February Snow Moon – winter retreats

Inspirational 105 year old man sets cycling records

Ireland votes to divest from fossil fuels

Lettuce and broccoli rationed in the UK

Indian villagers knit sweaters for elephants due to freezing tempselephant-jumpers-4

Microplastics found in supermarket fish

Produce butchers- yeah that’s a thing- first world luxury

1 billion Yahoo accounts hacked

GPS darts track fleeing suspects- first in Canada

June Full Moon/ Summer Begins…..

Net Neutrality movement claims victory as internet rights upheld in US ruling

Canada passes assisted dying law for terminally ill patients after much debate

Cordyceps harvesting in Tibet likely unsustainable

Microsoft bought LinkedIn 

Fearmongering in full force as Brexit vote 5 days away in Britain

Russian hackers penetrate Trump’s campaign

Walmart vs. VISA

Nepal struggles with corruption amid reconstruction and poverty

Alonzo_Lyons_Himalaya_DSCN7755Dead Sea shrinkage

Having the Olympics in Rio was a mistake. All of the money spent building underused sporting arenas would have been much better spent addressing the true roots of poverty and environmental degradation. There are 2 stories that highlight these issues well…this one on the pollution in Guanabara Bay and this one on the scope of the financial disaster recently declared

When you buy food that has palm oil in it (and I do hope you read labels) just remember this picture……

Russia has the world’s largest fleet of over 2 dozen icebreakers and just launched their biggest one ever- the Arktika

 

 

August 2015- notable Health, Tech, Environmental stories

Finally a good story, Stranded orca saved!

Top minds warn against developing autonomous battle robots

Illegal fishing trawler ends up sunk after long chase

Rebuilding a living coast for storm protection in Louisiana

Cell phones cause cancer? inconvenient truth alert

Global water crisis- a sobering look by Maude Barlow

AC standards waste energy and leave women shivering

Some traditional Ayurvedic medicines contaminated with lead

Canadians ripped off on drug costs while politicians offer empty words and ink corporate trade deals

There is no technofix for the CO2 issue, German scientists contend

Musing on development and the future of food