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Oxfam calls troops in Africa as criticism of ‘inadequate’ Ebola response mounts

GFIS - So, 19/10/2014 - 07:05
Guardian: Anger is growing over the “inadequate” response to the Ebola epidemic this weekend with the World Health Organisation’s Africa office accused of incompetence and world governments of having failed. Aid charities and the president of the World Bank are among the critics, declaring that the fight against the virus is in danger of being lost. On Saturday Oxfam took the unusual step of calling for troops to be sent to west Africa, along with funding and medical staff, to prevent the Ebola outbreak...

Americans 'can't give in hysteria or fear' over Ebola: Obama

GFIS - So, 19/10/2014 - 06:57
Reuters: With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but more than 100 people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to give in to "hysteria" about the spread of the virus. As though to illustrate his point, a Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday afternoon over concern about a woman who fell ill. The woman was first reported to be on the checklist for possible Ebola exposure, but then turned out not to be on...

Ebola is 'disaster of our generation' says aid agency

GFIS - So, 19/10/2014 - 06:51
Agence France-Presse: Aid agency Oxfam said Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", as US President Barack Obama urged against "hysteria" in the face of the growing crisis. Oxfam, which works in the two worst-hit countries -- Liberia and Sierra Leone -- on Saturday called for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to tackle the west African epicentre of the epidemic. Chief executive Mark Goldring warned that the world was "in the eye of a storm". "We cannot allow Ebola...

Ebola deaths in Liberia ‘far higher than reported’ as officials downplay epidemic

GFIS - So, 19/10/2014 - 06:46
Guardian: The true death toll from the Ebola epidemic is being masked by chaotic data collection and people’s reluctance to admit that their loved ones had the virus, according to one of west Africa’s most celebrated film-makers. Sorious Samura, who has just returned from making a documentary on the crisis in Liberia, said it is very clear on the ground that the true number of dead is far higher than the official figures being reported by the World Health Organisation. Liberia accounts for more than...

The Ebola Conspiracy Theories

GFIS - So, 19/10/2014 - 06:44
New York Times: THE spread of Ebola from western Africa to suburban Texas has brought with it another strain of contagion: conspiracy theories. The outbreak began in September, when The Daily Observer, a Liberian newspaper, published an article alleging that the virus was not what it seemed — a medical disaster — but rather a bioweapon designed by the United States military to depopulate the planet. Not long after, accusations appeared online contending that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Life in Quarantine for Ebola Exposure: 21 Days of Fear and Loathing

GFIS - So, 19/10/2014 - 06:21
New York Times: The refrigerator in Youngor Jallah’s small apartment broke down last week, and it did not take long for the stench of rotting food to grow unbearable. But when she reported the problem to the front office, the complex’s manager said that a repairman would not be sent until Monday. That is the expiration date for the 21-day, self-imposed quarantine that Ms. Jallah, her partner and her four children have endured since the day her mother’s boyfriend, Thomas Eric Duncan, was hospitalized here with Ebola....

Predator Decline Is Leaving Prey in a Thorny Situation

GFIS - So, 19/10/2014 - 06:06
Nature World: The fact that there are less predators stalking them day and night should sound like a good news for a great many herbivores across the globe. But a new study has found that this isn't necessarily the case. With fewer large predators keeping populations in check, herbivores are over-foraging and destroying the delicate ecosystems that have kept them fed for countless years. That's at least according to a new study recently published in the journal Science which details how losses in large predators...

Meet youth session pitcher: Beatriz Margarita Zavariz Romero

GFIS - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 23:55

  Beatriz Margarita Zavariz Romero will be pitching an idea or recommendation at the youth session on integrated landscape approaches Learn more about the GLF youth session here! If you will be attending COP20 in Lima, check out the youth Masterclasses. Beginning when I was three years old and my father took me to shrimp and tomato farms in […]

Meet youth session facilitator: Hannah LoRene Smith

GFIS - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 23:23

  Hannah LoRene Smith will be facilitating a discussion at the youth session on green economy Learn more about the GLF youth session here! If you will be attending COP20 in Lima, check out the youth Masterclasses. I’ve always been one to push boundaries and ask questions.  When I was younger, my father told me “in order to change […]

Ecosystem Marketplace's Forest Carbon News

REDD monitor news - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 21:49
Ecosystem Marketplace, 16 October 2014 | Tag – you're in! Guatemala, Indonesia and Peru were selected for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility's (FCPF) Carbon Fund pipeline last week, unlocking up to $650,000 per country to develop an emissions reductions program. The Carbon Fund holds a total of $465 million that could be paid to developing countries that reduce deforestation against a national baseline (REDD+). Eight other countries – Chile, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mexico, Nepal, the Republic of Congo and Vietnam – were already in the pipeline. Buyers in the Carbon Fund have expressed their willingness to pay $5/tCO2e, but the final price will depend on the Emission Reductions Payment Agreements (ERPAs) negotiated with each country. Peru's maximum contract volume is 6.4 million tonnes of emissions reductions (MtCO2e) while Guatemala may be paid for up to 21 MtCO2e, according to resolutions from the Carbon Fund meeting.

