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Climate Change and our terrible fate, if, if, if
Media report environmental
impact of sea trafficin Europe
by Aleynes Palacios Hurtado
January 11th, 00:15am (Prensa Latina)
Sea traffic in Europe accounts for 13.5 percent
of the emission of greenhouse gases and
carbon microparticles into the airways
of crews working on ships,
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) made
public its 2021 report on the environmental impact
of those operations, which revealed that container
ships, bulk carriers and oil tankers account for 60
percent of the emission of those particles (soot).
It noted that cruise ships, despite making up a low
percentage of the total fleet, emit 10 tons per ship
a year, a figure lower than the 1.7 recorded for
an oil tanker.
The report warned about wastewater discharge: large
ships discharge huge quantities of dirty, oily, bilge
and ballast water and solid waste (plastics,
packages, food waste) into the sea,
causing damage to the
According to EMSA, the main dirty waters discharged
into the sea are used to clean exhaust gases of
chimneys through filters installed to retain
On the other hand, the report warned about the
accidental loss of huge amounts of containers
with all their content, which ends up at the
bottom of the sea.
Another negative impact is the so-called underwater
noise, caused by ships, which disturbs the life of
cetaceans and other species that use
frequencies to communicate with
2022 to be among
by Ana Luisa Brown
January 7th, 00:30am (Prensa Latina)
The average temperature in 2022 will be
between 0.97 and 1.21 degrees Celsius
(°C), among the warmest years since
1850, the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) noted
regarding the estimates
from the UK Service.
The fact that the central figure has exceeded 1.0°C
since 2015 masks the considerable international
variation, explained one of the leading experts
in climate prediction, Doug Smith, who added
that in some places, such as the Arctic,
temperatures have risen several
degrees... since pre-
According to the head of Long Range Forecasting
at the British Met Office, Professor Adam Scaife,
the predicted temperature illustrates that the
increase in greenhouse gases in the
atmosphere is now warming the
planet at an exponential rate.
China's 'man-made sun'
sets new world record
December 31st, 2:22pm (PressTV)
Chinese scientists have set a new world record
by achieving a 1,056 second-long operation of
a "man-made sun".
The breakthrough was made on Thursday during
the latest round of experiments at the
experimental advanced super-
conducting tokamak (EAST),
or China's "man-made sun".
The scientists achieved a temperature of 70 million
degrees Celsius of long-pulse and high-parameter
plasma, lasting for 1,056 seconds, according to
Gong Xianzu, a researcher at the Institute of
Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of
Sciences. The scientist is in charge of the
experiment conducted in Hefei, capital
of east China's Anhui province.
They had earlier set a world record of achieving
a plasma temperature of 120 million degrees
Celsius for 101 seconds on May 28 this year.
The latest round of experiments started in early
December this year, and will last until at least
The ultimate goal of EAST, located in Hefei, is
to create nuclear fusion like the Sun, using
deuterium abounding in the sea, to
provide a steady stream of
World faces largest species extinction
since dinosaur era, WWF warns
December 31st, 1:09pm (RT)
Around a million species might disappear
within the next few decades..... the
conservation organization reports
The Earth is facing the biggest extinction event..
since the end of the dinosaur era, with a million
species at risk of becoming extinct, within the
next few decades, the World Wildlife Fund
(WWF) has said in a report.
Titled ‘Winners and Losers of 2021’, the article,
published on Wednesday, lists the endangered
animals whose populations have shrunk or
grown the most this year.
“African forest elephants, polar bears, tree frogs,
cranes and species of fish such as sturgeon and
huchen --- these are just some of the losers in 2021. They represent thousands of endangered animal species,” the WWF said.
Among the ‘winners’, the organization lists the Iberian
lynx – one of the rarest cats in the world – along with
Nepalese rhinos and great bustard birds. Noting that the success of these species is a tribute to
the efforts of conservationists, the WWF
emphasizes that the situation
“Around a million species could become extinct within
the next few decades, which would mark the largest
species extinction since the end of the dinosaur
era,” the organization claimed.
According to a WWF board member Eberhard
Brandes, species protection, now involves
the question of “whether humanity will
someday end up on the red list in a
hazard category and become the
loser of its own way of life.”
There are more than 40,000 animal and plant species
currently on the International Red List, qualified as
threatened with extinction by the International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In total the Red List includes almost
142,600 endangered species.
Fully biodegradable food
December 21st, 2:55am (TASS)
The first food packaging made of laminated
cardboard, which decomposes in soil in
six months, was developed in Russia,
OSQ press service told TASS.
"Laminated craft packaging, when it gets into the
ground, 100% decomposes within six months
& has no analogs in Russia. For comparison,
plastic food packaging begins to decompose
in the ground only after 400 years. The
products of the company’s previous
brand underwent 70%
decomposition in the
The company specified that the production of
cardboard containers, cups, and other types
of packaging has been established at the
company's plant in Vidnoye, Moscow
Region. In the future, additional
capacities will be added to the
plant in Kaliningrad - with the
investments in construction
of 1.1 bln rubles ($14.85 mln).
Biden electric vehicle push
hits ''setback'' in US Senate
December 20th, 11:04am (PressTV)
A bid by the White House to dramatically boost
electric vehicle tax credits hit a major road-
block on Sunday, when a key Senate
Democrat... said he would not
support Biden's $1.75 trillion
domestic investment bill.
West Virginia's Joe Manchin appeared to deal a fatal
blow to President Joe Biden's signature domestic
policy bill, known as Build Back Better, which
also aims to expand the social safety net
and tackle climate change.
The bill includes increasing the current $7,500 EV tax
credit to up to $12,500 for union-made US vehicles
as well as creating a credit of up to $4,000 for
used vehicles. The bill would also, again,
make General Motors and Tesla Inc...
eligible for tax credits after they hit
the 200,000-vehicle cap on the
existing $7,500 credit.
The bill also includes a 30% credit for commercial electric vehicles.
GM and Ford are both launching electric pickup
trucks in 2022, and new tax credits could be
crucial to meeting initial sales targets, as well as meeting rising vehicle
Biden wants 50% of new US vehicles to be electric or
plug-in electric hybrid, by 2030. The administration
is expected, as soon as this week, to finalize
tougher new vehicle emissions rules
through 2026, automakers say.
Manchin opposes a $4,500 tax credit for union-made
vehicles that is part of the $12,500 proposal. He
calls the union credit "wrong" and
The EV tax credits are backed by Biden, many
congressional Democrats and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union and would
disproportionately benefit Detroit's Big Three automakers - GM, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler parent
Stellantis NV - which
assemble their US-
made vehicles in
Tesla, and foreign automakers operating in the
United States do not have unions representing
assembly workers --- and many have fought
UAW efforts to organize US plants.
Toyota Motor Corp, which has a plant in West
Virginia, but whose US employees are not
union members, has ''lobbied'' against
the $4,500 union credit.
Toyota announced this month it is building a $1.29
billion battery plant in North Carolina, while EV
startup, Rivian Automotive, said on Thursday
that it will build a $5 billion plant in Georgia.
Vehicles would have to be made in the United States
starting in 2027, to qualify for any of the $12,500
credit, which includes $500 for US made
batteries. It has faced criticism from
Canada, Mexico, Japan and
the European Union.
--- melting at an
December, 15th, 11:54am (RT)
A massive glacier in Antarctica, seen as crucial to the global sea level rise, could lose its ice shelf in
“as little as five years,” a team of scientists
The Thwaites Glacier in western Antarctica is
sometimes called the Doomsday Glacier
because of its great potential to raise
sea levels once melted. The glacier
is about 74,000 square miles...
which is roughly the size of
Florida, according to
A team of US scientists reported at a US Geophysical
Union meeting, this week, that new cracks were
forming on the eastern ice shelf --- which
supports one third of the glacier.
The shelf, which “acts as a dam to slow
the flow of ice off the continent into
the ocean,” appears to be “losing
its grip” ...due to warm water
seeping under the glacier,
researchers said, citing
“If this floating ice shelf breaks apart, the Thwaites
Glacier will accelerate, and its contribution to sea
level rise, will increase by as much as 25%,” the
scientists wrote, adding that the shelf could be broken up in “as little as five years.”
According to the study, one of the fastest-melting
glaciers in Antarctica is contributing as much as
4% of global annual sea level rises, today, while
the cracks are expanding into the central part
of the ice shelf, at rates as high as 2km
(1.2 miles) per year.
“There is going to be dramatic change in the front
of the glacier, probably in less than a decade.
Both published and unpublished studies
point in that direction,” geology
professor Ted Scambos, US
lead coordinator for the
told the BBC, Tuesday.
New FAO report on land,
water resources, paints
an alarming picture
by Pavel López Lazo
December 9th, 5:13pm (Prensa Latina)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations (FAO) on Thursday launched a landmark
report highlighting the worsening state of the
earth’s soil, land and water resources and
the challenges it poses... for feeding a
global population expected to near
ten billion by 2050.
“The pressures on soil, land and water ecosystems...
are now intense, and many are stressed to a critical
point,” FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, wrote in
the foreword to the synthesis report, entitled the
State of the World´s Land and Water Resources
for Food and Agriculture – Systems at breaking
points (SOLAW 2021).... “Against this back-
ground, it is clear our future food security
will depend on safeguarding our land,
soil and water resources.”
The report says if we keep to the current trajectory,
producing the additional 50% more food needed
could mean water withdrawals for agriculture
increasing by up to 35%. That could create
environmental disasters, increase
competition for resources, and
fuel new social challenges
Among other aspects, it stands out that human-induced soil degradation affects 34% (1,660 billion hectares) of agricultural lands. Over 95% of our food is produced on land, but there is little room for expanding areas of productive land. Urban areas occupy less than 0.5% of the Earth’s land surface but the rapid growth of cities... has significantly impacted land & water resources,
polluting & encroaching on prime agricultural land that’s crucial... for productivity & food security.
With limited arable land and freshwater resources - a
rapid scaling-up of technology and innovation is vital.
We must strengthen the digital architecture needed to provide basic data, information & science-based
solutions for agriculture... that make full use of
digital technologies and are climate-proofing.
Land and water governance must be more inclusive
and adaptive, to benefit millions of smallholder
farmers, women, youth, and indigenous
peoples. They are the most vulnerable
to climatic and other socio-economic
risks, and face the greatest food
Sustainable soils, land and water are the foundations
for resilient agrifood systems. So the sustainable
use of these resources... is key to achieving
climate mitigation and adaptation targets.
Earth is Getting Its Own
That Will Tell What Caused
December 6th, 1:08pm (Sputnik)
The device will be placed on an empty plain in
Tasmania, Australia. The researchers behind
the project, say the area was chosen for its
geological as well as geopolitical stability.
Other locations proposed, were located
in Malta, Norway, and Qatar.
Researchers from the University of Tasmania...
have partnered with the Australian marketing
communications company, Clemenger
BBDO, to create a black box for our
planet, which they say.... will tell
future generations (and maybe
extraterrestrial guests, who
knows)....... what caused
Black boxes installed on airplanes and automobiles
play an invaluable role in establishing the causes
of accidents - so why shouldn't Earth have one,
researchers apparently wondered. Jim Curtis,
the executive creative director at Clemenger
BBDO, told ABC --- that the project is
The box will be made from 7.5 centimetre-thick steel
...and will be filled with a mass of storage drives,
which, according to researchers, will record
"every step we take... towards" a potential
catastrophe, meaning they are gathering
information: on pollution, the extinction
of species, ocean acidification, as well
as climate change-related events such
as average temperatures, and levels
of carbon dioxide. The latter traps
heat radiated from the Sun and
consequently leads to
The black box will have an internet connection and
will also collect contextual data ...such as news
about key international events like the United
Nations Climate Change Conference,
meetings between world leaders, etc.
Although the construction of the structure to house the
box will begin in the middle of 2022, the hard drives
have already begun recording information.
The black box, which will be the size of a bus, will also
have solar panels to provide backup power storage.
Jonathan Kneebone, a co-founder of the artistic
collective, Glue Society, which is also involved
in the project, said the device is "built to
outlive us all".
Researchers say that while the main objective is to
help future civilisations, or whoever accesses the
black box, to understand what should be done to
prevent catastrophes, they also hope that it will
make politicians... put their money where their
mouths are, when it comes to preserving the
environment and protecting life on Earth.
"It's also there to hold leaders to account – to make
sure their action - or inaction - is recorded. When
people know they're being recorded... it does
have an influence on what they do and say",
said Jonathan Kneebone.
FAOcalls for urgent actionon
sustainable soil management
by Luis Linares Petrov
December 4th, 00:15am (Prensa Latina)
FAO Director General Qu Dongyu called to take
urgent action - to improve information and
capacities in favoor of sustainable soil.
The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO)took part in a video conference
of the eighth edition of World Soil Day, which has
been celebrated every December 5th, by
decision of the General Assembly,
Stopping salinization is the central topic this year,
which according to Qu is one of the main threats
to having healthy soils around the world.
The director general recalled that some 833 million
hectares are affected by salinization in all corners
of the planet, as shown in the World Soil Map
presented in October.
He pointed out that it is a problem present in all
regions, particularly in the Near East, South
America, North Africa, as well as in the
Pacific and Central Asia.
The effects of salt on soils pose a significant risk
to world food security, he noted, and called to
seek innovative ways to make agri-food
systems more efficient, inclusive,
resilient and sustainable.
Shell oil company abandons
controversial project in
by Erich Tellez Corrales
December 3rd, 9:24am (Prensa Latina)
The Anglo-Dutch multinational Royal Dutch Shell
announced, today, that it will abandon a
controversial oil exploration project
in the North Sea, in a decision
welcomed by the British
According to the company, a comprehensive
analysis of plans to exploit Cambo, a field
..outlined west of Scotland’s Shetland
islands, showed that the economic
benefits are not strong enough at
the moment, plus there are
possibilities of delays
to put the project
The announcement by Shell, which held 30%
of the shares, was greeted with rejoicing by
environmental organizations, and environ-
mental defenders who have been demand-
ing for years.. that the British government
prohibit exploration & exploitation permits.
Shell is out! This is the beginning of the end of
Cambo, said on Twitter the environmental
group, Stop Cambo, which warned,
however, that it will not rest until
the entire project is shut down.
