Andes dams twice as numerous as thought are fragmenting the Amazon

[CLAIRE ASHER / MONGABAY 28 DE FEBRERO DEL 2018] A new study identified 142 dams currently in operation or under construction in the Andes headwaters of the Amazon, twice the number previously estimated. An additional 160 are in the planning stages. If proposed Andes dams go ahead, sediment transport to the Amazon floodplains could cease,…

Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn

[ Damian Carrington, www.theguardian.com ] Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades. Opinion: You don’t need a scientist to know what’s causing the sixth mass extinction. If you want to watch the video, just click here:…

From Paris with love for lake Poopó

By Pablo Solón Lake Poopó becomes a desert while in Paris, governments conclude an agreement they call “historic” to address climate change. Will the Paris Agreement save over 125,000 lakes that are in danger of disappearing in the world due to climate change? The second largest lake in Bolivia did not disappear by magic. The…

 Parties reflect on Co-chairs’ tool as ADP resumes work

[Published by Third World Network / www.twn.my / 1 September 2015] Bonn, 1 September (Indrajit Bose) – The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) resumed its work at the tenth part of its second session in Bonn that is taking place on 31 August to 4 September. The session offers Parties the…

History’s Lesson for Climate Action: No Other Choice ‘But Mass Mobilization’

[http://www.commondreams.org/ Jon Queally / 26/08/2015] Joint statement ahead of UN climate talks in Paris declares humanity is “at crossroads” and that only hope is to stop digging up and burning world’s remaining fossil fuel reserves With less than 100 days until high-level UN climate talks take place in Paris, key leaders from the global climate justice movement…

Tutu, Klein and Chomsky call for mass climate action ahead of Paris conference

[http://www.theguardian.com/ Emma Howard / 26/08/2015] Artists, journalists, scientists and academics among 100 signatories calling for mobilisation on scale of slavery abolition and anti-apartheid movements Desmond Tutu, Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky are among a group of high-profile figures who will issue a mass call to action on Thursday ahead of the UN’s crunch climate change…

Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change

[http://islamicclimatedeclaration.org/islamic-declaration-on-global-climate-change/] Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate PREAMBLE God – Whom we know as Allah – has created the universe in all its diversity, richness and vitality: the stars, the sun and moon, the earth and all its communities of living beings. All these reflect and…

Why 2 Degrees Of Global Warming Is Still Too Much

[http://www.huffingtonpost.in/ Pari Trivedi, 06/07/2015] In the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate scientists and experts have concluded that we should aim to limit global warming to 1.5°C; the former number of 2°C has been deemed inadequate and unsafe. Though the report falls short of providing concrete scientific evidence, the experts have…

California’s drought: the canary in the coalmine?

[ www.opendemocracy.net/ MAUDE BARLOW 30 June 2015] There is no place on earth that can be safe, secure or healthy in a world that is running out of water. On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered officials to imposemandatory water restrictions in his drought stricken state for the first time in history. The news was…