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 read more

New year looks to be good for buying home

first_imgLet’s dub 2008 the “Year of the Home Buying Opportunity.” That’s my glass-half-full take on what’s going to happen with the residential real estate market. But the extent of the opportunity will materialize over time. Perhaps market tracker DataQuick Information Systems and the California Association of Realtors provided a glimpse last week with sales and price statistics for November. Price drops back then for the state generally didn’t exceed 5percent annually, he noted. Kleinhenz traces the pivot point for the current price downturn to August, when the credit crunch exploded. The market for mortgage-backed securities – packaged home loans purchased by big investment concerns – dried up, subprime lenders folded, and credit standards tightened. By October, the state’s median price fell by a record 9.9 percent. “This is truly unique because it happened so fast and the (price) adjustment has been so steep,” Kleinhenz said. “We have to direct the blame at the credit crunch, which has hammered the high end of the market,” he said. The “Home Buying Opportunity,” or HBO, has certainly improved since April, when California’s median house price increased an annual 6.2percent to a record $597,640. By last month, it had fallen $109,000, a drop of 18percent. Further price declines are probably in the offing, but they will vary depending on your market. The California Association of Mortgage Brokers seems to share this HBO view, too. (Hey, sometime you just have to look on the bright side of a dark situation, the latter of which the real estate industry is certainly facing.) According to the Sacramento-based trade association: 47 percent of brokers believe a recession is possible because of the housing crisis. The best time to buy in 2008 will be from April through June. Housing prices should decrease slightly next year. Qualifying for a mortgage will become even more difficult because of the credit crunch and tighter lending standards. This group believes that the price dip will indeed open a window of opportunity for some buyers, even those trying to get that first house. “While home prices will continue to decrease into 2008, more stable loan products will reappear for consumers looking to purchase a home,” Pete Ogilvie, the association’s president, said in a statement. “(Our) members are optimistic that the Federal Housing Administration loan will resurface in popularity with the assistance of the necessary federal reforms that will raise the loan limit to meet the needs of California’s borrowers.” We’ll see about that. So far there is little inclination among the nation’s legislators to help California. And the mortgage brokers also joined the ranks of prognosticators who don’t think that the market will improve until 2009. “There is going to be a lot of wreckage, but hopefully there will be some opportunity for people, and I think that will be a benefit,” said Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “This is a very fascinating situation to watch.” Talk about a reality show. [email protected] 818-713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonDataQuick noted that the median price across the Southern California region stretching from Ventura to San Diego fell a record 10.3 percent from a year earlier, to $435,000. (DataQuick’s stats include new and previously owned houses and condominiums.) The price drop was bigger – 12percent across California and in Los Angeles County – in the state association’s report, which focused just on previously owned single-family houses. Both reports noted that prices have dropped to early 2005 levels. Robert Kleinhenz, the association’s deputy chief economist, recalled that during the market slump of the 1990s, the biggest price decline statewide was 7.2 percent in May 1993. Los Angeles County’s biggest drop was 11.6 percent in March 1993. last_img read more

Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama will stay with you long after the final curtain

first_imgA new production at An Grianán Theatre promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.The highly-anticipated Brand New Work, presented by Workhouse Theatre Company, will explore issues that will stay with you long after the final curtain, according to director Iarla McGowan.Intriguingly, audiences are being asked to remain tight-lipped and not reveal the plot of the play. The production will remain nameless until the audience arrive on the evening of the show.McGowan explains: “I want each audience to have the same ride as the characters in the plays. I don’t want them to know anything in advance just the way the characters in the play don’t know what’s coming next. There are issues raised that will resonate with the audience and I’d love if people were talking about them afterwards. I want each night to be an event”.The new production opens this Wednesday June 12th with proceeds on the night going to the charity campaign High 5 for Conall.McGowan revealed little detail about the production apart from that it is set in the present day and that it has a quality of “an Edward Hopper painting”.He agreed that it was a “bit of a risk” keeping details of the production a mystery.“I suppose it is a bit of a gamble but I don’t want a trailer for this. I want people to come and see something that they would never normally come and see. I love to see the avid theatre-goer coming but I’d also love to see people who think about coming to the theatre and want to but don’t. I think this is a really good introduction to contemporary theatre”.Letterkenny-man McGowan, a professional actor who honed his craft at the National Theatre in London, praised the cast for their relentless work ethic.He said: “The cast have been working tirelessly for three months. I wanted to get the right plays and the right structure. These plays have never been performed in Ireland. This is it. This has been in the process for four years. This production is a celebration of the great talent we have in this county. It’s a showcase of that talent and I want people to see it. This alchemy will not happen again”.The director/actor founded Workhouse Theatre Company in 2009 and during that time spearheaded acting classes for adults and young people in partnership with An Grianán Theatre. The cast are all graduates of these Worklabs and Workshops.Asked if it was a difficult transition from actor to director he admitted, at times, that it was.“I would jump into a scene and then back to directing but was still doing a post-mortem so my partner was there to support me with that”.Clearly, this has been a labour of love for McGowan who was passionate about upholding the highest standards in stagecraft throughout the production. “I did manage to delegate,” he laughed.Go see Brand New Work and all will be revealed but remember to keep schtum!The Brand New Work by Workhouse Theatre Company runs from Wednesday June 12th until Saturday June 15th. Wed evening performance tickets €20 – all proceeds going to ‘High 5 for Conall’ fund. Thur-Sat tickets €15The productions is suitable for ages 16+. For further details contact Box Office: Tel: 00353 74 912 0777Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama will stay with you long after the final curtain was last modified: June 9th, 2019 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHigh 5 for ConallIarla McGowanletterkennyPlaytheatreWorkhouse Theatre Companylast_img read more