Daily Archives: December 1, 2015

WATCH: Naomi Klein Extended Interview on Role of Obama, Trudeau & Austerity at U.N. Climate Summit

In Part 2 of our interview with journalist and best-selling author Naomi Klein she examines how the 2008 economic crisis and bank bailouts continue to shape political momentum to tackle climate change; Obama’s attempt to be a climate leader at the COP 21 meeting in Paris; and the potential of Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau to address future projects similar to the newly defeated Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman with Part 2 of our conversation with Naomi Klein, the journalist, the best selling author, film-maker. Her most recent book is, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.” She also has made a film with Avi Lewis by the same title, “This Changes Everything.” I guess the question, Naomi, that I want to begin the second part of the conversation with is, does this climate summit, COP21, here in Paris, France, does this change actually everything?

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Global Forest Coalition The coming tragedy of Paris: A disastrous climate deal that will see the planet burn – Global Forest Coalition

5 Oct, 2015
Posted in Blog, Climate, Climate change, Climate, Land and Agriculture, Paris 2015, UNFCCC COPs

By: Mary Louise Malig*

Like reading the ancient Greek tragedy of Homer, we are at the pages of the Iliad where we can see what hell ahead shall befall Troy. We are now in that exact moment, seeing in the horizon the fires that will burn for ten years. However, we are not looking in the horizon of the ill-fated Trojans, but rather, we are looking at the future of humanity, nature and the planet.

There are only 5 negotiating days left before the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). From October 19-23, 2015, the UNFCCC is supposed to hammer out the modalities of the Paris deal. At this point, we should have a good sense of what the Paris deal will be. After all, since the COP17 in Durban, South Africa, where the mandate to draft a new climate agreement until 2030 was adopted, there have already been a total of 85 negotiating days, a carbon filled amount of flights for 193 parties to the convention, and at the wayside thousands of dead and displaced from destructively intense typhoons, hurricanes, floods or droughts. In the Philippines alone, the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall, Typhoon Haiyan, killed 6,000 and left thousands more homeless and without livelihood.

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COP21: Coal plans would derail 2 degree warming target – BBC News

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If all the new coal plants are built, the chances of controlling warming will reduce significantly say researchers

Attempts to keep global warming to 2 degrees will be wildly off course if all planned coal fire plants are built.

That’s the conclusion of a new analysis presented here at the UN climate conference near Paris.

Researchers said construction would see emissions four times higher than the 2 degree target by 2030.

They say the building plans are in conflict with the carbon cutting agendas of countries like India and China.

The Climate Action Tracker analysis says that 2,440 coal fired power stations are planned around the world before 2030.

Emissions from the world’s existing plants will be 150% higher than what is consistent with a 2 degree target, says their report.

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GRAIN — Argentina: New “national” GMOs. Resistance multiplies.

GrainGRAIN | 01 December 2015 | Against the grain

During the last 20 years, Argentina has been the point of entry through which GMOs have spread out over the Southern Cone. To understand the role this country has played in the most spectacular advance by a crop ever witnessed since the beginnings of industrial agriculture, it is indispensable to note the introduction of “Roundup Ready” (RR) soybeans – which resist Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide – into this country almost simultaneously with their approval in the United States in 1996. Argentina was the beachhead from which RR soy illegally invaded South America, coming to occupy over 46 million hectares of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia within the space of two decades. They were helped along on this course by a lack of public debate and by corporate capture of the regulatory apparatus, leading to arbitrary adjustments of the legal framework to suit the corporations’ requirements.

We have previously, and at length, discussed the social and environmental impacts of this expansioni: destruction of biodiversity, pollution, land concentration, displacement of farmers, destruction of regional economies, and increased corporate power. In this article, we present some significant developments that have occurred in the last year. These developments demonstrate that Argentina continues to be a global proving ground for GMOs even as public resistance grows. Argentina is becoming a mirror in which the world can behold its own future.

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Soil and its sustainability

Healthy and productive soils are central to achieving a number of the sustainable development  goals adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations this year. Soils sustain our food  systems, filter and regulate the flow of fresh water, store vast amounts of carbon and support  myriad organisms. But the world’s soils are increasingly under pressure from climate change,  population growth and poor land management. This year is the International Year of Soils, and  on the cusp of world soil day, this collection brings together research articles, reviews and  opinion pieces that explore the function of soils and their role in shaping the Earth’s
environment and human society.

This collection brings together a selection of articles that explore soil in its manifold roles in shaping the Earth’s environment and human society. The make-up and management of soils, and their influence on human health and extreme poverty, are some of the topics investigated.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils to raise awareness of the life-supporting functions of soil. We hope that the collection supports this aim and that the Year of Soils is a starting point for improved understanding, better protection and sustainable management of this precious resource.

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Paris Climate Summit 2015 | Democracy Now! Reports

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How Paris is different from past climate change negotiations | PBS NewsHour


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Published on Nov 30, 2015

What do the nations that have gathered for the UN conference on climate change hope to accomplish this time around? Gwen Ifill learns more from Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations and Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/how-paris-is-different-from-past-climate-change-negotiations/

What do the nations that have gathered for the UN conference on climate change hope to accomplish this time around? Gwen Ifill learns more from Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations and Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press.
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