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Climate change: How quest for zero waste community means sorting the rubbish 34 ways

The Guardian

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

Brazil delays Indian land ruling

BBC

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

Brazil set for 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

Celebrate, Don’t Mourn, Collapse of WTO Talks

Common Dreams

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

One cheer for global trade talks

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

Social injustice cutting life expectancy, UN report says

The Guardian

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