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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:05:02 PM EST

Germany's dirty Colombian coal | DW News |

Berlin wants to reduce its reliance on Russian coal by importing more from the biggest open-cast coal mine in Latin America. Its poor environmental and human rights standards have earned it the nickname "The Monster."

Related reading Glencore ...

Cerrejón Accused before the OECD of Human Rights Abuses and Environmental Damage

The complaints were filed simultaneously, against BHP in Australia, ESB and CMC in Ireland, Glencore in Switzerland and Anglo American in UK.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:13:45 PM EST
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Looking away, Europe's and German Green Parties due to focus on war in Ukraine ... hypocrisy as so often, nothing here to see.

World Food Programme, Glencore Option and Famine in Horn of Africa

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:15:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jun 1st, 2023 at 05:16:00 PM EST
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How we can live more sustainably with wildfires
by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 01:14:22 PM EST
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bundesbank.de | European Central Bank turns 25!: 25 May 1998
The European Central Bank (ECB) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. On 25 May 1998, the governments of the 11 participating member states appointed the president, Wim Duisenberg, along with the vice-president and the four other members of the ECB's Executive Board, one of whom was Otmar Issing, formerly the Bundesbank's chief economist. They took up office on 1 June 1998, formally establishing the ECB.
Origins in the 1970s.

The idea of creating a single currency for all of Europe had been hatched long before. Indeed, it began to garner interest when the Bretton Woods system, the international monetary system with fixed exchange rates, began to crumble. Pierre Werner, Luxembourg's prime minister at that time, presented in the early 1970s a plan to introduce a single currency for all the European Community member states by 1980.

Several European countries—the first being Belgium [BE], France [FR], Germany [DE], Italy [IT], Luxembourg[ LU], and the Netherlands {NL]—agreed in 1972 to initially set up a European exchange rate arrangement known as the "snake in the tunnel".

BIS (1930): BE, FR, DE, IT, UK, CH
IMF Articles (1945); (1962-1971 G10): FR, IT, NL, UK, IT, DE, CH, UK, US, JP; 2023 SDR shareholders: G7 (USD, GBP, EUR (DE, FR, IT, EU), JPY) + 158 clients
EU6 FR, DE, BE, NL, IE, LU (by GINI)
EU6 FR, DE, IT, ES, NL, PL (by ECB share)
by Cat on Mon Jun 5th, 2023 at 02:59:26 PM EST
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lantidiplomatica.it | Giulio Palermo a l'AD: "La strategia imperialistica Usa in Europa ha radici lontane. In Ucraina assistiamo all'ultimo atto", 31 May
"Giulio Palermo, economist author with our publishing house of "The Russian-Ukrainian conflict" (LAD, 2023), gives us a long and illuminating interview to argue and update his theses over a year after the start of the special operation Russian. 'The European continent forms the chessboard but the chessmen are mostly American and Russian and, in the background, Chinese. The European strategy for Europe simply does not exist. There are convergent and divergent economic interests between sectors and between states'."
Storicamente, non si può dire che gli Stati uniti abbiano dimostrato una grande reattività all'avanzata nazista in Europa. Per tutta la prima fase della guerra, la disfatta dei paesi capitalistici di fronte all'esercito tedesco è totale e la resistenza al nazismo riposa quasi interamente sulle spalle dell'Unione sovietica. Stalin chiede ripetutamente agli alleati l'apertura di un secondo fronte contro la Germania -- il fronte occidentale -- per costringere Hitler ad allentare la presa a est. Ma gli Stati uniti e l'Inghilterra tergiversano.

Decidono di passare all'azione nel giugno del 1944, con lo sbarco in Normandia, dopo che l'Armata rossa ha stroncato le truppe naziste e avanza ormai inarrestabile verso Berlino. E soprattutto dopo aver organizzato minuziosamente la conferenza di Bretton Woods (New Hampshire, Usa), che si terrà nel mese successivo: un mega-incontro di tre settimane tra le principali potenze capitalistiche in cui si definisce il quadro economico-finanziario postbellico, incentrato sul dollaro e sul capitale finanziario statunitense.

Da allora, la penetrazione dei capitali americani in Europa è aumentata sensibilmente, prima attraverso il piano Marshall -- un colossale piano di investimenti Usa in Europa -- poi attraverso ulteriori esportazioni di capitali e fusioni con i capitali europei.

