Evon Peter of Native Movement (and InterActivist) fame appeared (was heard?) yesterday on Flashpoints radio. During the 17-minute interview, Peter chats about the Senate vote to allow drilling in his native lands (also known as the Arctic Refuge) and an upcoming March for Human Rights and Sacred Sites on Saturday in Flagstaff, Ariz. You can download the entire hour-long Flashpoints show here or just download Peter's portion here.
The sequence of events, as laid out in this Wall Street Journal story (sorry, sub. req.):
It's been more than 50 years since the Supreme Court ruled that segregation was illegal, yet we still live in a country that's chock-full of racially split neighborhoods (see: New Orleans). Why is integration failing, how does it affect land use, and what do high-tech mapping gadgets have to do with it all? Jon Christensen interviews Georgetown law professor Sheryll Cashin to find out. new in Main Dish: Integrate Expectations new in Soapbox: An excerpt from Cashin's book The Failures of Integration see also, in Grist: Poverty & the Environment, a special series
Clean up air and death rate drops, study finds Ah, science. It never fails to dazzle and delight. Consider this wildly counterintuitive result: When air pollution falls in a city, fewer people in that city die. Jump back! In a new study, researchers tracked particulate pollution concentrations in six U.S. metropolitan areas from 1974 through 1998, along with the health of 8,096 residents. Each decrease of 1 microgram of soot per cubic meter of air lowered mortality rates from lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illness by 3 percent — meaning longer lives for 75,000 people a year. Lead author …
As private forests in U.S. go for sale, enviros are pit against developers Privately owned forests make up nearly 20 percent of U.S. land, and they’re changing hands at a blistering pace. A U.S. Forest Service study predicts that 44 million acres of private forestland will be sold over the next 25 years — an area twice the size of the state of Maine — and conservationists are scrambling to save some of the most ecologically sensitive areas, lest they be transformed into condos and trailer parks. Many timber companies tired of hassling with logging restrictions are finding they can …
Mining companies dig up trouble in Indonesia Two U.S.-based mining companies are digging up trouble in Indonesia. A protest last week demanding closure of a Freeport-McMoRan gold and copper mine in the Papua province led to the deaths of at least three police officers and one soldier, then to the military seizing control of the provincial capital, then to military officers pulling locals out of their cars and beating them. Freeport-McMoRan makes large payments to the Indonesian army and Papua police for security services at its mining operations. The protesters in Papua say the mine brings no benefits to the …
Following on Tom's post below: I think Rep. Richard "Dick" Pombo's appointment as vice-chairman of the House Agriculture Committee -- setting him up to take over in 2008 -- should clear our agricultural problems right up:
Humans are responsible for the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs and must make unprecedented extra efforts to reach a goal of slowing losses by 2010, a U.N. report said on Monday.Habitats ranging from coral reefs to tropical rainforests face mounting threats, the Secretariat of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity said in the report, issued at the start of a March 20-31 U.N. meeting in Curitiba, Brazil."In effect, we are currently responsible for the sixth major extinction event in the history of earth, and the greatest since the dinosaurs disappeared, 65 million years ago," said the 92-page Global Biodiversity Outlook 2 report. Keep reading (if you can). Or go straight to the report.
Posting will be light today -- I'm hip-deep in other things. (Watch for the Obama interview later today.) Should be back on the job tomorrow.
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