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1 hour ago ·
Climate change – doing nothing is no longer an option
... whether we willfully cover our eyes in the hope that, like a monster in the closet, it won’t be real if we don’t look at it, or whether we cling to the hope that the tiny proportion of climate contrarian scientists (around two percent or less) are right and the vast consensus of evidence is wrong, it doesn’t change anything.
Climate change isn’t in the post or just around the corner – it’s real, it’s happening right now and we need to deal with that.
Climate change as an issue is a force majeure that affects all others. Ultimately, there’s no hope for, say, wild tigers if we don’t preserve the forests in which they live. And there’s precious little hope for those same forests in the long run unless we take meaningful action to mitigate the effects of climate change which threaten to devastate them.
From warming oceans becoming less able to sustain life to freak weather events becoming the norm, its many impacts can already be observed and point towards a significant conclusion – this planet is not a series of independent ecosystems capable of absorbing and rebounding from endless anthropogenic indignities and exploitation, it’s all one thing. Every aspect of our collective environment undermined in turn destabilises others.
There’s no value in getting apocalyptic about it in an attempt to spur nations and peoples to take meaningful action; climate change isn’t likely to prove to be an extinction event for the human race. But it will probably be responsible for the extinction of many other species of fauna and flora, corroding many of the niche slots filled by evolution over millions of years and, in so doing, it will undoubtedly cause inconceivable upheaval and chaos in the human world. We’re already witnessing the first climate change refugees and the high costs (fiscal and human) of freak weather and we’re still not even at the broadly accepted maximum 2ºC global temperature rise beyond which global warming is expected to become a very serious threat indeed.
If we, as a species, fail to act we’re looking at a possible future of crop failures, mass human migration, starvation, deprivation and bloody conflict over tenable territory and ever-decreasing resources.
It’s by no means a hopeless situation and, sitting atop a mountain of evidence and knowledge, this generation is in a unique position to do something about it.
Read today's EIA blog in full at eia-international.org/climate-change-doing-nothing-is-no-longer-an-option
#climate #Paris2015 #CoP21
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2 hours ago ·
Very encouraging to see the Mozambique Government implementing this timber export ban after EIA first called for it following our undercover investigations which exposed the extent of the country's illegal logging and the corruption facilitating it.
It is to be hoped now that China will respect the decision and exclude all Mozambique timber from its markets ...
"Mozambique: Govt announces total ban on timber exports, starting immediately"
The Government has banned all exports of raw timber logs for the next two years and suspended the logging of certain species such as the ironwood tree, a favourite of charcoal producers, for five years.
The measure is part of the forestry reform programme presented yesterday at a press conference in Maputo by the Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Correia.
Correia believes that the approved package of measures will help arrest the high deforestation levels in the country. The measure comes into effect immediately and forestry operators will be monitored rigorously to ensure they comply with the rules.
Learn more about this issue in the groundbreaking EIA reports which first exposed Mozambique's illegal logging and the corruption facilitating it ...
* First Class Connections: Log Smuggling, Illegal Logging and Corruption in Mozambique - ht.ly/V8mYF
* First Class Crisis: China’s Criminal and Unsustainable Intervention in Mozambique’s Miombo Forests - ht.ly/V8n4d
The minister further explained that the reform is reinforced by the suspension of new permits for logging, both simple and forest concession regimes.
The minister said that the species logging bans are expected to remain in place for at least five years, and stresses that this is a measure targeted not only at forestry but at the sustainable development of the country as a whole.
“In real terms, we intend to ensure conservation and the sustainable use of forest resources. Meanwhile, from the economic point of view, we intend to increase the contribution of forestry to national and local economic development through promoting and favouring the export of semi-finished or finished forestry products,” he said.
Mozambique is seeing annual deforestation of around 0.58 percent, or 219,000 hectares per annum. In 2012, the country lost 627,000 cubic metres of forest, reports O País.
#Mozambique #Africa #forests #corruption
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3 hours ago ·