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Feb 13, 2014

In a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council nineteen states opposed the approval of  GM Maize Pioneer 1507, developed jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemical, while five supported it and four abstained from any view, EU officials said.

Can the EU Commission really take a decision which goes against the wishes of 19 of its member states… only time will tell!

The EU countries made their positions known in a public debate Tuesday, but stopped short of a formal vote. Under the EU weighted voting system, the level of opposition is not enough for a clear rejection, leaving the decision in the hands of the Commission.

Technically, a failure by member states to decide was reported to pave the way for the probable approval by the Commission. However, this approval is still not 100% certain, especially after it was announced that the GM cultivation proposal will be discussed at the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) meeting on March 3.

Of the most prominent member states, France has been vehemently opposed to the new GM maize, while Britain has backed it, arguing that Britain risked becoming “the museum of world farming”. Germany announced last week it would abstain.

GM Maize 1507 would be the first GM maize to be allowed for cultivation in Europe since 1998.

Back then, it was Monsanto’s infamous Bt-maize (MON810), producing its own insecticides. This time 1507  is also a Bt-maize, made by Pioneer, but one that has in addition been made tolerant to a powerful weedkiller (glufosinate-based, like Liberty). This weedkiller is classified as highly toxic by the EU.

The failure of the EU member countries to reach agreement is in vast contrast to the January 16 European Parliament (EP) vote which had clearly rejected GM Maize 1507 with 385 against the authorisation, 201 in favour, 30 abstentions.

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Posted: Feb 11, 2014 2:23pm
Jan 21, 2014

Europe’s depressed carbon markets are to be given an automatic ‘market reserve’ facility allowing at least 100 million carbon allowances – or 12% of the market – to be withheld or released to buoy prices, according to a document set for release on 22 January.

The plan is set out in a one page legal amendment to the Emissions Trading System (ET directive that EurActiv has seen. This would allow an 'auto-backload' of carbon allowances to be triggered “if the total number of allowances in circulation is lower than 400 million,” the paper says.

But the automated mechanism will not begin operating until 2021 and it is far from ideas pitched by environmentalists such as a minimum carbon price, or a ‘carbon central bank’ that would have handed a regulatory board the power to set prices and so determine climate policy. 

“The Commission may raise the dikes, but it is forgetting to pump out the toxic floodwater,” said Greenpeace’s EU climate policy director Joris den Blanken, referring to the large volumes of surplus carbon allowances in the system.

“And there's no guarantee that a new tide won't come rushing in again,” he added.

Few NGO or industry analysts canvassed by EurActiv expected the new proposal to have a significant long-term effect on carbon prices, although the proposal’s simplicity was welcomed by some.  

The EU’s Emissions Trading System (ET is widely acknowledged to face three problems:

  • A linear cap on carbon allowances that reduces at 1.74% a year, far below what is needed to meet the EU’s objective of an 80% cut in emissions by 2050
  • The surplus of billions of allowances as a result of economic recession and over-allocation
  • It operates as a fixed supply of allowances that is structurally unable to adapt to changing demand patterns, so causing price volatility.

“This proposal is mainly trying to address the third problem and some of the surplus perhaps,” said Jesse Scott, the environment head of Eurelectric, the European electricity industry’s association in Brussels.

'A tweak to the market'

“It’s helpful as far as it goes but not wildly exciting,” she added. “It is a tweak to the functioning of the market that is not going to have a radical impact on the basic cap which drives prices.”

In an impact assessment accompanying the 2030 package, with which the new structural reform will be released tomorrow (22 January), the Commission does propose increasing the linear cap to 2.2%.

But number-crunchers at Friends of the Earth contend that, on its own, this will delay achievement of the EU’s decarbonisation goals from 2050 to 2066 (as opposed to 2070 with a 1.74% target) and call for a cap above 3%.

Brook Riley, a spokesman for the group, described the proposal as “too little, too late” and “just abysmal”. Sarah Deblock though, a spokeswoman for the International Emissions Trading Association said that a majority of her members would welcome a similar ‘flexible supply mechanism’.

Such a reserve would “improve the ETS,” she said, “although our reflection has looked at different types of triggers.”

Carbon market glut

However, Europe’s enormous carbon allowance glut, which continues to depress carbon prices and offers no disincentive to coal use, would remain unaddressed by the withholding of 100 million allowances a year.

According to research by the environmental group Sandbag, up to 3.8 billion allowances in the trading period to 2020 could be surplus to requirements. Analysis by the group indicates that manufacturing sectors accrued roughly 680 million spare allowances over the 2008-2011 trading period, with a net value of around €10.5 billion.  

