Daily Archives: November 9, 2016

In Trump, U.S. Puts a Climate Denier in Its Highest Office and All Climate Change Action in Limbo | InsideClimate News

His anti-regulatory stances, support of unfettered fossil fuel production, and his threat to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, send ripple effects worldwide.

By Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News

Nov 9, 2016

Donald Trump’s astonishing victory has turned the world of climate action upside down, setting back U.S. environmental policy and threatening the international drive to cut carbon pollution and slow global warming.

The stunning upset by Trump, who has routinely suggested that climate change is a hoax, threatens to unravel President Obama’s climate action agenda, built on executive orders and regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon clampdown at power plants. Trump has vowed to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, but could cripple it by merely retreating from the U.S. commitment. As the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide pollution, the U.S. could render the global treaty meaningless, at a time when scientists are urging nations to quickly raise their ambition, or risk an escalating climate crisis.

Leading up to the election, the gulf between Trump and Hillary Clinton on climate and energy was wide and the stakes couldn’t have been higher. But the campaign was not fought on those issues. And despite environmental groups pouring an enormous amount of money and people power into the race, they were unable to break through with the message that climate action is urgent.

The result sent shockwaves through the global climate talks now happening in Morocco, known as COP 22, that aim to turn the Paris agreement’s promises into action. Many there expressed deep concern and disappointment.

“We are all stunned at the COP,” said Saleemul Haq, a climate expert at the International Institute for Environment and Development. “No one had anticipated this result, and hence there was no plan B. We will have to think about what happens next.”

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World Meteorological Organization Says Recent Years Hottest on Record + Trump Climate Denial Threatens U.N. Climate Change Agreement

World Meteorological Organization Says Recent Years Hottest on Record

November 09, 2016 Headlines

In climate news, the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday that the five years from 2011 to 2015 were the hottest on record, with hundreds of thousands of deaths likely due to global warming from human activity. The findings were presented in Marrakesh, Morocco, where United Nations climate talks got underway this week. The report found human-induced climate change was directly linked to extreme events, including an East African drought and famine in 2011 that claimed over a quarter-million lives. Elena Manaenkova of the World Meteorological Organization says the Earth’s temperature has already risen by 1 degree Celsius, which is nearing the limit of a 1.5 degree rise set by the Paris Agreement.

Elena Manaenkova: “The conclusions are very clear that that was the warmest five-year period on record. We also confirm that the 2015 was the year when the global surface temperature exceeded 1 degree, and it links to the debate during this climate conference and the Paris Agreement targets.”

Trump Climate Denial Threatens U.N. Climate Change Agreement

November 09, 2016 Headlines

Meanwhile, many delegates to the U.N. talks are expressing panic over the election of Donald Trump, saying the outcome threatens the future of any international agreement to slow catastrophic climate change. The Republican president-elect has said he will “cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.” Trump has also promised to promote coal power and fracking, and says he will allow for oil and gas drilling on federal lands. He has also promised to ask TransCanada to renew its permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Indian Supreme Court Orders Action on Toxic Air Pollution Crisis

November 09, 2016 Headlines

India’s Supreme Court has ordered the federal government to come up with a plan to combat toxic air pollution so thick that it’s being described as “beyond measurable limits.” The government has 48 hours to respond. A recent UNICEF report found 600,000 children under five die of air pollution every year, with about a third of the world’s at-risk children living in northern India and surrounding countries.

North Dakota: Pipeline Company Says It Will Soon Begin Drilling Despite Lack of Permit

November 09, 2016 Headlines

In North Dakota, the company building the Dakota Access pipeline says it is preparing to drill beneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River within two weeks, even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not granted a permit. The announcement shocked and infuriated opponents of the $3.8 billion pipeline, which has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe along with representatives of over 200 other indigenous tribes and non-Native allies. Opponents, who call themselves “water protectors,” say they were promised by an Army Corps of Engineers official that the Dakota Access pipeline would be delayed by at least 30 days, should the Obama administration agree to a permit. But pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners said Tuesday the Army Corps was mistaken when it said the company had agreed to slow construction. The announcement came one week after President Obama said the Army Corps was looking at a possible “reroute” of the pipeline.

Lee Fang: Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration

Democracy Now!

