Archive for November 6th, 2015

Food policy: Cutting waste, broadening systems

ScienceDaily: In two separate articles, researchers detail strategies aimed at cutting food waste and broadening approaches to food policy, moves that the researchers say would ultimately improve public health and food security. The two articles appear in the November issue of Health Affairs, its first ever devoted to food and health. Previous studies indicate that Americans waste as much as 40 per cent, or 133 billion pounds, of the food that is produced or purchased. Globally, the figure is about 30 per cent...

Will Obama’s ‘No’ on Keystone Curtail Canada’s Oil Boom?

National Geographic: President Barack Obama’s rejection of a controversial U.S.-Canadian oil pipeline signals U.S. leadership on climate change, but it’s not expected to stop the growth in Canada’s oil production —at least not anytime soon. Ending an eight-year saga, Obama announced Friday that his administration would not give Calgary-based TransCanada a U.S. permit to build the Keystone XL’s northern leg, which would carry heavy crude from Alberta’s oil sands into the U.S. Midwest. Obama said the pipeline would not...

Monsanto to Mexico honey farmers: Our soya seeds not to blame for woes

Reuters: Monsanto Co on Friday denied that plantings of its genetically modified soybeans have impacted bees, led to deforestation or caused damage to the honey production industry in two Mexican states. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a move to allow the planting of genetically modified soya seeds in the southern Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan, arguing that indigenous communities that had fought the move should be consulted before it was approved. Honey producers in the two states...

Some Texans Puzzled By Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection

National Public Radio: President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline provoked cheers from environmental groups and a little bit of head scratching in the state of Texas.

Environmentalists Cheer Keystone XL Pipeline Decision As ‘Decisive Moment’

National Public Radio: NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews environmentalist Bill McKibben, who founded, about why he's celebrating Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, even though the next president can reverse it.

Obama Rejects Plans To Build Keystone XL Pipeline

National Public Radio: After seven years of study, the Obama administration has rejected plans for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The move comes on the eve of an international climate summit.

Obama: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Undercut U.S. Leadership On Climate Change

National Public Radio: President Obama announced Friday that he rejected a permit to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial project would have carried oil harvested from tar sands in Canada.

Canada’s Trudeau Expresses Disappointment In U.S. Decision On Keystone XL

National Public Radio: Canadian Company TransCanada took a blow Friday when President Obama announced he was rejecting its request to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would have helped transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed disappointment.

Angry tweets from Republican leaders on the Keystone XL decision

Mother Jones: Friday morning, after years of heated battles between environmentalists and Republicans, President Barack Obama announced that he is rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. In a speech, the president criticized both supporters and detractors of the pipeline from placing too much emphasis on a project that, according to the State Department’s analysis, would neither create many jobs nor ruin the climate if approved. Still, reactions to his decision from Republicans in Congress and the 2016 presidential...

The Keystone XL pipeline defeat is one goal in a game, and we’re way behind

Guardian: In the first two weeks of the Keystone fight, we couldn’t get any press to pay attention to our work to defeat the environmental disaster we knew it would be if it were approved – none at all. Because back then in the summer of 2011 everyone knew that we couldn’t win. No one ever beats big oil. Now I’m sitting here fielding dozens and dozens of phone calls and emails from reporters, because we did: President Obama announced on Friday that he had denied TransCanada’s proposal to build the Keystone...