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by Elmar Stellnberger

EU Bank Launches Ambitious New Climate Strategy

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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The European Investment Bank wants to align its politics with the Paris Agreement and end all fossil fuel lending by the end of 2020. According to Forbes EU finance ministers need to approve the new policy in September. There will be a transition period of three years for fossil gas projects. Nuclear energy can still be fostered.



debcheckroot v2.0 released, Extensible Debian Live

Category: programs,
Source: SecuritySW,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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debcheckroot v2.0 has just been released. There have been many changes and improvements towards pre-release v1.99. The description web page has also been completely revised. In addition we have published a framework for creating your own Debian Live stick extensible with packages of your choice. You do not need to create or burn an iso but simply load an exisiting Debian Live (with or without additional firmware): see Extensible Debian Live.



Radical Protest and Racism in Bolivia after the Resignation of Morales

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Supporters of the opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho burn Whipalas, flags of Indian nationality in Bolivia. They put the bible on the Bolivian flag and have written on the street: 'Long live a Bolivia free of Indians'. Masked motorcycle groups are still roaming the streets of the big cities and security forces don´t hinder them. Supporters of Morales are speaking of a military coup. Evo Morales had to resign as he was accused of vote-rigging after he ran for a controversial fourth tenure. There had been a disputed shift in votes at the end of the counting which would have saved Morales from a run-off ballot between him and his controversary. He has sought political exile in Mexico.



Chlorpyrifos, the Nerve Gas of the Nazis

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Chlorpyrifos once developed by the Nazis as nerve gas is now more and more widely used as pesticide in the US and the EU. It is even more dangerous than glyphosphate. Now the EU is close to a ban. Raise your voice!



The New Myths on Climate Change

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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The new myths on climate change do not deny any more that climate change happens and that it is a man made issue. However they are somewhat more subtle. They want to tell us: Just don´t be upset, the problem will solve by itself:
  • Prohibitions are illegal: Who would say this about the treaty against CFC (chlorfluorcarbons) to protect our ozone layer?
  • A singleton human can´t do anything: Tell that many people and have a great impact!
  • Other countries are worse/ have a greater impact: Who says we do not need a police because there are more crimes elsewhere? At least this is no good point to start. We need to do something on our own in order to demand change from others.
  • I do not like Greta Thunberg: That does not make it less correct what she says and what many scientists are saying
  • It costs so many jobs: In deed it creates 10 times more jobs than it costs. Technological evolution costs us much more jobs.
  • The wonder technology from the future will solve the problem: We are running out of time! Massively investing in new technologies would have been a good thing 30 years ago but now we need to deploy what we have - and that is sufficient to solve the crises.
A similar argument would be that the technical progress is so fast that we do not need to create incentives to switch to alternative energies: The big companies want to stay with their business model and they are doing everything to defend it! - and lobbying politics is part of their effort.