It takes 21 litres of water to produce a small chocolate bar.

Clean water is already scarce on Earth and wars will ensue over it, if the problem is not taken seriously today.

By , - 06. October 2019

Our diets can have a big environmental impact. The greenhouse gas emissions involved in producing and transporting various foods has been well researched, but have you ever thought about the water-scarcity impacts of producing your favourite foods? The answers may surprise you.

In research recently published in the journal Nutrients, we looked at the water scarcity footprints of the diets of 9,341 adult Australians, involving more than 5,000 foods. We measured both the amount of water used to produce a food, and whether water was scarce or abundant at the location it was drawn from.

IUCN ethics committee destroys the hunting narrative

All trophy collectors satisfy their sick psyche - some of the trophy-killers even their urge for mass-murder. This has nothing in common with true traditional hunting, eg. by Indigenous peoples.

By Campaign Against Canned Hunting - 05. October 2019

The sport-"hunting" industry has been very successful in foisting the "hunting" narrative onto the conservation community. Using stalking horses such as WWF the hunting fraternity has persuaded most of global conservation structures that hunting is a tool of conservation.

In particular the hunting fraternity has infiltrated the IUCN and ensured that this pre-eminent scientific authority makes no decisions that impact adversely upon hunting privileges.

Now for the first time, a careful, comprehensive report by the IUCN ethics committee, an eminent international group of distinguished scientists, has reported that hunting and in particular trophy hunting, has no place in conservation. Hunting agencies which currently control the narrative in IUCN should logically therefore be thrown out of the IUCN.

Save Forest and Tiger Reserve from Uranium Mining

Dyfi Telangana started this petition to the President of India and 5 others  - plus here: PM Narendra Modi

Already over 200,000 have signed - SIGN ON

Updated 05. October 2019

President of India Ram Nath Kovind - Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi - 110004 plus VP Venkaiah Naidu

Supreme Court of India - CJ Ranjan Gogoi - The Registrar,. Supreme Court of India,. Tilak Marg,New Delhi

World Environment Protection Center - 41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area New Delhi-110062

Forest Department of India - Office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Department of Forests and Wildlife, Govt. of NCT

CMO Telangana - Telangana Cm Office, Secretariat. Khairatabad. Hyderabad, Telangana, India, Pin Code – 500022​​​​​​​

CMO AndhraPradesh - 1st Block, 1st Floor, Interim Government Complex, A.P Secre

The Federal Reserve Cartel: The Eight Families

The Sign of the Takers

By Dean Henderson - GR - 01. June 2011 / rev. 05. October 2019

The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch.

According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation.[1]

So who then are the stockholders in these money center banks?

Japanese kill 223 whales in first commercial whaling season for 31 years

Japan's whale-butchering Nisshin-Maru factory ship

IWC - just another toothless UN instrument - does NOTHING!!!

JAPANESE whaling ship Nisshin Maru returned to port today, completing the first commercial whale-hunting season sanctioned unilateraly by the country in 31 years.

The whaling fleet killed 187 Bryde’s whales, 25 sei whales and 11 minke whales, three species of rorqual that average 45, 65 and 30 feet in length, returning with 1,430 tons of whale meat — a slightly lower total than from last year’s “research” hunts that conservationists long argued were a mask for commercial whaling.

In northwest Spain, conservation efforts pay off as bears thrive

There are between 330 and 350 brown bears in the Cantabrian Mountains, including more than 40 females, one of which is seen here in a picture released by Spain's Fundacion Oso Pardo (Brown Bear Foundation)

By Patrick Rahir - 04. October 2019

Daylight is only just breaking over Spain's Cantabrian Mountains and already a dozen enthusiasts are up and about in the hope of spotting a brown bear.

Shy creatures which feature on the list of Spain's endangered species, Cantabrian have been growing in number in this mountainous northwestern region after almost disappearing.

Fernando Garitagoita has rented a house in La Peral, a hamlet in the Somiedo nature reserve in the Asturias region, to be first in line in the morning to film them with his .

On holiday with his family, the house is just metres from a hill where dozens of passionate bear watchers set up camp every day, equipped with powerful telescopes and expensive photography equipment.

