Archive for July 9th, 2014

09/07/2014

Political Forums of the "Highest Level"!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Daniel Mittler*, Greenpeace – 9 July, 2014 — You may have heard about a new roadmap to prevent climate catastrophe that was launched at the United Nations yesterday [8 July 2014].
 Climate Protest at COP 17. 12/03/2011 © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

Climate Protest at COP 17. 12/03/2011 © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

After the launch, Jeffrey Sachs, one of the people behind the report, came into the “High Level Segment of the High Level Political Forum” (yes, that really is the name) meeting that I am currently at to present the report.
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And he got the attention of the audience, because he showed personal photographs taken all over the world. His pictures and stories described a world in crisis, from air pollution in Beijing to water scarcity in Turkey. They did make the case for urgent action.
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It’s a shame therefore, that the report — though right about the urgency to act — is endorsing some technologies that are not sustainable, fast to deploy, or safe. It’s simply not possible to produce the amount of bioenergy the report calls for in a sustainable way, for example.

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09/07/2014

Why Is the Military-Industrial Complex Sometimes Called “The Devil’s Dynamo”?

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*, TRANSCEND Media Service — Why is the military-industrial complex sometimes called “The Devil’s Dynamo”?

The military-industrial complex involves a circular flow of money. The money flows like the electrical current in a dynamo, driving a diabolical machine.

Source: ICAN

Photo source: ICAN

Money from immensely rich corporate oligarchs buys the votes of politicians and the propaganda of the mainstream media. Numbed by the propaganda, citizens allow the politicians to vote for obscenely bloated military budgets, which further enrich the corporate oligarchs, and the circular flow continues.

The Industrial Revolution and Colonialism The devil’s dynamo of today has lead to a modern version of colonialism and empire. It is therefore interesting to look at the first global era of colonialism: In the 18th and 19th centuries, the continually accelerating development of science and science-based industry began to affect the whole world.

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09/07/2014

Cut Carbon Emissions Now or Face 'Dangerous, Irreversible' Climate Disruption

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, introducing a new United Nations-backed report outlining pathways major industrial economies can use to cut their carbon emissions by mid-century, on 8 July 2014 called for broad cooperation and “bold” action or the world will face dangerous and irreversible climate disruption.*

Source: UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Source: UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

“We know that we are not on track, and time is not on our side,” Ban warned during a Headquarters press conference to launch the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project report, produced by leading research institutes in 15 countries, is the first global cooperative program to identify practical pathways to a low-carbon economy by 2050. 

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