Romanian Environmental News

No.019 Published 31st July 2012 In This Edition
Editorial Leading rti!le" #a$$iness Towards an Improved Financial System Romanian Agricultural land: a layground !or !oreign investors FanFest: rotecting Rosia "ontana t#roug# $ulture "ulc# Restores %and roductivity Romanian News %orld News bout REN

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'appiness( well)*eing( prosperity( t#e a*ility to !louris#+ t#ese are t#e words we t#in, o! w#en trying to imagine a li!estyle w#ic# pleases us and is in #armony wit# t#ose around us. T#is li!estyle develops !rom a com*ination o! circumstances w#ic# toget#er result in our success as an individual and mem*er o! society. To ac#ieve t#is we need suc# ingredients as su!!iciently well)paid employment( a circle o! !amily and !riends to love and provide support( good #ealt# and t#e ,nowledge we s#all receive t#e *est possi*le treatment i! we #ave #ealt# pro*lems( security !rom t#reats( !reedom to !ul!il one-s potential and to !ollow reasona*le pursuits. No dou*t t#ere are more necessities w#ic# one could add. In most countries it is currently assumed t#at t#e way to ac#ieve t#e a*ove goals is to #ave constant economic growt# wit#in a democratic society. I! t#e economy does not grow( t#ere will *e rising unemployment and de*t leading to pressures on society( w#ic# in e.treme cases may well lead to violent up#eaval. T#ere are two !laws in t#e economic growt# model w#ic# #ave lead to muc# de*ate recently. As t#e current de*t crisis illustrates growt# re/uires ever increasing de*t levels. As people suc# as( 0osep# Stiglit1 in t#e 2SA and t#e organisation( ositive "oney in t#e 23 #ave clearly demonstrated t#is de*t creates #uge pro!its !or *an,s w#ile leaving t#e general population wit# an ever increasing !inancial *urden. 4e*t *ased growt# is not sustaina*le and will inevita*ly lead to rising de*t levels and eventual cras#.

e us #appy.son puts it in #is *oo.<=> I! it is growt# t#at . 'owever( *e#ind t#is lies many less easy to /uanti!y impacts on society.son demonstrates t#at t#e argument !or t#is is( to put it mildly( -!ar !rom convincing-. In #ig#ly une/ual societies( suc# as t#ose .son points out t#at it is not t#e a*solute level o! income w#ic# may *e important+ -6#at matters .eeps us #appy t#en t#ere is a #uge ecological cost to pay.is certainly a pro*lem.ing( earning money and *uying all t#e innovative products and gadgets w#ic# are *eing produced..ing t#is situation worse *y t#e minute. 5rowt# is eating up t#e planet-s natural and mineral resources at !ar greater rates t#an t#ey can *e replaced. :urgeoning resource consumption and rising environmental costs are compounding pro!ound disparities in social well)*eing.. . Instead uncertainties and an.@iew Report Tim 0ac.now to *e desira*le( essential( and possi*le( wit#out any resulting c#aos. 'owever growt# is not only destroying our environment( it seems to *ring wit# it a #ost o! associated pro*lems w#ic# actually tend to reduce our #appiness. 0ac. . %ots o! money and lots o! material goods ma.ing *oo. 6e are -prospering. suggests( #ow we s#ould proceed: prosperity without growt#. T#e title o! 0ac.son poses t#e /uestion+ can -growt# wit# decoupling. a*out -decoupling. T#is we now . T#e population is wor.growt# !rom t#e increased t#roug#put o! materials. 6e can continue to grow and still remain wit#in our -ecological limits. A cost w#ic# will #it !uture generations #ard and very pro*a*ly destroy !uture prosperity. As t#e 2N supported &art# Institute report on #appiness notes: T#e 2nited States #as ac#ieved stri.t. rosperity 6it#out 5rowt#: 5rowt# is unsustaina*le 9 at least in its current !orm. Some economists tal. Return to contents #a$$iness T#e capitalist !ormula !or #appiness is simple.T#e second !law is t#e ecological limits imposed *y our planet. A rapidly increasing #uman population is ma. As Tim 0ac. 0ac.T#e !act t#at a *usier economy uses more primary resources: trees( water( mineral resources at a greater speed as t#e economy -improves. 5rowt# means more goods are moving more rapidly.son( descri*es decoupling as a -myt#-.son-s *oo.. is #aving more or less t#an t#ose around us-. 