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Environmental Uncertainties Halt Deep Sea Mining PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:13

Environmental Uncertainties Halt Deep Sea Mining

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The Asia Pacific region is characterised by high marine biodiversity. Credit: Andrew Heyward/AIMS

SYDNEY, Dec 17 2012 (IPS) - The world’s first deep sea mineral (DSM) mining venture in the Bismarck Sea off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific has come to a halt after two years of development.

While the mining company is embroiled in a disagreement over project funding, unprecedented opposition by politicians, academics and local communities has focussed on the unknown environmental and social impacts of this untried mineral extraction process.

Deep sea mining, considered the new resource frontier, has been the subject of debate since the 1960s. But financial and technological constraints have hindered the viability of ventures.

Now, the gradual depletion of land-based mineral resources, a rise in demand for metals by growing economies in Asia and rapid technological advances have generated new interest in deep sea mining.

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Geo-engineering Chemtrails Third annual Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Monday, 07 May 2018 11:19

What is Canada and the rest of the world going to do to stop the US from spraying stratospheric aerosol over the planet?

 
COP24 FAILED TO AVOID THE SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS OF COP21 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 27 April 2018 11:58

By Joan Russow PhD

Clobal Compliance Research Project 

Friday April 27 2018, 

 

 

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At COP 21Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision not with national vested interests (Cop21 press conference)

 

GLOBAL VISION 

A global vision  would be: 

to address article 2 of the UNFCCC and at a minimum to immediately end all subsidies for fossil fuel, to calculate the carbon budget for each state,

to divest in fossil fuels and to reinvest in renewable energy, to conserve sinks -such as old growth forests and bogs, to strengthen conservation of  biodiversity, 

to avoid all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC, to compensate for historical  emissions,

and to institute a fair and just transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision.  and to promote nature based solutions  and socially equitable

and environmentally sound such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal

 

REDEFINING WHAT CONSTITUTES TRUE SECURITY:

COMMON SECURITY

. “True security exists when all are secure, through common security.” (Olof Palme, 1982) whose objectives could be extended to include but not limited to the following:

(a) To achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses and delegitimization of war;

(b) To ensure the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, to reduce the ecological footprint and to move away from the current model of unsustainable and excessive overconsumption

(c) To enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, energy and transportation and the right to development,

(d) To promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including  labour rights, civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, to housing, to safe drinking water and sanitation , right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system; right to water and sanitation

(e) To fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

(f) To respect the international rule of law, its instruments and the jurisdiction and decisions of the international Court of Justice

 

 

 

THERE SHOULD BE LEGAL MEANS FOR  IMPLEMENTATION 

All states have ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and incurred an obligation under article 2.

under Article 2 of the UNFCCC, the signatories incurred the following obligation; “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere must be at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

 

The major fossil fuel states have failed to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system

The developing states especially the least developed and low-lying states could take the major fossil fuel states to the international Court of Justice

Or to the ICC and be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, and against the ecosystem and for Criminal negligence

 But the US and other fossil fuel states have not ratified the Rome statute, the UN General Assembly could invoke article 22 and set up a tribunal

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COP24 in Katowice  must avoid the systemic constraints that undermined COP21

SYSTEMIC CONSTRAIN

TS PREVENTING THE COMMITMENT TO URGENCY

 

IN COP21 IN THE PREAMBLE IS THE “RECOGNITION THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPRESENTS AN URGENT AND POTENTIALLY IRREVERSIBLE THREAT TO HUMAN SOCIETY AND THE PLANET” YET THE EXISTENCE OF SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS PREVENTED COP21 FROM EMBODYING THIS RECOGNITION

 

1.THE BEST IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD- THE COMPROMISERS CREDO

2 BASELINES TARGETS TIMEFRAMES WERE ALL OUT OF SYNC

3. -EXPEDIENT OMISSION; GLOBAL CARBON BUDGET. HISTORICAL AND PER CAPITA EMISSIONS

4. THE SHORTNESS OF INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY AND THE UNDERMINING OF LEGAL OBLIGATIONS FROM ARTICLE 2 3 AND 4

5. A SOLUTION SHOULD NEVER BE EQUALLY BAD OR WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM IT IS INTENDED TO SOLVE

6.SOME STATES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHER

7. THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR; THE  TYRANNY OF CONSENSUS

8 THE FAILURE TO REVERSE THE EXEMPTION FOR THE CONTRIBUTION TO GREEMHOUSE GAS EMISSION

9. RELUCTANCE TO USE THE INTERNATIONAL COURT AGAINST THE MAJOR EMMITTERS FOR THEY VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNFCCC

10. IGNORING COMMITMMENT FOR FUNDING SOURCE

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Protesters built a giant pipeline to greet Justin Trudeau in London PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:32

By Andrea Diaz, CNN - Updated 6:16 PM ET, Wed April 18, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted in Britain's capital with a 98-foot long fake pipeline that blocked the main entrance to the Canadian High Commission."

Greenpeace activists build an "oil pipeline" next to a cutout of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted in London on Wednesday with a 98-foot fake pipeline meant to challenge his support of a controversial oil pipeline in his country.

The stunt, which blocked the main entrance to the Canadian High Commission, was orchestrated by Greenpeace activists who oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline planned in western Canada across indigenous lands.

 

The Trans Mountain expansion, approved in 2016, will help oil companies reach new markets by expanding the capacity of North America's only pipeline with access to the West Coast, and it will nearly triple the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state.

 

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No water, no birds': Wood Buffalo National Park among most threatened, warn international scientists PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 February 2018 09:25

 

It's not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo'

 

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says low water levels are threatening Wood Buffalo National Park’s ecosystem.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says low water levels are threatening Wood Buffalo National Park’s ecosystem. (Courtesy of Mikisew Cree First Nation) 

One of the world's largest groups of conservation scientists says Canada's biggest national park is among the most threatened World Heritage Sites in North America.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is significantly threatened by hydroelectric and oilsands development.

"This is quite embarrassing," said Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

Many First Nations members live alongside the park.

"It's not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo," says Lepine.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 09:33
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