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  • Earthling 7:04 pm on 25th March 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bialowieza forest, Correze massacre trees, European Court of Justice Bialowieza, forestry, French State Propaganda, Haut-Vienne primeval forest purchase, Hidden Lives of Trees, rape and monoculture plantations, Rochechouart primeval forest fundraising, save the trees, sexual violence against women in the tree plantation industry, The Secrets of Trees, Tree Consciousness, Tree sentience, trees   

    Living Forest Letter 70 (from France) 

    (A peek into the world of francophone forest activism, translated from yonnelautre.com)
    1) Bourgogne Forest SOS: Foresting policy: the wood industry and forest clink glasses
    PR move: an information campaign to support the productivist discourse of heavy industry? This information campaign envisaged by the State shows a total hatred for popular opinion and tries to manipulate the public to achieve its purely commercial aims. The latest national forestry and wood program and its regional versions provide for unprecedented intensification of harvesting and planting divided by loads of services to be provided by the forest. In addition to its harmful ecological effects, this productivist turn will pose local problems in terms of social acceptance.
    https://yonnelautre.fr/SPIP.php?article13537 [French]
    2) The European Court of Justice will judge of the fate of the Bialowieza forest in Poland
    Will the European Justice side with the defenders of the environment and the European Commission in their dispute with Poland concerning the primary forest Bialowieza? This was encouraged by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, whose opinion is most often followed by the judges. In his conclusions presented on Tuesday, February 20, he considered the Polish authorities to have violated European environmental law by allowing significant cutting and removal of trees in the Bialowieza forest, which is classed as Natura 2000 and registered as a UNESCO world heritage site.
    http://www.lemonde.fr/Planete/article/2018/02/21/la-justice-Europeenne-arbitre-du-sort-de-la-Foret-de-Bialowieza-en-pologne_5260196_3244.html [FRENCH]
    3) Haute-Vienne: Fundraising to purchase 400 acres of primeval forest in Rochechouart.
    https://positivr.fr/foret-rochechouart-millenaire-menacee-financement-participatif/ [FRENCH]
    https://www.helloasso.com/associations/vivre-le-parc-perigord-limousin/collectes/il-etait-une-fois-une-tres-veille-foret-en-nouvelle-aquitaine-2 [FRENCH]
    4) Special Correspondence: The secrets of trees
    They communicate, they help each other, they defend themselves, they even move! Trees are endowed with a real form of intelligence. And now it’s a scientific certainty. Trees occupy almost a third of our land and the land area of the planet. Indispensable to our survival, they are also our greatest allies in confronting global warming. Yet we hardly know anything about them. Far from being frozen in their plant world, trees live far richer lives than it might appear. This is the thesis defended by a German forester whose book, La Vie secrète des arbres [The Hidden Life of Trees] has been a global success, and has been translated into 32 languages. From thousands-of-years-old beech forests in Germany to forest therapy centers in Japan, and passing through INRA laboratories that study plant awareness, this book takes us on a voyage to the heart of the fascinating secret world of trees. A report from Raphaële Schapira and Vincent Barral broadcast in “Envoyé spécial” on October 26.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh6rnaqSPto&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs [VIDEO MISSING]
    5) Corrèze launches a massacre of trees
    To protect bitumen from drops of water and install fiber optic. These are the reasons cited by the departmental council of Corrèze for ordering owners of trees hanging over roads to prune them. A massive slaughter has begun, but the opponents of this policy are also taking action.
    https://reporterre.net/La-Correze-a-lance-le-massacre-des-arbres [FRENCH]
    6) Women and plantations: when violence becomes invisible
    This International Women’s Day, we would like to bring awareness to and denounce numerous realities that generally remain hidden behind so-called “differential impacts,” that are suffered by women living in and around monoculture plantations. The WRM has been struggling against industrial tree plantations for more than two decades. Over this period, we learned about one of the most violent impacts, and at the same time one of the most cruel forms of oppression, exploitation, and domination: ill-treatment and sexual violence against women, a consequence of the establishment of industrial tree plantations. In the present issue of the Bulletin, on March 8th, which is International Women’s Day, we would like to contribute to making the voices and stories of thousands of violently abused women heard; we would like to bring out into the open what was systematically hidden. And we would also like to give homage to all the women who, in spite of difficulties, organized, resisted, and maintained the joy of life and hope that another world is possible and necessary.
    Historical and systematic violence
    https://wrm.org.uy/fr/les-articles-du-bulletin-wrm/notre-opinion/femmes-et-plantations-quand-la-violence-devient-invisible/ [FRENCH]
    http://wrm.org.uy/bulletins/women-tree-plantations-and-violence-building-resistances-bulletin-issue-236-march-2018/ [ENGLISH]

