Freitag, 11. August 2006

US Securities and Exchange Commission asked to investigate Kleenex manufacturer’s false environmental claims

US Securities and Exchange Commission asked to investigate Kleenex manufacturer’s false environmental claims

Greenpeace investigation reveals that Kimberly-Clark has been lying to shareholders, the public and regulators since 1998.

Many of you have written to Kimberly-Clark asking them to make Kleenex and other tissue products more forest friendly. In response you’ve likely received a generic response letter that attempts to paint the company in a very “green” light. Included in the response is a statement that the company has a proud environmental record. An example of this record is the fact that the company since at least 1998 does not “source use pulp from coastal temperate rainforests of British Columbia Canada.”

This claim forms one of the central pillars of the company’s Corporate Policy on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. It’s a claim that shown up in a lot of different places over the past 8 years including several of Kimberly-Clark’s annual environmental reports, letters to customers and environmental organizations and in communications to shareholders. It’s even shown up a letter from Kimberly-Clark’s lawyers to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which regulates American corporations.

We decided to look into these claims. And surprise, surprise… we’ve uncovered evidence that Kimberly-Clark has been lying to the public, shareholders, customers and SEC. Possibly for years. In fact, they use very large amounts of pulp from coastal temperate rainforests to manufacture products that are sold throughout North America and shipped to Europe.

You can check out the claims and the evidence of the lies, Greenpeace uncovered in a new report called “Chain of Lies: The Truth About Kimberly-Clark’s Use of Ancient Rainforests for Tissue Products”. The report details the shipment of logs from coastal temperate rainforests in British Columbia to Seattle-area sawmills to the company’s pulp mill in Everett, Washington. The evidence is based in part on US Customs data.

Although we presented this breach of policy information to the company executives, in April at the company’s annual stockholder meeting, to date the company has neither changed its stated policy on coastal temperate rainforest pulp, nor issued a clarifying statement.

One thing is for sure, these false claims cast serious doubt on ALL other environmental claims the company professes to hold true and dear. These include a ban on the use of pulp from virgin rainforests and a prohibition against using pulp from designated ecologically significant old growth forests in the North American Boral and mixed hardwood forests in Indonesia.

If a company’s been lying for years about one ancient forest– could it be possible that they are lying about all the others as well?

You decide.

We’ve asked the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US regulator of corporations, to investigate. Stay tuned.

Please check out the report and media release online at:

Keep up the good work,

Richard Brooks
Forest Campaigner Greenpeace

STOP THE SLAUGHTER of the Yellowstone Buffalo

Terrorism? So Many Volunteering For Suicide, For What?

by Dorothy Seese

I have observed that when all eyes are drawn to the concourses of airports, it is well to look down the halls of leadership's house and find out which are the war rooms. What is going on while we're distracted? If, IF the media would focus on some of those things about to come to pass, we might find out more about why we're having our attention riveted on a non-event....

Brothers of the Poor: Tsunami Aid to Sri Lanka

Please help pass the word: (links will open in new window) as you know....of late, I've been involved with several groups that encourage and devote time to helping others. One is:

Brothers of the Poor - Tsunami Aid to Sri Lanka.....visit their website here:

In an attempt to increase donations, the owner of the organization (a dear friend of mine - Pius) has asked me to help spread the word. To make a donation (no actual money from you), all you need to do is use goodsearch (FREE search engine) when you are searching for stuff on the internet. IT IS FREE TO USE. For each search, a penny is donated to the organization. All you need to do is: go to

before you type in your search word(s), go to the I'm supporting section (on same page, just under the search box) and put this in (or any of the other charities you want to support):

Brothers of the Poor - Tsunami Aid to Sri Lanka

then click verify. That's away. You can also download the goodsearch toolbar to use! They also have other organizations that you can contribute to!

Thanks for all of your help with this!
Happy Searching!!!
Have a great weekend!


