Archive for September 5th, 2016

05/09/2016

5 Alarming Facts about Amazon Forest Fires

Human Wrongs Watch

By Cristiane Mazzetti*

1 September, 2016 (Greenpeace) – The Amazon is being burned. Here’s what you need to know.

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From July to November, it is fire season in the Amazon rainforest. But while fires can be a normal part of the life cycle in forests, most of the flames in the Amazon are far from natural – and damaging.

Each year, people burn rainforest to clear the land for farming and pasture, as well as illegal logging. What’s worse, these practices make the forest even more vulnerable to future blazes and contribute to climate change.

Here are five alarming facts you should know about fires in the Amazon rainforest: 

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05/09/2016

Eastern Gorilla, Our ‘Closest Cousin’, Added to Endangered Species List

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HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 4 2016 (IPS) – Our closest cousin in the animal world, the Eastern Gorilla, is sliding towards extinction because of illegal hunting, the IUCN announced today in the latest update of its Red List of Threatened Species.

Four out of six great ape species are now listed as Critically Endangered. Photo courtesy of IUCN

Four out of six great ape species are now listed as Critically Endangered. Photo courtesy of IUCN

 

“Today is a sad day as the Red List shows we are wiping out our closest relative,” Inger Andersen, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, told a news conference in Honolulu where the IUCN is holding its World Conservation Congress.

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05/09/2016

Rousseff’s Ouster Won’t Clear Up Uncertainty in Brazil

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 1 2016 (IPS) – The dismissal of now ex-president Dilma Rousseff brings to a close a turbulent chapter of Brazil’s crisis, but does nothing to clear up the doubts that threaten the political system and the economy of Latin America’s powerhouse.

Michel Temer (third from the left) in his swearing-in ceremony in the Senate shortly after Dilma Rousseff was impeached. Credit: Beto Barata/PR

Michel Temer (third from the left) in his swearing-in ceremony in the Senate shortly after Dilma Rousseff was impeached. Credit: Beto Barata/PR

The Senate voted 61-20 on Wednesday Aug. 31 to impeach Brazil’s first female president for budget irregularities, putting an end to 13 years of rule by her left-wing Workers’ Party (PT).

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05/09/2016

The Global Power Imbalance

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‘This author, in 1976, compared the decline and fall of the Roman Empire to a possible decline and fall of the West in general and the US Empire in particular, based on the synergy of uni-causal paradigms. Rome considered itself exceptional and invincible by barbarians, but the counterforces were tearing at them; and they lived on past glory. Clinton, straight from the past with some domestic renewal, will enact that past; any realistic assessment being close to treason.’

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Johan Galtung

By Johan Galtung*

TRANSCEND Media Service  – This editorial is dedicated to a global overview, the world “right now”, so unstable with imbalances everywhere that what we are living is fluxes and jumps.

Let us start with two major relations: nature-human, USA-Rest.

Look at the human-nature relations.  We are used to being on top, killing and taming animals, protected against many of nature’s hazards including micro-organisms.

But nature comes up with ever smaller viri, and larger, or more, tsunamis and earthquakes, and an erratic climate.

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05/09/2016

Fossil Fuels: At What Price?

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

5 September 2016

We often read comparisons between the prices of solar energy or wind energy with the prices of fossil fuels. It is encouraging to see that renewables are rapidly becoming competitive, and are often cheaper than coal or oil. In fact, if coal, oil and natural gas were given their correct prices renewables would be recognized as being incomparably cheaper than fossil fuels.

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**A petrochemical refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland, UK.| Author: User:John from wikipedia | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. | Wikimedia Commons

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