Surface temperature anomalies for the period 17 December 2010 to 15 January 2011 show impressive warmth across the Canadian Arctic….
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Marijuana Policy Project Strategic Plan 2011 - Build support for the first-ever bill to de-federalize all marijuana laws
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 23:37.
HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims Will Present $4.5 million Federal Grant to Cuyahoga County to Protect Citizens from Lead Poisoning
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 16:56.
The Greater Cleveland Health Homes Advisory Council (formerly the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council) has announced a press conference, January 28, 2011, at 1:30 PM, at Cleveland State University Levin College Atrium, where HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims will present a $4.5 million federal HUD grant to Cuyahoga County to "conduct a wide range of activities intended to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards". The press release states the "grant funding will clean up lead and other health hazards in hundreds of homes, train workers in lead safety methods, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children’s development and have effects lasting into adulthood."
The obvious objective of this press conference is to encourage the MAINSTREAM MEDIA OF NORTHEAST OHIO to provide better information about lead poisoning prevention to the people of Northeast Ohio, to protect public health and improve our community. Encourage your favorite Media representatives (and politicians) to attend and serve the region better.
Also expected to attend will be Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, and various other elected and appointed officials.
Mad Billionaire’s Disease - Join People's Center For Disease Control and Help Us Quarantine the Kochs
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 16:17.
From The Other 98% - Please help stop the spread of Mad Billionaire’s Disease. Download and post this infographic to your blog, facebook page, myspace, reddit, yfrog, flickr, heck you can even print it out and duct tape the thing to your car!
Good Morning Real NEO - Steep Oil Prices and Food Shortages Will Likely Spark Deadly Riots This Year
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 05:55.
Good Morning Real NEO - something to think about over a good meal... "Steep Oil Prices and Food Shortages Will Likely Spark Deadly Riots This Year."
Perhaps the mainstream media has covered this... "we’ve entered the age of resource revolts and there’s no turning back"... "From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the fabric of global society, producing chaos and political unrest. Start with a simple fact: the prices of basic food staples are already approaching or exceeding their 2008 peaks, that year when deadly riots erupted in dozens of countries around the world."
Ready for more war... we all need to change many things about how we live just to reduce some of the horror of this, in years to come. For this year, full horror show:
I'm Pleased to Introduce to Real NEO Hemp I Scream - and to Reintroduce Hemp Innovator and Case Alumnus Agua Das
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 03:25.
It is funny how things work out.
I went to the Hemp Industry Association conference looking for hemp-based energy solutions, to help address our pollution crisis in Northeast Ohio, and I found a delicious, healthful hemp dessert, too - Hemp I Scream.
As I learned more about the inventor of Hemp I Scream - the founder of Hemp Sources, Inc. - Agua Das, I discovered he is a world leader in hemp innovation, including for energy - "Agua was the first person to make hemp bio-diesel fuel in the modern hemp era in 1993; made from virgin hemp oil he pressed himself."
As I got to know Das better, I learned he studied engineering at Case, and still has good feelings for the school and Northeast Ohio. He lived on Hessler, and was involved in starting up the Street Fair, in the beginning... we know some of the same people still there, from way back.
So the expert with the energy solutions we need in Northeast Ohio studied engineering in Northeast Ohio... and makes awesome desserts, too. Nice coincidences.
Canada sees staggering mildness as planet’s high-pressure record is “obliterated”.... baby, it ain't cold outside!
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 14:59.
Joe Romm reports extremely bad climate news on Climate Progress. Sit down, take a breath (drink... hit...), and read on.... baby, it ain't cold outside! Canada sees staggering mildness as planet’s high-pressure record is “obliterated” - Climate Progress - January 23, 2011
The disinformers and many in the media love to focus on where it is cold in the winter. It has been cool where many people live. Brr!
Unfortunately for homo sapiens, it’s been staggeringly warm where the ice is. I’ll do a post on Greenland shortly, but the NSF-sponsored researchers at UCAR/NCAR have posted some staggering data on just how warm it has been in northern Canada:
Submitted by westward on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 13:08.
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Work and Learn Event
Sunday February 13, 1- 4pm
Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Blvd
Cleveland Ohio 44106
Submitted by westward on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 13:06.
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In conjunction with the national Food Not Lawns Seed Swap, local FNL chapter is hosting an idea and seed swap.
A Century of Challenges: Building Local Resilience in an Era of Economic Turmoil & Resource Depletion.
Submitted by westward on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 13:03.
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Nicole Foss will be speaking on A Century of Challenges: Building Local Resilience in an Era of Economic Turmoil & Resource Depletion. She writes at www.TheAutomaticEarth.blogspot.com under the pseudonym Stoneleigh. The talk will be held at First Church in Oberlin,106 N.
