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 New eco-industrial parks

 to appear in Russia

by Victoria Abramchenko

April 22nd, 9:04pm

(Lenta.ru)

 

By the end of 2024, Russia will have six new eco-industrial

 parks. They will be built as part of the federal project 

"Closed-loop Economy", according to the website 

of the Russian Environmental Operator (REO).

 

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko 

noted the uniqueness of the project. "There were

 industrial parks in Russia, but there were never 

any eco-industrial parks. So that it is possible 

to gather residents in one place - who will be 

engaged in the closed-loop economy, waste 

processing, extract useful parts.... ensure

 the processing of these useful fractions 

and, accordingly, make new products, 

new goods," she explained.

 

The parks will be located in the Stavropol Territory, 

Leningrad, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk 

and Chelyabinsk regions. Two more parks — in the

 Krasnodar and Primorsky Territories - are planned

 to be introduced before 2027. According to Denis 

Butsaev, General Director of REO, eco-industrial 

parks..... will become anchor sites for creating

production clusters for waste disposal and

the production of products from 

secondary raw materials.

 

Earlier it was reported that REO will issue its first green 

bonds, the funds from which will go to the creation of 

waste management facilities.

 

 

 

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Cuba denounces --- climate damage 

due to NATO military expenditure

April 8th, 12:56pm 

(Prensa Latina) 

 

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said on Monday 

that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is the largest 

military emitter of Greenhouse Gases in the planet. 

 

On his official X account, he noted that the alliance's goal 

of increasing military spending to two percent of its 

members' GDP is a serious threat to global efforts

 to mitigate the impact of climate change.

 

Recently, the head of Cuban diplomacy stated on the same

 social network that NATO’s military carbon footprint went 

from 196 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (C02) in 

2021 ------- to 226 million in 2023.

 

Those numbers exceed the GHG emissions of 80 percent

 of the countries of the world, he pointed out.

 

 

 

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China confirms meeting with Japan 


on radioactive water discharge


April 1st, 8:22am


 (Prensa Latina) 


 


China confirmed a meeting between Chinese and


 Japanese nuclear specialists... regarding the 


discharge of radioactive water from the 


Fukushima plant ---- into the sea.


 


Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, described the 


talks as constructive, with the Japanese side explaining 


the security of their plan, based on scientific evidence.


 


On February 28th, Japan began the fourth stage of the 


discharge of some 7,800 tons of radioactive water 


into the sea.


 


So far, China has expressed its strong concern about


this issue and, in fact, canceled the import of all 


aquatic products from Japan.


 


Beijing repeatedly insisted on the need for an international 


agreement to independently monitor the Japanese plan.


 


Another spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Mao Ning, 


recently assured that releasing this water into the 


ocean “affects the health of all humanity, the 


global marine environment and the 


international public interest.”


 


“The precautionary measures taken by China and some 


other countries - in response to Japan’s action - are 


aimed at protecting food security” and are 


“entirely legitimate, reasonable and 


necessary,” she added.


 


Beijing believes that an independent international 


monitoring agreement must involve neighbouring 


countries and other stakeholders ----- to avoid 


irrevocable consequences ----- arising from 


the discharge of radioactive water.


 






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The Arctic could run 

out of ice in 2030

March 6th, 10:20am

 (Prensa Latina) 

 

The Arctic could run out of ice for the first time in 2030, 

according to a new study that indicates that such an

 event would occur more than 10 years earlier than 

previous projections.

 

It is expected to occur in August or September 2030 

under all scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions 

to the Earth’s atmosphere.

 

In addition, the Arctic Ocean could experience frequent 

occurrences of ice-free conditions by mid-century 

(between 2035 and 2067), as was published 

in the paper journal Nature Reviews

 Earth & Environment.

 

“Our study also focuses on the frequency of ice-free 

conditions, rather than just when the first ice-free 

conditions are reached,” Alexandra Jahn of the 

University of Colorado, Boulder, told the 

Down To Earth portal.

 

Arctic sea ice cover, which includes the area, extent 

and thickness of sea ice, has declined since the 

beginning of satellite observations in 1978.

 

Such ice-free conditions are likely 

the first in at least 80,000 years.

 

“The transition to an ice-free Arctic means a regime shift 

from a perennial sea ice cover to a seasonal sea ice 

cover, or from a white summer Arctic to a blue 

Arctic,” the researchers wrote.

 

To quantify the ice-free projections, the scientists 

analyzed sea ice on a monthly basis using 

climate models.

 

Previously there was talk of the almost complete 

disappearance of sea ice, but now scientists 

have agreed to designate the Arctic as ice-

free when the ocean has less than one 

million square kilometres of 

frozen surface.

 

Experts also say the Arctic is resilient 

and can return to normal.... if the 

atmosphere cools.

 

 

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Colombia: Global Biodiversity 


Summit ---- to Be Hosted 


in October


February 29th (teleSUR)


 


On Wednesday, Colombia’s Minister of Environment 


Susana Muhamad announced that the Latin 


American country will host the 16th 


Conference of Parties to the UN 


Convention on Biological 


Diversity (COP 16) from


 Oct 21 to Nov 1.


 


The announcement was made on the sidelines of the sixth 


session of the United Nations Environment Assembly 


(UNEA-6) underway in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. 


 


"This is an opportunity for Colombia's indigenous 


communities to showcase a paradigm shift in 


the way the conservation of biodiversity 


should be undertaken globally," 


Muhamad said.


 


The Colombian minister added that COP 16 will be a


 mixture of cultural and environmental biodiversity 


from Latin American countries.


 


The launch of the logo of a fresh flower took place 


during the official announcement of Colombia's


 hosting of the UN biodiversity summit.


 


A tweet reads, "An everlasting flower, did you know that


the Inírida flower can withstand long floods and 


droughts? It is the symbol of resilience! 


That is why this flower is the logo of 


the COP 16 in Colombia and, 


therefore, of Peace 


with Nature!"


 


David Cooper, acting executive secretary of the Secretariat


 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, said that 


delegates -- will share experiences, find solutions,
and 
inspire partnerships toward tackling global 


biodiversity loss. He noted, COP 16 would 


allow local indigenous communities, 


to share their experiences.


 


According to Cooper, indigenous communities in


 13 ecoregions of Colombia and neighbouring 


countries will share their knowledge of rare 


endemic species with the delegates.


 


 The COP 16 -- will accelerate action and show 


progress towards turning the four goals and 


23 targets of the biodiversity plan into 


nationally driven action.


 


He said, that the delegates are expected 


to demonstrate the alignment of their 


National Biodiversity Strategies 


and Action Plans with the 


Biodiversity Plan.






A tweet reads, "Great meeting with the Chinese Minister of


 Ecology and outgoing president of COP15, Huang Runqiu, 


during UNEA6. His support and experience will be key 


to ensure the success of COP 16 Colombia in Cali 


this year."


 


Cooper revealed that the fourth meeting of the Subsidiary 


Body on Implementation, which will take place in Nairobi 


from May 21-29, will provide an opportunity to review 


progress 5 months before COP 16 gets underway


 in Cali, Colombia.


 


According to Cooper, COP 16 will be the first biodiversity


 summit since the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal


 Global Biodiversity Framework at COP 15 held in 


December 2022 in Montreal, Canada.


 


During COP 16, governments will review the state of 


the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global 


Biodiversity Framework... develop the monitoring 


framework, and advance resource mobilization 


for the Global Biodiversity Framework.


 


 In addition, the summit will finalize and operationalize 


the multilateral mechanism, for the fair and equitable 


sharing of benefits from the use of digital sequence 


information on genetic resources.


 


 


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UN --- calls for more funding
for 
environmental projects

February 28th, 3:09pm

 (Prensa Latina) 

 

The planet demands that financial flows be realigned and 

business practices be changed in favor of nature, it was

 the demand here on Wednesday --- at the 6th United 

Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6).

 

At the opening session of the high-level segment on

 strengthening the science-policy interface for 

effective implementation of environmental 

commitments, UNEP Executive Director 

Inger Andersen noted that humanity is 

currently financing its ‘own failure’ 

rather than investing in a ‘better

 future by supporting nature’.

 

Unfortunately, she added, solutions based on environmental

 protection are underfunded and receive only 200 billion

 dollars globally a year, less than one-third of what is 

needed between now and 2030 to meet climate, 

biodiversity and land degradation targets.

 

Given these figures, it is clear that realigning negative 

financial flows to nature is the best way to halt and 

reverse the loss of nature, and to achieve this we 

need to change incentive policies, provide data 

on long-term economic losses and change 

business practices,’ she said.

 

The high-level debate on strengthening the science-policy 

interface for effective implementation of environmental 

commitments ------ is a forum to address the need for 

transformational change to address the three 

planetary environmental crises: climate

change, the loss of nature and 

biodiversity, and pollution.

 

Participants in the forum will also discuss opportunities 

to strengthen science-policy interfaces - as part of 

UNEA decision-making.

 

They will also discuss best practices where scientific 

knowledge and evidence have successfully helped

 to address environmental challenges.

 

UNEA-6, which will take place until March 1 in the Kenyan 

capital, marks the beginning of a new era of multi-

lateralism focused on environmental issues at 

the same level of importance as other global 

issues such as peace, security and health, 

according to the assembly organizers.

 

Some 5,000 representatives of governments, civil society 

and the private sector are attending the global forum, 

which will consider a variety of resolutions covering 

challenges such as halting desertification, 

counteracting air pollution or limiting 

chemical pollution.

 

 

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UN agency calls to reduce

 heavy vehicle pollution

February 24th, 00:30am

(Prensa Latina) 

 

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) called

 to take decisive measures to cut pollution generated 

by heavy vehicles, especially trucks.

 

Their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have increased by 

30 percent since 2000, according to a report published 

on Thursday.

 

In the document, the head of UNEP’s Sustainable Mobility 

Unit, Rob de Jong, emphasized the need to implement

ambitious regulations --- to curb emissions that are

harmful to the environment and human health.

 

According to the study, heavy-duty vehicles are responsible 

for over 40% of nitrogen oxide emissions on the roads, as 

well as 60% of PM2.5 particulate matter and 20% of 

black carbon, both of which are associated with 

heart and lung problems.

 

The situation is aggravated in developing countries that 

depend on imports of used heavy-duty vehicles, often 

in precarious and polluting conditions.

 

The text also warned, that the increase in exports of 

such used equipment from industrialized economies

to developing nations --- contributes to increased 

pollution in the southern nations.

 

Although heavy vehicle exports represent a modest 3.6%
 of the total value of world trade in automobiles, their
associated CO2 emissions have increased by 
over
30%, since 2000 ----- with trucks 
contributing
80 percent of that increase.

 

CO2 is the main greenhouse gas, the consequence

of which, is global warming... that accelerates 

climate change.

 

The UNEP report, along with the Climate and Clean Air

 Coalition, provides the UN’s first global overview of 

the scale and regulation of used heavy vehicles.

 

On their contribution to global air pollution ----- traffic

 accidents, fuel consumption and climate emissions,

 the research ---- recommends ways to reduce the 

harmful aspects ---- for people’s health and

 the climate.

 

 

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Humanity ''celebrates'' 

World Energy Day

February 14th, 10:10am

 (Prensa Latina) 

 

Coinciding with the date of Valentine's Day, humanity 

also celebrates World Energy Day, to support 

the sustainable use of energy resources

--- in every corner of the planet.

 

The ephemeris also promotes the use of clean energies

 obtained from nature, through the sun and water, 

highlighting its favorable impact on

 the environment.

 

This celebration aims to contribute to the achievement of 

the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), included in 

the UN Agenda 2030, such as ensuring universal 

access to affordable and modern energy 

sources, expanding the use of 

renewable energy sources, 

and improving energy

 efficiency.

 

The date was created in 1949 to raise awareness among

 the world’s population about the use of alternative and 

renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and 

biomass, reducing the burning of fossil fuels 

like oil, gas, and coal, which cause 

global warming.

 

According to data from the United Nations Environment 

Program, more than a third of the world’s population 

has no access to advanced forms of energy, while 

the 30 most developed countries on the planet 

consume more than 60% of this energy daily

 and without interruption.

 

It is estimated that currently 13% of the world’s population,

 approximately 1.1 billion people, do not have access 

to basic electricity services. Meanwhile, the use of 

fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal is estimated 

at 80%, while only 2% of renewable energies are 

generated, which is why the aim is to reverse

a ''reality'' that harms nature and 

the environment.

 




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5.5 Tons of Fukushima Radioactive 

Water .....Leak Into the Ocean

February 7th (teleSUR)

 

On Wednesday, Fukushima Central Television reported that

approximately 5.5 tons of water containing radioactive 

materials have leaked from a piece of equipment at 

Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

 

At about 8:53 a.m... workers discovered water leaking from 

the outlet of a device used to purify nuclear-contaminated 

water during the inspection of the equipment, the local 

TV reported, citing the plant's operator Tokyo Electric

 Power Company (TEPCO).

