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South African Lawsuit Could Bring Sweeping Changes to Land and Mining Rights E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 18:26
By Mark Olalde
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Amadiba residents gather to oppose a mine that has the support of a local chief and that has gained approval from the minerals department. Photo courtesy of Nonhle Mbuthuma
Residents of the Eastern Cape's Amadiba coastal area gather in September 2015. Many fear mining would threaten their way of life by destroying grazing land and creating rifts in the community. Courtesy: Nonhle Mbuthuma
PRETORIA, Jun 5 2018 (IPS) - South Africans await judgement to be handed down in a court case that could set a sweeping precedent by empowering communities on communal land with the right to reject new mining projects.
Calling the case a referendum on “the right to say no,” residents of several rural villages along the country’s eastern coast are asking the court to reinterpret current minerals extraction legislation to compel mining companies to gain explicit community consent prior to breaking ground on new operations.
The court case, for which arguments were heard in late April in Pretoria, stems from a dispute over a proposed titanium mine that has raged for more than a decade in the country’s rural Eastern Cape province in an area known as the “Wild Coast.” The project has pitted Australian mining company Mineral Commodities Ltd against a group of five local villages, collectively known as Amadiba. Locals consistently turned back the company’s attempts to mine, but bouts of violence have left several people dead.
An Evening of One Planet Storytelling with Pooran Desai E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 16:25
Date & Time: June 20, 2018 (7:00pm - 9:00pm)
Category: Saanich Community Events (See all events in this category)
Join us for a conversation about the One Planet Saanich initiative
Hear stories from around the world about businesses, schools and communities that are driving change using the One Planet Living framework.
The One Planet Living principles - from health and happiness and sustainable food to zero carbon energy - provide a common language to talk about sustainability and drive change.
?The District of Saanich and other Saanich stakeholders - including schools and businesses - are participating in the One Planet Cities Initiative along with three other cities from around the world.
IUCN Director General’s statement for World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 07:40
IUCN Director General’s statement for World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018
Tue, 05 Jun 2018
We have all seen the images of plastic polluting beaches and entangling marine animals from the tropics to the Arctic. Plastic pollution has become a truly global environmental problem, just as plastic itself is an all-pervasive part of our lives. On this World Environment Day, we are reminded that this challenge has no easy solutions. As such, we must accept that looking for a silver bullet will create the illusion of progress while the real problem only gets worse.
Marine life faces growing threats from plastic entering the world's oceans. 
Marine life faces growing threats from plastic entering the world's oceans.
'Carbon bubble' could spark global financial crisis, study warns Advances in clean energy expected to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, leaving companies with trillions in stranded assets E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 03:28

'Carbon bubble' could spark global financial crisis, study warns

Advances in clean energy expected to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, leaving companies with trillions in stranded assets


Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent





Carbon Bubble Crisis


A sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels could happen before 2035, a new study shows. Photograph: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images

Lignite-fired power station in Poland

 A sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels could happen before 2035, a new study shows. Photograph: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images

Plunging prices for renewable energy and rapidly increasing investment in low-carbon technologies could leave fossil fuel companies with trillions in stranded assets and spark a global financial crisis, a new study has found.


A sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels before 2035 is likely, according to the study, given the current global investments and economic advantages in a low-carbon transition.


The existence of a “carbon bubble” – assets in fossil fuels that are currently overvalued because, in the medium and long-term, the world will have to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions – has long been proposed by academics, activists and investors. The new study, published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that a sharp slump in the value of fossil fuels would cause this bubble to burst, and posits that such a slump is likely before 2035 based on current patterns of energy use.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:33
The Trudeau, Inc. take-over of the expansion of Kinder Morgan would impact on climate change, jeopardize future conservation projects in the Salish Sea and the rights of future generations and the rights of indigenous peoples E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 01 June 2018 13:27

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project


  1. The Trudeau, Inc. 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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:39
Should BC Pull Out of Canada? E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 21:12

If The Canadian Government Takes over Kinder Morgan and tries to pass legislation to force the pipeline iy will be in a legal conflict of interest by passing laws to benefit their own company.


