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First Nations in northern B.C. worry Site C dam will obliterate their heritage E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 August 2015 21:18

First Nations in northern B.C. worry Site C dam will obliterate their heritage

Drummers from Doig River First Nation drum on the Bear Flats near Fort St. John. Native people and archaeologists are concerned BC Hydro’s Site C dam project will flood the Peace River Valley, which holds centuries-old graves and trading artifacts. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)


Before the flood



For 12,000 years, people have roamed Peace River Valley, leaving
traces of their presence. But as Mark Hume reports, BC Hydro’s 
proposed Site C dam threatens to obliterate that heritage.


Gerry Attachie stood beside the small, unmarked grave that was overgrown with Saskatoon berry shrubs and looked out over the Peace River Valley.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 06:49
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Car-Free Paris: French Capital Bans Motor Vehicles for 1 Day E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 August 2015 19:00
 
 

car free paris

 

For a single day next month, locals and visitors will be able to experience Paris without motorized traffic, giving the city over to pedestrians and bikers. Free of traffic congestion, noise pollution and vehicle emissions, the Day Without Cars will transform the physical and auditory landscape, enabling views and revealing ambient sounds ordinarily drowned out by the urban cacophony on September 27th.

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SDG15: THE IMPERATIVE TO END LOGGING IN THE OLD GROWTH FORESTS E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 16:17

 

goal 15: protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably MANAGE FORESTS,

combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Project

 

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The Castle Giant is a monumental red cedar growing in the unprotected Upper Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. This red cedar measures over 16ft wide at the base and was used by scientists for canopy research projects.

 

Over the years Citizens have been concerned about the loss of old growth forests; now we have arrived at the point where it is imperative that no more old growth should be sacrificed.

Since 1992, Time and circumstances have changed not only though the increase recognition of the ecological value of old growth but also through commitments made through Declarations, Conference action plans and Conventions, as well as through Doctrines such as the Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 August 2015 12:17
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WTO Ruling Against India's Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 06:33
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/27/wto-ruling-against-indias-solar-push-threatens-climate-clean-energy Common Dreams
 
  

"The U.S. should be applauding India’s efforts to scale up solar energy—not turning to the WTO to strike the program down."


India's ambitious solar program was rebuked by the WTO in a decision that climate advocates say shows the potential damage of deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo: Knut-Erik Helle/flickr/cc)alt

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday ruled against India over its national solar energy program in a case brought by the U.S. government, sparking outrage from labor and environmental advocates.

As power demands grow in India, the country's government put forth a plan to create 100,000 megawatts of energy from solar cells and modules, and included incentives to domestic manufacturers to use locally-developed equipment.

According to Indian news outlets, the WTO ruled that India had discriminated against American manufacturers by providing such incentives, which violates global trade rules, and struck down those policies—siding with the U.S. government in a case that the Sierra Club said demonstrates the environmentally and economically destructive power of pro-corporate deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Carbon-credit scheme linked to increased greenhouse-gas production E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 28 August 2015 09:54

 

Loophole enabled Russian factories to benefit from destroying industrial waste.

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Production of trifluoromethane (HFC-23) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) increased at some Russian factories after a carbon-credit scheme was introduced.

Factories in Russia increased their production of industrial waste products and then claimed millions of carbon credits for destroying them after an international trading scheme went into effect.

Evidence published1 in Nature Climate Change reveals that several Russian chemical plants increased production of highly potent greenhouse-gas waste to “unprecedented levels” after they could reap financial benefits from their disposal.

Carbon credits grant nations the right to emit gases that contribute to global warming. They are traded internationally on carbon markets such as the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme, and their monetary value is determined by how much buyers are willing to pay for them.

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Making the connections on tar-sands pollution, racism, and sexism E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 28 August 2015 09:13
Look who's changing the world.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo was born in the wilds of northern Alberta, Canada, in a tiny town aptly named Peace River. She grew up in Little Buffalo, an even tinier town about 65 miles to the east, where most of her family still lives. A member of the Lubicon Cree, one of Canada’s First Nations, she was raised on the land like her parents and grandparents: hunting moose and drying the meat, using local plants as medicines, spending summers deep in the boreal forests and muskeg swamps and winters in a village with no running water.

