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GROUPS PROTEST UN CLIMATE FUNDS FOR BIG DAMS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:06

 

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Nine environmental groups are challenging the use of money earmarked by the United Nations for “innovative and transformational” climate adaptation projects to build or refit large hydroelectric dams associated with severe damage to ecosystems and Indigenous communities, as well as elevated greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Signatories include Friends of the Earth, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation, and the Centre for International Environmental Law, The Guardian reports. The groups particularly object to plans to spend more than US$136 million from the UN’s Green Climate Fund on big dams in Nepal, Tajikistan, and the Solomon Islands.  
 
The GCF, The Guardian recalls, was set up “to mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 for poor countries looking for innovative and transformational projects. These were supposed to promote ‘paradigm shifts’ to clean and climate-resilient energy, in the context of the UN’s sustainable development goals.”
 
Against that standard, “to use the Fund to build mega-dams ignores the risk they pose to ecology as well as climate,” the groups argue.
 
“Large dams are not suited to adapt to climate risks because they alter seasonal patterns, by storing floods and increasing dry period flows,” said Andrea Rodriguez, a senior attorney for the Inter-American Association for Environmental Defence. “Large infrastructure does not guarantee development or climate solutions.”
 
Many international agencies categorize hydropower as a clean renewable energy source because it emits no CO2 from water running through turbines to generate electricity. “But critics say this fails to take into account up to a billion tonnes of greenhouse gases created by dams each year,” The Guardian notes, “as well as the damage often inflicted on carbon sinks, and hydropower’s vulnerability to shifts in climate.” The dams in both Tajikistan and Nepal, for example, depend on water from dwindling mountain glaciers.
 
Climate Change Solutions Can’t Wait for U.S. Leadership PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:06

 

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President of the Caribbean Development Bank Dr. Warren Smith says the bank is giving high priority to addressing the fallout from climate change in the region. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS

President of the Caribbean Development Bank Dr. Warren Smith says the bank is giving high priority to addressing the fallout from climate change in the region. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 4 2017 (IPS) - From tourism-dependent nations like Barbados to those rich with natural resources like Guyana, climate change poses one of the biggest challenges for the countries of the Caribbean.

Nearly all of these countries are vulnerable to natural events like hurricanes.

“Why is this such a big deal? The Caribbean is facing a climate crisis, which we need to tackle now - with urgency.” --Dr. Warren Smith

 

Not surprisingly, the climate change threat facing the countries of the Caribbean has not gone unnoticed by the region’s premier financial institution, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

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1 in 4 Children Worldwide Facing Extremely Scarce Water by 2040 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:38

 

Shown here in this 2016 photo from Siyephi Village, Bullilima District in Matebeland South Province, Zimbabwe, a 17-year-old girl is seen at the drying up dam where she and her family fetch water. Credit: UNICEF/Mukwazhi

ROME, Mar 23 2017 (IPS) - Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, the United Nations children’s agency has called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.

In its report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) explores the threats to children’s lives and wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways climate change will intensify these risks in coming years.

“This crisis will only grow unless we take collective action now,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake announcing the report, which was launched on World Water Day on March 22.

“But around the world, millions of children lack access to safe water – endangering their lives, undermining their health, and jeopardizing their futures.”

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Operation Indigo PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:48

This is info on chemtrail spraying volunteered by a pilot who is involved in a covert operation.  Details can be found in the New Agora  

The gist of the article is that coal fly-ash a substance difficult to get rid of is being distributed by a variety of aircraft at night in the atmosphere.

Many aircraft fly from small islands where airstrips have been built.

A Solar Geoengineering awareness tour through the US and Canada is planned from Apr 16 - May 19, by activist filmmaker Matt Landman.(Follow in New Agora Mar 2017 pg. 6 )  

He will be releasing a new documentary "Frankenskies" to explain the massive changes we have seen to our skies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:35
 
Exxon, Rosneft unveil $500 billion offshore venture PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 06 March 2017 19:24

ByBy Douglas Busvine and Vladimir Soldatkin | MOSCOW

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxon-rosneft-idUSBRE83H0UE20120418

 

 
 
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By Douglas Busvine and Vladimir Soldatkin | MOSCOW

Oil major ExxonMobil (XOM.N) and Russia's Rosneft ROSN.M unveiled an offshore exploration partnership on Wednesday that could invest upward of $500 billion in developing Russia's vast energy reserves in the Arctic and Black Sea.

The deal, between the world's largest listed oil firm and the world's top oil producing nation, was the product of nearly a year of talks and came about despite a history of mutual distrust between Washington and Moscow dating back to the Cold War and recent difficulties for other Western firms in Russia.

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Caribbean Awaits Trump Moves on Climate Funding, Paris Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 06 March 2017 11:29

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Torrential rains from trough systems in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in November 2016 resulted in landslides like this one, which swept one structure away and threatened nearby houses. Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS

Caribbean Awaits Trump Moves on Climate Funding, Paris DealBy Kenton X. ChTorrential rains from trough systems in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in November 2016 resulted in landslides like this one, which swept one structure away and threatened nearby houses. Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS

Torrential rains from trough systems in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in November 2016 resulted in landslides like this one, which swept one structure away and threatened nearby houses. Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 5 2017 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders worry that with climate change sceptic Donald Trump in the White House, it will be more difficult for small island developing states facing the brunt of climate change to secure the financing necessary to adapt to and mitigate against it.

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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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Posted by Joan Russow   
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)

 

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 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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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:45

From Rio- Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project

from archives (inadvertently delete in august 2012)

June 17 2012

 

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 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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Posted by Joan Russow   
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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