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SDG GOAL 2 END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:32

By Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Project

 

image from flooding agricultural land in Kenta

 

To achieve  food security, States  must consider:  A.What constitutes food security?  B.What obligations in covenants still need to be discharged? C. and D, What commitments in declarations, and conference action plans need to be fulfilled? E. What must be not only prescribed but also proscribed?

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 04:42
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Double-Dip Oil Rout Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:14

By Michael T. Klare

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176035/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_big_oil_in_retreat/#more

The plunge of global oil prices began in June 2014, when benchmark Brent crude was selling at $114 per barrel. It hit bottom at $46 this January, a near-collapse widely viewed as a major but temporary calamity for the energy industry.  Such low prices were expected to force many high-cost operators, especially American shale oil producers, out of the market, while stoking fresh demand and so pushing those numbers back up again.  When Brent rose to $66 per barrel this May, many oil industry executives breathed a sigh of relief.  The worst was over.  The price had “reached a bottom” and it “doesn’t look like it is going back,” a senior Saudi official observed at the time.

 

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Pope Francis Joins Battle Against Transgenic Crops PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 06:15

By Emilio Godoy

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There is no papal bull on transgenic crops in Laudato Si, the second encyclical of Pope Francis, “on the care of our common home” – planet earth. Credit: Norberto Miguel/IPS

There is no papal bull on transgenic crops in Laudato Si, the second encyclical of Pope Francis, “on the care of our common home” – planet earth. Credit: Norberto Miguel/IPS

MEXICO CITY, Aug 11 2015 (IPS) - A few centuries ago, the biotechnology industry would have been able to buy a papal bull to expiate its sins and grant it redemption. But in his encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si”, Pope Francis condemns genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without leaving room for a pardon.

In his second encyclical since he became pope on Mar. 13, 2013 – but the first that is entirely his work – Jorge Mario Bergoglio criticises the social, economic and agricultural impacts of GMOs and calls for a broad scientific debate.

Laudato Si – “Praise be to you, my Lord” in medieval Italian – takes its title from Saint Francis of Assisi’s 13th-century Canticle of the Sun, one of whose verses is: “Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 09:06
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Scotland to ban GM crop growing PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 08 August 2015 17:09
GM crops

Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced.

Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to "gamble" with the future of Scotland's £14bn food and drink sector.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 05:29
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How dams destroy the ecosystem by blocking natural fish routes and spawning toxic algal blooms PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 08 August 2015 15:05

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) Their stated purpose, besides hydro-energy production, is to provide fresh water for cities and recreational spaces for people. However, man-made dams are inadvertently mucking up natural ecosystems throughout the U.S., including along the Klamath River in northern California and southern Oregon, where toxic algal blooms are reportedly harming wildlife and making water unsafe to drink.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2015 10:49
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Chávez and Morales Lash Out at Industrialised North PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 18:54
 

Posted on 16 December 2009 by editor

By Pierri/IPS

 
Evo Morales in press conference. Credit: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Evo Morales in press conference. Credit: RaúlPierri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela had harsh words for rich countries Wednesday, accusing them of driving the COP 15 talks to the brink of failure out of “selfishness” and supporting a “culture of death.”

“The scientifically sustainable goal of reducing polluting gas emissions and achieving a long-term cooperation agreement clearly seems, here and now, to have failed,” the Venezuelan leader told the climate change summit.

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U.N. Targets Trillions of Dollars to Implement Sustainable Development Agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 07:57

Written by Thalif Deen

Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the U.N., addresses a press conference on the agreement achieved on 2 August by Member States on the outcome document of the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the U.N., addresses a press conference on the agreement achieved on 2 August by Member States on the outcome document of the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 3 2015 (IPS) - After more than two years of intense negotiations, the U.N.’s 193 member states have unanimously agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) with 17 goals — including the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger — to be reached by 2030.

At a press briefing Monday, Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya, one of the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental consultative process, told reporters the implementation of the agenda could cost a staggering 3.5 trillion to 5.0 trillion dollars per year.

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Arctic nations to bar fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the north pole PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 20 July 2015 11:23

Eight member states including US, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark sign accord to protect central Arctic Ocean from commercial fishing

 

The Chukchi sea near Shishmaref, Alaska, is part of the Arctic Ocean.

 The Chukchi sea near Shishmaref, Alaska, is part of the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Andrew  Burton/Getty Images

The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the north pole.

The accord, also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway and Denmark, is a response to global warming, which is melting sea ice in the central Arctic Ocean, an area the size of the Mediterranean. The deal had been delayed by more than a year by tensions over Ukraine.

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GMO study finds 'indications of harmful and adverse effects' PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 17 July 2015 10:37

Nafeez Ahmed

July 2015

 

A store of probably GMO soya in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Márcio Garoni via Flickr (CC BY-NC).
A store of probably GMO soya in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Márcio Garoni via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

A new biosafety report for the Norwegian Environment Agency says GM foods cannot be declared safe due to major gaps in the science, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indeed research clearly indicates harmful and adverse impacts to both health and environment. But Monsanto insists that GMOs are just as safe as, or even safer than, conventional crops.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:44
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Fracking poses 'significant' risk to humans and should be temporarily banned across EU, says new report PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 22 June 2015 11:54

 

 
 
 

A major scientific study says the process uses toxic and carcinogenic chemicals and that

an EU-wide ban should be issued until safeguards are in place

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/fracking-poses-significant-risk-to-humans-and-should-be-temporarily-banned-across-eu-says-new-report-10334080.html

 
 
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
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A major new scientific study has concluded that the controversial gas extraction technique known as fracking poses a “significant” risk to human health and British wildlife, and that an EU-wide moratorium should be implemented until widespread regulatory reform is undertaken.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 12:01
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