Greenpeace’s UK affiliate, which last October lost a
legal challenge to force the government to reverse
a permit granted to British Petroleum to operate in a neighbouring North Sea field, said the Anglo-Dutch oil company’s withdrawal should be seen as a death blow to Cambo.
The right decision to ensure the UK’s energy security
is to speed up the introduction of renewable sources
and ensure that the interests of oil and gas workers
are protected through a fair transition, said Labour
MP and well-known environmentalist Ed Miliband.
The company Siccar Point Energy, which shared
the Cambo project with Shell, promised to look
for alternatives to continue exploration, while
the government limited itself to saying that it is a commercial decision... taken
independently by the Anglo-
The US – the world’s biggest polluter –
calls out countries that need to
'step up' on climate change
December 2nd, 11:26am (PressTV)
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John
Kerry, has called out a number of countries
that need to “step up” on climate change,
despite the fact that the United States
has contributed more than any other
country - to the atmospheric carbon
dioxide that is scorching the planet.
According to studies, the US military is the
largest consumer of hydrocarbons on
the planet and one of the largest
polluters in history.
However, Kerry, in an interview at the Reuters
Next conference, on Wednesday, accused
other countries of falling short on their
commitments to stave off the worst
effects of global warming.
“And that means you have China, India, Russia,
Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, a
group of countries that are going to
have to step up,” Kerry said.
“And we... have to help them. This, is not just
unloading responsibility on them,” he added.
Kerry has said the current climate situation
cannot be rectified... without the “full
engagement and commitment”
Democrats in the US House of Representatives
and Senate --- have already called on US
President Joe Biden to use targeted
sanctions to punish individuals
and companies that are
worsening the global
In a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen last month,
Democratic lawmakers particularly targeted
China and its companies.
The lawmakers urged the US administration to use
sanction authorities under the Global Magnitsky
Human Rights Accountability Act --- to target
individuals and companies that are found
to be involved in climate-related
corruption and human rights
Both the Trump and Biden administrations used
the Magnitsky Act, to target individuals and companies they said were engaged in
corruption or human rights abuses
around the world.
Largely, individuals and companies from Russia,
China, Belarus, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Eritrea,
and Cuba, have been targeted.
Last month, scores of countries convened in
Glasgow, Scotland, for the COP26 climate
summit, where they reached a deal that
calls for cutting global carbon dioxide
emissions by 45% by 2030, when
compared to 2010 levels.
Kerry on Wednesday said private investments for
clean-energy technologies are also essential for
fighting climate change, according to Reuters.
“No government on the planet has enough money
to effect this transition... But, the private sector
does have that money. I believe the private
sector has the ability to win this battle
for us,” he said.
US is world's biggest plastic polluter: Report
According to a new report submitted to the US
federal government on Wednesday, the US is,
by far, the biggest contributor to global
plastic waste in the world.
Entitled "Reckoning with the U.S. Role in Global
Ocean Plastic Waste," the report calls for... a
national strategy to tackle the growing crisis.
The US contributed around 42 million metric tons
(MMT) in plastic waste in 2016: more than twice
as much as China has --- and more than all the
countries of the European Union combined, according to the analysis.
Every US citizen generates 130 kilograms of plastic
waste in a year, with Britain next on the list --- at
99 kilos per person, per year, followed by
South Korea, at 88 kilos per year,
"The success of the 20th-century miracle invention (sic)
of plastics, has also produced a global scale deluge
of plastic waste, seemingly, everywhere we look,"
wrote Margaret Spring, chief science officer of
Monterey Bay Aquarium, who chaired the
committee of experts that compiled
Another Government report says climate change
will shrink the US economy and kill thousands
of US people.
Vietnam readies 2nd largest
garbage recycling plant ...in the WORLD
by Lino Céspedes Rodríguez
December 2nd, 10:03am (Prensa Latina)
Vietnam polishes the finishing touches to a plant
that will recycle garbage into energy, and be
the second largest in the world, of its kind,
officials from investment company Thien
Y Environment, reported today.
Located on the outskirts of Hanoi, the plant will
have the capacity of processing 4,000 tons of
waste per day (60% of what is produced by
the capital) and producing 75 megawatts
of electricity per hour.
Built at a cost of nearly $ 310 million dollars... the
plant covers a surface of 173,900 square metres,
making it the second largest in the world, after
Chinese Shenzhen, which processes 5,000
tons of garbage per day.
Left over matter, after being used to produce energy,
will be incinerated and used in the manufacture of
bricks and other construction materials.
To fully ensure safety, it will count on a gas
filtration system: preventing the emission
of dioxins, mercury, nitrogen and other
polluting substances into
Vietnam thus takes a new step towards the
full elimination and use of... solid waste.
Currently the 3 main ways of waste treatment
in the country, are: burial, the production of
microbiological fertilizers, and burning.
Only 30% of Vietnam’s existing dumping areas
meet ecological standards, while most of its
nearly 300 incinerators, are small-scale.
November 25th, 7:41pm (PressTV)
Climate change, has long been debated under
different settings, researched and debunked
and ‘rebunked’ over the years, so much so
that you would think, strides should have
been made by now, unfortunately, how-
ever, that hasn't been the case. Major
corporations and rich countries have
all fallen short on their so called
Hypocrisy and inaction
COP 26 still lacks large coal using countries. Studies
show CO2 levels are back at pre COVID-19 levels in
the COP countries but did not include Australia,
China or the United States in the assessment.
Such a state of affairs led to climate protests decrying
one of the highlights of the COP 26 Summit, the
Children Youth Act climate activists protested
their concerns regarding the slow pace of
emissions reductions and lack of action
on the climate emergency.
Children Youth Act climate activists were rightly
worried about the slow pace of emissions
reductions and action on the
Nothing will be saved without it is important to
begin with the fact you're born to be creators
of the ground.
Yrsa Daley-Ward, Writer
The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties
to the United Nations Framework Convention on
Carolina Schmidt, President, COP 25
The opening of the COP 26 summit in Glasgow
was quite inspiring but it all came down to the
final draft communiqué.
Well, you know we got a very lengthy
draft decisions from the presidency…
Carolina Schmidt, President, COP25
We need much more concrete action to be
sure to actually really meet this 1.5 target.
Maarten Van Aalst, Director, Intl.
Red Crescent Climate Centre
But the details of the draft were inconsistent
with the declared intention of phasing out
coal as a fuel source.
As a reference of a phasing out of coal and we
are strong believers that that phase out of
coal [is imperative].
Luca Lacoboni, Greenpeace, Italy
Climate Reality, which is funded by the former US
Vice President Al Gore, claimed in an article that
more than 250,000 Americans are exposed to
levels of cancer risk above the highest
limits set by the EPA.
This is an environmental justice nightmare and the
main culprit is toxic pollution from fossil fuels and
This is what US Senator Ted Cruz said about
the climate change summit that took place
I’m not saying they do not believe what they're saying,
but their hypocrisy is rampant. Headed to this climate conference, these officials flew in giant jets.
John Kerry has a private jet that has flown dozens
of times, this past year, all around the country.
I don't know about you, but I don't have a private jet.
I don't believe any of the people on this stage have
their own private jet.
John Kerry when asked about his private jet said
"really, for someone like me it's the only way
that makes sense to travel".
What dripping, condescending, arrogance!
Ted Cruz, US Senator
Robert Evans is a former member of the European
Parliament MEP, and a British Labour Cooperative
politician..... who served as a member of the
European Parliament from 1994 until 2009.
He was first elected to the European
Parliament for London Northwest
and then in 1999 and 2004 for
the London constituency.
Taking a look at what the US Senator Ted Cruz has
said about US policy, slamming his fellow Senator
John Kerry and other world leaders as a whole
for travelling on jets to this cop 26 Glasgow
Summit, does he have a point?
Yeah, I think it's sending entirely the wrong message.
I realize the challenges that some global leaders have
getting from A to B or getting from their own country
to Glasgow, but I think it's sending entirely the
wrong message when they are arriving in
private jets to go around.
Most of the airlines have flights that come to
London where they could have got a train
or a number of people could have
Using private airplanes, which are very, very
carbon expensive, is entirely, not so much
unnecessary, but it's sending completely
the wrong message to everybody else.
We have the situation where our Prime Minister
Boris Johnson came back to London by
private jet. Well, I looked it up; there
were six possible scheduled
airlines flights he could
have taken, or a train
We cannot have one rule for them
and one rule for everybody else.
So global leaders need to reflect on that;
whatever the challenges, there are
plenty of airlines that could have
Robert Evens, Former MEP, British Labour Cooperative
That makes sense and sounds fair, but ‘therein lies
the rub’ and the barely veiled hypocrisy of what US
Senator Ted Cruz has said. He himself has, in fact,
received more money from oil and gas companies
in 2018 than any other senator.
Ted Cruz received nearly $800,000 from the oil and
gas industry in the year 2018. And as for other US
senators, one in four US Senators still hold fossil
The households of those 28 senators own a
combined minimum of $3.7 million, and as
much as $12.6 billion in fossil fuel assets.
"The vicious spiral of global debt these countries at
the frontline of the climate crisis, unable to respond
to his Fallout, and the failure of the world's richest
countries to lift the burden, exposes their climate
hypocrisy", according to The Tribune.
COP 26.. actually exposed the debt hypocrisy of the
rich nations, and that is where the problem is. Last
year, we had $72 billion flowing out of low income
countries in debt repayments. These are vital
resources that could have been directed to
tackling the climate emergency and easing
the effects of the Pandemic.
Instead, lower income countries are now spending
five times more on debt-repayments that they're
spending on fighting the climate crisis.
Luca Lacoboni is a campaign manager for
energy and climate at Greenpeace, Italy.
When you take a look at the developing countries
there was a lack of representation. Why was
that at this conference? It's a summit?
[The] most affected countries, the countries that
actually see climate change impacting their daily
life almost every day around the world are those
countries that are less represented in COP, in Glasgow and this is absolutely unacceptable
since the richest countries... are those who
are feeling the impacts of climate change less, --- and should hear the voices of the most affected countries and of the most effective people.
This is another important sign of the fact that at
the moment, also that COP26 in Glasgow is
doing a lot of words, but really, not
Luca Lacaboni, Greenpeace
One wonders how much money was actually spent
fighting the COVID 19 pandemic, and how much
was spent saving businesses and countries
from actually crashing.
For the prime minister of Barbados, the COP26
summit sheds light on how the desired 1.5
degrees Celsius goal could already have
The central banks of the wealthiest countries engaged
in $25 trillion of quantitative easing in the last 13
years, 25 trillion, of that, 9 trillion was in the
last 18 months, to fight the pandemic.
If we had used that 25 trillion to purchase bonds, the
energy transition or the transition of how we eat or
how we move ourselves in transport, we would
now be reaching that 1.5 degrees limit that is
so vital to us.
Mia Motley, PM Barbados
While social media giant Facebook changed its name
to Meta, a group of protestors placed a large melting
iceberg sculpture in front of the Capitol Building in
Washington. This group said Facebook had played
a major role --- by not stopping the spread of
Actually, climate disinformation is rampant on
Facebook. There's 1.3 million views of climate
Facebook says that they send 100,000 people
to their climate information centre every day.
But if we look at their numbers versus the numbers
that we're getting from the researchers, there's a
massive discrepancy of how much climate
misinformation there really is, on
Rewan Al-Haddad, Sumofus Campaign Advisor
When it comes to climate change there needs to be
strong will, on all fronts, from political incentives to
budgetary allocations. With so much ground to
cover on the issue, where would be the
good place to start?
The companies that are responsible for most of
the worlds greenhouse gas emissions would
be a good place to start.
The 20 major fossil fuel companies are collectively
responsible for 35% of global greenhouse gas
emissions. Surely if we know who these 20
companies are, then we should stop them
from doing what they're doing. If only it
were that simple.
What is needed is strong political will, and action
by the gas and oil companies responsible.
Considering the top corporations, for example,
Saudi Aramco, Gazprom, Exxon, Mobil, BP,
and Royal Dutch Shell, and examining how
much CO2 they actually emitted into the
atmosphere, we are looking at 480
billion tons of carbon dioxide.
That's a lot of CO2, regardless of all environmental
disasters that have happened over the past few
decades, however, that is not where the
The whole notion of the use of coal, oil and gas and its
detrimental effects on the planet and environments..
has been known from as long ago as the year 1965.
In 1965 the US president’s scientific advisory
committee announced that pollutants had
altered the carbon dioxide content of the
air and the lead concentrations in ocean
waters and human populations... on a
In simpler language, fossil fuels were causing the
release of carbon dioxide, which was altering the
air on a global scale, posing a huge risk
The American Petroleum Institute issued a warning
that there's still time to save the planet from the
catastrophic consequences of pollution but
that time was running out.
So there has been warning after warning, and, as if
that were not bad enough... an internal memo from
Exxon Mobil, in 1981, reveals a shocking warning.
One of the managers issued an internal memo
saying that the company's long term business
plans produce effects which will indeed be
catastrophic, at least for a substantial
fraction of the Earth's population.
The big oil companies, however, were not going
to ignore or forgo their profits, thus in 1989 a
company --- by the name of Global Climate
Coalition was established. It was, in fact,
not an environmental group, as the name
may suggest but was intended to really
to sow doubts about climate change.
It actually induced lawmakers to block clean
energy legislation and climate treaties
throughout the 1990s.
Which is, more or less, when the general public
began to doubt the effects of climate change.
The COP 26 goal was to reduce carbon
emissions in the hope of eliminating
The commitments made by various countries, for
instance India, which has pledged net zero
emissions by the year 2070, or Saudi
Arabia, which made a commitment
for net zero emissions by the
year 2060 are both very far
into the future.
We were under the impression that time is
running out and it now appears that
those commitments shall not
Saudi Arabia is a very rich country and it's
done very well out of oil over many years.
Of course, I understand why it's worried
about changing it.
But if you're going to have a net zero by 2060,
nearly 40 years away, it's totally unacceptable
as a target. Now, it may be that they don't
reach it till then but I do believe that
countries have got to set ambitious
targets and really make much
You know, the reason that we are still driving around
in petrol driven cars, to a large extent, when 50 years
ago, they had the technology to build battery vehicles,
they just haven't developed it, is because of the power
of the oil industry over the years, the oil industry in
the Middle East, and the plentiful supply of cheap oil.
