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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:21:58 AM EST
Hungarian alumina plant to reopen as toxic sludge death toll reaches nine | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 14.10.2010

Hungarian disaster officials say an alumina plant behind a toxic sludge spill last week that ravaged local villages and rivers will reopen on Friday, as the death toll from the disaster climbed to nine late Wednesday.

The Hungarian government has since taken control of the plant for a period of two years, appointing Gyorgy Bakondi to head the plant and announcing it would resume operations.

"We have already switched on the industrial heating [at the plant]," Bakondi told a press conference with Sandor Pinter, Hungary's interior minister.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:41:39 AM EST
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France24 - Prime minister visits toxic sludge-hit area
REUTERS - Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited the area around an alumina plant which flooded parts of western Hungary with toxic sludge last week and his government will decide later on Wednesday whether to restart production.   Latest checks showed no further deterioration in the damaged wall of its giant reservoir, Gyorgyi Tottos, a spokeswoman for disaster crews on the scene, told Reuters.   Orban has blamed "human negligence" for the escape of industrial waste at MAL Zrt's plant that killed nine people, injured over 120 and polluted a tributary of the Danube.   The National Disaster Unit said on its website the latest victim died in hospital on Wednesday of injuries sustained during the spill.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:50:30 AM EST
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France24 - France faces prospect of fuel shortage if strike continues
AFP - France faced the threat of fuel shortages on Wednesday as a wave of strikes against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform plans shut down 70 percent of its oil refining capacity.
   
One day after a massive nationwide protest brought more than a million workers and students into the streets, dozens of follow-on strikes erupted around the country, disrupting transport, schooling and services.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:46:14 AM EST
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France24 - Indian villagers poison elephants: officials

AFP - A growing tussle for land between farmers and wild elephants in northeast India has resulted in the suspected poisoning deaths of four elephants in the past week, officials said Friday.

Officials in Assam state believe the four animals were deliberately poisoned by lacing home-made alcohol with toxic chemicals.

"We have taken the matter very seriously and already an enquiry by the chief wildlife warden is on and strict action will be taken against anyone found guilty of poisoning the elephants," state forest minister Rockybul Hussain told AFP.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:47:50 AM EST
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U.N. climate panel agrees reforms; Pachauri stays | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.N. panel of climate scientists agreed on Thursday to push ahead with reforms after errors in a 2007 report and chairman Rajendra Pachauri rejected suggestions he should step down.

The panel said after an October 11-14 meeting in Busan, South Korea, that it would tighten checks for errors and set up a "task force" to agree wider reforms by mid-2011 such as an overhaul of the panel's management.

"Change and improvement are vital to the IPCC," Pachauri told a telephone news conference.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been under pressure after errors in its 2007 report, including a projection that Himalayan glaciers could all melt by 2035 -- centuries before the worst-case thaw.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 12:01:08 PM EST
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Europe contemplates raising carbon target to 30% | Environment | guardian.co.uk

European environment ministers will meet in Brussels later today to debate whether the EU should increase its greenhouse gas emissions target for 2020 to a 30 per cent reduction against 1990 levels.

The meeting follows the release yesterday of a joint declaration by many of the largest businesses in Europe urging ministers to formally upgrade the EU target from the current 20 per cent cut.

The statement was signed by 29 European companies from across a wide range of sectors, including BNP Paribas, BSkyB, Capgemini, Centrica, Crédit Agricole, GE Energy, Johnson Controls Inc, Google, Marks and Spencer, Nike, Philips Lighting, Sony Europe, Swiss Re, Thames Water and Vodafone.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 12:04:43 PM EST
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FT.com / Global Economy - Opec leaves production levels unchanged
The Opec oil cartel agreed to maintain its current production level on Thursday, signalling the group's satisfaction with prices of around $70 to $85 a barrel.

The cartel, which controls 40 per cent of the world's oil production, said in a statement after a regular meeting in Vienna that whilst economic recovery was under way, "there is still considerable concern about the magnitude and pace of this recovery."
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Wilson Pastor-Morris, the Ecuadorean natural resources minister and current president of the oil cartel, said the present quotas, agreed during a meeting in December 2008, had "served [their] purpose well" and "reduced volatility at a critical time for the world economy". The present agreement allows the 11 Opec members subject to quotas to produce 24.85m b/d. In practice, they pump some 26.8m b/d. Iraq, the 12th member of the cartel and not covered by quotas, produces another 2.4m b/d.



"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 02:13:30 PM EST
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Favourite Link of the Week:  Impossible Hamster

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...
by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 05:23:34 PM EST
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So why do economists think we can grow for ever and ever and ever ?

By doing what the banksters actually did. They multiplied the money by moving it to hyperspace so that they could spend the same money on loaning it out, hedging the better, swapping the collateral and taking out an insurance policy against default. especially since the riskier the loan and the more chance of default, the more likely they were to get higher multiples of the same money by more collateral swaps and subsequent insurance policy payouts.

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keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 05:47:25 PM EST
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Rebekah and Stephen Hren: Solar Power International 2010 Day 1: Lakota Sioux Leading Nation Away From Fossil Fuels

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"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 07:41:01 PM EST
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Rebekah and Stephen Hren: Solar Power International 2010 Day 1: Lakota Sioux Leading Nation Away From Fossil Fuels
Henry Red Cloud heads Lakota Solar Enterprises, a Pine Ridge, South Dakota reservation-based manufacturer that produces solar air heaters for local residents. In the past four years they've not only built and installed over 1,000 solar air heaters, they also created the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. At this facility, Native Americans from around the country can received training on solar technologies from other Native American trainers.

sorry folks

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 07:44:21 PM EST
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Jesse's Café Américain: Guest Post: Peak Oil - There Is No 'Plan B' By Chris Martenson


The hard news is that there is no "Plan B." The future is likely to be more chaotic than you probably think. This was the primary conclusion that I came to after attending the most recent Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO) in Washington, DC in October, 2010.

The impact of Peak Oil on markets, lifestyles, and even national solvency deserves our very highest attention - but, it turns out, some important players seem to be paying no attention at all.

ASPO conferences tend to start early, end late, and be packed with more data and information than should be consumed in one sitting. Despite all this, I was riveted to my seat. This year's usual constellation of excellent region-by-region analyses confirmed what past participants already knew: Peak Conventional Oil arrived a few years ago, and new fields, enhanced recovery techniques, and unconventional oil plays are barely going to keep up with demand over the next few years.



Vencit omnia veritas.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 07:02:52 AM EST
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