 

The amount of water that leaked, was approximately 

5.5 tons, which may contain 22 billion becquerels of 

radioactive materials such as cesium and strontium.

 

Most of the leaked water appeared to have seeped into the 

soil, but monitoring of a nearby drainage channel did not 

show any significant radiation level changes.TEPCO has

 made the area where the water was leaked a no-go area.

 

Hit by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and an ensuing tsunami 

in 2011, the Fukushima nuclear plant suffered core 

meltdowns that released radiation, resulting in a 

level-7 nuclear accident, the highest on the 

International Nuclear and Radiological 

Event Scale.

 

The plant has been generating a massive amount of water 

tainted with radioactive substances from cooling down

the nuclear fuel in the reactor buildings, which are 

now being stored in tanks at the nuclear plant.

 

In August 2023, Japan started to discharge the Fukushima 

wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, despite numerous and 

repeated objections by governments and communities, 

environmental groups, NGOs and anti-

nuclear movements.

 

 

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Venezuela Destroys Illegal Mining


Camps ----- in the Amazon Region


February 7th, 2pm 


(teleSUR)






On Tuesday, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) 


informed that six makeshift mining camps set up by 


illegal miners were destroyed in the state 


of Amazonas.


 


Previously, on Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas


 Maduro launched Operation "Fog 2024" for the 


protection of the Amazon region and 


its ecosystems.


 


The facilities destroyed were used "to prey on and


 contaminate the environment," said Gen. Domingo 


Hernandez, the head of the FANB's Strategic


Operational Command.


 


Besides the mining camps, the army also destroyed eight 


illegal rafts used by criminal groups along the banks of 


the Cunucunuma River in Duida-Marahuaca 


National Park.


 


A text reads, "During the Operation Fog 2024, the FANB


 found eight mining ponds on the banks of the 


Cunucunuma River, in the state of Amazonas, 


which were used to predate and contaminate 


the environment. They also found and


 incinerated six logistics camps."


 


Venezuela will not tolerate the existence of illegal groups


 in its territory "nor the indiscriminate and arbitrary


 depredation of the environment," Gen. 


Hernandez pointed out. 


 


“The FANB will deploy 20 Quick Reaction Units, which 


have the strength and means to dismantle and 


destroy illegal mining structures,” he added.


 


The Operation Fog 2024 is a comprehensive intervention


 that will cover all national parks and forest reserves 


located in areas important for the security of the 


Venezuelan State.


 


 


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Chilean scientists warn of 


climate change effects 


on wheat


January 11th, 11:56am


(Prensa Latina)


 


Research by Chilean scientists published here today warns


 of the negative effects of global warming on the yield of 


wheat crops, a cereal of which this country is one of


 the largest consumers.


 


Climate change, associated with phenomena such as El 


Niño, are pushing temperatures to record levels and 


heat waves have increased from nine to 62 in the 


last 10 seasons, and 2024 will be no exception, 


the research states. 


 


According to Dr. Anita Arenas, from the Millennium Institute 


of Integrative Biology and Talca University, responsible for


 the research, these episodes affect both the weight and


 quality of wheat grain ------ key to world food security.


 


One of the main results, he said, was that in response to 


the high temperatures, so-called durum wheat suffered


 a weight loss of -23.9 percent, the starch content 


decreased and the protein level increased.


 


Arenas indicated that on this last point, further analysis 


will be necessary to determine whether the increase


in protein ---- is accompanied by a change in the


gluten composition.


 


 


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 Panamanian Farmers Reject 

the Indio River Reservoir

January 9th, 6:41pm 

(teleSUR)

 

On Monday, the Farmers for Life Coordinator, the Donoso &

 Omar Torrijos Awake Movement, and the Farmers for the

 Earth Coordinator agreed to reject the Indio River 

reservoir and demanded the closure of 

Minera Panama.

 

The producer organizations rejected the different projects 

presented by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), which

 insists.. on creating a multipurpose reservoir in the 

Indio River to accumulate water and facilitate 

the transit of ships through the 

interoceanic route.

 

Panamanian farmers maintain, that water is of utmost 

importance for life and that the arguments presented 

by the ACP --- are neither sufficient nor convincing.

 

They also mentioned that the construction of the Indio 

River reservoir would generate disastrous 

environmental consequences.

 

At their meeting, the farmers presented a detailed 

document containing their joint demands, which 

have been substantiated with the support of 

the Catholic Church and professionals 

from different technical areas.

 

Among the demands presented are the defense of their 

lands, rivers and lives from the threats caused by 

large metal mining projects.

 

The producer organizations also demand that the

 Panamanian state immediately create a social 

and technical commission for the closure of 

Minera Panama.

 

 

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2023 ----- shatters climate 

records in 125,000 years

January 2nd, 12:14pm 

(Prensa Latina) 

 

The 2023 year was declared as warmest on Earth in 174 

years, and most probably of the last 125,000 years, an 

evidence that global warming is surging and affecting 

the whole planet much faster.

 

According to climate experts: “What we’re looking for is 

a lot of corroborating evidence that it’s all pointing in 

the same direction,” said Chris Smith, a climate 

scientist at England’s University of Leeds.

 

Unrelenting heat waves roasted Phoenix and Argentina. 

Wildfires raged in Canada. In Libya, floods killed 

thousands of people, noted an article in 

the newspaper.

 

Winter ice cover on the seas around Antarctica reached

 record lows, while global temperatures this year not 

only broke previous records.

 

According to June-November analysis, temperatures

 reached new highs month after month & December 

temperatures remained largely above normal.

 

Global temperatures have long risen and fallen 

around a steady warm trend due to cyclical 

factors such as El Niño.

 

 

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IUCN -------- warns on 

danger of extinction 

of freshwater fishes

January 2nd, 10:38am

(Prensa Latina) 

 

Climate change threatens a growing number of species,

 from freshwater fishes to Atlantic salmon and green 

turtles, according to IUCN's Red List of Threatened 

Species released today at COP28. The IUCN Red 

List now includes 157,190 species, of which 

44,016 are threatened with extinction.

 

“Climate change is menacing the diversity of life our planet

 harbours, and undermining nature’s capacity to meet 

basic human needs,” said Dr. Grethel Aguilar, IUCN

Director General.

 

“This IUCN Red List update highlights the strong links

between the climate and biodiversity crises, which 

must be tackled jointly. Species declines, are an 

example of the havoc being wreaked by climate 

change, which we have the power to stop with

 urgent, ambitious action to keep warming 

below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

 

Today’s update.. completes the first comprehensive 

assessment of the world’s freshwater fish species, 

revealing that 25% (3,086 out of 14,898 assessed

 species) are at risk of extinction.

 

At least 17% of threatened freshwater fish species 

are affected by climate change, including 

decreasing water levels, rising sea 

levels causing seawater to move

 up rivers, and shifting seasons.

 

This compounds threats from pollution, which impacts

 57% of freshwater fish species at risk of extinction, 

dams and water extraction, which affect 45%, 

overfishing, which threatens 25%, and 

invasive species and disease, which 

harm 33%.

 

Kathy Hughes, Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish

Specialist Group said: “Freshwater fishes make up more

 than half of the world’s known fish species, an

 incomprehensible diversity given that fresh

water ecosystems comprise only 1% of 

aquatic habitat. These diverse species 

are integral to the ecosystem, and 

vital to its resilience. 

 

“This is essential to the billions of people who rely upon 

freshwater ecosystems, and the millions of people who 

rely on their fisheries. Ensuring freshwater ecosystems

are well managed, remain free-flowing with sufficient 

water, and good water quality is essential to stop 

species declines and maintain food security, 

livelihoods and economies in a climate 

resilient world.”

 

Produced by a variety of organizations including WWF, the 

World’s Forgotten Fishes details the dazzling diversity of

species and how critically important they are to the

functioning of their ecosystems, other species and

people – with over 200 million relying on them for

food security and 60 million for their livelihoods.

 

“Freshwater fishes are in freefall with one quarter of 

all species now threatened with extinction. This 

devastating news - is the clearest sign of the

damage we have done to our rivers, lakes 

and wetlands – ecosystems that not only 

sustain freshwater fishes and a dazzling 

diversity of other wildlife but also 

underpin our societies 

and economies.

 

“Out-of-sight and out-of-mind, freshwater fishes have always

been undervalued ---- even though they are critical to the

functioning of their ecosystems --- and provide food for 

200 million people and livelihoods - for 60 million. The

shocking state of the World’s Forgotten Fishes must 

serve as a wake up call: decision makers must 

urgently scale up investment in protecting 

and restoring healthy rivers, lakes and 

wetlands. This will safeguard our 

vanishing freshwater fishes, but 

will also enhance water and 

food security, reverse 

nature loss and 

accelerate our

climate action.

 

“Here at COP28, 38 countries have now joined the 

Freshwater Challenge – the most ambitious fresh

water protection and restoration initiative in 

history. We need all countries to follow their

lead because reversing the degradation of

freshwater ecosystems will pave the way 

to a net-zero, nature-positive, and

resilient future.”

 

 

 

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UNEP considers slow progress 

in human-nature interaction

January 2nd, 10am

 (Prensa Latina)

 

In spite of more global awareness about the environment 

and fossil fuels, there is still little and slow progress in

 human interaction with nature and the consumption 

of its resources, said UNEP.

 

With only six years to go before the end of 2030 for 

meeting the UNEP Agenda set in 2015 with 17 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - it is 

true that global awareness over biodiversity 

protection has surged, but unfortunately 

efforts to transform global awareness 

are lagging behind in terms of speed 

and scale.

 

According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), 

by 2023, three-quarters of the planet’s terrestrial 

ecosystem and about 66% of the marine 

environment had been significantly 

altered by human action.

 

Over one-third of the world’s land area and nearly 75% 

of freshwater resources are now goal-oriented to
crop 
or livestock production.

 

Combined with dizzying levels of pollution, natural habitat

 degradation and biodiversity loss -- have serious impacts 

on communities around the world. In 2023, from 100 to 

300 million people were at increased risk of flooding 

and hurricanes --- given the loss of coastal habitats.

 

There were examples of efforts to address these threats, 

many communities improved their reconstruction actions 

such as Pakistan with the launch of the largest climate

 initiative in the country’s history or the United Nations 

with its new ¨Early Warning for All¨ global project.

 

According to UNEP, clean energy made some progress and

 although 91% of the world now has access to electricity 

such a progress has not been fast or inclusive enough.

 Nevertheless, the number of people with power 

access ramped up to 675 million since 2015.

 

Other data pointed to global investment in clean energy

 reaching near-record levels of USD$1.7 trillion, so

 renewables now account for --- over 28% of

global electricity, growing by nearly 5%.

 

But nowadays, 2.3 billion people still depend on coal,

kerosene or solid biomass as the main cooking fuel, 

so the lack of clean cooking contributes to nearly 

3.7 million premature deaths annually, with 

women and children being most at risk.

 

Plus ---- about 80% of the world’s population with 

no electricity lives in rural areas, predominantly 

in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Current studies have shown that reaching these 

clean energy targets will require the world to

triple its annual investments by 2030.

 

 

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Paraguay: Pasubio Not to 


Buy Leather Affecting 


Indigenous Lands


December 20th, 5:14pm


 (teleSUR)


 


On Wednesday, Survival International --- celebrated the 


decision of the Italian tannery Pasubio, to refrain from 


purchasing leather  ------whose production is linked to
the
 deforestation ------ of the ancestral territory of
the 
Ayoreo Totobiegosode Indigenous people. 


 


In South America, the Ayoreo people is part of the last 


Indigenous community voluntarily isolating itself 


outside the Amazon Basin.


 


"We are pleased to know that Pasubio has committed to 


boycotting leather from suppliers that threaten the


lives and territories of the Ayoreo people, in 


Paraguay. We hope that other companies 


will follow their example," Survival 


International Director, Caroline 


Pearce said, warning that her 


organization will monitor to 


ensure full compliance 


with the commitment.


 


"We hope that this news.. contributes to speeding up the


very slow process.. of recognizing the territorial rights 


of the Ayoreo, which has already lasted thirty years,"


 she added.


 


"The Paraguayan authorities must - once and for all - 


respect national and international rights, expel all


 ranches from Ayoreo territory, and return the


land to this indigenous people."


 


Previously, the Pasubio Group communicated its decision


 to exclude leather suppliers linked to deforestation in 


the Chaco region, where the Ayoreo Totobiegosode


 Natural and Cultural Heritage (PNCAT) is located.


 


Currently, the Ayoreo territory is "an island of forest


 surrounded by a sea of deforestation, as the land 


around it has been deforested to make room for 


livestock farming," explained Survival 


International --- and warned that 


numerous fires, have been 


occurring in that forest 


since the beginning 


of the year.


 


"An undetermined number of Ayoreo Totobiegosode


 Indigenous people, live without contact in their 


forest, and many others - have been forced to 


abandon isolation and now live in settled 


communities," it added.


 


In February 2016, the Inter-American Commission 


on Human Rights (IACHR) issued precautionary 


measures -- demanding that the Paraguayan 


State halt deforestation in the Chaco and 


protect the Ayoreo Totobiegosode


Indigenous people, from 


potential unwanted 


contacts.