The amount of investment (that could have) gone into
alternative forms that went into, for instance, mobile
phones, which are now very sophisticated pieces
If the same amount of effort and energy had gone
into more environmentally friendly, mass
produced vehicles, we would not all be
driving around in petrol driven
vehicles at the moment.
Robert Evens, Former MEP,
British Labour Cooperative
Subsidized Oil and Gas
The statement lays out important steps: CO2
emissions, as well as including the need to
accelerate using best efforts, by all of us,
to phase down unabated coal in this
decade, as fast as is achievable.
John F Kerry, US Climate Envoy
The US climate representative neglects to point out
the fact that the US government has actually subsidized coal, oil and gas for decades,
to the tune of a billion dollars a year.
So, in the draft today, we saw that coal was referenced
in the draft... as well as subsidies. That's not good
enough! 86% of the emissions trapped in our
atmosphere come from oil, gas and coal,
....and while we talk about targets and
emissions here - these governments,
many of them, especially the wealthy
nations, are proposing new projects
that would take us past 1.5 degrees.
Tzeporah Berman, Chair, Fossil
Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
It comes as no surprise... that there are
protests against this blatant hypocrisy.
At the moment it isn't sufficient. And we need, you
know, world leaders from the richest and most
polluting countries to raise their efficiency
and to provide a clear mandate for
countries to come back to the
table next year... with much
more ambitious emission
reductions by 2030.
Armelle Le Comte, Climate
Advocacy Manager, Oxfam
One of the things that stood out at the COP26 summit
was the presence and the actions of the activists,
urging world leaders to act on climate change,
keen on pointing out the hypocrisy of
feeding lies to the general public.
Take the group of activists led by members of the
Extinction Rebellion direct action group who
highlighted how the mode of transportation
chosen makes a difference, like opting to
travel by rail rather than air.
It is our job to make it very clear; travelling by train
for this distance (instead of by air) is justified by
the carbon emission when we compare that
Jacques Damas, CEO, Eurostar
Another mode of transportation that needs reforming
is global shipping. There is actually a trillion dollar
push to decarbonize cargo ships, which are huge
Therefore, if countries and companies hope to meet
the Paris Agreement targets, they must change the
way freight shipping is managed. The use of
electric batteries or alternative fuels, is one
way to go about this.
At present.. shipping products across the ocean using
freight ships creates more greenhouse gas emissions
than the estimated 2 billion US cars and trucks on US
roads combined, at around 1 billion metric tons.
Activists with the group Ocean Rebellion held
a theatrical demonstration in an attempt to
demonstrate the need by COP 26
attendees to step up efforts to
protect their national borders,
calling for greater investment
in ocean based renewable
of industries and further
So today, we have one of our Ocean Rebellion
classic theatrical performances, creating
conscious pricking imagery to try and
help tell the story, which today, is on
the eve of COP Ocean day, to draw
attention to the delegates that our
oceans need to be way up on
It covers 70% of our [planet] and provides 50 to
80% of the oxygen that we breathe, so it's
vitally important and our oceans are at
Laura Baldwin, Ocean Rebellion, Member
$100 Million pledge made and lost in Copenhagen
12 years ago, at the United Nations climate summit in
Copenhagen, rich nations made a significant pledge;
they promised to channel 100 billion US dollars a
year to less wealthy nations, by 2020, to help
them tackle climate change and mitigate
further rises in global temperatures.
Another clear case of climate hypocrisy was
evidenced when one climate activist asked
the British Finance minister about UK tax
breaks and funding for fossil
The UK Prime Minister had earlier made a grand
pledge..... to some bemused young pupils at an
infant school to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
And then there was the United States Special
Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry,
talking about emissions.
The IPCC report is the synthesis report of the NDC's,
indicates that we have to achieve somewhere in the
vicinity of a 45% reduction over the next 10 years.
John F Kerry, US Climate Envoy
But the best these two so called world leaders could
do was to squeeze a 2060 pledge out of Saudi Arabia.
I announce today that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
aims to reach net zero in the year 2060, through
the carbon circular economy approach, in line
with its development plans and enabling its
economic diversification and in accordance
with the “Dynamic Baseline”, while
preserving and reinforcing the
Kingdom’s leading role.. in the
security and stability of global
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,
Mohammad Bin Salman
The COP 26 Climate Summit has ended, more than 190
nations reached a deal, but... without an enforcement
mechanism, critics are saying the agreement, which
calls on governments to strengthen greenhouse gas
emission cuts, is going to fall short --- if not flat on
its nether regions.
We are, globally speaking, a consumer driven society
with billions of products - which are produced using
material & substances produced by these oil firms.
Unless we change the way we live, our lifestyles, and
how we spend our money, that's not going to change,
and the petroleum companies are well aware of that,
which is why they will most probably not live up to
their clean energy commitments; thought
provoking - yet hardly surprising.
Malaysian and Costa Rican institutions win UNESCO prize
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
November 17th, 11:18am (Prensa Latina)
The Forestry Research Institute in Malaysia and
the University for International Cooperation in
Costa Rica won the 2021 UNESCO-Sultan
Qaboos Prize for Environmental
Conservation, the multilateral
In a communique, the specialized UN agency in
education, science and culture issues, stated
that the awarding ceremony will be held this
Wednesday, in the context of celebrating
the 50th anniversary of the Man and the
Biosphere Program... during the 41st
General Conference of UNESCO, a forum taking place from
November 9th to 24th.
The Malaysian institution was awarded for its initiatives
to monitor & preserve endangered species of national interest, producing publications such as the Plant
Red List, and for documenting the traditional
knowledge of indigenous peoples and
The Costa Rican university won the UNESCO-Sultan
Qaboos Prize, for its support to creating new
biosphere reserves in Latin America, such
as Sumaco (Ecuador), Cabo de Hornos
(Chile) and Agua y Paz, in Costa Rica.
According to the jury, both institutions also stood out
for their outreach and public awareness, such as
outdoor activities for students, and the
development of community farms
Allocated every two years -- since 1991 -- the UNESCO-
Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation
was established, thanks to a donation by Sultan
Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said, of Oman.
FAOsupportsCuba in green-
house effect readings
by Erich Tellez Corrales
November 17th, 11:16am (Prensa Latina)
Cuba has reportedly widened its capacity
to read greenhouse gas emissions - with
technical assistance, from the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United
A workshop recently held by the CBIT- AFOLU project,
implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture of Cuba,
with technical assistance from the FAO and funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has contributed to this purpose.
A press release from the Office of that UN agency in Cuba, referred to the assistance it provides in strengthening technical capacities to assess and report on, emissions and removals of Greenhouse Gases (GHG)... in the agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU).
The meeting (from the 8th to the 12th of this month),
allowed the exchange of knowledge & experiences
among Cuban experts, to advance towards an
improvement of the National Inventory of
Greenhouse Gases (GHG), the text
It also points out that the above will contribute to increase
accuracy & comparability, in relation to the requirements
established by the Enhanced Transparency Framework
of the Paris Agreement.
In this regard, the workshop addressed the methodologies
used for the calculation of estimates of emissions and
removals of Greenhouse Gases --- according to the
2006 guidelines of the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC) in the AFOLU sector.
The participants in this process included professors
from the Atmospheric Pollution and Chemistry
Centre of the Institute of Meteorology, those
responsible for preparing the inventory...
and specialists from the Livestock
Business Group’s Training
Centre, the Soil Institute,
and the Agroforestry
The national coordinator of the CBIT-AFOLU project,
Janet Blanco, referred to the problem of information
gaps, in the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
She emphasized the need for scientific institutions
to work on the identification of data and factors
that influence the emission of these gases in Cuban agriculture.
Iran climate chief calls COP26
a failure because of colonialist
November 16th, 6:36pm (PressTV)
Iranian authorities say the United Nations’ recent climate
conference in the Scottish city of Glasgow (COP26)
failed to reach its objectives... because of the
colonialist approaches of rich countries
toward developing nations.
Head of the Iranian government’s Department of
Environment, Ali Salajegheh, said on Tuesday,
that the Glasgow summit turned out to be a
failure... because developed nations
continued to dictate their wishes
on countries that still rely on
fossil fuels for a bulk of
their energy needs.
Salajegheh made the remarks after returning from COP26,
an occasion he used to highlight the impacts of US
sanctions on Iran’s ability to meet climate goals
set under a 2015 global agreement.
In his Tuesday briefing with reporters in Tehran.. the
Iranian climate chief accused the developed nations
of trying to force others into accepting the huge
costs of the global transition to renewables.
“The question is, who created problems for the ozone
layer and the greenhouse gases? They (who created
them) have now come to the conclusion that the
countries with energy resources should pay
for improving the climate, this is a
colonialist policy,” he said.
Salajegheh said Iran will seek to expand its cooperation
with countries that have opposed the unilateral
approaches adopted in the West, on the issue of the environment.
He hailed the positions adopted by Qatar and Saudi
Arabia in COP26, saying Iran should seek to boost
its regional diplomacy on the environment.
The Iranian delegation to the Glasgow summit announced
on Saturday that it was not satisfied with the language
used in the meeting’s draft agreement on phasing
out fossil fuel subsidies and instead, declared
its support for India’s position on the issue.
Report Finds Air Pollution in Europe
Still Killing Over 300,000 A Year
November 15th, 12:06pm (FNA)
Premature deaths caused by fine particle air pollution
have fallen 10 percent annually across Europe, but
the invisible killer still accounts for 307,000
premature deaths a year, the European
Environment Agency said Monday.
If the latest air quality guidelines from the World Health
Organisation were followed by EU members, the latest
number of fatalities recorded in 2019 could be cut in
half, according to an EEA report, AFP reported.
Deaths linked to fine particulate matter -- with a diameter
below 2.5 micrometres or PM2.5 -- were estimated at
346,000 for 2018.
The clear reduction in deaths for the following year were
put down partly to favourable weather but above all to a progressive improvement in air quality across the
continent, the European Union's air pollution data
In the early 1990s, fine particles, which penetrate deeply
into the lungs, led to nearly a million premature deaths
in the 27 EU member nations, according to the report.
That figure had been more than
halved to 450,000 by 2005.
In 2019, fine particulate matter caused 53,800 premature
deaths in Germany, 49,900 in Italy, 29,800 in France
and 23,300 in Spain.
Poland saw 39,300 deaths, the highest
figure per head of population.
The EEA also registers premature deaths linked to two
other leading pollutants, but says it does not count
them in its overall toll, to avoid doubling up.
Deaths caused by nitrogen dioxide -- mainly from cars,
trucks and thermal power stations -- fell by a quarter
to 40,000 between 2018 and 2019.
Fatalities linked to ground-level ozone in 2019
also dropped 13 percent to 16,800 dead.
Air pollution remains the biggest environmental threat
to human health in Europe, the agency said.
Heart disease and strokes cause most premature deaths
blamed on air pollution, followed by lung ailments
In children, atmospheric pollution can harm lung
development, cause respiratory infections and
Even if the situation is improving, the EEA warned
in September that most EU countries were still
above the recommended pollution limits, be
they European guidelines or the more
ambitious WHO targets.
According to the UN health body, air pollution causes
seven million premature deaths, annually, across the
globe - on the same levels as smoking and poor diet.
In September, the alarming statistics led the WHO
to tighten its recommended limits on major air
pollutants for the first time since 2005.
"Investing in cleaner heating, mobility, agriculture
and industry improves health, productivity and
the quality of life for all Europeans, and
particularly for the most vulnerable,"
said EEA director Hans Bruyninck.
The EU wants to slash premature deaths, due to
fine air pollution by at least 55 percent in 2030
compared to 2005.
If air pollution continues to fall at the current rate,
the agency estimates the target will be reached
However an ageing and increasingly urbanised
population could make that more difficult.
"An older population is more sensitive to air pollution...
and a higher rate of urbanisation typically means that
more people are exposed to PM 2.5 concentrations,
which tend to be higher in cities," said the report.
Measures taken at COP26 - not
sufficient- UN Sec.-General
November 14th, 10:37pm (TASS)
Measures to combat climate changes agreed in
the conclusion of the 26th UN Climate Change
Conference (COP26, are not enough to
save the planet, UN Sec.-General,
Antonio Guterres, said.
"We did not achieve these goals at this conference.
But we have some building blocks for progress,"
Guterres said. "We are still knocking on the
door of climate catastrophe," he noted.
"These are welcome steps... but they are
not enough," the Secretary-General said.
Delegates of almost 200 countries participating
in the COP26, agreed upon the texts of the
concluding documents of the forum,
COP26 President, and member of
the UK Cabinet, Alok Sharma,
sets record in October
by Erich Tellez Corrales
November 12th, 3:17pm (Prensa Latina)
The Brazilian Amazon lost 877 square kilometres
(km²) of forest in October, an increase of five
percent, compared to 2020 and a record for
the month, official sources revealed today.
The data from the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) relied on alerts from the Real-Time Deforestation Detection System (Deter).
This method produces daily signals of changes in forest
cover for areas larger than three hectares (0.03 km²), in this case, those totally deforested and those in the process of degradation (by logging, mining, burning and others).
According to the information recorded, this is the largest devastated area for this month since 2016, covering eight states.
It corresponds to the Legal Amazon 59 percent of the
Brazilian territory and comprises the area of the
divisions of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Mato
Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and
Tocantins, as well as part
The G1 news portal assures that, at the climate summit
(COP26), held in Glasgow (Scotland), Brazil ignored
the devastation records... and promised to end
illegal deforestation by 2028.
For Márcio Astrini, executive secretary of the
non-governmental organization, Climate
Observatory, the data show -- that the
Brazilian Executive: has no intention
of fulfilling the commitments signed
at COP26: “Emissions occur on the
forest floor, not in the plenary
sessions in Glasgow”.
He pointed out that, in Glasgow, the government
is trying to sell the illusion of its environmental
commitment, but for the world, he remarked,
“the important thing, is not the square
metres of Brazilia that stand, but the kilometres of forest --- that are destroyed every day”.
Bill Dores:Wall Street and the
the largest climate threat
November 11th, 2:44pm (PressTV)
US political analyst and activist Bill Dores says
Washington’s “attempt to frame China for the
world climate crisis, is one of the most
hypocritical acts in history,” as the
US is the source of the deadliest
corporate and military assault
on the planet in history,
Dores, a writer for Struggle/La Lucha, and a longtime
antiwar activist, made the remarks in an interview
with Press TV on Thursday, after Democrats in
the US House of Representatives and Senate
called on US President Joe Biden --- to use
targeted sanctions to punish individuals
and companies that are worsening the
global climate crisis.