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Innenministerium nutzt Terroralarm für Bundeswehr-Debatte

Auslandseinsätze und Terrorgefahr: Innenministerium nutzt Terroralarm für Bundeswehr-Debatte (11.08.06)

Das Bundesinnenministerium nutzt den Terroralarm in Großbritannien für eine erneute Debatte über einen möglichen Bundeswehreinsatz im Innern, der über die Vorgaben des Grundgesetzes hinausgeht. Innen-Staatsekretär August Hanning sagte am Freitag im RBB-Inforadio, zwar sei die Polizei im Normalfall vollkommen ausreichend. "Aber wir müssen uns natürlich auf besondere Situationen einstellen, die wir auch im Umfeld der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft diskutiert haben." In solchen Fällen müsse deshalb daran gedacht werden, die Bundeswehr einzusetzen. Zugleich lobte der frühere Präsident des Bundesnachrichtendienstes (BND) die bisherige Zusammenarbeit von Polizei und Nachrichtendiensten. Bayerns Innenminister Günther Beckstein sieht einen Zusammenhang zwischen den Auslandseinsätzen der Bundeswehr und der Terrorgefahr in Deutschland.

Die ganze Nachricht im Internet:

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is auctioning off a portion of the radiofrequency spectrum to wireless companies

The Intel computer company has invested heavily in developing WiMax wireless computer technology. WiMax was recently made available on the commuter train between Silicon Valley and San Francisco. No telling where it will turn up next.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is auctioning off a portion of the radiofrequency spectrum to wireless companies and the government may make up to 15 billion dollars from this. No wonder they are so unwilling to acknowledge health risks.

John Lankes

The Chemotherapy Mafia: Physicians ignore chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good

Unfortunately, Warner's case is not isolated. There have been so many attacks by the medical industry (especially in the U.S) on people who succeed in non-toxic (non patented, no profitable) therapies who become a threat on the market of the chemo industry. Such cases are documented in detail in an excellent book

Other excellent books that open the mind: Questioning chemotherapy Ralph Moss (on the lack of therapeutic effect of chemotherapy) Chemotherapy helps cancer and the earth is flat. Lothar Hirneise (in German, lately translated into english) The cancer industry Ralph Moss (classic).

By the way email did not work for some reason.

Iris Atzmon

----- Original Message -----
From: Sianette Kwee
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2006 4:43 PM
Subject: Former president of the American Chemical Society: Physicians ignore chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good.”

Posted by Casey Research, Aug.8, 2006

The Chemotherapy Mafia

On July 20, 1995, the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission raided the office of Glenn Warner, MD, an oncologist with unusual views on healing, and revoked his medical license. Allegedly, Warner had cured more than 1,000 patients from terminal cancer—not with chemotherapy and radiation but with diet and exercise regimens, certain immunotherapeutic drugs, and other holistic methods. When he appealed his case in court, the commission’s attorney, Beverly Goetz, argued that cancer patients were “incapable” and “unqualified” to decide whether they received quality care or not. Only experts—like the members of said commission—were capable of making that judgment call, she said.

Unfortunately, this standpoint seems to prevail in the United States these days. Self-determination takes a backseat in favor of state-mandated “health care.” A fact that becomes eerily obvious in cancer cases where minors are involved.

But first, we should ask how valuable chemotherapy really is. There is no doubt that cancer is big business in the U.S. While in 1990, $3.53 billion was spent on chemotherapy, the number more than doubled to $7.51 billion only four years later. By 2009, so the latest projections, cancer therapy products and services will rake in over $27 billion.

As the unfortunate Glenn Warner put it: “We have a multi-billion-dollar industry that is killing people, right and left, just for financial gain. Their idea of research is to see whether two doses of this poison is better than three doses of that poison.”

Other experts agree.

Alan C. Nixon, PhD, former president of the American Chemical Society, states, “As a chemist trained to interpret data, it is incomprehensible to me that physicians can ignore the clear evidence that chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good.”

Alan Levin, MD, of the University of California Medical School agrees: “Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade. Yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumors. . . Women with breast cancer are likely to die faster with chemo than without it.”

His opinion is echoed by Ralph Moss, former assistant director of public affairs at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and author of the book The Cancer Industry: “In the end, there is no proof that chemotherapy actually extends life in the vast majority of cases, and this is the great lie about chemotherapy, that somehow there is a correlation between shrinking a tumor and extending the life of a patient.”

Even the General Accounting Office (GAO) found in a 1987 study on the progress of cancer treatment that “For a majority of the cancers we examined, the actual improvements have been small or have been overestimated by the published rates. . . Progress has been made, but not as great as that reported.”

