Japanese village’s strict recycling regime looks to a future free of incinerators and landfill
Justin McCurry in Kamikatsu
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Sonae Fujii at the waste recycling centre in Kamikatsu, Japan
The inhabitants of Kamikatsi intend to do away with incinerators by 2020, to become Japan’s first zero-waste community. Photograph: Robert Gilhooly
It was not that long ago that life in Kamikatsu revolved around the state of the rice crop and the number of tourists arriving to soak in the restorative waters of the local hot spring. Now the tiny village, in the densely wooded mountains of Shikoku island in south-west Japan, has a new obsession: rubbish. Continue reading Climate change: How quest for zero waste community means sorting the rubbish 34 ways
Follow-up call for action of August 18 from Becky Spires
Indigenous groups say the ruling is crucial for the community
Brazil’s Supreme Court has delayed a decision on the future of one of the country’s biggest indigenous reserves.
One of the judges deciding whether the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation should remain a single unbroken territory said he wanted more time.
Indian leaders believe the case will set a crucial precedent regarding the protection of their rights and land. Continue reading Brazil delays Indian land ruling
BBC News, Brasilia
By Gary Duffy – See Action Alert
Indian leaders fear a ruling against them will lead to further land invasions
Brazil’s Supreme Court is preparing to deliver a landmark decision on the rights of indigenous people.
The court has been asked to rule on whether an indigenous reservation known as Raposa Serra do Sol can remain a single unbroken territory.
Indian leaders believe the case will set a crucial precedent regarding the protection of their rights and land. Continue reading Brazil set for Indian land ruling
by Robert Weissman
Predictably, the cheerleaders for corporate globalization are bemoaning the collapse of World Trade Organization negotiations.
“This is a very painful failure and a real setback for the global economy when we really needed some good news,” said Peter Mandelson, the European Union’s trade commissioner. Continue reading Celebrate, Don’t Mourn, Collapse of WTO Talks
By Gustavo Capdevila
GENEVA, Aug 1 (IPS) – The standoff between China and India, the world’s two fastest growing economies, and the United States not only buried the last attempt to save the Doha Round, but also demonstrated changes in the balance of power since the WTO was created in 1995, say observers. Continue reading TRADE: New World Order in Doha’s Wake
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The fact that the WTO negotiations failed over an issue that concerns the global poor and those who stand to be hurt rather than helped by globalization reflects a new distribution of economic power in the world.
By Sandra Polaski*
July 30, 2008
Trade ministers failed again this week to agree on the main terms of a new global trade regime. These officials have assembled most summers for the past five years, each time on the premise that a deal was urgent and within grasp. To add pressure, pundits and some leaders claimed each time that a failure to reach consensus would put the entire global trading system at risk. Each year the ministers failed, and each year trade expanded nonetheless. Continue reading One cheer for global trade talks
Sarah Boseley, health editor
A “toxic” mix of social injustice and bad policies is killing on a grand scale around the world and in the UK, according to a major United Nations report published today.
The gap between rich and poor is such that a child born in the Glasgow suburb of Calton can expect to live 28 years less than one born in Lenzie, eight miles away. Continue reading Social injustice cutting life expectancy, UN report says