Berlin - The evaluation of climate offset projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is inefficient and offten of poor quality, a new WWF rating of project evaluators which certify offset projects under the Kyoto Protocol’s mechanism reveals. The new report commissioned by WWF and produced by Öko-Institut, analyses whether the Designed Operational Entities (DOEs) [...]
U.S. Can Curb Global Warming and Lower Energy Costs with Carbon Cap and Smart Energy, Transportation Policies, New Study Finds
With the right policies in place, the United States could dramatically cut the heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming and, at the same time, lower energy costs in every region of the country, according to the findings of a two-year, peer-reviewed study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “We can protect the environment and [...]
Food sovereignty is the right of family farmers to grow food for their families and local markets and the right of consumers to get access to local, healthy foods. This grassroots movement is gaining momentum around the world, and now the National Family Farm Coalition and Grassroots International have put together a series of downloadable [...]
The whole discussion of oil supply and demand can be slippery and complicated. How long will it last, and when can we expect to see serious impacts on our everyday lives? If you’re looking for an entertaining and captivating overview of this issue, we’ve found it. Watch this feature length documentary online now to learn [...]
The OANZ Council, where representatives from each of our member organisations discuss organic sector strategy, met in Wellington last week. High on the agenda was a discussion on how our organic standards can - and must - continue to evolve so that certified organic farming still “sets the bar” in providing quality products and environmental [...]
Wall Street’s mantra is that markets move randomly and reflect the collective wisdom of investors. The truth is quite opposite. The government’s visible hand and insiders control markets and manipulate them up or down for profit - all of them, including stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies.
It’s financial fraud or what former high-level Wall Street insider [...]
The World is acutely threatened by man-made global warming and many scientists now doubt that we can avoid further damaging temperature increases to over 2C above that in 1900. However resolute global action via an Accountability, Badge and Credo (ABC) protocol may yet save Man and the Biosphere. In short, the Accountability, Badge and Credo [...]
In an interview with the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph published Wednesday, former US General Antonio Taguba said that photographs the Obama administration is seeking to suppress show images of US soldiers raping and sodomizing Iraqi prisoners. Taguba, who conducted the military inquiry of prisoner abuse at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 after [...]
WASHINGTON, May 29 (OneWorld.net) - “Invisible” demonstrators in London protested Wednesday the Indian government’s decision to permit a British company to mine the Dongria Kondh tribe’s sacred mountain and source of livelihood in Orissa, India.
Dongria Kondh in Chatikona, India. Wearing t-shirts spelling out the word “invisible” and carrying blank placards, protesters from the indigenous rights group [...]
The Russian authorities should free the human rights defender Aleksei Sokolov and drop unsubstantiated charges against him, Human Rights Watch said today. Sokolov, a prisoners’ rights advocate and a member of a public prison-monitoring board, was charged on May 22, 2009, with robbery for an incident alleged to have taken place in 2004.
“The charges against [...]
The prohibition on cluster munitions is firmly taking hold as more countries join the new treaty banning the weapon and hold-out states shift their policies in the right direction, says a report jointly released today by Human Rights Watch, Landmine Action, and Landmine Monitor.
The 288-page report, “Banning Cluster Munitions: Government Policy and Practice,” contains entries [...]
Ten years ago it first became evident to the world that moves were afoot in major Western capitals to circumvent, subvert and ultimately supplant the United Nations, as the UN could not always be counted on to act in strict accordance with the dictates of the United States and its NATO allies. At that time [...]
At a meeting yesterday (21 May), representatives of organic businesses, the Organic Trade Board and the Soil Association told Hilary Benn that the UK government should stop voting a consistently pro-GM ticket in the European Union. At the meeting the companies condemned Hilary Benn for voting to try and stop countries like Germany from banning [...]
Auckland, New Zealand - The IT industry has massive potential to cut green house gas emissions but is currently failing to deliver, according to the first results of the Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge. (1)
The IT industry has calculated it could make cuts of more than 15 per cent in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 [...]
The two-star general who led an Army investigation into the horrific detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib has accused the Bush administration of war crimes and is calling for accountability. In his 2004 report on Abu Ghraib, then-Major General Anthony Taguba concluded that “numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several [...]
While Congress is sidetracked by who said what to whom and when, our nation finds itself at a crossroads on the issue of torture. We are at a point where we must decide if torture is something that is now going to be considered justifiable and reasonable under certain circumstances, or is America better than [...]
ear Citizen, In these times of economic woe and uncertainty we’re all looking for heroes. The Biotech Industry led by Bayer, the German chemical giant, have found one for all of us. Its code name is LL62. A genetically modified strain of rice so strong and dependable that it is impervious to the herbicides that [...]
A global alliance of indigenous television broadcasters is launching two major initiatives for its members - an international indigenous current affairs series and a programme exchange scheme. The World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN) aims to unify television broadcasters worldwide to retain and grow indigenous languages and cultures. The nine foundation Council members are National [...]
According to the IPCC AR4-2007 report  a total anthropogenic greenhouse factor, equivalent to +2.3 degrees C, is masked by a compensating aerosol albedo effect (mainly sulphur from industrial emissions) equivalent to -0.9C (without land clearing albedo gain and ice melt albedo loss) (Table 1). Once the short-lived aerosols dissipate, adding the reflectance loss of [...]
(New York City, NY) In the face of the Obama administration’s refusal to release a reported 2,000 additional photographs of detainee abuse, in spite of being ordered by a federal court to do so, torture opponents will hold visible protests to demand that the government make the photos public. In 15 cities, they will also [...]
“I represent Swat, the Switzerland of the East, which, was once so beautiful, so peaceful and so full of life has now become a valley of violence, bloodshed, and denial of respect for humanity and values,” said Malalay, speaking on behalf of her classmates at a peace conference organized by the international poverty alleviation group [...]
Candidate Obama asked for our opinions through a website. Our top demand was that he keep his promise to vote against immunity for telecoms that spied illegally. He ignored us, promised to do better as president, and hasn’t. President-Elect Obama asked for our opinions through his transition website. Our top question was whether he would appoint [...]
The recent call for a moratorium on GMOs in Europe  (see Europe Holds the Key to a GM-Free World, 5th Conference of GM-Free Regions, Food & Democracy, SiS 43) reflects an unstoppable groundswell of opposition to GMOs from both European citizens and governments. An online poll  on the question: “Should GMOs be banned [...]
1 -Limit phone calls to those that are absolutely necessary, and restrict these to 6 minutes maximum, which is the time the body needs to adjust. Use a hands-free kit and hold the phone more than 20/30cm away from your body in order to limit the impact of radiation on yourself.
Do not carry your [...]
“The Deltas are psychos…You have to be a certified psychopath to join the Delta Force…”, a US Army colonel from Fort Bragg once told me back in the 1980’s. Now President Obama has elevated the most notorious of the psychopaths, General Stanley McChrystal, to head the US and NATO military command in Afghanistan. McChrystal’s rise [...]