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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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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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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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SDG GOAL 9 INFRASTRUCTURE - TRANSPORTATION- MOVING AWAY FROM CAR DEPENDENCY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:16
SDG GOAL 9 INFRASTRUCTURE - TRANSPORTATION- MOVING AWAY FROM CAR DEPENDENCY
 
By Joan Russow
Global Compliance Research Project
 
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A review of previous references in international instruments advocating policies on transportation and communication should promote desired patterns of development to satisfy the needs of the majority of the population, b to assure the distribution of activities to favour mass transportation, and to reduce congestion and pollution by motor vehicles.....
 
 In the Annex will be references to infrastructure as proposed in Habitat II
 
 
 The active development of a system of public transportation with adequate incentives for its use in preference to individual use of motor vehicles;....(vi) Provide for the separation of pedestrian and motor circulation, as well as separate paths for bicycles, and other categories of vehicular traffic; 
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 05:14
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Monsanto knew all along! Secret studies reveal the truth of Roundup toxicity PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 20 September 2015 10:31

By Richard Gale & Gary Null / Progressive Radio Network

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2985458/monsanto_knew_all_along_secret_studies_reveal_the_truth

18th September 2015

 
 
 

Forty years ago Monsanto carried out detailed studies of glyphosate and Roundup toxicity, write Richard Gale & Gary Null. But they have remained buried in filing cabinets ever since. Now a determined scientist has breached the wall of secrecy - and all the evidence is that Monsanto knew just how toxic its products were all along, while claiming they were 'safe as lemonade'.

What busted the tobacco companies was not the scientific evidence piling up outside the industry. Rather it was its crimes of omission about cigarettes' health risks within the industry. The industry's own research prosecuted itself.
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2015 10:34
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