The ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is outrageous. But where is the outrage? Outside of spontaneous actions on YouTube, the main NGOs charged with protecting the planet have largely pretended that this is a little thing. Why?
Outside the oceans tropical forests constitute the biggest carbon reservoir on earth. 289 billion tons carbon are sequestered in all forests on earth, and 0.5 billion tons of carbon are lost every year through net deforestation. It is of crucial importance for the global climate to maintain the present stock of forests for the indefinite… » read more
After a long, not so green week, the Risk Monger has selected some of the best and worst moments with a suggestion for next year’s theme.
What sort of Luddite would argue not to worry about the loss of biodiversity? No one. That then allows well-meaning public officials to propose any measures to address biodiversity loss. Who after all would oppose them? Well, allow me to try.
DG Environment seems to have become a radical activist organisation: crime-scene street theatre in white decontamination suits, “campaign” websites, chilling video productions about man’s evil ways … What happened to consultation, engagement and dialogue?
The Gulf of Mexico disaster is just one more case of BP’s disregard for safety or the environment. BP’s cut-throat business culture pulls the rest of industry down, reducing initiatives and damaging the overall reputation of business. Time to say ‘Enough’.
Sir, Regarding ‘MEP: EU needs new mindset to end deforestation‘: While I applaud public measures to tackle deforestation and biodiversity loss in the EU, I think it is also important to consider the role that the private sector can play. Last December, Epson launched a new biodiversity initiative in the Gardunha mountains in central Portugal,… » read more
This week’s UN summit on biodiversity ended with some hopeful results but there is still a lack of full awareness that protecting the planet’s eco-systems is much more than a moral obligation. “We have a moral obligation to be careful stewards of the planet for future generations”, said EU Commission President Barroso in his speech… » read more