 


 


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COP28 Draft Deal Raises Nuclear 


Energy as a Climate Solution


 December 12th,  12:20pm


 (teleSUR)


 


In the latest draft of the Global Balance presented by the 


Climate Summit Presidency (COP28), nuclear energy is 


included as one of the options for the planet's 


decarbonization.


 


Greenpeace, Ecologists in Action, and World Wide Fund for


 Nature (WWF) denounced that the inclusion of this option 


is a response to the growing presence of nuclear 


"lobbyists" at climate summits ------- since the 


COP26 in Glasgow, with the complicity 


of major atomic powers such as the 


United States or France.


 


The presence of pro-nuclear advocates has been "even 


more noticeable in Dubai," and it appears that their 


"management has been successful," said WWF's


 Global Climate and Energy Director -- Manuel 


Vidal-Pulgar, who believes that the COP28's


central goal should be to accelerate the 


ecological transition.... with a "clear 


reference to phasing out 


fossil fuels."


 


In his opinion, nuclear energy is not a viable option for this


 transition. Apart from the fact that only 32 countries have


 atomic plants, nuclear energy generates hazardous 


waste and poses serious security issues, as 


demonstrated by past accidents.


 


"In COP28, there has been talk from the outset about the 


need for low-emission technologies to justify the use of 


technologies that are not yet proven, are expensive, 


or are not ready (such as nuclear fusion), and that 


is unacceptable," he lamented.


 


"Clearly, this is a tremendous mistake," said the Ecologists 


in Action's Energy and Climate Director, Javier Andaluz, 


who pointed out that the climate impact of a nuclear 


power plant throughout its life cycle, is between 6 


and 15 times greater than the impact related to 


its operation.


 


"This is a clear concession ------- to the lobbying of large 


companies - nuclear power is in the hands of electric 


companies," according to Andaluz, who criticized 


the high presence of accredited pro-nuclear 


advocates in Dubai, to whom "recognition 


similar to that of neutral observer 


organizations" is being given.


 


"Nuclear power is not a solution to climate change because


 it is slow, taking more than 10 years to build a plant - plus


 all the licensing and preliminary studies; it is expensive


 and relies on public funds, and there is no private 


insurance to cover the plants due to their 


hazardous nature," said the Climate 


Change Director of Greenpeace 


Spain, Pedro Zorrilla.


 


Any accident at a nuclear plant has "very serious 


consequences for health and the environment,"


according to Zorrilla, who added that these 


plants are not suitable to support the 


deployment needed in renewables 


as they cannot provide backup 


for wind or solar variability - 


turning on or off a nuclear 


plant takes several days 


or even weeks.


 


 


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 Brazil to host COP30 by 2025

December 11th, 5:21pm

 (Prensa Latina) 

 

Brazil, was formally elected on Monday as host country 

of the 30th United Nations Climate Change Conference 

(UNFCCC – COP30), scheduled to be held from 

November 10 to 21, 2025.

 

“The decision was made --- by a consensus at the COP28
plenary session in Dubai”, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

Brazil´s Foreign Ministry pointed out that, “after the 

decision, the Minister of Environment and Climate 

Change and head of the Brazilian delegation 

Marina Silva formally announced that 

COP30 will be held in the city of 

Belem,” capital of the northern 

Amazonian state of Para.

 

Silva defended, “a collective construction of an energy 

matrix that the planet and humanity demand --- for 

its survival.”




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Initiative to Protect Glaciers 

Launched at COP28

December 4th, 1:11pm  

(teleSUR)

 

On Sunday, an initiative to protect the world's glaciers

was launched at the China Pavilion of the COP28 

climate change conference.

 

At the side event of COP28, or the 28th session of the

 Conference of the Parties to the United Nations 

Framework Convention on Climate Change, 

delegates and scientists... shared their 

views on the risks of melting glaciers, 

and ways to slow down that process.

 

A project named "Memory of Glaciers: Global 

Exploration Initiative" was launched to step 

up research and protection of glaciers, as 

well as raise public awareness.

 

Glaciers bear witness to the history of climate change

 on the planet, and melting glaciers will bring a series 

of risks aside from rising sea levels, delegates said.

 

Potential risks will include ------- damage to high mountain 

ecosystems, increased hazards of landslides and floods,

 as well as losses of tourism and cultural assets. 

 

Measures that need to be taken include limiting global 

warming through reducing greenhouse gas emissions 

and enhancing adaptation strategies which can help 

reduce hazardous impacts. 

 

According to the report "Ten New Reflections in Climate

 Science" ----- which was prepared by Future Earth,
The 
Earth League and World Climate Research 

Programme, humanity is about to exceed 

the limit of 1.5 degrees of global 

warming ----- set in the 

Paris Agreement.

 

Therefore, it is essential to reduce as much as possible 

the magnitude and time in which the world is above

 1.5 degrees to reduce losses, damages, and the 

risk of irreversible changes.

 

 

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Ethiopia to host the largest wind 

farm in the Horn of Africa

Dubai, December 4th, 12:43pm

(Prensa Latina) 

 

The Aysha wind energy project, an 18,000-hectare wind 

farm considered the largest in the Horn of Africa, will 

be built in Ethiopia in conjunction with an Emirati

 company, it was announced here.

 

The Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and the United Arab

 Emirates renewable energy project operator AMEA 

Power signed an agreement to build the site with

 an investment of $600 million, which, according 

to the state ministry, represents an important 

milestone in the country’s sector.

 

The project is expected to produce approximately 1.22 

terawatt hours of electricity per year, which will 

contribute significantly to Ethiopia’s power

 generation capacity.

 

It will also create approximately 2,000 jobs during the

 construction and operation phases for the benefit 

of the local economy, a joint statement revealed.

 

The document stated that the agreement demonstrates 

Addis Ababa’s unwavering commitment to renewable 

energy and its dedication to attracting private 

investment in the energy sector.

 

Ethiopian Electric Power and the Ministry of Finance, are 

working together to harness the region’s abundant wind 

resources and generate clean, sustainable electricity, 

to meet the country’s growing demand for electricity.

 

 

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There is real hope out there, 

COP28 President al-jaber

says

Dubai, December 4th,

 (Prensa Latina)

 

 In the first four days of COP28 we set high standards 

for results; there is real hope out there, said the 

president of the 28th UN Climate Change 

Conference, Sultan Al Jaber. 

 

During a press conference, Al Jaber revealed the hope

 expressed by people he has spoken to, that this 

meeting, will be a major turning point and not 

missing the opportunity to deliver a real and 

tangible paradigm shift to correct course 

towards the right path of keeping 1.5 

degrees Celsius within reach.

December 4, 2023

10:21

 

“Let’s remember why we are all here. We are all here

 because we have issued a very clear call to action.

 The UAE takes on this task with humility and 

responsibility and fully understands the 

urgency of this issue,” he stressed.

 

He noted that so far at COP28 they were able to bring the 

United States and China together in an unprecedented 

commitment to reduce methane and other non-carbon

 dioxide (CO2) gases across the economy. These 

gases are more than 80 times more harmful 

than CO2, he warned.

 

Al Jaber also revealed pride - in having issued the first 

declarations on health and food systems, considered

 two huge priorities for the presidency’s action 

agenda. Three additional statements on 

hydrogen, refrigeration and gender, 

will be announced in the coming

 days, he confirmed.

 

 

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COP 28: The G77+China 

Summit - is Inaugurated

December 2nd, 4:47pm

 (teleSUR)

 

This Saturday, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez 

inaugurated in Dubai the historic Summit of Leaders of the 

Group of 77 and China, within the framework of COP28.

 

On his opening speech he highlighted that: "The gap

 between the irrationally opulent North - and the 

increasingly impoverished South - widens -
with 
high human costs ---- while the
resources that 
nature makes
available to us, 
are
squandered".

 

It is our responsibility to assert the voice of the peoples 

of the South -- and to defend their legitimate interests 

and aspirations, Diaz-Canel, president pro tempore 

of the organization, posted on his X account.

 

"In inaugurating the G77-China Leaders Summit in the

context of COP28 -- President Diaz-Canel called for 

reflection, concerted action on the basis of what

 unites us and respect for our rich diversity, and

 together act now - to advance the legitimate 

demands of the South," said the Cuban 

Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez.

 

Also, the Website Presidencia Cuba, emphasized that

 this is the first time the Group has met at a COP to 

agree positions for climate change negotiations.

 

The COP28 Summit opened in Dubai on Thursday with 

the announcement of the creation of the loss and 

damage fund ---- to compensate the most 

vulnerable countries in the face of

 the climate crisis.

 

The largest global meeting to address climate change

 officially endorsed the resolution to operationalize 

the fund, It also received financial pledges from

 the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the
UK, 
US and Japan.

 

 

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Pope Francis spurs: to speed up 


the ecological transition ------


after COP28


Dubai, December 2nd, 1:45pm 


(Prensa Latina) 


 


On Saturday, Pope Francis requested  in his speech sent to 


the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP28), 


as he was unable to attend here for health reasons, his
political willingness...... to speed up the 


ecological transition.


 


In the document, read in that forum by Cardinal Pietro


 Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.... which was 


published on Saturday by the Holy See Press


 Office, Francis stated that, in that sense, 


that COP28 should be a turning point, 


as it is now urgent to return to the 


right track and give “a sign


 of hope.”


 


The Pope assured that this transition must be efficient,


 obligatory and easy to monitor, as well as -- it must 


cover the fields of energy efficiency, renewable 


sources, the removal of fossil fuels ------- and 


education must be directed towards 


less dependent lifestyles on


 fossil fuels.


 


“Are we working for a culture of life or a culture of death?” 


Pope Francis asked those attending the event ------ which 


opened in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on November 


30 and will last until December 12, with the presence 


of over 150 heads of State and Government.


 


The Pope underscored that the ambition to produce and


 possess --- has turned into an obsession, leading to a


 boundless greed -- that has made the environment 


the target of unbridled exploitation. Finally, the 


senior Catholic authority noted ---  “the 


disturbed climate is a warning to us


--- to stop such a delirium of 


omnipotence.”


 


 


___________________________






Lukashenko urges West: 
to use money it wastes 


on wars.... to better 


the environment


December 1st, 1:08pm (TASS)


 


Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, has suggested 


using the resources that Western countries waste on wars 


to address environmental issues around the globe.


 


"Those speakers who were the first to take the floor, talked 


about peace. They were saying -- that the planet must be 


kept clean -- and the future of grandchildren taken care 


of, while it is their countries that have unleashed and 


are waging ------ the worst war on the planet," the 


Belarusian leader told the World Climate 


Summit in Dubai. 


 


"This is many trillions of dollars. Well, let's use this money to


 make and keep the planet clean. Then there will be no 


need to go door to door and beg for it."


 


Lukashenko stressed that "wars are the 


main source of filth on our continent."


 


"Let's put an end to this. The most important thing


 is to talk less ----- and do more," Lukashenko said.


 


He urged the summit participants, especially the leading 


countries of the world, to carry "the burden of 


historical responsibility."


 


"First, make a proportionate contribution to solving the


 issues of climate security to repair the harm caused 


by a centuries-long thoughtless attitude to nature. 


Second, step up support for developing countries 


and economies in transition. Third, stop paying 


lip service to nature conservation and start 


acting in the name of preserving life on


 Earth," Lukashenko said.


 


 


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Colombia, Uruguay, and

 Ecuador ------- receive 

OEI awards

November 28th, 12:11pm

(Prensa Latina) 

 

The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, 

Science, and Culture (OEI) has awarded innovation

 prizes to Colombia, Uruguay, and Ecuador.

 

In a press release, the OEI announced on Tuesday that 

among 200 candidates from 14 countries, it selected 

CaféLab, Ecofusion, and Pedagogy Without Limits 

as the best for “Innovation and the SDGs in 

educational centres.”

 

CaféLab, developed by the Municipal Montessori Educational

 Institution-San Francisco Headquarters in Pitalito, Huila, 

Colombia, won first place. The project aims to take

 advantage of the waste generated by coffee 

production to promote entrepreneurship 

and reduce pollution.

 

The second prize has gone in an equal state to two 

projects: Ecofusion from Uruguay and Pedagogy 

Without Limits, from Ecuador.

 

The jury has awarded special mentions to other 

projects from Cuba, Spain, Honduras, and Peru.

 

The awards recognize the efforts of schools in the region 

to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

of the 2030 Agenda.

 

This edition awarded 10,000 Euros for the first place 

and 5,000 euros for each project in second place.

 

 

_____________________________________



Report --------- Climate Crisis, Energy Costs 

Fuel £600 Rise in UK Household Food Bill

November 27th, 12:11pm (FNA)

 

 British households’ food bills have been driven up by more 

than £600 over the past two years by the global climate

 emergency and soaring energy prices, according to 

a report warning of further increases to come 

in 2024.

 

Sounding the alarm over the impact from increasing extreme

 weather patterns for food production, the Energy and 

Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) thinktank said that 

global heating ----- is directly contributing to the 

cost of living crisis, The Guardian reports.

