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February 12th 2016

This week in Friday Updates we shine a light on corporations and if the earths natural resources are valued above profit and the never ending conveyor belt of items and gadgets in our shops. We look at the "Vanishing of the Bees" and their critical role to the environment and our food supply. More facts and studies on animal agriculture and why consuming less meat benefits the planet,the environment and our health. Also this week in a highly unusual move the US supreme court blocked Obamas clean power plan. Plus solutions which could clean our oceans in the future. Enjoy and if you would like to know more about us you can visit our website at sci.ngo Happy reading!

Capitalism is destroying our planet
Australia's worst polluter AGL announced they are quitting for good!
New UN report shows no profit if environmental costs were included
The health of humans is reflected in the health of our natural environment
Obamas clean power deal blocked by US supreme court
Vanishing Of The Bees Trailer

Capitalism is destroying our planet

It costs less for a business to dump pollutants or ignore emission levels than it does to invest in new technologies or equipment that would help to conserve our natural resources. In broad terms, this means that socially harmful decisions are often made because in one way or another, they suit the financial needs of the businesses making them.These are conscious decisions born out of the kind of short-termism that modern markets thrive upon.So what can really be done to turn it around before it is too late? How can we make people care again and reach out to groups beyond the usual cartel of tree-huggers and save-the-whale enthusiasts? The answer has to lie in personal and collective responsibility and looking beyond the immediate benefits of our individual actions.Read more here

Australia's worst polluter AGL announced they are quitting for good!

It's a huge win for the environment, and a testament to the tireless efforts of everyone involved. It's thanks to the local communities who never stopped fighting, to community groups who added their firepower, and thousands of GetUp members who signed petitions, marched in the streets, and switched their household power. Together, we delivered a strong message to the industry: We won't stop until you do! Read more here

New UN report shows no profit for industries if environmental costs were included

If you haven’t been paying attention, I don’t blame you for at first not believing this. After all, companies go to great lengths to greenwash their image and present themselves as progressive and environmentally responsible, even while they turn your land to deserts and your oceans into dead zones. Unfortunately, as Mark Twain once famously said: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” Read more here

"The health of humans is reflected in the health of our natural environment and food production"

Choosing to eat less meat, or cutting out meat entirely, is one of the most important personal choices we can make to address climate change. Livestock production alone contributes to 18 percent of the global warming effect—more than the emissions from every single car, train, and plane on the planet. Though livestock production only contributes 9 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, the sector is responsible for 37 percent of methane and 65 percent of nitrous oxide, both potent greenhouse gases.Read more here

Obamas clean power deal blocked by US Supreme Court

The US President Obama’s most ambitious effort to combat climate change – the Clean Power Plan – has been blocked by the US Supreme Court, amid divisions within the justices over an expedited challenge from 29 states and dozens of corporations and industry groups.This highly unusual move by the justices, who voted 5-4 along ideological lines, means the regulations will not be in effect while a court battle continues over their legality.Read more here

Vanishing Of The Bees


Vanishing Of The Bees : The Trailer.. A documentary film taking a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. Directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein present not just a story about the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, but a platform of solutions, encouraging audiences to be the change they want to see in the world.Watch trailer here


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