5rowt# is wit#out limits i! t#e resources it depends upon are also limitless: t#ey are not.rosperity wit#out 5rowt#-( pro!essor Tim 0ac. T#is is w#y 8ust a*out every government in t#e world is o*sessed wit# economic growt#. Simply put( growt# is a measure o! t#e *usyness o! an economy.traction( increased waste generation and increased species loss. .deliver ever increasing incomes !or a world o! nine *illion people and yet remain wit#in ecological limits..p. As t#e !ollowing article( 'appiness( s#ows t#ere is ample evidence to suggest t#at growt# *eyond certain levels is no good !or anyone.ieties are #ig#( social and economic ine/uality #ave widened considera*ly( social trust is in decline and con!idence in t#e government is at an all time low .In #is ground *rea. wit#out gains in t#e reported #appiness o! its citi1enry. 7ur use o! resources is *ecoming more e!!icient( *ut t#is is #appening !ar too slowly and growt# still re/uires #ig#er material input ( leading to increased car*on emissions( increased resource e.ing economic and tec#nological progress ?. 6e #ave to live wit#in our ecological *oundaries w#ile !louris#ing in our social and personal conte.

T#e #ig# percentage o! Sout# Americas living in villages and rural settings may well *e a !actor in t#ese !indings.t is "oray.ing t#e -car*on !ootprint. #ttp:HHwww. Norway is t#e !irst &uropean country to *e represented( coming in at num*er A9.ney E S#etland also comes out top w#en people were as.ious area is t#e most nort#erly ) &ilean Siar( 7r. 6#en relative #appiness across nations is measured t#e 2S( t#e ric#est nation on t#e planet( is not in !irst place. T#e least an. I! personal income levels are lower( t#en our consumption is lower and it !ollows t#at t#e negative ecological e!!ects o! our actions are lower. more sop#isticated answers to t#e /uestion( 6#at ma. T#ere is somet#ing a*out a simple rural li!estyle t#at is associated wit# #ig# levels o! well)*eing. places in :ritain are all in t#e nort# o! Scotland.HnewsHu. T#ere are two very stri. &ilean Siar( 7r.ed #ow #appy t#ey were yesterday and #ow wort#w#ile t#ey considered t#eir li!e. T#e :ritis# government #as carried out a survey to measure t#e su*8ective #appiness o! t#e population.co.e notice.w#ere -!ree mar. 6#en we analyse t#e e!!ects o! rising incomes and see. T#en A*erdeens#ire !ollowed *y Angus and 'ig#land. &ven w#en we ta. It is not pots o! money or a !ancy car.es us #appy( we *egin to see t#at t#ere may 8ust well *e a great deal more involved t#an simply 54 ( economic growt# and personal incomes.**c. It is clearly not t#e weat#er.iety rating. And t#e region doesn-t 8ust do well on its an.ed to rate t#eir li!e satis!action ) t#ey came second *e#ind :at# and Nort# Somerset.ney E S#etland. Nearly all t#e countries in t#e top places o! t#e report are in central and Sout# America. T#e only category in w#ic# t#e remote islands o!! our most nort#erly coasts !ailed to come top was w#en as. :ot# personal relations#ips and our relations#ip wit# t#ose in power deteriorate i! economic growt# is our road to supposed #appiness.ing !eatures o! t#e New &conomics Foundation report. T#is #as pro*a*ly more to do wit# t#e !inancial crisis and t#e de*t mountain( w#ic# are acting as o*stacles to !urt#er -growt#-( rat#er t#an considerations !or t#e well)*eing o! t#e planet or citi1enry.o! individuals into account( along wit# !actors suc# as longevity( educational standards and well) *eing. In t#e outer isles some F1G scored t#ree or less.)1I9FJ9AJ .e out t#e ecological element( Sout# and $entral American countries score very #ig# on #appiness ratings w#ile generally #aving modest personal incomes: 10 )1=(000 dollars per person compared wit# t#e over B0(000 dollars per person in t#e 2SA. Ne.et.ed places in t#e 23C Dou ta. T#e !indings may #ave surprised t#e :ritis# government( *ut will not surprise you i! you #ave understood t#e signi!icance o! t#e !indings presented a*ove. Slowly 9 !ar too slowly 9 governments are *eginning to ta.e t#e #ig# road and #ead nort#. 'ere is #ow t#e ::$ reported t#em: So w#ere are t#e most rela. syc#ological pressures and c#anges in relative circumstances #ave a detrimental e!!ect on society( community and trust. t#e New &conomics Foundation in t#e 23 #as declared $osta Rica to *e t#e #appiest country on t#e planet. T#e ric# -developedcountries o! 6estern &urope and Nort# America are now#ere to *e seen. Ta. &conomic growt# is not only costing t#e planet( t#ere are lots o! negative e!!ects on real people.u.economics dominate( t#is situation is particularly pronounced and -social statusis a !orce creating tensions wit#in communities. . T#e !ive most laid *ac. $ountries wit# average personal incomes o! less t#an #al! t#ose o! t#e 2SA turn out to *e 8ust as #appy.