 

According to the analysis carried out by researchers from 

the universities of Bournemouth, Exeter and Sheffield, 

more extreme or unseasonal weather accounted for 

a third of all food price inflation in the UK this year.

 

While energy prices have fallen back this year, it
warned
 that the impact from the climate
emergency, 
is increasing.

 

Tom Lancaster, land analyst at ECIU, said, “Climate change 

is playing havoc with global food production, and this is

 inevitably feeding through to higher prices at the tills.

 Across 2022 and 2023, the climate emergency alone

 added the equivalent of six weekly shops to the 

average household food bill.”

 

The cost of the climate crisis rose from £171 in 2022 to £192

 in 2023, more than offsetting the effects of falling energy 

prices this year and having a greater impact than rising 

energy bills, according to analysis.

 

Official figures show ---- inflation in food and drink prices
peaked at an annual rate of almost 20% earlier this year,
the highest level since the 1970s, amid disruption to
food supplies from weather events and soaring
energy costs for producers.

 

Food price inflation has fallen back in recent months, but
remains at historical highs of close to 10%. Prices are
also still near record highs after recent storms –
including Storm Babet ----- flooded swathes of
farmland, hitting UK potato and vegetable
harvests in the run-up to Christmas.

 

In 2022, drought hit production of basic foodstuffs such as
potatoes and onions in the UK, followed by an unusually
wet harvest in 2023, and then the hottest September
on record.

 

It comes after heatwaves across the Mediterranean, India
& South America this year all had a major impact on food
production and prices. Staples including sugar, rice and
tomatoes were affected by extreme weather, such as
droughts in India, while olive oil rose in price by 50%
after two years of drought and heatwaves in Spain
and other major exporters in southern Europe.

 

The situation could be worse next year with the El Niño

 weather system leading possibly to more severe 

weather and further increases in food prices.

 

Prof Wyn Morgan of Sheffield University, one of the report 

authors, said, “Given we expect climate impacts to get 

worse, it is likely that climate change will continue to 

fuel a cost of living crisis for the foreseeable future.”

 

Anna Taylor, executive director at the Food Foundation, said 

that the government needed to “think more seriously how 

households can become more resilient to price volatility”

 in the light of the likely impact of the climate crisis.

 

She called on the government to revive its plans for a 

horticulture strategy, that would build production of 

fruit and vegetables in the UK and reduce reliance 

on crops grown in Southern Europe which is 

becoming increasingly vulnerable to 

drought and extreme heat as a 

result of the climate crisis.

 

A separate report from the Food Foundation warned that 

retailers and hospitality venues in Britain are failing to 

create a food environment where healthy choices 

are affordable, readily available and appealing.

 

It found healthy food ----- is already twice as expensive as 

unhealthy food per calorie, while the cost of sustainable 

alternatives to meat and dairy... can also be high.

 

Most main meals offered by many pub chains regularly 

exceed... 50% of the recommended daily intake for 

calories, saturated fat, salt and sugar, according 

to the report. Meanwhile, just 1% of food 

advertising spend goes towards fruit 

and vegetables compared with 9% 

on meat and dairy while 21.5% of

 buy-one-get-one-free deals are 

on meat and dairy compared 

with just 4.5% on fruit

 and vegetables.

 

Lancaster said that the dependence of the UK’s current

 farming system on volatile oil, gas and fertiliser prices

 had created a “perfect storm of extreme weather, 

high gas prices and global instability” --- to food

 price inflation.

 

He said, “The good news is that steps to make farming more

 sustainable cannot only cut emissions but also make our

 food production more resilient to the extremes of 

flooding and drought. Government plans --- in 

England - to support greener farming with 

more hedgerows, improved soil health 

and tree planting schemes are 

therefore vital to our future 

food security.”

 

 

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Pesticides Found in US Baby Food

November 27th, 11:21am

(teleSUR)

 

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a study

 showing that baby food in the United States may still 

contain potentially harmful pesticides, but is less 

toxic than it was about 30 years ago.

 

Some 38 percent of conventional, or non-organic, baby food 

in the United States, is found to contain toxic pesticides,

 the EWG said, adding that at least one pesticide 

residue was detected in 22 of the 58 

conventional baby foods.

 

It warned that "babies and young children are particularly 

vulnerable to potential health harms from consuming food 

that contains residues of agricultural pesticides."

 

The NGO said it tested products from three popular brands in

 the United States -- Beech-Nut, Gerber, and Parent's Choice.

 

While the findings are alarming, the good news, according to

 the EWG, is that the pesticide levels in baby foods have 

been decreasing compared to a similar study 

conducted in 1995.

 

In the 1995 study, "an eye-popping 53 percent of 72 baby 

food products sampled --------- had residue of at least one
pesticide," and the pesticides discovered were, overall,

 far more toxic and dangerous than the ones the 

latest tests uncovered.

 

One toxic pesticide the EWG no longer found in baby food 

was the brain-damaging bug killer chlorpyrifos, which

 in very small amounts can permanently damage

 the health of babies and children.

 


[Rhondda Records adds:

the article soft soaps on
how much pesticide is
STILL POISONING US

methinks ''someone'' is very
scared of an ''eye-popping''
reaction to this !!!]




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Germany Not to Reallocate 

COVID-19 Funds for 

Climate Actions

November 15th, 6:41pm

(teleSUR)

 

On Wednesday, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court

 annulled the national government's decision... to 

reallocate 60 billion euros from a COVID-19 

relief fund to be used for measures 

combatting climate change.

 

The law under which the funds were retroactively shifted 

to the Climate and Transformation Fund (CTF) at the 

beginning of 2022 for the previous year's budget 

"does not meet the constitutional requirements

 for emergency borrowing," the court ruled.

 

With its so-called debt brake, Germany has an instrument 

that prevents the government from taking on new debt, 

except in crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The 

court found that transferring the funds for another 

purpose circumvents this regulation.

 

The "de facto unlimited" continued use of emergency-

related credit authorizations in subsequent financial 

years ---------- is "inadmissible," the ruling added.

 

Since the 60 billion euros will now be withdrawn from

 Germany's climate fund, financed projects will have

 to be covered by other budget resources.

 

"The Federal Government will pay close attention to this

 ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court," Chancellor 

Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday. However, the 2024 

budget meetings scheduled for Thursday -- are to 

take place as planned.

 

The CTF has a total budget of 211.8 billion euros for the

 next four years. The German government wanted to 

invest 57.6 billion euros from the fund into green 

projects in areas such as transport, buildings 

and the switch to renewable energies

 in 2024.

 

Germany is aiming to achieve climate neutrality by 2045, 

five years ahead of the European Union (EU) target. As 

part of this process, Germany wants to achieve an 80 

percent share of renewable energies in its electricity 

supply by 2030, up from about 53 percent currently.

 

"This ruling is a bitter setback for climate protection," said 

Martin Kaiser, managing director of Greenpeace Germany, 

adding that all budgetary leeway must now be used on 

the path to climate neutrality, "because we are 

already in the midst of the climate crisis."

 

 

 

___________________________




 


Namibia ------ Launches First Seed 


Bank for Biodiversity Protection


November 14th (teleSUR)


 


On Tuesday, the Environment Investment Fund (EIF), a 


Namibian environmental fund, said the country has


 launched its first Community Seed Bank in 


Kavango West, one of the country's 14 


regions ------ to safeguard local seed 


varieties to promote biodiversity 


and ensure food security.


 


EIF spokesperson Lot Ndamanomhata stated that the main 


objective of the seed bank is to protect natural resources 


by preventing overexploitation of different seed varieties.


 


"This proactive intervention not only prevents depletion of


 resources, but also ensures seed conservation for the


 benefit of future generations. Community seed banks


 play a crucial role in collecting, storing and 


safeguarding local seeds," he said.


 


"In times of crop damage or destruction, these banks act as


 an emergency seed supply, allowing farmers to access 


seed for the next planting season," he added.


 


According to official reports, beyond preserving seeds, the 


project emphasizes a broader goal of protecting natural 


resources, promoting environmental sustainability, and 


ensuring that Namibia's future generations have 


access to diverse and resilient 


agricultural resources.


 


Furthermore, Ndamanomhata highlighted that this initiative 


goes beyond financial support, representing a shared 


commitment to environmental sustainability and the 


preservation of the country's natural heritage.


 


The EIF was officially launched in 2012 and is currently


 funded by a government allocation with the mandate


 to tap into local conservation fees and


 environmental levies.


 


These funds will be used to invest in the protection of the 


environment, its biological diversity and ecological life-


support functions; and the promotion of sustainable 


natural resources use - for economic development 


by supporting green & environmental enterprises.


 


Namibia intends to expand the establishment of such


 infrastructure, with plans for upcoming projects in 


other regions within the next five years.


 


 While Namibia introduced its inaugural community seed 


bank in 2023, neighboring countries such as Zambia, 


South Africa, and Zimbabwe have already largely 


embraced this practice, with Zimbabwe now


boasting 26 community seed banks. 


 


 


 


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Bolivian President begins 

Green Lungs program

November 11th, 9:53am 

(Prensa Latina) 

 

Bolivian President Luis Arce has launched, today, in 

the municipality of El Alto, the Pulmones Verdes

 (Green Lungs) project by planting the first 

tree of a forest of native species to 

counter climate change.

 

The initiative was presented ---- by the Vice Minister of 

Coordination and Government Management - Gustavo 

Torrico, who initially proposed to start with a certain

amount of trees to generate a small forest in El Alto,

Gabriela Arauco, Director of Public Management in 

that government agency, explained.

 

In an interview granted to Prensa Latina, Arauco said that 

the support of other ministries made it possible to
advance 
towards, a larger and more
ambitious project.

 

'It will be the first forest with five hectares, five thousand 

seedlings, and it will not only be the planting stage, but 

the commitment of caring for them, so that these trees 

reach the necessary size and give the expected result: 

to improve the microclimate, the ecosystem and 

increase water levels and forestation in that 

environment’, she said.

 

The director explained to this news agency that the most 

important thing is that Pulmones Verdes will provide the 

community with access to cleaner air.

 

Pulmones Verdes promotes an effort to mitigate global 

warming, the greenhouse effect, the reduction of 

permafrost, the loss of water and the climatic 

crisis, and for this the State and the society 

of Bolivia receive the support of the youth 

of El Alto, as well as public and private 

business people.




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Deforestation in Brazilian 

Amazon drops to 22.3%

November 9th, 4:47pm

(Prensa Latina) 

 

Deforestation rate in Brazil´s Amazon scaled down 22.3% 

from August 2022 to July 2023 -- the lowest figure in a 

12-month term since 2019, according to official data.

 

The National Institute for Space Research -- revealed that 

about 9,001 square kilometres of the Amazonian forest 

was deforested at that stage.

 

Such statistics were supported by the Real-Time 

Deforestation Detection System (DETER) which 

produces daily signals of alteration in forest 

cover for areas larger than three hectares 

(0.03 square kilometres).

 

Indications occur for totally deforested areas as well as

 for those in the process of wild degradation (logging, 

mining, burning and others).

 

DETER is not the official deforestation data, but 

an alert on where the problem is occurring.

 

The devastation in the Amazon increased under the 

government of former President Jair Bolsonaro 

(2019-2022).

 

 

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Luzhsky breeding centre.....

sent 500,000 pine saplings 

to the new region

November 8th, 6:54pm

(Komsomolskaya Pravda)

 

500 thousand pine seedlings were brought to the Donetsk

 People's Republic from the Luzhsky Forest selection and 

Seed production Centre. 

 

The Leningrad Region, helps the Donetsk People's

 Republic restore forests lost during the fighting. 


500 thousand pine seedlings were delivered to 

the new region of Russia from the Luzhsky 

Forest selection and seed Centre.


Seedlings of coniferous trees 

were grown in the nursery 

for two years. Now their 

new home will be 

the DPR.

 

The region participates in the restoration of Donetsk

 forests on behalf of Governor Alexander Drozdenko. 

The project is supervised by the Committee for 

Natural Resources of the Leningrad Region.

 

"When in April of this year, together with the head of the

 DPR, Denis Pushilin, we planted spruce and pine trees 

from the Leningrad region at the foot of Saur-Mogila,
promised that the supply of seedlings would be 

regular," said Governor Alexander Drozdenko. 

 

''This is part of our assistance to the Donbass...  it's 

systematic in nature. Today, the Leningrad Region

 continues to work at facilities in Yenakiyevo, 

Mariupol, and Makeyevka. We already 

perceive the residents of these 

localities.... as our own.''

 

''There is already a "Leningrad Quarter" in Mariupol, 

and there will eventually be a "Leningrad Forest"

 in the Donbas.''

 

Alexey Shebalkin, Chairman of the Forestry and Hunting

 Committee of the Donetsk People's Republic, said that

 the "green" cargo... has successfully arrived at its

 destination. This... is the second campaign to 

send seedlings from the Leningrad region

 in 2023. 

