UN Climate Action Summit missed a key ingredient: climate action

But after 24 years of inaction by governments on climate breakdown, it’s hard to feel surprised that the moment never arrived. In fact, the summit was an abject failure.

South-America's "Trump-Copy-Cat" addressed and confused the United Nations General Assembly on 24th September 2019 with his fascist rhetoric. WATCH THE VIDEO below.

By VF - 24. September 2019

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro rallied against political correctness and advocated for deregulation in a speech on 24th September 2019 before the UN General Assembly in New York - a day which will have to be marked in history as the day when fascism took a grip on the UN.

“My country was very close to socialism, which led us to a situation of widespread corruption, serious economic recession, high crime rates and continuous ceaseless attack against family and religious values that are part and parcel of our traditions,” Bolsonaro said, adding that he has tried to reduce bureaucracy since coming into office earlier this year.

Bolsonaro, who spoke a day after the UN held the climate action summit - that also was more talk than action, has been criticized for promoting business interests over environmental concerns and for trying - like U.S. president Trump who spoke earlier - to tell the international community that he can and will do what he wants.

Jair Bolsonaro has been called “Captain Chainsaw” and stated earlier himself that he didn't mind to be called "Nero" due to his needs to exploit resources in the Amazon that come along with forests been setting ablaze to clear the land. Many see this as the impetus for the rocketing deforestation and ensuing fires in the rainforest this year. Accusations that Bolsonaro has waged an ecocide and outright genocide have already been made, but obviously the UN let him speak, while 10 Russian UN delegation members were refused entry to the USA and could not attend the sessions.

Ecocide Should Be Recognized as a Crime Against Humanity, but We Can’t Wait for The Hague to Judge

Cardboard cutouts of CEOs from BP and Exxon are held a the Global Climate Strike march in New York City on Friday, September 20, 2019. The Global Climate Strike week of action with worldwide strikes expected to stop 'business as usual' in the face of 'the climate emergency. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

By  - TI - 24. September 2019

The image of Darren Woods, CEO of Exxon Mobil, loomed over the climate strike in New York last Friday afternoon. Rendered in cardboard, 15 feet tall and clutching a bag of fake, bloodied money, the puppet of Woods wore the label “Climate Villain.” It bobbed among the 250,000-strong crowd, joined by cutout versions of BP CEO Bob Dudley and Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden. By the time the puppets were set down in Battery Park, the terminus of the New York protest, the faces of the fossil fuel executives had been daubed with marker-pen devil horns.

As millions of workers and students filled city streets around the world last week, there was no shortage of bold and inventive protest signs. While many expressed broad concerns about the burning planet and an imperiled future, a number, like the CEO puppets, were unambiguous in their antagonism towards the fossil fuel industry and its political enablers. With the stakes of global heating intolerable, and the fanglessness of international climate agreements undeniable, it is little wonder that activists are calling for the major perpetrators of environmental decimation to be seen as guilty parties in mass atrocity, on a par with war crimes and genocide. The demand that ecocide — the decimation of ecosystems, humanity and non-human life — be prosecutable by The International Criminal Court has found renewed force in a climate movement increasingly unafraid to name its enemies.

NZ government targets ivory trade regulations

Total Ivory and Rhino Horn Ban NOW

By RNZ/JGI - 24 September 2019

The New Zealand government is looking to regulate the domestic market for elephant ivory as it seeks to strengthen measures to prevent international trade in endangered species.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today released a discussion document detailing options to amend the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989.

Ms Sage said the review aimed to guarantee New Zealand was meeting its commitments to ensure this kind of trade "is not detrimental to the survival of species in the wild".

"There is growing concern worldwide about the role that trade in elephant ivory plays in the poaching and decline of elephant populations.

"New Zealand's domestic market for ivory is thought to be small but the domestic sale of elephant ivory items is not currently regulated", she said.

Revealed: Major banks and investors including Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan
Stanley, BlackRock are pouring money into global forest destruction

Barclays, HSBC and Santander among high street names behind companies implicated in rainforest destruction. 
More than 300 banks and investors back six of the world’s most harmful agribusinesses to the tune of $44bn

By GlobalWitness - 23. September 2019

  • New investigation by Global Witness uncovers for the first time a truly global picture of major financial players driving $44 billion into companies directly or indirectly involved in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, the Congo Basin and Papua New Guinea.
  • This includes some of the largest names in global finance—Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Santander and Standard Chartered among them— investing tens of billions of dollarsinto such companies.
  • In total, Global Witness identified more than 300 banks and investors funding businesses connected to forest destruction.
  • Money flowing through financial capitals like London, Berlin, Singapore and New York used to fuel companies destroying forests to produce products like palm oil, beef, and rubber.
  • The NGO is urging policy makers to address the systemic failure of the financial system by introducing regulatory measures, including mandatory due diligence and reporting on environmental, social and governance risks, to curb this kind of damage.

