Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods | Climate & Capitalism

Forests are one of the world’s most important biological reserves. They suck about a third of humanity’s carbon emissions out of the atmosphere each year. According to the United Nations, forests also “contain 60,000 different tree species, 80 percent of amphibian species, 75 percent of bird species, and 68 percent of the world’s mammal species.” Despite this importance, tree cover is being lost at an alarming rate, and as Lyndsie Bourgon’s new book details, significant damage to our forests comes from the illegal trade in wood, driven by the poaching of trees.

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2022/08/05/tree-thieves

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Shifting to EVs is not enough. The deeper problem is our car dependence | CBC News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an announcement highlighting Budget 2022 investments in electric vehicle infrastructure in Victoria in April. Electric vehicles will be part of the solution, writes Paris Marx, but meeting the challenge of climate change will require taking on the dominance of cars. (Ken Mizokoshi/CBC)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-electric-vehicles-car-dependence-1.6534893

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New book (free): Degrowth & Strategy: how to bring about social-ecological transformation

Degrowth is a counter-hegemonic movement that has the ambitious aim of transforming society towards social and ecological justice. But how do we get there? That is the question this book addresses. Adhering to the multiplicity of degrowth whilst also arguing that strategic prioritisation and coordination are key, Degrowth & Strategy advances the debate on strategy for social-ecological transformation. It explores what strategising means, identifies key directions for the degrowth movement, and scrutinises strategies in practice that aim to realise a degrowth society. Bringing together voices from degrowth and related movements, this book creates a polyphony for change going beyond the sum of its parts.

https://mayflybooks.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Degrowth-n-Strategy-2022.pdf

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Decarbonising Cities – Climate Change – Worldwide

Cities are responsible for around 75% of global CO2 emissions. To effectively battle climate change, urban hubs will need to be in the vanguard. A handful of cities are aware of this responsibility, and willingly placed themselves on the front lines in the effort to decarbonise.

https://www.mondaq.com/uk/climate-change/1215396/decarbonising-cities

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Predicted Rise In Climate-Related Investment Arbitration Claims On The Horizon – Climate Change – European Union

Recent years have seen a steady increase in so-called “ESG” claims—i.e., those claims relating to environmental, social, or governance factors. A particular focus of this type of litigation has concerned climate change, with the majority of these claims being brought before national courts by nongovernmental organizations (“NGOs”) or individuals arguing that governments or corporations have not taken sufficient action to combat climate change.

There is also an increase in awareness of this trend in arbitration, especially in investment arbitration—i.e., in arbitration brought by investors against states on the basis of bilateral or multilateral investment treaties (also sometimes referred to as “ISDS,” as an abbreviation for investor-state dispute settlement). In contrast to the litigation claims brought before state courts where claimants allege too little is being done, investors frequently allege the opposite in ISDS arbitration: i.e., that states are frustrating companies’ investments by introducing stricter climate-related regulation.

https://www.mondaq.com/climate-change/1217700/predicted-rise-in-climate-related-investment-arbitration-claims-on-the-horizon

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Guardian: Can hemp pioneer wean Afghanistan off opium?

The Karims and the charity they are working with, Hemp Aid, are convinced that in hemp the country could find a solution not only to opium, but also to the terrible malnutrition that cripples Afghan lives. A longstanding problem has been made far worse by the economic collapse that followed the Taliban’s takeover last August.

One strain of the plant produces CBD oil, but another – hemp fibre – can be used to make protein-rich hemp flour. By weight it provides as much protein as beef or lamb, as well as many other nutrients, and the group hope to use it to enrich the wheat bread that is an Afghan staple.

In recent trials with a local bakery they found that mixed in with wheat flour at 7%, it doesn’t affect taste (higher levels of hemp were unpopular) but makes each piece of bread seven or eight times more nutritious.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/22/every-part-is-useful-the-man-who-wants-afghanistan-to-swap-opium-for-hemp

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Toxic algae becomes a perennial crop- POLITICO

Toxic algae in lakes and rivers is a growing problem for cities, pets, swimmers and fishers — and, increasingly, the farmers who are causing it.

Harmful algal blooms are becoming a regular summer feature around the country, thanks to fertilizer-laden runoff and hot water temperatures.

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/the-long-game/2022/08/04/summer-bloom-00049816

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Colonization killed 90% of indigenous people & changed world climate

There is now scientific evidence that links climate change to the first encounter and the cumulative destruction of Indigenous societies.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2019/02/13/how-colonization-of-the-americas-killed-90-percent-of-their-indigenous-people-and-changed-the-climate

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What happened last month in Geneva at the WTO?

What happened last month in Geneva at the WTO? LOTS as it turned out. The outcomes portend new fights on the horizon: on tax justice re: Big Tech; on environmental issues in five plurilateral agreements currently under negotiations in the WTO; upcoming fights on investment and expanding the role of corporations in domestic policymaking on services; and much more.

Join CSO participants in MC12 for a front-line report-back and considerations of important issues moving forward, including for civil society working on non-WTO tax/debt, environmental/climate, investment, and other related issues.

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The outcome of the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva in June likely indicates a resurgence in the need to focus civil society and trade union efforts on the WTO.

MC12 concluded with pro-corporate, anti-worker and anti-development outcomes on all major issues of access to medicines, agriculture, fisheries subsidies, digital trade, and the future of the WTO itself.

These outcomes portend new fights on the horizon: on environmental issues in five plurilateral agreements currently under negotiations in the WTO; upcoming fights on investment and expanding the role of corporations in domestic policymaking on services; and much more.

● MC12 and WTO outcomes in context: Deborah James, Facilitator of Our World Is Not for Sale global network, USA

● Process violations and development issues: Kinda Mohamadieh, Senior Researcher & Legal Advisor, TWN, Lebanon

● Access to medicines, Covid-19, and the TRIPS waiver: Fatima Hassan, Health Justice Initiative, South Africa

● Campaigns for Covid-19 Vaccine and Treatment Equity post-TRIPS Waiver: Professor Brook K. Baker, Senior Policy Analyst Health Global Access Project

● Outcomes and prospects for workers and labor: Georgios Altintzis, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels

● Agriculture and food security: Ranja Sengupta, Senior Researcher, TWN, India

● Fisheries subsidies outcomes: Adam Wolfenden, Campaigner with Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG), Pacific Islands

● Way forward for Africa: rep from SEATINI Uganda

● Tax justice e-commerce: Sofia Scasserra, IMT, UNTREF, Argentina

● MC12 and the environment: Rashmi Banga, UNCTAD

● Multilateralism and corporate rule in services and investment: Jane Kelsey, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Auckland

● National campaigns: Maulana Sidik, Indonesia for Global Justice

● National campaigns: Burghard Ilge, Both Ends, Netherlands

Link below to a July 27 Webinar
WTO MC12: Outcomes and Implications
Jul 27, 2022 01:00 PM

RSVP: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcuytqzIiGt3nTfCDuaAHLy2EpxQcRyNI

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Eating one-fifth less beef could halve deforestation

Replacing just 20% of global beef consumption with a meat substitute within the next 30 years could halve deforestation and the carbon emissions associated with it, finds a modelling study.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01238-5

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