at less than 1% of the cost. It does not behave exactly like electricity, however, which has contributed to the scientific community's misunderstanding of it. The Methernitha Community in Switzerland currently has 5 or 6 working models of fuelless, self-running devices that tap this energy.

2) Permanent Magnets.

Dr. Robert Adams (NZ) has developed astounding designs of electric motors, generators and heaters that run on permanent magnets. One such device draws 100 watts of electricity from the source, generates 100 watts to recharge the source, and produces over 140 BTU's of heat in two minutes! Dr. Tom Bearden (USA) has two working models of a permanent magnet powered electrical transformer. It uses a 6-watt electrical input to control the path of a magnetic field coming out of a permanent magnet. By channeling the magnetic field, first to one output coil and then a second output coil, and by doing this repeatedly and rapidly in a "Ping-Pong" fashion, the device can produce a 96-watt electrical output with no moving parts. Bearden calls his device a Motionless Electromagnetic Generator, or MEG. Jean-Louis Naudin has duplicated Bearden's device in France. The principles for this type of device were first disclosed by Frank Richardson (USA) in 1978. Troy Reed (USA) has working models of a special magnetized fan that heats up as it spins. It takes exactly the same amount of energy to spin the fan whether it is generating heat or not. Beyond these developments, multiple inventors have identified working mechanisms that produce motor torque from permanent magnets alone.

3) Mechanical Heaters.

There are two classes of machines that transform a small amount of mechanical energy into a large amount of heat. The best of these purely mechanical designs are the rotating cylinder systems designed by Frenette (USA) and Perkins (USA). In these machines, one cylinder is rotated within another cylinder with about an eighth of an inch of clearance between them. The space between the cylinders is filled with a liquid such as water or oil, and it is this "working fluid" that heats up as the inner cylinder spins. Another method uses magnets mounted on a wheel to produce large eddy currents in a plate of aluminium, causing the aluminium to heat up rapidly. These magnetic heaters have been demonstrated by Muller (Canada), Adams (NZ) and Reed (USA). All of these systems can produce ten times more heat than standard methods using the same energy input.

4) Super-Efficient Electrolysis.

Water can be broken into Hydrogen and Oxygen using electricity. Standard chemistry books claim that this process requires more energy than can be recovered when the gases are recombined. This is true only under the worst case scenario. When water is hit with its own molecular resonant frequency, using a system developed by Stan Meyers (USA) and again recently by Xogen Power, Inc., it collapses into Hydrogen and Oxygen gas with very little electrical input. Also, using different electrolytes (additives that make the water conduct electricity better) changes the efficiency of the process dramatically. It is also known that certain geometric structures and surface textures work better than others do. The implication is that unlimited amounts of Hydrogen fuel can be made to drive engines (like in your car) for the cost of water. Even more amazing is the fact that a special metal alloy was patented by Freedman (USA) in 1957 that spontaneously breaks water into Hydrogen and Oxygen with no outside electrical input and without causing any chemical changes in the metal itself. This means that this special metal alloy can make Hydrogen from water for free, forever.

5) Implosion/Vortex.

All major industrial engines use the release of heat to cause expansion and pressure to produce work, like in your car engine. Nature uses the opposite process of cooling to cause suction and vacuum to produce work, like in a tornado. Viktor Schauberger (Austria) was the first to build working models of Implosion Engines in the 1930's and 1940's. Since that time, Callum Coats has published extensively on Schauberger's work in his book Living Energies and subsequently, a number of researchers have built working models of Implosion Turbine Engines. These are fuelless engines that produce mechanical work from energy accessed from a vacuum. There are also much simpler designs that use vortex motions to tap a combination of gravity and centrifugal force to produce a continuous motion in fluids.

6) Cold Fusion.

In March 1989, two Chemists from Brigham Young University in Utah (USA) announced that they had produced atomic fusion reactions in a simple tabletop device. The claims were "debunked" within 6 months and the public lost interest. Nevertheless, Cold Fusion is very real. Not only has excess heat production been repeatedly documented, but also low energy atomic element transmutation has been catalogued, involving dozens of different reactions! This technology definitely can produce low cost energy and scores of other important industrial processes.