Return to $ontents Towards an Im$roved &inan!ial 'ystem Headlines such as these below are everywhere. 5rowt#( especially in t#e ric#est countries on t#e planet( is not adding to #uman #appiness( indeed t#ere is signi!icant evidence to suggest it is weig#ing #eavily on #appiness. 2ne/ual societies wit# vast di!!erences *etween t#e ric#est and t#e poorest are muc# worse !or #uman psyc#ology t#an t#ose wit# a more e/ual income distri*ution.ing !or *igger(wealt#ier or more power!ul positions in society. Spain may be one of the the worst examples. n (verview *irstly.nown. Fortunately it is mostly good news !or planetary ecology and #uman society. T#ese people are content wit# w#at t#ey #ave and #ave good relations wit# ot#ers in t#ere community( *ecause t#ey are not constantly see. 'Cutting debt' and 'financial reform' are often cited as the solutions.In case your . R&NA0 will loo.es us #appy.nowledge o! :ritis# geograp#y and economics is not t#e *est( I s#all say a little more a*out t#ese !indings. Dou do not live t#ere i! you want to ma. ( you can download t#e complete te. It is up to us in t#e movement !or a 8ust society and a green economy to ma. so that it can reduce the overall debt)burden of the public.e your !ortune and are envious o! t#ose wit# apparent or real greater wealt#. figures showed Spanish unemployment hitting a fresh high.t #ere> !emoving the power to create money from the ban s would end the instability and boom)and) bust cycles that are caused when ban s create far too much money in a short period of time. but many other countries are rapidly heading in the same direction. T#e 7r. It would ensure that newly)created money is spent into the economy. !"# supports the ideas put forward by the organisation ositive "oney for real financial reform which will remove the right to create debt for profit from ban s and place the creation of money in the hands of those who should have the general good of society and the planet as their motive.7 million Spaniards are now out of work. %elow is the introduction to how this new monetary system could function ta en from a pamphlet produced by &ositive 'oney.ney and S#etland islands are as !ar away !rom t#e economic #eartland o! %ondon and t#e sout# east o! &ngland as you can get."# during the April to $une %uarter & the highest since the '(7)s. at #ow an economy wit#out growt# and dedicated to protecting !uture prosperity can !unction. rather than financial profit no matter what the negative conse$uences may be to community or the planet. Nig#ts are long in winter and summer is cool and punctuated *y !re/uent rainstorms. It would also ensure that ban s could be allowed to fail without bailouts from taxpayers. Unfortunately no country that I now of has actually introduced serious financial reform. rather than being lent into existence as happens currently. with the jobless rate reaching !. Almost 5. Earlier. the rules governing ban ing are changed so that ban s can no longer create ban . it said. 6e are getting closer to understanding w#at ma. Action to cut debt and push financial reform were "critical".e t#ese !indings more widely .

