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Overcoming the Challenges: Securing the World’s Food, Energy and Water E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 16 October 2017 07:19

 

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SURREY, United Kingdom, Oct 13 2017 (IPS)  - According to the United Nations estimates almost 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger (1 in every 9 persons on the planet) and a higher number (1 in 3) suffer from malnutrition. 1 in every 5 persons (1.4 billion people) have no access to electricity worldwide (living with energy poverty) whilst 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean water.  With climate change, this situation is worsening across many parts of the world.

Food, Energy and Water (FEW) are linked inextricably and are important requirements for  national security and economic development of nations.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:01
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Site C: Global Compliance Research Project Presentation to the BC Utilities Commission E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:32

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Presentation to the BC Utilities Commission

By Dr Joan Russow,

Global Compliance Research Project

Victoria

 

October 11, 2017

 

The Global Compliance Research Project monitors the compliance and

non-compliance, by member states at the United Nations, with international law.

 

 It’s 2017! It’s 41 years since Habitat I in Vancouver, where Canada agreed to the following recommendations:

reducing energy consumption …. becom(ing) aware of the need to cease environmentally degrading and wasteful use of energy resources….Identifying and developing new sources of energy…developing and implementing the utilization of solar and geothermal energy(Excerpts from articles from C4 energy, habitat I)

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 13:24
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B.C. claims approval of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion 'lopsided' for Alberta E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 11:24

 

>A lawyer representing British Columbia in its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says the federal cabinet's approval of the project is "lopsided" because it put Alberta's economic needs ahead of B.C.'s concerns about oil spills.

CP, THE CANADIAN PRESS - Published on: October 6, 2017 | Last Updated: October 6, 2017 5:58 AM MDT

A lawyer representing British Columbia in its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says the federal cabinet’s approval of the project is “lopsided” because it put Alberta’s economic needs ahead of B.C.’s concerns about oil spills.

Thomas Berger said outside the Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday that the $7.4-billion project would disproportionately impact the interests of B.C. residents in the event of a marine spill of diluted bitumen.

While Alberta would get the lion’s share of benefits through development of its oil resources and access to Pacific Rim markets, B.C. would bear the entire environmental risk, he told The Canadian Press in an interview.

In its approval of the project last November, the governor in council breached its statutory duty to provide reasons for deciding it was not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, Berger said on behalf of the attorney general of B.C., which is an intervener in the case.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:13
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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 06 October 2017 07:33

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

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Approving Kinder Morgan Expansion would impact on climate change and violate UNDRIP E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:20

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

 

Approving Kinder Morgan Expansion would impact on climate change and jeopardize the future conservation projects in the Salish Sea and the rights of future generations and the rights of indigenous peoples

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http://www.orcanetwork.org/nathist/salishorcas1.html

 

  1. Kinder Morgan expansion would contribute to the undermining of Canada’s commitment  to implement the SDGs and of its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

 

In SDG13 on climate change, addressing climate change is described as urgent; climate change could also preclude the fulfillment of most of the SDGs 

 

In 1988, at the Changing Atmosphere Conference in Toronto, the participants including representatives from government, academia, NGO and industry expressed their concern about Climate Change in the Conference statement:

 

“Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequence could be second only to a global nuclear war. the Earth’s atmosphere is being changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from human activities, inefficient and wasteful fossil fuel use ... These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe.... it is imperative to act now.

 

The Conference called for immediate action by governments,

to Reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 20% of 1988 levels by the year 2005 as an initial global goal. Clearly the industrialized nations have a responsibility to lead the way both through their national energy policies and their bilateral multilateral assistance arrangement.

At COP21, Canada`s “contribution” was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Just under twenty years later, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision not with national vested interests (COP 21 press conference)

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:36
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The Car Free Day in Paris E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 09:20

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All the information to plan your stay in Paris during the Car Free Day which will be held on 1 October 2017

 

Journée sans voiture

The Car Free Day is a unique opportunity to discover or re-discover Paris! Take advantage of a whole new area in which to get around in peace and tranquillity throughout the day.

After the success of last year’s initiative, Paris City Hall is launching its third edition that seeks to be even more ambitious.

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Kinder Morgan: Canada’s Interpretation of Free Prior Informed is out of Sync with the International Interpretation E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 11:33

by Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Projecct

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCIPLE OF OBTAINING FREE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT

 As affirmed in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has an affirmative obligation to “promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and … respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.” UN treaty bodies and other diverse entities require or support the standard of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC). These include: UN General Assembly and specialized agencies, as well as regional human rights bodies.

In 2011, the International Finance Corporation announced: “For projects with potential significant adverse impacts on indigenous peoples, IFC has adopted the principle of ‘Free, Prior, and Informed Consent’ informed by the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:31
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B.C. Hydro's Site C promises ring hollow E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:30

by Vaughn Palmer,   September 26, 2017

VICTORIA — B.C. Hydro was nine per cent over budget and already dipping into contingency funds from day one on the main construction contract at Site C, according to the uncensored version of a report to the B.C. Utilities Commission.

The troubles continue to the present day, with the $1.8 billion main civil works contract having run through three quarters of its contingency budget with only one quarter of the work being done.

Those and other disturbing details are contained in a report from Deloitte LLP, the consulting firm hired to scrutinize Hydro’s numbers as part of the cabinet-ordered review of the Site C dam project.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 11:40
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Site C: Canada’s Interpretation of Free prior Informed Consent is out of Sync with the International Interpretation E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 09:31

by Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

 

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCIPLE OF OBTAINING FREE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT

 As affirmed in International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Canada has an affirmative obligation to “promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and … respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.” UN treaty bodies and other diverse entities require or support the standard of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC). These include: UN General Assembly and specialized agencies, as well as regional human rights bodies.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:46
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Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 25 September 2017 22:29

Damian Carrington Environment editor Friday 22 September 2017 12.23 BST First published on Thursday 21 September 2017 19.00 BSTThe assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false, according to a chief scientific adviser to the UK government.

Damning assessment by one of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change

Pesticides are applied to Florida sweetcorn.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:41
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Ban ‘neonic’ pesticides. Our food supplies are at risk E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:40

By JEAN-MARC BONMATINCONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL - SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin is vice-chair of the international Task Force on Systemic Pesticides as(TFSP) and a research scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research

The science of pesticide development and regulation is complex, so let's put things simply: Human beings rely on food to survive. Much of that food comes from insect-pollinated plants. Modern agriculture relies on pesticides to grow that food.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 22:52
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