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hile Has Medicine Against Desertification, But Does Not Take It PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 July 2018 06:33

By Orlando Milesi

Hundreds of children, many from rural schools in the Coquimbo region, have visited the fog catchers in Cerro Grande as part of an educational programme to raise awareness among future generations about the importance of rational use of water in Chile. Credit: Foundation un Alto en el Desierto

Hundreds of children, many from rural schools in the Coquimbo region, have visited the fog catchers in Cerro Grande as part of an educational programme to raise awareness among future generations about the importance of rational use of water in Chile. Credit: Foundation un Alto en el Desierto

OVALLE, Chile, Jul 17 2018 (IPS) - The retention of rainwater which otherwise is lost at sea could be an excellent medicine against the advance of the desert from northern to central Chile, but there is no political will to take the necessary actions, according to experts and representatives of affected communities.

“One of the priority actions, especially in the Coquimbo region, is the retention of rainwater. That is key because since we have eroded and degraded soil and we have occasional rains in winter, the soil is not able to retain more than 10 percent of the water that falls,” Daniel Rojas, the head of the Peña Blanca farmers’ association, told IPS.

“The rest ends up in the sea,” added Rojas, the head of the association of 85 small-scale farmers, located 385 km north of Santiago, which has 6,587 hectares, 98 percent of them rainfed, irrigated exclusively by rainfall.

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Looking to the Sky for Solutions to Mexico’s Water Scarcity PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:40

By Emilio Godoy - Reprint

Photomontage by the organisation Isla Urbana, a pioneer in the promotion of rainwater harvesting as part of a new model in the management of water supply and consumption in Mexico, where the benefits of the system to get access to water are recreated in informal settlements in the west of the capital. Credit: Isla Urbana

Photomontage by the organisation Isla Urbana, a pioneer in the promotion of rainwater harvesting as part of a new model in the management of water supply and consumption in Mexico, where the benefits of the system to get access to water are recreated in informal settlements in the west of the capital. Credit: Isla Urbana

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1972 hOW LONG MUST HUMANITY WAIT Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 June 2018 16:46
 
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Monday, 18 June 2018 07:21
[From Report of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, June 1972.] 
 
 
 
Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment
The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, having met at Stockholm from 5 to 16 June 1972, having considered the need for a common outlook and for common principles to inspire and guide the peoples of the world in the preservation and enhancement of the human environment,
 
Proclaims that:
 
1. Man is both creature and moulder of his environment, which gives him physical sustenance and affords him the opportunity for intellectual, moral, social and spiritual growth. In the long and tortuous evolution of the human race on this planet a stage has been reached when, through the rapid acceleration of science and technology, man has acquired the power to transform his environment in countless ways and on an unprecedented scale. Both aspects of man's environment, the natural and the man-made, are essential to his well-being and to the enjoyment of basic human rights the right to life itself.
 
2. The protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world; it is the urgent desire of the peoples of the whole world and the duty of all Governments.
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Japan suspends sale of Canadian wheat after GMO wheat found in Alberta PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 June 2018 10:13
 
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TOKYO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Japan’s farm ministry said on Friday it has suspended its tender and sale of wheat from Canada after grain containing a genetically modified trait was discovered last summer in Canada’s Alberta province.
 
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said on Thursday the wheat containing a genetically modified trait, developed by Monsanto Co (BAYGn.DE) to tolerate the Roundup weed-killer, was discovered in Alberta.
 
“We are suspending the tender and sale of Canadian wheat until we confirm that the Canadian wheat that Japan buys contains no GMO,” an official at the Japanese farm ministry said.
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Italy won't ratify EU free-trade deal with Canada, says new farm ministertaly won't ratify EU free-trade deal with Canada, says new farm minister PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:38
 
All 28 EU member states must approve the agreement for it to take full effect
Thomson Reuters · Posted: Jun 14, 2018 9:13 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago
 
 
 
Quality control employee Fabrizio Giberti inspects a Parmigiano Reggiano Parmesan cheese wheel amongst those stacked in the Credito Emiliano bank temperature-controlled vault, in Montecavolo, near Reggio Emilia, Italy, Thursday Aug. 20, 2009. In the 28-member European Union, Italy has the most food products with PDO and PGI labels, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham. (The Associated Press)
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Italy will not ratify the European Union's free trade agreement with Canada, its new agriculture minister said on Thursday, ratcheting up an international trade spat and potentially scuppering the EU's biggest accord in years.
 
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is the first major trade deal the European Union has signed since it began implementing its South Korea agreement in 2011.
 
All 28 EU member states must approve the agreement for it to take full effect.
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Pope warns oil executives: Climate change may ‘destroy civilization’ PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 June 2018 08:39
 
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Pope warns oil executives: Climate change may ‘destroy civilization’
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Pope warns oil executives: Climate change may ‘destroy civilization’
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Pope Francis on Saturday issued a dire warning to top oil executives, saying that climate change could “destroy civilization.”
 
At a two-day conference at the Vatican, the pope called climate change a challenge of “epochal proportions,” according to Reuters.
 
He also said that the world must move toward using clean energy and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels.
 
“Civilization requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilization,” Francis said.
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Oilsands crude headed for price shock in 2020 due to new fuel standards PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 June 2018 18:28
 
The coming marine shipping rules could double or even triple the discount on heavy oil, pushing it much wider than the US$30 a barrel discount from earlier this year
 
Raw oilsands. Tighter pollution rules by the International Maritime Organization is expected to wallop prices for heavy oil containing high levels of sulphur.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
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http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/new-marine-fuel-standards-expected-to-hit-prices-for-oilsands-crude-in-2020June 7, 2018
 
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Raw oilsands. Tighter pollution rules by the International Maritime Organization is expected to wallop prices for heavy oil containing high levels of sulphur.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press
 
 
 
CALGARY — Canada’s oilsands industry, hard hit by a price storm this year, could be sailing straight into a pricing typhoon stirred up by new fuel standards for the international shipping industry.
 
The tighter pollution rules by the International Maritime Organization, dubbed IMO 2020, are set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, resulting in the sulphur content limit of “bunker” fuel on ships dropping from 3.5 per cent to just 0.5 per cent.
 
The switch is expected to wallop prices for heavy oil containing high levels of sulphur — exactly the kind of the raw bitumen that makes up about half of Canada’s 4.4 million barrels per day of crude oil production.
 
“It’s bad news for any producers of heavy, sour crude oil,” said Martin Tallett, president of Massachusetts-based oil market research firm EnSys Energy.
 
“The shock is going to go through the system and affect all products, all regions.”
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IUCN Director General’s statement for World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018 PDF Print E-mail
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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.
 
 
 
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'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 PDF Print E-mail
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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

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/04/carbon-bubble-could-spark-global-financial-crisis-study-warns

 

 

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


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 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.

 

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NEW SHIP FUEL RULES COULD SINK TAR SANDS/OIL SANDS EXPANSION PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 May 2018 12:30
 
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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
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