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by Elmar Stellnberger

Advertisement Corruption

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Austria: Although people tend to blame the ÖVP party for it, it was in deed the SPÖ which had invented the Austrian advertisment corruption, namely in 1990 in the municipal council of Vienna. Wener Faymann has continued this practices with public enterprises as a minister of transport and as a feder chancellor. In 2011 the public prosecutor had launched an investigation because of infidelity; there was even a parlamentarian fact-finding committee. Anyone who paid little had to expect headwind. When Mrs. Karin Kneissel (party-independent/FPÖ) shortened the advertisement budget, the publisher of the newspaper Österreich wrote openly she had to go away, said Kneissel to the investigative press platform Dossier.



Assange Still Imprisoned for Extradition to the USA

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Julian Assange is still imprisoned under inhuman conditions in Belmarsh. The extradition hearings would have needed to take place directly before the COP26 summit. However they have been delayed: “We have a lot to think about”. If his life is at threat in the United States, he should not be allowed to be extradited, no matter on why his life is at threat – because of a health issue or because of a planned assassination attempt. The tribunal has not even put at doubt that there was an assassination conspiracy by the CIA against him. There would have been sufficient reason to free him immediately because key accusations against him are already known to be fraudulent. The proceedings of the justice system against Assange appear to be partisan and they lack any justification.



New CAP / Bee ECI / Glyphosphate

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Even the newly revised CAP will not meet the high goals of the European Green Deal (EGD). The EGD requires a reduction of nutrient losses by 50% like those seeping into ground water which would amount to a reduction of 20% in fertilizer use. However continued subsidies for stables contradict this while more extensive pasture farming would be necessary. A respective reduction in mineral fertilizer use would also be necessary. Germany wants to bound livestocks to the farming land area. Meeting a 50% reduction in pesticide use would require a respective information and education campaign as well as duties on pesticide use. The 1.1 million signatures of the bee ECI (European Citizen Initiative) demand an 80% reduction till 2030 and 100% till 2035, which would also accomodate to save biodiversity (1). Not even a ban on Glyphosphate until 2022 is pending. According to renown scientists 18 studies in use continue to be unsound, 15 partially sound and only two fully sound (2). This even though there had been a successful EBI to uncover secret, paid industry studies, so that it would be possible to point out how defective they are. However the GAP will meet the goal to have 10% of the land for nature. While Germany seeks for 30% in ecological farming the GAP will require 25%.



EU legal proposal shall stop deforestation

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Products linked to deforestation like beef, palm oil and cocoa shall be banned from entering the European Union under a new landmark legal proposal. However it still leaves out other fragile ecosystems, such as Brazil’s Cerrado savannah and peatlands in south-east Asia, argues the director of Mighty Earth Europe. The current proposal also does not apply to rubber. In order to successfully fight deforestation major markets like China and the US would need to follow suit and also clean up their supply chains. Between 1990 and 2008 the EU consumption led to 10% of global deforestation.

Germany has decided to ban palm oil in agrofuels until 2023. This has been an overdue decision. France has eliminated palm oil in biofuels back in 2020 and Austria in July 2021. However as far as known use of palm oil by power plants is not included in the new decision, nor palm oil as part of old chip fat (see: salveaselva.org).




COP26 Final declaration

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In times of the COP21, Paris we could download and read the final declaration directly from the conference website. Things have become more complicated by the time. Currently a draft can be downloaded at:

Note that the draft still shows 'phase-out' of coal, though the final agreement was to 'phase-down' coal. In the following we cite from the first of these documents:

IV. Mitigation
16. Recognizes that the impacts of climate change will be much lower at the temperature increase of 1.5°C compared with 2°C, and resolves to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C;
17. Also recognizes that limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires rapid, deep and sustained reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions, including reducing global carbon dioxide emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 relative to the 2010 level and to net zero around mid-century, as well as deep reductions in other greenhouse gases;

19. Invites Parties to consider further actions to reduce by 2030 non-carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions, including methane;
20. Calls upon Parties to accelerate the development, deployment and dissemination of technologies, and the adoption of policies, to transition towards low-emission energy systems, including by rapidly scaling up the deployment of clean power generation and energy efficiency measures, including accelerating efforts towards the phase-out of unabated coal power and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, recognizing the need for support towards a just transition;
21. Emphasizes the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring nature and ecosystems, including forests and other terrestrial and marine ecosystems, to achieve the long-term global goal of the Convention by acting as sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases and protecting biodiversity, while ensuring social and environmental safeguards;