In a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen last week, Democrat
lawmakers, particularly targeted China, and its
companies despite the fact that studies show
that the US military is the largest consumer
of hydrocarbons on the planet and one
of the largest polluters in history.
According to the New York Times, the US has contributed
more than any other country to the atmospheric carbon
dioxide that is scorching the planet.
Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.),
Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-
Texas), who signed on the letter, called on the Biden
administration to target individuals and companies
“that are perpetrating the worst climate damage.”
Following is the complete text of
Dores’s comment to Press TV:
US hypocrisy on looming climate disaster
Washington’s attempt to frame China for the
world climate crisis is one of the most
hypocritical acts in history. It is also
one of the most dangerous. It is a
deliberate effort to sabotage the
international cooperation needed
to stop looming climate disaster.
And it is a step toward war --- the
ultimate environmental destroyer.
Fracking industry agent Donald Trump claimed that
climate change: is a “hoax created by and for the
Chinese.” Joe Biden admits the climate crisis is
real, but seeks to blame it on China. Some US senators even say - China should be sanctioned for its alleged
What mendacity! China leads the world in renewable
energy production, reforestation, electric vehicles,
high-speed rail and solar panel manufacture.
In recent years, China has surpassed the US in overall
carbon emissions. But China is the largest country in
the world. It has nearly five times the population of
the United States. Its per capita emissions are less than half those of the US. And it has a concrete strategy to seriously reduce them.
Meanwhile, the watered-down infrastructure bill passed
by Congress gifts tens of billions of dollars... to the US
fossil fuel industry. That’s not surprising considering
28 US senators are directly invested in fossil fuel
companies. And that 11 lawyers for ExxonMobil
helped to write the bill.
The Trump regime imposed tariffs on all Chinese-made
solar panels, at the behest of his oil company bosses.
Biden.... has outright banned the import of Chinese-
made solar panels.
The White House claims Chinese solar panels are made
with forced labour. Yet the racist US prison-industrial
complex --- is the biggest exploiter of forced labour in the world. Imagine how many jobs installing those panels could create for workers here.
If Washington were really concerned about human rights,
it could stop sending cops and marshals to attack the
Water Protectors, Native activists and their allies,
defending their land against fracking and
They have been gassed, clubbed, shot and jailed by
federal and state agents, in the US and Canada.
Under HR1374, a law now before Congress, state agents
would be authorized to murder anti-pipeline protesters.
Biden seeks to weaponize the climate crisis
Trump denied the climate crisis. Biden, seeks to weaponize
it. Though their tactics be different, they share one object:
To try and restore the stranglehold the US corporate
ruling class once had on the world economy.
For decades, Washington and Wall Street, used their power
to strangle economic development in Africa, Asia and Latin
America. They kept themselves at the centre of the world
economy --- by keeping most of the world impoverished. Meanwhile, US companies poisoned the air with abandon.
Greenhouse gases don’t go away. At least 25 percent of
those that now fill the atmosphere are made in the US.
That doesn’t count the output of the offshore
operations of US-owned corporations.
For decades after World War II, US corporations owned
most of the world’s known oil reserves. That was key
to US global power. They - purposely - kept oil-rich
countries “underdeveloped” and dependent on
selling oil. Today Washington tries to achieve
that, with war and sanctions.
In the 1970s and ’80s, oil-producing countries began
to take back ownership of their own resources. The
Libyan Revolution of 1969, Iraq's nationalizations
of 1972, and especially the Iranian Revolution of
1979, were catalysts in this process.
1 in 4 US senators heavily invested
in fossil fuel industry: Report
The senators present a major hurdle in the way of
President Joe Biden’s ambitious climate agenda.
In 1991, as soon as the Cold War ended, the US went to war against oil-producing countries. Under different names and pretexts, that imperialist war has raged for 30 years.
It has destroyed millions of lives and cost trillions of dollars. The climate is also a victim.
US war machine is the most polluting institution on earth
From 2001 to 2017, the US military poured 1.6 billion
metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere. At least
400 million tons of that, came from US military
operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan
The US war machine, with its massive global
operations, is the most polluting institution
on earth. In 2017... it unleashed 60 billion
metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air.
That was more than the individual output
of 140 countries. Every year - it dumps
750,000 tons of toxic waste-depleted
uranium - oil, jet fuels, pesticides,
defoliants, lead and other
chemicals, into our air,
water and soil.
The US Army’s M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank uses nearly
4 gallons of fuel per mile. An Air Force B2 bomber burns
at least 4.2 gallons of jet fuel per mile, and has to be
refueled every six hours. In the so-called “war on
terror,” B2 bombers flew 44 hours from Missouri
and Nebraska to rain bombs on people in Iraq
and Afghanistan. But the biggest waste of
energy, is the constant transport of
troops, weapons and supplies
around the world.
When the Clinton administration signed the Kyoto
climate agreement in 1997, it insisted the US
military be exempt from the treaty’s
Washington’s 30-year oil war had another devastating
impact on our planet’s climate. It unleashed the
“shale oil revolution” that has made the US
the world’s No. 1 fossil fuel producer.
US fracking industry poisons the earth
After the US invaded Iraq, Corporate America pumped
hundreds of billions of dollars into fracking - the
hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas from shale
rock. War & sanctions against oil-producing
countries created a triple-digit energy price
bubble that made these huge investments
seem profitable. It stimulated the plunder
of Canada’s tar sands, the DAPL and the
Enbridge 3 pipelines and mountain-top removal projects, in Appalachia.
Fracking not only poisons the earth and water --- it
unleashes much more methane, than conventional
drilling. The collapse of the fracking boom has left
many of these wells abandoned. There are over 3
million abandoned oil and gas wells... across the
United States. At least 2 million are unplugged:
gushing out methane and other chemicals.
Plugging those wells and reclaiming the land around
them would create a lot more jobs than fracking and
pipelines do. So would investing in renewable
energy, reforestation, mass transit and
high-speed rail... instead of war.
Attacking China over climate change is a red herring. If
Washington is serious about preventing environmental
disaster -- it should end the US corporate and military
assault on the planet. To make that happen will take
a people’s struggle against corporate power.
End the wars and sanctions. Bring home all the troops,
war fleets and warplanes. Invest that money in renew -able energy, expanding mass transit systems,
affordable high-speed rail and reforestation.
And help poorer countries do the same. Those things...
could create millions of high-paying jobs. Ban fracking
and shut down the DAPL and Enbridge pipelines. The
sky is the limit --- when the needs of humanity are put before corporate profit.
UNESCOhighlightsrole of forests
in the face of climate change
October 28th, 2:13pm (Prensa Latina)
UNESCO highlighted the contribution of the forests
inscribed on its World Heritage list, in confronting
climate change, with an estimated annual
absorption of carbon dioxide, at
190 million tons.
UNESCO issued a statement sharing the results of an
unpublished study on the role of forest ecosystems
spread over 257 sites on the planet.
Researchers from UNESCO, the World Resources Institute
- and the International Union for Conservation of Nature -
participated in the research, which made it possible to
measure the impact of forests against the existential
threat posed by climate change, and determine the
causes of certain emissions of pollutants into
According to the study, the 190 million tonnes of carbon
dioxide present in the atmosphere absorbed, represent
around half of the CO2 generated by fossil fuels that
the United Kingdom emits annually.
The forests registered by UNESCO cover a total area of
69 million hectares, and constitute ecosystems rich in
biodiversity capable of storing large amounts of
carbon, which, if released, would adversely
impact the climate.
The research, however, left worrying results, in 10 of the
forests, where human action has led them to emit more
carbon than captured, in the last two decades.
Among the causes, UNESCO pointed to the fragmentation
of land, due to forest exploitation, and clearing for the
benefit of agriculture, and reiterated its call --- to
protect forests and prioritize their sustainable
management - in order that they continue to
play a key role on the lives of current and
future generations of human beings.
Extinction Rebellion activists... blockade
then break into UK’s largest oil refinery
to roll out‘no future in fossil fuels’ banner
October 28th, 10:06am (RT)
Extinction Rebellion has deployed its infamous pink boat
to blockade the entrance to Hampshire's Fawley Exxon-
Mobil oil refinery, with demonstrators cutting through
the site's electric fence to unveil a banner over its
In a statement released on Thursday, the climate activist
group confirmed they had broken into the Fawley Oil
refinery to “demand that the Government stops all
new fossil fuel investments immediately.”
15 activists, including British Olympians Laura Baldwin
and Etienne Stott, descended on the site in the early
hours of the morning, with several of the activists
breaching the electrified perimeter fence to scale two 50-foot oil silos.
The group unveiled banners declaring that there is a “climate emergency” and “no future in fossil fuels,” sharing photos of the stunt on their Twitter account.
Extinction Rebellion simultaneously blocked access to
the UK’s largest oil refinery with the group’s infamous
pink boat, the Beverly Geronimo, claiming that,
“despite warnings,” British government
officials are “letting Exxon expand to increase by 40%.”
Due to the blockade at the gate of the Hampshire site,
the climate activists confirmed ExxonMobil had sent
its staff home for the day and police were on site to try and disperse the protest.
The stated goal of the demonstration on Thursday is to
secure a commitment from ExxonMobil to stop its
expansion plans at the Fawley oil refinery, which supplies 20% of the UK’s fossil fuels.
(Rhondda Records adds: Why 'infamous', RT?)
UN ChiefWarns World on ‘One-Way Ticket to
October 22nd, 3:28pm (FNA)
United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres said the world’s
current climate situation is “a one-way ticket for
disaster”, reiterating the urgency of agreement
at the COP26 climate conference at the end
of the month.
The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, struck
at the COP21 summit, called for global warming to
be capped at well below two degrees Celsius
(3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above the pre-
industrial level, and ideally closer to
1.5C (2.7F), AFP reported.
But current UN estimates indicate a “catastrophic”
warming of 2.7C (4.8F) is on the cards.
Guterres said on Thursday that such an increase
was “obviously a one-way ticket for disaster.”
“The carbon pollution of a handful of countries has
brought humanity to its knees and they bear the
greatest responsibility,” he told an online press
conference with members of the Covering
Climate Now international project.
“I hope we are still on time to avoid a failure in Glasgow,
but time is running short, and things are getting more
difficult and that is why I’m very very worried. I’m
afraid things might go wrong,” he said.
The Glasgow summit begins on October 31st and is
seen as crucial for agreeing on worldwide
emission targets that will slow
The Group of 20, which includes the world’s biggest
economies, is due to meet in Italy on October 30th,
but leaders are said to be divided over phasing
out coal and committing to the 1.5C target.
Earlier this month, COP26 President Alok Sharma,
said the G20 meeting would be “make or break”
for success in Glasgow.
“The G20 leaders will meet in Rome and they know
their economies are responsible for four-fifths of
the planet's carbon pollution,” Guterres said.
“If they do not stand up … we are headed
for terrible human suffering,” he added.
He said, “China and the United States must do
more than what they have announced so far.”
Among Europe’s dirtiest:‘Green’
biomass power plant in Yorkshire
burning ‘renewable’ woodemits
MORE CO2 than UK’s coal
October 9th, 5:45pm (RT)
A supposedly “carbon neutral” Drax biomass power
plant is the UK’s leading source of CO2 emissions
--- and belches out more harmful carbon and
particulate matter, than some of Europe’s
dirtiest coal plants, according to a
Renewable energy firm Drax describes its plant in North
Yorkshire as a “purely renewable” facility, boasting that
it has slashed its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, by
90% since 2012. The plant burns biomass – pellets
of compressed wood – and received £832 million
($1.13 billion) in direct government subsidies
last year, on top of an estimated £258 million ($351 million) in carbon tax breaks.
Yet the energy generated at Drax... is far from green, a
new report by environmental think tank Ember claims.
While the UK and EU consider biomass power “carbon
neutral,” this assessment is based on the assumption
that biomass emissions are offset by the planting of
This forest regrowth takes time, and the European
Academies’ Sciences Advisory Council (EASAC)
reported earlier this year that switching plants
from coal to biomass – as was the case at
Drax’ Yorkshire facility – would not cause
any drop in emissions for at least three
to five decades.
“Such technology is not effective in mitigating climate
change and may even increase the risk of dangerous
climate change,” the EASAC stated.
In the UK, wood burning plants like Drax’ currently spew
out more CO2 than coal plants, including coal used in
steel production. Drax is the country’s top emitter
.......releasing 13.3 million tons of CO2 into the
atmosphere per year ---- compared to the
entire coal sector’s yearly emissions
of 10 million tons.
Data shows that Drax is Europe’s third-worst emitter
of CO2, behind Germany's Neurath and Poland’s
BeÅ‚chatów coal plants. It is also Europe’s 4th
-worst emitter of PM10 particulate matter,
coming in behind three coal plants in
Poland and Romania. It is the only
biomass facility... to rank in
Europe’s top ten CO2 and
PM10 emissions lists.
A Drax spokesman responded to Ember’s report by
describing the think tank’s figures as “inaccurate
and completely at odds with what the world’s
leading climate scientists at the UN IPCC
say, about sustainable biomass being crucial to delivering global
The company says that its carbon emissions are
“biologically sequestered,” meaning they are
technically counted as zero under the
previously-mentioned EU and UK
assumptions of forest regrowth.
However, critics suggest that the scientific consensus on “sustainable” biomass... may soon change.
“Recent science demonstrates that burning forest
biomass for power is unlikely to be carbon
neutral – and there’s a real risk that it’s
responsible for significant emissions,”
Ember Chief Operating Officer Phil MacDonald stated.
“Before the government spends more taxpayer
money on biomass.. we should make sure we
know we’re getting the emissions reductions
that we’re paying for.”
Gazprom and Aeroflot behind
Russia'sfirst green aviation fuel
September 24th, 12:30pm (Prensa Latina)
The Russian companies Gazprom Oil and Aeroflot
reported the signing of a deal to create the first
production of aviation fuel with a minimal
carbon footprint... from agro-forestry
The oil company explained that the use of such a
green resource can reduce up greenhouse gas
emissions in the sector up to 80 percent,
TASS news agency reported.
