Let’s Solve the Climate Crisis in 2020

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In order to stop climate change, we need to call on less than 300 companies to compensate their carbon emissions. Somehow, this does not seem impossible.

By Henrik Nordborg - 29. 12.  2019

The American historian Barbara W. Tuchmann begins her book The March of Folly with the following observation:

A phenomenon noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests. Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government than of almost any other human activity. In this sphere, wisdom, which may be defined as the exercise of judgment acting on experience, common sense and available information, is less operative and more frustrated than it should be. Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests? Why does intelligent mental process seem so often not to function?

Tuchman, Barbara W., The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam.

Conservation Finance - what does it entail?

Must the tree of life be linked to money?

By Dr Eugenie Regan (*) - 

As part of my Cambridge Judge Business School hashtag#executivemba studies, I'm trying to get my head around conservation finance. What better to do on my holidays than write an overview of the different types of conservation finance?! I found it useful to write this overview and I hope it's useful to others too :-) hashtag#sustainablefinance hashtag#greenfinance

What is conservation finance? It seems to be a buzz word at the moment but it isn't clear what it actually is. Don't we all need money to undertake conservation activities? Does that mean any money that is used to fund conservation is conservation finance?

Indigenous Freedom Activist, Kelly Fraser, Inuit singer-songwriter, dies aged 26

Rest in Power - Kelly Amaujaq Fraser !

Kelly Fraser, from the Inuit people, gained international attention for Inuit-language cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds and advocacy for indigenous culture

By VF/fPcN/Agencies -

Kelly Amaujaq Fraser, a Canadian Indigenous rights activist and famous singer, who gained international attention for an Inuit-language cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds, part of her advocacy efforts for her indigenous culture, died on Christmas Eve in her current home city of Winnipeg, Manitoba-Canada. She was 26.

Fraser grew up in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Canada, and was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Thor Simonsen, Fraser’s friend and producer, said he was told the day after Christmas by the singer-songwriter’s family that she had died. The family declined to release details, including the cause of death, Simonsen said.

Extinction: A million species at risk, so what is saved?

Spoon-billed Sandpiper - almost extinct.

By Victoria Gill - 28. December 2019

A decade-long project to save one of the world's most endangered birds has finally found success, with the birth of two chicks. But with an estimated one million species at risk across the world, and nothing like the money and resources to save them all, how do conservationists choose the few they can save?

"You have to wear one of these I'm afraid," Tanya Grigg says sympathetically, handing me a distinctly unflattering blue hair net. "Any stray hairs could wrap around the birds' legs and injure them; they're so delicate." Tanya has a soft voice and gentle manner that I can imagine putting the most skittish of birds at ease. She shows me into a large aviary.

Prologue: With the perpetual warfare waged soley by the USA any hope to achieve a global accord e.g. to mitigate climate change, to stop hunger and mass-migration or to prevent mass-extinction is in peril.

It's the money, dude!

Why America Needs War

(... and it is the U.S. American People)

By Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels - IMB 30 April 2003 / GR 28. December 2019

GR Editor’s Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on Iraq, by renowned historian and political scientist Dr. Jacques Pauwels, Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). The article largely pertains to the presidency of George W. Bush.

A timely question: Why Does the Trump administration need war, including a $1.2 trillion nuclear weapons program?

Tragedy as elephant kills woman in Laikipia, Kenya

Elephant in Laikipia, but not the elephant referred to in this report.

By News Desk - 28. December 2019

A 36-year-old woman has been trampled to death by an elephant at Ol Arabel Forest, on the borders of Baringo and Laikipia counties, Kenya. 

The woman, identified by Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) as Stella Chebii, had entered the forest to look for her livestock. Her body was taken to Nyahururu Hospital mortuary.

“We are reaching out to the family of the deceased to console them,” said KWS communications director Paul Udoto. Udoto said that animal control teams had been mobilised to monitor elephant movement in the area which has experienced an influx of elephants, and that members of the public are cautioned to be vigilant, particularly when they approach forest areas.

'World's oldest' rhino dies in Ngorongoro sanctuary in Tanzania

Black rhinos typically live up to 43 years old in the wild. Photograph: Ben McRae / Alamy Stock Photo

The 57-year-old female black rhino, named Fausta, spent most of her life in the wild

By AFP - 

A black rhino believed to be the oldest in the world has died in Tanzania at the age of 57, according to authorities in Ngorongoro where the animal was living.

The female rhino, named Fausta, died of what is believed to be natural causes on 27 December in a sanctuary, after living most of her life in the wild, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority said in a statement on Saturday.

“Records show that Fausta lived longer than any rhino in the world and survived in the Ngorongoro, free-ranging, for more than 54 years” before she was moved to a sanctuary in 2016, said the statement.

Nearly Half a Billion Animals Feared Dead From Australia’s Fires, Including 8,000 Koalas

Ecologists from the University of Sydney estimate that 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been killed.

The Australian Omicide continues

By Elias Marat - 28. December 2019

(TMU) — Nearly half a billion animals are feared to have died as historic bushfires continue to devastate vast regions of Australia, including almost a third of koalas in their main habitat in New South Wales (NSW).

According to one report from the the Sunday Times, ecologists from the University of Sydney estimate that roughly 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have been killed either directly or indirectly by the horrific inferno that has been sweeping across the country since September.

