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Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 13 June 2015 15:10

 

The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind. Could it lead to a step-change in the battle against global warming?
Pope Francis on a visit to the Philippines in January.  
Pope Francis on a visit to the Philippines in January. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images 

John Vidal

Saturday 13 June 2015 12.44 BST Last modified on Saturday 13 June 2015 19.55 BST 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/13/pope-francis-intervention-transforms-climate-change-debate

Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality in a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Thursday.
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International Oceans Day; Time to Heed Warnings, Discharge Obligations and act on Commitments PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 June 2015 13:27
 
by Joan russow
 
Global Compliance research Project
 
 
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For years, there have been significant international conventions, and conferences related to protecting the marine environment.  And  this year there will be the finalizing of the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is  the following:
 
GOAL 14: CONSERVE AND SUSTAINABLY USE THE OCEANS, SEAS AND MARINE RESOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
 
There have been obligations incurred under various Conventions addressing the oceans and marine Biodiversity  such as the 1982  UN Convention on the Law of the Seas, (UNCLOS, the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In addition, there have been warnings and commitments related to Oceans, in UN Conferences, such as the UN Conference on Environmental and Development (UNCED) and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
Enclosed are various excerpts from the Conventions and Conference with articles related to International Oceans Day. 
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Senator Kirk Urges President to Halt Canadian Proposal to Store Nuclear Waste Near Great Lakes PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 June 2015 13:06

Proposal Would Store 7 Million Cubic Feet of Nuclear Waste Less Than a Mile From Great Lakes

Media Release May 22, 2015

http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1421

 
CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) sent a letter to President Obama expressing serious concern with a proposed nuclear waste repository in Canada, which would be located less than a mile away from the Great Lakes and is currently under review by the Canadian government. The Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposal would store 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste for thousands of years at their Bruce Nuclear Station on Lake Huron. Senator Kirk urged the President to work with the Canadian government to delay final approval of the project while calling for an environmental review by the International Joint Commission (IJC), an independent organization established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 for cooperative management of our shared Great Lakes. In May, Canada’s Environmental Review Panel recommended the project be approved. Now, under Canadian law, Canada’s Environmental Minister has until September 4, 2015, to determine whether or not to authorize the facility’s construction.
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G7 summit on 7 and 8 June 2015: Time to be Bold on Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 06 June 2015 13:06

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

Flaggs der G7-Staaten The G7 summit will take place on 7 and 8 June 2015Source: Photothek.net

 
*KEY MESSAGE
 
 THE G7 MUST TAKE BOLD  ACTION IN PARIS  IF NOT LEGAL ACTION THEREAFTER SHOULD BE TAKEN,  THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL cOURT OF »jUSTICE. AGAINST THE G7  FOR VILATION OF ARTICLE 2 OF THE UN FRAMEWORK CONVNTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
 
The time for procrastination about climate change has long since passed; the world is in a state of emergency and further inaction is gross or even criminal negligence.
 
Targets and Timeframes
Because of the global urgency, there must be the political will to return earth’s temperature to its natural pre-industrial level, and strict time frames must be imposed, so that overall global emissions of greenhouse gases will begin to be reversed as of 2015 There must be a global target for greenhouse gas emission reductions of at least 30% below 1990 levels by 2015, at least 50% below 1990 levels by 2020, at least 75% below 1990 levels by 2030, at least 85% below 1990 levels by 2040 and 100% below 1990 emissions by 2050  while adhering to the precautionary principle, the differentiated responsibility principle *, and the fair and just transition principle. The required reductions in emissions cannot be achieved without an immediate end to the destruction of carbon sinks. Under the UNFCCC, every state signatory incurred the obligation to conserve carbon sinks; thus the destruction of sinks, including deforestation and elimination of bogs must end immediately.
The goal of COP 21 must be to return temperatures to pre-industrial levels and return atmospheric CO2 back to 278ppm at the latest by 2050.
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CLIMATE CHANGE: COP 21 PARIS - TIME TO BE BOLD PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 05 June 2015 16:04

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 A Content Analysis of the Dutch Court Decision: could this be a Precedent to be used in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada?

http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10281:a-content-analysis-of-the-dutch-court-decision-could-this-be-a-precedent-to-be-used-in-a-case-before-the-supreme-court-of-canada&catid=75:cjustice-news&Itemid=218

 

By Joan Russow (PhD) Canada, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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COP 21 opens in Paris on November 30 2015

 
 