Published on Nov 9, 2016

http://democracynow.org – Donald Trump may have run as an economic populist, but journalist Lee Fang examines how he has surrounded himself by corporate lobbyists. Fang reports in The Intercept that Trump’s transition team includes Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; Eric Ueland, who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and William Palatucci, whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon.

Egypt’s coastal cities affected by rising sea levels

CCTV Africa – Published on Nov 9, 2016

Water is at the forefront of the COP22 meetings today. Egypt’s coastal cities are especially affected by rising sea levels. And the land affected is Egypt’s most fertile. Yasser Hakim has more.

Documentary. The Dark Side Of Chocolate

MsKandyrose’s channel

Uploaded on Jan 21, 2012

The Chocolate Industry. Child Trafficing & Slavery


Nestle Chocolate Brought to You by Child Slavery


Published on Jan 16, 2014

Abby Martin calls out Nestle once again, this time over the company’s commissioning of cocoa famers in Ivory Coast who force thousands of underage workers to harvest under conditions best described as child slavery.


Nestlé – Sucking the World Dry

Sebaygo One

Published on Jun 12, 2013

Nestlé’s unfair and inhumane tactics with regard to water have been brought to light in many excellent documentaries, e.g., For Love of Water, Blue Gold, Tapped and Bottled Life. This segment from Breaking the Set (11 June 2013) is good despite its brevity, but still does only scratch the surface.

2030 Water Resources Group | IFC

Mission and Vision

We envision a world with sufficient and safe water to support economic growth, the needs of people and ecosystems.

The 2030 WRG aims to contribute to the coordinated effort to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of ending extreme poverty; growing strong, inclusive, and transformative economies; and protecting our ecosystems. These goals cannot be achieved without water and no entity has the ability to solve the world’s water challenges alone. By working together to develop and implement the right strategies, policies, plans, and programs, much more can be achieved and sustained.

What we need to do

If countries maintain a business-as-usual approach to managing water, we can expect a 40 percent gap between fresh water supply and demand by 2030. Our mission is to help countries achieve water security by 2030, by facilitating collective action on water between government, private sector and the civil society.

How we do it

The 2030 WRG brings together public, private, and civil society stakeholders to have open discussions about water management, and together develop concrete proposals that can help improve the management of water resources in the country.

We tailor our level of involvement and approach to each country’s water challenges. We only work with countries at their request – our impact depends on a strong government commitment to work with partners through a constructive, transparent, and sustained dialogue. The 2030 WRG creates a convening platform, which is a neutral place where stakeholders collectively identify and agree on priorities and activities to improve water resources management in their countries.

Our Value Proposition

The 2030 WRG brings transformative change to water resources planning by convening national multi-stakeholders platforms and structured processes – including key public decision-makers, concerned private sector champions and civil society representatives – who catalyze sustainable, rational, economics-based solutions to closing the water supply demand gap.

Silent but deadly: the Trump effect on COP22


By Megan Darby

Few dare whisper the thought, but the climate talks in Marrakech lie under a pall of doubt as the US election enters its final hours.

“Whatever the citizens decide always brings the right results. This is democracy. It is the best system in the world.”

India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave insists that the outcome of Tuesday’s US election will not affect COP22 climate talks in Marrakech.

Dave answers the question after opening the Indian pavilion at the tent village of Bab Ighli with a speech in Hindi, that an observer says extolled Mahatma Gandhi’s approach to sustainable living.

It is hard to imagine a less Gandhi-like figure than Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for US president: a billionaire who brags of his entitlement to assault women and promises to marginalise ethnic and religious minorities. Oh, and says he would “cancel” the Paris Agreement.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, while no hunger striker, can be expected to honour US commitments to the international climate deal.

Still, as Dave says, it is America’s choice.

#Marrakech mail: sign up here for your daily #COP22 update

Some politicians have been a little less coy. France’s Segolene Royal admits her preference to see a woman in the White House. China’s Xie Zhenhua says a wise leader should “conform to global trends”.

But there is no point complaining about what you can’t change, and most delegates hold their tongues or dismiss the Trump threat – on the record, anyway.

At the daily Climate Action Network press conference, the moderator bats back a question on the election. Wait 24 hours and we’ll all have statements, she says. The friendly press officers for the US delegation say there will be no media briefings in the first week of the talks.

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Marrakech mail: Trump wins the White House