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08/12/15
Author: 
Martin Lukacs

US, European and other states push for exclusion of binding Indigenous rights from agreement

 

Indigenous groups from across the world staged a paddle down the Seine river in Paris on Sunday, calling on governments to ensure Indigenous rights are included in the United Nations climate pact currently being negotiated in France.

The United States, the EU, Australia and other states have pushed for Indigenous rights to be dropped from the binding parts of the agreement out of fear that it could create legal liabilities.

Historic Kayak Action demands Indigenous Peoples Rights in Paris Climate Accord | #Canoes2Paris
07/12/15
Author: 
Mychaylo Prystupa

(Editorial note: A big difference from the Harper government for sure. But when the Canadian government ends all fossil fuel subsidies, stops all pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructural development, talks about the need to end a growth economy, then maybe we can really start taking this seriously.)

Sunday night, Canada surprised a world of nations and negotiators in closed-door climate talks in Paris by endorsing a much bolder, ambitious target for cutting greenhouse gases than the UN climate change summit is officially aiming for.

"Future generations will be proud"
07/12/15
Author: 
SARA STEFANINI

LE BOURGET, France — Any deal at the COP21 summit that cuts greenhouse gas emissions enough to avoid potentially dangerous levels of global warming is going to have to rope in two big polluting industries — shipping and aviation.

The problem?

Both ships and planes are regulated by separate United Nations organizations, and aren’t formally part of the U.N.-led climate talks. The two industries are economic powerhouses, making some countries reluctant to enact expensive regulations.

06/12/15
Author: 
Mark Karlin

 

The following is a Truthout interview with Susan George, author of Shadow Sovereigns.

Mark Karlin: How are corporations taking upon themselves the role of nations as "shadow sovereigns"?

05/12/15
Author: 
Jon Queally, staff writer

'I refuse to go home without an agreement that I can look my grandchildren in the eye and be proud of my contribution.'

 

The COP21 climate talks in Paris reached their halfway point on Saturday, but a deal that experts and global justice campaigners would consider acceptable remains a long way off as the fossil fuel industry and wealthy nations maintain their powerful grip on the direction of the international summit.

La Fête (est Finie)
05/12/15
Author: 
Toxic Tour - Kandi Mossett from the Indigenous Environmental Network spoke at the event.

Undercover police crack down on freedom of speech in Paris

Undercover police crack down on freedom of speech in Paris
05/12/15
Author: 
Almuth Ernsting

UN climate conferences provide a platform for advocating real solutions to the climate crisis - but also for selling and promoting false ones.

01/12/15
Author: 
AHMED GAYA

In the past two years, the way the climate movement talks about itself has changed dramatically. Seemingly overnight, there are no more ‘climate activists’, and everyone is a ‘Climate Justice’ campaigner. Mainstream environmental groups issued statements of solidarity with Ferguson and Baltimore and the blogosphere is filled with articles patiently explaining how global warming connects to struggles for racial, economic and migrant justice.

27/11/15
Author: 
Arthur Neslen

French police arrest activists for flouting ban on organising protests during climate talks next week

 

At least 24 climate activists have been put under house arrest by French police, accused of flouting a ban on organising protests during next week’s Paris climate summit, the Guardian has learned.

27/11/15
Author: 
Michael Le Page is an environment reporter for New Scientist

Some climate change deniers are convinced that global warming is a massive conspiracy. Ironically, there is a sort of conspiracy – but one that downplays how serious the consequences could be and exaggerates the impact of action to limit them. It involves everyone from scientists and politicians to activists and journalists.

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