T#e newsletter can *e downloaded #ere Romanian gri!ultural land" a Playground )or )oreign investors For many years. they would be classified as real money and only the %an of "ngland would be able to increase the total $uantity of them. agricultural companies occupy thousands of hectares of land.his could mean that the newly)created money is used to So if we can.u 4wp)content4uploads456754654*ull) !eserve)%an ing)in)&lain)"nglish7. the '&C vote)see ing politicians ) then would authorise the %an of "ngland..s manifesto and priorities. in line with inflation targets set by the government. . In order to meet these targets. available land and lower prices than in the rest of Europe. ..he newly)created money would then be added to tax revenue and economy as whole.hey would use -big picture.hey would also have access to all the benefit personally from the research resources that they re$uire to ma e an informed decision. .he %an of "ngland would then ta e over the role of creating the new money that the economy re$uires each year to run smoothly. . pay down the national debt. .s money to the economy will be -Central 1overnment 2ccount. but the government would who do not benefit personally have no control or influence over how much money is created. http344www.pdf Return to $ontents T#e report *elow is ta. Currently these deposits are considered a liability of the ban to the customer ) after the reform.en !rom t#e newsletter noJ pu*lis#ed *y &coruralis. although the exact mix of these see ing politicians. rather than the benefit to the . benefit to the decision ma er.t trust profit) increase spending.positivemoney. the decision on how much or little money needs to be created would be ta en by the 'onetary &olicy Committee. Romanian agricultural land has been the playground for foreign investors. distributed according to the elected government.deposits (the numbers in your ban account+. the elected government would not be able to specify the $uantity of money that should be created.s Issue 0epartment to create decisions over the supply of the new money by increasing the balance of the government. the decision over how newly)created money is initially no misaligned incentives and spent would be made by the government. the '&C would be completely separate and insulated from any ind of political control or influence ) in other words. more than 700 000 hectares of land are owned by foreign investors. nor the needs of the If the person or organisation ban ing sector.o maintain international credibility and avoid -economic electioneering.he 'onetary &olicy Committee would decide how much money needs to be created in order to meet the inflation targets by analysing the economy as a whole ) not the spending needs of the government. Attracted by vast. . must find a neutral. statistics to /udge ma ing the decision to create whether meeting the inflation targets re$uires more or less money more money also stands to in/ecting each month. or replace taxation see ing ban ers or vote) revenue in order to reduce taxes. then we options would depend entirely on the elected government of the day. Today. .his newly)created money would be ta en on the basis of the non)repayable and therefore debt)free. . creation of that money ) as do profit)see ing ban ers and Upon ma ing a decision to increase the money supply. independent body who have Conse$uently.org. from increasing the money supply.

T#is year-s !estival is t#e longest and most varied yet planned.ists !or local people *ased on agriculture( tourism and ot#er activities w#ic# do not destroy t#e environment. T#ere will *e over twenty *ands and 40s all per!orming wit#out pay. Return to $ontents &an&est" Prote!ting Rosia *ontana through +ulture T#e sevent# edition o! FanFest will ta. T#e organisers say t#e aims o! t#e !estival are to promote cultural #eritage and give support to t#e activists w#o !or years #ave *een involved on a daily *asis in !ig#ting t#e mining pro8ect. T#e intensive agriculture practices on t#ese lands destroy t#e ecosystems and pollute t#e waters. %and !ragmentation( t#e vulnera*ility o! peasants and wea. 7n a local( national and &uropean level( land gra**ing t#reatens small scale agriculture and !ood sovereignty. Fre/uently *oug#t or leased !or a minimum price( t#e land is cultivated t#roug# intensive met#ods. "any !ields are not cultivated.ploitation. %ocal aut#orities( t#e 5overnment and t#e new $ommon Agriculture olicy #as to stop t#is p#enomenon and #as to encourage small( diverse !arming w#ic# is t#e only via*le solution !or a sustaina*le rural development *ased on responsi*le organic principles. Program :uilding on t#e success!ul activities o! last year( t#e !estival #as an incredi*ly wide and varied programme. Seduced *y t#e !inancial contri*ution o! t#e land lease or sale( many landowners didn-t #esitate to sign contracts wit# agricultural companies.t is in !avour o! land gra**ing. T#e