Environment ministers from across the European Union will meet this week in Estonia to discuss recent global developments on climate change and the European Union’s implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. By Joshua S Hill To say that the first half of the year has been contentious would be to belabor understatement to its breaking point. […]
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By James Howard Kunstler The desperate wish in what is loosely called the West to at least appear morally correct is unfortunately over-matched by the desperation of people fleeing unstable, overpopulated places outside the West, and it is a fiasco beyond even the events of the moment. The refugee / immigrant crisis around the Mediterranean […]
Scotland has grown the long list of countries officially banning GMO crops. “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment, said Richard Lochhead, the Scottish government’s minister for the environment, food and rural affairs, “and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status.” “The Scottish government […]
A new report by some top scientists has nailed it down, and Monsanto isn’t going to be happy. The Agri-giant has built its entire business model, including genetically modified (GMO) crops that dominate the US market, around its Roundup brand herbicide.
They last thing they want to admit is that it causes birth defects.
But that’s just what a group of scientists from a diverse group – including Cambridge University, the King’s College London School of Medicine, and the Institute of Biology, UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil – have found.
Monsanto got a big boost in Europe yesterday when a European Union official ruled that the Union’s constituent countries couldn’t independently ban genetically modified crops (GMOs) on their turf. France and five other EU countries have put a blanket ban on GMOs, citing safety concerns.
A Step Backward: Obama to push for scraping of Kyoto Principles as he meets Chinese Prez, Indian PM?
United States (and EU) have objected to the principles of Kyoto Protocol and demand that developing countries should also accept responsibility to reduce carbon emissions by accepting mandatory emission targets.
The developed countries are struggling to build national consensus for ambitious mitigation measures while the developing countries have gained the higher ground in the negotiations for the next climate deal by announcing voluntary sectoral emission reduction targets.
EU says advanced developing countries have ample financial resources, refuses to provide climate change funds
EU demands that advanced developing countries take more responsibility by partially funding their carbon emission reduction programs and contribute to the international adaptation fund to help developing and poor countries.
No support from United States and adverse economic conditions have forced the European Union to rethink its promise of providing financial support to the developing countries.
Meeting energy needs while being efficient and using environmentally responsible technologies is probably the single greatest change that needs to happen to alter the effects of climate change now. In the United States and the European Union, governments are backing smart grid and renewable energy programs. Undoubtedly, the two technologies go hand-in-hand, but where should we put our efforts (and dollars/euros) first?
While investing in clean energy projects in developing countries, the developed nations must not ignore their responsibility to reduce domestic carbon emissions.
Funding, Real Emission Reductions Key to Climate Treaty As Rich Nations Promise $100 Billion/Year Aid to Poor Nations
Apart of a steady flow of aid money to poor nations, the UN must ensure that the quality of the emission reductions improves under the next climate treaty by including new evaluation and reporting methods.
World Bank has noted that any mandatory emission reduction targets could slow down India’s economic growth but India must consider voluntary sectoral emission reductions as developed nations have agreed to provide monetary and technical assistance.
With mounting pressure from US and promise of assistance by EU, China has indicated that it is ready to cooperate on an international deal to reduce carbon emissions.
India wants US to cut its carbon emissions by up to 40% by 2020, up from the 14% set by President Obama, but it has shown no intent of reducing its own carbon emissions.