Category Archives: Environment

US Racing Industry Selling Doped Horses Abroad for Human Consumption


Being a child of WWII I recall eating horse meat after the war.  I couldn’t really tell the the difference because being of tender years I didn’t have much gastronomic perspective and the only difference I could discern was that … Continue reading

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Oil vs Belize’s Sarstoon-Temash National Park: Guess Who Wins?


Sometimes things are inevitable if lamentable. Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam is vital to the country’s electric needs.  Oil drilling in Belize’s Sarstoon Temash National Park is not.  Designated as a protected wetlands by the Ramsar Convention in 2005 (http://ramsar.wetlands.org/) the area … Continue reading

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How do they put the mountain top back on after they cut it off?


Mountain Topping:  An alternative mining technique to digging into a mountain to extract valuable ores.  Rather than tunnel, the mountain top is scraped to reveal buried ore. Cutting through successive thin layers efficiently exposes the ore while the mountain top … Continue reading

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Fresh water becoming more expensive than oil


 It passes under the radar but it is more important than the end of oil reserves and more important.  Water is being used to “frack” shale to recover natural  gas and oil.  Agricultural riparian rights have made the delta of … Continue reading

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Bolivia and Ecuador Grant Equal Rights to Nature


These presidents, having passed this symbolic legislation are making a statement in S. America, have  pushed themselves  further out of the orbit of western oil,  mining, and logging interests.  What the outcome of these actions will be is open to … Continue reading

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How the Internet May Save the Amazon


May the worms not win The Amazon region of Brazil is beset with conflicting isometrically opposed pressures .  There is the vast, unimaginable forest hiding untold secrets under an ocean of green.  This is patrimony.  This ocean is being eaten away, … Continue reading

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Ashaninka: A People in Transition Adapting to the Internet


There are many stories documenting the sad story of the indigenous people of Brazil and Peru moving into a soft focus of the past as the economics and culture of the 21st century renders them redundant.  This is not such … Continue reading

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