Land Users Group Calls out Greens on Cannabis Environmental Harms

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 7 July 2020The Primary Land Users Group (PLUG) representing a cross-section of forestry, dairy, horticulture and dry-stock land-users has called out the Green Party, asking how they can reconcile their desire for legal cannabis with the negative environmental effects from cannabis cultivation.In a media release, they’ve highlighted the experience of overseas jurisdictions where there has been erosion, river diversion, and habitat destruction from large grows, and say that the Greens “are quite vocal about blaming agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels for the country’s GHG emissions but it seems, taking the USA consumption as an example of the likely effects from legalisation in NZ, that logic does not come into their thinking – it is just about self-satisfaction.”They also highlight concerns around “the case of pollution with the use of chemicals, which are often used to kill rodents which may damage the crop. These chemicals make their way into the sewage system and into our water supplies. They also make their way into the food chain, and can pose significant health risks to predators,” and that in Colorado, the “voracious energy consumption of growers is rubbing up against the city’s ambitions of cutting greenhouse gases.” They also say that “producing just a couple of pounds of weed can have the same environmental toll as driving across America seven times.”In their concluding statements, they warn; “The legalisation of recreational or medicinal marijuana in eight states including California, Florida and Massachusetts, means some of the nation’s hard-earned progress towards climate change solutions is on the chopping block as regulators continue to ignore this industry’s mushrooming carbon footprint.”SayNopeToDope campaign spokesperson Aaron Ironside says “The full effects of the industry on the natural environment are only just beginning to be recognised. These impacts occur even under a so-called “regulated” environment, as the vast amounts of water and electricity needed to power marijuana farms are damaging to the environment. One average kilogram of final product is associated with 4600 kg of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. According to research published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, cannabis cultivation consumes 5.2 MWh/y/kg of electricity and produces roughly 4.6 metric ton of CO2/kg of product.”“If the Greens really want to protect the environment and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, then they should not be pushing for introducing the cannabis industry into New Zealand which may lead to environmental harms.” READ MORE https://saynopetodope.org.nz/not-so-green/last_img read more

Donation increases USC’s full-tuition scholarships

first_imgThe university will increase the number of full-tuition scholarships it offers by more than 40 because of a $3.8-million gift from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, which has established scholarships at leading research institutions across the country.Stamps Scholarships will be awarded to 10 freshmen at the beginning of the fall semester starting in 2012 and continuing through 2016. The Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholars will be nominated by a panel of USC faculty members for their leadership and innovation, according to Katharine Harrington, vice president of admissions and planning.“It’s 10 new students who would otherwise not be receiving a full-tuition scholarship. That can make the difference to whether a student can come. Certainly what it does is it relieves most of the financial burdens of a world-class education,” Harrington said in a statement.The Stamps Scholars will be awarded the same standing as the Trustee, Presidential and Mork Scholars and will receive a discretionary fund of $5,000 for study abroad, unpaid internship and summer research.President C. L. Max Nikias said the Stamps Scholarships reflects the university’s diversity and strength of the student body.“This is a tremendous vote of confidence in USC and its talented students, and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation’s exceptional support will go a long way in helping the university bring the brightest and most deserving students to our campuses,” Nikias said in a statement.The Stamps Charitable Foundation has established scholarships at 24 universities across the country.“We are excited to work with the University of Southern California, given its preeminence in a wide variety of academic fields, proven ability to develop leaders, international reputation and influence.”According to USC’s new strategic plan, released on Monday, the university is striving to increase the number of full-tuition scholarships it awards to students.last_img read more

