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by Elmar Stellnberger

Bolivia: stop torching forests for beef and soy!

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Not only in Brazil but also in Bolivia rainforests are burnt to make place for beef and soy. Stop president Morale´s decreto supremo N° 3973 authorizing ‘controlled burns’. For the EU the Mercosur trade agreement is wholly unnecessary as possible gains are estimated to be in the range of 0,1% (see here). However it will not be possible to get to the better without a reduction in meat consumption. That is why we link some vegetarian recipes here: pt-br, de-at.



Costa Rica Forbids Styrofoam

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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Polystyrene is a carcinogenic type of plastic. When degrading or when it is ingested by maritime organisms it exhibits its toxic potential. In nature it lasts up to 500,000 or 1 Million years until it has fully degraded. Costa Rica has banned import and sale of styrofoam by June 2019. Use of polystyrene as packaging is unnecessary. Yoghurt pots can f.i. also be made of non-poisonous polyethylene by the use of state of the art molding techniques. Costa Rica is a pioneer in environmental protection. It wants to reduce the use of plastics and plans to become the first climate neutral nation until 2021.



debcheckroot v2.0 pre-release

Category: programs,
Source: SecuritySW,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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debcheckroot-v1.99, the pre-release version of v2.0 is now available for testing. It is a program to verify your Debian Linux against rootkits also of unknown kind. Most likely it will become v2.0 without any significant changes. If so we will not notify for the final release in addition. debcheckroot v2.0 works with current versions of Debian and has many interesting new features: direct comparison, generation of sha256 lists, checking of symbolic links, user, group and mode. No external programs like gunzip or tar are required any more. The full functionality is integrated. By sucessively generating sha256-lists you may also verify installations based on multiple DVDs. Direct comparison or sha256 comparison is more secure than just comparing the md5 like with v1.0 but it requires a full unzip of all installation packages. Additionally it causes some false positives where configuration files are unpacked and later on automatically changed via installation scripts. Unpacking takes place in memory only.



Stop Overfishing and Discards

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Most of our food fish are already endangered and many fishing grounds are overfished (article at Geo). However the EU has still ceased to resolve for effective fishing quota (original petition in de). Unfortunately even fine food fish like 10 million codfish which are too small are simply discarded into the water because that does not amount to the quota.



EIB stalls: decision postponed until November

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
update
.
On Tuesday, the European Investment Bank decided to postpone its decision on whether to end fossil fuel finance, because last-minute lobbying from the gas industry had forced this decision. Money not spent for fossile infrastructure will go into renewables. According to executives of the bank the resolution is still on track. However the decision of EU finance ministers who need to approve the policy may be crucial as well. Show your support.