Ecology and Environment

18.07.2018

Earth First

Earth First

By Hadrien Coumans With any bit of discernment it’s abundantly clear that we are rapidly heading towards catastrophe. Earth has a fever and is heating up. The scientific evidence of feedback loops, severity of storms, rising temperatures, rising oceans, disappearing of fresh water, acidifying oceans, species extinction, all point to… »

12.07.2018

UN Summer Academy Brings 2030 Development Agenda To Life

UN Summer Academy Brings 2030 Development Agenda To Life

By Rita Joshi BONN (IDN) – In 2015, countries from around the world adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. In November 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to… »

11.07.2018

As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project

As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project

By Jessica Corbett As millions of people across the globe face extreme heat advisories, with temperatures even soaring beyond 90 degrees in Siberia last week, a recent study published in the British journal Nature Geoscience warns long-term global warming—and thus sea level rise—could be twice as bad as climate models project. Study co-author Katrin Meissner… »

10.07.2018

Outlaw nuclear weapons and abolish them! Hiroshima Memorial Day in Vienna

Outlaw nuclear weapons and abolish them! Hiroshima Memorial Day in Vienna

On August 6, 1945 the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima. On 7 July 2017, the UN decided to ban nuclear weapons under international law. On Monday, August 6, 2018, the Vienna Peace Movement organizes the annual event in memory of the victims of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima… »

04.07.2018

MPI lauds Communities in South Cotabato and Ozamis City for Standing against Coal

MPI lauds Communities in South Cotabato and Ozamis City for Standing against Coal

WE, the Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI) – a network of people’s organizations (POs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), church/faith-based groups in partnership with MISEREOR, the social development arm of German Bishops, lauds South Cotabato’s community members for being resolute in their stance against possible environmental destruction with coal mining in Lake… »

08.06.2018

The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy

The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy

Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: more than anything, this depends on the way we eat. We can cut our consumption of everything else almost to zero and still we will drive living systems to collapse, unless we… »

07.06.2018

Climate Change Is The Central Challenge For Humanity

Climate Change Is The Central Challenge For Humanity

Viewpoint by Franz Baumann This article is based on Talk given to the UN Association of New York 23 May 2018. Dr. Franz Baumann joined the UN Development Program in 1980 and began working in the UN Secretariat in 1985. He retired in 2015 as an assistant secretary-general, special adviser… »

05.06.2018

Tangier Island Is The Earth

Tangier Island Is The Earth

By David Swanson It’s nice to look down on the poor foolish residents of Tangier Island, a little speck of land sinking into the Chesapeake Bay. Some 87% of the residents who voted in 2016, voted for Trump. The Mayor of Tangier says that being mayor is only his second… »

02.06.2018

Our Energy Problem Is a Quantity Problem

Our Energy Problem Is a Quantity Problem

By Gail Tverberg Reading many of today’s energy articles, it is easy to get the impression that our energy problem is a quality problem—some energy is polluting; other energy is hoped to be less polluting. There is a different issue that we are not being told about. It is the fact that having… »

19.05.2018

Opening day of the European Humanist Forum

Opening day of the European Humanist Forum

Over 500 people came to the opening session of EHF2018, with people overflowing into three extra rooms after having filled the auditorium at the UNED Faculty of Education Sciences. The atmosphere was joyful in this latest gathering of the European Humanist Forum, the last one being in Milan in 2008. »

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