Archive for August 17th, 2017

17/08/2017

Minamata Convention Curbing Mercury Use, Now Legally Binding

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Aug 16 2017 (IPS)* The Minamata Convention — a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force August 16..

Minamata Convention - Informal gold mining is one of the main sources of mercury contamination. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS.

Informal gold mining is one of the main sources of mercury contamination. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS.

The primary aim of the Convention is “to protect human health and the environment” from mercury releases, which are considered both environmental and health hazards, according to the United Nations.

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17/08/2017

Treaty Bans New Mercury Mines While Phasing-Out Existing Ones and Reducing Emissions, Use

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A ground-breaking global convention on mercury on 16 August 2017 went into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage.

Artisanal small scale mining is responsible for up to 35% of global emission of mercury into the environment. Photo: Global Environment Facility | Source: UN News Centre

17/08/2017

What Does “Climate-Smart Agriculture” Really Mean? New Tool Breaks It Down

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 14 2017 (IPS) – A Trinidadian scientist has developed a mechanism for determining the degree of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) compliance with respect to projects, processes and products.

The base for a water catchment tank. Faced with severe droughts, many farmers in the Caribbean have found it necessary to set up catchment areas to harvest water whenever it rains. Credit: CDB

This comes as global attention is drawn to climate-smart agriculture as one of the approaches to mitigate or adapt to climate change.

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17/08/2017

Critical Voices in Critical Times: the Partition of India – Lessons Learned, an Interview with Rajmohan Gandhi

Gandhi with grandchildren Rajmohan and Tara. Delhi, circa March 1942. From the back cover of Rajmohan Gandhi’s, Why Gandhi Still Matters (Aleph, 2017)

 

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17/08/2017

Why Are There Pesticides in Our Eggs?

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By Christiane Huxdorff and Davin Hutchins*

11 August, 2017 (Greenpeace)* — In case you missed the news this week, here’s what we know so far: during the first week in August, the Dutch food safety authority (NWMA) announced that they discovered tens of thousands of eggs contaminated with fipronil – a toxic anti-lice pesticide, banned in food production in the EU. Dutch and Belgian police have since made arrests at the homes of buyers of the fipronil-laced pesticides.

Eggs in ALDI Supermarket in Germany

Millions of eggs could be contaminated. The full extent isn’t known yet, but 180 Dutch farms have been temporarily closed and major German retailers like Lidl and Aldi have been pulling eggs off their shelves.

Authorities in Germany are testing other products made with eggs; like pasta, mayonnaise and cakes.

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17/08/2017

Colombia: UN Observers Conclude FARC-EP Arms Removal Process

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16 August 2017 – More than 8,000 weapons and over one million burned cartridges were transported to a central warehouse in Colombia as the United Nations political mission in the country concluded the process of the laying down of individual weapons of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) combatants.

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UN observers removing the last of more than 8,112 guns carried by the FARC-EP. Photo: UN Mission in Colombia

17/08/2017

Latin America and Caribbean at Difficult Juncture as Foreign Direct Investment Shrinks – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

16 August 2017 – The United Nations Latin America commission has reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the region declined by 7.9 per cent to $167.043 billion in 2016, due to low commodity prices, sluggish economic growth and global trend of shifting investment in developed economies.

A railroad worker fixed tracks in Mexico. Photo: Curt Carnemark/World Bank | Source: UN News Centre.

The report on 2017 Foreign Direct Investment, published annually and launched late last week by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) , showed the region is losing ground as a recipient of FDI, with inflows reducing for the second year in a row to levels as six years ago.

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