Daily Archives: December 14, 2015

What really happened at the climate talks in Paris?

FoEEurope

Published on Dec 13, 2015
Politicians met for two weeks at the Paris climate summit, but people like you have been busy for a long time. People power is showing another world is possible. And, we are making it happen.
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(12/12) Climate Justice Peace actions in Paris

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Published on Dec 14, 2015

As politicians failed to deliver genuine climate action at the international climate talks in Paris, over 2,000 activists from Friends of the Earth International joined thousands more to send a global message for climate justice and peace.

On Saturday 12 December we spelled out “Climate Justice Peace” across Paris using geolocation software, before joining a huge demonstration at the Eiffel Tower. (c) Les Amis de la Terre

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How To Save The World: California’s Solar Entrepreneurs


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Published on Dec 14, 2015
How To Save The World: Eric Campbell criss-crosses the continents to see just what is at stake for humanity, interviewing scientists determined to find solutions as well as politicians who deny its existence.

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How To Save The World: Costa Rica’s Eco Boom


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Published on Dec 14, 2015
How To Save The World: Eric Campbell criss-crosses the continents to see just what is at stake for humanity, interviewing scientists determined to find solutions as well as politicians who deny its existence.

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How To Save The World: Germany’s Wind Power Economy

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Published on Dec 14, 2015
How To Save The World: Eric Campbell criss-crosses the continents to see just what is at stake for humanity, interviewing scientists determined to find solutions as well as politicians who deny its existence.

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Message by FAO’s DG for the Regional Meeting on Agroecology in sub-Saharan Africa

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Published on Dec 14, 2015
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Video message by FAO Director General, José Graziano Da Silva prepared for the opening ceremony of the regional meeting on Agroecology in sub-Saharan Africa, held in Dakar, Senegal of 5 and 6 November 2015.

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Refugee policy U-turn: Merkel to limit asylum seekers inflow

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Published on Dec 14, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had previously welcomed refugees, said on Sunday in an interview to the country’s ARD channel that the flow of migrants needs to be limited.

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Nations Reach Climate Deal in Paris; Protesters Say It’s Not Enough

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Nearly 200 nations reached an accord in Paris Saturday to rein in rising greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. The deal includes voluntary commitments by countries to cut carbon emissions as well as billions more dollars to help poor nations implement renewable energy and cope with climate change. President Obama hailed the deal even while acknowledging it’s not enough to stop global warming.

President Obama: “Even if all the initial targets set in Paris are met, we’ll only be part of the way there when it comes to reducing carbon from the atmosphere, so we cannot be complacent because of today’s agreement. The problem is not solved because of this accord. But make no mistake: The Paris Agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis.”

Many scientists and environmental groups say nations need to be far more ambitious to prevent global temperatures from rising. Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris Saturday to demand further action. We’ll go to the streets and talk more about the agreement after headlines.

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Dumping Responsibility on Third World Farmers Yet Again

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Dumping Responsibility on Third World Farmers Yet Again | The Wire

By Timothy A. Wise on 14/12/2015
On the eve of their Nairobi ministerial, WTO members should remember it is not food procurement policies in developing countries like India but unfair US agricultural subsidies which threaten free trade and farmer livelihoods across the world

 

Women working in their rice paddy fields in Odisha. Credit: Justin Kernoghan/Flickr

On December 15, the world’s trade ministers will gather in Nairobi, Kenya, for the tenth attempt to craft a new set of trade rules under the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The so-called Doha Development Round (DDR), launched in Doha, Qatar, in 2001, promised to right the imbalance in previous trade negotiations that had favoured the United States, European countries, and other developed nations. Reforming unfair agricultural practices were at the centre of the Doha agenda.

On the eve of the Nairobi ministerial, that agenda itself is under threat. The US, EU, and Japan have proposed jettisoning the Doha agenda and the progress made before negotiations broke down in 2008. They have dismissed commitments made two years ago in Bali, Indonesia, to resolve objections to India’s ambitious National Food Security Act as an unfair subsidy to farmers. Agriculture, it seems, is barely on the Nairobi agenda.

Going along with the West would be a costly mistake for developing countries. They may well be facing a new era of low crop prices in which highly subsidised crop production in the US and other rich countries creates overproduction and dumping of cheap goods on global markets. If ever there were a need for new agricultural trade rules, now would be the time.

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