Ecology and Environment

10.01.2019

The new congress needs to create a green planet at peace

The new congress needs to create a green planet at peace

by Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater. A deafening chorus of negative grumbling from the left, right, and center of the US political spectrum in response to Trump’s decision to remove US troops from Syria and halve their numbers in Afghanistan appears to have slowed down his attempt to bring our… »

09.01.2019

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The growth in emissions is creating a ‘diesel generation’ of unhealthy youngsters. And some of the world’s most powerful industries are behind it. Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that some people… »

04.01.2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake. Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless… »

30.12.2018

Worse than the “worst” oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 14 years and counting

Worse than the “worst” oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 14 years and counting

When talking about fossil fuels disasters we are running out of superlatives. The Deepwater Horizon operated by BP discharged an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on 19 September 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated… »

28.12.2018

Climate change: six positive news stories you probably missed this year

Climate change: six positive news stories you probably missed this year

Rick Greenough, De Montfort University; Anna Pigott, Swansea University; Daniele Malerba, University of Manchester; Mike Wood, University of Salford… »

22.12.2018

PMPI Statement on the Kaliwa Dam Project

PMPI Statement on the Kaliwa Dam Project

The proposed New Centennial Water Source – Kaliwa Dam Project (NCWS – KDP) is a threat and perhaps a disaster waiting to happen to Quezon province and some parts of Rizal province that might even annihilate the Dumagats and Remontado tribal people living in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges. The project… »

18.12.2018

Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals

Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals

World Health Organisation Press Release, 5 December 2018 News Release Katowice, Poland Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone. The latest estimates from leading experts also indicate that the value of health gains… »

17.12.2018

‘Morally Unacceptable’: Final Deal Out of COP24 Sorely Lacking in Urgency and Action, Climate Campaigners Say

‘Morally Unacceptable’: Final Deal Out of COP24 Sorely Lacking in Urgency and Action, Climate Campaigners Say

“The weak outcome of this COP runs contrary to stark warnings of the IPCC report and growing demand for action from citizens.” by Julia Conley, staff  for Common Dreams Climate action groups slammed the outcome of the 24th annual Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice,… »

16.12.2018

Of Cockroaches and Humans

Of Cockroaches and Humans

By Roberto Savio* Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach. In the… »

15.12.2018

At the U.N. Climate Summit, Youth Leads the Way

At the U.N. Climate Summit, Youth Leads the Way

Close to 15,000 people have descended on Katowice, in the heart of Poland’s coal country, for the annual U.N. climate change summit. This meeting is dubbed “COP24,” for the 24th “Conference of the Parties” to the climate negotiations. The efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming have… »

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