US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has unveiled his long-awaited plan to put the US banking system back in order. In doing so, he has refused to tell the ‘dirty little secret’ of the present financial crisis. By refusing to do so, he is trying to save de facto bankrupt US banks that threaten to bring [...]
Amsterdam, International - Developed countries must make deeper and quicker cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought, Greenpeace warned today, ahead of the first of the year’s global climate talks which begin in Bonn (1) over the weekend. The UN talks are expected to come up with an overall greenhouse gas emissions reduction [...]
The numbers that have been bandied about is beyond the comprehension of the average Joe Six-Packs. I cannot even figure out $500 billion, what more $500 trillion. Ninety per cent of government leaders are also unable to figure out the enormity of the global debt sink-hole.
So, I have accepted the fact that 97 per cent [...]
“War No More,” Peace Anthem With Guitar Chords From Sherwood Ross Based on John 23rd’s Pacem In Terris
(War No More is a peace anthem based on the Papal Encyclical Pacem in Terris, by Pope John 23. It was issued April 11, 1963, and encourages individuals to become involved in peace work. The refrain, “War no more, war never again,” is taken directly from the encyclical.)
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I am traveling in Europe for three weeks to discuss the global financial crisis with government officials, politicians and labor leaders. What is most remarkable is how differently the financial problem is perceived over here. It’s like being in another economic universe, not just another continent.
The U.S. media are silent about the most important topic [...]
The European Commission should, according to the European Parliament, introduce a ban on meat and milk from cloned animals. In addition, the Parliament has demanded clearer definitions regarding nano-particles in food, and the imposition of an obligation to state on foodstuff labels whether the product contains ‘novel foods’, or is a product of animals fed [...]
The world’s leading wheat experts from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas—invited to Mexico by Nobel Prize Winner Norman Borlaug—today reported significant progress in developing new varieties of wheat capable of resisting a virulent form of an old plant disease that threatens wheat production worldwide.
But research released at the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative 2009 [...]
Over thirty farms around the country (UK) are taking part in the Soil Association Easter Egg Hunt (5 - 13 April), with delicious organic chocolate egg prizes from Green & Blacks. After you’ve hunted for Easter eggs why not spend the day exploring the farm and sampling some local organic produce. There are lots of [...]
The Severn estuary has long attracted the attention of engineers and various governments, who see the ebb and flow of its tides - reckoned to be third highest tidal range in the world - as a potential major contributor to the UK’s use of renewable energy. By building a barrage across the estuary, engineers estimate [...]
At 8.30pm this Saturday join people around the globe and switch off your lights for Earth Hour. This year Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and climate change.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds have the opportunity to use their light switch [...]
WASHINGTON, DC — On the eve of the long-awaited London conference of the G-20 nations, we are rapidly descending into the chaos of a Second World Economic Depression of catastrophic proportions. In the year since the collapse of Bear Stearns, we have moved toward the disintegration of the entire globalized world financial system, based on [...]
Throughout its history, Israel has willfully and repeatedly committed crimes of war and against humanity, always with impunity. Yet under customary legal standards and norms (including Geneva, Hague, the UN Charter, S.C. and G.A. resolutions), it’s lawless, a serial abuser, a threat to the region and humanity, mostly as an oppressive occupier. Attacking Gaza is [...]
Seed money for start-ups may be evaporating faster than California’s dwindling reservoirs, but this rocky economy is proving to be fertile ground for the seed industry. Cash-strapped consumers, scared by the specter of an empty fridge, are investing in the ultimate low-tech, high-yield start-up: the kitchen garden. The National Gardening Association estimates that some 43 [...]
Thousands are expected to march in London on March 28 to call for world leaders to radically change the way the world does business. The Put People First march is calling for G20 leaders to create a low carbon economy to prevent runaway climate change, as well as funding to help less industrialised nations adapt. [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Food & Water Watch, along with a coalition of faith, farm, food, hunger and international development groups, today sent a letter to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders demanding decisive action to prevent speculation in the commodity markets from threatening the food security of hundreds of millions of people. According to the [...]
Campaigners urge Gordon Brown to take action over ‘irresponsible use of antibiotics in the agricultural sector’
Soil Association director Patrick Holden and Compassion in World Farming director Philip Lymbery have today written to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, urging him to recognise the importance of statements made in the Chief Medical Officer’s report , published last week, on the problem of antimicrobial resistance being transferred from farm animals to humans .
As attorneys, leaders of grassroots organizations and individuals concerned with checks and balances under our Constitution, we express our concern with the constitutional status of the recent U.S.-Iraq agreement that seeks to control the use of American forces for the next three years.
On November 17, 2008, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari and United States [...]
Washington, DC — A federal court has ordered the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to stop planting genetically engineered (GE) crops on its Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. While the ruling is limited to Prime Hook, the lawsuit may serve as a model for similar litigation at more than 80 other national wildlife [...]
The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it will review the issuance of new permits for mountaintop removal coal mines. The announcement comes just over one month after a controversial Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that paved the way for more than 100 additional mountaintop removal mining permits. That decision left the permitting of [...]
Urgent Appeal for the Obama Administration to fully support and fully participate in the U.N. Durban Review Conference Against Racism
Send a message to President President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Congressional leaders, Durban Review Conference Preparations Committee Chair Ms. Janat Al-Hajjaji, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethem Pillay, U.N. General Assembly President d’Escoto-Brockmann, U.N. Secretary General Ban, members of the U.N. Security [...]
MAF - Biosecurity NZ (MAFBNZ) appears to be letting go of New Zealand’s zero tolerance to GE contamination, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ. Although genetically engineered (GE) brassica plants were known to have flowered in a Plant & Food Research trial in Lincoln, MAFBNZ has not undertaken any testing for contamination [...]
Brussels, Belgium - European leaders agreed to raise money for developing countries to tackle climate change at the EU Spring Summit in Brussels today, but failed to put any money on the table to support their plans. Greenpeace believes the lack of concrete financial commitments does not bring the world any closer to a global [...]
Israeli Human Rights Organizations Call on the Attorney General: “Stop whitewashing suspected crimes in Gaza”
Israeli human rights organizations have reiterated demands that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz reconsider his refusal to establish an independent investigative body to examine military proceedings during Operation Cast Lead. Such an investigation is critical following the revelation of soldier testimonies concerning the killing of innocent Palestinians revealed this morning in Haaretz. Many Palestinian accounts have [...]
Dear EIA Supporter, We recently wrote to you about the dramatic increase in elephant poaching since four African countries were given permission to sell their ivory to China and Japan. Unfortunately, as EIA predicted, these one off sales have provided the stimulus for the poachers to start up their business again, and consquently a new wave of [...]
Quietly in public, loudly in private, climate scientists everywhere are saying the same thing: it’s over. The years in which more than two degrees of global warming could have been prevented have passed, the opportunities squandered by denial and delay. On current trajectories we’ll be lucky to get away with four degrees. Mitigation (limiting greenhouse [...]