case o! Aiton village in $lu8 county( w#ere a Romanian company recently sowed cereal crops on t#e ma8ority o! t#e land and t#e case o! t#e village 4udestii @ec#i in Timis county( w#ere an Italian company #as #ad a monopoly on t#e land !or 10 years( illustrates *ot# t#e origins and t#e conse/uences o! t#is p#enomenon on t#e local community.perience o! success!ul campaigns. A wide ranging !ilm !estival includes suc# !ilms as 9FG 7wned( 5asland( $rulic and many more.ens rural communities( installing a *arrier !or all alternative development initiatives.T#e national conte. Since A00B t#ousands o! people opposed to t#e Rosia "ontana mining pro8ect #ave come to t#e !estival. T#e con!erence room will #ave presentations !rom leading arc#itects a*out #ow arc#itecture and community are ine. T#e regulatory and political !rame !avour t#is p#enomenon t#roug# its ultra li*eral tendency and support !or large e. T#is mass p#enomenon ta. 7*serving t#ese aspects( we want to see a c#ange in t#e political and regulatory perspectives.es t#e land !rom t#e !armers and wea. Rural areas #ave to *e reconsidered in order to attract t#e active population.e place in Rosia "ontana !rom t#e 1=t#)19t# August. rural development causes a massive rural e. T#e social Forum will present ideas o! #ow to organise protests movements along wit# t#ose w#o #ave e.trica*ly lin. 2nder t#e slogan Rosia Montana is not for sale a varied programme o! music( !ilms( guided tours( !orums and muc# more will demonstrate to locals #ow Rosia can *e a living cultural centre rat#er t#an a dead mining town under t#e constant t#reat o! ecological disaster !rom cyanide polluted wastes le!t a!ter t#e miners #ave disappeared wit# t#eir pro!its.ed and very interestingly( an . T#e !estival demonstrates #ow a via*le !uture e.odus.

or roo!L> K Trample( mow( roll. K $over wit# a*out F s#eets o! newspaper. Return to $ontents *ul!h Restores Land Produ!tivity T#e wi. K Ta.more is *etter> o! good /uality compost. K %ay out your drip irrigation on top .iH"ulc# Romania needs mulc#. I am writing t#is on a scorc#ing #ot day. T#ey go so well toget#er and are t#e *eginning o! a*undance. "is reputation is born of #0 years of hands!on e$perience and leadership in the design and implementation of practical solutions to the challenges of sustainability.wi.( I introduce compost ma. T#e procedure enric#es t#e soil !or stimulated plant development w#ile( at t#e same time( preventing erosion and decreasing t#e evaporation o! moisture !rom t#e ground #ttp:HHen.et an area in w#ic# vegetation is desired.aging( it can get.e sure t#ere are no gaps. I) it is at all $ossible )or you to get to &an&est we strongly re!ommend it. "a. As we #ig#lig#ted in R&N1I *urning organic material is e/uivalent to *urning money( and #ig#ly polluting into t#e *argain.ipedia de!inition e. In t#e autumn( t#is very same grass is li. 6#ile t#e gardens come in all s#apes and si1es and need to *e managed to suit t#e environment( t#ey are easy to *uild and not muc# can go wrong. It is mulc#( and as t#e wi.economic argument against t#e mining pro8ect will *e presented.ing and mulc# gardens.plains e.ipedia de!inition says( destroying it( is destroying soil !ertility and t#e soils a*ility to retain moisture during long dry spells. Romania needs every single piece o! unused organic material( and t#at includes suc# t#ings as paper( card*oard and all !orms o! organic pac. T#e summer is now#ere near its end and yet t#e #illsides are a pale *rown colour: t#e colour o! sun dried grass. 6#erever I wor.ely to *e *urned. %indegger: a respected and sought!after teacher in the disciplines of sustainable systems. 'ere is a simple recipe !or mulc#ing some land and creating !ertility !rom "a. Tall grasses and weeds !lat to t#e ground.ample o! #ow more and more Romanians are realising t#at politicians do not wor.. :e!ore t#is can #appen t#e *urning #as to stop. K $over newspaper wit# a minimum o! 10cm .ipedia. 6#en an area is cleared o! organic material( *e it wood or grass or weeds or simply a *ig mi. 2n!ortunately t#e ma8ority o! t#e !arming and gardening community are destroying large /uantities o! mulc# every year. Returning t#e *are sun*urnt #illsides to !ertility re/uires trees and mulc#. FanFest is t#e leading e.e any piece o! reasona*ly draining land .orgHwi.ico. !or t#em+ t#at t#e consumerist society we live in is not #ealt#y !or community or t#e planet+ and t#at only *y *ecoming an activist on an individual and collective *asis can we *egin to turn t#ings around and create #ope !or a *etter !uture.actly w#at mulc# does "ulc#ing is a process o! in*red !ertili1ation w#ic# employs certain decomposed organic materials)) including( *ut not limited to animal sediment)) to *lan.ture o! all o! t#ese t#ings( it is inevita*ly *urnt. "e is the founder of the %lobal Ecovillage &etwor' (ceania ) Asia*. "ulc# gardens are to permaculture w#at !lat *reads and c#illies are to "e.

