A golden age of energy is coming to an end and we have to make the
transition to a new age, before our fossil fuel inheritance is spent. But the urgency of the climate challenge and the
immaturity of nuclear technology means we must turn to renewables to
find a solution, writes Dr. Thiemo Gropp.
At the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, some organisations put forward a new vision for achieving food and water security. This represents a shift in the paradigm
that food production must be increased at all costs, and instead focuses on food waste and sustainable diets.
Here are five simple rules to help understand how loony our government
policy is when it comes to subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. By some estimates,
getting rid of all the planet’s fossil fuel subsidies could get us
halfway to ending the threat of climate change, says Bill McKibben.
The trend of privatisation and commercialisation of water services, which set
in in the 1980s and continued throughout the 1990s, has come to a halt due
to the process’ own failures, and has given rise to a return of those services
into efficient public management, according to a new book.
As high-level delegates attend the sixth World Water Forum in Marseille, social justice and environmental groups are protesting against the 'trade show' that lacks legitimacy and promotes the interests of large transnational corporations. Their message to policymakers: 'Our water is not for sale!'
Just as in the Greek myth, when Pandora opened the
box and let out all the troubles known to mortals, so too the new wave
of land grabbing for mining is leading to unimaginable destruction. If
hope does remain, we must wake-up and act now. A report by The Gaia Foundation.
The real reason for the East Africa crisis stems
from modern-day colonial exploitation by wealthy countries and
foreign-based corporations, but there is enough food and water for all
people in the region if we move to a set of policies based on justice and not charity, argues Maude Barlow.