 

Earlier, in April, 70 thousand seedlings of scots pine and

 30 thousand seedlings of European spruce were 

brought to the Donetsk People's Republic. 

 

According to Governor Alexander Drozdenko, the young

 coniferous trees planted on Donetsk's land will help

 restore the forests damaged during the fighting.

 

"Leningrad kids" - in a decade - will turn into 250
hectares of forest.... traces of the war in the
Donetsk People's Republic. 


''The April batch of 100 thousand pine and spruce saplings 

has already taken root in a new place, including at Saur-

Mogila. Seedlings with a closed root system, were 

shipped from the Luzhsky breeding Centre - so 

that they could move on the road and adapt 

more easily to a new place," the head of 

the region noted.

 

Before taking the seedlings to the DPR, the planting

 material... is carefully checked. The best seedlings 

with high survival rates are selected for shipment.




 

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China’s initiative - wins 

UN’s most prestigious 

environmental prize

October 30th, 2:02pm

 (Prensa Latina) 

 

China's Blue Circle initiative has won the United Nations 

Environment Program's 2023 Champions of the Earth 

award for its innovative marine plastic treatment 

technology, Xinhua reported on Monday.

 

The Blue Circle initiative won the award in the

 Entrepreneurial Vision category --- for its 

contributions to monitoring the entire

 lifecycle... of plastic pollution in 

the oceans - comprehensively,

 encompassing collection ---

as well as regeneration,
re-
manufacturing, 

and re-sale.

 

Over 6,000 individuals and 200 enterprises from East 

China’s Zhejiang Province are involved in the project.

 To date, it has successfully gathered about 10,700 

tons of marine debris.

 

According to Xinhua, these data, make Blue
Circle China’s 
great marine plastic waste
collection program.

 

A study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the United

 Kingdom.... estimated that -- oceans could carry more 

plastic than fish - by 2050, leading to more pollution.

 

The organization, founded in 2010 to accelerate the

 transition to a circular economy, pointed out that 

such materials take about 1,000 years to 

degrade -- which has very negative

 impacts on the oceans and 

the environment.

 


[R.R. adds: Well done, China -
we're all gonna die!]




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Ozone hole over Antarctica grows


-- to one of the largest on record


October 4th, 4:36pm


 (Prensa Latina) 


 


The annual ozone hole that forms over Antarctica
has ballooned to near-record size, scientists say.


 


Measurements from satellite imaging taken on Sept. 16


 --- showed that the ozone depletion area had reached 


26 million square kilometres — roughly three times 


the size of Brazil, according to Copernicus, the 


European Union’s Earth observation program.


 


Every year, an ozone hole forms over the Antarctic due to 


the presence of ozone-depleting substances in the 


stratosphere and the specific conditions of


 the region, according to Copernicus.


 


The size of the ozone fluctuates from August to October,


typically reaching maximum depletion between mid-


September and mid-October.


 


This year, the ozone hole got off to an early start and has 


grown “rapidly” since mid-August -- “making it one of the 


biggest ozone holes on record,” Copernicus Atmosphere


 Monitoring Service senior scientist, Antje Inness, said
in 
a statement. The size of the ozone hole is largely 


determined... by the strength of a strong wind 


band that flows around the Antarctic area - 


a result of the rotation of the Earth and 


the oppositional temperature 


differences between polar


 and moderate latitudes.


 


Ozone levels usually return to normal by mid-December, 


after temperatures high up in the stratosphere rise in 


the southern hemisphere, slowing ozone depletion 


and weakening the polar vortex, according 


to Copernicus.


 


There is some speculation that the unusual behaviour 


of the ozone layer in 2023, is a result of the Tongan 


underwater volcano eruption in January 2022.


 


The immense amount of water vapour that was injected 


into the atmosphere likely just started reaching the 


south polar region after the end of the 2022 


ozone hole, Antje said.


 


The water vapour could have led to a heightened
formation 
of polar stratospheric clouds ---
allowing chlorofluorocarbons 
to react
and accelerate ozone depletion.


 


The impact of the widespread use of damaging 


chlorofluorocarbons in products such as 


refrigerators and aerosol tins in the 


1970s and 1980s -------- led to the 


depletion of the ozone high in 


the atmosphere, allowing for 


the ozone layer above 


Antarctica - to open 


up, according to 


Copernicus.


 


 


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The scientist declared
deterioration of
 all

global ecological
characteristics

September 30th, 1:47pm

(RT.ru)

 

All global indicators in the field of ecology, except for the

 problem of ozone holes, are getting worse, said Viktor 

Danilov-Danilyan, a Russian scientist and scientific 

director of the Institute of Water Problems of the 

Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

"Absolutely all global environmental characteristics
are
 deteriorating, except ----- and this is the only 

exception ----- that characterizes the state of
the 
ozone layer," RIA Novosti quotes 

Danilov-Danilyan as saying, at

 the Altai Economic Forum

"Thread of Nature".

 

He noted that the situation with the ozone layer is 

improving, after the adoption of the Montreal 

Protocol --- and the implementation of 

its obligations.

 

The scientist added that the concentration of 

greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is 

growing in the world, the area of 

forests is decreasing, and the

chemical poisoning of soils

 ...continues.

 

Earlier, US President, Joe Biden, said that 

global warming.... remains the only real 

threat to humanity.

 

 

 

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 Japanese scientists find --- 

microplastics are present

 in clouds

September 27th, 9:03pm

 (Prensa Latina) 

 

Researchers in Japan have confirmed - microplastics

 are present in clouds, where they are likely affecting

 the climate in ways that aren't yet fully understood.

 

In a study published in Environmental Chemistry Letters, 

scientists climbed Mount Fuji and Mount Oyama in order 

to collect water from the mists that shroud their peaks, 

then applied advanced imaging techniques to the 

samples to determine their physical and 

chemical properties.

 

The team identified nine different types of polymers and 

one type of rubber in the airborne microplastics — 

ranging in size from 7.1 to 94.6 micrometres.

 

What’s more, “hydrophilic” or water-loving polymers were 

abundant, suggesting the particles play a significant 

role in rapid cloud formation and thus, 

climate systems.

 

“If the issue of ‘plastic air pollution’ is not addressed 

proactively, climate change and ecological risks 

may become a reality, causing irreversible 

and serious environmental damage in 

the future,” lead author, Hiroshi 

Okochi of Waseda University

 warned in a statement 

on Wednesday.

 

Microplastics — defined as plastic particles under 5 

millimeters - come from industrial effluent, textiles, 

synthetic car tires, personal care products, and 

much more.

 

These tiny fragments have been discovered inside fish 

in the deepest recesses of the ocean peppering Arctic 

sea ice and blanketing the snows on the Pyrenees 

mountains between France and Spain.

 

But the mechanisms of their transport have remained 

unclear, with research on airborne microplastic 

transport, in particular, limited.

 

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on

 airborne microplastics in cloud water,” the authors 

wrote in their paper.

 

Emerging evidence has linked microplastics to a range of 

impacts on heart and lung health, as well as cancers, in 

addition to widespread environmental harm.




 

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South Korea to increase 

radiation meters in

the ocean

September 18th, 11:38am

 (Prensa Latina) 

 

South Korea will strengthen emergency radiation tests to 

ease public concern over the discharge into the ocean 

of contaminated water from Japan's Fukushima 

nuclear power plant, it was announced.

 

South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Cho 

Seung-hwan told a news conference that more 

coastal measurement points will be added

 for this purpose.

 

''We chose the points where the released waters are expected 

to arrive first, given the ocean currents. We will add more 

locations to the list, especially in the East Sea, to 

ensure safety further,'' he said.

 

Cho explained that in addition to the 75 spots in territorial 

waters, radiation tests are conducted in 33 more distant 

areas, and the ministry plans to increase the number 

to nearly 250 by next year.

 

South Korea began conducting emergency radiation tests in 

July on samples from 75 coastal points in the east, west 

and south of the country, as well as in the waters off

 the southern island of Jeju.

 

The monitoring began about a month before Tokyo began 

discharging treated radioactive water into the sea.

 

In 2011, Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant was 

severely damaged by a strong earthquake and a 

subsequent tsunami.

 

 

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Angola plans to eliminate 


refrigerant gases by 2030


September 17th, 9:17am


(Prensa Latina)


 


Angola plans to eliminate, by 2030, the use of refrigerant 


gases belonging to hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), 


according to sources from the Ministry


of Environment.


 


Since 2012 the country began to apply the schedule for the 


gradual elimination of these gases, which are harmful
to 
the ozone layer --- and cause global warming,
in 
compliance with the Montreal Protocol, 


Ivone Pascoal ---- the person in charge 


of the issue in the aforementioned 


ministry ---- explained to the 


Angolan Press Agency.


 


It is expected that the application of the measure of 


not importing these gases and their exclusion from


 consumption... will be completed by 2025, leaving 


a margin until 2030 for their total disappearance.


 


Reaching this point, required intense awareness-raising work 


on good refrigeration practices, the introduction of new


 techniques, and the implementation of rules on the 


export, re-export and import of ozone-depleting 


substances and equipment, among 


other actions.


 


However, the challenge remains, as the country sets out to 


reduce the consumption of substances that contribute to 


global warming until 2050, in compliance with the Kigali


 Amendment --- an agreement that provides for a
phased 
reduction in the consumption of


hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) 


until that year.


 

____________________________________________________________





  Zakharova: ammunition with


 uranium ...makes Ukraine 


uninhabitable land


August 24th, 10:21pm


(RT.ru)


 


Supplies of depleted uranium ammunition, from the West, 


have already led to radiation contamination of Ukrainian


 territory...... which is turning into uninhabitable land.


 


This is stated in an article by the official representative 


of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, 


published on Komsomolskaya Pravda's website.


 


"The threat that Russia has repeatedly warned the 


Ukrainian population about, is also confirmed on


 Ukrainian territory," the diplomat said.


 


According to her, radiation contamination of 


the soil, is already taking place in Ukraine.


 


Zakharova also said that the Ukrainians 


should demand the export of depleted


 uranium shells.


 


 


_____________________________________



Japan’s residents - intend to file 

lawsuit: over discharge of nuke 

water from Fukushima NPP

August 23rd, 3:56pm (TASS)

 

Residents from the Fukushima, Miyagi and Ibaraki 

prefectures, which are located on the Pacific 

Coast of Japan, intend to file a lawsuit 

against the state, on September 8, 

demanding that the treated water 

from the Fukushima 1 Nuclear 

Power Plant (NPP) not be 

discharged, Kyodo news 

agency reported 

on Wednesday.

 

The lawsuit will include the Tokyo Electric 

Power (TEPCO) company, which operates 

the nuclear power plant.

 

According to the plaintiffs, the discharged water would mean 

the spread of destructive substances and would inflict harm 

on the region's residents. Local fishermen are among those 

who intend to launch the legal action, Kyodo added.

 

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said earlier that the 

discharge of water that was used to cool the reactors at 

the plant would begin on August 24, barring any 

obstacles in terms of the weather or 

sea conditions.

 

According to the Kyodo news agency, in the 2023 fiscal 

year (ending on March 31, 2024) as many as 31.2 

metric tons of wastewater will be released into

 the ocean. The overall concentration of 

tritium in it would be about

 5 trillion becquerels.

 

In March 2011, a tsunami caused damage to power supply

 and cooling systems at the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power 

Plant, which caused a nuclear fuel meltdown in three 

reactors, accompanied by explosions and the 

emission of radiation into the atmosphere. 

Vast territories were contaminated, 

forcing the evacuation of tens of

 thousands of people.

 

The reactors used water for cooling, and storing this water

 has become problematic due to its large volume — over 

1.25 million tons. 

 

In April, 2021, the Japanese government authorized the

 discharge of a large amount of this water, which is 

said to be mostly cleared of radioactive 

substances, but still contains tritium, 

a radioactive hydrogen isotope.

 

TEPCO underscored --- that the tritium content in the water

 is being brought to one fortieth of the minimum allowable 

standard set by the International Commission on 

Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the 

government of Japan, and one 

seventh of the level allowed 

by the World Health 

Organization for 

drinking water.

 

Despite this, Tokyo’s plans have drawn sharp criticism from a 

number of countries, mainly Russia and China. Japan plans 

to discharge the water in stages over a 30-year period. 

 

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) intends 

to monitor the process on a continuous basis. In the 

past few years, IAEA specialists have carried out 

several inspections at the nuclear facility.

 

 

_____________________________________________



Environmentalists celebrate

 Referendum victory 

in Ecuador

August 21st, 3:39pm

(Prensa Latina) 

 

Different environmental and social sectors in Ecuador 

are celebrating today the "yes" vote in this Sunday's 

referendum and they consider this result ------ as an 

historic milestone in the South American nation.

 

For Ivone Ramos, member of the Accion Ecologica movement, 

with the consultations that seek to leave the Yasuni National 

Park oil underground and stop mining activity in the Andean 

Choco, direct democracy has been achieved -she said- it is

 an historic event, a great hope, she stressed.