Inequality out in the open. Credit: A.D. McKenzie/IPS

The Social Impact of Economic Inequality

By Blerim Mustafa - IPS - 23. September 2019

The backlash against globalization can no longer be ignored

GENEVA, - Increasing economic inequality is a defining challenge of our time. In recent years, it has triggered analysis and reflection by many scholars, politicians and others on its causes and consequences on economic growth and efficiency, politics and democracy, human rights, individual behaviors, access to health, social cohesion and environmental degradation. The perception that the top 1% of income earners are gaining at the expense of the other 99% has resulted in widespread public debates in many countries on the social and political repercussions of inequality.

Mongolian mining boom threatens traditional herding

Gobi desert could become a global testing ground for anti-desertification measures.

By   23. 

Exploring the vastness of Gobi Desert in the 13th century, Marco Polo proclaimed it to be filled with “extraordinary illusions.” Today, Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest copper-gold mines, rises among Mongolia’s traditional herding lands, shimmering like an illusion across the steppe’s treeless, grassless plains.

Mineral-rich Mongolia, labelled “the next Qatar” by The Economist, is experiencing an unparalleled mining boom. But as mega-mines like Oyu Tolgoi ramp up production, they are creating distrust and conflict with herder communities.

The rapid rise in mineral extraction now raises the question, “Can herding survive mining?”

The Modern Day Scramble for Africa

Forget the states and governances - Afrikan Indigenous Nations and our people need to join hearts and hands.

By RRN - 23. September 2019

From the US to China to Israel to Russia, governments are positioning resources - both civilian and military - in various African nations for various reasons.

Jacqueline Luqman talks to Maurice Carney about who are the players on the continent, what do they want, what does this mean for the future of Africa and Africans, and why should we here in the US be concerned.

WATCH THE VIDEO and SEE ALSO THE COMMENTS BELOW:

Since the days of the slave-trade and the colonial times, we Afrikans were conditioned to cut corners and to dodge in order to survive, and therefore we forgive this also in our leaders. Unless we learn how to hold our own people, who play the counterparts for foreign exploitation, fully accountable we will continue to suffer - while the takers laugh.

Gabon becomes the first African country to receive funding for preserving its rainforests

About 80 per cent of Gabon is covered by forests, sheltering a rich variety of wildlife.

By Aisha Salaudeen - CNN - 23. September 2019

In an effort to fight climate change, the United Nations announced Sunday that Gabon will become the first African country paid with international funds to preserve its rainforest.

Through the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), Norway will pay $150 million to Gabon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and battle deforestation. The announcement was made at the Climate Action Summit in New York, where world leaders gathered to discuss how to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

50 Days of Kashmir Under Lockdown

A boy pedals his bike along the desolated street of old city, which has been epicentre of protests and demonstrations. Credit: Umer Asif/IPS

By Umar Manzoor Shah and Umer Asif - IPS - 23 09. 2019

SRINAGAR, Kashmir - It is 50 days into the lockdown in Kashmir since roads were blocked off, schools shut, and internet and communication services stopped.

On Aug. 5, India’s federal government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a curfew in the Muslim-majority area after amending the law to revoke the partial autonomy and statehood of Jammu and Kashmir. Restrictions on movement were immediately placed through a curfew as internet and telecommunications were cut.

The government also decreed that people from other Indian states could buy land in the region and become permanent citizens here.

Local Muslims, who form 80 percent of Kashmir’s 8 million people, feared that through such a move, the Indian government was trying to change the demography of the region.

What's the Difference Between Global Warming and Climate Change?

A glacier is seen in the Kenai Mountains on Sept. 6, near Primrose, Alaska. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have been studying the glaciers in the area since 1966 and their studies show that the warming climate has resulted in sustained glacial mass loss as melting outpaced the accumulation of new snow and ice.
Joe Raedle / Getty Images

By Mark Mancini - 21. September 2019

On Aug. 18, Iceland held a funeral for the first glacier lost to climate change. The deceased party was Okjökull, a historic body of ice that covered 14.6 square miles (38 square kilometers) in the Icelandic Highlands at the turn of the 20th century. But its glory days are long gone. In 2014, having dwindled to less than 1/15 its former size, Okjökull lost its status as an official glacier.

A plaque was later commissioned to honor the vanishing landmark. At the somber installation ceremony, around 100 people gathered to pay their respects, including hikers, scientists and Iceland's Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Speaking to the press, Jakobsdóttir warned that if current trends continue, her country stands to lose even more of its iconic glaciers in the near future.

The evidence is overwhelming: Greenhouse gas emissions (and other human activities) are radically transforming the planet on which we live. As a result, California's wildfire season is getting longer; thawing permafrost has destabilized Russian infrastructure; and yes, most of the world's glaciers are swiftly retreating.

