Cost of War
An international coalition of NGOs, civil society groups and political figures such as Naomi Klein and Susan George have called on the French president to lift the ban on protests during the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, which is due to start on the 30 November.
Developing countries’ economies face being crushed under the double burden of climate change adaptation costs of almost $800 billion and more than twice that in economic losses every year by 2050 if pledges to cut emissions are not improved, Oxfam warned today.
In a new report released for COP21: Game-changers in the Paris climate deal, Oxfam sets out seven steps to a Paris deal that will better protect poor people from climate change.
Fossil fuel companies risk wasting up to $2.2 trillion in the next decade, threatening substantially lower investor returns, by pursuing projects that could be uneconomic in the face of a perfect storm of factors including international action to limit climate change to 2˚C and rapid advances in clean technologies, think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative warns today.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) issued the following statement today by Christopher Stokes, MSF general director, in response to the release of initial findings from a U.S. military investigation into the U.S. airstrike on MSF's hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3:
The weekend before the opening of the climate summit in Paris, hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets in over 2,000 events spread across 150 countries to demand that negotiating parties keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
As the days that unfold before us mimic a time over a decade ago when the devastating War on Terror began with US occupation of Afghanistan, we mourn because it is makes us human. For those in Raqqa. For those in Yola and Kano. For those in Ankara, in Beirut, in Baghdad, in Zabul, in Paris, and beyond. But our grief cannot be exceptional. The lives of those living under systemic and perpetual invasion, war and occupation are not disposable and must be mourned and fought for.
The Shoruq organization, based in the West Bank, has been selected as one of only 20 organizations from around the world to be awarded inaugural funding from the With and For Girls Awards for their work with Palestinian refugee girls. Shoruq, meaning ‘sunrise’ in Arabic, was created by and for Palestinian refugees in 2012.
A prisoner who is unable to stand could tomorrow become the 300th person to be executed in Pakistan since the country re-started hangings in December, according to some estimates.
Abdul Basit contracted meningitis while in prison in 2010, and due to medical negligence was left paralysed from the waist down. The Pakistan Prison Rules do not provide for hanging those unable to stand, leading to concerns that he could suffer a drawn-out, inhumane execution.
In an ongoing debate about how fair and accessible the process of voting is to all Georgians, Common Cause and the Georgia NAACP have put the Secretary of State on notice that his office is illegally purging people from state voter lists, causing additional hardship for voters already challenged by the cost and process.
This notification comes amidst a new crisis of confidence in Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office and its handling of private, highly sensitive data on voter files that the people entrust to his office to maintain and secure.
Environmental Coalition Vows Continued Campaign to Shut Down Dangerously Age-Degraded Atomic Reactor Pressure Vessel
On November 23rd, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff, headquartered in Rockville, MD near Washington, DC, published two related approvals, representing safety regulation rollbacks regarding age-related degradation risks at Entergy Nuclear’s 44-year old Palisades atomic reactor in Covert, MI, four miles south of South Haven on the Lake Michigan shore.
Food & Water Watch Echoes Calls to Allow Peaceful Protests in France During COP 21; U.S. 'All of the Above' Energy Policy Must Be Highlighted in Paris
“Food & Water Watch supports our French and European allies in calling for the peaceful mobilizations to go forward in Paris around the UN climate talks. Prohibiting public demonstrations undermines the legitimacy of the negotiations, and reduces the chances that meaningful agreements will be made at a time when our climate crisis needs maximum global attention. It is our hope that the French government will reconsider and allow peaceful mobilizations, and that the civil liberties of all participants will be ensured.
On November 28 and 29,hundreds of thousands of people around the world will take to the streets in more than 2000 events in 150 countries to turn up the heat on leaders heading to the Paris Climate Summit.
Frontline community representatives, unionists, faith leaders, and families will call on politicians to forge an ambitious new global climate agreement this December that speeds up the just transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy and protects vulnerable people from worsening climate impacts. The people’s call for leadership will be harder and harder to ignore.
On the anniversary of 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s killing by police in Cleveland, a coalition of law students, legal workers and attorneys known as Law for Black Lives issued the following statement:
Last Friday, the Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) released a report entitled “Civil Asset Forfeiture in Florida: Policies and Practices.”
Center for Food Safety (CFS) is calling on world leaders to recognize agro-ecological agriculture as a core climate solution during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris this December.
Today, Corporate Accountability International released a new report, “Fueling the Fire: The corporate sponsors bankrolling COP21,” exposing the filthy track record of the corporations sponsoring the Paris climate talks. With less than one week before the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the climate treaty, the report pulls back the green veil of four of the meeting’s dirtiest sponsors.
Following the announcement of Alberta’s new Climate Change strategy, Cameron Fenton, Canadian Tar Sands Organizer with 350.org issued this response:
“Alberta’s climate plan is a big step in the right direction for a province that has spent so long on the wrong side of climate action. But, we still have a long way to go to reach the kind of climate leadership that Canada needs to meet our obligation to 2ºC.