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COP 17 diary: High-level talks start

Posted on 06 December 2011 by admin



Tinus de Jager reports from COP 17 in Durban at the start of the high-level meetings on combatting climate change.






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OP-ED: Can Finance Provide the Crown Jewels of a Durban Climate Accord?

Posted on 01 December 2011 by admin

Climate change wreaks damage on infrastructure, ecosystems, livelihoods and lives in developing countries. Credit: Zukiswa Zimela/IPS

By Tim Ash Vie *

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 1 (IPS) – As climate talks get underway in Durban, South Africa this week, progress on a Green Climate Fund is one of the hottest, most contentious tickets in town. It is also one of the great prizes to be won.

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Biofuels are not a solution to the climate and energy crisis

Posted on 28 November 2011 by admin

By Nnimmo Bassey *

Credit: Claudius/IPS

DURBAN, Nov 28, 2011 (IPS)  Science tells us that we are heading for a climate crisis, yet it is within our means to change course.

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OP-ED: The Future of Carbon Markets: Taking Politics Seriously

Posted on 21 November 2011 by admin

By Peter Newell *

BRIGHTON, United Kingdom, Nov 22, 2011 (Tierramérica) – Carbon markets are under attack on all sides, despite ongoing faith in their ability to deliver meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs).

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OP-ED: A Rio+20 Activist Manifesto and Action Plan

Posted on 06 November 2011 by admin

By Bhaskar Menon*

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 6, 2011 (IPS) – Unless civil society activists launch their own programme of action at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro next summer (Jun. 4-6), the event will be little more than an expensive talkfest.

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U.S. Carbon Emissions Down Seven Percent In Four Years

Posted on 02 November 2011 by admin

Analysis by Lester R. Brown*
WASHINGTON, Nov 2, 2011 (IPS) – Between 2007 and 2011, carbon emissions from coal use in the United States dropped 10 percent. During the same period, emissions from oil use dropped 11 percent.
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Analysis: The Dangerously High Cost of Amazon Beef

Posted on 19 September 2011 by admin

By João Meirelles and María José Barney González

A delicious 500-gram Amazonian beef steak produced with 7,000 grams of carbon dioxide and 7,000 liters of water, mixed with belched methane, is the ideal recipe for climate change.

BELÉM, Brazil, Sep 19 (Tierramérica)- The livestock industry, and especially cattle production, is one of the world’s most significant contributors to climate change.

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Record Arctic Ice Melt Threatens Global Security

Posted on 15 September 2011 by admin

Analysis by Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Sep 15, 2011 (IPS) – All the analysis and commentary about safety and security on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 ignored by far the biggest ongoing threat to global security: climate change. Continue Reading

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OP-ED: Expanding Deserts, Falling Water Tables and Toxins Driving People from Homes

Posted on 23 August 2011 by admin

By Lester R. Brown*

WASHINGTON, Aug 23, 2011 (IPS) – People do not normally leave their homes, their families, and their communities unless they have no other option. Yet as environmental stresses mount, we can expect to see a growing number of environmental refugees. Rising seas and increasingly devastating storms grab headlines, but expanding deserts, falling water tables, and toxic waste and radiation are also forcing people from their homes. Continue Reading

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Analysis: After Peak Oil, Peak Globalization

Posted on 08 August 2011 by admin

By Gunter Pauli *

The reality of a globalized economy seems to be that poverty is its only sustainable phenomenon, says entrepreneur Gunter Pauli in this column.

BERLIN, Aug 8 (Tierramérica).- For decades the world economy has been on a path towards globalization. The drive to achieve ever larger economies of scale at ever lower marginal costs pushed manufacturing to standardize, slashing expenses by outsourcing and supply chain management, consolidating suppliers, eliminating unnecessary in-house middle management, pushing for mergers and acquisitions, purging excess to deliver better returns to investors and ever lower prices to customers, thus strengthening their purchasing power and bringing more citizens into the sought-after middle class.

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