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Pablo Solon on the "Green Economy" Fraud Why the Green Economy is a wrong path to restore the equilibrium with nature: What Are the Alternatives? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 17:31

from the Pej.org archives 2012 (test was inadvertently deleeted

Pablo Solon- Former chief negotiator  for the Bolivian government

April  2012 circulated at the `` la Tierra no se viende`Conference in Venezuela

 

Twenty years after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, the environmental crisis continues to worsen. The unsustainable development model that gained dominance in the world resulted to grave loss of biodiversity, melting of polar ice caps and mountain glaciers, alarming increase in deforestation and desertification and the looming danger of an at least 4ºC increase in temperature, which will threaten life as we know it. Science is saying that we are approaching a point of no return that will change the way our planet has behaved over 650,000 years”

 

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) that will take place in Rio de Janeiro this coming June is expected by many to be a milestone opportunity to address the issue of the restoration of the equilibrium of the Earth’s system. But instead of moving the world towards a just and sustainable path, the document that is being negotiated for adoption in June is promoting new market mechanisms for the commodification and financialization of nature, life and ecosystem services under the mirage of a “Green Economy”

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) developed the concept of “Green Economy” on the argument that the recurring energy, climate, environmental, food and financial crises are results of “gross misallocation of capital.” The UNEP analysis does not acknowledge the problems inherent in treating nature as capital, which has led to the hyper-exploitation of the Earth’s resources and further expanded the already severe inequalities between and within nations, and among societies and peoples.

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Rio +20; "the future we want" will not be without proscribing the future we don't want PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 February 2017 14:52

Rio +20; "the future we want" will not be without proscribing the future we don't want

-Joan Russow Global Compliance research Project june 2 2012

from the PEJ ARCHIVES  ( IT WAS INADVERTENTLY DELETED IN AUGUST 2012)

 

rio de janeiro

 Rio+20: the host city of the UN's Earth Summit Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

 

The theme of Rio+20 is" the future we Want". The question arises can we have the future we want without proscribing what we do not want. Is it possible to have sustainability within a world of predominantly unsustainable institutes and practices without concurrently eliminating these practices? To achieve the future we want we must


A. Prevent war and conflict
B Avert Environmental Devastation and Health Problems
C. Cease Exploitative Trade
D Stave off Corporatism and Financial Institutions
E. Guarantee social Justice and Human Rights
F Abide by International Law

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Rio+20; Canada –the DELETER of key principles, and commitments PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:45

From Rio- Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project

from archives (inadvertently delete in august 2012)

June 17 2012

 

rio de janeiro

 Rio+20: the host city of the UN's Earth Summit Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

After  doing an analysis of a document that preceded the June 13-15 \Prep Com for Rio+20, I found that Canada either alone, with members of JUSCANS*  was prominent in deleting key provisions. Enclosed is an outline of the sections proposed for deletion by Canada

 

 HIGHLIGHTED IN RED ARE THE SECTIONS DELETED BY CANADA

 

 

2.bis We acknowledge the need to further mainstream sustainable development at all levels through integrated approaches, incorporating economic, social and environmental aspects and recognizing their interlinkages, so as to achieve sustainable development in all its dimensions [, in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. -G77; US, Canada, Japan, EU delete.]

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Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock Advances Toward Midnight e PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 January 2017 10:43

Our organization, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is marking the 70th anniversary of its Doomsday Clock on Thursday by moving it 30 seconds closer to midnight. In 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come to grips with humanity’s most pressing threats: nuclear weapons and climate change.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:15
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Learning Alliances Help Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices Take Root PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:07

By Nteranya Sanginga Edidah Ampaire

Nteranya Sanginga is Director General of IITA, and Edidah Ampaire is an IITA Project Coordinator based in Kampala, Uganda.

Smallholders in developing countries all too often do not have the resources or incentives to commit to the transformation to sustainable agriculture that scientists know is needed. Credit: IITA

Smallholders in developing countries all too often do not have the resources or incentives to commit to the transformation to sustainable agriculture that scientists know is needed. Credit: IITA

 

IBADAN, Nigeria, Jan 24 2017 (IPS) - Development advocates and professionals are very keen on harnessing the power of agriculture to promote the cause of climate change these days. And rightly so, because agriculture is both a major emitter of greenhouse gases and so a potential force for mitigation, and because billions of people will need to eat, and so adaptation is an absolute necessity.

That said, it’s actually quite hard to achieve lasting consensus on the ground. For a plethora of reasons, smallholders in developing countries all too often do not have the resources or incentives to commit to the transformation to sustainable agriculture that scientists know is needed.

However, these challenges can be faced and overcome. Doing so requires that experts listen closely to what people are saying.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture is highly engaged in promoting climate-sensitive farming practices and full-fledged Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). Our experience in the field has given us the opportunity to learn why some useful adaptive techniques struggle to take hold.
Some examples from our work in Northern Uganda are noteworthy.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2017 00:25
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Growing our way out of climate change by building with hemp and wood fibre PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 January 2017 19:48

Growing our way out of climate change by building with hemp and wood fibre

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/sep/25/hemp-wood-fibre-construction-climate-change

From domestic housing to the Science Museum, plant-based construction materials cut reliance on scarce resources and build healthy, efficient and zero carbon buildings

 
Hemp pant
 Houses made from hemp could mitigate climate change. Photograph: Roy Morsch/Corbis

How can buildings help with climate change? It’s all about renewables and “sequestered carbon”.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ 2010 report on Low Carbon Construction concluded that construction was responsible for around 300m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, which is almost 47% of the UK’s total. Of this, around 50m tonnes is embedded in the fabric of buildings.

