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HERACKLES FARMS: From Forest to Palm oil PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 06 December 2015 05:35

By Aaron Yancho kaah  and Ngalla Killian

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In the thick tropical forest of Ndian division in Cameroon's South West Region, a group of chimpanzees skip from tree branch to tree branch as they forage for food . This pristine forest is also  sanctuary to a wide  variety of mammals including  Monkeys, Antelopes, insects  and birds.

 

Nonetheless the bio-diversity of this forest is at risk.  The US base Agro Industrial Cooperation Herackles Farms has established a 73000 hectares of plantation plams seedlings in this vast  forest reserve. This project is in the heart of one of Africa's most cherished bio diversity and forest zones. This 99 years lice granted Herackles by the Cameroon government  is adjacent several  important reserves including the world renowned  Korup national park.

 

The Herackles palm oil plantation that has covered farm land and forest patches also has left over 14000 people without a livelihood. Many local people in this community have being opposed to this project. "We  dont   want them because they are no advantages that our people here will have  and we don't need them. We  don't need them we are fine." remarked  Ayuk Sunde a  resident of the locality. "And if they come to say they want to take this land from us  we are not ready for it" cried another villager Thomas Ojong.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2015 05:41
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Confined livestock management help young farmers to plant trees for fodders and to make an income in Cameroon PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 06 December 2015 04:41


By AARON KAAH,for IPS. reporting in Cameroon  .
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The scarcity of grazing land and the rampant farmer grazer conflicts

in most communities has led to confined livestock management in barns,

fences and stables across Cameroon. In the semi urban peripheries of

most towns where the prices of dairy products like fresh milk, yogurt

and butter are sky rocking every day; most young farmers have taken up

zero grazing livestock management to get food and to make income.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2015 05:44
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Against the Odds, Caribbean Doubles Down for 1.5 Degree Deal in Paris PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 04:28

By Zadie Neufville

The high cost of electricity in the Caribbean is pushing many to install alternative energy sources. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPS

The high cost of electricity in the Caribbean is pushing many to install alternative energy sources. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPS

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 23 2015 (IPS) - Negotiators from the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are intent on striking a deal to keep the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels, but many fear that a 10-year-old agreement to buy cheap petroleum from Venezuela puts their discussions in jeopardy.

Across the region, countries are rolling out their “1.5 to Stay Alive” Campaign to raise awareness about the effects of climate change, while building momentum for the region’s negotiating position ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC) in France in December.

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The Elephant in Paris – Guns and Greenhouse Gases PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 15 November 2015 20:21
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http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/11/13/elephant-paris-guns-and-greenhouse-gases

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Though the Pentagon itself warns about the coming dangers posed by a warming planet, there is evidence that many players in the corporate-military-security industrial nexus are already seeing climate change not just as a threat but an opportunity. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)

There is no shortage of words in the latest negotiating document for the UN climate negotiations taking place in Paris at the end of November – 32,731 words to be precise and counting. Yet strangely there is one word you won’t find: military. It’s a strange omission, given that the US military alone is the single largest user of petroleum in the world and has been the main enforcer of the global oil economy for decades.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 November 2015 20:30
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The World Meterological Organization:New Report on Extreme Events PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 08:51

 by The World Meterological Organizaation

https://www.wmo.int/media/content/new-report-extreme-events

November 6 2015

 

Human activities, such as greenhouse gas emissions and land use, influenced specific extreme weather and climate events in 2014, including tropical cyclones in the central Pacific, heavy rainfall in Europe, drought in East Africa, and stifling heat waves in Australia, Asia, and South America, according to a new report released today. The report, "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective" published by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, addresses the natural and human causes of individual extreme events from around the world in 2014, including Antarctica. NOAA scientists served as three of the five lead editors on the report.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/explaining-extreme-events-2014

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2015 06:06
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Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human Cognition, New Harvard Study Show PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 20:20

 OCT 26, 2015 10:05AM

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/10/26/3714853/carbon-dioxide-impair-brain/

 

 

CREDIT: CLIMATE INTERACTIVE

In a landmark public health finding, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making. These impacts have been observed at CO2 levels that most Americans — and their children — are routinely exposed to today inside classrooms, offices, homes, planes, and cars.