7n one o! t#e #ottest Sundays o! t#e year( t#e turnout suggests t#at t#e president is rat#er unpopular. oliticians are a waste o! money in general.. :roug#t as#ore *y #ig# waves e. According to e. T#e re!erendum was a waste o! money.perts *elieve t#e dolp#ins did not die naturally and may #ave *een caug#t in !is#ing nets. T#is pointless re!erendum #ig#lig#ts once again t#e need to move as /uic. T#e #ot weat#er is predicted to last into Septem*er.K $over wit# a !airly modest amount o! mulc# .perienced since coming to Romania and I will not *e surprised i! records #ave *een *ro. read more in Romanian return to !ontents %orld News The Ri!h are less Li/ely to a!t Ethi!ally It is o!!icial: *eing ric# ma. In many mountain areas grass #as *een very scarce and many !armers will not #ave enoug# to !eed t#ere livestoc. It #as also *een very dry and !armers #ave e. T#e uncontrolled cutting down o! trees #as also #ad a serious negative e!!ect on t#e lig#t sandy soil. oor !armers #ave lost t#eir #arvests and money and #ave given up trying to wor.ely to ma. Read more in Romanian -ead -ol$hins on . Read more in Romanian T#e environmental news is( un!ortunately( as you mig#t #ave e. %arge areas w#ic# !ormerly grew crops can no longer *e cultivated due to t#e dry conditions in summer. T#e deserti!ication #as increased in t#e last !ew years due to #ig# temperatures and low rain!all. &ven at general elections( t#e vote *arely creeps a*ove =0G.la!/ 'ea bea!hes At t#e #eig#t o! t#e tourist season( nine dolp#ins #ave *een !ound dead on t#e *eac#es o! t#e *lac.orgHrossH1<=. t#e land.es you greedy !or more and is li. 4eserti!ication is occurring in some areasL Sudul Romaniei se trans!orma in nisip .Sout#ern Romania turning to Sand> %arge scale deserti!ication is ta.ly as possi*le to 4irect 4emocracy.> K lan #ttp:HHgen. In at least one area large sand dunes can *e seen.pected: *adL I am sure it #as *een t#e #ottest 0uly I #ave e. &.ecovillage.straw( #ay.ing place in some areas o! sout#er Romania. A . t#roug# t#e long winter.e you act less et#ically.perts predict a reduction o! up to A1G in mai1e production *y A0=0.en.perts at least !our #undred t#ousand #ectares are a!!ected.#tmlClangMen Return to $ontents Romanian News T#e Romanian press #as *een saturated recently wit# t#e useless and rat#er pat#etic struggle *etween t#e rig#t wing president and centrist government. T#e president seems to #ave won a #ollow victory as only B<G o! t#e population voted and a =0G turnout was re/uired !or t#e vote to *e valid.perienced signi!icant losses. sea.