Healthy Clippers crush Nuggets in clash of contenders

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is fouled by the Nuggets’ Jerami Grant as he shoots during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDenver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers reacts as he attempts a shot in front of Gary Harris #14 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers calls for a foul behind Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket on Jerami Grant #9 and Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers is fouled by Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets as he shoots during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris, right, moves to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, shoots as Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, center, and forward Jerami Grant defend during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and 10 rebounds as one of seven Clippers to score in double figures in their 132-103 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, left, shoots as Clippers forward JaMychal Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers attempts a shot in front of Jamal Murray #27 and Paul Millsap #4 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets blocks the shot of Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers looks to pass to Montrezl Harrell #5, in front of Mason Plumlee #7 and Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets, during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, right, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates his 3-pointer after a Denver Nuggets timeout during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, center left, celebrates with guard Patrick Beverley, center right, after hitting a 3-point shot as Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee, left, walks toward his bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers scores on a layup in front of Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers scores on a layup past Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers argues a foul call with referee Mark Lindsay #29 during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers reacts as he is fouled between Paul Millsap #4, Nikola Jokic #15 and Gary Harris #14 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers scores on a dunk during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket on Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers scores on a jump hook in front of Mason Plumlee #7 and Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers scores on a layup in front of Gary Harris #14 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Montrezl Harrell #5 and Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers talks during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates a three pointer from Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers after a timeout during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 Clippers win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets is defended by Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 Clippers win at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets reacts during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 LA Clippers win at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, right, defends and forward Kawhi Leonard watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets reacts as he is called for a charging foul on Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers as Mason Plumlee #7 and Landry Shamet #20 look on during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 Clippers win at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers scores on a dunk in front of Reggie Jackson #1 during a 132- 103 win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers reacts to Paul George #13 with Marcus Morris Sr. #31 during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 win over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Jerami Grant #9 of the Denver Nuggets is fouled on his drive by JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers past Reggie Jackson #1 during the fourth quarter in a 132-103 Clippers win at Staples Center on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton, center, shoot as Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, left, and forward Montrezl Harrell defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, upper left, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee, second from right, and forward Jerami Grant, right, defend while forward Will Barton watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, second from left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet, left, defends while guard Rodney McGruder, right, and forward Patrick Patterson watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr., center, has the ball tied up by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, and guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 132-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is fouled by the Nuggets’ Jerami Grant as he shoots during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 41The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is fouled by the Nuggets’ Jerami Grant as he shoots during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Two of the Western Conference’s elite squads clashed in a physical, fast-paced game before an energized Friday night crowd at Staples Center – and it wasn’t close.The Clippers, fully healthy for only the seventh time this season, improved to 7-0 with a full lineup. This time, they sprinted past the Denver Nuggets for a convincing 132-103 victory.L.A. entered the game sitting in third place in the conference standings, a game behind the second-place Nuggets, and well aware of what was at stake when the teams met for the second of three times this season.A Denver win would have given the Nuggets the season tiebreaker; a Clippers victory would give them a share of second place in the conference standings. “It just brings good vibes… it allows everybody to be special in their spots” @Reggie_Jackson speaks on what good ball movement does for the team#ClipperNation • @Kristina_Pink • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/6kgEgnGTwL— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The Clippers surged off the starting line and maintained that advantage en route to their third straight victory and their 24th at home.“How we started and sustained that energy and focus throughout the whole game, when we do that we’re hard to beat,” Kawhi Leonard said.Doc Rivers’ squad moved the ball on offense and moved their feet and their mouths on defense, and, in the process, limited the league’s sixth-best offense to 45.1 percent shooting. On the other end, they hit their shots at 53.3 percent clip and buried 18 3-pointers against the league’s 10th-best rated defense.The Clippers had just 10 turnovers and assisted on 35 of their 48 baskets, led by seven assists apiece by Lou Williams and Jackson. Leonard had five assists, the 27th time this season he notched at least that many – more than in any of his previous eight NBA seasons.“Ball movement tonight was extraordinary,” Rivers said. “We took care of the ball, moved the ball, I thought we made the right plays, they didn’t need to force it. That is all we talked about today: They are a terrific defensive team, they pull in a lot and make you make the extra pass, but if you are willing to do it, you are going to get shots and I thought our guys did it tonight.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “We’re just taking it one game at a time.. we’re blessed to have everybody healthy right now”@MONSTATREZZ talks w/ @Kristina_Pink after what might be one of their biggest wins of the season #ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/9N0NFurNeM— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 “It’s a big win… I think that was just important for us to get that game going into the weekend”@TeamLou23 reflects on the importance of the win tonight#ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/iKNEoDp0If— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 “For sure, we look a day ahead to every game,” forward JaMychal Green said at shootaround Friday morning, when the Clippers looked around and recognized how focused they all were. “This one is going to be a big game for us tonight; if we beat them, we will be tied for second and we need that spot. It’s like a playoff game – playing against a great team, we are a great team, so it is going to be a dogfight.”Before the game, Denver coach Mike Malone downplayed the standings situation, but concurred on the quality of the matchup: “Tonight will be a hell of a challenge on the road against a very tough opponent.”A couple of hours and a solid drubbing later, Malone was fuming: “We were soft tonight from beginning to end. They got what they wanted, we couldn’t run offense because they took us out of our stuff and we just allowed them to do it in 48 minutes.”The Clippers (40-19), on the other hand, were in high spirits after they imposed their will and had a ball doing it.“A blast, it was a blast,” said Clippers guard Reggie Jackson, who finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in his fourth game since signing with the team. “It was amazing, like being a kid in a candy store.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬𝐨𝐧@Reggie_Jackson with the steal and the three. 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/13ZVvfyLv7— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) February 29, 2020 WHOLE team getting BUCKETS 🤘Fifth 👌 of the night for @TeamLou23 #ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/VYBOkdTfXT— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 Seven Clippers finished in double figures, led by Paul George with 24 (on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range). Leonard had 19, Montrezl Harrell had 18 (and 10 rebounds), Williams had 17, Landry Shamet had 12 and Ivica Zubac and Jackson both contributed 10.In the third quarter, with 6:52 left on the clock and Leonard at the free-throw line being serenaded with “M-V-P” chants, George and Beverley embraced at the other end of the court, in fine spirits as the lead grew to 81-63, the largest to that point.Beverley didn’t score, took only one shot, and finished plus-13 in the box score, with three rebounds and four assists.“He’s just such a winner, he really is,” Rivers said. “Like, was anybody happier tonight but Patrick Beverley? Every young player should look at Patrick Beverley tonight – not the stats, but during the game, and how happy he was, that we were playing well, that he was making plays. I tell you man, you need those type of guys on your team and I’m glad I have him.”With Beverley’s energy as a guide, the Clippers tended to their lead and it only increased, growing as large as 33 points while the Clippers flexed their depth as their reserves blew it open, outscoring Denver’s bench 73-49 and its starters 73-54 and sending the Nuggets (40-19) to their worst loss of the season.NOTEThe Clippers have won at least 40 games in nine consecutive seasons, the third-longest active streak in the NBA behind Oklahoma City (10) and San Antonio (20). Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Sixth 👌 of the night for @Yg_Trece 📼: @tacobell #ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/ikD2ffpcAX— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) February 29, 2020 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more