More and more cancer patients and their families are feeling skeptical about the value of chemotherapy and radiation as well. However, not allowed to think for themselves, some states have imposed mandatory treatment.

The first widely published case was that of Katie Wernecke, a 12-year-old Texan who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease in January 2005. After undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy, her cancer went into remission.

The doctors advised subsequent radiation treatment, but father Edward Wernecke had informed himself on the Internet and was taken aback by an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, written by Vincent DeVita, former director of the National Cancer Institute. DeVita stated that radiation “by itself increases the risk of late second solid tumors in the irradiated field and the incidence rises steeply when radiotherapy and chemotherapy are combined.” Other mentioned side effects were stunted growth, sterilization, and an increased risk of breast cancer.

Worried about the harmful long-term effects, Katie’s parents decided to forego the radiation and follow up with holistic therapies. When Michelle Wernecke took her child out of the hospital despite protests of the oncologists, the Texas State Department of Child Protective Services issued an Amber Alert. The mother was arrested and sent to jail for kidnapping. Katie was put into foster care, along with her three brothers who were later released.

At a court hearing in June, a radiologist asserted that Katie’s cancer had returned and that she needed to undergo treatment again. Even though Katie said in a video statement that she was not willing to undergo radiation, she was ordered by the courts to do so. What’s more, convinced that the Werneckes negatively affected her decisions, CPS cut off all communication with their daughter. Left to her own devices, the 12-year-old decided to make the choice herself, resisting treatment by pulling catheters out of her arm and disobeying doctors’ orders.

After a ten-month ordeal, at the end of October 2005, a district judge ruled that Katie could rejoin her family and seek alternative treatment out of state. “On June 11th, Katie celebrated her 14th birthday at home with family and friends,” her father writes in his blog. “Katie is doing very well. . . but she is not cancer free yet, so there is still a battle to win. She is in better physical condition than ever.” A happy ending?

Recently, another story broke the news: The case of Virginian teenager Starchild Abraham Cherrix. The 16-year-old, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease last summer, had undergone three months of chemotherapy that, in his own words, left him weak and nauseated. When the doctors told him in February that the cancer was back, he refused more chemotherapy.

“I think it would kill me the second time,” said Abraham, who instead opted for a sugar-free, organic diet and herbal treatments at a clinic in Mexico. Here, too, Child Protective Services and the courts became involved, and a six-month-long battle began. In May, a judge ruled that Abraham’s parents were guilty of neglect for supporting their son’s decision; he also ordered shared custody between the parents and the Accomack County Department of Social Services, with the possibility of the Cherrix’ losing custody entirely.

Yet Abraham refused to comply with court orders, cheered on by supporters of holistic medicine: "I think it's my body. I can choose what's best for my body. If I don't have the right to do that, then I don't have any rights at all anyway."

At the Cherrix’ request, a second judge stayed the first court order until trial, scheduled to begin on August 16.

[Necessary intervention or medical terrorism by the nanny state? We’d like to hear from you at] Claudia French RN, LPHA International
Medical Veritas Association
Diabetics International Foundation


It is VERY MUCH the same here in Sweden, I'm afraid...

Olle Johansson, assoc. prof.
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute
171 77 Stockholm

The War Bush Isn't Fighting

"When unsmiling agents at the airport take away your contact lens solution, your toothpaste, and your cologne or after-shave, remember Osama bin Laden. Remember the real war on terrorism that the Bush administration and its allies decided not to fight, preferring cowboy-style military adventures" reminds Eugene Robinson.

Bush Versus the Constitution

"Last December, when Congressman John Conyers released a huge report documenting the evidence that Bush and Cheney had lied us into a war, he also introduced a bill to start a preliminary investigation of the matter and make recommendations on impeachment. Last week, Conyers released an expanded report, including new superfluous evidence of proved crimes related to the war, plus a lengthy Section 2 focused on illegal spying programs. The evidence of blatant criminality and threat to the Constitution in this new section is devastating. And the crimes have been confessed to," writes David Swanson.