The deal between the Russian firms... provides for
the development of various efficient formulations
of aviation fuel. In this case, the fuel is to be
adjusted to various types of aircraft and
it will be certified in accordance with
Russian and international aviation
'In our country and around the world there is a potentially
high demand from the aviation industry for green fuel,
taking into account the task of reducing the carbon
intensity of air traffic,' Gazprom Oil head
Alexander Diukov noted.
He explained that the main research platform for the new
product, will be the Gazprom Neft Industrial Innovation
Technology Centre in Saint Petersburg.
According to Diukov, the partnership with Russia's largest
airline will make the process of developing this aviation
fuel more efficient.
According to Aeroflot CEO Mikhail Poluboyarinov, ecology
is becoming one of the most important issues in aviation,
and its relevance increased under the influence of the
FAO launches tools to encourage
soil organic carbon sequestration
September 9th, 12:45pm (Prensa Latina)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations, on Wednesday, launched
two practical instruments designed to
encourage soil organic carbon
(SOC) maintenance and
The two products unveiled today, part of the RECSOIL
initiative, are a global map illustrating how much and where, CO2 can be sequestered by soils... the GSOCseq, and a technical manual of good practices, to sequester and maintain SOC stocks in soils.
'We must look for innovative ways... to transform our agri-
food systems.. to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and
sustainable. Healthy soils are critical to achieving this,'
FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, told the opening
session of the ninth Global Soil Partnership (GSP)
While soils and soil health are well-rooted in the global
agenda, tangible impacts remain an important
challenge 'for better production, better
nutrition, a better environment and
a better life for all, leaving no one behind,' Qu said.
UN chief calls for bold action
to curbbiodiversity crisis
August 31st, 12:51pm (Prensa Latina)
UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres,
on Monday, warned about the threatening loss
of biodiversity and called for greater actions
to prevent further damage.
In remarks to a high-level virtual meeting to develop
a new global framework to address biodiversity
loss... Guterres underlined the need for
commitment, ambition and credibility.
'As people and livestock encroach further into wild
habitats, we run the risk of unleashing terrifying
new pandemics,' he warned.
He also urged Governments to shift the 'perverse
subsidies' that destroy healthy soils, pollute our
water and empty the oceans of fish.
We must incentivize actions to sustain nature and also
establish larger and better managed conservation
areas to safeguard species, functioning
ecosystems and carbon stocks - for
current and future generations.
Likewise, he laid stress on the need to empower the
leadership of indigenous peoples and local
communities whose lands encompass
much of the world's remaining
One million species are at risk of extinction:
this is wiping out options for society, from
medicines to food, passing over crucial
solutions for mitigating and adapting
to climate changes, Guterres said.
Humanity is now waging an absurd and self-destructive
war on nature, and peace must be declared as soon as
possible, only courageous action on the ground, can
curb the biodiversity crisis, he added.
UN chiefwarns - about
global temperature rise
September 7th, 12:31pm (Prensa Latina)
The planet is dangerously close to reaching the
internationally agreed threshold of 1.5 degrees
Celsius of temperature increase, the UN
Secretary-General (UNSG) António
Guterres, warned on Monday.
We must act decisively now --- in order to avoid a
climate catastrophe.There is no longer time for
delays, and no room for excuses, Guterres
posted on Twitter.
He shared a link to the interactive atlas containing
information from the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The digital tool enables flexible
spatial and temporal analysis... of a
large part of information checked
and projected on this issue, in upcoming years.
According to IPCC, human-induced climate change
is widespread and rapidly intensifying, while
several trends are irreversible, at least
during present period, and directly
affect the happening of many
extreme weather events.
Scientists also observed changes throughout the
Earth's climate system, in the atmosphere,
oceans, ice floes, and the ground.
Many of these transformations are unprecedented,
and others, such as the continuing sea level rise, are already 'irreversible' for centuries or millenniain the future, according to the IPCC report.
On Monday, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina
Mohammed called for courageous measures for a global economy with zero emissions of harmful gases by 2050, and to limit
increased temperature levels.
The world is going through a season of wildfires
and floods, which mainly affects fragile and
vulnerable populations in rich and poor
countries, she stressed.
Era of leaded petrol worldwide, is over
August 31st, 12:52pm (Prensa Latina)
As the service stations in Algeria stopped providing leaded
petrol in July, the use of this highly polluting fuel ended
globally, international organizations reported. Since
1922, the use of tetraethyllead as a petrol additive
to improve engine performance, has been a
catastrophe for the environment and for
public health. 2021 has marked the
end of leaded petrol worldwide,
after it's contaminated the air,
dust, soil drinking water and
food crops, for the better
part of a century... as
reported by the UN´s
Plus... leaded petrol caused heart disease, stroke and
cancer. It also affects the development of the human
brain, especially harming children, with studies
suggesting it reduced 5-10 IQ points... so the
UN Environment Program (UNEP) began its
campaign to eliminate lead in petrol
Banning the use of leaded petrol has been estimated to prevent over 1.2 million premature deaths per year, increase IQ points among children, save
US$2.45 trillion for the global economy, and decrease crime rates.
'The successful enforcement of the ban on leaded petrol,
is a huge milestone for global health & our environment,'
said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.
'Overcoming a century of deaths and illnesses....
that affected hundreds of millions and degraded
the environment worldwide, we are invigorated
to change humanity's trajectory for the better,
through an accelerated transition to clean
vehicles and electric mobility.'
Experts said, while the world has eliminated the largest
source of lead pollution, bold actions are still needed
to curb it from other sources, such as paints,
batteries, and household items.
central London on
2nd day of protests
August 24th, 9:33pm (Prensa Latina)
Hundreds of people today blocked the streets around
Parliament.. and several government buildings in the
centre of this capital on the second day of protests
to demand urgent action against climate change.
Several protesters called by the environmental movement
Extinction Rebellion (XR), lay on the pavement behind a
large green cloth, accusing the 'government of getting
into bed with climate criminals,' while others danced
and sang to the beat of drums. .
We are here because the government does not tell the truth
about climate change and what it will mean for our children
and grandchildren, one of the activists, who said her name
was Mary, told Prensa Latina.
According to the member of XR, an organization that defines
itself as peaceful, the authorities of the United Kingdom and
other developed countries try to hide from people that the
lack of food and water, is a consequence of
Mary considers, in turn... that the promises made by British
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to reduce carbon emissions
to zero by 2050 and his plan to replace gasoline and diesel
vehicles with electric ones are 'too few and they are too late'.
We need to act now, because there are people in the Global
South who are already suffering terribly, and there are
even wars for resources affected by climate change,
Juliana, a Brazilian living in London who, like other protesters,
attended the protest accompanied by her children, explained
that she brought them with her because the future of the new
generations is in danger.
The British environmental group, which also requires the
government to declare a climate emergency and allow
citizen assemblies to decide policies to address
climate change, announced that its so-called
'Impossible Rebellion' will last for 2 weeks,
after a pause of several months, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to its usual demands in central London, XR plans
to also focus on the City's financial district, where the
offices of banks that finance fossil fuel companies
Although the protests were developing peacefully, the
Metropolitan Police reported that at least 50 people were arrested between Monday and Tuesday.
Ministry of Petroleumin Norway
August 23rd 5:20pm (Prensa Latina)
A group of activists took over the Norwegian Ministry
of Oil and Energy today, as part of environmental
actions in various parts of the country...
for 10 days.
These are members of the Extinction Rebellion group,
which blocked the main entrance to the ministerial
headquarters and called for the cessation of
Norway is the main producer in Western Europe
and pumps about four million barrels daily.
In addition to a hundred protesters on the outskirts of
the building with banners and messages in the palms
of their hands, 17 people took to lobbying the
Ministry to demand from its head, Tina Bru,
the cessation of all activity in the sector.
The police, meanwhile, informed the NRK television station
they would not suppress the protests for the moment,
although they invited them to withdraw, in the next 20 minutes.
'For decades we have written letters, we have spoken, we
have demonstrated. They let us talk, but they are not
listening,' young Hanna Kristina Jakobsen said,
over a megaphone, to the crowd.
That is why we now do peaceful civil disobedience.
We are desperate, added the 22-year-old woman.
The issue is a point of debate for the September 13th
elections, in which a centre-left opposition is
expected to defeat the conservative-
Minister Bru said that, while she shares concerns about climate change, protesters use what she called undemocratic methods, that will not
We will never be successful in fighting climate change
if we scrap democracy along the way, she said, in
Activists from the international
Extinction Rebellion plan to begin weeks- long protests in London.
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July was the hottest month
on record in 142 years
August 16th, 9:47am (Prensa Latina)
Since weather records began in 1880, the month of
July 2021, was the hottest on a global scale, it
was known today.
According to the data published by the U.S. Office of
the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,
worldwide, the combined temperature of the land
and ocean surface, was 0.93 degrees Celsius
above the 20th century average of
This means one tenth of a degree higher than the
previous record set in July 2016, which was then
tied in 2019 and 2020, making July 2021 the
hottest recorded in 142 years, the report
from that entity pointed out.
It also indicated that in the northern hemisphere, the
temperature on the earth's surface was the highest
ever, with 1.54 degrees Celsius above the average,
surpassing the previous record set in 2012.
Added to this is that the sea ice cover in the Arctic for
July 2021 was the 4th smallest in the 43-year record
according to an analysis by the external link of the
National Snow and Ice Data Centre of the US. Only
July 2012, 2019 and 2020, had a lesser extension.
Those data could place 2021 among the 10 hottest years
on record in the world, according to the Global Annual
Temperature Rankings Outlook.
Recently, a study published in Science Advances journal,
pointed out that the Earth could become more volatile as
temperatures continue to rise, due to global warming, a
paleoclimatic research on extreme phenomena warns.
Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
in the US, examined the last 66 million years during the
Cenozoic era, which began shortly after the extinction
of dinosaurs, and discovered a warming turn in
The finding confirmed the occurrence of more warming
episodes lasting thousands of years than cooling ones,
due to the release of carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere by volcanoes, among other
factors, the article said.
It also revealed that this process ended about five million
years ago, and ice layers began to form in the northern
hemisphere and, with the current melting of the Arctic
..it suggests a greater amplification of human-induced
Ocean Current System That Affects
‘Large Part of World’s Climate’ on
Brink of Collapse, Study Says
by Andrei Dergalin
August 12th, 6:54pm (Sputnik)
The study postulates that the current system in question
has suffered "an almost complete loss of stability, over
the last century."
The ocean current system known as the Atlantic
Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC),
which includes the Gulf Stream, may be on
the brink of collapse, Live Science reports
-- citing a new study.
The AMOC, is “responsible for moderating large parts of
the world's climate” as its currents transport water from
the tropics to the north, while bringing cold water from
the north, back south.
Now, the new study warns that AMOC has suffered "an
almost complete loss of stability over the last century."
According to the media outlet, the collapse of this system
would have a "disastrous impact on global weather
systems," with possible consequences, including:
rising sea levels in the Atlantic, "greater cooling
and more powerful storms across the Northern
Hemisphere," and “severe disruption to the
rain that billions of people rely upon to
grow crops in Africa, South America
Time to Hit the Brakes: Urgent Action Needed
to Prevent ‘Runaway Climate Change’,
Says UN Report
"The findings support the assessment that the AMOC decline
is not just a fluctuation or a linear response to increasing
temperatures but likely means the approaching of a
critical threshold beyond which the circulation
system could collapse," said Niklas Boers,
researcher at the Potsdam Institute for
Climate Impact Research, and author of the study.
The study reportedly seeks to resolve a debate among scientists
working on the subject about whether the weakening of the
AMOC means its circulation will slow down – "but in a way that humans can reduce through lowering carbon
emissions," or if the system is "about to flip to a
permanently weaker form, that could not be
reversed for hundreds of years."
"The difference is crucial," Boers said, arguing that the latter
would mean "the AMOC has approached its critical
threshold, beyond which a substantial and, in
practice, likely irreversible, transition to the weak mode, could occur."
'Code Red for Humanity':
Bombshell UN Climate
Change Report Shows
August 9th, 1:11pm (FNA)
We ignored the warnings, and now it's too late: global
heating has arrived with a vengeance and will see
Earth's average temperature, reach 1.5 degrees
Celsius above preindustrial levels around 2030,
a decade earlier than projected only three
years ago, according to a landmark UN
assessment published on Monday.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
bombshell – landing 90 days before a key climate
summit desperate to keep 1.5C in play – says the
threshold will be breached around 2050, no
matter how aggressively humanity draws
down carbon pollution, France
Years in the making, the sobering report approved by
195 nations shines a harsh spotlight on governments
dithering in the face of mounting evidence --- that
climate change is an existential threat.
Nature itself has underscored their negligence.
With only 1.1C of warming so far, an unbroken cascade
of deadly, unprecedented weather disasters bulked up
by climate change has swept the world this summer,
from asphalt-melting heatwaves in Canada, to
rainstorms turning China's city streets into
rivers, to untameable wildfires sweeping
Greece and California.
"This report is a reality check," said Valerie Masson-
Delmotte, who co-led hundreds of scientists in
reviewing a mountain of published
"It has been clear for decades that the Earth's climate is
changing, and the role of human influence on the
climate system is undisputed," Delmotte added.
Indeed, all but a tiny fraction of warming so far is
"unequivocally caused by human activities", the
IPCC concluded for the first time in its three-
The world must brace itself for worse – potentially
much worse – to come, the report made clear.
Even if the 1.5C target humanity is now poised to
overshoot, is miraculously achieved, it would
still generate heatwaves, rainfall, drought
and other extreme weather
"unprecedented.... in the
At slightly higher levels of global heating, what is today
once-a-century coastal flooding will happen every
year by 2100, fuelled by storms gorged with
extra moisture and rising seas.
"This report should send a shiver down the spine of
everyone who reads it," said Dave Reay, director of the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute at the University of Edinburgh, who was not
among the authors.
"In the unblinking delivery style of the IPCC, it sets out
where we are now and where we are headed (on)
climate change: in a hole, and still digging,"
Another looming danger is "tipping points", invisible
thresholds – triggered by rising temperatures – for
irreversible changes in Earth's climate system.
Disintegrating ice sheets holding enough water to raise
seas a dozen metres; the melting of permafrost laden
with double the carbon in the atmosphere; the
transition of the Amazon from tropical forest
to savannah – these potential catastrophes
"cannot be ruled out", the report cautions.