7) Solar Assisted Heat Pumps.

The refrigerator in your kitchen is the only "free energy machine" you currently own. It's an electrically operated heat pump. It uses one amount of energy (electricity) to move three amounts of energy (heat). This gives it a "co-efficient of performance" (COP) of about 3. Your refrigerator uses one amount of electricity to pump three amounts of heat from the inside of the refrigerator to the outside of the refrigerator. This is its typical use, but it is the worst possible way to use the technology. Here's why. A heat pump pumps heat from the "source" of heat to the "sink" or place that absorbs the heat. The "source" of heat should obviously be HOT and the "sink" for heat should obviously be COLD for this process to work the best. In your refrigerator, it's exactly the opposite. The "source" of heat is inside the box, which is COLD, and the "sink" for heat is the room temperature air of your kitchen, which is warmer than the source. This is why the COP remains low for your kitchen refrigerator. But this is not true for all heat pumps. COP's of 8 to 10 are easily attained with solar assisted heat pumps. In such a device, a heat pump draws heat from a solar collector and dumps the heat into a large underground absorber, which remains at 55° F, and mechanical energy is extracted in the transfer. This process is equivalent to a steam engine that extracts mechanical energy between the boiler and the condenser, except that it uses a fluid that "boils" at a much lower temperature than water. One such system that was tested in the 1970's produced 350 hp, measured on a Dynamometer, in a specially designed engine from just 100-sq. ft. of solar collector. (This is NOT the system promoted by Dennis Lee.) The amount of energy it took to run the compressor (input) was less than 20 hp, so this system produced more than 17 times more energy than it took to keep it going! It could power a small neighborhood from the roof of a hot tub gazebo, using exactly the same technology that keeps the food cold in your kitchen. Currently, there is an industrial scale heat pump system just north of Kona, Hawaii that generates electricity from temperature differences in ocean water.

There are dozens of other systems that I have not mentioned, many of them are as viable and well tested as the ones I have just recounted. But this short list is sufficient to make my point: free energy technology is here, now. It offers the world pollution-free, energy abundance for everyone, everywhere. It is now possible to stop the production of "greenhouse gases" and shut down all of the nuclear power plants. We can now desalinate unlimited amounts of seawater at an affordable price, and bring adequate fresh water to even the most remote habitats. Transportation costs and the production costs for just about everything can drop dramatically. Food can even be grown in heated greenhouses in the winter, anywhere. All of these wonderful benefits that can make life on this planet so much easier and better for everyone have been postponed for decades. Why? Whose purposes are served by this postponement?

The Opportunity

What is starting to happen is that inventors are publishing their work, instead of patenting it and keeping it secret. More and more, people are "giving away" information on these technologies in books, videos and websites. While there is still a great deal of useless information about free energy on the Internet, the availability of good information is rising rapidly. Check out the list of websites and other resources at the end of this article.

It is imperative that you begin to gather all of the information you can on real free energy systems. The reason for this is simple. Focus on what you can do now, not on how much there still is to be done. Small, private research groups are working out the details as you read this. Many are committed to publishing their results on the Internet.

If we stand up and refuse to remain ignorant and action-less, we can change the course of history. It is the aggregate of our combined action that can make a difference. Only the mass action that represents our consensus can create the world we want. Nevertheless, free energy technology is here. It is real, and it will change everything about the way we live, work and relate to each other. In the last analysis, free energy technology obsoletes greed and the fear for survival. But like all exercises of Spiritual Faith, we must first manifest the generosity and trust in our own lives.

The Source of Free Energy is INSIDE of us. It is that excitement of expressing ourselves freely. It is our Spiritually guided intuition expressing itself without distraction, intimidation or manipulation. It is our open-heartedness. Ideally, the free energy technologies underpin a just society where everyone has enough food, clothing, shelter, self-worth, and the leisure time to contemplate the higher Spiritual meanings of Life. Do we not owe it to each other, to face our fears, and take action to create this future for our children's children?

LIST OF RESOURCES:

Books:

Living Energies by Callum Coats

The Free Energy Secrets of Cold Electricity by Peter Lindemann, D.Sc.