Meet youth session pitcher: Mona Betour El Zoghbi

GFIS - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 21:17

Mona Betour El Zoghbi will be pitching an idea or recommendation at the youth session on sustainable development. Growing up in the busy and beautiful city of Beirut, my favorite childhood memories are lying in and amongst the fields of olive trees at our hilltop hometown village in northern Lebanon, which our family often visited. I […]

[Australia] New climate change battlefront pits Abbott against the anti-coal brigade

REDD monitor news - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 16:05
By Paul Kelly, The Australian, 18 October 2014 | With his statement that coal is “essential for the prosperity of Australia” and “essential for the prosperity of the world”, Tony ­Abbott has declared political war on the green activist campaign to shut down Australia’s cheap ­energy sectors and undermine our competitiveness. Speaking at Moranbah in Queensland at the opening of the Caval Ridge Mine, the Prime Minister sharpened the ideological contest for the next election, signalled his alarm at the sophistication and finances of the green movement, and sent an unmistakable message to industry — it must fight for its social licence.

[UK] FCA launches new campaign against scams

REDD monitor news - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 16:04
By James Pickford, Financial Times, 17 October 2014 | A campaign to warn people about the risks of investment fraud has been launched by the City watchdog, which receives 5,000 calls a year about finance scams. The average victim loses £20,000 to confidence schemes such as those involving investments in land-banking schemes, carbon credits or rare earth metals, the Financial Conduct Authority said. The typical investment scam involves “high-pressured selling, using boiler room tactics, for products which often do not exist”.

Compte-rendu de la Cdp/Rdp 7 | IISD RS | 29 septembre – 3 octobre 2014 | Pyeongchang, République de Corée

GFIS - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 14:56
Le Service des informations de l’IIDD, à travers son Bulletin des négociations de la terre, a porté sur la septième réunion de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur la diversité biologique (CDB) siégeant en tant que Réunion des Parties au Protocole de Cartagena sur la prévention des risques biotechnologiques (CdP-RdP 7), à partir du 29 septembre - 3 octobre 2014, à partir de Pyeongchang, en République de Corée. Disponible en ENB mobile à: http://enb.iisd.mobi/biodiv-bs-copmop7/

[Indonesia] Government pledges to reduce deforestation

REDD monitor news - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 13:19
The Jakarta Post, 18 October 2014 | The government has pledged to reduce deforestation, following a report showing that Indonesia has a higher deforestation rate than that of Brazil. Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto said on Thursday that the ministry had taken several actions to reduce deforestation rates in Indonesia, especially in deforestation-prone areas such as Riau and Kalimantan. Hadi said the measures included the extension of a moratorium on the conversion of natural forests and peat land, the provision of degraded-forest areas for economic activity, a compliance audit on several companies in Riau and the eradication of illegal logging, which can trigger forest fires. On the forest fires issue, however, Hadi acknowledged that the ministry was falling behind in its efforts to tackle problems in Sumatra, Jambi, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, but promised to continue to improve its performance.

[Indonesia] KPK, Government Join Forces With MoU on Forestry

REDD monitor news - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 13:17
The Jakarta Globe, 17 October 2014 | The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, has initiated a new joint policy on forestry with several ministries in an attempt to curb government corruption in the industry. “Today we signed a memorandum of understanding on forest management in Indonesia,” KPK deputy chairman Zulkarnain said on Friday. The MoU was finalized by the national antigraft body, the Home Affairs Ministry, the Forestry Ministry, the Public Works Ministry and the National Land Agency (BPN). “Matters involving Indonesia’s forests are now one of our main concerns. We [the KPK and the government] have to work together in resolving these issues,” Zulkarnain said. Chief economics minister Chairul Tanjung, who currently also serves as interim forestry minister, said the policy aimed to resolve forestry issues relating to development and planning. He added that the MoU would soon be implemented by the Justice Ministry.

What's more disturbing than Ebola? The outrageous commentary

GFIS - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 13:09
CNN: The U.S. experience with Ebola is generating commentary that is both prudent and outrageous. There have been only three cases of Ebola occurring on U.S. soil, one ending fatally and the other two now under treatment. While health officials provide sober guidance on the deadly disease, several public figures, from high-level politicians to cultural icons, haven't been so even-tempered in their remarks, adding to the public hype that has become associated with the virus. Here is a sampling...

Parliaments New Chainsaw – The Infrastructure Bill

GFIS - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 10:27
by Hands Off Our Forest (HOOF) A new mural has appeared on the side of a Forest of Dean home in protest at the negative impact the proposed infrastructure bill could have on our public forests DID you know legislation is currently being pushed through Parliament that will allow any public land to be transferred […]

Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe

GFIS - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 05:52
New York Times: Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response. Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday. Medical officials were providing information that later turned out to be wrong. Guidance to local health teams was not adequate. It was unclear which Ebola...

WHO faulted for Ebola response failures

GFIS - Sa, 18/10/2014 - 04:16
Al Jazeera: The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report has revealed, as US President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's response to the epidemic. The WHO draft report, which was obtained by The Associated Press news agency on Friday, pointed to serious errors by an agency designated as the international community's leader in coordinating response to outbreaks of disease. Nearly everyone involved in...

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