Our natural allies in the fight against climate change,
meanwhile, are suffering battle fatigue.
Since about 1960, forests, soil and oceans have
steadily absorbed 56 percent of all the CO2
humanity has chucked into the atmosphere
– even as those emissions have increased
But these carbon sinks are becoming saturated,
according to the IPCC, and the percentage of human-induced carbon they soak up is
likely to decline as the century unfolds.
The IPCC "report, is a code red for humanity",
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
"The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence
is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from
fossil fuel burning and deforestation are
choking our planet and putting billions
of people at immediate risk," he said.
The report does offer a sliver of hope
for keeping the 1.5C goal alive.
The IPPC projected the increase in global surface
temperature for five emissions scenarios –
ranging from wildly optimistic to outright
reckless – and identifies best estimates
for 20-year periods with mid-points of
2030, 2050 and 2090.
By mid-century, the 1.5C threshold will be breached
across the board – by a 10th of a degree along the
most ambitious pathway, and by nearly a full
degree at the opposite extreme.
But under the most optimistic storyline, Earth's surface
will have cooled a notch, to 1.4C, by the century's end.
The other long-term trajectories, however,
do not look promising.
Temperature increases, by 2090, range from a
hugely challenging 1.8C to a catastrophic 4.4C.
The report's authors were at pains to emphasise
that the 1.5C goal is not all-or-nothing.
"It is important politically, but it is not a cliff edge
where everything will suddenly become very
catastrophic," said lead author Amanda
Maycock, director of the Institute for
Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
at the University of Leeds.
Ed Hawkins, a professor of climate science at the
University of Reading and a lead author, said
that "every bit of warming matters".
"The consequences get worse and worse as we
get warmer and warmer. Every tonne of CO2
matters," Hawkins added.
Part 2 of the IPCC assessment – on impacts –
shows how climate change will fundamentally
reshape life on Earth in the coming decades,
according to a draft seen by AFP.
It is slated for publication in February. Part 3,
to be released in March, focuses on ways
to reduce carbon in the atmosphere.
The focus now will shift to the political arena,
where a non-stop series of ministerial and
summit meetings, including a critical G20
in October, will lead up to the COP26 UN
climate conference in Glasgow, hosted
Countries do not see eye-to-eye on many
basic issues, beginning with the 1.5C goal.
China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Russia are
lukewarm on it, US special presidential Envoy
for Climate John Kerry told the New Yorker
Rich countries, meanwhile, have badly missed a
deadline to provide funding for developing
nations to green their economies and
adapt to climate change already in
"The new IPCC report is not a drill but the final
warning that the bubble of empty promises is
about to burst," said Saleemul Huq, director
of the International Centre for Climate
Change and Development, in Dhaka.
"It's suicidal, and economically irrational,
to keep procrastinating," Huq added.
UK's COP26 Head Warns of
Global 'Catastrophe', From
Measures are Taken NOW
August 8th, 11:30am (Sputnik)
The UK president of the COP26 Climate Change
Conference, Alok Sharma, has warned that the
world is... on the brink of a "catastrophe"
from climate breakdown, calling for
The remark, made in an interview with The Observer,
came ahead of a report by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's
leading authority on climate science, set to
be released on Monday. The paper... on
how close the world is to a potentially
irreversible disaster due to extreme
weather, will be "the starkest
warning yet, that human
behaviour is alarmingly
"I don't think we’re out of time but I think we're getting
dangerously close to when we might be out of time.
We will see [from the IPCC] a very, very clear
warning: that unless we act now, we will,
unfortunately, be out of time", Sharma
said late on Saturday, noting the
consequences of failure, will
The UK minister in charge of the flagman UN climate talks
noted that the impact of global warming was already
evident across the world, citing deadly flooding in
Europe and China, as well as wildfires and
record high temperatures registered in
parts of the world.
Because of climate change, more sea ice is being lost
each summer than is being replenished in winters.
Less sea ice coverage also means that less sun-
light will be reflected off the surface of the ocean in a process known as the albedo effect. The oceans... will absorb more heat, further fueling global warming.
"I don't think there's any other word for it. You're seeing
on a daily basis, what is happening across the world.
Last year was the hottest on record, the last decade
was the hottest decade on record", Sharma added.
Commenting on the upcoming reports, the official said
that the paper would urge the international community
— governments, businesses and individuals — to
push for stronger action on greenhouse gas
emissions at the COP26.
"This [IPCC report] is going to be a wake-up call, for anyone
who hasn't yet understood why this next decade has to be
absolutely decisive in terms of climate action. We will also get a pretty clear understanding that human activity is driving climate change at alarming rates", he said.
The COP26 is set to take place in the Scottish city of Glasgow
from 31 October to 12 November, gathering representatives
from some 200 countries. The event, which was cancelled
last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will seek to
speed up the implementation of the ground-breaking
2016 Paris Agreement that aims at cutting carbon
emissions and promote green transition.
Leaked report reveals US
oil companies’ conspiracy
July 3rd, 6:27pm (PressTV)
A leaked report has revealed how some "shadow groups"
are undermining government efforts to reduce green-
house gas emissions causing global warming.
The report, which was prepared by some of the world’s top
climate scientists, blames disinformation and lobbying
campaigns funded by big energy companies -- such
as Exxon Mobil -- as a major setback in the fight
against global warming, according to Politico
In the report, which began emerging last week, the Inter-
governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) whose
job is to examine the state and validity of climate
research and studies across the globe, blamed
think tanks, foundations, trade associations
and other third-party groups -- funded by
major energy companies, for spreading
“contrarian” information -- that misled
the public, and undermined efforts to
implement climate policies... needed
to stop global warming phenomena.
“Rhetoric on climate change & the undermining of science
have contributed to misperceptions of the scientific
consensus, uncertainty, unduly discounted risk
and urgency, dissent, and - most importantly -
polarized public support, delaying any mitigation and adaptative action, particularly in the US,” the leaked IPCC report
In a related development, a British television broadcaster
aired a video showing a top Exxon Mobil lobbyist
admitting that the wealthy global energy giant
gives financial support to "shadow groups"
that engage in disinformation campaigns
around climate science, a tactic that
allowed the oil company to avoid
The revelations have prompted some Democratic lawmakers
in the United States to step up efforts to force all major oil
companies to disclose their money payment to research
and study groups that follow an anti-environmental
agenda, seeking to undermine climate action by
distorting the facts and realities proved in
climate science studies and research
...about the damaging effect and
detrimental impact... of burning
fossil fuels. on climate change
and global warming.
Extinction Rebellion Activists
March Through Falmouth,
Cornwall on 2nd Day
of G7 Summit
June 12th, 11:07am GMT (Sputnik)
The environmental movement earlier promised to
organise several major events in Cornwall over
the weekend to demand that governments,
corporations, and the media pay more
attention to climate issues across
Sputnik is live from Falmouth, Cornwall, where
environmental activists from the Extinction
Rebellion are organising a rally to march
through the town on the second day of
the 47th G7 summit, urging global
leaders to act against
Previously, XR members held a rally in the city of
St Ives, blocking roads and accusing politicians
of failing "to respect the global climate
commitments they made in Paris
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UNGA President urges to create sustainable economy
to preserve oceans
June 2nd 12:55pm (Prensa Latina)
The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA)
Volkan Bozkir on Tuesday called to create a
sustainable economy capable of
preserving the oceans.
Speaking on this Tuesday´s high-level debate on
Sustainable Development Goal number 14 (SDG14) of the 2030 Agenda for the preservation and sustainable
use of the oceans... Bozkir urged drawing up stronger
policies... in favour of marine ecosystems.
He recognized some countries and cities´ stances
prioritizing coastal & marine areas over tourism,
as well as their efforts to address illegal fishing
and the regulation of maritime transport and
Peter Thomson, UNGA´s Special Envoy for the oceans,
underlined the significance of complying with SDG14
and for this reason he called for setting up a
'sustainable blue economy'.
Similarly, Thomson referred to consequences of marine
pollution by plastic waste in a world dependent on such a material, for which, he advocated out- laying on more infrastructure, for recycling systems.
Oceans provide food, livelihoods and protection to more
than one billion people, worldwide; while the value of
economic activities related to the oceans, exceeds US$1.5 trillion a year.
banned by EU --- may receive
approval for use in Scottish salmon farms
May 27th, 3pm (RT)
A pesticide that has been partially banned by the
European Union and blamed for decimating bee
populations is expected to receive approval for
use in Scottish salmon farms, according
The Scottish fish farming industry plans to deploy
imidacloprid, an insecticide, in order to kill sea
lice that can fester among caged salmon. The
chemical is used in a “water filtration”
system developed by fish farm
biotech company Benchmark,
which is reportedly seeking
to trial its CleanTreat
product in Scotland.
The system is designed to remove chemicals
from fish farm treatment water, but its use of
imidacloprid, raises serious red flags.
According to US government scientists, imidacloprid
is “very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.”
And earlier this month, the European Union’s top
court upheld the bloc’s partial ban on three
insecticides, which are developed by Bayer
CropScience. Restrictions were placed on
the use of the chemical in 2013 after it was
determined that imidacloprid was harming
Despite the issues associated with the chemical, the
Scottish government is reportedly paving the way
for its use in salmon farms. In emails first revealed
by investigative news outlet The Ferret, officials
express willingness to help CleanTreat clear
environmental regulations so that it can be
cleared for approval.
In one message, Annabel Turpie, director of Marine
Scotland, the Scottish government agency that
manages fisheries, made reference to offering
“support” to help Benchmark “navigate Clean
Treat through the system.” She added that
there was an expectation that CleanTreat
would begin tests at a fish farm assuming
that it received the regulatory greenlight.
The initiative already has experts worried. A professor
of biology at the University of Sussex, Dave Goulson,
told the Guardian that imidacloprid was “incredibly
toxic to insects and other invertebrates.” He said
that it only takes “a billionth of a gram to harm
aquatic life,” meaning that even tiny traces of
the chemical have a serious impact on
The CleanTreat system claims to filter imidacloprid from
water, but the professor said that samples need to be
tested at an independent laboratory.
A spokesperson for the Scottish government insisted
that all aquaculture farms are regulated and must
meet “strict guidelines to ensure environmental
effects are assessed and managed safely,”
adding that the government is committed
to promoting economic innovation
across all sectors, including
Benchmark said - in a statement - that CleanTreat is “an
award-winning and validated water-purification system”
and claimed that its sea-lice solution, which contains
imidacloprid, is currently used in Norway... but that
there are no trials for it in Scotland.
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Marylanderspoisoned by the US military
April 26th, 10:25am (PressTV)
by Pat Elder
PFAS in fire-fighting foams used on US bases worldwide
are contaminating the environment and endangering
public health. The Pentagon denies wrongdoing.
Günther Schneider, a farmer from Binsfeld, Germany has
photos that show what the stream flowing through the
village of Binsfeld looks like as aqueous film-forming
foam, is released from a fire suppression system, in
hangars on the Spangdahlem Airbase - like a fluffy
white ribbon. All around in the meadows, shreds of foam remain like huge snowballs... The toxic
substances used in fire-fighting foams on base
have contaminated the sewer water, ground
water, surface water, and the air, both on
and off the base. The foam contains the
highly toxic per-and poly fluoroalkyl
Throughout the world, the US military has taught soldiers to
practice putting out super-hot petroleum-based fires using
these deadly foams on military installations. They dug one-
meter-deep craters that were 30 to 60 metres in diameter,
and they filled them with jet fuel. They ignited the fuel
before extinguishing the flames with the PFAS-laden
foams. The toxic “forever chemicals” were allowed
to leach into the groundwater and pour into sewer
systems to contaminate the environment.
The groundwater monitoring program of the state of Rhineland-
Palatinate in the vicinity of the Spangdahlem Air Base found
PFAS at concentrations of 1,935 parts per trillion, (ppt). The
drainage system in Spangdahlem is still spreading the
chemicals. Some US states, like New Jersey, limit two
varieties of the PFAS found in the poisoned German
ground at 14 parts per trillion for Perfluorooctanoic
acid (PFOA) and 13 parts per trillion forPerfluoro-
octanesulfonic acid (PFOS). There are about
8,000 types of PFAS --- and they’re all believed to be dangerous.
The chemicals - in the tiniest amounts - are known to contribute
to testicular, liver, breast, and kidney cancers, as well as
abnormalities in the developing fetus - and a host of
childhood diseases - ranging from Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder to childhood asthma. Most
of the PFAS in our bodies comes from the food
we eat, especially fish.
Alexander S. Neu, a member of Die Linke (The Left) in the
German Bundestag, along with other Die Linke members
of the parliament, have questioned the responsibility for
the assumption of environmental damage caused by US
troops in Germany. When Wittlich-Land town - close to the sprawling NATO Spangdahlem base - tried to sue
the US military for poisoning the town’s sewer system
and croplands, with PFAS... where the contaminated
sludge was spread, it discovered it was not allowed
to sue the Americans in court. The poisonous sludge
grows poisonous crops. Today, the town incinerates
the substances at great environmental and financial
cost. The PFAS in the sludge, doesn’t burn.
Incineration sprinkles tiny toxic particles of
PFAS onto the homes and fields downwind.
A German Brown Trout caught in Spanger Bach Creek,
near Spangdahlem was found to contain 82,000 parts
per trillion of PFAS. Public health scientists around
the world have been warning people not to
consume more than 1 ppt of the
Last year, 9,000 kilometres away, a fire suppression system
at an aircraft hangar discharged143,830 litres of the deadly
firefighting foam from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in
Okinawa. Carcinogenic clouds of foam soared 30 metres
into the sky, settling on children at a nearby playground.
Toshio Takahashia, an Okinawan environmental activist,
reported immediately after the incident that frothy foam
could be seen pouring from several sewer pipes coming
from the Marine Corps base, into a a small stream. The
deadly bubbles flow to the Hira River through Ginowan
City into the East China Sea, poisoning water and fish
along the way.
Tomohiro Yara, a representative of the National Diet from
Okinawa, reflected the attitude of the Okinawan public
when he said, “The US government should take full
responsibility for cleaning up soil and water at any
military base abroad. We must protect the
environment for everyone on the planet.”
Swordtail, pearl danio, guppy, and tilapia caught near
the base all contained more than 100,000 ppt of PFAS.