Finché è convenuto, gli Stati uniti hanno imposto un regime di tassi di cambio incentrato sul dollaro -- che ha consentito alla valuta statunitense di imporsi come riferimento internazionale -- e quando non è più servito, lo hanno abolito, nel 1971, con un gesto unilaterale del presidente Nixon, in violazione degli accordi che proprio gli Stati uniti avevano imposto. Risultato: il più grande default della storia del capitalismo (il rifiuto degli Stati uniti di onorare i propri impegni finanziari) si è risolto con nuovi accordi valutari tra i principali paesi capitalistici per scaricare i problemi finanziari degli Stati uniti sul resto del mondo.

by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 12:24:54 PM EST
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agriculture.canada.ca | Drought conditions as of April 30, 2023 "grey zones"

Are the Canadian Fires Under Control? There Are Over 400 Fires Burning, 7 June surprise!

Public Security Minister François Bonnardel spoke at a news conference on June 4 to discuss the fires, as reported by CBC. Bonnardel said, "We took charge of 35 fires today, compared to 21 yesterday. We chose specific fires to protect our critical infrastructures, but above all to protect our population. All our resources are concentrated on these fires."

The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre reports that as of June 6, 414 total fires are burning, with at least 239 considered "out of control." Despite the active fight against the flames, firefighters can only attack 20-30 at a time. According to PBS, Canada currently has at least 480 wilderness firefighters on the ground, but they have been seeking international help to battle the elements.
On Twitter, French President Emmanuel Macron announced he is sending 100 firefighters to help aid Canada. PBS reports that the United States is also sending firefighters, and Quebec is negotiating with Costa Rica, Portugal, and Chile for additional firefighters.

As of June 7, the Associated Press reports that Northwestern Quebec continues to evacuate residents due to wildfires as firefighters first target blazes in more remote communities. An estimated 10,000 have already been evacuated.

[AP] notes there are more than 150 fires in Quebec alone, with at least 110 considered "out of control." The mayor of Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Guy Lafrenière, explains, "The fire started in an area where there were no trees, which slowed it down considerably."

thehill | Arizona seeks to avert groundwater disaster , 6 June
Climate change and drought are a constant background presence when it comes to Western water politics. Arizona recently agreed to shoulder the bulk of cuts to water allocations for states in the Colorado River's Lower Basin that depend on that source for their water.

Policies surrounding groundwater in Arizona are a separate issue from that dispute. Unlike the river water, Porter said, "Out here in Arizona, groundwater is considered a non-renewable water supply." ... Specifically, the department determined the Hassayampa sub-basin groundwater supply west of Phoenix had some is 4.4 million acre-feet of unmet less than demand.
If the agency's decision isn't enough to address the groundwater shortfall, state officials have numerous other options to attempt to preserve groundwater, according to Katherine Jacobs, director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions at the University of Arizona. For example, she said, they can explore options like bringing in water from western Arizona, bargaining with Native American tribes for water rights or treating municipal wastewater.

archived basin states reach agreement, aquifier data visualization
by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 08:43:19 PM EST
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telesur | Canada Records 10 New Wildfires, 9 June UPDATE
Wildfires have so far ravaged some 45,000 square kilometers of land in Canada.

Ten new wildfires were reported in Canada on Friday, bringing the total number of wildfires in the country so far this year to 2,405, the Canadian Interagency Wildfire Center reported.
In Alberta, unsettled weather brought new starts. Hot, dry, and windy weather swept across the north, and extreme fires are expected. In Ontario, two large fires in the far north received some limited suppression and ignition action. More existing and new lightning fires are expected, the center said.

Wildfires have spread in the western Canadian province of British Columbia. About 2,500 people were ordered Thursday to evacuate [displace] the community of Tumbler Ridge in northeastern British Columbia. Authorities also extended evacuation [deportation] orders for the Donnie Creek fire, the second-largest fire on record in the province. Some rain is expected over Quebec and neighboring Ontario this weekend, but it may not be too helpful, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Gerald Cheng.

Poor air quality is expected to persist in cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, New York and Washington [?!] until Sunday, when the wind direction shifts
anywhere but Bal'more, please.
by Cat on Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 06:58:43 PM EST
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plattsville | Soil carbon credits: Opportunities and challenges ahead, 13 June buy sheet
Corporate interest in reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions has grown substantially in the past decade. With more than one-third of the world's largest publicly traded companies now committed to net-zero goals, according to the Net Zero Tracker, carbon credit offsets have been touted as a way for the private sector to reach its decarbonization targets.

One nature-based offset, soil carbon credit, has begun to gain traction particularly in the US and Australia, yet several challenges impede the take-off of such projects globally.


The intersection of voluntary carbon markets and agriculture has become increasingly important in the face of global climate change.