"New Middle East" Out of Control

There is a sense that the growing number of crises in the "new Middle East" - proudly midwifed by the administration of President George W. Bush - is rapidly spinning out of control with potentially catastrophic consequences for the entire region and beyond. The first cracks in Israeli support for the war in Lebanon emerged Thursday, with leading intellectuals and mainstream politicians criticizing the government's decision to send more soldiers into Hezbollah territory.

China holzt Russland ab

Illegaler Holzeinschlag dank Schmiergeld und Bestechung.

Im Krieg mit "islamischen Faschisten"

Update: Der angeblich geplante, aber bislang noch sehr im Vagen bleibende "Massenmord in unvorstellbarem Ausmaß" stellt wieder einmal die Frage, wem das Drücken der "Paniktaste" nutzt.

BP Pipeline closure puts Exxon in the hotseat: speak up!

War Critics Are Mainstream, Not Fringe

"For the neoconservatives," writes Joe Conason, "the answer to every international conflict is shock and awe, so long as they remain safely distant from the carnage. The American people are turning away from that mindless and dangerous attitude, which is leading us toward disaster. Politicians of both parties should do likewise."

Bush Planning Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Cuts

The Bush administration has begun sounding out lawmakers and other key figures about mounting a new bipartisan effort to rein in the costs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security after the midterm elections.

Mercenary Jackpot

"While the Bush administration calls for the immediate disbanding of what it has labeled 'private' and 'illegal' militias in Lebanon and Iraq, it is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into its own global private mercenary army tasked with protecting US officials and institutions overseas. The secretive program, which spans at least twenty-seven countries, has been an incredible jackpot for one heavily Republican-connected firm in particular: Blackwater USA," writes Jeremy Scahill.

101 Uses of Chaos

Bush Seeks Political Gains From Plot

Bush seized on a foiled London airline bomb plot today to hammer unnamed critics he accused of having forgotten the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Weighed down by the unpopular war in Iraq, Bush and his aides have tried to shift the national political debate from that conflict to the broader and more popular global war on terrorism ahead of the November Congressional elections.

Defiant villagers unite against mobile phone mast

Resolute Cubbington villagers protested in force this week against O2 plans to install a mobile phone transmitter in the heart of the village. The communications firm has launched an appeal against a Warwick District Council decision to block the 12.5 metre construction.

Campaigners of all ages gathered on a grass verge outside the Rugby Tavern pub, where the equipment would stand, on Wednesday.

Lorraine Wright and her son Daniel, 3, were among around 100 people at the demonstration.

Mrs Wright, 46, of Dunblane Drive, said: "It's not just now, but the future we have got to think about.

"There are two schools nearby and the parents are worried about the effects on their children.

"Of course everybody needs a signal but it's the close proximity to where people live and work that worries us.

"I know it sounds like 'not in my back yard' but there are other places where the mast could be put.

"I don't think we know enough about the risks to have this equipment right in the middle of a residential area.

"If this gets passed where will it end?

"Other companies will want to expand their network into residential areas too."

Campaigner Shirley Rush, of Rugby Road, has been rallying opposition against the appeal, which will be dealt with by written representations to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.

A decision is likely to be announced in October.

Mrs Rush said: "We sent 900 letters out and had 600 protests back, which we are sending on.

"We are not against mobile phone masts, we just think they should be in an appropriate area, not a busy road close to two schools."

District council officers did not state health reasons - given no weight in planning terms - as grounds for refusal.

Instead they ruled the mast would spoil the character of the area and have a "harmful visual impact".

An O2 spokesman was not available for comment.

But the firm has repeatedly insisted the Rugby Road site - which would extend 3G coverage in a two-kilometre area - was chosen with care and there are no adverse health effects.

* O2 has put in an application for another 12.5 metre mast on a highways verge near the Warwick Gates estate in Tachbrook Road, Bishops Tachbrook.

Susan Villis, 56, of Reignier Place, said: "While I appreciate these masts must be sited somewhere, is close proximity to a large population with many young families a good place?

"This is especially so in the light of many recent reports of health concerns connected to these masts.

"In many areas people have lobbied to have them removed or placed further afield.

"I feel the residents of Warwick Gates should be made aware of what is being proposed."

11 August 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.

Opposition rallies to fight off mast

By Linda Piper

PLANS to install the first mobile phone mast on the roof of a house in the borough are facing mass protests from residents.

