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IAEA from 1992 – 2016: SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINT; - A REGULATOR MUST NOT A PROMOTER BE. E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 05 February 2016 13:42

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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At cop21, The IAEA was continuing the promotion of Nuclear energy:

 

 Nuclear power can make a "significant contribution" to combatting climate change - "one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today" - while providing energy for economic growth, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA yesterday announced the publication of its report entitled Climate Change and Nuclear Power 2015. The annual publication, it says, "provides a comprehensive review of the potential role of nuclear power in mitigating global climate change and its contribution to other economic, energy and environmental challengers." The report also looks at the economics of nuclear energy, safety, waste management and non-proliferation.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 13:50
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1997 Discrimination on Grounds of Political Opinion: Will C51 Be the Same? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 13:22

Excerpt from a submission to the 2005 Senate Committee on anti- terrorism

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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The intelligence community appears to be inept at assessing what constitutes real national and international threats to security. This ineptitude was confirmed recently at a colloquium, entitled the ‘Challenges of Security Intelligence Review Committee SIRC’. An official from SIRC acknowledged the following:

 

In assessing the distinction between those who have a disagreement with politics and those who are deemed to be terrorists...Police agencies are not good at making that distinction and err on the side of security "."Our Intelligence community came out of a cold war culture. We are in a very different world. There is a lot of catch up. We have to have the ability to identify clearly this distinction. If we don’t do this we are threatening the fabric of the civil liberties of Canadians.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:42
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TPP: Lessons from New Zealand E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:13

By Jomo Kwame Sundaraml

Jomo Kwame Sundaram. Credit: FAO
Jomo Kwame Sundaram was an Assistant Secretary-General responsible for analysis of economic development in the United Nations system during 2005-2015, and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 2 2016 (IPS) - A new paper* on the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement for New Zealand examines key economic issues likely to be impacted by this trade agreement. It is remarkable how little TPP brings to the table. NZ’s gross domestic product will grow by 47 per cent by 2030 without the TPP, or by 47.9 per cent with the TPP. Even that small benefit is an exaggeration, as the modelling makes dubious assumptions, and the real benefits will be even smaller. If the full costs are included, net economic benefits to the NZ economy are doubtful. The gains from tariff reductions are less than a quarter of the projected benefits according to official NZ government modelling. Although most of the projected benefits result from reducing non-tariff barriers (NTBs), the projections rely on inadequate and dubious information that does not even identify the NTBs that would be reduced by the TPP!

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The European Parliament opposed the import of three genetically modified (GM) soybeans E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:06
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Protesting against GM crops in Dublin (c) William Murphy

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Pandora's box: how GM mosquitos could have caused Brazil's microcephaly disaster E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 05:10

By Oliver Tickell

1st February 2016

 

Aedes Aegypti mosquito feeding on human blood. Photo: James Gathany via jentavery on Flickr (CC BY).

Aedes Aegypti mosquito feeding on human blood. This is the species that transmits Zika, and that was genetically engineered by Oxitec using the piggyBac transposon. Photo: James Gathany via jentavery on Flickr (CC BY).


These 'promiscuous' transposons have found special favour with genetic engineers, whose goal is to create 'universal' systems for transferring genes into any and every species on earth. Almost none of the geneticists has considered the hazards involved.In Brazil's microcephaly epidemic, one vital question remains unanswered: how did the Zika virus suddenly learn how to disrupt the development of human embryos? The answer may lie in a sequence of 'jumping DNA' used to engineer the virus's mosquito vector - and released into the wild four years ago in the precise area of Brazil where the microcephaly crisis is most acute.

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Geothermal industry reaches out to out-of-work oil drillers E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 05:04

With demand for drilling rigs and oil sands workers on the decline, opportunity awaits in Canada’s nascent geothermal industry.

The job losses related to $55-a-barrel oil could be as high as 23,000 this year as Alberta’s oil patch adjusts to new market realities.

