BEIJING (Reuters) - Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial (China set to elevate environment over development...
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China is forced to deal with the undesirable problems of rapid growth.
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, April 6 (Reuters) - World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be ap...
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The new draft shows that getting on track to meet the 2C goal would mean limiting greenhouse gas emissions to between 30 and 50 billion tonnes in 2030, a radical shift after a surge to 49 billion tonnes in 2010 from 38 billion in 1990.
The shift would educe economic output by between 2-6 percent by 2050, because of the costs of building a cleaner energy system based on low-carbon energies that are more expensive than abundant coal, the IPCC said. Capturing carbon dioxide is also expensive, it added.
China and the United States are the top emitters.
One option is to let temperatures overshoot the 2C target while developing technology to cool the planet by extracting greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, the draft says. The draft that would add to risks of warming and push up costs.
Extracting carbon from nature includes simple measures such as planting more trees, which soak up carbon as they grow, or capturing and burying greenhouse gases from electricity-generating plants that burn wood or other plant matter.
A problem is that markets for trading carbon dioxide focus on cuts in emissions at power plants and factories burning fossil fuels, not renewable energies which are viewed as green.
"In Europe there is no incentive" said Jonas Helseth, director of environmental group Bellona Europe who chairs a group of scientists and industry experts looking at burying emissions from renewable energy.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday limiting federal authority to permanently protect public lands, according to the Sierra Club.
The bill, H.R. 1459, prevents the president from using the Antiquities Act to designate national monuments, which presidents of both parties have used for more than 100 years to preserve iconic American treasures, including the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon. In fact, nearly half of all national parks were first national monuments, like the Grand Canyon and Muir Woods.
“Protected public lands, whether parks, monuments or wilderness areas, are good for local economies, for our quality of life and for future generations,” said Dan Chu, senior director of the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America Campaign. “Instead of undermining popular protection efforts, House Republicans should be doing their part to further efforts to make our protected public lands more representative of America’s diverse history and continue the conservation legacy that is so vital to communities across the country.”
The Guardian BT, Shell and corporates call for trillion tonne carbon cap The Guardian Unilever, Shell, BT, and EDF Energy are among 70 leading companies today calling on governments across the globe to step up efforts to tackle climate change.
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Unilever, Shell, BT, and EDF Energy are among 70 leading companies today calling on governments across the globe to step up efforts to tackle climate change.
The companies, which have a combined turnover of $90bn, say the world needs a "rapid and focused response" to the threat of rising global carbon emissions and the "disruptive climate impacts" associated with their growth.
The Age Freedom Foods in overseas expansion The Age Freedom employs 75 people and plans another plant upgrade in August - to introduce more automation and increase volume - to cater to the US market where demand for gluten and allergen free...
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A breif look at this company reveals this:
Freedom constructed a $30 million purpose built facility in Leeton, in regional NSW to maintain its position as a category leader in the health food segment.
It is fending off competition from multinational giants such as Nestle Australia which launched a new range of "lunchbox friendly" muesli bars that meet school nut management policies in January.
Freedom employs 75 people and plans another plant upgrade in August - to introduce more automation and increase volume - to cater to the US market where demand for gluten and allergen free products is strong but the use of genetically modified grains more pervasive.
"Australia has an advantage because other than cotton and canola, we don't use genetically modified ingredients, the US has terrible problems sourcing grains," said managing director Rory Macleod.
While US giant Kellogg's shut its Central Coast plant late last year and moved to Thailand, Mr Macleod says he "couldn't justify moving offshore".
(KUTV) In a vote on Wednesday morning, Utah's State Records Committee ordered the city of Bluffdale to release their water records relating to the National Security Agency's new data center.
The committee voted in favor of the Salt Lake Tribune's appeal to release the documents regarding water usage, after Bluffdale officials denied the newspaper's requests.
The city buys water wholesale from the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District and and sells it to the Utah Data Center at an amount believed to be one million gallons per day for cooling the computers there.
Many have questioned the parameters of the NSA's surveillance programs and alleged violations of Constitutional privacy rights.
Exactly what functions are carried out at the agency's data center in Bluffdale is unknown.
At Wednesday's hearing, Bluffdale officials cited compliance with federal law and a need to keep secure their client's functions.
"Congress intended the organization or any function of the National Security Agency or any information with respect to the activity there would be protected," said Bluffdale City Attorney Vaughn Pickell. "There is no requirement that NSA has to show that it would jeopardize the national security, but only that it would relate to the activities. Water certainly relates to the activities."
Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle, who submitted the records requests, said he understood Bluffdale's difficult position.
"I do have some sympathy for Bluffdale. The NSA is their client buying water, and the client doesn’t want the records released, and Bluffdale's caught in the position of either trying to accommodate the NSA or releasing the records," Carlisle said. "We felt the law was on our side. We also felt there was a public interest in knowing how much water the NSA is using in Utah, so Utahns are informed about the role of the NSA in their state."
Committee member Ernest Rowley said the water is the state's and there should be an accounting of the state's water.
"It is the public's water that we are talking about here. It is not a private water interest," said Rowley. "I think there is a great public interest in knowing how much water is being consumed."
Patricia Smith Mansfield disputed the city's argument that the purchase of water constitutes NSA functions.
"An activity is doing something," she said. "Buying water in itself I don’t think is enough to define it as an activity."
The panel also voted to reduce the fees the city had charged the newspaper for digging up the records from $767 to $285.
Pickell said he and two other city employees spent hours researching and sending 500 pages of emails, contracts and other documents to Carlisle.
Bluffdale can appeal the ruling in state district court. The NSA can also intervene. The agency declined to comment about the matter on Wednesday.
Tennessee? Wow! Then I again I have lived in Tennessee so this really doesn't surprise me, Hemp does however have tremendous options for use, I have even read that Ford at one time thought he would not only run his cars on hemp but also build them our of hemp. I'll have to look that one up..This sounds far fetched to me but Hemp is a sturdy material so how knows.
Christina Sarich | Natural Society If you want to keep eating poison food, you can join the ‘scientists’ who keep spewing Monsanto-funded lies. They are telling us that genetically altered crops are good for us and the environment – that they are, in fact, a necessity to feed the world population. They say all of this, […]
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Well, Thankfully the list is a bit long to be handy...but that is a good thing if you want to avoid GMO food then there is are many companies helping us do that.
Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars). The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the ‘suicide belt’, Monsanto has…
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It is about time for the farmers to win! How can patenting life be a good idea?
What do a yoga mat, sneaker soles and a loaf of Wonder Bread have in common? All contain azodicarbonamide, a chemical primarily used in foam plastics but also used to bleach flour. Azodicarbonamide (which I’m not even going to pretend to know how to pronounce) is one of several chemicals banned in other countries but [...]
Le Monde Pesticides : la « faute inexcusable » d'un employeur viticole reconnue Le Monde Employée par le château Monestier La Tour, un domaine qui propose blancs et rouges notamment dans l'appellation bergerac, Mme S.
Pesticides: " inexcusable fault" of a wine employer recognized The Monde.fr | 04/11/2014 at 7:41 p.m. • Updated 4/12/2014 at 7:41 | By Rémi Barroux Subscribe from € 1 comment ClasserPartager facebook twitter google + linkedin pinterest
Pesticide exposure poses a risk to employees and residents wine . This is a victory for opponents of pesticides. After seven years of legal battle , Sylvie S. (she asked that her name not be mentioned) , employed in a vineyard in Gironde and poisoned by pesticide spraying , received recognition of the " inexcusable fault of his employer " . "If the disease due to exposure to pesticides are increasingly recognized as professional , this recognition of the gross negligence of the employer is a first ," says Nadine Lauverjeat , spokesman for Future Generations , an association of environmental protection .
HEADACHES AND DIZZINESS
The battle was fierce and gave rise to many twists and turns . Used by the castle Monestier La Tour, an area that offers white and red in particular appellation Bergerac, Mrs. S. is brought , June 8, 2007 , to work on vines treated the day before with two pesticides identified as irritants, the Convertible Top and Clamor ( BASF group ) .
Suffering from headaches , dizziness and fatigue large , the employee , then fixed-term contract , is to recognize that it is the victim of an accident at work in August 2007 , and has a work stoppage. It lasts until May 25, 2010 , when the MSA (MSA) states that it is "consolidated" .
" In this kind of accident, two different procedures are essential , says lawyer of the victim, Stéphane Cottineau . On the one hand the recognition of the accident or occupational disease and , secondly , the battle of the employee who expects the justice that condemns the gross negligence of the employer. " In the case of the Gironde wine- employed , a first judgment of the court of social security cases of Bordeaux rejected his application in February 2012. " The exact cause behind the disorder is not proven , "then said the judgment.
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The French agriculture is the largest consumer of chemicals in Europe. A week without pesticides is organized this week by an NGO, which is based on a call doctors. Report .
