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Car-Free Paris: French Capital Bans Motor Vehicles for 1 Day PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 August 2015 19:00
 
 

car free paris

 

For a single day next month, locals and visitors will be able to experience Paris without motorized traffic, giving the city over to pedestrians and bikers. Free of traffic congestion, noise pollution and vehicle emissions, the Day Without Cars will transform the physical and auditory landscape, enabling views and revealing ambient sounds ordinarily drowned out by the urban cacophony on September 27th.

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Car-Free Paris: French Capital Bans Motor Vehicles for 1 Day PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 August 2015 18:56
 
 

car free paris

 

For a single day next month, locals and visitors will be able to experience Paris without motorized traffic, giving the city over to pedestrians and bikers. Free of traffic congestion, noise pollution and vehicle emissions, the Day Without Cars will transform the physical and auditory landscape, enabling views and revealing ambient sounds ordinarily drowned out by the urban cacophony on September 27th.

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SDG GOAL 15: THE IMPERATIVE TO END LOGGING IN THE OLD GROWTH FORESTS, BAN GE FORESTS AND COMBAT DESERTIFICATION PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 16:17

 

goal 15: protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably MANAGE FORESTS,

combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Project END LOGGING IN OLD GROWTH

 

A END LOGGING OLD GROWTH

B. BAN GE FORESTS

C. COMBAT DESERTIFICATION  

 

A END LOGGING OLD GROWTH

https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/sites/all/files/images/UnprotectedCastleGiant_ShaneJohnson.JPGThe Castle Giant is a monumental red cedar growing in the unprotected Upper Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. This red cedar measures over 16ft wide at the base and was used by scientists for canopy research projects.

 

 

Over the years Citizens have been concerned about the loss of old growth forests; now we have arrived at the point where it is imperative that no more old growth should be sacrificed.

Since 1992, Time and circumstances have changed not only though the increase recognition of the ecological value of old growth but also through commitments made through Declarations, Conference action plans and Conventions, as well as through Doctrines such as the Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:40
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WTO Ruling Against India's Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 06:33
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/27/wto-ruling-against-indias-solar-push-threatens-climate-clean-energy Common Dreams
 
  

"The U.S. should be applauding India’s efforts to scale up solar energy—not turning to the WTO to strike the program down."


India's ambitious solar program was rebuked by the WTO in a decision that climate advocates say shows the potential damage of deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo: Knut-Erik Helle/flickr/cc)alt

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday ruled against India over its national solar energy program in a case brought by the U.S. government, sparking outrage from labor and environmental advocates.

As power demands grow in India, the country's government put forth a plan to create 100,000 megawatts of energy from solar cells and modules, and included incentives to domestic manufacturers to use locally-developed equipment.

According to Indian news outlets, the WTO ruled that India had discriminated against American manufacturers by providing such incentives, which violates global trade rules, and struck down those policies—siding with the U.S. government in a case that the Sierra Club said demonstrates the environmentally and economically destructive power of pro-corporate deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Carbon-credit scheme linked to increased greenhouse-gas production PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 28 August 2015 09:54

 

Loophole enabled Russian factories to benefit from destroying industrial waste.

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Production of trifluoromethane (HFC-23) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) increased at some Russian factories after a carbon-credit scheme was introduced.

Factories in Russia increased their production of industrial waste products and then claimed millions of carbon credits for destroying them after an international trading scheme went into effect.

Evidence published1 in Nature Climate Change reveals that several Russian chemical plants increased production of highly potent greenhouse-gas waste to “unprecedented levels” after they could reap financial benefits from their disposal.

Carbon credits grant nations the right to emit gases that contribute to global warming. They are traded internationally on carbon markets such as the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme, and their monetary value is determined by how much buyers are willing to pay for them.

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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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