If you don’t leave crude oil in the soil Coal in the hole and tar sands in the land I will confront and denounce  you (Nnimmo Bassey, presentation at Peoples conference on Climate Change, Bolivia)

http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9539:if-you-dont-leave-crude-oil-in-the-soil-coal-in-the-hole-and-tar-sands-in-the-land-i-will-confront-and-denounce-you-&catid=86:i-earth-news&Itemid=210 

 In other words "Freeze fossil fuel extraction" and seek decarbonization before 2050

 

A PROPOSAL FOR COP 21:

 
Background Original: created by Joan Russow and Richard Levicki  in   2007, expanded in 2009 into a Statement to COP 15 Copenhagen; submitted to  Cancun and revised for Durban and updated  for COP 20 and in COP 21 in Paris  ...

 

 In Paris, states must agree to base the COP 21 on the UNFCCC and on credible emerging and current science and the precautionary principle and thus because of the global urgency, there must be the political will to return earth’s temperature to its natural pre-industrial level, and strict time frames must be imposed to return the CO2 in the atmosphere to 278ppm by 2050.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2015 11:59
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International Day for Biological Diversity 2015: SDGs and compliance with precautionary principle. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 May 2015 10:15

 

By  Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project

 

 

 


``This year’s theme of the international day for Biodiversity reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.`` In 1992, since the negotiation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Rio declaration, there has been  progressive  loss  of biodiversity caused by the failure to invoke the precautionary .principle to ban practices, and substances  which impact on land and  water has led to the loss of biodiversity.

The theme of Rio+20 was" the future we want”. In 2015 the United Nations SDGs theme: 2030 “shaping the world we want.  The question arises; isit possible to have sustainability within a world of predominantly unsustainable substances and practices that defy the precautionary principle.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 10:30
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China’s Amazonian railway ‘threatens uncontacted tribes’ and the rainforest PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:31

 

Environmentalists sound alarm over plans to construct 5,300km route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to cut transport costs
 
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 The 1.8m hectares Madre de Dios reserve is the largest national park in Peru Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

Chinese premier Li Keqiang is to push controversial plans for a railway through the Amazon rainforest during a visit to South America next week, despite concerns about the possible impact on the environment and on indigenous tribes.

Currently just a line on a map, the proposed 5,300km route in Brazil and Peru would reduce the transport costs for oil, iron ore, soya beans and other commodities, but cut through some of the world’s most biodiverse forest.

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NGOs Urge Post-2015 Declaration Include Water, Sanitation as Basic Human Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 May 2015 10:24

By Thalif Deen

Water is supplied by the military in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park

Water is supplied by the military in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park

UNITED NATIONS, May 13 2015 (IPS) - Virtually every major international conference concludes with a “programme of action” (PoA) – described in U.N. jargon as “an outcome document” – preceded by a political declaration where 193 member states religiously pledge to honour their commitments.

But over 620 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), a hefty coalition of mostly international water activists, are complaining that a proposed political declaration for the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda is set to marginalise water and sanitation.

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HUNGARY TO BECOME FIRST MEMBER STATE TO IMPLEMENT NEW EU REGULATIONS ON GMOS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:03
By Hungary Today 
http://hungarytoday.hu/news/hungary-become-first-member-state-implement-new-eu-regulations-gmo-75561
Agriculture (photo: csabaimerleg.hu)

 

 

“Hungary could be the first to introduce the new European Union regulations allowing countries to ban the cultivation of GMO crops”, a Ministry of Agriculture’s official told Hungarian news agency MTI in Berlin on Friday. In his statement following the “GMO-free Europe” conference, deputy state secretary Dr. András Rácz stressed that in addition to transposing the new regulations into Hungarian law, the Farm Ministry is also working on introducing a new labelling system by the end of the year that would enable foods such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and honey to be labelled as GMO-free if certified as not containing GMOs and livestock receive only GMO-free feed.

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Nepal disaster; the need for prevention and adherence to the precautionary principle – a message that must be heeded by the global community. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:22
 
By Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project
 
 
When earthquakes happen, there is always a question of how they could have been prevented.  Nepali journalist Kunda Dixit, emphasized there has been post-disaster relief instead of preventive measures.  In Nepal,  many of the measures did not happen because lack of funds.  http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/04/nepals-predictable-tragedy/391496/ 
 
 
In other parts of the world, however, preventive measures are not taken because of  vested economic interests. 
 
Even when there is almost scientific certainty that fracking has been linked to earthquakes, precaution is ignored.
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