OTHER NEWS: Move over, big brother

Move over, big brother Amitav Acharya – The Hindu The western media has been dismissive of the BRICS move to set up a bank, but such cynicism misses the larger picture — the end of western hegemony and the rise of the multiplex world For the first time since its …

Complaint seeks resettlement and just compensation from royal Dutch Shell and UK banks for damage caused by Sakhalin II Oil and Gas project

Today, residents living adjacent to a highly polluting liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and oil and gas export terminals on Sakhalin Island, Russia, filed a complaint against Royal Dutch Shell and three of the largest UK banks: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Standard Chartered, and Barclays, for their failure to …

TAX AND SUBSIDY REFORM FOR A GREENER ECONOMY June 21, 2012, 11:00am – 12:30pm, P3-E, RioCentro

The Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund would like to invite you to the Rio+20 side event: TAX AND SUBSIDY REFORM FOR A GREENER ECONOMY June 21, 2012, 11:00am – 12:30pm, P3-E, RioCentro Welcome Remarks Christine Lagarde Managing Director, International Monetary Fund Moderator Achim Steiner Executive Director, UN …

O.E.C.D. Warns of Ever-Higher Greenhouse Gas Emissions

O.E.C.D. Warns of Ever-Higher Greenhouse Gas Emissions By REUTERS Published: March 15, 2012 LONDON — Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday. “Unless the …

Icelandic Anger Brings Debt Forgiveness in Best Recovery Story

Hat tip to our colleague Paul H. Ray! The population of Iceland did not bail out their rapacious banks and financial pirates and lo and behold, Iceland is back on track — in contrast to Greece whose leaders have capitulated. There is a lesson in here, both for the Greeks …

Too Much Passenger Screening Is Making Airports Less Secure

Too Much Passenger Screening Is Making Airports Less Secure Ever stricter security measures in place in U.S. airports is making air travel less safe and airports more vulnerable, according to University of Illinois mathematics professor Sheldon H. Jacobson. Too many resources are spent screening passengers who pose little risk, which …

OECD Urges Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Boost Growth & Revenues, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

$500 Billion in Fossil Fuel Subsidies; Removing Them Would Boost Growth & Revenues, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: OECD November 17, 2011 By Andrew Burger Leave a Comment Photo courtesy of OECD, IEA Removing fossil fuel subsidies would boost economic growth and make energy markets much more efficient, not to mention …

ISO and Global Reporting Initiative increase cooperation on sustainable development

Joint GRI and ISO press release For Immediate Release Wednesday 7 September 2011 ISO and Global Reporting Initiative increase cooperation on sustainable development ISO, the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), developer of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework, have just …