Why I tabled an early-day motion calling for the government to free Julian Assange

Julian Assange on the day when he was illegally dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy London

CHRIS WILLIAMSON MP explains why we must fight the imprisonment and extradition of the Australian 'spy for and of the people'

By Chris Williamson - MS - 04.

THE Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recently published a video entitled “Journalism is not a crime.” It boldly states that “you can’t kill the truth,” that “everyone deserves access to information,” that “it’s vital to hold governments to account” and that “freedom of expression underpins all human rights.”

It therefore begs the question: why the hell is Julian Assange languishing in solitary confinement in Belmarsh high security prison, particularly now that he has served his sentence for breaching bail conditions?

Entry into force of amended Gothenburg Protocol is landmark for clean air and climate action

Despite all the UN regulatios  - the Precautionary Principle still is nowhere applied or implemented in a way that it can be enforced.

By UNECE - 04 October 2019

Air pollution kills 7 million people every year according to WHO data. It is by far the world’s largest single environmental health risk and a leading cause of death by cancer. Air pollution is also closely linked to climate change and is a major cause of environmental degradation, threatening almost two-thirds of Europe’s ecosystems. This makes air pollution a critical barrier for sustainable development. 

Monday 7 October will mark an important step in international efforts to address this challenge with the entry into force of amendments to the Gothenburg Protocol, adopted in 2012, in 18 countries in Europe and North America: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and USA, and the EU. Further UNECE member States are expected to ratify the Protocol in the coming months.

5G Cell Phone Radiation: How the Telecom Companies Are Losing the Battle to Impose 5G Against the Will of the People

The telecommunications companies and the mainstream media would have you believe that the race to roll out 5G is unstoppable. That you are nothing and no one in the face of a lethal multi-trillion-dollar agenda imposed by some of the most powerful entities on the planet.

By Claire Edwards (*) - GR - October 04, 2019

They thought that if they called their new, alleged “communications technology”, adapted from the military Active Denial Technology, “5G” or fifth generation, the public would just assume that it was more of the same as 4G, 3G or 2G. And if they could characterise the rollout as a race, the public would not have enough time to find out what a killer technology 5G is. How wrong they were! Not only has the public found out, but now they know how lethal previous generations of wireless technology – to be used concurrently with 5G – are as well.

Below is the evidence from a number of different countries that the pushback is huge and growing. The telcos have lost the propaganda war, despite their control of the mainstream media, from which not a whisper of the dangers of 5G is heard, and of social media and Youtube, who have been desperately deleting millions of accounts to silence the naysayers.

France’s Police Protest Movement: The Unspoken Truth is that their Demands are Similar to those of the Yellow Vests

More than 20,000 police officers marched from Place de la Bastille to Place de la République.

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky (*) - GR - 04. October 2019 - Pour la version française de cet article

In early October, The French Police conducted La March de la colère, (The “March of Anger”) directed against President Macron’s deadly economic austerity measures. “The center of Paris was paralyzed by the largest rally of police officers in years; they say they are in total despair after being abandoned by the government.” We have no money, salaries are falling, our pension funds are threatened.

Police “activists” pointed to abysmal working conditions, poverty as well as suicide within their ranks. 

In a bitter irony, the “dirty economic medicine” which is hitting France’s population at large is also affecting the police officers whose mandate is to repress those who question the legitimacy of the government’s austerity measures

FAMILY FEUDS: How Kagame and Museveni became the best of frenemies

When it comes to the looting of DR Congo many best friends have become enemies. The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda, Paul Kagame (L) and Yoweri Museveni / Village Urugwiro

... while ecocide and genocide in the DR Congo persist.

By Nicholas Norbrook, Parselelo Kantai, Patrick Smith, in Kigali and Kampala - 4 October 2019

Once great allies, presidents Kagame and Museveni are becoming more and more critical of each other, risking conflict in East and Central Africa. At stake are big investments, regional leadership, the future of the EAC

Someone with a sense of humour drew up the seating plan for Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential inauguration on 25 May in South Africa.

There in the best seats, reserved for Africa’s veteran leaders, were presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame, chatting, if not animatedly, at least with civility.

So why not seat two of East Africa’s grandees next to each other? They should have had so much to discuss.