 

For his part, Inti Arcos, member of the Commonwealth 

of the Andean Choco, recalled that all mining in the 

Andean Chocó --- is illegal.

 

Even large mining projects are illegal because

 they violate the rights of people and nature.

 

The popular consultation clearly states that 

we do not want any type of mining, he said.

 

During a press conference held on Monday, Freddy

 Larreategui, lawyer for the Quito without Mining 

Collective, said they will remain vigilant and 

will wait for the official results... to put 

pressure, so that they are respected.

 

All concessions granted or to be granted must 

be eliminated --- immediately, he demanded.

 

The jurist denounced that there are currently 12 

concessions granted - and eight in process - in
the 
Andean Choco; but none of them will be
able to
 be exploited or developed.

 

We will present all judicial and 

constitutional actions.

 

We will go wherever we have to go to ensure 

that the results and Quito people’s will are 

respected, he warned.

 

 

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Venezuela Controls

 Illegal Mining in

 Orinoco

August 16th (teleSUR)

 

On Wednesday, commander of the Bolivarian National Armed 

Forces (FANB) Gen. Domingo Hernandez announced that 

over 500 soldiers are traveling to the Alto Orinoco 

region to continue the operation against

 illegal mining.

 

The FANB soldiers... will go to the western edge of 

the Yapacana National Park "to fight for territorial 

integrity and national sovereignty, and against 

criminal groups that rape the environment," 

he said, adding that "environmental 

protection is everyone's task, it is

 a duty and a constitutional right".

 

The Bolivarian soldiers... continue to evacuate illegal 

miners from the Yapacana National Park, dismantle 

illegal facilities, and destroy environmentally 

damaging equipment.

 

Eight months ago, the FANB began Operation Autana,

 which allowed the eviction of thousands of illegal 

miners from a protected natural area located on 

the border with Colombia and Brazil. Those 

who left there voluntarily were relocated 

to other states.

 

So far, the FANB has detected 40 mining camps and

 evacuated over 8,000 people who voluntarily 

withdrew from the area --- as reported by 

TeleSur correspondent Madelein Garcia.

 

Illegal mining has caused irreversible damage to Amazon 

ecosystems due to the use of mercury to extract gold 

and other minerals. Another form of illegal mining 

consists of using artisan rafts that inject 

mercury ------ to suck minerals from 

the riverbed.

 

In an operation to fly over the Atabapo River, on the border 

between Colombia and Venezuela, FANB troops detected 

11 of these boats in less than a nautical mile. After being 

detected, these vessels ----- fled to Colombian territory, 

where irregular armed groups offer them protection.

 

 

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Environmental commitments 

from the Amazon Summit 

stand out in Brazil

August 12th, 11:15am 

 (Prensa Latina) 

 

The various environmental commitments that emanated 

from the IV Amazon Summit, which held sessions for 

two days in Belém, capital of the northern state of 

Pará, stood out in Brazil in the week ending today.

 

The countries participating in the meeting, released a joint 

communiqué with final considerations in which they also 

request advantages for sustainable forest products in

 the markets of developed nations.

 

“We reinforce our understanding - that preferential access 

for forest products in the markets of developed countries 

will be an important lever for the economic development 

of developing countries,” the text indicates.

 

It reiterates commitments aimed at preserving forests, 

reducing the causes of deforestation and forest 

degradation, as well as conserving and 

valuing biodiversity.

 

The signatories also expressed their concern about the 

non-compliance of developed countries with respect to

the 100 billion dollars a year --- pledged for climate 

finance in developing countries.

 

In this regard, the Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula 

da Silva, host of the forum, defended the feasibility of 

international financing for sustainable projects in 

the biome.

 

“We cannot accept a green neocolonialism that, under 

the pretext of protecting the environment, imposes

 trade barriers and discriminatory measures and 

does not consider our regulatory frameworks 

and domestic policies,” Lula said at the end 

of the meeting.

 

For the head of state, “what we need is to make a leap

 in quality and long-term financing without conditions, 

for green infrastructure & industrialization projects.”

 

He announced that in the Brazilian presidency of the G20 

(a group made up of the finance ministers and heads of 

central banks of the 19 largest economies in the world

 plus the EU), to begin on December 1, “we will place

 sustainable development and the reduction of

 inequalities ----- at the centre of the 

international agenda”.

 

He warned they only have seven years to achieve the Goals 

of the 2030 Agenda and it is “time for our countries to come 

together. It is time to wake up to the urgency of the problem

 of climate change.”

 

He remarked that the adopted joint declaration will be “the 

first step towards a common position already at COP28

 this year (in the UAE), with a view to COP30.”

 

The summit in Belém involved, in addition to the countries of 

the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (Brazil, Bolivia, 

Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela), 

others that have large tracts of preserved tropical forests, 

such as the cases of Indonesia, the Congo and the 

Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

 

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 We Cannot Accept ---


Green Neocolonialism: 


Brazilian President


August 9th (teleSUR)


 


During the Amazon Summit on Wednesday, Brazilian 


President, Lula da Silva, stated --- that developing 


nations cannot accept "green neocolonialism."


 


"It's not Brazil, Colombia, or Venezuela that need the money. 


It's nature itself. It requires rich nations to pay their share 


to rectify the damage caused over 200 years of industrial 


development," Lula remarked as he concluded the 


meeting in the city of Belem.


 


He emphasized that Amazonian countries, along with the


 Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo,


 and Indonesia --- will convey a clear message to 


wealthier nations during the United Nations 


Climate Change Conference (COP28) 


scheduled for November in Dubai.


 


"We will tell them that if they wish to preserve what they 


demand from our forests -- it's necessary to contribute


funds not only for safeguarding the treetops but also 


for supporting the people beneath those trees who 


want to work and study," he expressed.


 


Lula urged developing nations -- not to "accept a green


 neocolonialism that, under the guise of environmental 


protection, imposes trade barriers and discriminatory 


measures, disregarding domestic policies and laws."


 


These statements... indirectly refer to the environmental 


demands that Europeans attempt to impose in the Free 


Trade Agreement (FTA) - between the European Union 


(EU) and MERCOSUR, an integration bloc comprising


 Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.


 


As a result of the EU protectionist measures, negotiations 


for this free trade agreement have - once again - come to 


a standstill.


 


Lula recalled that the colonial era bequeathed to countries 


with tropical rainforests "a predatory economic model" 


built upon the irrational exploitation of natural 


resources and the systematic exclusion of


 Indigenous peoples.


 


A tweet reads "75 percent of the uranium exported from Niger 


to France was used in French nuclear power plants. In its


 northern region alone, Brazil potentially has around 


300,000 tons of uranium. The Bolivian president 


warned --- that the U.S. and the EU seek to 


control the Amazon."


 


"The effects of colonialism continue to be felt in our nations


 to this day," Lula emphasized during the meeting of the


 Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), an


 organization that includes Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, 


Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


 


"One cannot discuss tropical forests and climate change 


without addressing the historical responsibility of 


developed countries --- which have been the 


biggest squanderers of natural resources, 


and the largest contributors to planetary


 pollution over the centuries," Lula said.


 


"The top 10 percent of the world's population holds over 


75 percent of the wealth --- and emits nearly half of all 


carbon released into the atmosphere," the Brazilian 


president recalled.






teleSUR English


@telesurenglish


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Rodrigues Alves Forest - Zoobotanical Garden of the Amazon,


 the meeting place of the Peoples of the Earth that will march


 today towards the Amazon Summit. At the end of the march, 


they will deliver their demands to the political leaders of the 


Pan-Amazon nations.


 


 


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 Strengthening Sovereignty 

to Protect the Amazon: 

VP Rodriguez

August 8th (teleSUR)

 

On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called

 upon the nations that comprise the Amazon Cooperation

 Treaty Organization (ACTO) to establish a collaborative

 action plan --- to safeguard the Amazon forests and
their 
natural resources.

 

"Through hard work, effort, and a concrete action plan 

ready for implementation, let's unite in reforestation, 

sanitation, and restoration of the Amazon.... for the 

well-being of our Indigenous peoples," he tweeted, 

displaying optimism ---- and asserting that the 

Amazon countries are "heading towards 

a new humanity."

 

Due to an ear infection, the Bolivarian leader could not

 personally attend the 4th ACTO Presidential Summit

 in the city of Belem, in the state of Para. However, 

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez 

attended this high-level meeting.

 

She presented a specific action plan for the preservation 

of life and the rights of nature, with the main points

 as follows:

 

Establish an ACTO task force as a 

coordinating body among the 

region's countries.

 

Develop a comprehensive reforestation plan 

to map critical areas in the Amazon basin 

and promote sustainable practices as 

sovereign and ecological economic 

alternatives.

 

Establish a seed bank and research 

centre to preserve regional

 biodiversity.

 

Eliminate illegal mining activities.

 

Launch an Amazonian satellite

 into orbit for region monitoring.

 

Define an ecological and sovereign sustainable

 development plan that respects the rights 

of nature.

 

Strengthen the ACTO institutional capacity.

 

Rodriguez also emphasized that the Amazon 

countries... are obliged to reinforce their 

sovereignty --- if they wish to preserve 

"the environmental soul of the planet."

 

"There is no other path. We must be frank... There are 

grave threats we cannot evade: the voracity of 

transnational pharmaceutical and food 

empires, the outsourcing of state

 functions, and the aspirations 

of NATO --- that target the 

commercialization of 

the Amazon basin," 

she stated.

 

"What is at stake here is a profound debate between 

an international economic order and a sustainable 

development model that ensures a true balance 

among land, oceans, and the atmosphere," 

Rodriguez added, recalling that the 

Venezuelan message is 

"unity, unity, unity."

 

"The organization must serve the political, economic, 

and territorial sovereignty of the countries that
form
 the OTCA," she advocated.

 

 

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Water temperature in world's 

oceans has reached new

 record values

August 5th, 12:15am

(Izvestia.ru)

 

Another temperature record was set in the world's oceans. 

This was reported on Friday, August 4th, by the AFP news 

agency... citing data from the European Union's (EU)
Earth 
observation program, Copernicus.

 

On this day, the surface of the oceans warmed up to 

+20.96 degrees, exceeding the indicators of March 

2016 (+20.95 degrees).

 

Earlier, on July 19, Copernicus experts presented a forecast 

according to which July 2023 on the planet may become 

the hottest in history. It was noted that, since spring, 

the oceans have been overheating, and the speed 

of this phenomenon... is very surprising to 

scientists around the world.

 

On July 31, Igor Shkradyuk, coordinator of the industrial 

greening program at the Centre for Wildlife Protection,

 told Izvestia ...about the warm current across the 

Pacific Ocean — El Nino. It is associated with a 

strong climate cycle, which repeats with a 

period of about 10 years, warming the 

ocean waters.

 

Earlier, on July 4, the World Meteorological Organization 

announced that for the first time in seven years, El Nino 

conditions were established in the tropical Pacific 

Ocean, which creates prerequisites, for a likely 

sharp increase in global temperatures ---- and 

destructive weather and climate conditions.


 It was noted that the probability of 

continuing El Nino in the second 

half of 2023 --- is 90%.

 

In addition, in June, a study was published in 

which scientists concluded that over the 

decade 2013-2022.... warming caused 

by human activity accelerated at a 

dangerous pace - and the planet

 became hotter by 0.2 degrees.

 

 

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Until the end of the year, humanity will 

--- live on credit from the environment

August 3rd, 2023 

(source --- France 24

translated by InoTV)

 

By August 2, 2023, humanity had used the resources 

that the planet creates throughout the year, reports

 France 24. For the remaining 151 days, the world's

 population will live in a state of ecological deficit 

--- experts estimate. They blame our profligate
lifestyles, 
especially in the rich countries.

 

Since yesterday morning, humanity has been living on credit.
We 
have already used up all the resources that the Earth can 

produce in a year. In other words, for the remaining 151 

days of 2023 ------ humanity will live in a state of 

ecological deficit.

 

Matthis Wakkernagel, co-founder 

of the Global Habitat Network:

 

''We can calculate how much will be restored in a particular
country, then add up these figures for the whole world. We
can also calculate consumption -- in each country. There 

are also statistics that show the amount of consumption

of potatoes, milk and meat. So... we can take stock and
identify the capacities needed to produce the products.''

 

''In 1970, all the world's resources were used up by the end of

 December. Throughout the 1980s-in November. In the 1990s-

in October. This year, the line was crossed on August 2nd. 

The reason is our way of life, especially in rich countries. 

Greenhouse gas emissions, from the use of oil and coal 

- strongly affect the equilibrium. Oceans that are being
destroyed by overfishing; forests --- unable to absorb

 everything. Especially.... since the Amazon forests 

were cut down under the rule of Jair Bolsonaro.''

 

''The situation has stabilized for five years, but it is not

 changing. But... to meet the goal set by the Inter-

governmental Panel on Climate Change --- to 

reduce greenhouse gas emissions, by 43%

 by 2030 - it would be worth delaying the 

moment of Land depletion, by 19 days 

each year, over the next seven years.''

