Youth and Education News
March 3, 2004, Issue 129, Volume 4
'You've got a President who says global warming is a hoax and across the Potomac river you've got a Pentagon preparing for climate wars. It's pretty scary when Bush starts to ignore his own government on this issue." Rob Gueterbock, Greenpeace
Mars Was Once Wet Enough to Support Life
Mars rover Opportunity has found evidence that the Red Planet was once wet enough for life to exist there, but the robot has not found any direct traces of living organisms, NASA scientists have announced. ''Opportunity has landed in an area of Mars where liquid water once drenched the surface,'' said Edward Weiler from NASA. ''This area would have been a good, habitable environment.''
Farthest Known Object From Earth Detected
''We are confident it is the most distant known object,'' said astronomer Richard Ellis of a newly discovery galaxy about 13,000,000,000 light-years from Earth. The discovery gives a rare glimpse of the time when the first stars and galaxies began to blink on. ''The possibility is here we really are beginning to peek into that time,'' said another astronomer, Robert Kirshner, who was not connected with the discovery. ''People have gone there in their imagination -- they've thought about it. Now we are getting the facts.'' The galaxy is just 2,000 light-years across. That's far smaller than the Milky Way, which is roughly 100,000 light-years in diameter. The Hubble Space Telescope revealed the first glimpse of the galaxy, backed up by observations made with the Keck Observatory's 10-meter telescopes atop Mauna Kea.
New Data Shows Mysterious Force in Universe, as Einstein Said
Measurements from the Hubble Space telescope prove a dark, unseen energy is pushing the universe apart just as Einstein predicted in 1917. Einstein named the energy "the cosmological constant." The source of the energy is unknown.
New York Times
Scientist says 'Asian brown cloud' threatens Planet
A body of pollution identified across Asia's skies now threatens to engulf the Middle East and make our planet a drier place. Researcher Veerabhadran Ramanathan said there is evidence the Gulf region is being sucked into a global pollution circuit moving several miles above ground. The blanket is filled with chemicals and dust from cars, aerosols and agricultural and industrial waste. Ramanathan said the major contributors to a worldwide circle of pollution were Los Angeles, Delhi, Bombay, Beijing and Cairo. "Pollution in the eastern United States can go in four or five days to Europe and in a week it goes from Europe to South Asia. This is fast transport which converts a local problem into a regional and global problem," he said.
Now the Pentagon Tells Bush: Climate Change Will Destroy Us
A secret report, suppressed by US Pentagon, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a "Siberian" climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world. The document predicts abrupt climate change may bring our planet to the edge of anarchy as countries threatenen nuclear war to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to the report. "Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life," concludes the Pentagon analysis. "Once again, warfare would define human life.'" Rob Gueterbock of Greenpeace is very concerned. 'You've got a President who says global warming is a hoax," he said, "and across the Potomac river you've got a Pentagon preparing for climate wars. It's pretty scary when Bush starts to ignore his own government on this issue."
Update from the Buffalo Field Campaign
For the second year in a row, the National Park Service has assisted in the capture and slaughter of America's last, wild buffalo herd. So far this year the Montana Department of Livestock has shot 2 bulls, hazed and captured a mixed herd of 18 - of those only 8 (5 yearlings, 1 cow and 2 bulls) were tagged and released, The National Park Service has also assisted the Department of Livestock with the capture of 163 buffalo, with 53 of those sent to slaughter. The latter herd never even left the park boundaries.
To learn more, visit: http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo
Superintendent Suzanne Lewis: email@example.com
Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act
The US Congress has introduced the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act, (H.R. 3446,) that would put a 3-year moratorium on the slaughter of Yellowstone buffalo. It would also:
Close the Stephens Creek Capture Facility (which is located INSIDE the park;
Give buffalo access to traditional wintering and calving grounds;
Take buffalo management away from the Department of Livestock and give it over to the Park Service.
