While global warming unlocks a host of new treasures and trade routes in the Arctic, the region is facing steady militarization. The article gives a comprehensive update about policies and strategies of the circumpolar nations Russia, Denmark, Canada and Norway today and in the future.
By Roderick Kefferpütz
Despite the current financial "crisis" investors are pouring money into mining companies and projects, with potentially negative consequences for thousands of communities around the world. Launched in 2008, and now available as a regularly-updated data base, "From Money to Metals" is a vital resource to discover who is funding what, and where, in one of the most potentially destructive of all global industries. By Nostromo Research, 2009. more»
Eni's plannned exploitation of tar sands and palm oil in the Republic of Congo poses huge risks for one of world’s poorest countries and will worsen runaway climate change. G8 Civil society groups and their African partners are critizising, that the project contradicts G8 climate Policy under Italian Presidency.
Financial institutions play a major role in the exploitation and trade of natural resources. Over the years activists and organisations worldwide have used a variety of strategies to address these issues. The objective of the dossier Log, Stock and Barrel - Financial Institutions in the Resource Sector is to collect information on financial institutions, their role in the resource sector, and put together mechanisms, tools and strategies to address policy issues.
In its final declaration the People's Water Forum has condemned the proceedings of the 5th World Water Forum and called to "delegitimise this false, corporate driven World Water Forum and to give voice to the positive agenda of the global water justice movements."
In the coming years, NATO will surely respond to international crises. Yet, NATO’s strategy should also take into account the two dominant security threats currently shaping the state of the planet: global climate change and energy security.
By Sherri Goodman and David Catarious
Twenty per cent of the world population consume 80% of the world’s resources and contribute 80% of total carbon emissions. These 20% live in the richest industrial nations, which also have the capacities and the resources to deal with climate change appropriately, but are least affected by the consequences.
Even antagonists have realised that ecology and economy are inextricably linked and that sustainable policy is politically realistic. A responsible resource policy with a view to climate change is not only becoming more important, but is the best protection against the threat of a lack of resources.
The study analyses the numerous climate funds and the impact these funds will have on a fair, efficient, equitable and co-ordinated global response to the pressing financial needs of worldwide climate mitigation and adaption efforts.
By Gareth Porter, Neil Bird, Nanki Kaur, and Leo Peskett
Over 500 delegates from all world continents gathered at São Paulo for the Global Greens conference from May 1st to 4th, 2008. The conference focused on political, social, economic and ecological aspects of the climate crisis. The Heinrich Böll Foundation hosted two events within the conference programme.