Stop the Net Grab Stop the Net Grab To voting members of the World Conference on International Telecommunications: I strongly oppose any attempt to undermine the fundamental freedoms of citizens online. I urge you to use your voting power to reject the proposal that would change forever the rules that govern the internet. I value my access to the internet as information source, a vital mode of communication... I value my access to the internet as information source, a vital mode of communication and a source of connection and global exchange. - Charge users for services such as email and Skype;- Allow governments greater powers to restrict access to the internet;- Increase government ability to monitor and constrain internet usage; and- Hurt internet users in the poorest countries most of all. This is a direct threat to my right to access the internet that has implications for freedom of association and freedom of speech.
Rationing water in a thirstier world - Opinion The right to water and sanitation is recognised in international law, but it is often left up to each local community's initiative to secure that right. And a village in the Thar Desert of western India has recently been singled out by The Hindu newspaper for its exemplary water rationing system: In Kalyanpur village of Barmer, one of the most parched and barren districts of Rajasthan, the villagers have found a solution to their water woes in water rationing. There are no fights over water distribution, no quarrels over breaking the queues or attempts at snatching other people's share of water… [the village's well] is a blessing in the barren zone for its water is very sweet and light, devoid of fluoride or other contaminations … [A steering committee has] laid down rules after assessing needs of the 1,100 families in Kalyanpur, said Loon Chand, secretary of the committee. Each family's share is about 4,000 litres per month. Efficiency against fairness Going to the source
Congestion Index It is our mission to get drivers to their destinations faster, safer and greener. Over the years we have invested in new ideas and technologies with the aim of bringing significant benefits to drivers, businesses and society as a whole. In 2007 we started a groundbreaking initiative that helped us to understand how we could guide drivers in a better way. We set out to build a more precise view of traffic flow over the entire road network to enable us to give drivers more exact route information and arrival times. With the support of millions of TomTom customers we have captured anonymous travel time information in all the territories where we are active. Rather than relying on theoretical models, we are now able to understand real-life driving patterns by time of day, day of week, time of year and around special events. Over the years we have built the world’s largest database of historic travel times and the most detailed and accurate real-time traffic information available.
Mise en perspective comparée du développement de l’irrigation aux États-Unis et en France 1L’irrigation agricole est un facteur d’augmentation et de diversification des cultures. C’est pourquoi son développement a longtemps été encouragé en France au travers des politiques agricoles nationale et communautaire. Les agriculteurs qui ont su négocier au cours des années 1960 et 1970 le virage du productivisme ont vite rentabilisé l’achat d’équipements coûteux mais partiellement subventionnés. 2Face à ces problèmes, les gouvernements successifs ont jusqu’à maintenant cherché à durcir le droit de l’eau tout en ménageant les intérêts des irrigants. 3Aux États-Unis, l’irrigation constitue le socle du développement agricole de l’Ouest depuis le XIXe s. 4Cet article opère un retour sur le développement de l’irrigation aux États-Unis et en France. Le développement de l’irrigation agricole en France 5L’irrigation a connu en France métropolitaine un fort développement entre 1965 et 1995. 1 source : Source : Ministère de l’agriculture
French Court Rules It Unconstitutional To Cut Anybody Off From Water! It is now illegal for companies to shut off residents' water even if they cannot afford to pay their bill. France is on a roll. First it passed legislation banning stores from wasting food, then news surfaced of the instigator behind that movement aspiring to take it global, and now the county’s court has just ruled that it is unconstitutional to cut anybody off from water even if they are unable to pay for it. What this ruling means is that companies will have no choice but to continue serving water to households even if they cannot afford to pay their bill. As InvestmentWatchBlog.com reports: The Constitutional Council has validated Friday a total ban on water cuts introduced into French law in 2013 but contested by the Saur distributor. As water is a basic necessity for life, should access always be offered to those in need – regardless if they can pay for it ? This article (French Court Rules It Unconstitutional To Cut Anybody Off From Water) is free and open source.
Trans-Pacific Partnership undermines health system - Opinion The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a deal that is being secretly negotiated by the White House, with the help of more than 600 corporate advisers and Pacific Rim nations, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. While the TPP is being called a trade agreement, the US already has trade agreements covering 90 percent of the GDP of the countries involved in the talks. Instead, the TPP is a major power grab by large corporations. The text of the TPP includes 29 chapters, only five of which are about trade. The remaining chapters are focused on changes that multinational corporations have not been able to pass in Congress such as restrictions on internet privacy, increased patent protections, greater access to litigation and further financial deregulation. So far, all that is known about the contents of the TPP is from documents that have been leaked and reports from NGOs and industry meetings. Patents keep prices high
Water wars: 21st century conflicts? Click on the water conflict map to see some of Al Jazeera's coverage of an issue which could define 21st century strife The author Mark Twain once remarked that "whisky is for drinking; water is for fighting over" and a series of reports from intelligence agencies and research groups indicate the prospect of a water war is becoming increasingly likely. In March, a report from the office of the US Director of National Intelligence said the risk of conflict would grow as water demand is set to outstrip sustainable current supplies by 40 per cent by 2030. "These threats are real and they do raise serious national security concerns," Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said after the report's release. Internationally, 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to the United Nations. Some analysts worry that wars of the future will be fought over blue gold, as thirsty people, opportunistic politicians and powerful corporations battle for dwindling resources.
