La Plataforma Intergubernamental de Ciencia y Política sobre Biodiversidad y Servicios de los Ecosistemas (IPBES), una organización miembro de la ONU comparable al IPCC, advierte que un número creciente de polinizadores, incluidas las abejas y las mariposas, están conducidos hacia la extinción. Este es un escenario espantoso ya que el 90% de las plantas con flores silvestres y el 75% de nuestros cultivos alimentarios mundiales dependen al menos en parte de la polinización, y millones de medios de vida dependen directamente de ellos.
La agricultura intensa, los pesticidas, incluidos los insecticidas neonicotinoides, ponen en peligro a nuestras abejas y otros polinizadores. Los cultivos genéticamente modificados son más tolerantes a los pesticidas y/o tienen efectos indirectos subletales sobre los polinizadores que aún no se conocen bien; además de una reducción de maleza.
Hay muchas cosas que se podrían hacer: hacer uso de una agricultura sostenible basada en el conocimiento indígena y local; dar habita a los polinizadores; cosas como la rotación de cultivos y la coproducción de cultivos.
Global2000, the Austrian partner organization of Friends of Earth, has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, BfR and the EFSA because of consequent and illegal manipulation of scientific studies: global2000, in German .
de: Global2000 hat eine Klage gegen Monsanto, BfR und die EFSA, wegen Manipulation wissenschaftlicher Studien eingebracht: hier weiterlesen.
Certain evidence is given that the herbicide Glyphosate is carcinogenic and can cause harm to unborn children. In March 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Glyphosate as likely carcinogenic for humans. These findings are supported by independent studies not funded by the industry.
Glyphosate, better known as RoundUp, is produced by Monsanto a combine which does also sell GMO (genetically manipulated organisms) made resitant against this herbicide, like f.i. genetically engineered soya or maize. While still the same teratogenic herbicide is used with plants certain kinds of 'superweed' have emerged which are resistant against Glyphosate so that more and more Glyphosate needs to be used. After the Vietnam War when conducting studies about whether Agent Orange was harmful or not Monsanto has simply exchanged some people from the samples of diseased veterans and the healthy in order to impede compensation for the veterans (Agent Orange was mainly made of Dioxin).
Ask the Federal Government of Germany to veto against Glyphosate! While the EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, is warning the draft as laid out by the European Commission simply ignores the fatal consequences of Glyphosate for humans and the environment. The BUND, a German ecology group, asks you to take action and sign this petition.
The construction of two new Russian nuclear prototype reactors in Hungary can not be financed without massive state interventions. This even though costs about necessary means for security facilities and an intermediate store for radioactive waste are not included in the calculation. We can not guarantee that the 'budget variant' if in deed realized like this would deliver sufficient security.
Germany and France are planning to introduce an upper bound on cash transactions in the amount of 5,000€. That way the state would not only gain information about when money has been deposited or used but also about the exact intended use of the money. The purchase of a used car above 5,000€ or respective purchases of furniture or at the jeweler would then require a credit card (additional costs?!) or a bank transaction at least one day in advance of the purchase (if the salesman allows for it). In Europe and especially in Germany and Austria there is a well established culture of paying in cash while not all people do have a credit card.
Additionally there are plans to abolish the 500 Euro banknote. This kind of paper money is a.o. in use by travellers. A singleton 500 Euro banknote can be hidden easily. It can be very useful in dedicated cases: when everything else would be stolen or when all electronic means of payment become locked in the case of an ominous mistake (As it has already happened to the author of this web page because of an erroneous news about his alledged death.). When staying at a hotel 100 Euro can be used up fast while 500 Euro can provide for a fine time.
Officially it is all about fighting against terror and money laundry. Nonetheless there is the request of banks in the background which want to control the whole liquid assets of their customers. According to the former president of the constitutional court of Germany, Hans-Jürgen Papier such an upper bound would constitute an illegal infringement of freedom rights namely concerning contract-freeness and private autonomy. On the other hand it is not known how the terror militia Islamic State shall be forced to open up an online banking account.