 

 

_______________________________________


 

Beijing Reports Heaviest 

Rainfall in 140 Years

 August 2nd, 3:16pm 

(teleSUR)

 

On Wednesday,  the Chinese authorities confirmed 

that Beijing has recorded its heaviest rainfall over

 the past few days since records began 

140 years ago.

 

The city logged 744.8 millimetres of rain, the maximum 

amount of precipitation recorded during the rainstorm, 

between 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Wednesday at 

the Wangjiayuan reservoir in Changping District, 

the Beijing Meteorological Service said.

 

The Chinese capital has experienced spells of torrential 

rain brought by Typhoon Doksuri since the start of the 

weekend, which had caused 11 fatalities, as of 

Tuesday morning.

 

The authorities lifted the red alert for floods on 

Wednesday morning... as the water flow in 

major rivers fell below the warning mark. 

 

Previously, some parts of the Fangshan District suffered from

 flood and geological disasters caused by recent rainstorms

 in the capital city. A rescue team comprised of firefighters, 

medical workers and volunteers set out to evacuate 

people afflicted by floods in Pinggezhuang Village 

of Liulihe Town, on Wednesday. 

 

The Chinese Finance Ministry has earmarked about 

US$14 million to support post-disaster 

reconstruction in Beijing and in the

neighbouring Hebei Province. 

 

It was also confirmed that central budget funds 

will be used to support the reconstruction of 

infrastructure and public services.

 

 

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Fishermen Stage New Protest 


Against Japanese Nuclear 


Wastewater


July 27th, 7:24pm 


 (teleSUR)


 


On Wednesday afternoon, South Korean fishermen staged a


 maritime rally in the southern coastal county of Boseong


 to protest against Japan's planned release of nuclear-


contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima
power 
plant, into the ocean.


 


Over 100 fishing boats set out from a port of the county, 


plowing their way through glittering blue waves with


 banners attached on the sides, that read "Oppose 


Fukushima nuclear-contaminated wastewater 


discharge into the ocean," and "The ocean


 is not a dumping ground for nuclear-


contaminated wastewater."


 


The long line of boats circled around in southern waters, 


and 12 of them sailed toward two vessels at the centre


of the circle. From the two vessels, 120 boxes with a 


mark symbolizing nuclear pollutants were thrown


into the sea --- to represent Japan's radioactive 


wastewater discharge, while fishermen from 


the 12 boats pulled up the boxes from the 


sea ----- and delivered them back to the 


two vessels.


 


"It was a performance - showing that South Korean people 


collect the nuclear-contaminated wastewater, released 


by Japan, and return it back to Japan," said Kim 


Young-chul, executive chief of the Federation 


of Korean Fishermen's Associations.


 


"The fishing boats circled around to show that if Japan 


discharges Fukushima nuclear-contaminated waste-


water into the sea, South Korean vessels will 


surround the wastewater and make it no 


longer flow into other countries," 


he added.


 


"The ocean is the home of our lives. I have lived all my life 


with gratitude to the ocean, which is like family and a 


friend, and also my workplace...If Japan discharges


 Fukushima nuclear-contaminated wastewater, it 


will become a sea of death. Fishermen will
also 
be dead."


 


Right before the maritime demonstration, the fishermen 


held a separate rally on land in protest of the nuclear-


contaminated wastewater dumping plan.


 


They chanted the slogan "The Japanese government should 


immediately retract its plan to dump Fukushima nuclear-


contaminated wastewater into the ocean," wearing a


 red band around their heads with the slogan 


"Protect our right to life."


 


 


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The Canada Wildfire 


Carbon Emissions... 


Exceed 1 Bln Tonnes


July 27th, 3pm


 (teleSUR)


 


Liu Zhihua, a researcher from the Institute of Applied


 Ecology, said that the massive carbon dioxide 


emissions from the raging wildfires in 


Canada ---- have exceeded 


one billion tonnes.


 


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and 


nitrous oxide emitted by the wildfires in Canada have a 


noticeable impact on global warming and the wildfires 


have evolved into a global environmental event, 


said Liu.


 


According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre 


(CIFFC), as of July 26, there were 4,774 fires across the 


country, and the cumulative fire area has exceeded 


121,000 square kilometres.


 


The researchers conducted a rapid assessment of


 greenhouse gas emissions from the wildfires, 


based on remote sensing observations.


 


It is estimated that as of July 26 local time, the wildfires 


in Canada have directly emitted about one billion tonnes 


of carbon dioxide.


 


The greenhouse effect of methane and nitrous oxide 


emissions is about 110 million tonnes of carbon 


dioxide equivalent -- and the total greenhouse 


gas emissions are about 1.11 billion tonnes 


of carbon dioxide equivalent.


 


This number has exceeded Japan's energy-related carbon 


dioxide emissions of 1.067 billion tonnes in 2021, 


according to data cited from the Global 


Carbon Project.


 


In addition to affecting the climate, the wildfires in Canada 


also released air pollutants such as PM2.5, PM10, organic 


aerosols, and black carbon, which harm human health.


 


In June, the air quality in New York, Chicago, and other 


places in the United States deteriorated significantly. 


These air pollutants are also transported over long 


distances worldwide under westerly circulation,


 affecting areas in Europe, North Africa, 


and Asia.


 


The wildfires have also wreaked havoc on forest ecosystems.


 The rapidly burning wildfires led to extensive vegetation


 destruction and biodiversity loss, depriving animals 


of habitats and food sources.


 


 


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Iran: Hamoun Lake


and Wetlands Face 


Existential Risk


July 27th, 2:21pm 


(teleSUR)


 


On Wednesday, an Iranian environmental official warned 


that the Hamoun Lake and Wetlands near the common 


border in southeastern Iran with Afghanistan could 


dry up completely, leading to an "environmental


 and humanitarian disaster."


 


Mojtaba Zoljoudi, deputy for the marine environment and


 wetlands, of the Iranian Department of Environment, 


called on environmental officials & the international
community in Afghanistan to help revive the lake 


and wetlands, regardless of political issues.


 


Zoljoudi said the lake's survival depends on the floodwaters 


flowing into it from upstream rivers, including the Farah and
Helmand, in Afghanistan.


 


However, he said the lake has dried up completely due to a


 "diversion in the Helmand River's route, construction of 


numerous dams on the Farah River and Afghanistan's 


failure to uphold the historical and natural rights of 


the ecosystem."


 


Zoljoudi added that the sandstorms in the southeastern 


Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, have sent 


thousands of people to hospitals over the past weeks, 


noting ------ that the storms even affected parts
o
f Afghanistan.


 


During the past months, high-ranking Iranian officials have


 called on the Taliban to allow an average of 820 million 


cubic metres of water per year, to Iran, from the 


Helmand River under a 1973 water-sharing 


pact between Tehran and Kabul.

The 
Taliban government said it is 


committed to the 1973 


treaty and does not


cause trouble for 


its neighbour.


 


The Helmand River originates in the Hindu Kush Mountains


 near Afghanistan's capital Kabul and runs over 1,100 km 


south before flowing into Hamoun Lake and Wetlands. 


The lake and wetlands --- are a vital source of water 


and food for the people of Sistan and Baluchestan.


 


 


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 July heat waves: due 
to ''climate change''


by Elsy Fors Garzon


July 26th, 11:13am


(Prensa Latina) 


 


The heat waves experienced to date in China, Europe


and North America, and which will increase, are 


largely generated.. by the effects of climate 


change, said a report by World Weather 


Attribution (WWA ).


 


“North America, Europe & China have experienced heat 


waves more frequently in recent years, as a result of 


global warming, caused by human activities,” the 


text underlines.


 


Extreme temperature events in these areas during the 


month of July would have been extremely rare, were


 it not for human-induced climate change, the 


report says.


 


The heat waves - were 2.5 degrees Celsius warmer 


in southern Europe, two degrees warmer, in North 


America and about one degree in China in today’s 


climate -- than they would have been without the


climate change exacerbated by the malpractice 


of humans.


 


“Unless the world quickly stops burning fossil fuels, these 


events will become even more common and the planet 


will experience even hotter and longer-lasting heat 


waves,” the text emphasizes.


 


This phenomenon would occur every two to five 


years in a world that is two degrees warmer 


than the pre-industrial climate, the 


WWA warned.


 


 


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Venezuela to Set Special Plan to
Decontaminate Lake Maracaibo

July 25th, 2:38pm (teleSUR)


 


On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced


 a special plan to decontaminate Lake Maracaibo, which has


 been affected by the cumulative effect of oil spills, the


 confluence of solid waste and the proliferation of


 a bacterium called verdigris.


 


"I have prepared a special care, decontamination and


 recovery plan for Lake Maracaibo. Public Service 


Minister Nestor Reverolwill be in charge of its 


implementation," he said, at an event to 


mark the bicentennial of the Naval 


Battle of Lake Maracaibo.


 


This plan was prepared with the support of scientists, 


technicians and the ministers of environment, oil, 


fishing and aquaculture, and electric power.


 


Maduro asked Zulia Governor, Manuel Rosales, and the


 Maracaibo Mayor, Rafael Ramirez, for "all the support" 


for the development of this plan, for which Venezuela 


will seek financing amid the U.S. Sanctions 


and blockade.


 


The Bolivarian leader also announced the construction of a 


33-hectare park, that will be able to provide services to
1.4 
million people... in the eastern and western parts
of 
Maracaibo, the capital city of the Zulia state.


 


This facility, which will be called Ana Maria Campos, in 


honour of a heroine in the war of independence, will 


have five lagoons, 14 sports fields, walkways, a


special space for pets and an area for children


 with disabilities.


 


"We are going to reforest the areas to the west and east
of Maracaibo, to have the protection of the trees...
It will be a 
monumental park," Maduro said, and
promised to hand 
over the first eight hectares
of the park, in December.






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On the Uruguayan Coast
 
 over 300 Penguins
Appear - Dead

July 22nd,  2023

(teleSUR)

 

On Friday, the SOS Fauna Marina NGO confirmed that over 300

 Magellanic penguins appeared dead on the Uruguayan coast 

in the last week. This occurred during their annual migration 

from Argentine Patagonia to Brazil, where the penguins seek 

food and warmer waters for the winter.

 

“Food scarcity - as a consequence of the overfishing of the 

South Atlantic and the effects of climate change on ocean 

currents could be the causes of the catastrophe,” SOS

 Fauna Marina environmentalist, Richard Tesore, said, 

adding that most of the penguins were very skinny.

 

“They had no food in their stomachs, not a layer of fat. 

To make such a long trip, it is essential to eat a lot of 

calories and have a large layer of fat on the body, 

which acts as a thermal insulator and protects 

the animals from low temperatures. The 

animals died of hypothermia caused 

by lack of food,” he said.

 

For many years, the Uruguayan coasts have witnessed 

the appearance of lifeless penguins. In the last three 

years, however, this event has intensified.

 

Tesore commented that when he began his work as an 

environmentalist, more than 30 years ago, penguins 

used to die... from accidentally ingesting 

plastic materials.

 

“On this occasion, the massive deaths show the scarcity

 of food. The overexploitation of the fishing resource -
is noticeable - and it affects the birds as well”,
he explained.

 

Additionally, global warming began to alter marine currents

in the 1990s -- which has influenced some species of fish 

to no longer reach the waters near the Uruguayan coast. 

Among them is "manila," a species that penguins 

feed on.

 

Throughout this week, the Uruguayan Environmental Ministry

 performed necropsies on the Magellanic penguins. After

 forensic investigations, the authorities determined

 that their deaths are not related to bird flu.

 

In the last month, citizens found over 20 dead turtles on the 

Uruguayan coast. Dead dolphins were also detected on

 the coasts of Canelones, Maldonado and Rocha.

 

 

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South Koreans -- Hold 


Rally Against Japan's 


Wastewater Discharge


July 21st, 1:22pm 


(teleSUR)


 


On Friday, South Korean fishermen held a maritime protest 


rally --- against Japan's planned discharge of wastewater


 from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.


 


A group of local fishermen gathered on the seashore of the


 southwestern coastal county of Jangheung, carrying a


 rally called "flower bier" about 200 meters along the 


coast to protest against the contaminated water 


release plan.


 


"The flower bier is used for a traditionalritual to carry coffins


 when people die. We marched with the flower bier to say 


that if the Fukushima nuclear wastewater is released 


into the ocean, all humankind will die," said Kim 


Young-chul, executive chief of the Federation 


of Korean Fishermen's Associations.


 


The placard of "oppose discharging Fukushima nuclear 


contaminated water" was attached to both sides of 


the bier carried by the fishermen.


 


The same placards were also hung on the sides of about 


30 fishing boats that staged a maritime demonstration 


in waters off the county --- for some half an hour.


 


"I'd like to ask questions to the Japanese government. Why is 


it seeking to release the contaminated water into the ocean


 if the water is really safe as Japan claimed? Why is it 


seeking to dump it --- through a one-kilometre-long 


tunnel after dilution, if the water is safe enough 


to drink?" Kim said, noting that if it is a really 


safe and drinkable water, Japan can just 


choose to use it inside its territory for 


agricultural, industrial and


 drinking purposes.


