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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
 
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.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 15:25
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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

 

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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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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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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Posted by Joan Russow   
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

 
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 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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Posted by Joan Russow   
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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