  • Earthling 12:24 am on 16th March 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airport causes disease, airport CO2 emissions, airport health risk, airport pollution environment, airport risk for the environment, airport threat to the environment, aviation co2, danger of living near an airport, health risks from living near airport, living near an airport   

    Airport Pollution Poses Cancer Risk 

    By Carroll Colette J. Yorgey
    If you live within a 6-mile radius of an airport, you are at a higher risk of dying of cancer, according to Ruth Skolvick in her article “Exposing Airports’ Poison Circles” (Earth Island Journal, Winter 2000-2001).
    The airport-related pollution comes from CO2 emissions from jet aircraft, ground vehicles and airport maintenance operations. This pollution not only puts people at risk of cancer, but also other illnesses such as asthma, liver damage, lung disease, lymphoma, depression, myeloid leukemia and tumors.
    This pollution can actually affect people living 30 miles from an airport. Around Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, 219 volatile compounds were detected. People living in this highly polluted area are at 5 times higher risk of cancer than the national average. At O’Hare, “Dioxins from spilled jet fuel, di-ethelyne glycol from de-icing fluids, leaked engine oil and dissolved jet exhaust particulates commonly flood the tarmac and seep into the ground, streams, and creeks bordering O’Hare. The run-off ultimately flows into the Des Planes River, endangering the health of downstream communities.”
    Airplanes and aviation are responsible for emissions of nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons, sulfur dioxide, naphthalene, benzene, formaldehyde, and dust particles. Benzene is a carcinogen and formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen. All these chemicals contribute to poor health and global warming.
    The biggest emissions for aircraft occur when the plane is idling or taxiing. This is when 90% of aircraft hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions occur. Older aircraft are more polluting than newer aircraft.
    Here we can see that there are a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and other health and environmental concerns. The CO2 emissions of aircraft are much higher than those of cars. The amount of energy used to power airplanes is also extensive.
    Therefore it is important for older aircraft to be replaced with newer ones, and for alternative fuel and energy to implemented in aviation as well as ground transport. Steps need to be taken at airports to ensure the health of their passengers and people living in the surrounding communities.
    Airports or the offices governing airports need to devise a plan whereby less energy is consumed, less CO2 and other harmful chemical emissions occur, new fuel-efficient aircraft are designed, and older aircraft are recycled so that the parts do not become hazardous waste and landfill contaminants. This is necessary for the health and safety of people living close to an airport, as well as the environmental impact on the entire planet.
    Copyright © 2018 Carroll Colette J. Yorgey. Edited and used with her permission.

  • Earthling 6:43 am on 7th March 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chickens, , municipalities, waste reduction   

    In France, chickens given as gifts to reduce waste 

    “Municipalities are offering people chickens in order to reduce their household waste. The initiative started in rural communities and has now spread to cities. These gift chickens are a cost-effective investment for municipalities in the medium term, in addition to being good for sustainable development.
    The idea is simple: organic waste makes up 40% of our residual household waste. To decrease waste levels in cities, it was suggested to distribute gallinaceous birds. These birds can gobble down up to 75 kilos of organic waste per year.
    Since not everyone has a garden or a terrace, some municipalities have installed collective chicken coops in schools or retirement homes, for example.”
    Translated from France Inter: https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/l-esprit-d-initiative/l-esprit-d-initiative-04-decembre-2017

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