BALI (INDONESIA) November 29, 2007 — Biofuels must not be promoted as a solution to climate change, Friends of the Earth International said today, just a few days before key United Nations climate change talks start in Bali, Indonesia. The environmental group, speaking ahead of the 3-14 December Bali talks, warned that an increase in [...]
Sydney, Australia - Greenpeace today has laid down a challenge to Prime Minister Rudd and his new cabinet to accept the climate action mandate given to them by the Australian people and to deliver the deep emission cuts required to avoid dangerous global warming. “Re-structuring the cabinet to emphasise climate change is a good first [...]
On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday (December 2, 2007). The memo sent by an embassy official, Michael Middleton Steere, was addressed to the head of the [...]
Oil Contracts Signed Despite Peruvian Governments Promises to Exclude Indigenous Peoples Reserves from Concessions
San Francisco, CA. - A wave of new oil concessions issued by the Peruvian government threatens the survival of some of the last indigenous communities still living in isolation anywhere in the Amazon, AIDESEP, the group representing Peru’s 350,000 indigenous rainforest people, has warned.
Last week, energy companies signed contracts with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and [...]
In 2006, China burned more than twice as much coal as any other country, according to the latest Vital Sign Update. China’s coal use amounted to 39 percent of the global total, followed by the United States with 18 percent. The European Union and India came in third and fourth place, accounting for 10 percent [...]
Please find below events coming up in Otautahi/CHCH in solidarity with those terrorised in the October 15th raids (Tuhoe, those fron the communities of Ruatoki and Taneatua, the arrestees, their families, and all those raided).
1. Stall December 1st - there will be actions in various places across the motu
2. Picket December 3rd - The arrestees’ [...]
On 3-14 December, the thirteenth annual negotiating conference for members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place on the Indonesian island of Bali. Friends of the Earth International will be lobbying for the launch of an ambitious roadmap at the negotiations that will lead to real changes that are urgently [...]
Climate change is a result of the unsustainable, over-consumption of fossil fuels, particularly in the North. Current responses to this international crisis are gravely inadequate. We have less than ten years to stop global greenhouse gas emissions from rising in order to avoid dangerous climate change for the majority of the world’s peoples and ecosystems. [...]
Amsterdam, International - The sixth edition of Greenpeace International’s Guide to Greener Electronics’ has been expanded to include televisions and game consoles.(1) Market leaders Microsoft, Nintendo, Philips and Sharp enter at the bottom of the ranking of environmental performance with Nintendo being the first company scoring zero out of a possible 10 points. Philips and [...]
Torah Forbids a Jewish State - Zionism is a lie - Judaism has no right to rule over palestine - Time to make amends
As Palestinian human rights and civil society organisations, we the undersigned, are deeply concerned by the lack of a clearly articulated legal framework for the upcoming diplomatic negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to be held at Annapolis on 27 November. While the process of negotiation is inherently political, the legitimate demands [...]
With governments preparing to gather in Bali, Indonesia to discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report has warned that the world should focus on the development impact of climate change that could bring unprecedented reversals in poverty reduction, nutrition, health and education. The report, “Fighting climate change: [...]
Green Party Police Spokesperson Keith Locke is asking the Police Complaints Authority to consider whether the introduction of the Taser stun gun would be contrary to New Zealand’s commitments under the UN Convention Against Torture. “Last Friday, the UN Committee Against Torture said that Taser use ‘constituted a form of torture,’”Mr Locke says.
“I don’t see [...]
Amnesty International in New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Holmes. Patrick Holmes has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer, replacing Executive Director Ced Simpson. Patrick started his new role, based in Auckland, on 8th November.
Patrick Holmes joins Amnesty International after 15 years working [...]
Australia - It was an unprecedented election campaign in Australia. Every party was forced to take a position on climate change. Labor got up and the climate change sceptics got the boot. This was the election we had to have. Finally with volumes of scientific evidence on our side, grassroots action groups popping up left, [...]
The independent Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) yesterday issued new guidelines to regulate surrogacy arrangements and donations of sperm or eggs between certain family members. Prof Sylvia Rumball, chair of ACART, said the guidelines will be used by the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART) to conduct an ethical review of applications [...]
Building a new economy, one that can sustain economic progress, involves phasing out old industries, restructuring existing ones, and creating new ones. This new economy will be powered by renewable sources of energy, will have a more diverse transport system–relying more on rail, buses, and bicycles, and less on cars–and will recycle everything. For example, [...]
The key role the mainstream media plays in manufacturing public consent for elite decision makers has a long and inglorious history that has wreaked havoc on progressive aspirations for the development a truly democratic globa l p olity. While the antidemocratic implications of Manufacturing Consent were first popularized in the late 1980s by Edward S. [...]
BONN, Nov 24 (IPS) - International negotiations beginning Dec. 3 in Bali are crucial for saving our planet from the devastating effects of global warming, says Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Bali is “very much a make or a break” opportunity, according to the UNFCCC [...]
Market Fundamentalism and the Tyranny of Money Recommendations for Reform of the US Monetary System
“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are, or should be, the fruits of democracy. But the political democracy defined by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution has not been achieved because economic democracy has not been achieved. The attainment of real economic democracy is the next task for the American people. In the [...]
The new Australian Government’s commitment to ratifying the Kyoto Protocol leaves US President George Bush isolated in his battle against international action on climate change, says Greenpeace. “There’s likely to be a sigh of relief from government negotiators around the world who’re heading to Bali next week for discussions on how to strengthen the Kyoto [...]
More of the excellent and informative Te Ahi Kaa programmes on the “terrorism” raids are now available as podcasts at http://www.radionz.co.nz/podcasts/teahikaa.rss - scan down the page for: ‘What do you do when the authorities march into your home … you march onto theirs’ on the hikoi mo te iwi (Whiringa a rangi 18) and ‘Yet [...]
A recent study by Warrick (1) has confirmed that genetically modified Ready Roundup (RR) Brassica can escape and outcross with wild relatives. The study conducted in Canada with GE RR Canola (Brassica napus) and the weedy relative Wild Mustard (Brassica rapa). Scientists reported that the RR Canola transgene outcrossed readily and persisted in the weedy mustard relative and was passed [...]
The Soil & Health Association is calling for open and independent research into how widespread the effects of the artificial sweetener aspartame are on the health and well-being of New Zealanders, following last week’s admission by the Ministry of Health that there were links to adverse effects. Soil & Health spokesperson Steffan Browning attended the Parliamentary [...]
Anglican Minister and veteran Maori activist Dr Hone Kaa said will launch a new brand this week, as part of his Maori Child Abuse Summit which commences with a special service in Auckland this afternoon. “Ririki is the brand I’ll be presenting to the Maori experts who are gathering,” Dr Kaa said today. The phrase [...]