The agriculture industry contributes significantly to GHG emissions, yet there are numerous opportunities for the implementation of agricultural practices that reduce, avoid, or remove emissions from the sector.....

by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 01:49:41 PM EST
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sputnik | India Set to Inaugurate $2.6 Billion Hydropower Project in Northeast, 12 June "ecocide" watch
a [2 GW] $2.6 billion hydropower project in its northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh ...launched in 2003, the project took over 20 years to be built by the state-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) after facing protests from environmental groups over concerns of ecological damage to local surroundings.
Trial runs on the Subansiri Lower project as it is called by state authorities are set to commence in July before the scheduled commissioning of its first unit in December 2023. However, the entire project comprising eight units will only become functional at the end of next year.
In February, the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the 2.9-gigawatt Dibang project on the Dibang River in Arunachal Pradesh. As per government estimates, this hydropower project would take nine years to be completed.
by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 09:02:28 PM EST
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scmp | China gives green light to nuclear reactor that burns thorium
The reactor, a two-megawatt liquid-fuelled thorium molten salt reactor (MSR), is located in the Gobi Desert city of Wuwei in Gansu province and is operated by the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The permit, issued by the National Nuclear Safety Administration on June 7, allows the Shanghai Institute to operate the reactor for 10 years and it will start by testing operations.
The Shanghai Institute has also launched a follow-up project - a small-scale modular thorium molten salt reactor research facility - at the same desert site to advance the technology and address technical challenges, according to information on the institute's website.
A test report should be submitted to the National Nuclear Safety Administration within two months of completing all the experiments specified in the testing plan, according to the permit.
China reportedly plans to sell small thorium reactors to other countries as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing's global infrastructure plan.

archived Bill Gates' next generation, tokamak, 2014

GT | Xi meets Bill Gates in Beijing, hopes for enduring friendship between the peoples of China, US

Xi praised Gates and his foundation for their long-term commitment to facilitating global poverty reduction, health, development as well as philanthropy around the world. China is willing to work with him and his foundation to continue strengthening cooperation in relevant fields, and provide support and help to other developing countries, he said.
Gates said during his meeting with Xi that China is speeding up innovative development, which is beneficial to China, developing countries, and the world. He also said that his foundation will further strengthen cooperation with China in areas including innovation, world poverty alleviation, public health, pharmaceutical R&D, rural and agricultural sectors.
Experts said that the reception of US business executives by Chinese leaders and officials presents a stark contrast to the hostile approach adopted by some US politicians toward China. It also underscores the unpopularity and futility of Washington's "decoupling" or "de-risking" attempts.
by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 08:02:34 PM EST
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Worthwhile session ... life with German carmaker Mercedes-Benz ...

College Tour Twan Huys interviews CEO van Mercedes-Benz Ola Kaellenius at Technical University in Delft

Close business relationship with the Chinese ... extremely successful selling 750,000 cars each year, represents about a third of total production ... more than the American and European markt combined ⁉️

Wtf is Annalena Baerbock and the hype on human rights in Xinjiang ... a MIC war narrative pushed by compliant western MSM. Spy balloons and fair trade practice ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 08:24:09 PM EST
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Proposed Minnesota nickel mine begins environmental review, would supply Tesla if approved, 21 June
Inflation Reduction Act critical mineral subsidy UPDATE!
Talon Metals Corp. filed papers with Minnesota regulators Wednesday to launch the environmental review process for its proposed underground nickel mine near the northern town of Tamarack, which would supply nickel to Tesla for electric car batteries.

The Department of Energy has already given the project a $114 million grant to build an ore processing plant in North Dakota, part of the Biden administration's efforts to boost domestic production of nickel, lithium, and other metals needed for electric vehicles and the FIGHT against climate change.

That funding contrasts with the administration's efforts to kill another proposed mining project in northern Minnesota, the Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely, which is just upstream from the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness. And the federal government earlier this month raised a new obstacle to the separate NewRange Copper Nickel mine near Babbitt when the [US] Army Corps of Engineers revoked a crucial water quality permit.

< wipes tears >
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy said in a statement that the U.S. would be better off boosting recycling to secure its nickel and other metal supplies.
"green metallurgy"
"We are being asked to trust in mining practices that have not been proven safe elsewhere," the [Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe] tribal government says on its website, "and we are not willing to risk our lands, people or culture as part of a safety experiment for corporate gain."
Talon Metals is a joint venture with the Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto, the world's second-largest metals and mining corporation, which has long been criticized by environmental and indigenous groups around the world. Talon has an agreement with Tesla to supply 75,000 metric tons (165 million pounds) of nickel concentrate and smaller quantities of cobalt and iron from the mine over six years once it goes into commercial production.
The review process historically takes several years, at least. The [Minnesota] DNR [Dept. of Natural Resources] launched a website on Wednesday outlining what Talon will face. But Talon is hoping the mine's design [strategy] will speed things up enough so that it can begin production for Tesla in 2027.
by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 01:43:06 PM EST
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