Perhaps it is time for the people of BC to have a referendum about leaving Canada.   Maybe we should initiate talks with Washington, Oregon and Calafornia to form a new country separate from the US and Canada?   Indeed we have the resources and progressive politics to do so.


When politicians take your country far to the right and work to subvert peoples rights in order to push corporate agendas,  it is time for the people to take back their country.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 June 2018 11:04
Breakthrough in explosive lawsuit against Monsanto E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 27 May 2018 18:51
By Jon Rappoport
From youtube.com: Monsanto: The Company that Owns the World's Food Supply {MID-294564}
Monsanto: The Company that Owns the World's Food Supply
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A San Francisco lawsuit against Monsanto and its weedkiller, Roundup, is moving forward. And it's just received a new green light from the judge in the case.
Monsanto's lawyers are bracing for a deep level of attack, which they were hoping to avoid. The judge has ruled the jury can hear testimony on this issue: Monsanto suppressed evidence that Roundup causes cancer.
Reporter Carey Gillam has the story (The Guardian, 5/22):
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 May 2018 19:06
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 25 May 2018 12:30
MAY 24, 2018
The law of unintended consequences may soon cause serious collateral damage to Alberta’s tar sands/oil sands ambitions, and the planned Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipelines.
The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently approved new, much stiffer fuel standards for the 50,000 ocean-going vessels which currently burn low-grade, high-sulphur oil. Known as Bunker C, it is cheap and dirty. An estimated four million barrels per day are burned in all manner of merchant ships, including oil tankers. The related greenhouse gas emissions roughly equal those from all sources in Germany.
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But the days of Bunker C are numbered. The fatal bullet will be sulphur-tipped. By 2020, the IMO has mandated that the commercial fleets it represents can only buy and burn ship engine oil with a sulphur content of 0.5%. That is a 700% reduction from the current average. It has been estimated that the 15 largest ocean vessels currently emit as much sulphur annually as all of the world’s cars.
And as that massive shift unfolds, Alberta’s tar sands/oil sands production will probably be in the crosshairs.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 12:35
Why Trump’s cancellation of the North Korea summit may undermine the US-South Korea alliance E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 25 May 2018 06:31
By Karl Friedhoff Karl Friedhoff is a fellow in public opinion and Asia policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
24 MAY 2018
Exploiting divides between the United States and South Korea on North Korea policy is standard operating procedure for Pyongyang. The cancellation of the Trump-Kim summit helps to further that goal. But the most serious fault lines for the US-Korea alliance lie within the alliance itself. Donald Trump’s treatment of South Korea is a throwback to a time when South Korea was poorer, weaker, and less influential. If it continues, it will lead South Koreans from across the political spectrum to question not just US bases in South Korea but the necessity of the alliance.
The South Korean public is generally distrusting of the North Korean regime. Kim Jong Un is the least favored leader in the region, averaging 0.77 on a 0-10 scale from August 2016 through November 2017. The next closest leader was Japan’s Shinzo Abe with an average score of 1.8 over that same period. In 2014, fewer than 10 percent thought North Korea would ever abandon its nuclear programs.
These views also color policy preferences of the South Korean public. In a 2015 survey, nearly 70 percent opposed resuming economic aid to North Korea and a plurality at that time preferred South Korea to maintain a hardline stance in its policy toward the North.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 06:50
Shut Trump's Twitter Account E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:17

Donald Trump has been blocking those who criticized him on Twitter.  A Judge told him to unblock them because blocking them is infringing on their first amendment rights to free speech.

Does this mean that since he is refusing to do so that he is making Twitter complicit in infringing on first amendment rights? 

Should Twitter block Trump's twitter account?  Should the judge yank Twitter's business licence and criminally charge Twitter if it continues to allow Trump to use Twitter to break the law?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:35
Blue Arab eyes A poem on Ahed Tamimi E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 18 May 2018 09:38


By Larry Hannant





In their line of work smiling is rare

Uzis and tear gas the more common fare.

But from ten years ago there’s photos that show

Israeli goons smirking at the bravado

of a Palestinian girl, not even eight,

thrusting her fist in the face of their mate.

Ahed Tamimi, three feet of temerity,

a stripling they dismissed with hilarity.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 13:28
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