The Climate Zombie Caucus Of The 112th Congress - "fossil-funded ideologues who repeat zombie myths about global warming"
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 01/22/2011 - 16:16.
Welcome to BP’s Energy Outlook 2030 - "it is a wake-up call, not something any of us would like to see happening"
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 01/22/2011 - 15:48.
On the January 27, 2011 YouTube Ask The President moderated broadcast, Obama was asked who was his favorite person in math and science. Obama said one of the things he loves about being President is "having access to math and science" and the White House is committed to using technology well. "Serious brainpower out there."
He highlighted his PCAST team and its Director Eric Lander - says he helps make complex science understandable. From MIT - "President-elect Barack Obama on Friday named Eric Lander, the founding director of the Broad Institute, a co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), a group that assists the president in making science and technology policy decisions".
Nationally Consistent Environmental Justice Screening Approaches - NEJAC Recommendations to EPA - May 2010
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:48.
Nationally Consistent Environmental Justice Screening Approaches - text included below, without Appendices - download full 5 MB /PDF Report here
A Report of Advice and Recommendations of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council - A Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - MAY 2010
Perhaps the best way to eliminate bad climate science is to discredit bad lead poisoning scientists... starting with Dr. Schoen
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 04:46.
As the son of a physician, who grew up socializing with physicians and their families, I've always seen doctors - scientists - as regular human beings, who burn hot dogs, crash cars, fall down, make mistakes, and fade away. This makes me very aware of the fallibility of doctors and their diagnoses, to the core.
Lessons learned - not all scientists are created equal - all scientists are flawed - be an informed consumer and make certain all your science decisions are based on the best scientific data and scientists possible - always get a second opinion... more if the decision in truly important.
Having spent several years studying and addressing the lead poisoning crisis in Northeast Ohio and worldwide, as a subcommittee co-chair of the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council, and seeing lead poisoning from inside the healthcare and human services industries, as the parent of lead poisoning victims, I have become informed about the poor quality of healthcare industry attention to lead poisoning in America - historically and now - nationwide and especially in highest incidence regions like Northeast Ohio. The poor quality of healthcare response to lead poisoning is intentional and designed into government by the healthcare industry through corruption of scientists who are bad.
Residents near Mittal are exposed to dangerous pollution causing poor health - are they victims of environmental injustice?
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 23:27.
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland proudly announces the launch of our redesigned website. Visit www.lasclev.org
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 13:20.
Legal Aid proudly announces the launch of our redesigned website. Visit www.lasclev.org now to find resources, read success stories and learn how you can help Legal Aid provide access to justice.
EPA Administrator Jackson Launches Cincinnati Water Technology Information Cluster: Smart environmental protection creates jobs
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 01/18/2011 - 16:00.
That is the proclamation on the home page for a new Environmental Protection Agency Water Technology Information Cluster (WTIC), in Cincinnati, announced by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today. From the press release introducing the WTIC:
The subtitle to this press release states: Smart environmental protection creates jobs
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 13:05.
The day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2011, AlterNet highlights the reality that the mainstream media in America is incompetent in its duty to inform the world about affairs in America, if it is not worse and directed by media and government leadership to deceive the people of the world into believing America is right and good, when we are not. As a resident of Northeast Ohio, subjected to the incompetency and/or deception of our regional mainstream media in not-covering and/or covering-up real news of Ohio and our region (e.g. covering up for local political corruption, environmental crimes, and theft of public funds and opportunity from the poor for the rich), the harm caused my family is realized in lead poisoned children and the waste of family resources and loyalty to a place and leadership that are undeserving, if not evil.
Here is how things are working out in the rest of America, for the rest of the world, in the era of the most ineffective, corrupt and despicable "free press" imaginable:
Submitted by Lory Kohn on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 01:00.
The odd notion of ye olde dispensary sandwiched between the barbershop and the pizzeria took a hit this Election Day, when rural Loveland, Colorado voted to abolish its existing medical marijuana businesses. The ban is symptomatic of regulatory tussles playing out in every medical marijuana state. Yet advocacy groups accepted the result without a whimper. No candlelight vigils. Not one person carrying a sign.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 01/07/2011 - 17:42.
I strongly recommend subscribing to Greenversations - the Official Blog of the EPA - it is written by EPA staff with their personal observations and perspectives about the environmental world around them. The latest posting is about Environmental Justice and schools, which should interest all parents of school children, and school children.
I would be interested to see or help develop an environmental justice rating system for Northeast Ohio schools - that could be used to improve academic performance and the health and well being of students and staff region-wide. Does anything like that exist today, here? How is the environmental justice in Cleveland Schools?
Grace, how is the environmental justice in the schools down in Austin?
Principles of Environmental Justice - 1) Environmental Justice affirms the sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological unity and...