Making one tonne of steel emits 1.46 tonnes of CO2 and 198kg of CO2 is emitted make one tonne of reinforced concrete. One square metre of timber framed, hemp-lime wall (weighing 120kg), after allowing for the energy cost of transporting and assembling the materials actually stores 35.5kg of CO2.

If we can convert plants into building materials, we are in a win-win situation. Plants use the energy of the sun to convert atmospheric CO2 and water into hydrocarbons – the material from which plants are made.

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Why China is Dominating the Solar Industry PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 December 2016 17:37

Between 2008 and 2013, China's solar-electric panel industry dropped world prices by 80 percent

ByJohn FialkaClimateWire on December 19, 2016

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-china-is-dominating-the-solar-industry/

 

"They fundamentally changed the economics of solar all over the world," said Amit Ronen, director of the Solar Institute of George Washington University, one of many scholars following the intense competition in the emerging $100 billion industry that supports the world’s growing solar energy demands.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 23:23
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Climate-Resistant Beans Could Save Millions PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:59

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Heat-tolerant beans at CIAT. Beans and other pulses are called superfoods of the future due to their vast geographical range, high nutritional value and low water requirements. Credit: Ida Karlsson/IPS

Heat-tolerant beans at CIAT. Beans and other pulses are called superfoods of the future

due to their vast geographical range, high nutritional value and low water requirements. Credit: Ida Karlsson/IPS


On a mission in Peru in the 1980s, Debouck narrowly escaped capture by guerillas.

Plants are the vital elements in our ecosystem that clothe us, feed us, give us the oxygen that we breathe and the medicines that cure us. But one in five of world’s plant species are at risk of extinction.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 22:56
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Battle of the Desert (and III): UNCCD ‘s Louise Baker on The Silk Road PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:34

By Baher Kamal

Louise Baker

Louise Baker

 

BONN / ROME, Nov 23 2016 (IPS) - Marking this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification last June, the United Nations announced the launch of a China-United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Belt and Road Joint Action initiative to curb Desertification along the Silk Road.

UNCCD  is the key United Nations legal framework to combat desertification. IPS interviews Louise Baker, Coordinator External Relations, Policy and Advocacy Unit, UNCCD about the current effects of drought in the countries, which are expected to benefit from this initiative?

Drought is a complex natural hazard that causes more deaths and displaces more people than any other natural disaster. Its socio-economic and environmental impacts are severe and far-reaching, Baker states.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 November 2016 15:47
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COP22 MUST AVOID THE SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS OF COP21 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 November 2016 13:38

 

by Joan Russow PhD

Clobal Compliance Research Project 

 

Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:53

 

ClimateChange
 

At COP 21Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision not with national vested interests (Cop21 press conference)

A global vision  would be to address article 2 of the UNFCCC and at a minimum to immediately end all subsidies for fossil fuel, to calculate the carbon budget for each state,

to divest in fossil fuels and to reinvest in renewable energy, to conserve sinks -such as old growth forests and bogs, to strengthen conservation of  biodiversity, 

to avoid all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC, to compensate for historical  emissions,

and to institute a fair and just transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision.  and to promote nature based solutions  and socially equitable

and environmentally sound such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal

 

 
COP22 must avoid the systemic constraints that undermined COP21
 
 
 
SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS PREVENTING THE COMMITMENT TO URGENCY
 
IN COP21 IN THE PREAMBLE IS THE “RECOGNITION THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPRESENTS AN URGENT AND POTENTIALLY IRREVERSIBLE THREAT TO HUMAN SOCIETY AND THE PLANET” YET THE EXISTENCE OF SYDTEMIC CONSTRAINTS PREVENTED COP21 FROM EMBODYING THIS RECOGNITION
 
1.THE BEST IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD- THE COMPROMISERS CREDO
 
2 BASELINES TARGETS TIMEFRAMES WERE ALL OUT OF SYNC
 
3. -EXPEDIENT OMISSION; GLOBAL CARBON BUDGET. HISTORICAL AND PER CAPITA EMISSIONS
 
4. THE SHORTNESS OF INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY AND THE UNDERMINING OF LEGAL OBLIGATIONS FROM ARTICLE 2 3 AND 4
 
5. A SOLUTION SHOULD NEVER BE EQUALLY BAD OR WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM IT IS INTENDED TO SOLVE
 
6.SOME STATES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHER
 
 
7. THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR; THE  TYRANNY OF CONSENSUS
 
8 THE FAILURE TO REVERSE THE EXEMPTION FOR THE CONTRIBUTION TO GREEMHOUSE GAS EMISSION
 
9. RELUCTANCE TO USE THE INTERNATIONAL COURT AGAINST THE MAJOR EMMITTERS FOR THEY VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNFCCC
 
10. IGNORING COMMITMMENT FOR FUNDING SOURCE
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 13:23
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