David Steele, Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station,
Futenma Okinawa, told the Okinawan people, “When it rains
it will subside.” Sadly, these are “forever chemicals” and
will poison people and the environment for many
generations to come. The Americans accept no
responsibility for their criminality, because
they don’t have to.
Imperial subjects worldwide need only watch this video of a
suppression system at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard
Base, in Knoxville, Tennessee to witness the criminal
assault on future generations in that state. One tea-
spoon of this foam is enough to poison the drinking
water reservoir of a large, modern city.
The US military has known these chemicals are poisonous
since the 1970’s. They have contaminated huge swaths of
the earth while using them, and they will continue to use
them, until they are forced to stop. Much of the world
has moved beyond the toxic fire-fighting foams and
has begun using extraordinarily capable flourine
free foams, while the US military sticks to its
The American military is not only at war against many of the
world’s peoples, but it is also at war against its own people.
It is a war of poisons. Rather than being fought with bombs
and bullets --- it is fought with an arsenal of toxins. The
American military is on a mission (we’re still trying to
figure out exactly what it is) --- and everything is
subservient to it. Fetal abnormalities, altered
DNA, a host of cancers and childhood
diseases, are no less a threat to
humanity, than the American
missiles hurled from afar
to burn human flesh.
Truths conveyed here are largely unmarketable and
unpalatable in the United States of America. The
American people must learn to seek truth in
media that may not include outlets like the
New York Times or CNN.
Like Günther, Alexander, Toshio, and Tomohiro, I’m also
a subject of the American empire. I have no rights or
protections from the abuses of the American
overlords, beyond those of my German
and Japanese brethren.
The Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland (Pax
River) reported last week that groundwater at Pax
River’s Webster Outlying Field, contains 84,757
ppt of PFOS. The toxins were detected at
Building 8076, also known as Fire
Station 3. The level of toxicity is
1,200 times the 70 ppt federal
The groundwater and the surface water from the small
naval installation drain into St. Inigoes Creek, a short
distance to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.
I live on the beach 1,800 feet across a deep saltwater
creek from the area where PFAS was routinely
released into the environment, over
Webster Field is located 12 miles southwest of Pax
River, in St. Mary’s County, MD, about 75 miles
south of Washington.
Webster Field occupies the peninsula between St. Inigoes
Creek and the St. Mary’s River, a tributary of the Potomac
River. The Webster Outlying Field annex, is home to the
Naval Air Warfare Centre Aircraft Division, along with
Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, and a component
of the Maryland Army National Guard.
Building 8076 is adjacent to the aqueous film-forming foam
(AFFF) Crash Truck Maintenance Area where trucks using
foams containing PFAS were regularly tested. The site is
less than 200 feet from St. Inigoes Creek --- right across
from my family. The practice - according to the Navy -
was discontinued in the 1990’s, although the damage
continues. The high PFAS levels recently reported
are a testament to the staying power of the
so-called “forever chemicals.”
Firehouse 3 Webster Field
In February, 2020 I tested the water on my beach on St. Inigoes
Creek in St. Mary’s City for PFAS. The results I published --
shocked the community. The water was shown to contain
a total of 1,894.3 ppt of PFAS with 1,544.4 ppt of PFOS.
275 people packed into the Lexington Park Library,
in early March, 2020, immediately before the
pandemic, to hear the navy dismiss their
concerns and defend its use of PFAS.
Many were more concerned with the quality of the waters in the
creeks and the rivers and the Chesapeake Bay than the drinking
water. They had many unanswered questions for the navy. They
were worried about contaminated seafood.
The results I received, were generated by the University of
Michigan’s Biological Laboratory, using EPA method 537.1.
The Navy has only addressed PFOS, PFOA, and PFBS. It
fails to address the levels of 11 other types of harmful
PFAS found in St. Inigoes Creek: PFHxA, PFHpA,
PFHxS, PFNA, PFDA, PFUnA, PFDoA, PFTrDA,
PFTA, N-MeFOSAA, NEtFOSAA.
Instead, Patrick Gordon, NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs
Officer, questioned the “veracity & accuracy” of my results.
This is pretty much a full-court press, and I don’t stand
much of a chance, while trying to warn the public. The
Navy wants to be left alone. The Maryland Department
of the Environment doesn’t give a damn, and neither do St. Mary’s County & Maryland health departments. The five conservative Republican County Commissioners aren’t leading a charge. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and Rep. Hoyer, have been largely silent.
The watermen see a threat to their livelihood. My neighbors
say if it’s this bad, the authorities would have taken care of
it by now.
It’s a lonely, frightening business, telling the truth in the land of the free and the brave.
In response to the findings of high levels of the fire-fighting
toxins at my beach last year, Ira May, who oversees federal
site cleanups for Maryland Department of the Environment,
told the Bay Journal that contamination in the creek, “if it
exists...” could have another source. The chemicals are
often found in landfills, he noted, as well as in biosolids
and at sites where civilian fire departments sprayed
foam. “So, there are multiple potential sources,”
May said. “We’re just at the beginning of
looking at all of those.”
It appears the state’s top environmental official was covering
for the military. The nearest firehouse is five miles away,
while the closest landfill is 11 miles away. My beach is
1,800 feet from the deadly foam releases.
Fate and Transport of PFAS
It’s important to come to an understanding of the fate and
transport of PFAS. The science isn’t settled. I found
1,544 ppt of PFOS, while the Webster Field
groundwater on the facility had
84,000 ppt of PFOS.
Our beach sits on a cove north-northeast of the base while
the prevailing winds blow from the south-southwest -- that
is, from the base to our beach. The foams gather with the
tide on many days. Sometimes the foam is a foot high
and becomes airborne. If the waves are too high, the foam dissipates.
Oysters, crabs, rockfish, anyone?
Within about 1-2 hours of high tide, the foams dissolve into
water, like dish detergent bubbles left alone in the sink.
Sometimes we can see the line of foam begin to form..
as it hits the shelf of the creek. For approximately 125
metres the water in front of our house is about 1 - 1.5
metres deep at low tide. Then, suddenly, it drops to
6-8 metres. That’s where the foams begin to build
and move toward the beach. This is 20-30 years
after the Navy says they stopped releasing the
materials into the ground.
There are other factors to consider regarding the fate and
transport of various PFAS in water. For starters, PFOS is
the great PFAS swimmer and can travel for miles in
groundwater and in surface water. The Germans
and the Japanese know a lot about PFOS levels
in their rivers near NATO and US bases. They
know how poisoned their fish have become.
PFOA, on the other hand, seems to be more stationary and
tends to contaminate the land, agricultural produce, beef,
and poultry. PFOS moves in the water, as is evidenced
in the University of Michigan results of the water in
St. Inigoes Creek.
After my water results were discredited by the state I tested
the seafood from the creek for PFAS. Oysters were found
to have 2,070 ppt; crabs had 6,650 ppt; and a rockfish
was contaminated with 23,100 ppt of the substances.
There’s been no official response and no mea culpa
from the military.
This stuff is poison. The Environmental Working Group says
we ought to keep the consumption of these chemicals under
1 ppt daily in our drinking water. More importantly, the
European Food Safety Authority says 86% of the
PFAS in humans is from the food we consume,
especially the seafood.
The state of Michigan tested 2,841 fish, for various PFAS
chemicals and found the average fish contained 93,000
ppt of PFOS alone. Meanwhile, the state limits drinking
water to 16 ppt of PFOS - while people are free to
consume fish with thousands of times more of
The 23,100 ppt found in our St. Mary’s City, Maryland rockfish
may seem low compared to the Michigan average, but Webster
Field is not a major airbase and cannot service the Navy’s
large fighters, like the F-35. Larger installations typically
have higher PFAS levels. A single F-35 may cost more
than $100 million and the Pentagon wants to make
sure they’re not destroyed in a hangar fire or a
training exercise, so they make a judgement
that the value of the jet fighter is greater
than the value of a baby in the womb.
“It is a curious situation.. that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is, rather, to life itself.”
Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us
Extinction Rebellion Blocks
Roads Across UK in May
Day Climate Protests
May 2nd, 11:35am (FNA)
Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked traffic
across the UK to urge the government to take
tougher action on climate change.
More than 200 activists, including nurses, teachers
and students, sat alone in front of traffic in towns
and cities ranging from Bangor in Northern
Ireland to Canterbury in Kent, The
The group described the “Rebellion of One” demonstrations
held at 11am on Saturday, to mark 2 years since parliament's
declaration of a climate emergency, as "multiple courageous
acts of nonviolent civil disobedience".
Several protesters were arrested, including GP Sarah Benn,
who said she obstructed a local road in Birmingham to
protest "the woeful inertia of our elected leaders in
taking the action needed to protect us and future
generations from its effects".
Ten of the 40 protesters in London were arrested, according
to Extinction Rebellion (XR). One man glued himself to
Westminster Bridge, while Morgan Trowland, a 68-
year-old civil engineer from Hackney, East
London, glued himself to Tower Bridge.
Trowland said, "I'm terrified that billions will die because of the
climate crisis, humans and non-humans, adding, "I'm freaking
out that many people are accepting this, or feel powerless to
change the course. I want to show onlookers that we each
have phenomenal power."
Each of the protesters wore signs bearing messages such as,
“I am terrified for my grandson’s future because of the
Andrea Muntiu, a 36-year-old nurse, who blocked traffic in her
home town of Ipswich, said, "People may wonder what a nurse
is doing, sitting in the road with a placard. They may wonder...
what impact this will have on my career, or whether I'll get in
trouble with the police."
"I am aware of the risks but I feel I have a moral duty to warn
people about the catastrophic consequences of the climate
crisis. Floods, hunger, drought, pandemics, species
extinction and social collapse will all be a reality if
we don’t act, and the children of this country and
of this world will be the first and most affected,"
“We cannot let this happen. We can still change things, we can
demand the government acts now and safeguards what we
have," Muntiu added.
And Fiona Prior, a 58 year-old retired primary school teacher
who blocked traffic in Carlisle, said, “I am terrified for the
future of my 6-year old grandson. What should I tell him?
That I stood back and did nothing or that nana Fi did
everything she possibly could to make the changes
XR claimed that the government was more concerned about
creating positive headlines by announcing tougher targets
instead of taking real action.
"We are seeing today that people are scared and frustrated
at the refusal of this government to accept the severity of
the crisis," said XR Spokesperson Gully Bujak.
"The government needs to commission a national citizens’
assembly on climate and ecological justice, because even
if politicians are scared to face the truth, ordinary people
are ready for action," Bujak added.
May Day also saw several “Kill The Bill” demonstrations
against proposed legislation which would give police
more powers to restrict protests and make it an
offence to “intentionally or recklessly cause
The government says... the Police, Crime, Sentencing and
Courts Bill is necessary to prevent widespread disruption
caused by the XR protests of 2019 and last summer’s
Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
China launches spacecraft
capable of clearing up
April 27th,, 12:14 (RT)
China has launched a 30kg (66lb) prototype robot
capable of catching dangerous space debris and
destroying it as well as looking deep into space
and observing celestial bodies for potential
On Tuesday, a Chinese space-mining start-up saw
its unmanned spacecraft launched into low orbit
on China National Space Administration’s Long
March 6 rocket, the state-run Xinhua news
The NEO-01 robot... which was developed by Shenzhen
-based Origin Space, can scoop up debris left by other
satellites in a net before burning it with its electric
propulsion system. With thousands of satellites
having been launched and older ones
becoming redundant, the decay and
breakup of spacecraft can present
a real danger to operations in
Origin Space, if successful, will become the first
Chinese commercial company to demonstrate
the ability to clean up space junk.
Origin Space’s craft can also look deep into space...
to analyze small celestial bodies, potentially paving
the way for more technological development in the
field of space mining. The company hopes to launch more satellites capable of observing
asteroids & other bodies with the intention of commencing its mining by 2045, its co- founder, Su Meng, noted, in an interview with Chinese media, earlier this month.
China intends to become a major space power by 2030, and hopes to catch up with the leaders, Russia and the US.
over one million tons of “treated” nuclear waste-water into the ocean.
“Japan’s claims that the safety of nuclear wastewater
relies only on unilaterally obtained data, which is
completely unconvincing… The Tokyo Electric
Power Company, which is responsible for
operating the Fukushima nuclear power
plant, has tampered with data and
concealed the news,” the spokes -man claimed, insisting that
international agencies be
Zhao said Japanese politicians are at the centre
of the coverup, and demanded they prove the
The spokesman added that, as pointed out by a
German marine science institute, the Fukushima
coast has one of the strongest ocean currents in the world. “Within 57 days from the date of discharge, radioactive substances will
spread to most of the Pacific Ocean,
and spread to the global waters in
10 years,” Zhao stated.
On Monday, Tokyo announced it would be releasing
the wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant,
which went into meltdown in 2011 into the ocean
“in around two years” as capacity to store the
liquid runs out. The plan, which had been
widely rumored to be Tokyo’s preferred
option, was met with condemnation by Japan’s neighbours.
In 2020, Greenpeace claimed that the supposedly
treated water, still contains: “dangerous levels of
carbon-14,” a radioactive substance that has the
“potential to damage human DNA.” More than a
million tons of wastewater, containing radio-
active tritium, has accumulated since
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European leadersask US to
April 13th (Prensa Latina)
European parliamentarians, managers and
union leaders urged the United States to
cut greenhouse gas emissions by half
compared to 2005.
Continental authorities and industrial representatives
sent an open letter to President Joe Biden asking him
for a transatlantic alliance to combat climate change
and achieve a 'just and sustainable transition'
towards an economy with low carbon
This request, comes a week before a summit between
environmental leaders and the president of the United
States, & is headed by the head of the environmental
committee of the European Parliament, Pascal Canfin.
According to the letter, the countries of the bloc and
the United States together account for a quarter of
the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
The European Union agreed, last year, to cut pollutant
flows by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
Executives from companies, such as the French auto-
maker Renault and the German energy company E.ON
backed the letter, that expresses European concerns
about the cost of jobs, if the reduction of emissions
Statistics from global organizations rank the US in
second place, by country, in terms of polluting
emissions into the atmosphere.
Germany tops the list in Europe, due to its great
dependence on coal, and generates emissions
equivalent to a quarter of the continental total.
Amazon Lost 17 Percent to
Deforestation in 2020 - Report
April 7th, (teleSUR)
Brazil accounts for 65 percent of the loss,
followed by Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia.
