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June 2007 Blog Posts (46)

Living in a global casino where the principle of inequality capsulating Humanity

In a consumerist system, money is the only standard for measuring value. The maximized return of money becomes society's central aspiration. Antagonism,

individualism and rapacity are fostered as privileged cultural values. Bank

balance, share stocks, purchase power, gross domestic product (GDP) and

recently gross national income (GNI), etc are the accepted…

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Added by S.Jahangir Hasan Masum on June 30, 2007 at 16:08 — No Comments

Africans owning their problems world bank official

Some critics argue that the Western countries are pushing Africa to check on the change of climate, like global warming, green house effect among others just for their own interest. They say the West wants Africa to provide the best conditions for them as they enjoy life. Even the push for Africans to grow organic foods is for them to have the best life on…

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Added by Pius Sawa Murefu on June 30, 2007 at 13:26 — No Comments

African Environmental challenges

From 4th-6th June 2007 Journalists from 16 African countries (East and Central Africa) gathered in Kigali Rwanda to address environmental challenges in their respectve countries and to forge a way forward. The international conference for African network For Environmental Journalists ANEJ was organised by UNEP and funded by EU. Pius Sawa Murefu, attended the…

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Added by Pius Sawa Murefu on June 30, 2007 at 13:21 — No Comments

Environmental Concerns rising in global Pew Survey except in Middle East

A 47-nation survey finds global public opinion increasingly wary of the world's dominant nations and disapproving of their leaders. Anti-Americanism is extensive, but also the growing global concern of environmental…
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Added by Batir Wardam on June 29, 2007 at 22:42 — 1 Comment

Job - Commissioning editor at SciDev.Net - maternity cover (10 months)

SciDev.Net (the Science and Developmnet Network) is looking for a commissioning editor to handle its dossiers
on issues concerning the role of science and technology in development.
This is a temporary position to cover 10 months maternity leave,
starting in July 2007. For more info, see: http://www.scidev.net/jobs/index.cfm?fuseaction=readjob&itemid=741&language=1

Added by MikeShanahan on June 28, 2007 at 11:23 — No Comments

Climate change and the mass media

There seems to be a lot of debate and a growing number of empirical studies on how climate change is reported in the prestige press. What I am wondering, however, is if climate scientists and journalists have failed to see the importance of targeting popular media sources (e.g The Sun in the UK) in order to expand the climate change discussion.

Added by Denise Celeghin on June 27, 2007 at 22:12 — 2 Comments

Climate Change and Climate Policy Negotiations

G8 is done and now researchers and policy makers are busy getting the tone set right for the Bali meeting in December for Climate Policy Negotiations.

So far, adaptation was used (or so some says) as an excuse for not discussing about mitigations. Now the post Kyoto decision has to be made by the end of 2008. What are the options? Which country supports what ideas? Who comes up with an brilliant idea that all 190+ countries could agree on?

Any news on the beyond Kyoto…

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Added by A Sato on June 27, 2007 at 12:01 — 4 Comments

Invitation to media activities at the Bali Conference of Parties (COP13) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Panos will provide media activities and support to journalists before, during and after

the UN climate change summit, COP13, in Bali, Indonesia, on 3-14 December 2007.



"A major achievement of the COP12…

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Added by MikeShanahan on June 26, 2007 at 16:23 — 2 Comments

Getting the word out of scientists

I had an interview with a scientist on his recent discovery, all i gathered from the interview were his own side other scientists decline comment on the issue. He told me the discovery was published in a science journal that i can't access. what do i do

Added by Augustine Abutu Alexander on June 25, 2007 at 12:24 — 1 Comment

Seeking the advice of the press...

My work is in integrated resources management and conservation. Some of the work is at the policy level and some is very "on the ground" dealing with the livelihoods of communities and poverty reduction. A number of outputs and findings from these projects are as important as the findings of pure science and social science.…

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Added by Charbel Rizk on June 22, 2007 at 15:37 — 5 Comments

Five Times Into Space as a Russian Cosmonaut

[Interview] Vladimir Dzhanibekov, member of the Russian Academy of Science

Dambaru Ballab Kattel (Dambaru)

Published 2007-05-30

Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dzhanibekov, 65, is distinguished for having traveled five times in space, each for a different research objective. In total he spent 145 days, 15 hours and 56 minutes in space.…

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Added by D.B.Kattel on June 22, 2007 at 9:34 — 4 Comments

We can learn from indigenous people

Indonesian tropical rainforests are bursting with life. Not only do millions of species of plants and animals live in rainforests, but also many indigenous people or natives still live as their ancestors did many years before them in the rainforests for thousands of years harmoniously. They call the rainforest their home.…

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Added by Harry Surjadi on June 21, 2007 at 2:21 — No Comments

The Beast in the Jungle

Aside from the very professional entries in the community blog, I find myself writing something of a personal note.

I've never traveled. Never. I have been to Hawaii, yes. I've even driven to Fresno. I have been to San Francisco. But see the world? No. For me, the wax and wane…

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Added by Ryan Rose on June 20, 2007 at 19:32 — No Comments

Environment and social justice must be at heart of policymaking, says international alliance

The Ring alliance of 13 leading research organisations on 5 continents has called for a radical new approach to global policymaking that has the environment and social equity at its heart.



The UK Secretaries of State for environment and international development heard the challenge yesterday (18 June) at a meeting of government officials and civil society organisations.



George Varughese, representing the Ring alliance, delivered a speech after the government ministers and… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on June 19, 2007 at 10:32 — 1 Comment

UK-China Climate Change Award Scheme

The British Council China, and China Science and

Technology Exchange Center of the Chinese Ministry of Science and

Technology have announced an award scheme for Chinese journalists who have reported on climate change. The will visit

climate and environment research institutions and science media

in the UK. More information is here:… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on June 18, 2007 at 16:38 — No Comments

Desert Voices: oral testimony and journalism project (Panos)

Here is an announcement from Panos London about its Desert Voices project....



Desert Voices: a new online collection of oral testimonies reveals the long-term impact of

desertification on people’s lives



The effects of desertification on people in… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on June 18, 2007 at 14:10 — No Comments

Watching the neverending space between the moving corners of the world



Writing a blog from a balieu parisienne makes me wonder of the unusual opportunities I have had in my life, many of them as a result of a continuous personal exploration. I'm sure that many people have traveled farther than I, and many have had the most intense personal biographies, but anyway, each one of us should stand up in his or her corner of the world, look around and deeply appreciate what comes beyond, from what we all have… Continue

Added by Ricardo SANDOVAL on June 16, 2007 at 8:15 — No Comments

4:05 a.m.

It's 4:05 a.m., Pacific time. I am sitting, staring at my computer screen, trying to assemble the last bits of the newspaper for which I work. My deadline: 8 a.m.-- a mere four hours away from freedom.

Mark Twain once said, "I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one."

Twain is as correct now as he was in 1870.

-Ryan Rose

Added by Ryan Rose on June 15, 2007 at 12:11 — 1 Comment

Haramata 51: Bulletin of the Drylands

Haramata 51: Bulletin of the Drylands
Inside the latest issue:
Desertification: Four targets for better results; East…
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Added by MikeShanahan on June 14, 2007 at 10:05 — No Comments

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