Home - Safe Drinking Water Foundation Water Liberty: How Innovation Trumps Privatization Rady AnandaActivist Post The World Bank joins Nestlé in wanting to privatize water, deeming it “extremist” to suggest that those born on this planet have a natural right to clean, potable water. Meanwhile, RT’s Abby Martin reports that the watchdog group Corporate Accountability International recently released a new analysis showing that: Investing in private water does not extend access and is also counterproductive for economic development. Also commenting on the World Bank’s push for water privatization, Al Jazeera reports: Its project database for private participation in infrastructure documents a 34 percent failure rate for all private water and sewerage contracts entered into between 2000 and 2010, compared with a failure rate of just 6 percent for energy, 3 percent for telecommunications and 7 percent for transportation, during the same period. Whether public or private, water supplies are dwindling. Even better is the $500 system developed in Ethiopa. Recently by Rady Ananda:
A Manifesto for Economic Sense How India's cities came to drown in sewage and waste | Environment Almitra Patel, a civil engineer by qualification, says she was first alerted to India's huge problem of inadequate waste disposal when she noticed that the frogs in the marshlands near her farmhouse, on the city's outskirts, had stopped croaking. Seeing that the frogs had died from sewage and garbage being dumped in the wetlands, she petitioned the Supreme Court in 1996 to intervene and get the city fathers to take responsibility for safe waste handling. Investigations showed that less than half of the sewage produced by this global information technology hub was being managed in modern treatment plants, with the rest ending up as raw, untreated sewage in the city's lakes and wetlands. Patel won her suit to make the safe disposal of waste a municipal responsibility, but management of solid waste and sewage remains a national problem. Bangalore's municipality recently collected funds to clean and conserve its once-splendid wetlands, now shrunk from 262 in 1962 to just 17 in number.
LE BIOGEOGRAPHE AMERICAIN JARED DIAMOND ETUDIE LE COLLAPSUS DES GRANDES CIVILISATIONS - ET S'INTERROGE SUR L'AVENIR DE LA NOTRE NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS. " Effondrement. Comment les sociétés décident de leur disparition ou de leur survie " (Gallimard), l'ouvrage du biogéographe américain Jared Diamond, historien de l'environnement, prix Pulitzer 1998, sort en collection de poche Nrf. Dans cette longue étude, Diamond étudie dans le détail le " collapsus " écologique des civilisations Mayas, Vikings, de l’Île de Pâques et des sociétés indiennes américaines - après avoir rappelé les raisons évoquées dans l'effondrement des civilisations du "Croissant fertile", de Rome et de l'Union Soviétique. Il rejette les analyses classiques attribuant l'écroulement rapide des quatre sociétés qu'il observe à des "catastrophes" naturelles ou militaires, des situation exceptionnelles, pour révèler un processus d'auto-destruction à la fois politique et écologique - il parle parfois d'"écocide". Dégageant peu à peu une grille d'analyse serrée des "collapsus", il l'applique sur notre époque.
World Water Day: one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040 | Global development One in four of the world’s children will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 as a result of climate change, the UN has warned. Within two decades, 600 million children will be in regions enduring extreme water stress, with a great deal of competition for the available supply. The poorest and most disadvantaged will suffer most, according to research published by the children’s agency, Unicef, to mark World Water Day on Wednesday. Drought conditions and conflict are driving deadly water scarcity in parts of Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Unicef anticipates that more than 9 million people will be without safe drinking water this year in Ethiopia alone. Nearly 1.4 million children face imminent risk of death from acute malnutrition in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. “Iran is facing a water crisis that is unparallelled in its modern history. “We want to reduce child deaths.
BürgerEnergie Berlin – KommunalWiki Die BürgerEnergie Berlin eG i.G. ist eine 2012 gegründete Genossenschaft in Berlin mit dem Ziel, 2014 das Berliner Stromnetz zu erwerben und in Bürgerhand zu bringen. [Bearbeiten] Hintergrund Derzeit wird das 35.508 km lange Berliner Stromnetz, das rund 2,3 Mio. KundInnen versorgt, von Vattenfall betrieben. Der zugrundeliegende Konzessionsvertrag läuft 2014 aus und wird ab 2012 neu verhandelt. [Bearbeiten] Ziele Die Genossenschaft verbindet damit energiepolitische, aber auch regionalwirtschaftliche Ziele: Erneuerbare Energien sollen ebenso gefördert werden wie die Wertschöpfung in der Region. Die Genossenschaft strebt den vollständigen Erwerb des Berliner Stromnetzes an. [Bearbeiten] Genossenschaft Bürgerinnen und Bürger (auch solche, die nicht in Berlin wohnen) können mit einer Mindesteinlage von 500 €, im Ausnahmefall auch weniger, Mitglied der Genossenschaft werden. [Bearbeiten] Fußnoten ↑ Tagesspiegel: Stromnetz soll in öffentliche Hand, 26. [Bearbeiten] Weblinks