Archive for June 12th, 2015

12/06/2015

Obama Is ‘Opportunist,’ Hillary Clinton No Different Just ‘More Militant’ – Chomsky

Human Wrongs Watch

11 June 2015 (RT)* – President Barack Obama is an “opportunist” with “awful” policies, one of the world’s top intellectuals, American linguist Noam Chomsky, has said. He was extremely critical of Obama’s use of drones in the Middle East and the secretive TPP trade deals.

Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Source: commons.wikimedia.org

I’m not one of those who was disillusioned,” the 86-year old author and political activist said in an interview with the WND website. Chomsky said he wasn’t disappointed in President Barack Obama, as he simply “didn’t expect anything” of him.

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12/06/2015

How Loggers Are Destroying the Amazon — and Getting Away with It

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By Dawn Bickett*

9 June, 2015 – The Amazon rainforest is the largest on earth. Its biodiversity is unparalleled, it is crucial to the stability of the global climate, and it is home to many indigenous peoples. But for its immense size and importance, the Amazon is also incredibly vulnerable. In the past three decades alone, human activity has destroyed an area of Brazilian Amazon roughly the size of Germany.

Photo: Greenpeace/Daniel Beltra

Photo: Greenpeace/Daniel Beltra

Brazilian authorities have some systems in place, supposedly to help stem the tide of destruction. But a new investigation from Greenpeace Brazil shows just how woefully inadequate the enforcement of these measures are when it comes to stopping illegal logging of Amazon timber.

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12/06/2015

Mediterranean Diet Is Now under Threat – UN

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11 June 2015 – The Mediterranean region is undergoing a “nutrition transition” away from its traditional diet, long revered as a model for healthy living and sustainable food systems and known for preserving the environment and empowering local producers, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

The Mediterranean diet’s focus on vegetable oil, cereals, vegetables and pulses, and moderate intake of fish and meat, has been associated with long and healthy living. Photo: FAO/Ami Vitale

Such is the finding of a new report presented on 11 June at EXPO Milano by the FAO and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), a group of 13 countries cooperating in the fields of agriculture, food, fisheries and rural territories in the region.*

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12/06/2015

‘Inaction on Climate Change Now Will Cost Us All in the Future’

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Geneva – The head of the International Labour Organization on 11 June 2015 opened a summit meeting devoted to tackling climate change as a unique opportunity for job creation and economic growth, saying that up to 60 million jobs can be created in a greener, low carbon economy if the right policies are adopted.

Climate change poses a threat to survival in the Southwest Pacific, and in most of the small islands around the globe. Photo: FAO/Sue Price

“Inaction on climate change now will cost us all in the future,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in his keynote address to the World of Work Summit taking place during the International Labour Conference, bringing together the agency’s member States at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.*

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