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How to save the planet and make climate change “just go away” using blockchain and cryptocurrency
By Paul Gambill, Nori, 27 February 2020
My name is Paul Gambill, and I’m the CEO and co-founder of Nori. This article is an overview piece describing Nori’s plan for how to reverse climate change. We’re not interested in making the effects of climate change less bad — we want to make the whole problem go away so that we never face this threat again.
An evangelical missionary has access to the locations of Brazil’s uncontacted tribes
By Fiona Watson, Survival International, 26 February 2020
The government of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far right, authoritarian president, recently confirmed the appointment of an evangelical missionary to head the unit charged with protecting uncontacted tribes within FUNAI, the federal Indigenous Affairs Department.
Ricardo Lopes Dias is linked to the New Tribes Mission (NTM), one of the largest and most extreme missionary organizations, whose objective is to contact and evangelize uncontacted tribes around the world at whatever cost, whether they like it or not.
Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change
By Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 27 February 2020
Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal by the court of appeal because ministers did not adequately take into account the government’s climate change commitments.
The ruling is a major blow to the project at a time when public concern about the climate emergency is rising fast and the government has set a target in law of net zero emissions by 2050. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, could use the ruling to abandon the project, or the government could draw up a new policy document to approve the runway. The judge said ministers had not sought permission to appeal.
Great Australian Bight: Equinor abandons plans to drill for oil
By Adam Morton, The Guardian, 25 February 2020
Norwegian oil giant Equinor has abandoned plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, declaring the controversial project did not make commercial sense.
The company said on Tuesday it had told federal, South Australian and local authorities it had decided to scrap the $200m project to deepwater drill in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park.
It is the third major oil company to abandon plans to drill in the bight, following BP and Chevron.
California lawmakers introduce legislation to fight tropical deforestation
By Ashoka Mukpo, Mongabay, 24 February 2020
Lawmakers in California have introduced an ambitious bill that would force all contractors supplying products to the state to comply with strict rules against tropical deforestation. Sponsored by assembly member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), the California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act would require those contractors to commit to ending deforestation, peatland conversion, and community and worker exploitation in their supply chains.
[Thailand] Crushing plants that cause forest fires will lose licences
By Apinya Wipatayotin, Bangkok Post, 24 February 2020
The Royal Forest Department plans to revoke the land use licences of stone-crushing plants that have caused forest fires.
Cheewapap Cheewatham, director of the Forest Protection and Fire Control Bureau, said on Monday the move followed a fire at a crushing plant that spread and destroyed 109 rai of forest in Lampang province.
Planting more trees to fight Climate Change in PNG
By Peter S. Kinjap, Papua New Guinea Today, 23 February 2020
Both in government corridors and private sector spaces, environmental conservation has become hot topic these days. Whether we talk about an International Conference or the launch of a new green project, everyone seems to be talking about preserving Earth while incorporating a great deal of green innovative efforts to make the use cases more efficient.
Every city in the world has contributed to the damages of the environmental causes and climate change and thus it requires every city in the world to take actions to correct the suffocating of the Earth.
[South Korea] KFS Looks to Spearhead REDD+ Initiative
NewsWorld, 24 February 2020
Korea Forest Service (KFS) is striving to spearhead reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+). KFS wants to expand and evolve it into a model of collaboration designed to respond to climate change.
KFS has been implementing REDD+ pilot projects to secure certified emission reduction through REDD+ activities in four Asian countries – Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos – to meet its national greenhouse gas reduction targets since 2012.
Greenpeace asks Norway’s supreme court to rule on Arctic oil
By Nerijus Adomaitis, Reuters, 24 February 2020
Greenpeace and its partners on Monday asked Norway’s supreme court to rule on the legality of the country’s Arctic oil and gas exploration licenses, in a case that could block the petroleum industry’s expansion plans.
If the supreme court takes up the case, the decision is likely to determine whether oil firms can search for hydrocarbons off northern Norway, where authorities believe billions of barrels of oil could be found.
Global rescue plan to stop extinction “hopelessly weak and inadequate”
Friends of the Earth International, 24 February 2020
A draft global plan to halt the collapse of nature will not protect vulnerable communities or stop the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, claims Friends of the Earth International. The call comes as governments meet in Rome for the first time today to work on a “Paris-style” United Nations agreement that will eventually be agreed in October.
New Deal for Nature: Paying the Emperor to Fence the Wind
By Stephen Corry (Survival International), Counter Punch, 24 February 2020
The latest idea to be heavily promoted by big conservation NGOs is doubling the world’s so-called “Protected Areas” (PAs) so that they cover thirty percent of the globe’s lands and oceans. This is now their main rallying cry and response to two of the world’s biggest problems – climate chaos and loss of biodiversity. It sounds good: It’s easy to grasp and has numbers that are supposed to be measurable, and advertisers do love numbers.