Saturday, December 5, 2009

Oil companies have polluted Nigeria

...The bigger, more disturbing picture is that oil spills have contaminated the once fertile Delta with approximately 1.5m tonnes of crude oil, equivalent to one Exxon Valdez disaster every year for the last 50 years. As Amnesty International pointed out in a report this July, Shell "has failed to respect the human rights of the people of the Niger Delta … through failure to prevent and mitigate pollution"....CommonDreams

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Botswana - Free Public Transport Saves Money

...They calculated the cost of the lost productive time, during working hours. They added the cost of hospitalization and death. They calculated the savings due to noise and air pollution. They accurately estimated the maintenance of the road network and the economic cost of accidents. Their report proved that free public transport is not only viable, but it is far better than the current system. It is financially responsible and saves lives and adds to the quality of life. SundayStandard

Friday, November 20, 2009

The automobile is the cause of death in Kenya

People in Africa are murdered so cars can have gasoline in China:
In the weeks leading up to the attack, “Government forces brutally shut down” several wildlife conservancies the Samburu pastoralists managed in collaboration with environmental organizations, explains Cultural Survival, who just received “reports of further air and land attacks on the Samburu by hundreds of Kenyan police troops during the week of November 16.”
According to documents released by a Kenyan military officer, the campaign is in large part an attempt to force the Samburu to abandon their way life. The documents explicitly mention an intent to “bring these people into the modern era.” They also showed the attacks, including the one just described, were planned months in advance.
Then, in October, the Kenyan government announced it had awarded a set of 18 oil leases to Chinese companies. The lease areas are located within the Samburu’s territory. Intercontinental Cry