P Read report As reported in previous editions o! R&N( we support 4irect 4emocracy.treme droug#t. Now science #as s#own t#is to *e ru**is#.( .perimental and naturalistic met#ods reveal t#at upper)class individuals *e#ave more unet#ically t#an lower)class individuals. In !ollow)up la*oratory studies( upper)class individuals were more li.ely to lead to a less !air society and t#e ric# will e. A ric# elite is li. OIt is unli.*e!ore t#e droug#t #it( t#is year was !orecast to produce a record yield !or t#e corn crop. er#aps t#is year *an. 'umanity #as overs#ot t#e eart#Ns resources( and in some cases we will see local collapse *e!ore A0=A 9 we are emitting twice as muc# green#ouse gas every year as can *e a*sor*ed *y t#e worldNs !orests and oceans.ing in Rotterdam. nother &ood Pri!e +risis Looms Record temperatures around t#e world and associated droug#t is li.study B>( lie in a negotiation . In studies 1 and A( upper)class individuals were more li.. T#e previous -s#ortage.ely t#at governments will pass necessary regulation to !orce t#e mar. "ediator and moderator data demonstrated t#at upper)class individualsN unet#ical tendencies are accounted !or( in part( *y t#eir more !avoura*le attitudes toward greed. Read more T#e last rise in !ood prices caused riots in some countries.ely to e.and in in t#e age o! t#e internet and .s will *e doing all t#ey can to reduce pricesL +lub o) Rome re$ort highlights $roblems T#e Report says t#e main cause o! !uture pro*lems is t#e e.#i*it unet#ical decision)ma..e to tell us t#at it is necessary to #ave a ric# elite and t#at t#ey are good !or t#e country and t#e less !ortunate.ing tendencies . T#ere are !ears t#at rising prices in t#e 2S will #ave an impact !urt#er a!ield as t#e country is t#e world-s largest e.study <>( and endorse unet#ical *e#aviour at wor. t#e law w#ile driving( relative to lower)class individuals.porter o! corn( soy*eans and w#eat.study =>( c#eat to increase t#eir c#ances o! winning a pri1e . !or t#e *ene!it o! #uman.study F> t#an were lower)class individuals. O6e need a system o! governance t#at ta.indP.ely to #ave a signi!icant e!!ect on t#e price o! staple !oods t#is winter. It is sensi*le policy t#at all governments s#ould *e !ollowing.es a more long)term viewP( said ro!essor Randers( spea.turned out to *e not real at all and most rises in prices were due to *an.ets will wor. 4roug#t is particularly *ad in some areas o! t#e 2SA( ?.ets to allocate more money into climate !riendly solutions( and must not assume t#at mar. T#is puts power directly in t#e #ands o! t#e people and removes sel!)interested( corrupt( . T#e 2S4A said t#at two)t#irds o! t#e 2S was now in mild or e.cessively s#ort)term predominant political and economic model.ploit t#eir power !or t#eir own *ene!it rat#er t#an t#e *ene!it o! ot#ers. It is not envy to wis# to remove wealt# di!!erences in society.e valued goods !rom ot#ers .study J>( ta. :ut( a!ter wee.ely to *rea.series o! scienti!ic studies w#ic# appeared in t#e Pro!eedings o) the National !ademy o) '!ien!es o) the 0nited 'tates o) meri!an con!irms t#is: Seven studies using e. O6e already live in a manner t#at cannot *e continued !or generations wit#out ma8or c#ange.s o! #ot( dry weat#er and no rain!all( a total o! 1(J<9 counties in J1 states across t#e country #ave now *een designated !or disaster aid. read )ull study 7ur governments li. speculators arti!icially pus#ing up prices.

ed #uman c#aracteristic. I-m now going a step !urt#er: 'umans are almost entirely t#e cause.periencing an erosion o! *iodiversity t#at is o!ten alarmingly widespread ta. T#eir study( released early on "onday . .9$ 8ust in t#e last =0 years.FF> over t#e past A=0 years.ploitation were t#e strongest predictors o! declining reserve #ealt#.