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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
 

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

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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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Alaskan Concerns Escalate As British Columbia Government Gives Red Chris Mine Final Operating Permit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:38

By   Jun 17, 2015.JUNEAU, ALASKA

Red Chris mining claims at the head waters of the Stikine River. Image-Google maps/Imperial mining

l ast week’s ill-conceived decision by the British Columbia government to issue a final operating permit for Red Chris mine disregards concerns from Alaskans whose clean water, fisheries, tourism, jobs, and traditional ways of life are threatened. Red Chris is owned by Imperial Metals, the same company responsible for the Mount Polley mine disaster last summer, one of Canada’s worst environmental catastrophes. Red Chris is one of several B.C. mines proposed for the transboundary region straddling Alaska that have raised the public’s ire.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:45
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More Scientists Expose Government Fraud over GMOs PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:23
Have the facts been systematically misrepresented?
BY CHRISTINA SARICH
POSTED ON MARCH 7, 2015
 

“The US government and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMO.”

The famous zoologist Jane Goodall, who worked with monkeys in their native habitat at the Gombe Stream Reserve at Lake Tanganyika in the 1970’s, is joining a prominent activist lawyer, Steven Druker, to reveal the mockery of truth Big Biotech and the US government have made over genetically modified foods.



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Steven Druker has written a book detailing it all titled “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth” which features Dame Jane Goodall, who has called it one of the most important books in the last 50 years.

The book is being published at an opportune time, when the EU Parliament is working on the decision that states can ban GMOs. Based on evidence that Druker and Goodall provide in the book, they should ban the cultivation of genetically modified seeds from Poland to Greece; the UK, to France.

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Fallout from WHO Classification of Glyphosate as Probable Carcinogen PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 June 2015 17:04

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ISIS Report 10/06/15

Fallout from WHO Classification of Glyphosate as Probable Carcinogen

Campaigns to ban and phase out the chemical across the world intensify with major successes Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji

Could it be that the World Health Organisation’s classification of glyphosate as a ‘probable carcinogen’ (see [1] Glyphosate ‘Probably Carcinogenic to Humans’ Latest WHO AssessmentSiS 66) will be the final nail in the coffin for the world’s most popular herbicide and Monsanto’s flagship product.

Recent weeks have seen the intensification of campaigns to ban or remove the product as well as lawsuits being filed against Monsanto; in the US for false safety claims of glyphosate, and in China, for hiding toxicity studies from the public. (El Salvador has already banned the chemical though yet to be signed into law [2], while the Netherlands last year banned private sales [3]. Sri Lanka had a partial ban in place in regions most afflicted by chronic kidney disease that has been linked to glyphosate use (see later)).

People have known the truth for years. Industry and government regulators have conspired to bury copious evidence of toxicity for decades, and they feel to some extent vindicated by the latest WHO assessment (see [4]Glyphosate and CancerSiS 62) and [5] EU Regulators and Monsanto Exposed for Hiding Glyphosate ToxicitySiS 51). More importantly, governments are finally beginning to take action. 

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Peru a Shining Example for South America’s Climate Action Plans PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 June 2015 07:22

 

A villager from Combayo, Peru. Citizen engagement is critical for the country to achieve its ambitious climate action plans. Photo courtesy of La República /IPS

BONN, Jun 12 2015 (IPS) - This week, Peru became the first South American nation to publicly announce its Climate Action Plan, or INDC. In doing so, it may have set the scene for a new wave of highly transparent and ambitious INDC submissions from the continent.

This most recent plan comes after 12 years of collective planning, as Peru developed a suite of regional and national strategies to address climate change. As a result, the government of Peru has come out with an ambitious proposal to cut business as usual emissions by 31 per cent.

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1999GREEN PARTY CALLS FOR BAN ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS AND CROPS AND SETS UP GE-FREE FUND PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 13 June 2015 17:56

GREEN PARTY CALLS FOR BAN ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS AND CROPS AND SETS UP GE-FREE FUND

APRIL 1999

Dr. Joan Russow, the National leader of the Green Party of Canada has just returned from an international conference in Delhi where the participants called for a global ban on genetically engineered foods and crops. While deep concern is expressed throughout the world with GE foods and crops, the Canadian government is funding proponents traveling across the country promoting GE foods and crops., and  is boasting that Canada has more trial sites of genetically engineered foods and crops than the whole of the European Union.

 

For too long the dialogue around genetically engineered foods and crops has been about the “right to know” not about the right to have genetically engineered-free food, and the right to have crops that do not destroy the environment.   Given the unattended consequences of  genetically engineered foods and crops, and the global commitment to the precautionary principle it becomes an imperative to institute a complete ban on genetically engineered foods. and crops because there is sufficient scientific evidence emerging to justify the banning and the immediate removal of the food off the shelves.

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