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Nov 7, 2008
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Other
Location: United States

The International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment

The International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is organized annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received over 200,000 entries from children in over 100 countries. This year’s Competition will focus on Climate Change: Our Challenge.

The children’s paintings can focus on concrete actions such as using renewable energy, introducing energy saving light bulbs at home, sharing vehicles and using public transport, planting trees, etc.
The competition deadline is now 15 January 2009. The organizers invite children all over the world to submit their paintings to the UNEP office in their regions.
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Posted: Nov 7, 2008 11:20am
Oct 23, 2008
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: Washington D.C., United States
Unbelievable but true - Interior Department is rushing to delist species from endangered protection to satisfy ideology of Bush League President Bush and his hunting buddy Dick "Shoot 'Em Up" Cheney! Go to this web site and e-mail your views about this to the Secretaryof Interior:
Feds Rush To Ease Endangered Species Rules
15 reviewers, 200,000 comments, 32 hours to go through all of them

by Dina Cappiello

WASHINGTON - Rushing to ease endangered species rules before President Bush leaves office, Interior Department officials are attempting to review 200,000 comments from the public in just 32 hours, according to an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press.

[This undated photograph released by Defenders of Wildlife shows the gray wolf. Although the wolf was recently returned the Endangered Species list, the Bush adminstration is using underhanded tactics to push through changes.  Rushing to ease endangered species rules before President Bush leaves office, Interior Department officials are attempting to review 200,000 comments from the public in just 32 hours. (AFP/Defenders of Wildlife)]This undated photograph released by Defenders of Wildlife shows the gray wolf. Although the wolf was recently returned the Endangered Species list, the Bush adminstration is using underhanded tactics to push through changes. Rushing to ease endangered species rules before President Bush leaves office, Interior Department officials are attempting to review 200,000 comments from the public in just 32 hours. (AFP/Defenders of Wildlife)
The Fish and Wildlife Service has called a team of 15 people to Washington this week to pore through letters and online comments about a proposal to exclude greenhouse gases and the advice of federal biologists from decisions about whether dams, power plants and other federal projects could harm species. That would be the biggest change in endangered species rules since 1986.

In an e-mail last week to Fish and Wildlife managers across the country, Bryan Arroyo, the head of the agency's endangered species program, said the team would work eight hours a day starting Tuesday to the close of business on Friday to sort through the comments. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne's office, according to the e-mail, will be responsible for analyzing and responding to them.

The public comment period ended last week, which initiated the review.

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., whose own letter opposing the changes is among the thousands that will be processed, called the 32-hour deadline a "last-ditch attempt to undermine the long-standing integrity of the Endangered Species program."

At that rate, according to a committee aide's calculation, 6,250 comments would have to be reviewed every hour. That means that each member of the team would be reviewing at least seven comments each minute.

It usually takes months to review public comments on a proposed rule, and by law the government must respond before a rule becomes final.

"It would seem very difficult for them in four days to respond to so many thoughtful comments in an effective way," said Eric Biber, an assistant professor at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. Along with other law professors across the country, Biber sent in 70 pages of comment.

Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall told the AP on Tuesday that the short time frame for processing the comments was requested by Kempthorne and would set a record.

"There is an effort here to see if this can be completed" before the administration is out, Hall said. He said the goal was to have the rule to the White House by early November. In May, the administration set a Nov. 1 deadline for all final regulations.

How fast the rule is finished could determine how hard it is to undo.

A new administration could freeze any pending rules. But if the regulation is final before the next president takes office, reversing it would require going through the entire review and public comment period again - a process that could take months and that sometimes has taken years.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama already has said he would reverse the proposal. Congress also could overturn the rules through legislation, but that could take even longer. Sen. John McCain's campaign has not taken a position on the Bush administration's proposed change in endangered species regulations.

Environmentalists said the move was the latest attempt by the Bush administration to overrule Congress, which for years has resisted efforts by conservative Republicans to make similar changes by amending the law.

Criticism from environmental groups and Democratic leaders prompted the Interior Department to extend the public comment period from 30 days to 60 days.

"Somebody has lit a fire under these guys to get this done in due haste," said Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive director of Defenders of Wildlife and the head of the Fish and Wildlife Service under President Clinton.

The Interior Department received approximately 300,000 comments over the 60-day comment period, many critical of the changes. About 100,000 of them were form letters, Hall said.

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Posted: Oct 23, 2008 7:04am
Aug 13, 2006
Hi friends - Ned Hamson here. No being able to live with each other in peace may well do us all in someday because we did not do enough in time. But as the song says, "If the right hand doesn't get you , then the left one will."

Governments all over the world continue to blow hot and cold on whether they have a clue about what to do about the flu and the distinct possibility that Avian Flu will successfully mutate soon into a world pandemic, which when it comes may well kill 20-50 million people inn less than one to two years. The reports reprinted below are a sampling of what is and is not happening. Governments take some action, then declare thenselves saved, only to have to come up with a new spin, when the Avian Flu strikes again.

Why be interested in how governments react to a possible pandemic when so many innocents are being killed daily in Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq? Because the pattern of not being able to find new ways to avoid disaster is the same. Which should tell many of us that since our governments reflect us, we need to look at ourselves and work on finding new and more positive answers ourselves and then elect new leaders from among those who have developed a new understanding of how to live with the world and eath other.

46 patients monitored for bird flu August 13, 2006
Compiled from agencies A total of 46 Thai patients suspected of contracting the deadly avian influenza are under close medical supervision, while Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has approved a budget to build 100 more patient rooms at hospitals nationwide, said Public Health Minister Pinij Jarusombat on Sunday. 13 Aug 2006 India Says It Is ‘‘Avian Influenza Free Country’’ India declared itself ‘‘avian influenza free country’’ on August 12 after no new cases emerged since the February/March outbreak in Maharashtra and Gujarat. “India has regained its status as an avian influenza free country and a final report in this regard has been sent to World Organisation of Animal Health yesterday," said a statement issued by the department of animal husbandry. August 11, 2006 OXFORD, England (UPI) -- Indonesia has reported two deaths from avian influenza this week, bringing the country`s death toll from the disease to 44. The island nation now has the dubious honor of being the worst bird flu-hit country in the world. The World Health Organization confirmed that a 17-year-old girl from Jakarta province and a 6-year-old boy from West Java province had succumbed to the potentially fatal disease, which has killed at least 138 people since it was initially reported to be affecting humans in 2003.

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Posted: Aug 13, 2006 6:29pm
Mar 21, 2006
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Protest
Location: Canada

Link to information and actions that may be taken to protest Canadian Harp Seal Hunting for furs/pelts. Cruel, inhumane and who needs it!

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Posted: Mar 21, 2006 7:09pm


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