Prices now are too low to run up such huge surpluses. But because EU companies can meet their emissions cutting obligations by offsetting them with carbon allowances bought at bargain basement prices, Sandbag estimates that the bloc’s emissions could even increase by 2.2% every year and still technically meet the EU’s 2020 target of a 20% cut on the greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990.

Damien Morris, Sandbag’s head of policy told EurActiv that the new proposal had been stripped down to little more than “a permanent automated backloading system.” His group still hoped for a discrete cancellation of allowances, or an option for allowances to depreciate in the reserve through an expiry date system.

Backloading

In 2013, a backloading proposal to address market over-supply was put to the European parliament, where it faced ire from conservative politicians and industry groups which argued that it would make their businesses uncompetitive in a global market largely unencumbered by climate policies.

A compromise proposal that pleased few but saved the faces of many finally limped home last Spring. Carbon prices are still languishing at below €5 a tonne today.

Surprisingly, officials from the employers confederation, BusinessEurope, which led opposition to the backloading move last year declined to comment on this draft ahead of publication.

But a letter sent by the group’s director-general Markus Beyrer to the EU president Jose Manuel Barroso on 8 January 2014, supports a continued allocation of free allowances to industry at a reference price of €30 a tonne, the value at which the bloc hoped allowances would trade.  

“In the longer-term, full compensation through free allocation based on benchmarks must allow the most efficient companies to be globally competitive without being penalized by indirect and direct carbon costs,” Beyrer’s letter said.

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Jan 12, 2014

I shared 3 times the smae story with different types, so one of them would show up in my group Greenforever, but NOOOO, nothing is there, strangely enoough old shares come up, i am sure i shared much more the last months but in hostshares it ends 6 months ago... sad and not very motivating, please help me explain what i do wrong,Money Mouth, why somethings change and i dont know about it, i am really dissapointed, thank u for ur effort marjolein, from the grouptobegreenforever.

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Posted: Jan 12, 2014 2:39am
Jan 12, 2014

If car sales were an Olympic sport, then China would take the gold medal.

According to recent data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country sold more than 20 million new cars domestically in 2013, a global sales record that makes the National Automobile Dealers Association's reported 15.5 million new cars sold in the United States in 2013 seem paltry by comparison.

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city's spectacular skyline.

The financial district was shrouded in a yellow haze, and noticeably fewer people walked the city's streets. Vehicle traffic also was thinner, as authorities pulled 30 percent of government vehicles from the roads. They also banned fireworks and public sporting events.

Thick blankets of smog may have forced schools and airports to close across China, but that doesn't mean air pollution is all that bad -- right? According to the country's state-run media, there are actually some benefits to China's smog.

In an editorial entitled "Five unexpected gains the haze has brought," a CCTV journalist argues that Chinese pollution has some "major benefits" such as making people more united and more humorous, The Telegraph reports.

Let us hope this above quoted story will make more people aware of they way they use there car, leave  it whenever u are able to, because China is a bad example for all of us, be aware this is the future if we go on use the car for all movements outside the door!

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Jan 12, 2014

The satellite image below was taken on December 7, 2013 and shows smog stretching about 750 miles from Beijing to Shanghai. Clouds or fog are white in the image, while pollution appears as gray swirls, NASA explained.

If car sales were an Olympic sport, then China would take the gold medal.

According to recent data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country sold more than 20 million new cars domestically in 2013, a global sales record that makes the National Automobile Dealers Association's reported 15.5 million new cars sold in the United States in 2013 seem paltry by comparison.

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city's spectacular skyline.

The financial district was shrouded in a yellow haze, and noticeably fewer people walked the city's streets. Vehicle traffic also was thinner, as authorities pulled 30 percent of government vehicles from the roads. They also banned fireworks and public sporting events.

Thick blankets of smog may have forced schools and airports to close across China, but that doesn't mean air pollution is all that bad -- right? According to the country's state-run media, there are actually some benefits to China's smog.

In an editorial entitled "Five unexpected gains the haze has brought," a CCTV journalist argues that Chinese pollution has some "major benefits" such as making people more united and more humorous, The Telegraph reports.

Let us hope this above quoted story will make more people aware of they way they use there car, leave  it whenever u are able to, because China is a bad example for all of us, be aware this is the future if we go on use the car for all movements outside the door!

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Posted: Jan 12, 2014 2:27am
Jan 12, 2014

The satellite image below was taken on December 7, 2013 and shows smog stretching about 750 miles from Beijing to Shanghai. Clouds or fog are white in the image, while pollution appears as gray swirls, NASA explained.

If car sales were an Olympic sport, then China would take the gold medal.