The primary forest loss in Bolivia,
Ecuador, and Peru reached
The environmental organization Amazon
Conservation reported on Wednesday --
that the South American rainforest lost
17 percent of its area to deforestation
in 2020, representing 2.3 million
hectares devastated across
The study found that "a common phenomenon
observed in the satellite imagery through
August -- was that rainforest areas were
first deforested and then later burned
-- causing major fires due to the
This data explains why agricultural practices are
a significant cause of deforestation in the region.
According to Amazon satellite monitoring project
(MAAP) Matt Finer, "the primary cause of
deforestation across the Amazon
appears to be agriculture and
cattle-related, ranging from:
''larger-scale'' operations in
Brazil to the accumulation
of smaller-scale clearings
throughout the western
'Guilt is Strangling': Young 'PlogMan' in
India Has Been Waking Up Pre-Dawn for 7 Years,Here's Why
by Radhika Parashar
Last week, in the city of Faridabad in India’s Haryana state, a
pregnant cow died on a busy road. Upon evaluation, it was
revealed that the cow had grazed on 71 kilograms of
garbage – with the plastic, iron nails, and glass
pieces it had consumed injuring it internally.
The sad case highlighted how unsorted
waste is choking India.
Meet Vivek Gurav who lives in Pune city in Maharashtra and is
famous by the name of “PlogMan” on social media. At 25 years
of age, Gurav is a software engineer by profession, but before
and after his nine-to-five job, the young techie jogs or walks
around Pune, cleaning its streets and disposing off garbage
littering the roads.
Talking to Sputnik, the public speaker revealed that he, along
with a bunch of his friends, has “adopted” a small river named
Indrayani to keep its water and banks from getting strangled
with garbage. The Indrayani River flows just 4.2 kilometres
before joining into a larger water body, and not too long ago,
like Delhi’s Yamuna River, Indrayani also began to froth with
toxins on its banks.
“The river Indrayani near my college was a place where I went for
a daily walk with my friends in the evening. We observed people
who carelessly dumped a lot of trash and plastic in the river
body as well as surrounding areas. Me and my friends
initially blamed the local body and government for all
these actions. But I personally felt it was the moral
duty of citizens including me to follow cleanliness
norms and keep the city clean. That was the
moment I felt a very close belonging to
nature”, Gurav said while recollecting
how dead fish were seen floating in the water as stray animals
consumed them, as well
as the polluted water.
Gurav believes that it takes a sudden epiphany for youngsters
to decide for a lifetime of giving back to nature and
“I appealed to my friends to join me in cleaning Indrayani. Initially
some were quite resistant, some people even ridiculed the idea,
completely dismissing it, but I took up this challenge and started
the cleanup journey solo four years ago. In some time, a few of
my friends started supporting me and we adopted the River
Indrayani for a mega cleanup mission”, the engineer and
environmental enthusiast added.
The efforts of Gurav and his friends have been going on for seven
years now and on a routine basis they clean the river region and
areas around it in Pune. The river is healthier and safer for
animals now, the techie adds.
“After my college days we took up the charge to not only clean
rivers but all the public spaces in the city. For the last seven
years, I have been waking up at five in the morning, and
randomly taking on a jogging route, on which I pick-up
trash as well for around 45 minutes. The realisation of
knowing that you’ve done your little bit to benefit the
air around you and survival resources for the stray
animals – sleep comes sooner and deeper”, Gurav
said, with a shy smile.
Recently, a rather touching video from the Himalayan valley
of Jammu and Kashmir in India created a buzz around
environmental conservation on social media. The
video showed some foreigners collecting roadside
trash in the market area of Lalchowk in Srinagar city.
Locals who shared the footage on their social media handles
acknowledged that the video testified to how their own
negligence towards maintaining cleanliness in public
spaces has ruined the beauty of their city.
In recent years, the roadside garbage situation in cities in India
has been overshadowed by ignorance despite numerous
incidents like the death of stray animals crying for
In 2017, a survey, co-researched by Chintan, the Delhi Environment
Department and German NGO GIZ, claimed that India's capital Delhi,
inhabited by over 30 million residents, generates over 9,100 metric
tonnes of garbage on average each year. The report also said that
nearly 76 percent Delhiites wrongly believe that glass and metal
are biodegradable, dump it on the roadside, and need more
education on the subject.
While several individuals like Gurav, NGOs, and government
programmes like the Swachh Bharat (clean India) mission
are working on cleaning India, the new trend of “plogging”
is seemingly picking up pace in the country. The term
“plogging” was coined in Sweden in 2016 and defines
the activity of “picking trash while jogging”.
“Youngsters are getting more sensitive about environment
conservation in India, for sure. I am the founder of a
community called Pune Ploggers, which is a group
of individuals like me who all pick-up trash while
jogging or walking.
“We have more than 4,000 ploggers across India and we are now
setting up city-wise communities. Collection of more than 250
tonnes of waste in the last one year is a remarkable
achievement due to the efforts of this community.
With over 280 plogging drives across 22 cities in
India, our community of environment enthusiasts
has grown exponentially”, Gurav said.
The PlogMan from Pune has appealed to all potential climate
activists in India to work every day towards passing on a
greener and cleaner planet to the generations to come.
“Go zero-waste, avoid littering, manage household waste, use
green alternatives for all the daily essentials, and buy only
what we really need could be some simple changes we
can add to all our lifestyles”, Gurav added.
The climate enthusiast noted that while India is emerging as a
leader in sustainable practices like solar and electric ways of
producing energy, Indians are far from fixing the real problem
- accepting the crisis.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), ambient air
pollution causes 4.2 million deaths every year. 91% of the
world's population lives in places where air quality
exceeds the WHO guidelines' limits.
Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mongolia, Afghanistan, and India
make for the world’s five most polluted countries,
according to a report by the World
Lets UK Keep Sending
The United Kingdom is facing a backlash from environmentalists over a post-Brexit "loophole" that allows it to ship plastic waste to developing countries --- in disregard of its previous pledges, The Guardian reported Tuesday.
From January 1, the European Union banned exports
of non-recyclable plastic waste to countries outside
the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
The UK, which left the EU’s single market and customs
union on December 31, will continue the practice,
despite Tory commitments that post-Brexit
regulations would not undermine
environmental standards, the
British newspaper said.
The country, which is the 2nd-biggest producer of plastic
waste after the United States, will now reportedly export
plastic waste, under a procedure of prior informed
consent, in accordance with which the importer
can agree or disagree to take in
Greenpeace political campaigner Sam Chetan-Welsh,
quoted by the newspaper, slammed the UK
government for creating a "loophole to allowthe dumpingofourplastic trash
in poorer countries, arguing that
"this is not leadership, it’s failing
Biden’s climate advisorhas ties
to oil and gas industry: Report
November 21st, 2020 (Press TV)
US President-elect Joe Biden’s senior advisor on climate change
has faced strong criticism from environmental advocates over
his ties with the oil and gas industry, according to a report.
Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana congressman who has played a
key role in Biden’s presidential campaign, was named as a
senior adviser to the president-elect and will become
director of the White House Office of Public
Engagement, The Guardian reported.
Richmond will advise Biden on climate change --- and help
advance the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.
At a press conference this week, Richmond – who has
represented a south Louisiana district for 10 years –
announced that he would resign from Congress
to assume his new position.
“I look forward to changing not only Louisiana but the
entire south and empowering its citizens,” he said.
The Democrat has been under criticism from both local
constituents and climate activists for receiving
generous donations from the oil, gas and
He has also exhibited a degree of indifference to local air
pollution, with his congressional district being home
to seven of the 10 most air-polluted census tracts
in the US.
Richmond pledged greater public engagement
to address the issue.
Some advocates said while they were worried about
Richmond’s track record on the climate, they were
cautiously optimistic about his new appointment.
“I think he’s in a position now to be able to better serve the
constituents of his district,” said Robert Taylor, president
of the Concerned Citizens of St John Parish, a community
group in one of the most polluted parts of the region.
“I’m happy to see him get the appointment, I just hope he
uses it to help us,” he told the paper. Taylor added: “I
would like to see him hold these chemical plants
accountable because they are getting away
Biden has signaled his intent to put climate change on top
of his administration's policy agenda. However, concerns
persist about the degree to which the Democrat is willing
to challenge the power of the fossil fuel industry.
Apart from Richmond, environmental activists are worried
about Ernest Moniz, another individual with ties to the oil
and gas industry who is widely speculated to have been
picked to lead the Department of Energy.
Moniz was Secretary of Energy in the administration of
former President Barack Obama from 2013 through to
2017 and played a critical role in mustering support
for the controversial use of fracking to produce
Moniz is currently a director of Southern Company, the
second-highest carbon-polluting energy company
During the 2020 campaign, Biden unequivocally rejected
calls to ban fracking, which experts say is harmful to the
environment and people’s health.
Obsession with consumerism will destroy the world of our children by Ken Livingstone December 24th, 2018.
Ken Livingstone is an English politician, he served as the Mayor of London between 2000 and 2008. He is also a former MP and a former member of the Labour Party.
Amid growing climate change concerns, what politicians fear most, is not standing up to the coal and oil industries, but having to tell the people that they need to buy and consume less.
As two hundred nations gathered in Poland to discuss climate change, the opening comments of David Attenborough, went global across the world’s media.
“Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat, in thousands of years… climate change… If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations, and the extinction of much of the natural world, is on the horizon… Leaders of the world, you must lead. The continuation of civilisations and the natural world, upon which, we depend, is in your hands,” said Attenborough.
He went on to recommend that ordinary people make a change every day by using public transport and other measures to reduce carbon emissions.
Yet, for all Attenborough’s warnings, we have seen the election of a climate change denier to the White House, in the form of Donald Trump, and the recent election of a Brazilian president who also denies climate change.
So, what is the truth?
The simple fact is that the twenty warmest years in our history have been in the last twenty-two years and the four warmest years have been the last four years on our planet.
Scientists are now warning that we need to increase our actions to tackle climate change by at least five times, merely to stop the increase in temperature going above 1.5 centigrade.
It’s not just temperatures that threaten our existence.
Since 1970, we have wiped out 60 percent of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish across our planet. This information comes from a World Wildlife Fund report, which drew on the evidence of 59 scientists around the world.
The report warns that the rapid increase in the waste of food and other resources is wiping out the web of life ,on which our society depends, for clean air and water. The director of science and conservation at the WWF, Mike Barrett, warned that we “are sleepwalking towards the edge of a cliff.”
He pointed out that a similar 60 percent wiping out of the human population, would be the equivalent of killing every human in Europe, China, Africa and the Americas. He went on to warn, that nature is not just nice to have, but it is our life support system.
The simple fact is, we are running out of time and, unlesswe find ways to restore our eco systems and tackle climate change, we face the prospect of humanity’s extinction, by the end of the century.
. Since the dawn of civilisation, we have destroyed eighty-three percent of all mammals and half of all plants, and it could take millions of years for the world to recover.
The WWF report pointed out that the main cause of wildlife loss is the destruction of natural habitats, mainly to create new farmland. Three quarters of all the land on our planet has now been affected by our activities. Here in Britain, we have seen the loss of most of our wildlife, and we have less biodiversity, than 189 other nations.
Although politicians at their conferences keep agreeing to limit the rise in the earth’s temperature to 2 degrees centigrade and, if possible, just 1.5 degrees by the end of this century. This would still mean the destruction of all our coral reefs, which play a vital part in sustaining the population of fish. There will also be rising sea levels and increasing, violent weather events.
This year’s storms have devastated South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Tonga. Hurricanes also caused wide- spread damage in the USA and wildfires erupted in California, Canada and Greece, claiming many lives. In Kerala, India nearly one and a half million people were forced out of their homes by violent floods, which also occurred in East Africa and Japan.
In the last one hundred years the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has gone up by a third. The increase in greenhouse gas emissions has doubled since 1971, mainly caused by industrial activity.
The UK’s Met Office [national weather service] has warned that rising sea levels and climate change threaten over one and a half million homes --- with the prospect of farmland being turned into marshes and beaches washed away, by the end of the century.
The UK Climate Projections recent report predicted the sea around our shores will have risen by between three and four feet by the end of the century, putting 1.7 million homes at risk.
Many coastal towns will have to be abandoned, with large parts of the counties of Kent, Somerset and Essex, being submerged under the sea. The worst example is that the sea could now extend so far into Britain, that it could overwhelm the city of Cambridge.
The rise in sea level would leave 100,000 coastal homes and other buildings at risk, with another 100,000 vulnerable to collapse from landslides.
The report warns that, unless we reduce our emissions, the temperature will have risen by 4 degrees centigrade by the end of the century, with melting glaciers and ice caps overwhelming the Thames Barrier and flooding London.
But it’s not just here in London that we are at risk. Houston, Shanghai and Jakarta, are increasingly vulnerable to storms and flooding. The charity Christian Aid warned in its recent report that city planners are failing to prepare for what is coming.
Most of our biggest cities are built close to the coast or by large rivers and all are now at risk.
In 2015, 195 countries meeting in France agreed to keep global warming below two degrees. But the US has now announced it intends to withdraw from this agreement, and here in Britain, one of the first actions of the newly elected Tory government, back in 2010, was to reduce funding for green energy and it has now unleashed a new strategy: for a vast increase in fracking across the country.
Even the Tory MP Zac Goldsmith has warned his government, of the risk of a political backlash. The fracking - near Blackpool - caused several minor earthquakes which forced the company, Cuadrilla, to halt operations, after a 0.8 magnitude tremor.
In 2017, we saw fifteen deadly weather disasters: heatwaves, floods and droughts. If I think back to the 1960s, there would be one or two violent weather events in the year: now, it’s become a regular part of our news coverage.
In September, Indonesia was struck by a tsunami and an earthquake that killed thousands and left many missing. Given the thousands of lives lost this year, with just a one degree increase, I dread to think how many more are going to die, even if we cap the increase at 1.5 centigrade.
Even to meet that target, carbon emissions have to be cut by forty-five percent, by 2030, but they’re still going up and most of the difficult decisions - that should have been taken at the Poland conference - have been deferred to the next meeting.
Although the US has a climate change denying president, latest opinion polls show that 80% of Americans believe climate change is happening, including a majority of Republicans.
Nicholas Stern, who cooperated with me when I was mayor of London and is author of a landmark report on climate change economics, said: “It is clear that the progress