Oct. 9, 2015
Horn of Africa Drying Ever Faster as Climate Warms
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Horn of Africa has become increasingly arid in sync with the global and regional warming of the last century and at a rate unprecedented in the last 2,000 years, according to new research led by a University of Arizona geoscientist.
The region has suffered deadly droughts every few years in recent decades.
As water becomes more of valuable commodity in the United States, competition between public and private uses for this resource is heating up. This has caused a disturbing trend in governmental sector which seems to be succumbing to political pressure to side more often with corporate interest wishing to privatize water use.
The U.S. Department of Justice has conceded and U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason today signed an order confirming that the State of Alaska owns the submerged lands of the Fortymile River’s Mosquito Fork. This is a successful outcome for the State of Alaska, which filed a lawsuit in 2012 seeking to confirm state ownership of these lands.
Not sure if you saw this recent story from KNOM on the Graphite One issue. It's interesting that they have both Joy Huntington and now Walter Sampson involved in "community engagement" -- they both served that role on the Ambler mining road issue. Lots of rhetoric and "let's play nice to figure out how to make this work for everyone" involved while driving the mining agenda.
Great quote in there from Cora!
For the past couple of years, I've been trying to think of the term for those who blame persons who have been attempting to prevent a crises primarily caused by the blamers. It goes beyond "scapegoating", "blaming the victim" or "shooting the messenger", because it specifically targets those who have been attempting to prevent the crises in the first place and is significant because history will show that this technique has been frequently used by those in power to oppress the masses. Anyway, here's a perfect example.