Applied Modern 20th Century Aether Science by Dr. Robert Adams

Physics Without Einstein by Dr. Harold Aspden

Secrets of Cold War Technology by Gerry Vassilatos

The Coming Energy Revolution by Jeanne Manning

Websites:

http://www2.murray.net.au/users/egel/content1.htm
developed by Geoff Egel in Australia. Best free-energy site on the net!

http://www.free-energy.cc/
developed by Clear Tech, Inc. and Dr. Peter Lindemann

http://jnaudin.free.fr/
developed by JLN Labs in France

http://www.1dove.com/fe/index.html
Jim's Free Energy Page in the USA

http://www.keelynet.com/
developed by Jerry Decker in the USA

http://www.xogen.com
site for super electrolysis technology

http://www.rumormillnews.com
excellent site for all kinds of alternative news, with many links

Patents: (most can be viewed at http://www.delphion.com/) This list is nothing more than a sample of inventions that produce free energy.




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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001
From: BILL D <tanchu@webworkz.com>
Subject: Undersea methane hydrates

Hi Jean,

This could be an answer to many complex situations, maybe survival of the masses....be well

"M. Torell" <eyrehead1@h...> wrote: The Bushies are trying to stampede Americans into a crisis mentality. But it's really odd, somehow Cheney's secret energy commission is missing the greatest resource, undersea methane hydrates, available off almost every coast, their recovery already being R&D'd by Brazil, Japan, Germany and other countries.

What is the energy commission not trying to exploit? A source of methane that has been estimated be enough to supply us at present rates of usage for 2000 years. That's not a typo. 2000 years. The supply would exceed the demand, though I know that we would find uses for energy.

It's really odd that private enterprise can put utility submarines 12,000 feet down to pick up artifacts around the Titanic, but that the US government can put together a consortium to check out the many methane hydrate fields, 500-1500 feet down, just off our coasts. Clinton -- of course -- had funded efforts to R&D methane hydrate recovery. But I am sure that funding was gutted for the tax cut.

It's nearly within reach --cheap plentiful methane with which you can run a fuel cell and noiselessly generate your own electricity cheaply enough so that you can leave on the air conditioning and incandescent lights when you leave your place. And it might make a little, very tolerable uptick in your natural gas bill.

But that arrangement would leave the nuclear and coal industries with no income and some awful messes to clean up. Very cheap clean electrical power could mean that urban mass transit will go electrical and the automobile, hence the petro industries, will lose a lot of business. Can you imagine how it would help the poor and near poor if they do not have to support an automobile -- if people can get to work on mass transit?

We have noticed on many occasions how the media lie by ommission. The methane hydrate non-story is such a lie. If they are forced to mention methane hydrates, they will only deride the possibility. Old time dirty energy corporations are fighting to squeeze a few more billions out of the public the old way and they are willing to risk nuclear accident, and tons of methyl mercury in the food chain to do it. Words cannot convey the contempt these corporations deserve.




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From: "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@islands.vi>
Subject: Locust army marches on its stomach
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,3-2001210349,00.html

PLAGUES of locusts are devastating crops from Central Asia to the American Midwest, sending farmers to the book of Exodus for salvation.

Not since the Egyptians incurred the wrath of God have so many locusts had their day. A billion-strong army is on the move, stretching far beyond the more normal swarming grounds of Africa and the Middle East and threatening central Eurasia's arable land in a pincer movement from each end of the Caspian Sea.

In China, hundreds of thousands of ducks are being flown to the northwest where locusts are taking over vast dried-out grasslands in the worst affected areas of Xinjiang province up to 10,000 inhabit one square metre.

The ducks are trained by government handlers to feed on the locusts they can reportedly eat a pound of them a day and are then flown to the afflicted region. The Government says it is more environmentally friendly than using planes to spray pesticides.

Southern Russia's worst plague of locusts in 40 years is meanwhile advancing north by several miles a day and will start spreading ten times faster if not contained within a week, officials have said.

Yesterday the swarm was confined to a 170,000-acre swath of farmland in Dagestan near the Caspian Sea an area about twice the size of the Isle of Wight but it had destroyed 30,000 acres of wheat and was eating everything in its path, making the situation critical, according to the Emergency Situations Ministry in Moscow.