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ABSENT
On 31 October 2013, the Social Chamber of the Court of Appeal overturned the decision Bordeaux , recognizing the inexcusable : "The use of the aforesaid goods, namely Clamor and Cabrio Top , classified as irritants, establishes that the employer necessarily aware of the danger which employees may be exposed . " The judges also notes that "the evidence of lafourniture protective equipment appropriate to the work of the employee is no more provided ." After the judgment of the Court of Appeal, the owners of the castle had decided to lodge an appeal .
Last episode of the battle Thursday, April 10 , master Cottineau learned that there was a " total withdrawal of the company , which goes to the Supreme Court ." Responsibility of the employer to Ms. S. is recognized. "It is likely they did not want to risk a decision of the Court of Cassation , the highest French court , said the lawyer. This would make noise and this could set precedents , to a precedent. "
AN ENCOURAGEMENT FOR FUTURE TRIAL
Stéphane Cottineau the judgment " advances the case and will , hopefully , positive benefits for all other employees affected by pesticides that have engaged, or think commit such procedures ."
Mrs. S., she always victim of severe symptoms and has not taken any professional activity since 2007, hopes that this decision will pave the way to doubling its accident annuity , which currently stands at 107 euros monthly . Another trial for gross negligence of the employer is expected, June 5 , for two former employees of Nutréa - Triskalia , of Breton food group , who have fought for three years to recognize their pesticide poisoning .
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Anti-GMO campaigners move focus to herbicide Roundup Vancouver Sun (blog) HT plants can be sprayed with herbicide formulations containing glyphosate, a herbicide that our governments consider relatively benign.
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The times they are changing because more people are paying attention to what is happening around them and within their own body..
Nearly all of the corn and soy grown in the United States and nearly all of the canola grown in Canada is herbicide tolerant and sprayed with Roundup during its lifetime. According to widely cited figures, use of Roundup has increased in the U.S. from 15 million pounds a year in 1996 to 159 million pounds a year in 2012.
HT plants can be sprayed with herbicide formulations containing glyphosate, a herbicide that our governments consider relatively benign. But the anti-GMO lobby seems lately to have shifted its focus from trying to show that GMO foods themselves are harmful to tracking the presence of glyphosate in food and it accumulation in human beings.
Friends of the Earth Europe last year released the results of its own study of urine samples collected from volunteers in 18 countries. About 44 per cent of the samples tested positive for detectable levels of glyphosate.
Today Moms Across America did the FOE one better, releasing the results of their own sample testing of water, urine and breast milk. Three in 10 women had detectable levels in their breast milk and one presumes that these are volunteers who already avoid GMOs and therefore Roundup in their diet.
The GM farming system has made exposure to Roundup herbicide a daily fact of our existence, and according to the latest US Geological Survey study its probably in the air you are breathing…
A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, accepted for publication online ahead of print in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry, titled, “Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007,”[i] reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its still-toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007.
What are GMOs and why aren’t they labeled? Those questions will be answered more in 2014, than any year before.
After last week’s announcement that the Colorado Supreme Court approved the ballot initiative 48 language, Right To Know Colorado is now moving forward with the petitioning process to gain the 86,105 signatures needed by August to force a November vote on whether genetically modified organisms – GMOS – in food would legally be required to have a label.
Ballot and citizens initiative reviews are proving to be great way to shape our future in a more democratic way. Here is yet another way this is working in the demand for GMO labeling. Sending two people to DC to speak for a whole state was a horse and buggy answer for democracy and is not working for the age of modern technology and communication systems. These people are usually removed from the general population too far to be connected to the real public interest.
Elected officials often work more as advertisers and promoters for misinformation than receptors for pupil desires from citizens. Our senators and congressmen have more recently sent newsletters on how bad the president is, ask for citizen opinion from rigged forms rather than open input. These forms are phrased in a way that sounds like the citizens oppose alternative legislation when a full comment would have made a completely different point of view. The survey also limits the conversation to only the desired out come. None of our representatives in this state ever present a full discussion, it is always one sided and thus delivers misinformation by censorship and is corrupt in the message that is used for citizen decision making. Too many officials are obviously are playing for certain team to win and not for a well informed public to be able to express their will to them as representatives.
Selecting the winners of "American Idol" has become a greater example of participation in choice than using our old design for democracy which has become highly corrupted and corruptible. There are too few people staying in official offices for too long and this alone is enough to create too easy a target for corruption. This is much like having the hunter's deer in his site for years to plan the attack for success. We do not need standing targets for corruption in the reach of those willing to bend the world for their selfish, short term, self-centered goals.