Study tracks first incursion of poachers into ‘pristine’ African forest

Forest elephants by Richard Ruggiero/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Wikimedia Commons

By  (*) - 03. October 2019

  • Researchers logged the first evidence of elephant poaching in a remote, pristine section of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the northern Republic of Congo.
  • The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, also revealed unique behavior changes between gorillas and chimpanzees as a result of selective logging.
  • The research highlights the need to incorporate the results of biodiversity surveys into plotting out the locations of areas set aside for conservation.

Gene Edited Catastrophe in Brazil. Mosquito

British-American gene-editing company OXITEC has released millions of genetically modified mosquitoes containing a dominant lethal gene, each week for 27 months in the Bahia, Brazil region in a test to see if the gene-edited mosquitoes would mate with local mosquitoes carrying Zika, malaria or other mosquito-borne diseases.

By F. William Engdahl (*) - GR - 03. October 2019

[Read also our earlier report.]

A new study documents the alarming fact that following an initial reduction of the target population of mosquitoes, after some months the “population which had been greatly suppressed rebounded to nearly pre-release levels.” Scientists to date have no idea what dangers are presented by the new mutations. This once more highlights the dangers of uncontrolled gene-editing of species.

According to a new published study in Nature Reports journal, genetically engineered mosquitoes produced by the biotech company, Oxitec, now part of the US company Intrexon, have escaped human control after trials in Brazil and are now spreading in the environment.

On paper the theory was brilliant. Strains of “yellow fever” male mosquitoes taken from Cuba and Mexico were altered using gene-editing to make it impossible for their offspring to survive.

Extinction Rebellion: Climate activists fire hundreds of gallons of fake blood at the UK's Treasury

STOP FUNDING CLIMATE DEATH

By Rachael Kennedy - EN 

Activists with the Extinction Rebellion group have sprayed hundreds of gallons of fake blood at the UK's Treasury building in protest against what the group says is "funding climate death".

Using a decommissioned fire engine, the climate activists parked in front of the building in central London on Thursday and began spraying its 1,800 litres of fake blood from one of the hosepipes.

It was seen to drench the pavement in front of the building, while splatters of red stained the steps leading to the entrance.

Pack your bags, secure your phone - it’s just days until our International Rebellion!

By XR-UK - 02. October 2019

We’ve got a big act to follow: last week saw the biggest environmental mobilisation in history, with 7.6 million people in 185 countries marching and striking to call for a liveable climate.

The Global Climate Strike began three days before the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. For all the talk of 'increased ambition' and a 'surge of engagement', the UN Secretary General was still frank that 'we have a long way to go'.

Why the Fires Raging Across Amazonia Ought to be a Burning Issue for Africa

Of late, global news headlines have been dominated by reports of the fires raging across the Amazon Basin, mainly in Brazil but in other countries across the region such as Bolivia as well. Cognisant of the adverse consequences they portend for climate change, several governments and international agencies have condemned the Brazilian government’s role in this crisis and mounted relief efforts in response to this emergency.

By Prof Gerard Boyce (*) - October 02, 2019

Despite widespread media coverage, the conflagration raging across the Atlantic does not seem to have captured the Africans public’s attention as much as it has that of other citizens globally.

Our oversight of the global catastrophe taking place half a world away is perhaps understandable plagued as the continent is with multiple immediate challenges that are closer to home. Foremost of these is the migrant crisis gripping North Africa and the Mediterranean region and the deadly eruption of anti-foreigner violence in South Africa. The profound political economy effects which events unfolding in the Amazon might have on African countries coupled with the planetary-wide effects it could have on global weather patterns and ecology, however, may make it worthwhile for Africans to pay greater attention to these developments, if not for altruistic then at least for selfishreasons.

To see how the blaze raging in Amazonia has far-reaching implications for Africa, consider the following prevailing geopolitical trends. Consider firstly the growing tensions between the US and its rivals, chiefly China, with which it appears to be locked in fierce competition for global hegemony and pre-eminence. As evidence of this increased rivalry, witness the increasingly hostile trade war between China and the US. According to most accounts, the primary military and strategic objective of US policy towards China is to contain China.