September 20, 2008

The destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has accelerated for the first time in four years.

The great amazon is also getting deforested which will cause the great damage.

Satellite images show 11,968 sq km of land was cleared in the year to July, nearly 4% higher than the year before.

The government said the figure was unsatisfactory but could have been a lot worse if it had not taken action against illegal logging.

High commodity prices had allegedly tempted farmers to clear more land.

In recent years the Brazilian government has been able to celebrate three successive falls in deforestation.

But the latest estimate from the National Institute for Space Research, known as INPE, shows that this trend has come to a halt.

‘Could be worse’

Gilberto Camara of the Space Research Institute, said they would have liked better news.

“We believe it is a setback, but we believe it is also positive in the sense that the expected levels were much higher,” Mr Camara said.

“There was a lot of burning on the ground in the second half of 2007, which could have led to a much greater increase in deforestation.”

We believe it is a setback, but we believe it is also positive in the sense that the expected levels were much higher,” Mr Camara said.

“There was a lot of burning on the ground in the second half of 2007, which could have led to a much greater increase in deforestation.”

In late 2007 and early 2008 there were signs that deforestation was on the rise again – with land said to be in demand for cattle and soya at a time when commodity prices were high, says the BBC’s Garry Duffy in Sao Paulo.

In response the government announced a series of measures to clamp down on illegal logging, including a major operation involving police and environmental inspectors known as the “Arc of Fire”.

Brazil’s Environment Minister, Carlos Minc, said that without actions like this, the figures could have been much higher.



September 10, 2008


Ever since the early days of movies, when Hollywood has wanted to show the unique beauty of the West, it has gone to Sedona, a place that looks like nowhere else. Beginning with The Call of the Canyon in 1923,

some hundred movies and TV shows have been filmed in and around town. We fell under Sedona’s spell, too, and while debating our No. 1 spot kept returning to it for the same reasons Hollywood does: The area’s telegenic canyons, wind-shaped buttes and dramatic sandstone towers embody the rugged character of the West — and the central place that character holds in our national identity. There’s a timelessness about these ancient rocks that fires the imagination of all who encounter them. Some 11,000 years before film cameras discovered Sedona, American Indians settled the area. Homesteaders, artists and, most recently, New Age spiritualists have followed. Many cultures and agendas abound, but there’s really only one attraction:

the sheer, exuberant beauty of the place. People come for inspiration and renewal, tawny cliffs rising from the buff desert floor, wind singing through box canyons, and sunsets that seem to cause the ancient buttes and spires to glow from within. We hear the canyon’s call and cannot resist.

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September 2, 2008

Many of them lossing their jobs due to recession.most of the people dono what to do after lossing their jobs.

Cushy government benefits are beginning to clash with the fearsome reality of explosive state and local deficits. “Towns are starting to fight back,” says Edholm. “They’re drowning, and they realize they have to do something about it.” Many municipalities and a majority of states now face serious budget shortfalls, and declining tax revenues are likely to result from the onset of a recession. That may force some tough choices. “Falling tax receipts resulting from a steep recession could change the budgetary requirements of state and local governments,” says Bos. “Whether that will have an impact on services or benefits or wages remains to be seen. It will depend on the electorate’s appetite for an increase in taxes.

“The historical rationale for giving government employees better benefits was that they didn’t get paid as well,” says Jim Edholm, president of Better Benefits Insurance Inc., a benefit-consulting firm based in Andover, Mass. “That has long since lost its validity. Those employed by government agencies tend now to have richer total compensation packages than those in virtually any private industry.

Many city workers are eligible for legacy health plans that aren’t available to private-sector workers in any but the ritziest of jobs. Some such plans, for instance, offer 100% coverage for basic surgeries with little if any co-pay, whereas private plans may require a $250 to $500 co-pay per surgery. In Massachusetts, for example, many local government employees enjoy benefit plans that have long since been phased out for private employees, who have seen plan standards tighten consistently in recent years. Increasingly, private sector employees across the country end up in euphemistically dubbed “consumer-directed health plans” which typically cost companies less because of higher deductibles and more restrictive care options.