Currently, the Buffalo Field Campaign, which protects the buffalo, will be heading to Washington, DC the week of March 15 to lobby Congress. They will also hold a Buffalo Summit to educate members and their staff, and to garner more support for the bill.
Eastern Band gets grant for hatchery, survey
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, NC, will receive almost $500,000 in federal grants to upgrade the tribal fish hatchery and to thoroughly survey the reservation's plants and aquatic life. "We're pretty excited about it," said David Ensley, manager of Cherokee Fish and Game management. The monies will fund concrete raceways at the hatchery, new equipment, multiyear survey of plants, migratory birds, reptiles, aquatic life and the rare habitat areas.
Students complete work on Alaska-bound canoe
A Haida war canoe, built over the past three years by youngsters at Alternative School 1, WA, was water-tested this week in choppy waters off Golden Gardens Park in Puget Sound. "Not only did it float beautifully but it paddled so well, even with the wind and the waves," said Ron Snyder, principal of the K-8 school. The 40-foot red-cedar canoe Ocean Spirit was carved with assistance from Haida master carver Robert "Saaduuts" Peele. Ocean Spirit is decorated with four 10-foot black-and-copper-leaf eagles, two at the bow and two at the stern. "They're magnificent," Snyder said. The inside is painted red and covered with golden-paint handprints from the children who helped build it and helped carved its 15 paddles About 150 current AS1 students turned out for the launching.
From Nunavut to Nashville
Jordin Tootoo, 21, from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, is enjoying his rookie season in the National Hockey League with the Nashville Predators. Tootoo, the first NHL player of Inuit descent, grew up in Rankin Inlet, an isolated village of 2,300 people which is accessible only by air. In fact, the NHL media guides list his hometown as Churchill, Manitoba, 300 miles to the south. At age 14, Tootoo left home to play hockey in Edmonton--something many small-town Canadian boys must do to improve their talents. "If youíre committed to what you do, you have to leave when youíre ready," Tootoo said. Jordin had become the talk nationwide when Canada captured the silver medal at the 2003 World Junior Championships. Now, when Nashville plays the Edmontun Oilers, fans travel thousands of miles to cheer on adopted hockey hero. "This is the closest city to where I come from in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. There are tons of people who support me and I know that I have supporters from all over the place." Tootoo has inspired Inuit children to achieve their dreams should they want to leave the north. "There are a lot of talented players out there," Jordin said. "Iíve had troubles myself but I had mom and dad to support me and if there are any players who I can support, Iíll do that 110 percent."
Rock the Native Vote concert to take place in Oklahoma
In an effort to register thousands of young Native Americans, the first-ever Rock the Native Vote will take place Saturday, June 5, in Oklahoma City. Brian Frejo, Native hip-hop artist, is helping with arrangements. ďSome of the most popular acts in Indian Country will be here, from rap and hip hop to rock and blues," he said. Oklahoma State Senator Enoch Kelly Haney, Seminole, supports the event. "It is time for the indigenous people of America en masse to exercise their rights as citizens," he said. "It is a responsibility we owe to both our ancestors and to our children." Tickets will be available April 5. A concert website is being set up at : http://www.rockthenativevote.com
For more information, please call 405-632-2006.
Prophecy Through Resistance
Sprouts is a weekly newsmagazine produced in collaboration with community radio stations across the country. Prophecy Through Resistance is a story of Indigenous peoples throughout the western hemisphere. Prophecy resonates through the ages and keeps alive the struggle for a better world for all life, including the winged, the four legged, the two-legged, the swimming, the plants and those of seven generations yet to come. Prophecy Through Resistance is offered free of charge to all radio stations.
ONLINE ANTI-CHIEF PETITION:
For 15 years, Native activists have pressured the University of Illinois to drop its school mascot, Chief Illiniwek. The mascot is considered racist and disrespectful to American Indian cultures. On March 11th, the University's Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the future of "Chief Illiniwek." Groups are pushing for signatures to an online petition supporting the motion to drop the mascot.
To learn more, and to sign the petition, visit: http://users.skynet.be/kola/illpet.htm
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