Even after the initial global panic has died down, the fight against Ebola seems to be far from over. The head of French Charity Medecins Sans Frontieres paid a visit to Liberia and Guinea and painted a very grim picture. CCTV’s Kathryn Ogunde reports
Representatives of the global shipping industry have welcomed Egypt’s Suez Canal expansion, saying it will lead to an increase in regional tourism and shorter travelling times. However, there are concerns from the sector that the project’s costs will be passed on to ship owners using the route
Berlin is being overwhelmed by an influx of refugees… Police there have clashed with those who were let in, but weren’t provided with a roof over their heads. RT’s Lizzy Phelan reports on the growing refugee issue – which is now even involving the army…
An era of cheap, reusable and mini space shuttles might be on the way. US aerospace giant Boeing has been given another $6.6mn by Washington to find a quick and affordable way to get military satellites into orbit. Developers say the programme comes at a time ‘critical for both national and economic security.’ READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/6onc
The front pages of British newspapers have been dominated by one story these last few weeks – migrants trying to get into the country through the Channel Tunnel that connects the UK with France.The tone of some of that coverage has characterised these individuals – many fleeing cash-strapped or war-torn countries – as posing a threat to both British resources and security. When you break down the relatively low number of migrants entering the UK, the amount of attention this story gets in the mainstream media may seem disproportionate. And the way that it is covered says more about the political agendas of the news outlets doing the reporting than about the story that needs to be told.Given the current political climate in Europe with the rise of right-wing, anti-immigrant parties across the continent this is a story that needs to be contextualised and its terminology analysed.Talking us through the story is writer and broadcaster Richard Seymour; Arun Kundani, the author of The End of Tolerance; Jonathan Portes, an Economist journalist; and Fatima Manji, a reporter with Channel 4 News in the UK.Cuban bloggers and their quest for freedom of expressionWith the diplomatic thaw taking place between Havana and Washington, The Listening Post examined what it means for the Cuban media landscape.In our third and final segment on this story we take a look at the growing community of dissident bloggers and journalists in the country.
Drone footage shot on Friday revealed how the stretch of the Animas River near Silverton had changed colour, after an estimated one millions gallons of toxic waste from an environmental mine contaminated it. The wastewater, which is rich in heavy metals such as lead and cadmium as well as the poisonous arsenic, was unintentionally released while a team was working at a Gold King Mine entrance. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/6omq
Seed giant Monsanto Co.’s $45bn unsolicited takeover bid with Switzerland’s Syngenta AG, the world’s largest producer of agricultural chemicals, has sparked opposition across the globe.Together they would control one-third of the globe’s seeds and pesticides market.Today, six American and European companies – Monsanto, Dupont, Syngenta, Dow, Bayer and BASF – control the entire genetically-modified seeds planted in the world. More than three decades ago there were thousands of seed manufacturers, none controlled more than 1 percent of the market.Seeds aside, a real concern for many, is that one of the chemicals in Monsanto’s flagship weed killer was, according to the World Health Organization “probably carcinogenic”.
In various parts of the world Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer that contains glyphosate has been banned.Al Jazeera’s Minelle Fernandez reports from Sri Lanka, where glyphosate is already banned.The European Union has banned other chemicals known as neonicotinoids in pesticides because they have been linked to serious harm to bees. Bees are essential for crops, but pesticides, loss of habitat and disease are bringing down their numbers. What are the effects of agricultural pesticides on the environment and human health? Are seed and fertiliser makers killing biodiversity?Dominic Kane reports from Germany on the impact of neonicotinoids on bees; and Gergely Simon, the regional toxic expert at Greenpeace, joins us to discuss the impact of pesticides, genetically-modified foods, and who is killing the bees.
President Barack Obama on Monday officially unrolled the first-ever federal plan to limit power plant emissions of greenhouse gases, in a move that environmental campaigners are alternately calling “significant” and “not enough.”
There is one point, however, that has broad agreement: the gains in this plan are the product of international people-powered movements for real climate justice—and the fight is far from over.
“The climate crisis is one of the most urgent and defining issues of our time, and we are very glad to see the Obama administration advancing a response that lifts up environmental justice principles,” Cindy Wiesner of the U.S.-based Grassroots Global Justice Alliance told Common Dreams. “At the same time, the Clean Power Plan and the related draft of the upcoming United Nations climate negotiations in Paris are reliant on extremely dangerous technologies like fracking and nuclear power, as well as false solutions such as cap-and-trade and carbon markets.”
“Our collective survival,” Wiesner continued, “is riding on the ability of our generation to keep pressure on world leaders to shift away from the fossil fuel economy and advance a genuine just transition to renewable energy.”
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