=$ .eli#ood o! serious *iodiversity declines. $rucially( environmental c#anges immediately outside reserves seemed nearly as important as t#ose inside in determining t#eir ecological !ate( wit# c#anges inside reserves strongly mirroring t#ose occurring around t#em.ercise is more important t#an diet in t#e !ig#t against o*esity #as *een contradicted *y new researc#. R%ast year( !ollowing an intensive researc# e!!ort involving a do1en scientists( I concluded t#at glo*al warming was real and t#at t#e prior estimates o! t#e rate o! warming were correct. Times( ro! "uller( !rom t#e 2niversity o! $ali!ornia( :er. T#e paper reiterates t#e !inding t#at t#e land sur!ace temperature #as risen 0. T#is suggests westerners are growing o*ese t#roug# over)eating rat#er t#an #aving inactive li!estyles( say scientists.mo*ile p#ones> redundant politicians.eley( said: RT#ree years ago I identi!ied pro*lems in previous climate studies t#at( in my mind( t#rew dou*t on t#e very e.ed to #uman activities. In a piece aut#ored !or t#e New Dor. &orest bio1diversity de!lining A report in Nature maga1ine once again #ig#lig#ts t#e !act t#at *iodiversity is under t#reat around t#e world and it is #uman activity w#ic# is driving e. T#e team argues t#at t#e good correspondence *etween t#e new temperature record and #istorical data on $7A emissions suggests #uman activity is Rt#e most straig#t!orward e.tinction.R see ::$ report (ver1eating Rather than La!/ o) E3er!ise +ausing (besity T#e idea t#at e.ed ecologically to t#eir surrounding #a*itats( and t#at a !ailure to stem *road)scale loss and degradation o! suc# #a*itats could s#arply increase t#e li.5"T>( concludes t#at t#e average temperature o! t#e &art#-s land #as risen *y 1.A.ing at reserves designed to protect species t#e scientists !ound: 7ur analysis reveals great variation in reserve Q#ealt#N: a*out #al! o! all reserves #ave *een e!!ective or per!ormed passa*ly( *ut t#e rest are e. %oo.onomically and !unctionally. 'a*itat disruption( #unting and !orest)product e. T#ese !indings suggest t#at tropical protected areas are o!ten intimately lin.istence o! glo*al warming.planationR !or t#e warming.ist as #unter gat#erers( suggests t#e amount o! calories we need is a !i. Read Nature report &ormer +limate +hange '!e$ti!s admit *an1made 2lobal %arming Li/ely A leading climate c#ange sceptic and a team o! top American scientists #ave reported t#at t#e evidence t#ey now #ave points to climate warming lin. A study o! t#e 'ad1a tri*e( w#o still e.

4aily energy e.penditure mig#t *e an evolved trait t#at #as *een s#aped *y evolution and is common among all people and not some simple re!lection o! our diverse li!estylesP @arious !actors are involved( including processed !oods #ig# in sugar and !at( large portion si1es( and a sedentary li!estyle w#ere cars and mac#ines do most o! t#e daily p#ysical wor.comHpHdespre)noi. system i! ot#er countries impose t#eir own ta. 2S Transportation Secretary Ray %a'ood #as denounced t#e &2 ta. .u.com4category4green4 &nvironmental news in Romanian: htt$"44www.*logspot.. *eing introduced.t#roug# is e.#tml +he!/ out these English language websites" Transnational Institute+ a worldwide !ellows#ip o! sc#olar activists #ttp:HHplanetgreen. e!!ect on 1 0anuary.**c.ro4 6677F Romania !or volunteering on organic and traditional !arms in Romania &coruralis supports traditional !arming met#ods and !armers Rosia "ontana: campaign to save area !rom mining pro8ect In!oomg: in!ormation a*out gm crops in Romania slow!ood: Romanian *ranc#es o! international campaign to encourage #ealt#y( local(traditional !ood #ttp:HHecoso!ie. on airlines.plore an alternative glo*al solution t#at would include t#e &2. Read Report 0' o$$oses +arbon Ta3 Ric# countries( #eavy polluters and oil e.t year may motivate t#e delegates in 6as#ington to !ind a way out o! t#e impasse( t#oug# no *rea. $#ina( India( Russia and t#e 2S are among t#e countries opposed to t#e &2 sc#eme( w#ic# too.pected t#is wee...comH!eatureHplanet)100H you can watc# environmental news !rom around t#e world in &nglis#. T#e 2S says t#e &2-s unilateral action could lead to a patc#wor. T#e looming deadline to pay up and t#e prospect o! a trade war ne.wordpress.e!omaga5in. International airlines will *egin receiving *ills in April A01J( a!ter t#is year-s car*on emissions #ave *een assessed. as Ra lousy policy( a lousy lawR( saying t#e &2 Rs#ould #ave done it in a more colla*orative wayR. And( nearly one in t#ree o! t#e worldwide population is e.7ne in 10 people will *e o*ese *y A01=.porters unite to prevent &2 car*on ta.HnewsHworld)europe)190<0IFA %ebsites bout REN #el$ REN +ontributors4Translators editors4$ublishing dates %ebsites o) interest in Romania !adical #ew &olitics3 http344viitorulesteverde. #ttp:HHwww. T#e 2S is #osting a two)day meeting o! countries opposed to t#e &2-s controversial car*on ta.pected to *e overweig#t( according to !igures !rom t#e 6orld 'ealt# 7rgani1ation.co.discovery. 4elegates meeting at t#e 2S 4epartment o! Transportation will e.

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