According to recent data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country sold more than 20 million new cars domestically in 2013, a global sales record that makes the National Automobile Dealers Association's reported 15.5 million new cars sold in the United States in 2013 seem paltry by comparison.

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city's spectacular skyline.

The financial district was shrouded in a yellow haze, and noticeably fewer people walked the city's streets. Vehicle traffic also was thinner, as authorities pulled 30 percent of government vehicles from the roads. They also banned fireworks and public sporting events.

Thick blankets of smog may have forced schools and airports to close across China, but that doesn't mean air pollution is all that bad -- right? According to the country's state-run media, there are actually some benefits to China's smog.

In an editorial entitled "Five unexpected gains the haze has brought," a CCTV journalist argues that Chinese pollution has some "major benefits" such as making people more united and more humorous, The Telegraph reports.

Let us hope this above quoted story will make more people aware of they way they use there car, leave  it whenever u are able to, because China is a bad example for all of us, be aware this is the future if we go on use the car for all movements outside the door!

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Posted: Jan 12, 2014 2:10am
Dec 6, 2013

he United States, locked in the kind of twilight disconnect that grips dying empires, is a country entranced by illusions. It spends its emotional and intellectual energy on the trivial and the absurd. It is captivated by the hollow stagecraft of celebrity culture as the walls crumble. This celebrity culture giddily licenses a dark voyeurism into other people’s humiliation, pain, weakness and betrayal. Day after day, one lurid saga after another, whether it is Michael Jackson, Britney Spears [or Miley Cyrus], enthralls the country … despite bank collapses, wars, mounting poverty or the criminality of its financial class.

The virtues that sustain a nation-state and build community, from honesty to self-sacrifice to transparency to sharing, are ridiculed each night on television as rubes stupid enough to cling to this antiquated behavior are voted off reality shows. Fellow competitors for prize money and a chance for fleeting fame, cheered on by millions of viewers, elect to “disappear” the unwanted. In the final credits of the reality show America’s Next Top Model, a picture of the woman expelled during the episode vanishes from the group portrait on the screen. Those cast aside become, at least to the television audience, nonpersons. Celebrities that can no longer generate publicity, good or bad, vanish. Life, these shows persistently teach, is a brutal world of unadulterated competition and a constant quest for notoriety and attention.

Our culture of flagrant self-exaltation, hardwired in the American character, permits the humiliation of all those who oppose us. We believe, after all, that because we have the capacity to wage war we have a right to wage war. Those who lose deserve to be erased. Those who fail, those who are deemed ugly, ignorant or poor, should be belittled and mocked. Human beings are used and discarded like Styrofoam boxes that held junk food. And the numbers of superfluous human beings are swelling the unemployment offices, the prisons and the soup kitchens. 

Please read more on this page, i copied this there, many more ppl should know about this, how it works, how to act and how to not live that life, but ur own life, ur own original path, ur own way and  choice........https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/90/hedges-american-psychosis.html

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Oct 18, 2013

A lovely vacation, first in Italy, then France and Spain during 5 weeks in summer 2013

 
Album: Spain, Andorra and France, Italy.
A lovely vacation, first in Italy, then France and Spain during 5 weeks in summer 2013

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Posted: Oct 18, 2013 4:06pm
Aug 1, 2013

This story is copied, to make aware of this forall people, please share and visit the website :

http://rt.com/news/gmo-giants-anti-biotech-790/ 

A group of biotech seed companies have launched an online forum to rebuff disapproval of genetically modified foods across the world. Activists and consumer groups are skeptical, saying the industry has a ‘track record of being anything but transparent’.

The website is said to be partly backed by the biotech US giant Monsanto, DuPont and Dow AgroSciences, according to Reuters, as well as by other companies whose products feature ingredients that have been genetically altered in ways the companies claim improve food production.

Founders of www.GMOAnswers.com say the website was created “to do a better job answering your questions — no matter what they are — about GMOs.” Its launch is part of the biotech industry’s campaign to respond to concerns for GMO food labeling and tighter regulation in the US.

One user from Newtown, Pennsylvania identified as Sorgfelt posted a question on the website asking whether he could trust any research done on GMOs that has the imprimatur of the Missouri-based Monsanto. He query was prompted after learning “from practical experience that, in order to get a job with Monsanto, or do any research that is supported by Monsanto, or even to publish research on Monsanto seeds, that all of my work would have to be approved by Monsanto.”

“This makes it very difficult to have legitimate third party research to rely on,” Sorgfelt, whose question has yet to be answered, added.

Meanwhile, biotech industry players say all they want is dialogue on the issue.

"This... is an effort to increase the dialogue. That is all we want," Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer told Reuters. "Dialogue is good. Over time I think we'll come to a common understanding."

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