Ecology and Environment

26.08.2013

Civil Society Calls for Vote on Drilling in Ecuador’s Yasuní Park

Civil Society Calls for Vote on Drilling in Ecuador’s Yasuní Park

QUITO, Aug 24 2013 (IPS) – The Ecuadorean government’s decision to allow oil drilling in the Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, has caused alarm among environmentalists and indigenous people, who are calling for a referendum on the issue. President Rafael Correa ordered the… »

18.08.2013

Monsanto – seeds of Chilean strife

Monsanto – seeds of Chilean strife

Marches took place across Chile Saturday August 17 denouncing the multinational firm Monsanto because of its monopolisation and commercialisation of agricultural production. The big company accomplishes this through its efforts at pushing through legal structures on the patenting of hybrid and genetically modified (GM) plants and seeds and denying open… »

16.08.2013

ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS HALTING DESERTIFICATION

ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS HALTING DESERTIFICATION

  By Ramesh Jaura | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis [clear] BERLIN (IDN) – When representatives of 194 States and the European Union, which are parties to one of the landmark global conventions, meet in the Namibian capital Windhoek from September 16 to 27, they will focus on intensifying efforts for ushering… »

10.08.2013

Cities and Good Living

Cities and Good Living

ECUADOR, 2/7/2013 Government promotes project that seeks to recover and protect heritage cities. “People have the right to fully enjoy the city and its public spaces — under the principles of sustainability, social justice, respect of different urban cultures, and equilibrium between the urban and rural. Exercising the right to… »

10.08.2013

Anti-fracking social media closed but cyberbullying flourishing

Anti-fracking social media closed but cyberbullying flourishing

“Fracking  or hydraulic fracturing is the fracturing of rock by a pressurised liquid in which typically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, and the mixture is injected at high pressure to create small fractures to extract  such as gas and  oil. Proponents of hydraulic fracturing point to the economic… »

14.07.2013

No to uranium plant in Jiangmen

No to uranium plant in Jiangmen

Jiangmen, about one hundred miles up the Pearl River from Hong Kong, has been the scene of thousands taking to the streets in protests against a proposed uranium mining and manufacturing project in that area. Authorities backed down over the project following marches by thousands of residents and pressure from… »

13.07.2013

Fukushima hero dies of cancer as radioactivity problems far from over

Fukushima hero dies of cancer as radioactivity problems far from over

Masao Yoshida has died of cancer of the oesophagus. He was 58. He had led the efforts to stop the radioactive leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami induced a triple meltdown. He famously disobeyed orders from his Tepco (Fukuyima’s plant’s owners)… »

28.06.2013

Fukushima – tritium levels rise in seawater

Fukushima – tritium levels rise in seawater

Kyodo News reported June 25, 2013 that Tokyo Electric Power Co. has measured a rise in the level of radioactive tritium in seawater within the port at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In a sample collected June 21, around 1,100 becquerels of tritium per litre was found, the… »

27.06.2013

Global shock and outrage at World Food Prize for GMO executives

Global shock and outrage at World Food Prize for GMO executives

81 recipients of the Right Livelihood Award and Members of the World Future Council condemn the selection of GMO scientists and company executives as winners of the World Food Prize. On June 19th, the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize were announced. The prize goes to… »

25.06.2013

Plans in motion for Africa clean energy corridor

Plans in motion for Africa clean energy corridor

Renewable energy could meet a rising share of the continent’s fast-growing power needs and support economic development in a sustainable manner. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) convened a major international strategy session on 22 and 23 June to discuss the prospects for a Clean Energy Corridor (CEC) to serve… »

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