 


Japan has been pushing for dumping the contaminated


 wastewater this summer from the Fukushima Daiichi 


nuclear power plant, which was hit by a massive


 earthquake and an ensuing tsunami, in 


March 2011.


 


The move has aroused strong opposition --- and doubts 


from domestic fishing groups, neighbouring countries 


and the South Pacific island countries, as well as the 


international community.


 


 


________________________________



''Mexico'' - to hold first 
Youth Climate Summit


 Tlaxcala 2023


by Alina Ramos Martin


July 21st, 10:04am


(Prensa Latina) 


 


Young Mexicans aged 18 to 35 will be a fundamental part 


of the First Youth Climate Summit ---- Tlaxcala 2023, 


tomorrow Saturday, in the Gallery of the Palace


 of Culture of that state.


 


Hilda Margarita Castro, young ambassador for the climate of


 Mexico in the EU, said that this first event is a space
created from youths and for youths, in view of the


need to ''position'' this social sector at a local
level and 
propose inclusive and scientific
climate policies.


 


Likewise, this position will be presented at the Latin 


American Youth Climate Summit, as these meetings


 aim to give continuity and follow-up to Mexico’s 


climate commitments and obligations.


 


Mainly the contributions determined at a national level,


 strengthen the capacities and knowledge of youth on 


climate change, create a legitimate representation
of 
youth based on data and dialogue, and
influence 
public policies and
climate projects.


 


 


________________________________





 
Climate Change --- Affects the 

Resilience of Boreal Forests

July 19th, 12:44pm 

(teleSUR)




Earlier this week, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire

 Centre confirmed that there were 888 active wildfires 

nationwide and the number of out-of-control wildfires

 was 586. So far this year, the number of wildfires 

reached 4,152, devouring about 100,000 

square km of land.

 

Paul Beckwith, a climate system scientist, warned that

 the boreal forests in Canada's wildfire region will likely 

not regrow... if the climate there has changed.

 

"We can't assume that when a forest burns down it will be

 replaced over time by another forest," he said, explaining 

that if the annual temperatures have changed and the

precipitation in that region, has also changed and 

reduced, the region where the forests used to be 

will become savanna, mostly grasslands with 

the odd, isolated trees, or just 

pure grasslands.

 

Formerly an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa,

 Beckwith studies abrupt climate system changes related 

to oceans, biosphere, air temperatures, the lithosphere 

and cryosphere.

 

"We haven't seen fires like this before in Canada for an awful

 long time. Maybe ever," Beckwith said, adding that wildfires

 in Canada are exceptional by any measure and this 

wouldn't be happening, without the heat waves 

and the lack of moisture.

 

A boreal forest is a wet and cold adapted forest which gets 

lots of rain and sunlight. But now Canada has warmed at 

over double the rate than the rest of the planet. 

 

Typically the return time of large fires in a boreal forest is

 about 50 to 100 years and forest fires are a part of the 

lifecycle of the boreal forests.

 

If a fire ignites in July or August, it's generally out in the fall,

 because as the weather gets colder, there's more rainfall. 

So the fire is there left alone to burn if it's not interfering 

with infrastructure, towns, roads, and rail, etc. It just 

burns itself out. But when there are too many at 

any one time, it really overstretches 

firefighting resources.

 

"The problem is that when you get these fires igniting in the

remote areas in the spring, do you really want to let them 

burn all summer? We've got to do firefighting differently

 in this country, for sure," Beckwith said.

 

The problem with the forest burning, is that the forests are 

a huge sink of carbon. And when they burn that carbon is 

released rapidly to the atmosphere-ocean system. And 

you also lose the carbon sink and the forests no 

longer exist to absorb all of that carbon.

 

 


_____________________________________




 


G20 meeting on energy
transitions ----
 takes
place in Goa, India


by Luis Linares Petrov


July 19th, 10:05am


(Prensa Latina) 


 


At least 100 delegates are participating in the fourth G20


 meeting on energy transitions that began in Goa, a state 


in southern India, and will last the next two days.


 


Priority areas are discussed with a view to global 


cooperation towards the development of clean 


and sustainable energy, according to a


 government source.


 


Topics such as addressing technological gaps, low-cost 


financing, energy security, and diversified supply 


chains will be discussed by representatives 


of the bloc’s nations, international 


organizations, and experts.


 


The meeting will also promote analysis of energy 


efficiency, low-carbon industrial transitions and 


responsible consumption, fuels for the future 


and universal access to clean energy 


through fair, affordable and


 inclusive channels.


 


The event will build on deliberations from previous 


meetings in Bangalore, Gandhinagar, and Mumbai


 in order to identify and promote best practices, 


policies and innovative approaches.


 


As a result of the analysis, the draft statement will 


be drawn up to be delivered to the ministers of 


the sector for its consolidation and 


subsequent approval.






 


__________________________________






 Demand for Cooling to Increase 


Due to Global Temperature Rise


July 24th (teleSUR)


 


Countries like New Zealand, Canada, and Britain, will likely 


see the greatest relative increase in the number of days 


that cooling will be needed each year, as global 


temperatures rise.


 


Researchers from the University of Oxford simulated likely


 temperatures around the world under 1.5 and 2 degrees 


of global warming to estimate the demand for cooling


 in different countries.


 


The study, led by Jesus Miranda, and published in Nature


 Sustainability, shows that New Zealand is in the top 10 


countries tying third, with a nearly 24 percent relative 


increase in cooling demand days as the world moves


 from 1.5 to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.


 


The 2015 Paris Agreement recognized --- that 1.5 degrees 


above pre-industrial levels is a critical threshold beyond


 which the world enters "dangerous climate change," 


which will be experienced through more intense 


and frequent extreme events, like storm-


induced flooding and also manifests


on hotter days... that cause 


heat stress.


 


This study, measures the absolute and relative increase in 


cooling demands due to hotter weather, using a measure


 called "Cooling Demand Days." It shows that even a 


small increase in average global temperature... 


affects heat exposure and cooling demand.


 


"New Zealand is not prepared for this impact. Climate and 


energy policies need to build resilience to a hotter local 


climate and the inevitability of heat stress," said Bruce


 Glavovic, professor of the School of People, 


Environment and Planning in 


Massey University.


 


The cross-party agreement is necessary to enact robust


 legislation, with enabling policies and resourcing, to 


reduce climate-compounded impacts and risk, he 


said, adding increasing heat stress and cooling 


demand, adds to the litany of climate-


compounded challenges in New 


Zealand as it navigates the 


aftermath of multiple


 flood disasters.


 


Nick Cradock-Henry, principal scientist of GNS Science, said 


as a mid-latitude nation, many of New Zealand's systems of


 production & distribution, and urban and rural populations 


are traditionally unprepared for high temperatures, and


 large-scale adaptation to heat resilience presents 


a novel, complex challenge.


 


This will affect the country's largest urban populations not


only through higher temperatures but placing additional 


demand on electricity supplies, potentially straining 


the already fragile infrastructure.


 


These findings also pose additional adaptation challenges


 for the primary industries, which rely on cool storage. 


Some 60 percent of New Zealand's food production, 


or by-products are exported in a refrigerated state, 


he said, adding that this presents an acute risk
for 
cold chains.... which are likely to face
higher 
energy demands and costs.


 


 


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 Experts Criticize IAEA Report 

on Fukushima Nuclear 

Wastewater

July 11th,  3:14pm 

(teleSUR)

 

On Tuesday, a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) expert panelist has

 criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 

for ignoring its own principle of justification in its report

 on Japan's planned dump of nuclear wastewater into 

the Pacific Ocean.

 

The IAEA final report released last week claimed that the

 plan "is in conformity with the agreed international

 standards." However, the report was criticized 

by Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute 

for Energy and Environmental Research, 

the Fiji Times reported.

 

The IAEA report noted, that justification is a 

fundamental principle for the international 

standards of radiation protection.

 

"The IAEA has abandoned its responsibility to review the 

justification of actions, even though it is part of the

 fundamental safety principles," Makhijani said, 

adding that he has raised his concerns with 

the IAEA as part of the PIF expert panel.

 

The IAEA said in the report that the controlled, gradual

 release as planned by the Tokyo Electric Power 

Company (TEPCO) would have a "negligible

 radiological impact on people and

the environment."

 

"The IAEA is refusing to acknowledge its responsibility, and 

basically abandoning the countries of the Pacific region to 

whatever mercies the government of Japan might offer
them," he said.

 

The TEPCO has yet to confirm a start date for dumping 

the wastewater as Japan aims to start to do so around

this summer. The IAEA is set to meet with Pacific 

leaders next week.

 

The PIF independent scientific experts and the IAEA 

held the second technical dialogue on Fukushima 

wastewater last month.

 

During the meeting, the PIF experts said that the lack 

of TEPCO research into Fukushima nuclear waste-

water discharge on marine species, which are 

more common to the Pacific Forum nations,

left them unable to provide an informed 

decision to PIF members on a priority 

gap around the ecosystem and

food security impacts.

 

 

______________________________




''Climate Change'' to Reduce 

Grain Harvest in Germany

July 5th, 1pm

(teleSUR)

 

June was the second sunniest month since records

 began, in this European country, the National 

Meteorological Service said.

 

On Tuesday, the German Farmers' Association (DBV) 

said that this year's grain harvest in Germany is 

expected to be well below the average for

 2018 to 2022 and well below the 

previous year's result.

 

"In many parts of the country, the long drought in May and

 June caused significant damage to stocks. Agriculture is 

already clearly feeling the effects of climate change.

 The increase in extreme weather events is causing 

yields to decline and fluctuate," DBV President 

Joachim Rukwied said.

 

This past June was the second sunniest month since records

 began. The persistent summer heat reached oppressively 

hot levels, Germany's National Meteorological Service

 (DWD) said.

 

German farmers are hoping for "summer-like and hopefully 

often dry weather conditions" for the upcoming harvest. 

However, in order for corn, potatoes and sugar beets 

to make up for the delay in growth from the early 

summer, sufficient precipitation will also be 

needed in the coming weeks.

 

Weather forecasts are indicating heavy showers 

and thunderstorms at slightly lower 

temperatures for next week.

 

"The distribution and amount of precipitation are still very 

uncertain, so it is also unclear whether the drought will 

be dampened in the particularly affected regions," 

a DWD spokesperson said on Tuesday.

 

Farmers in Europe's largest economy are also troubled by

 new legislation. Besides the challenges of climate 

change for agriculture, the "across-the-board 

reduction targets for crop protection 

proposed by Brussels would lead 

to further yield declines," 

Rukwied warned.

 

The European Commission aims to reduce the use

 and risk of chemical and hazardous pesticides 

in the European Union by 50 percent by 2030.

 

To achieve this -- among other things -- new rules have 

been adopted to simplify the approval or authorization

of biological plant protection products containing 

microorganisms.

 

"The use and risk of crop protection products must 

be significantly reduced in order to protect the 

environment and biodiversity - and thus also

 safeguard our livelihoods for the future,"

 German Minister of Agriculture Cem 

Oezdemir said at the beginning of 

the year.




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IAEA Greenlights -------- Japan's 


Nuclear Wastewater Discharge


 July 4th, 2023 (teleSUR)


 


On Tuesday, Rafael Grossi, the director of the International 


Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met with Japanese Prime


 Minister Fumio Kishida, to deliver the IAEA final 


assessment report on the Advanced Liquid 


Processing System (ALPS) proposed in


 the Japanese discharge plan.


 


He defended the "reliability" of the Japanese plan to process


 and discharge contaminated water from the Fukushima


 nuclear power plant into the sea.


 


The IAEA holds that the process devised by Japan "meets


 international safety standards" ..and will have "negligible 


radiological impact" on human health or the environment.


 


Nevertheless, the Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wu Jiangha 


stated that the IAEA report, does not necessarily greenlight 


the Japanese plan to discharge nuclear-tainted water from 


the Fukushima nuclear plant ----- into the Pacific Ocean.


 


Following the ocean discharge decision announced in April 


2021 and the official plan released in July 2022, the


 Japanese government repeatedly declared that it 


would not delay the discharge long before the


IAEA task force completed the assessment 


and issued the final report, leaving the 


international community with a 


serious question mark over 


Japan's sincerity... the 


embassy told a press 


conference held 


in Tokyo.


 


The Chinese diplomat pointed out that the IAEA, in terms of 


functional authorization, is mandated to promote the safe, 


secure and peaceful uses of nuclear technology, but is 


not the appropriate body to assess the long-term 


effects of nuclear-contaminated water - on the 


marine environment and marine life's health.


 


Adding, that Japan limited the mandate of the IAEA task 


force and does not accept evaluation on other disposal 


options, it stated --- the IAEA report cannot prove the 


legitimacy and legality of Japan's ocean discharge


 plan, nor can it absolve Japan of its moral 


responsibility and obligations under


international law.


 


Wu called on the Japanese government to revoke its wrong


 decision -- of dumping wastewater into the ocean, urging


 it to face up to the legitimate and reasonable concerns