Chilean Bishops: ‘Let us now work to rescue so many who are in poverty and exclusion’

Independent Catholic News

The Catholic Bishops of Chile issued a statement this morning giving thanks for the rescue of the miners.   Together with a grateful people to the God of Life: With great joy we praise and bless the Lord for the successful rescue of 33 miners, brothers who remained for 68 days trapped in the San José mine in the Atacama region. Continue reading Chilean Bishops: ‘Let us now work to rescue so many who are in poverty and exclusion’

Western lifestyles plundering tropics at record rate, WWF report shows

The Guardian

Living Planet report shows planet’s resources are being used at 1.5 times the rate nature can replace them – but long-term decline of animal life appears to have been halted.

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The Earth’s population is using the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of natural resources, but the long-term decline of animal life appears to have been halted, a WWF report shows.   The latest Living Planet report, published today by the conservation group, also reveals the extent to which modern Western lifestyles are plundering natural resources from the tropics at record levels. Continue reading Western lifestyles plundering tropics at record rate, WWF report shows

Haitian Farmers: Growing Strength to Grow Food

Common Dreams

by Beverly Bell

Addressing an ongoing food crisis. Today, even with imports, more than 2.4 million people out of a population of 9 million are estimated to be food-insecure. Acute malnutrition among children under the age 5 is 9%, and chronic under-nutrition for that age group is 24%. Peasant groups are convinced that, with the necessary investment, Haiti could  produce at least 80% of its food consumption needs; and  Promoting a post-earthquake redevelopment plan that serves the needs of the majority, unlike the one currently promoted by the U.S. and U.N. which is based on the growth of sweatshops Continue reading Haitian Farmers: Growing Strength to Grow Food

Climate Change Concerns Give Aid A Green Hue

By Suvendrini Kakuchi*

TOKYO, Oct 7, 2010 (IPS) – It may not be easy to imagine Japan as a jolly green giant, but to several Asian countries that have been enjoying environmental projects funded by Japanese aid, that’s what this nation has resembled in the last two decades.  Since the early 1990s, Japan has been involved in several green initiatives across Asia, with its participation usually in the form of overseas development assistance (ODA) loans, grants, and technology transfer.  One of the most recent ones, in fact, addresses some of the impacts of climate change in agriculture, and has taken one of Japan’s foremost agriculture development experts to northern Thailand. Continue reading Climate Change Concerns Give Aid A Green Hue

Two-Party Domination Showing Signs of Exhaustion

By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 4, 2010 (IPS) – Brazil’s presidential elections, which will be decided in an Oct. 31 runoff, have once against reflected the confrontation of the two parties that have dominated national politics since 1994. However, the unexpectedly strong performance of Green Party candidate Marina Silva points to a weakening of that dichotomy. Continue reading Two-Party Domination Showing Signs of Exhaustion

$5,000,000,000,000: The cost each year of vanishing rainforest

The Independent

British researchers set out the economic impact of species destruction – and their findings are changing world’s approach to global warming

By Matt Chorley, Political Correspondent

British scientific experts have made a major breakthrough in the fight to save the natural world from destruction, leading to an international effort to safeguard a global system worth at least $5 trillion a year to mankind.  Groundbreaking new research by a former banker, Pavan Sukhdev, to place a price tag on the worldwide network of environmental assets has triggered an international race to halt the destruction of rainforests, wetlands and coral reefs. Continue reading $5,000,000,000,000: The cost each year of vanishing rainforest

Rousseff falls short of outright win in Brazil election

BBC

Brazil’s presidential election will go to a second round after Dilma Rousseff failed to gain the 50% of votes needed for an outright victory.  With 98% of votes counted, President Lula’s former cabinet chief has 47% with Jose Serra trailing on 33%.  The two will contest a run-off vote in four weeks’ time.  A strong showing by the Green Party candidate, Marina Silva, who polled 19%, may have cost Ms Rousseff a first-round win.  “We can confirm there will be a second round in the presidential elections,” Ricardo Lewandowski, the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, told reporters in Brasilia late on Sunday. Continue reading Rousseff falls short of outright win in Brazil election