Donald Trump cited a frightful list of anti-American threats in his 4300-word nomination acceptance speech: terrorism, immigrants, crime, violence, gangs, drugs, lawlessness, government regulation, media elites. He had nothing to say about multidrug-resistant superbugs. The post Superbugs appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
Men are from Mars, women from Venus, a bestseller claims. Science confirms: male and female brains are wired differently, possibly explaining a lot, The post Sex & the Brain appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
How it is that brains shed memory, while sparing lyrics and music, is one of neuroscience’s great mysteries. Can hardy music circuits jog cognition and speech? Hopes are high. The post Music in my Head appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Rising seas linked to climate change pose a major threat to coastal cities around the world. Dutch engineers are designing nature-based flood control systems that are cheap, effective, and environmentally friendly. The post Room for the River appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Issa Amro has been a human rights defender in Israeli-occupied Hebron since the early 2000s. On November 23, he'll stand before a military court outside Ramallah, charged with "incitement," organizing illegal activities, being in a "closed military zone" and insulting police. The post Issa Amro appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
The seductive voice of a clarinet. The wild wail of a tenor sax. The whimsical tones of a bassoon or oboe. Each of these sounds is produced by blowing air over a thin reed sliced from a cane stalk. Most cane reed is produced in the Var region of southern France. The post Music Reeds appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
We use lots of items in our daily lives. We use them and then throw them away, or perhaps recycle them when they wear out or get damaged. Then again, some of us prefer to repair for re-use -- at a Repair Cafe. The post Repair Cafe appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Bacteria and fungi, Earth's quintessential biochemists, are famous for the odd molecules they produce. But human beings are no slouches. According to one estimate, global commerce swells with thousands of industrial chemicals, many completely novel, some very toxic The post Toxic Load appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
For those who thought that corporate concentration in the food industry couldn't get tighter, wake up and smell the coffee. The Big Six seed and farm chemical producers are now on the verge of coalescing into three. Amazon may soon be the world's biggest supermarket. The post Corporate Food Chains appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
Standing on the edge of little Battir, I feasted my eyes on an astonishing sight: an amphitheater of ancient stone terraces covered in a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, herbs and trees -- including olive trees over a thousand years old. The post A Village Called Battir appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
When Heather Majaury left the Ottawa Valley for university after high school, it was the start of a whole new journey. And it wasn't just about the usual transitions from being a teenager to a young adult. It was the birth of a whole new sense of identity. The post This is My Drum appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
Fair trade -- as opposed to Free Trade -- puts farmers, workers, communities and the health of the planet ahead of national trade balances and corporate profits. Listen to the voices of fair traders gathered in Winnipeg for their national convention. The post Fair Trade appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
Israel plays a host of key roles in today's troubled world: Jewish homeland. Bastion of peace and democracy in the troubled Middle East. Clever "start-up nation" the world can turn to for smart solutions. Israeli-American activist Jeff Halper pinpoints a darker niche. The post Global Palestine appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
Physical abuse, assassination, bribery, the use of human shields, looting ... These are among the acts former Israeli soldiers describe to Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence in the course of interviews about their service in the occupied Palestinian territories. The post Breaking the Silence appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
Imagine an electric-powered fleet of Canada Post vehicles, along with vehicle charging stations at post offices. And postal banking, where loans could be secured for renewable energy installations and home energy retro-fits. Listen up. The post Delivering Community Power appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
I've always hung out on the margins, with all the other misfits, freaks and queers; on the edge, the border between femininity and masculinity, between brownness and whiteness, a standpoint that offers me a unique worldview. The post Cole Gately appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Once it was clear the number of refugees arriving in Germany would top one million, reactions varied dramatically. Months later, a divided society is still debating its role as a refuge for the second time since the end of the cold war. The post Migration to Germany appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
Last fall I rode 1500 miles from Taos, New Mexico to New Orleans on a 1983 Yamaha xs-650. It was my first solo, long distance bike trip and New Orleans -- a legendary city -- seemed like a good destination. The post Flood on the Levee appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Checkpoint 56, in Israeli-occupied Hebron, is a fearsome sight to behold. Flashed before your eyes in a Rorschach test, it could be taken for a high-voltage substation, or an industrial meat grinder. The post Shuhada Street appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Rob Kendrick -- aka Shakydad -- is a highly successful guy with Parkinson's Disease. Listen to him reflect on the challenges and changes Parkinson's has offered up, for worse and for better. The post Shakydad appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