The insects have hopped and walked inland from the Kuma River estuary like grasshoppers. But experts called to the scene said that they would grow wings within a week, if allowed to, and would then be able to fly up to 30 miles a day.

In America, too, an agricultural emergency has been declared in Utah, where the "Mormon crickets" have so far caused $25 million of damage to crops.




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DAILY GRIST
19 Jun 2001
http://www.gristmagazine.com

1.
A PAIN IN THE ASIA
In its first-ever comprehensive report on the state of Asia's environment, the Asian Development Bank found that environmental destruction is pervasive and growing in the region and that Asia's governments must act quickly to stop it. S. Tahir Qadri, a senior environmental specialist at the bank, said, "The situation is as bad as it can be." Asia is home to 12 of the worst 15 cities in the world in terms of air pollution, and only one in three Asians has easy access to safe drinking water, according to the report. The levels of human waste in the Asian rivers are three times the world average and 50 times higher than the World Health Organization's recommended max.

Wall Street Journal, Jason Booth, 19 Jun 2001 (access ain't free)
http://interactive.wsj.com/articles/SB992840817805268090.htm

Planet Ark, Reuters, 19 Jun 2001
http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=11235

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3.
TRASH CAN-ADA
Canada has become a trash can for North America's hazardous waste, according to a report by the Texas Center for Policy Studies tracking such waste in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. It found that American companies were sending waste to Canada to avoid the cost of complying with the U.S.'s more rigorous environmental regulations. Mexico bans the import of dangerous substances for disposal, though it does accept the waste for recycling. In other U.S.-Canada import news, it seems rich folks in the U.S., many of them from the high-tech world, are opening their checkbooks at quick a clip to protect forests in British Colombia.

Toronto Globe and Mail, Martin Mittelstaedt, 18 Jun 2001
http://www.globeandmail.com/gam/National/20010618/UWASTN.html

Toronto National Post, Alex Rose, 16 Jun 2001
http://www.nationalpost.com/search/story.html?f=/stories/20010616/593573.html

CLIP

5.
LOW-CALORIE DESERT
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said last weekend that drought and devastation were threatening the livelihoods of more than a billion people in 110 countries. On Sunday (World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, to those in the know), the U.N. Environment Programme blamed humans as the main cause of desertification. It cited agriculture, grazing, and climate change as big-time contributors to the problem. Half of Africa's arable land has been lost to desertification. China's government promised to step up its efforts to fight desertification, which has claimed more than a quarter of the country's land.

BBC News, 17 Jun 2001
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1392000/1392983.stm

Planet Ark, Reuters, 19 Jun 2001
http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=11241

Another one bites the dust -- China's dust bowl is growing at an alarming rate -- by Lester R. Brown
http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/maindish/brown052901.stm?source=daily




8.

THE VOLUNTARY BLACK OUT CAMPAIGN - WHICH WAS MENTIONED IN A RECENT COMPILATION - GOT SOME MEDIA ATTENTION IN THE US. (Did you turn off your lights yesterday? I went kayaking for 5 hours.)

DAILY GRIST
20 Jun 2001

5.
THE LIGHTS ARE OFF, BUT EVERYBODY'S HOME
The word has spread on the Internet that those who oppose the energy plan developed by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney should turn off all their lights and electrical devices for the summer solstice tomorrow from 7 to 10 p.m., regardless of the time zone. Fans of the "Roll Your Own Blackout" campaign say they hope to make a point that policy-makers should be doing more to encourage conservation and alternative energy use, instead of boosting the prospects of fossil-fuel companies. Others, however, have expressed concern that the protest will be used by critics to paint enviros as extremists who advocate sitting alone in the dark to conserve energy.

San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Rubenstein, 20 Jun 2001
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/06/20/MN126593.DTL

Salt Lake Tribune, Judy Fahys, 20 Jun 2001
http://www.sltrib.com/06202001/utah/107198.htm

Rolling blackouts aren't just in California -- a cartoon by Suzy Becker
http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/ha/ha061901.stm?source=daily







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