How America Can Save Itself & Avoid a World War 3

Liberty and Freedom are drowning.

Lisa Y.

The Western financial system is basically in coma and kept alive only by generous IV injections of central bank liquidity by printing money, aka quantitative easing, to fuel asset bubbles are about to wipe off the last vestiges of what used to be a market economy.

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Botswana opposes attempts to remove option of sustainably utilizing wildlife: official

Botswana's diamond-rich ruling class wants to continue baby-ele exports to crazy amusement parks - SHUT DOWN ALL AMUSEMENT PARKS USING ANY WILDLIFE SLAVES AND PREPARE FOR BOTSWANA BOYCOTT, IF Prez MASISI AND Vice TSOGWANE CONTINUE WITH THAT SLUMBER!

By Xinhua - 20. September 2019

GABORONE — Botswana opposes attempts to remove option of sustainably utilizing wildlife, a senior official in Botswana’s ministry of environment, natural resources conversation and tourism said Friday.

Botswana will continue to oppose attempts to end the capture and export of live wild African elephants for amusement parks, said Thato Raphaka, permanent secretary in the ministry of environment, natural resources conservation and tourism.

In a historic vote last month, the 18th conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted to end the capture and export of live wild African elephants from Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia for amusement parks.

Brazil’s Army Wanted to “Occupy” the Amazon Before. Leaked Audio Reveals Their Plan to Try Again.

An aerial view of deforestation in the Menkragnoti Indigenous Territory in Altamira, Pará state, Brazil, on Aug. 28, 2019. Photo: Joao Laet/AFP/Getty Images

By  - TI - 20. September 2019 

[Leia em português]

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is planning to push industrialization and development in the interior of the country’s Amazon basin. It is far from a new project. For more than a century, a series of Brazilian governments have sought to move into the country’s interior, developing — or, to be more precise, colonizing — the Amazon. From the populist president-turned-dictator who made one of the early industrial pushes into the forest in the 1930s to the military dictatorship that ruled the country for two decades from 1964 until 1985, the justifications have largely been the same — economic gain and geopolitical paranoia — as were the often poor results.

Bird populations are collapsing, and it's a sign of a bigger problem

'We need to pay attention' to the bird decline, researchers say. (Supplied: Gary Mueller, Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

By environment reporter Nick Kilvert - ABC Science - 20. September 2019

Key points:

  • There are 2.9 billion fewer birds in North America today compared to 1970
  • Bird collapses are coinciding with insect collapses in many parts of the world
  • Shifting baseline syndrome allows us to miss the signs

When Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring was published in 1962, it caused a national outcry and breathed life into the environment movement in the US.

The title was taken from a line in a Keats poem: "The sedge has withered from the lake, and no birds sing."

United Nations Environment (in transition from UNEP) still doesn't get it - Nature is always the most effective way! But humans must not stand in Nature's way.

Talking always of UN goals 2000, 2010, 2020, 2030, 2050 etc. - that never got and never will get achieved in time with the presently applied ways and means - is only blindfolding the sheeple. This year the Alps and also Iceland already lost a first glacier each and the UN is talking of goals in 2050 or 2100.

Since 30, 40 years UNEP had been requested by pleading organizations and communities to help urgently with their already ongoing efforts to rehabilitate the mangroves, but UNEP did almost nothing. Now all of a sudden the UN diplomats realize that the mangrove projects actually are not so problematic politically as the Amazon and pin the Mangroves on their banner to shield the UN against criticism that they would do absolutely nothing.

Thereby they sidetrack and  instead of kicking Brazil under Bolsonaro right now out of the international community the UN hosts show events. Bolsonaro is already a pariah and should be dealt with by the ICC, but as long as he can play the role of a president, and the Brazilian people, who want to get rid of him, don't get international solidarity they are not yet encouraged enough. Ah, sorry we forgot "non-interference into the internal affairs", hoops - but UN sanctioned bombings in Yemen and atrocities by UN mercenaries in DR Congo are not "interference" and OK? - end of comment. Read the UNEP propaganda ahead of the NY Climate Action Summit below:

Nature ‘one of most effective ways’ of combatting climate change

The largest glacier in the Swiss Alps, the Aletschgletscher, is melting rapidly and could disappear altogether by 2100. Geir Braathen

By UN Environment - 19. September 2019

Nature is “one of the most effective ways” of combatting climate change and should be part of every country’s climate strategy according to the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen. 

World leaders will be gathering at the United Nations in New York next week at a Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Ms. Andersen will be there to promote the idea of nature-based solutions to combatting climate change.

UNEP is supporting one of the nine summit action tracks designated by the Secretary-General under the leadership of the Governments of China and New Zealand.  UN News asked Ms. Andersen how nature can help to reverse climate change.