A mild mid-March in Canada's notoriously frigid prairie capital cannot be definitively pinned on global climate change. Still, for anyone willing to listen, read and watch, the writing is on the wall. Earth is warming -- and fast. The post Temperature Rising appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Will global capitalism eventually wean itself off fossil fuels? Can wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy sources generate enough joules to drive permanent economic growth? Should carbon emissions be taxed? The post Low Carbon Futures appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Up to twenty percent of working musicians get struck by focal dystonia at some point. So do writers, athletes, craftspeople … an estimated 300,000 North Americans. The underlying problem? Normal brain plasticity gone rogue. The post Dystonia appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
A year-round program of bi-communal basketball games helps Greek and Turkish Cypriot teens shed stereotypes and make friends while modeling coexistence on a divided island. The post Peace Through Basketball appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
You are what you eat -- so the saying goes. In fact, the trillions of bacteria inhabiting your gut also eat what you eat, and turn meals into molecules that affect your brain. The post Gut-Brain Axis appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
An estimated ten percent of Canadians struggle with depression, flashbacks and panic attacks associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). So do 14,000 Canadian veterans. Locked brain circuits may be to blame. The post PTSD appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
It’s not a new or unique story. The factories in a blue-collar industrial town grow silent and the character of the city surrounding them is transformed. The post Waterfront Renewal appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
When the early organizers of a union for United Church ministers approached the Canadian Autoworkers in 2004, they had no idea that they were creating a whole new way for workers to organize. The post Unifaith appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Insomniacs are more than just lonely. Their brains are less flexible. A good night’s sleep re-wires grey matter and sheds chemical waste, boosting healthy brain activity in the day. The post Insomnia appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Things constantly change. Everyone knows it. Steady, sometimes sudden change provides contour to individual human lives. Now, it seems humans have changed planet Earth like it's never been changed before. The post Change appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Palestinians are glad the 1994/95 Oslo accords granted them nominal control over Bethlehem and her cultural treasures, and it isn't just the dwindling Christian minority in this town of 25,000 that's smiling. The post Oh Little Star of Bethlehem appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Like Earth’s climate, Manitoba Hydro’s office tower -- in the city of Winnipeg -- is an integrated system. As Earth's climate warms, energy efficient buildings like this will be in demand. The post Climate-Friendly Buildings appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Rising seas linked to global climate change pose a major threat to coastal cities around the world. Who better to turn to for nature-based flood control systems than the Dutch? The post Dutch Dikes appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Recent studies report that a glass of wine in the evening is good for your heart. This may be so, but a bottle of wine is not something you'd expect to buy at a hospital. In the French city of Strasbourg, you most definitely can. The post Medical Wine appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Back in 2012, on a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, I set out to speak with someone who refers to these gorgeous lands as "Judea" and "Samaria." That is to say, with a Jewish settler. The post Dovid Ben-Meir appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
As the world holds its breath, waiting for Israel to demolish the little village of Susya, in the occupied West Bank, here's a report to listen to from back in 2012. Today, Susya's destruction could come at any moment. The post Silent Annexation appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
In an agronomy lab and farm field in Montpellier, France, scientists are uncovering the secrets of one of the world's great crops. The potential spin-offs for global green economies are huge. The post Secret Lives of Plants appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
There's a quiet killer living in the walls of traditional adobe houses in Central and South America. You can't see it; you can't hear it. It sneaks out at night, crawling or tumbling into your bed. The post Chagas Disease appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
In the rolling foothills of the Canadian Rockies, where cattle peacefully graze and ranchers retire to handsome chalets, a purple haze hovers. Fracking is being blamed not only for air pollution, but for a litany of health complaints. The post Canaries in Coal Mines appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.…
For those in need of a Johnny Cash fix, Winnipeg-native Marcel Soulodre is a guy to listen to. But you'll need to hop on a plane. Marcel is currently paying homage to the late-great American country singer in bistros across Europe. The post Wanted Man appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
Palestine has filed action against Israel at the International Criminal Court -- a move Washington and its ally have denounced. Do Israel's occupation, its settlement enterprise and assault on Gaza violate international law? The post Israel & the Law appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
The universal point of view from Washington and European capitals is that Israel has the right to defend itself against rockets fired from Gaza. Eric David, an eminent Belgian expert in international law, takes a different position. The post Assault on Gaza appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
This coming spring will mark the twenty-second anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. An estimated eight hundred thousand were killed by ethnic Hutu extremists armed with knives, hoes and machetes. Over the radio, venom flowed. The post Ghosts of Hate Radio appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
On the occasion of Winnipeg's annual "Negev Gala," organized by the Canadian chapter of the Jewish National Fund, a couple of dozen local activists (quite a few of them Jewish) gathered in humorous protest. The post New Jewish National Fund appeared first on Green Planet Monitor.
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