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Indigenous Leaders Embrace REDD, With Or Without Carbon Markets

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

 One of the objections to REDD is that indigenous rights can be ignored in the carbon trading market establish by REDD. Consideration of indigenous rights is non-binding.   New program could save 4 million hectares of endangered rainforest, proponents claim   by Steve Zwick Ecosystems Marketplace    In Doha, more than a dozen indigenous leaders spoke

 
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CIDA not getting into mining, Julian Fantino says

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  The Harper government–Canadian colonialism at work? Will this reduce poverty, because that,  after all, is CEDA’s mandate?   CIDA working with industry so it doesn’t have to ‘continually bail out’ needy countries By Laura Payton CBC News  CBC item starts after the ads are shown.   Canada’s aid agency isn’t getting into the mining

 
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Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  Huge flows of vapor in the atmosphere, dubbed “atmospheric rivers,” have unleashed massive floods every 200 years, and climate change could bring more of them   By Michael D. Dettinger and B. Lynn Ingram Scientific American   On the other hand, because the tropics and polar regions are projected to warm at different rates, winds over the

 
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Wind turbine prices fall to their lowest in recent years

    Feb 2011 report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance – Sarah Feinberg , shows that : Prices have dipped below €1m per MW for the first time since 2005, according to the latest edition of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Wind Turbine Price Index London and New York – Increasing scale, improved efficiency and over-capacity among

 
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As Nations Try to Snuff Out Smoking, Cigarette Makers Use Trade Treaties to Fire Up Legal Challenges

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

By placing Ecocide Law under the International Criminal Court, the Ecocide Act becomes a superior law which overrides national laws and will provide a level playing-field for all. Corporations engaged in criminal activities will no longer be able to use trade treaties to justify crimes that endanger life on Earth. This will have a profound

 
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North Pole, Fairbanks pollution levels remain highest in country

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  Dermot Cole newsminer.com    Particulate pollution levels in North Pole and Fairbanks remained far higher today than in the 300-plus cities in the Lower 48 tracked through a nationwide cooperative program sponsored by federal, state and local agencies. Fairbanks does not participate in the national program. But it does report pollution levels, so it

 
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Inuit raise Muskrat Falls mercury concerns

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

news.ca.msn.com   ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The proposed Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador will have major effects downstream including potential health problems from mercury contamination that will infringe Inuit rights, says the Nunatsiavut government. It cites preliminary results from samples taken by independent researchers indicating mercury from the Churchill River is already flowing into

 
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GREAT LAKES FILLED WITH PLASTIC BITS

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  The world’s largest freshwater ecosystem is added to the list of natural places filled with massive swirls of plastic pollution.   By Emily Sohn Discovery News   The Great Lakes are swimming with tiny specks of floating plastic, posing threats to both wildlife and human health. Adding to years of research that have already documented

 
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Tar Sands Pipeline Boom

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

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NEWS: Harper backs Muskrat Falls dam for cheap power for mining companies

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  Brent Patterson Council of Canadians    Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in Labrador today to announce a loan guarantee for the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project. CBC reports, “Multiple sources say the event, in the Labrador community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, has been pulled together over the last 24 hours — a

 
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Advocacy group seeks to tie Guelph robocalls investigation to voter suppression lawsuit

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  By STEPHEN MAHER AND GLEN MCGREGOR Ottawa Citizen OTTAWA — The former RCMP investigator who is leading the probe of fraudulent robocalls in Guelph could be called to give evidence in a legal challenge of last year’s election results. The lawyer representing the applicants in the Federal Court case has asked Elections Canada to

 
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Scientists Decry Canadian Undermining of Climate Science

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  By Katherine Bagley Bloomberg    InsideClimateNews.org – The government of Canada’s official position on climate change is that it’s real and requires an “aggressive” response. Despite that, Canada’s ruling Conservative Party government has been leading a slow and systematic unraveling of environmental and climate research budgets, according to local scientists—including shuttering one of the world’s top Arctic research

 
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Help for local governments on the frontlines of a changing climate

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  A new resource from West Coast Environmental Law   Because most of us live in the built environment of cities, we sometimes forget that we are connected to ecosystems, and affected by changes in the natural environment. Seeing news coverage of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to New York City and other communities

 
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Brussels unveils new push to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  Major strategy document proposes increased investment in clean technology, improved environmental protection enforcement and moves to promote green taxes   By James Murray businessgreen.com   The European Commission this week unveiled a major new Environment Action Programme that could place a legal requirement on member states to honour pledges to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies and

 
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Let’s change the business paradigm – and save the planet

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

 The Ecocide Act is a game-changer. Businesses will lead the way to a sustainable, profitable  economy. The scale of the planetary crisis is so big that a fundamental shift is needed from company leaders, as well as consumers   Annie Leonard Guardian.co.uk    What does a transformational green business look like? Changing lightbulbs, driving a

 
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