How sales shopping is killing the planet

Too much "Stuff" is killing us. Jane Barlow/PA

By Kokho Jason Sit (*) - 27. December 2019

Christmas has passed and New Year is just around the corner. And the sales continue. Things started six weeks before Christmas with Singles Day, which began in China and is now the world’s biggest shopping day. This was followed by Black Friday, Cyber Monday sale, the pre-Christmas sales and now the period of post-Christmas or New Year sales. Soon it will be time for Valentine’s Day sales, Easter sales and so on. The sale events don’t seem to pause but insteadpersevere throughout the year and in various forms.

The Anglophone Secessionist State of “Ambazonia”

Still, is the suffering of any victim ever forgotten?

By J. B. Gerald - GR - 27. December 2019

On an ugliness scale of one to ten, if the U.S. Guantanamo prison is 7, the French military in Algeria 8, Pinochet’s controls of Chile 9, and the Inquisition 10, the severity, scale and number of Cameroon military human rights violations is possibly 4 and a half.

The Republic of Cameroon continues to endure a low intensity conflict with its English minority. After Anglophone attorneys struck for better legal and civil rights in 2016 and were joined by teachers and students, there were arrests and some expectable government violence. The movement rekindled historical grievances and spread. In Anglophone regions armed militia began attacking government facilities and closing schools, kidnapping uncooperative teachers and students while the government military responded as militaries do. There are alleged war crimes by both sides.

2019: The year rainforests burned

Worlwide the forests are burned down.

By  - 27 December 2019

  • 2019 closed out a “lost decade” for the world’s tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin, environmental policy roll-backs, assaults on environmental defenders, abandoned conservation commitments, and fires burning through rainforests on four continents.
  • The following review covers some of the biggest rainforest storylines for the year.

2019 closed out a “lost decade” for the world’s tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin, environmental policy roll-backs, assaults on environmental defenders, abandoned conservation commitments, and fires burning through rainforests on four continents.

Stanford Researchers Have an Exciting Plan to Tackle The Climate Emergency Worldwide

Plan to switch to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.  Wind, Water and Solar.

By TESSA KOUMOUNDOUROS - 27. December 2019

Things are pretty dire right now. Giant swaths of my country are burning as I write this, at a scale unlike anything we've ever seen. Countless animals, including koalas, are perishing along with our life-supporting greenery. People are losing homes and loved ones.

These catastrophes are being replicated around the globe ever more frequently, and we know exactly what is exacerbating them. We know we need to rapidly make some drastic changes - and Stanford researchers have come up with a plan

They Assassinated Lucy Villareal, Cultural Hero of Tumaco (Colombia), ecologist Natalia Jiménez and her anthropologist husband Rodrigo Monsalve as well as peasant leader Reinaldo Carrillo.

Lucia Villareal, outstanding Indigenous and socio-cultural leader assassinated.

By VF - 26. December 2019

Christmas in Colombia left a painful history: the murder of two social leaders on December 24 and 25 and a married couple, whose bodies were found on December 23.

Social leader Lucy Villarreal was assassinated by armed men, in the Llorente Commuity, Tumaco municipality (southwest Colombia).

The sad announcement was made by the Indo-American Cultural Foundation, among other cultural and Indigenous organizations. 

The cruel murder occurred in Llorente, an hour from Tumaco, at the very moment when the artist and Indigenous leader had finished conducting a workshop for children in the municipality.

So far around 160 activists have been murdered in Colombia in 2019 alone and 578 leaders have been killed since January 1, 2016 in Colombia - a state under a killer-governance that is fed by the USA.

Elephant herd sighted in Nigeria’s Boko Haram warzone

Herds of elephants seen moving across the savannah close to Rann in Borno State, Nigeria on 19 December, 2019. UNHAS

Rosie Collyer

A herd of some 250 elephants has been spotted in Nigeria’s far northeast, close to the borders with Cameroon and Chad. It is the first reported sighting of elephants in the region since the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency began a decade ago.

“The sighting of this herd means Nigeria’s elephant population has effectively doubled,” Tunde Marokinyo, co-founder of Africa Nature Investors, says excitedly on the telephone from London, in between visits to the Gashaka Gumti National Park in northeast Nigeria.

Hundreds of elephants used to migrate through the region up until a decade ago at around the time Boko Haram began fighting to establish an Islamic state. In 2014, Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram set up camp in the Sambisa Forest that was formerly a game reserve the size of Belgium and The Netherlands.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono:

WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

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And so this is Christmas
And what have we done
Another year over
A new one just begun

Posted December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas, America! Let’s Remember the Children Who Live in Fear of Our Killer Drones.

From Pentagon with "Love" - Photo illustration: Elise Swain/The Intercept; photos: Getty Images (4)

By ,  - 25. December 2019

The movie “Love Actually” has some good advice: At Christmas, you tell the truth. It’s the perfect day to be honest about what you’ve done in the past year, what that says about who you are, and what it means about where you’re heading.

So, let’s tell the truth about America. The truth is that, through a worldwide drone war we commenced two decades ago, we’ve invented a new form of terror for millions of people across the world. The truth is that we continued to escalate this war in 2019, yet there’s no way to say exactly how much, because the U.S. government refuses to tell its citizens the basic facts about it. The truth is that the best sources of information on this war are two underfunded outfits — the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Airwars— that aren’t even based in the United States of America.