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UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends


From UNEP L’Aquila (Italy), 10 July 2009 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the G8 agreement on a long term goal to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but says it is still not enough to reach a fair, effective climate agreement in Copenhagen Summit in December. Mr. Ban called for more […]

Adam and Eve Did What? A Visit to the Creationism Museum Makes Scientists Laugh, Cry


From Alternet The museum argues, among other things, that war, famine and natural disasters are to blame on belief in evolution. For a group of paleontologists, a tour of the Creation Museum seemed like a great tongue-in-cheek way to cap off a serious conference. But while there were a few laughs and some clowning for […]

Blood in the jungle


From The Economist Oil and land rights in Peru FOR seven weeks tens of thousands of Amazonian Indians blocked roads and rivers across eastern Peru. They seized hydroelectric plants and pumping stations on oil and gas pipelines to try to force the repeal of decrees facilitating oil exploration, commercial farming and logging in parts of […]

Canadian Patent Appeal Board Rules Against Business Method Patents


From MichaelGeist Catching up from a column last week (Toronto Star version, homepage version), the Canadian Patent Appeal Board recently denied an appeal by Amazon.com over a “one-click” ordering system patent with strong language that challenged the notion that business method patents are patentable under Canadian law.  Business method patents took off in the U.S. […]

PM Olmert backs Tamir proposal to add Green Line to textbooks


By Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondent Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday he has spoken with Education Minister Yuli Tamir regarding her proposal to include the pre-1967 boundary, or Green Line, in maps that appear in school textbooks. Many MKs have sharply criticized Tamir’s recommendation. “There is nothing wrong with marking the Green Line,” Olmert said. […]

Indigenous rights in Peru


From DemocracyNow As Tensions Flare in Peruvian Amazon, Award-Winning Actor Q’orianka Kilcher Heads to Peru to Support Indigenous Rights Peruvian indigenous leader Alberto Pizango has been granted asylum in Nicaragua after leading protests against oil and mining projects in the northern Peruvian Amazonian province of Bagua. Over the weekend, an estimated sixty people died after […]

Climate Change is detectable driver of migration


From ReliefWeb 200 million people could be on the move due to climate change by 2050 Bonn, June 10th, 2009 – Unless aggressive measures are taken to halt global warming, the consequences for human migration and displacement could reach a scope and scale that vastly exceed anything that has occurred before. Climate change is already […]

HIV, the silent partner in emergencies


From IRINNEWS NAIROBI, 10 June 2009 (PlusNews) – Food aid and plastic sheeting are the hallmarks of every disaster, but not always condoms and antiretrovirals, even though humanitarian agencies recognize the link between emergencies and the increased risk of HIV and AIDS. “Often HIV prevention is not prioritized, especially in sudden-onset emergencies, but actually HIV […]

How to measure vulnerability to climate change?


From IRINNEWS JOHANNESBURG, 10 June 2009 (IRIN) – A complex but critical issue is being raised at the UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany: finding a scale that determines how vulnerable developing countries are to climate change, which will help allocating funds to adapt fairly. Jan Kowalzig, of the UK-based development agency, Oxfam, told […]

Somalia violence escalates


Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, http://www.unhcr.org and http://www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days. Thousands of […]