Nearly 150 people turned out at a public meeting in Erith to hear the facts about the proposal and to put together a plan of action.

Hutchison 3G has applied to Bexley Council to put three antennas and two dishes on the top of 173 Park Crescent, Erith.

The house, formerly Riversfield Manor, was built in 1860 and is now divided into rented flats.

The proposal is to conceal the equipment in a false fibreglass spire, which could be up to five metres high, on the top of the house.

The rest of the equipment required for the mast would be housed in the loft.

Last week's packed protest meeting, held in Christ Church School, Lesney Park Road, heard the owner of the house had struck a deal with the mobile phone company and was likely to receive around £8,000 a year for the use of the roof if the mast is given planning permission.

A number of the people at the meeting were parents of children at nearby schools, who were angry they had not been notified of the plans until after they had broken up for the summer holidays.

Many people suspect the company deliberately delayed the application so it would have to be decided during the school holidays, when mass protests from Christ Church and St Fidelis primary schools and Erith School would be almost impossible to organise.

Residents had the support of both Labour and Conservative councillors who attended the meeting and Erith and Thamemead MP John Austin who urged people to write individual letters of protest.

People fear if the mast is given the green light, it could open the floodgates to other people who want to supplement their income, offering their homes as sites for phone masts.

The proposal will go to Bexley's planning control committee on August 31 and the council has said it will take into account any comments received up to August 28.

The residents plan to put up speakers at the planning meeting and to turn up en masse to show the strength of feeling against the plan.

The planning control meeting is open to the public and will be held in the council chamber at the civic offices in Bexleyheath Broadway at 7.30pm.

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

Justement parlons-en Monsieur le Député-Maire

The stock option "backdating" scandal won't be the end of the CEO aristocracy

'New Middle East' Out Of Control

by Jim Lobe,

A growing number of foreign policy veterans fear the U.S. is courting disaster.

A new report by Rep. John Conyers lays out the case against the Bush White House

Mum leads campaign against mobile phone pole

11 August 2006

A CAMPAIGNING mum is leading the fight against plans to put up a 12-metre-high mobile phone mast on her street.

Claire Barker, 32, who has four young children, collected 215 signatures opposing the t-mobile mast destined for the junction of Becontree Avenue and Bennett's Castle Lane, in Dagenham.

She says the mast, which will go up near an old people's home and three schools, is not just a health hazard, it could also increase traffic accidents.

Claire is also concerned for the well-being of her elderly neighbour, who suffers from leukaemia.

She said: "When I received the bad news a couple of weeks ago I was furious. I made up a petition for the shops and visited neighbours with my seven-year-old daughter, Paige.

"What I find shocking is that half of the people I petitioned hadn't even received a letter. It is terrible, considering this issue affects a lot of old people and children."


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Washington's masochistic policy in Iraq

Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter


'Iraq could move toward civil war,' the commander of U.S. Central Command conceded to Congress on Thursday. Gen. John Abizaid said securing Baghdad was the top U.S. priority, and that the violence there was as bad as he had ever seen it. Sens. Christopher J. Dodd and Chuck Hagel, a Democrat of Connecticut and Republican of Nebraska, have since said they believe an Iraqi civil war has already begun. Amid soaring civilian casualties, other U.S. commanders have said American troops will need to remain in Iraq until at least 2016. Why would anyone want to keep U.S. troops in such an environment for another decade to referee a burgeoning blood feud between Sunnis and Shiites?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Who needs the USDA?

freeman, libertarian critter
by freeman


If food safety is to be a serious concern, then realizing that testing and other safeguards will only be administered, or even allowed, by the government to the extent that it doesn't threaten privileged businesses is a necessary step towards ensuring that the right paths are taken to ensure safety. Rest assured that the USDA will always go down the wrong path, while also setting up roadblocks preventing passage through more proper paths. Food won't be safe until a separation of food and state occurs...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Day of reckoning for US warmongers

Asia Times
by Jim Lobe


Tuesday's defeat in Connecticut's primary election of US President George W Bush's "favorite Democrat", Senator Joe Lieberman, by a little-known anti-war candidate marks a major setback to neo-conservative hopes of maintaining bipartisan support for the administration's aggressive foreign policies, particularly in the Middle East. .... n particular, the primary result is likely to give pause to several likely Democratic presidential aspirants. These include Senator Clinton and Senator Joseph Biden, who, while critical of the administration's competence in Iraq, have steadfastly resisted setting a timetable for withdrawal...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Secretive Global "Security" Program: U.S. Pays Blackwater $320 Million

