Brazil’s Congress passed legislation late last night that strips the Amazon and other key regions of critical environmental protections, and grants amnesty to individuals accused of past illegal deforestation.
Governments from more than 90 countries have agreed to establish an independent panel of scientists to assess the very latest research on the state of the planet's fragile ecosystems. The decision, which will create a body akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was made in Panama City this weekend, after years of negotiations.
The state will send its final draft on the action plan on climate change to the Centre in a few days. The plan includes the government's strategy to address the problems of rising levels of sea water to melting Himalayan glaciers.
State environment secretary RPS Kahlon said the final draft plan had almost been prepared and was now to be submitted. "After the submission of the final draft plan, the Centre will decide which funding agency, be it the World Bank or Asian Development Bank (ADB), to approach for executing the projects," Kahlon said.
What is regarded to will be one of Namibia’s biggest funds, second to, if not bigger than Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), was launched on Monday.
Possible types of environmental levies include carbon tax and waste management levies on plastic bags, non-recyclable cans and toxic substances, among others.
Once fully functional, the newly established Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) could generate N$300 million annually through ‘green levies’.
Governments must craft a global pact that promotes a carbon tax and prices goods based on ecological costs, politicians and UN panelists urged Monday.
Former Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey said the planet is living beyond its means and needs a "sustainable" economy that better manages natural resources for its 7 billion inhabitants, while promoting human rights, equality and an end to poverty.
Healthy seas and coasts would pay healthy dividends in a green economy, according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners that highlights the huge potential for economic growth and poverty eradication from well-managed marine sectors.
The report, Green Economy in a Blue World, argues that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems, which are currently in decline around the globe, can be boosted by shifting to a more sustainable economic approach that taps their natural potential – from generating renewable energy and promoting eco-tourism, to sustainable fisheries and transport.
Barely a month into the Aquino presidency, green activists warned Cabinet officials of a looming climatic catastrophe.
The warning went largely ignored, but the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) headed by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma plodded on, raising alarm bells.
The warning was repeated to Cabinet officials in an antipoverty conference two weeks before Tropical Storm “Sendong” struck on December 16.
"Unless we take action now, all our efforts on social development and reducing poverty, even our very own survival, will be all for nothing.” Thus Presidential Assistant on Climate Change Elisea G. Guzon said Wednesday to the over 1,000 delegates during the official opening of the 58th Philsutech (Philippine Sugar Technologists, Inc.) Annual National Convention at Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City where she was the guest speaker.
Viktor Kaisiepo from First Peoples Worldwide after speaking out as a witness in the International Poverty Hearing in New York. He talks about his work with the environment and poverty and the need for governments to hear the voices of impoverished people.
Cost Effectiveness of Policy Options for Sustainable Wetland Conservation: A Case Study of Qixinghe Wetland, PRCPosted on: 12 May 2011 - 2:44pm
This EEPSEA study from the People's Republic of China assesses a number of potential policy options that could help protect the Qixinghe Wetlands which lie in the country’s Sanjiang Plain. The region’s wetlands are the most important breeding ground and migration route for waterfowls in Northeastern Asia, and provide a habitat for numerous species of wildlife. They face many challenges, one of the most significant being the disruption of the water supplies that feed them. Agriculture is the main cause of this problem, accounting for more than 75% of the total water use in the area. As the flow of water entering the wetlands is diverted, its ecosystem is damaged. This problem affects many wetland areas in the PRC.