Environment

Dear Mr/Mrs President of any Country with Nuclear Armaments

We have placed you at the head of our country. Of course, we have done this upon what appeared to us to be sufficient reasons, and yet we think it best for you to know that there are some things in regard to which we are not quite satisfied with.

We believe you to be a brave and skillful leader, which, of course, we like. We also believe you do not mix personal preferences with politics, in which you are right. You have confidence in yourself, which is a valuable, if not an indispensable quality.

Integrating Development in Climate Change

This policy paper provides developing country policymakers and negotiators on development and climate change issues with an integrated development-oriented approach to climate change issues and recommendations on the mandate and principles that should be reflected in any post-2012 global policy regime on climate change.

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Bio-Fuelling Poverty

An Oxfam Briefing Note reflects on the negative impacts of bio-fuels on poor people. The briefing note titled, Bio-fuelling Poverty: Why the EU renewable-fuel target may be disastrous for poor people, argues that the Renewable Energy Roadmap published by the European Commission is “Creating a scramble to supply in the South, posing a serious threat to vulnerable people at risk from land-grabbing, exploitation, and deteriorating food security.”

Global Environment Outlook

The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook: environment for development (GEO-4) report published 20 years after the World Commission on Environment and Development, assesses the current state of the global atmosphere, land, water and biodiversity, describes the changes since 1987, and identifies priorities for action. Failure to address these persistent problems, UNEP says, may undo all the achievements so far on the simpler issues, and may threaten humanity’s survival.

Taking a Closer Look at Global Warming

Most of us have heard of global warming. Hardly a day goes by without something in the newspaper or on TV to convince us that we are on the brink of a disaster of our own making. The ice caps are rapidly melting, thousands of species are facing extinction, and regular floods, droughts and hurricanes prove that weather patterns all over the world are changing. Given the steady stream of reports and the sheer scale of the problem, it is hard not to want to do something about it at a personal level. The problem is that the "solutions" seem so trivial.

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