Informant: Kev Hall

Biometrische Pässe: leichtes Ziel für Hacker

Meldung vom 11.08.2006

An der Black-Hat-Konferenz in Las Vegas hat der deutsche Sicherheitsforscher Lukas Grunwald demonstriert, wie einfach Daten aus den neuen elektronischen Pässen herausgelesen werden können.
Lukas Grunwald führte anhand seines eigenen deutschen Passes vor, wie einfach man die Informationen von biometrischen Ausweisen auf eine mit einem RFID-Chip ausgerüstete Smart Card transferieren kann. Um sein Ziel zu erreichen, habe er zunächst die Smart Card darauf programmiert, sich wie ein Pass zu verhalten.

In den USA beginnt die Auslieferung von Millionen neuer elektronischer Pässe noch diesen Oktober. Deutschland seinerseits musste bereits erste Probleme mit den eigenen Pässen einräumen. Aus diesem Grund hat die Bundesregierung entschieden, dass ein deutscher Pass auch mit einem defekten RFID-Tag seine Gültigkeit behalte. Deshalb hat die deutsche Hackervereinigung, Chaos Computer Club (CCC), auch sofort einen Vorschlag bereit. Laut den Hackern reicht es, einen Pass mal kurz in der Mikrowelle ordentlich zu garen, um den eingebauten Chip funktionsuntüchtig zu machen. So könne man sich problemlos vor dem Datenklau schützen.

In der Schweiz sollen erste elektronische Pässe ab September 2006 ausgestellt werden. Auf dem Chip sind die Daten gespeichert, die im Pass aufgedruckt sind. (dwt)

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Mobile phone masts are being unfairly forced upon residents

Concern is growing that a forest of telephone masts is being erected in residential areas and forced upon residents against their wishes.

A planning application has been submitted, to erect a 12.5m mast on the corner of County Gate with the A1000, despite there being an identical mast about 100m north on the same road. The neighbourhood is angry at the prospect.

Health issues relating to these masts are allegedly not yet proven. Neither are they proven to be safe.

Many respected scientific studies indicate health concerns, with young children being at particular risk. Masts are rarely erected near schools and hospitals yet children and residents spend far more time at home than in either of these places.

Councillors and residents are being forced to take part in a charade as Government policies pressure councils to ignore concerns raised regarding health and property values.

The vast majority of residents believe the mast will ruin a lovely green area, be a sinister eyesore and add to the depression and pressure residents suffer under increasing overdevelopment.

Similar proposals have been rejected in neighbouring wards and should be in this case.

Gordon Tweedale
County Gate, Barnet

© Copyright 2001-2006 Newsquest Media Group

Greenland ice sheet melting faster

Thursday, 10 August 2006
Marie Theresa Bray
Cosmos Online

SYDNEY, 10 August 2006: The Greenland ice sheet is now melting three times faster than predicted, making the likely rise in sea levels this century larger than originally feared, according to a U.S. study published today.

In a study published in the online issue of the U.S. journal, Science, Jianli Chen and colleagues at the University of Texas in Austin have calculated that the Greenland ice sheet has been melting at an accelerated rate since 2004.

"A direct consequence of the significant melting would be the global sea level rise," said Chen. "This melting alone will contribute about 0.6 millimetres a year of the global sea level rise.

"If the Greenland cap melted completely, it would raise global mean sea level by about 6.5 metres. If this was to occur, most of the world's coastal regions would be subject to flooding," the authors wrote.

Previously Jonathan Gregory, a climatologist at Britain's University of Reading, and Philippe Huybrechts, a glaciologist at the Free University in Brussels, Belgium, had warned in a 1999 study of the possible meltdown of the Greenland ice sheet. It appears these concerns were not unfounded.

Chen and his colleagues used data collected by a pair of satellites known as the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) to accurately measure gravity changes as a function of time. They analysed data collected on the gravity variation over Greenland, and then compared the monthly data of the ice sheet between April 2002 and November 2005 for the study.

