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by Elmar Stellnberger

Mini Step out of Coal at Blackrock

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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Blackrock has announced and divested from all companies that make more than 25% of their business volume with mining coal. However there is no divestment margin for burning coal as used for producing electricity. Nonetheless it marks a milestone that the world´s biggest investment fund does care about climate change in deed. Up to now it has only issued hollow statements of intent which it then did not follow - up to now. We would not have expected Blackrock to sell its shares of the German electricity companies RWE and Eon because of this. Now that is telling us that the persistent protests against the climate wracking investment policy of the fund did in deed already carry fruits!



diskutils package: confinedrv v1.7.10

Category: programs,
Source: LinuxSW,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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bugfix(1): confinedrv did blend in the original disk instead of the specified partition image if access rights for the image were lower than for the subsequent partition.
bugfix(2): correct enforcement of access rights for blended in MBR image



Russia bans GMOs

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Russia has forbidden the cultivation of genetically modified crops in 2016. The import of GMO products can also be forbidden basing on their effects on human health and the environment. We had already reported about a total GMO-ban in Peru and its background. The following website can give a broad overview of the admission of GMO products in different countries though the accompanying map does not fully match the description.



Australia bushfires are a climate catastrophe, it’s time for Australia´s PM Scott Morrison to act like it.

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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Meanwhile Australia´s prime minister has conceded that climate change is aggravating the fires. However he still does not take any consequences out of it. Tell him to act. In the north-east of Australia in Queensland a huge new coal mine is planned: the Carmichael mine of the Indian Adani company. The coal shall be shipped the long way to India to produce electricity which would then be sold to Bangladesh. It is a cockamamie and cynical project. Major parts of Bangladesh could be flooded by climate change in the future. Indigenous people from the Wangan and Jagalingou communities are mobilizing against the mine that would cause environmental destruction and use up a lot of water in an arid region. Tell Liberty Mutual not to insure the project and Siemens not to supply the signal system for the mine. Read more on the GfbV blog.



EU forbids Chlorpyrifos

Category: general,
Source: info,
Link: about:blank,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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The EU has banned Chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide. We have already spoken in favour of a ban (see our preceding messages with ViewRSS.php). The substance is especially harmful to children.