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 01/07/2011 - 14:35.
Principles of Environmental Justice
Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.
WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, to begin to build a national and international movement of all peoples of color to fight the destruction and taking of our lands and communities, do hereby re-establish our spiritual interdependence to the sacredness of our Mother Earth; to respect and celebrate each of our cultures, languages and beliefs about the natural world and our roles in healing ourselves; to ensure environmental justice; to promote economic alternatives which would contribute to the development of environmentally safe livelihoods; and, to secure our political, economic and cultural liberation that has been denied for over 500 years of colonization and oppression, resulting in the poisoning of our communities and land and the genocide of our peoples, do affirm and adopt these Principles of Environmental Justice:
1) Environmental Justice affirms the sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, and the right to be free from ecological destruction.
Top Environmental Development of 2010: EPA Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 01/06/2011 - 15:20.
In what I consider the most important positive environmental development in America in the 21st Century, on December 15, 2010, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley convened the First White House Environmental Justice Forum, where leadership of the recently-reconvened Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) met with over 100 environmental justice leaders (typically long-suffering EJ victims), in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, at the White House complex, to develop new federal interagency strategies and interactions with citizens to right current EJ wrongs in America, in anticipation of worse to come as results of climate change.
This Forum was the public interface, and culmination of a year of expansive activity in the White House, throughout the Obama Administration, and nationwide, to advance EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priority to “expand the conversation on environmentalism and work for environmental justice” in America, in clear recognition of harm caused disadvantaged citizens by current Environmental Injustice (aka Environmental Racism... Environmental Genocide... from the mouths of victims), and showing clear US government concern over "Climate Gaps" (e.g. in Heat Islands), and over those worsening, causing more environmental injustices, to be exacerbated by future Climate Change and resulting Climate Injustices that will harm life on Earth, in this age of human-caused global warming.
2010 "Environment Top 10 Lists" Conclude: "stunning year in climate science reveals that human civilization is on the precipice"
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:22.
I have compiled a summary outline list of 15 "Top 10ish Environmental lists of 2010" found on the Internet - these are drawn from diverse, largely US-oriented environmental media services and organizations - many focus on organizational objectives - most feature positive and negative developments. I have summarized all but the last list - A stunning year in climate science reveals that human civilization is on the precipice - by Joe Romm, as that should be read in its' entirely, including linked reference material.
Romm points out: "The last year or so has seen more scientific papers and presentations that raise the genuine prospect of catastrophe (if we stay on our current emissions path) that I can recall seeing in any other year." "Any one of these would be cause for action — and combined they vindicate the final sentence of Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe: “It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.”
Romm concludes: "Unrestricted emissions of greenhouse gases threaten multiple catastrophes, any one of which justifies action. Together, they represent the gravest threat to humanity imaginable. The fact that the overwhelming majority of the mainstream media ignored the overwhelming majority of these studies and devoted a large fraction of its climate ‘ink’ in the last 12 months to what was essentially a non-story (Climategate) is arguably the single greatest failing of the science media this year."
10,000s of cannabis entrepreneurs and stakeholders, nurturing $ billions in new GREEN, taxable economic opportunity for America
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 01:36.
December 17 - 19, 2010, the Colorado Convention Center hosted the world's largest marijuana lifestyles convention TO-DATE - KushCon2 - offering those active in the legal global marijuana industries a place to meet, collaborate, learn and grow their new-economy enterprises, together. In one convention hall, in one weekend, mingled 10,000s of cannabis entrepreneurs and their stakeholders - nurturing $ billions in new GREEN, taxable economic opportunity for America - and their truly Green Revolution is just taking off.
Meet America's Greenest Revolutionaries ever... Mom and Pop Mainstreet, Small Town, Middle America!
Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 10:11.
NEO needs to start making sound policy decisions. This tool can help.
Environmental Leaders, Cabinet Secretaries to Participate in First White House Environmental Justice Forum - December 15, 2010
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 12/14/2010 - 19:15.
Tomorrow, I'll be in DC to cover the following important environmental developments for Northeast Ohio...Environmental Leaders, Cabinet Secretaries to Participate in First White House Environmental Justice Forum.
Please see the agenda below and let me know if there are any specific concerns you would like addressed - you know I'll be focused on lead poisoning, source point industrial emissions in general, and especially industrial pollution from coal and steel-making, so serious in Northeast Ohio. I do not know the format of the forum but there will be some question and answer opportunities. I encourage you to tune in and watch it live at whitehouse.gov (link below). For Clevelanders, this is one of the most exciting developments yet from the Obama Administration. With all the right players at the table at the White House - and these are some very right players - I expect good outcomes for environmental justice in America to come of this. I look forward to covering and learning from it first hand.