Posted in June 2012

Should Ecocide be an International Crime?

That is the provocative question posed in a recent piece by Gwynne Dyer.  As published in the New Zealand Herald, Mr. Dyer directly equates today’s environmental destruction with government sponsored mass killings of the previous century: There was no law against genocide in the early 1940s; it became an internationally recognised crime only after the … Continue reading

Rio+20 Report Card

The Rio+20 Conference has come and gone. Lots of analysis will go into figuring out what went right and what went wrong about the Conference.  This is a first pass at giving grades to different aspects of the outcome.  I’ll reassess in a couple months, particularly on those aspects which might see some significant movement…or … Continue reading

Rio+20 Outcome Text In A Single Picture

Want to get an idea of what the Rio+20 text has in it but don’t want to read all 50 pages (source: The Guardian). Thanks to wordle.net, I made this handy word cloud.   Recognize, support, reaffirm, cooperation are all important words in the text.  Can you find words like commit, agree, affirm, pledge, etc.? Compare … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: Who is to blame for the weak text at Rio+20?

This is Part 25 (and last) of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ———————————————————————————————————————————– This post isn’t going to win me any friends…. Brazilian Delegation Celebrating Completion of Proposed Rio+20 Declaration Text. Source: IISD … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: Has Civil Society Ever Met an Environmental Agreement they Liked?

This is Part 24 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ———————————————————————————————————————————– Today a finalized draft was presented and officially closed before high level meetings begin June 20, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.  Changes … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: Sustainable Development Goals Cannot Wait

This is Part 23 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ———————————————————————————————————————————– Today was a busy day and a long night of negotiations (still in a state of limbo while I am writing) and … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: #endfossilfuelsubsidies Twitter Campaign Raises Profile

This is Part 22 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ————————————————————————————————————————————— No time for a long post because my attention is elsewhere, but the #EndFossilFuelSubsidies campaign is certainly deserving of a quick post.  … Continue reading