Dallas Goldtooth, IEN Media-Comms Coordinator,
Tom Goldtooth, IEN Executive Director,
Indigenous Environmental Network Delegation Travels to Paris for UN Climate Talks
Over 45 Frontline Leaders Will Participate Inside and Outside COP21
Bemidji, MN - The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is taking a delegation of over 45 Indigenous frontline leaders from across North America to participate inside and outside the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France. The conference, also known at the Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) will run for two weeks from November 30th to December 12th, 2015, with the intended objective of achieving a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
The high cost of electricity in the Caribbean is pushing many to install alternative energy sources. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPS
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 23 2015 (IPS) - Negotiators from the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are intent on striking a deal to keep the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels, but many fear that a 10-year-old agreement to buy cheap petroleum from Venezuela puts their discussions in jeopardy.
Across the region, countries are rolling out their “1.5 to Stay Alive” Campaign to raise awareness about the effects of climate change, while building momentum for the region’s negotiating position ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC) in France in December.
Asian nations fear that the Paris Climate Deal will be a watered down minimalistic product without any teeth. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS
NEW DELHI, India, Nov 22 2015 (IPS) - On a late Friday afternoon as choking smog descended on the Indian Capital, Francois Richier, the French ambassador to India , took some hard questions from scores of journalists about the upcoming climate change talks in Paris this month.
Though the Pentagon itself warns about the coming dangers posed by a warming planet, there is evidence that many players in the corporate-military-security industrial nexus are already seeing climate change not just as a threat but an opportunity. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)
There is no shortage of words in the latest negotiating document for the UN climate negotiations taking place in Paris at the end of November – 32,731 words to be precise and counting. Yet strangely there is one word you won’t find: military. It’s a strange omission, given that the US military alone is the single largest user of petroleum in the world and has been the main enforcer of the global oil economy for decades.
After examining the actual text, I think that The TPP should be declared to be null and void, and instead, on the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations , the member states should ratify key international instruments and enact the necessary legislation, into statutes, to ensure compliance. Once this is done then the member states should enter into a "Fair trade" regime based on international law.
The TPP. like other trade agreements, while possibly recognizing, if informed, statutory law and international obligations, it will thwart the evolution of important new statutory and international obligations;
Even under the TPP there are references to the need to inform other states of existing statutory law and international obligations.
Human activities, such as greenhouse gas emissions and land use, influenced specific extreme weather and climate events in 2014, including tropical cyclones in the central Pacific, heavy rainfall in Europe, drought in East Africa, and stifling heat waves in Australia, Asia, and South America, according to a new report released today. The report, "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective" published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, addresses the natural and human causes of individual extreme events from around the world in 2014, including Antarctica. NOAA scientists served as three of the five lead editors on the report.
Big hydroelectric dams are a false solution because of the methane.”—Randy Hayes, Oct. 8, Denver, Colorado
Over the past 15 years, the “methane problem” with hydropower has
made minor blips in international news and has just begun to infiltrate the discussion of how it is wrong to use hydropower as a solution to fight climate change.
The non-profit environmental group International Rivers has spearheaded much of the education and advocacy, and scientific journals as well as climate-related news sites likeClimate Central are also taking up the case. Hydropower has been called a “methane factory” and “methane bomb” that is just beginning to rear its ugly head as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that have so-far been unaccounted for in climate change discussions and analyses.
A multinational aquaculture corporation is facing a consumer backlash after being accused of forcing a soccer club it sponsors in northern Vancouver Island to kick a 14-year-old girl and telling her to find different sport after she refused to stop criticizing the practice of salmon farming .