That was the recent warning from the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, which predicted that the number of active drilling rigs in service will fall to an average of 203 a day in 2015 from 370 a day last year – a 41 per cent drop.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 05:06
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Opinion: Site C: Too risky to rely on one river system for B.C.’s hydro needs E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:54

BY BEN PARFITT, SPECIAL TO THE VANCOUVER SUN JANUARY 28, 2016

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/opinion+site+risky+

 
 

 

Opinion: Site C: Too risky to rely on one river system for B.C.s hydro needs
 

Peace River just below the W.A.C. Bennett dam.

Photograph by: Derrick Penner , Vancouver SunIn the face of a prolonged drought, water levels at Lake Mead, the giant reservoir that straddles the Nevada and Arizona borders, are lower than at any point since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.

For residents in California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico, a crisis looms. What alternative drinking water sources are there for millions of people? How many farms may fail? What will replace the “reliable” hydroelectric power that the Hoover and other dams once produced?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:59
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COP21: A LACK OF GLOBAL VISION AND FULL OF SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 30 January 2016 13:15

by Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project

 

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The Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon,urged the states to negotiate with a global vsion, not a with a specific national vision

 

  In the COP21 Preamble was the following:

 

“climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human society and the planet”

yet was there ‘a global vision and was the urgency addressed in COP 21

 

There were systemic constraints preventing the global urgency of climate change:

1. The two degree fallacy - "At 2 degrees the poor the disenfranchised and the vulnerable would not survive, at 1.5, they might" (COP15, IPCC PRESS CONFERENCE)

2.   Some states are more equal than others, and that the forests that are left are to offset our emissions

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 January 2016 15:02
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Big Oil and Gas Want Them Out, But One Small Clan is Standing Up to Pipeline Expansion E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:55

byTony Manno posted Jan 19, 2016Stand with Freda Huson & Unist’ot’en.

 

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/big-oil-and-gas-want-them-out-but-one-small-clan-is-standing-up-to-pipeline-expansion-20160119?utm_source=Sightline%20Institute&utm_medium=web-email&utm_campaign=Sightline%20News%20Selections

Big Oil and Gas Want Them Out, But One Small Clan is Standing Up to Pipeline Expansion

A First Nations clan is bringing pipeline projects to a grinding halt—simply by occupying their traditional lands.

Tony Manno posted Jan 19, 2016

Down a logging road in northern British Columbia, signs of modern life slowly disappear. Blue, snow-capped mountains fill the landscape, their yellowed forests bearing the scars of clear-cutting and the ravenous pine beetle, while the road begins to mimic the path of a river. 

http://reports.yesmagazine.org/unsurrendered/

Forty miles into the wilderness, visitors reach a bridge checkpoint: an entrance into Unist’ot’en territory. A young man in thick winter gear walks across a bridge to meet them. He asks for names. The volunteer communicates by radio to the clan’s spokesperson, who arrives shortly and takes visitors through a protocol used by generations of indigenous peoples to determine entry onto their lands.

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Kinder Morgan protesters take over Burnaby bridge E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:50

 

By Elizabeth McSheffrey in NewsEnergy | January 19th 2016
 
 

Their voices rang loudly and clearly on a grey afternoon in Burnaby, B.C.

 

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Grand Chief Stewart Phillip addresses a crowd outside the NEB hearing for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey on Tues. Jan. 19, 2016. 
 

"NEB is a sham!" shouted protesters, swarming the outer lanes of the busy Willingdon overpass at lunch hour on Tuesday. "Trudeau, we said no!" "Kinder Morgan, make my day, take your pipeline, go away!"

Their cries were enhanced with fog horns, drums, whistles and songs, and did not stop until all had reach the doors of the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre, where the National Energy Board (NEB) reviewed Kinder Morgan's controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansionin a formal hearing. They wore face paint, feathers, traditional Indigenous blankets, and expressions ranging from exhilaration to contempt. They vowed not to stop until their case was won.

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Independent economists: TPP will kill 450,000 US jobs; 75,000 Japanese jobs, 58,000 Canadian jobs E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:40

By CORY DOCTOROW

http://boingboing.net/2016/01/20/independent-economists-tpp-wi.html#more-444398

 

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Proponents of the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership -- which lets companies force governments to get rid of their labor, environmental and safety rules in confidential tribunals -- say it's all worth it because it will deliver growth and jobs to the stagnant economies of the rich world.

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