Carbon dioxide levels are inevitably higher indoors than the baseline set by the outdoor air used for ventilation, a baseline that is rising at an accelerating rate thanks to human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. So this seminal research has equally great importance for climate policy, providing an entirely new public health impetus for keeping global CO2 levels as low as possible.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 20:25
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Terrace Farming – an Ancient Indigenous Model for Food Security PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 22 October 2015 10:02

By Marianela Jarroud

Terraces built by Atacameño Indians in the village of Caspana in Alto Loa, in the northern Chilean region of Antofagasta. This ageold farming technique represents an adaptation to the climate, and ensures the right to food of these Andes highlands people. Credit: Marianela Jarroud/IPS

Terraces built by Atacameño Indians in the village of Caspana in Alto Loa, in the northern Chilean region of Antofagasta. This ageold farming technique represents an adaptation to the climate, and ensures the right to food of these Andes highlands people. Credit: Marianela Jarroud/IPS

CASPANA, Chile, Oct 21 2015 (IPS) - Terrace farming as practiced from time immemorial by native peoples in the Andes mountains contributes to food security as a strategy of adaptation in an environment where the geography and other conditions make the production of nutritional foods a complex undertaking.

This ancient prehispanic technique, still practiced in vast areas of the Andes highlands, including Chile, “is very important from the point of view of adaptation to the climate and the ecosystem,” said Fabiola Aránguiz.

“By using terraces, water, which is increasingly scarce in the northern part of the country, is utilised in a more efficient manner,” Aránguiz, a junior professional officer on family farming with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), told IPS from the agency’s regional headquarters in Santiago, some 1,400 km south of the town of Caspana in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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Before Renewable Power Plant is Completed, Geothermal Overtakes Hydro in Kenya PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:40

By Isaiah Esipisu

 
Five wellheads in Olkaria, in Kenya's Rift Valley region. Credit I. Esipisu/IPS

Five wellheads in Olkaria, in Kenya's Rift Valley region. Credit I. Esipisu/IPS

OLKARIA, Kenya, Oct 20 2015 (IPS) - In its quest to generate more reliable, climate-friendly electric energy, Kenya has become the first country in the world to make use of temporary geothermal wellheads, which are currently injecting an extra 56 megawatts into the national grid.

According to engineers at the Kenya Electricity Generation Company (KenGen), it takes a number of years to construct a single geothermal power plant, because it has to be fed by steam from several wells, which are often drilled and left open for years awaiting completion of the main plant.

“We are taking advantage of these single wells to generate power using the steam, which would otherwise have gone to waste while the main plant is being constructed,” said Johnson Ndege, the Chief Engineer in charge of wellheads at KenGen.

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2015 WORLD FOOD DAY; GLOBAL PETITION CALLING FOR THE BANNING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD AND CROPS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 16 October 2015 14:22
 
 

by Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Projecr, Ecological Rights Association *

 

PLEASE SIGN A PETITION; AT 

http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/the-un-general-assembly-institute-a-global-ban-on-genetically-engineered-food-and-crops

 

Also See Excellent site on GE- free Zones

https://www.change.org/p/the-un-general-assembly-institute-a-global-ban-on-genetically-engineered-food-and-crops/u/7066660

 

Genetically engineered food and crops have contaminated the Global food system and undermined food security and must be banned.The institutional Collusion, in relation to genetically engineered food and crops, among corporations, governments, universities and regulatory agencies has been endemic; this collusion has sadly spread to certain scientific publications.  For the sake of food security for present and future generations: (i) this collusion must end; (ii) the precautionary principle must be invoked, (iv) genetically engineered food and crops, banned; (v) the charters of Monsanto et al, revoked; and (vi) charges of gross/criminal negligence against these corporations, levied.

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Over 40 Rodent Feeding Studies Show Genetically Modified Food is Disastrous to Health PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 October 2015 16:52

By Christina Sarich

Global Research, October 09, 2015

Natural Society Theme: 

GMO Free USA has published a listing of more than 40 rodent studies showing that animals fed GM corn and soy suffer dire results.

For those who say there is no ‘science’ to prove that GMOs are unsafe, I enjoin them to peruse the following list. [1]

Among the ailments suffered by the rats fed Roundup Ready or Bt-toxin GM-feed were:

  • Increased intestinal infections
  • High cholesterol
  • Birth defects
  • Weight-increase and higher incidence of mortality
  • Organ pathologies in the liver, kidneys, pancreas, ovaries, testes, and adrenals
  • Major issues with both the intestinal tracts and immunity of the animals tested

And why again are we still eating GM food? These studies suggest they should all be banned as Russia is doing – if not at least labeled.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 23:11
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