"These time-variable gravity changes [from GRACE] can be used to compute mass changes, such as ice melting or accumulation on the Earth surface," said Chen. "In this sense, GRACE 'directly' measures ice mass change on a monthly basis."

The researchers now estimate that about 240 cubic kilometres of the ice sheet is disappearing annually. This is a staggering three times faster than the rate estimated in the past five years.

The difference in estimates can be attributed to increased melting in the past one and a half years and, most importantly, to the improved filtering and estimation techniques from GRACE.

If these findings are validated, it will significantly strengthen the case of the effect of global warming and would show that melting polar ice sheets are a contributing factor to global sea level rise. According to the Chen, these findings can be used for further studies on the ice sheet.

"This is just one of many encouraging finds we are seeing from GRACE," added Chen. "After a few more years, with more GRACE data collected, we anticipate to have a much convincing conclusion and clearer picture of Greenland ice mass balance."

Greenland boasts the second largest ice cap on Earth at 3.000 metres in height. It also contains about 2.5 million cubic kilometres, or 10% of the world's total ice mass.

Informant: binstock


San Diego's awful audit leaves it looking for ways to pay its pension bills. The all-but-bankrupt city of San Diego has earned the comparison with such financial failures as Enron, WorldCom and Orange County, according to Arthur Levitt Jr., and he ought to know. He is the former chairman of the Security and Exchange Commissions and a respected figure in the field of finance.

Help us Save America's Wolves; end the aerial gunning of wolves in Alaska!

How many of our wolves have to die before President Bush will do something about it?

Hundreds of wolves have already been killed in Alaska, shot to death by state-licensed gunmen in low-flying aircraft or chased to exhaustion by the planes then shot at point-blank range.

Help us stop this killing -- demand that the Bush administration put an end to this brutal practice by enforcing the Federal Airborne Hunting Act that is supposed to protect these majestic animals.

Help end the aerial gunning of wolves in Alaska – sign the petition to demand that Bush enforce the law!

Bush’s Inaction = Dead Wolves

Hundreds of Alaska’s wolves have already been killed by gunmen in low-flying planes. Please help us stop the massacre--Urge the Bush administration to put an end to aerial gunning before more wolves are killed.

Click here to sign the petition.

Help us reach 100,000 signatures in the next thirty days.

Easy targets against fallen snow, Alaskan gray wolves are gunned down from airplanes carrying state-licensed marksmen. The gunners can target entire packs -- even pregnant mothers!

Aerial gunners have killed more than 550 wolves over the past three winters and hundreds more wolves could be killed under "management" plans approved by the Alaska Board of Game in May.

That's not wolf management. It's a wolf massacre.

Defenders of Wildlife has launched an all-out campaign to end this brutal practice. We need to collect 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days, and we need your help to do it.

Urge the Bush Administration to enforce the Federal Airborne Hunting Act, an existing federal law that could put an end to the killing.

Despite the fact that wolves help keep moose and caribou populations healthy and are an important part of Alaska’s billion-dollar tourism industry, the state continues to allow aerial gunning.

In fact, the Board of Game's new proposals would expand the kill zones where aerial gunning is permitted and allow gunners on snow machines to harass and kill wolves.

Please sign our petition to the Bush administration to help protect our wolves from aerial gunning in Alaska.

Once you’ve added your signature, please forward this message to your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers and ask them to join you in protecting these magnificent animals.

Thanks so much for your help,

Rodger Schlickeisen
President, Defenders of Wildlife

From EarthForceUnited

Pentagon Expanding Its Domestic Surveillance Activity

Fears of Post-9/11 Terrorism Spur Proposals for New Powers

War pimp alert: Apocalypse Now?

Is Iran planning a cataclysmic strike for August 22?

Is Iran planning an apocalyptic strike against Israel and/or the United States for August 22? If so, what should the U.S. do to protect Americans and our ally? Such questions are worrying a growing number of officials in the White House, at the CIA, and at the Pentagon, and for good reason.

Hungry For World War III

It will surprise no one to hear that this argument is coming from certain fundamentalist Christian quarters, where premillenial dispensationalists see signs that the coming Rapture is accelerating toward its glorious end. But it is also being heard from more mainstream voices.

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