Posted in March 2012

Where did the Environment Go at International Conferences? A Critical Appraisal of the Rio+20 Approach

To be completely upfront with everyone, I have this crazy belief that international environmental conferences should discuss the environment.  You can disagree with that belief, but it seems fairly reasonable.  This does not mean they should exclusively talk about the environment, but that it should share the stage with development, green technology, social concerns, etc. … Continue reading

The Istanbul Declaration: Paper plane or paper tiger?

A meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on March 22nd, 2012 of the Global Human Development Forum tackled the basic issues of development as they will be approached at the Rio+20 meeting this summer.  The meeting was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the government of Turkey and a host of development experts, nongovernmental organization … Continue reading

Photo 5- Toxic Waste Return to Europe from Indonesia

This is one of 113 containers sent by Great Britain and the Netherlands to Indonesia as “scrap metal” discovered to actually contain electronic scraps, sulfuric acid, and toxic heavy metals.  All 113 containers are being shipped back to the countries of origin and the investigations have begun about other shipments. Their are fears that this … Continue reading

The Passing of Frank Sherwood Rowland

This past weekend, one of the most important figures in global environmental politics, Sherwood Rowland passed away.  In the 1980s, he and Mario Molina developed the hypothesis that CFCs, in heavy use at the time, could degrade the ozone layer.  A argument which resulted eventually in significant action by the states of the world to … Continue reading

Poland and the E.U. Climate Veto: All about Culture?

Poland has vetoed efforts in the European Union to develop climate milestones for future reductions in carbon emissions. The EU was trying to design climate goals for 2020, 2030, 2040, and 2050 and to coordinate activity in all the countries.  Negotiations have been lengthy and various arrangements have been made with countries wary about this … Continue reading

Photo 4- Greenpeace’s Underwater Plea

I doubt there is one person organizing all the various Greenpeace art activities, but if there is, he/she is doing a pretty good job recently.  This picture is a Greenpeace welcome party at the Australia Aquarium for a UNESCO scientific study of how extractive activities will impact the Great Barrier Reef.  The argument from this … Continue reading