 

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Hawaii’s governor is no fan of importing B.C. liquefied natural gas E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 22:11

By Kent Spencer, The Province August 26, 2015 3:21 PM)

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Hawaii+governor+importing+liquefied+natural/11319336/story.html

 
Hawaiis governor is no fan of importing B.C. liquefied natural gas
 

FortisBC is expanding its Tilbury Island LNG facility as the company moves to increase LNG exports.

Photograph by: DARRYL DYCK , THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Governor of Hawaii has thrown cold water on plans to import LNG from B.C.

On Monday, David Ige told a conference in Honolulu that he does not support LNG because it is a fossil fuel that would need to be imported. Ige’s stand is that Hawaii needs to be self sufficient for power.

FortisBC has struck a conditional agreement with Hawaii Electric to deliver 700,000 tonnes of LNG per year for 15 years starting in 2019.

The plan would lead to the further expansion of FortisBC’s Delta LNG plant and to LNG tankers plying the lower Fraser River.

“I have reached the conclusion that Hawaii does not need LNG in its future,” Ige was quoted by Pacific Business News. “It’s time to focus our efforts on renewables. We will oppose the building of LNG facilities.”

However, the governor’s views are not necessarily the final word on LNG in the 50th state.

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Military spending might be NDP’s secret weapon E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 13:12

 

BY LAWRENCE MARTIN (AKA the canadian  JS)

Special to The Globe and Mail

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 9:20AM EDT

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/military-spending-might-be-ndps-secret-weapon/article26076974/comments/?ord=1

 

 

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, should we go by oversimplified stereotypes, are the party that never saw a war it didn’t like. The New Democrats by contrast have a long-lasting pacifist image. They were the types back in time with the well-meaning salutes. Two digits in the air, a disarmingly dorky look and sotto voce, “Peace brother.” Probably made your day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:36
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SDGS must Ensure Indigenous Rights derived from UNDRIP are strengthened E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 06:49

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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The Seventh Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. (c) 2008 UNPF

 

SDGs need to recognize the importance  of obligations incurred through Conventions  and covenants, and commitments made through declarations and resolutions. In 2015, there should be an additional commitment to sign and ratify key international instruments related to the goals in the SDGs. The SDGS must complement not undermine previous legal obligations and commitments

A   reference to “indigenous” in the preamble

B reference to ‘indigenous under SDG Goal 2

C.Reference un “indigenous” under SDG Goal 4

D International Covenant on civil and political Rights and its protocol

E.Declaration on the Rights of indigenous

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 06:59
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The Dry Weather That’s Hitting The Tar Sands Industry Is ‘A Preview Of The Future,’ Scientist Says E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 23 August 2015 04:59

 AUG 21, 2015 1:57PM

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/EAMON MAC MAHON

This June 25, 2008 photo shows an aerial view of Alberta's Athabasca river running through the oil sands developments in Canada.

Dozens of tar sands developers in Alberta’s tar sands have been suspended from taking water — needed for their operations — out of local rivers, after a low flow advisory was issued.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suspended 73 licenses to temporarily divert water (TDLs) from the Athabasca, Peace, and Wabasca rivers on July 24, after unusually dry weather caused water to fall to at or below healthy maintenance levels. Now, scientists are saying this could become a regular issue for Alberta’s tar sands industry.

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SDG Goal 5 – Time to implement the Beijing Platform of Action E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 17:06

By Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project

 

SDG GOAL 5: ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS;

 

 

EVALUATION OF STATE PERFORMANCE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLATFORM OF ACTION

October  1995

 

COVENANT OF IMPLEMENTATION

 

 In 1995 all member states of the United Nations adopted the Beijing Platform ocf Action

 

After the Conference  in Beijing, I was concerned  about the failure of governments to implement the Platform of Action so I went through the document and made a scroll, the Covenant of Implementation, of   all the references to implementing the platform.  The following is the Covenant of  Implementation . At a minimum SDG Goal 5 should call for the implementation of  the commitments from Beijing

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 19:38
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