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Bonn climate talks end with no agreement on key areas.Progress made on technical issues, but non government groups criticise slow and convoluted pace of negotiations * John Vidal, environment editor,, Friday 17 June 2011 17.33 BST Christiana Figueres of the UN climate secretariat speaking at the climate talks in Bonn.Two weeks of tense global climate talks wrapped up on Friday, with countries insisting they had made progress on technical issues but accepting they were still... Read more"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera.Japan's 9.0 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. It also led to hydrogen explosions and reactor meltdowns that forced evacuations of those living within a 20km radius of the plant.Gundersen, a... Read more
Wednesday 15th June 2011, 9:09pmSenator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (13:10): I rise to express my concern, the concern of my colleagues and the concern of people all over the world for the people of Japan, including our friends and colleagues whose lives changed on 11 March this year, when the triple disaster of an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear plant accident occurred. I am continually moved by the strength, ingenuity and improvisation of the Japanese people and by their remarkable... Read more
Supported by the Coalition, a motion from Senators Bob Brown and Nick Xenophon backing the wishes of the Tibetan people to have the Dalai Lama return to Tibet was passed in the Australian Senate today.The government opposed the motion, which reads that the Senate:a. endorses the meetings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Coalition leaders Messers Tony Abbott and Warren Truss, and Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown; b. expresses disappointment that neither the Prime Minister (Ms ... Read more
Dear all,These are coverage in English newspaper on our activity during World Economic Forum East Asia in JakartaBest,Yuyun Harmono=============================================================NGOs: Economic Neo-Liberalism Hurts the People Fidelis E. Satriastanti | June 15, 2011 A coalition of civil society groups has blasted the commitments made at the World Economic Forum as favoring foreign... Read more
Dear APGN members and other Greens in the APGN Forum,  APGN TRAINING NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY. Answer it online here: The APGN Training on Party Building and Party Management is definitely pushing through by the end of this year. We are now finalizing details for this. INITIAL RESPONSE TO THE SURVEY I would like to thank the first 6 who already responded from the Green Party of Malaysia, Green Party Taiwan, Partido Kalikasan (Phil Green Party), Uttarakhand... Read more
Dear Fellow Greens,Partido Kalikasan (Philippine Green Party) supported the 6.11 ACTION NO NUKE campaign initiated by Japanese Greens and supported by the Asia Pacific Greens Network (APGN). Below are the links to videos and photos of initial reports we have receive from various PK groups and supporters of events conducted between June 10-11 in support for this campaign. View/ Download event videos here: Read more
Hello colleagues:  The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn begins today and is to conclude on June 17. The conference will include the 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). It also comprises the second part of the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the second part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group... Read more
June 2, 2011By: Toh Han ShihOriginally published in South China Morning PostIndustrial and Commercial Bank of China (SEHK: 1398) (ICBC) has remained tight-lipped about accusations from non-governmental organizations over the state-owned bank's financing of the controversial Gibe 3 dam in Ethiopia.The US$1.75 billion hydropower project, expected to be completed by 2014, is Ethiopia's largest investment project and the world's fourth-largest dam under construction.In July, the world's largest... Read more
Dear Greens,It'll have been 3 months since one of the biggest earthquake and Tsunami in the human history hit us in Japan, and since then the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been emitting the radioactivity to all over the world.Now is the time for us to learn how ridiculous the nuclear power generation is, and for those who want to promote the nuclear development, to give a lecture.So we call on to everybody in the world to claim that we don't want nuclear power plants any more, ... Read more   (Reuters) - *Rich countries have missed a U.N. deadline for outlining aid to help developing nations combat climate change*. Among industrialized nations, only Russia<>and Ukraine sent letters to the United Nations by the May 1 deadline -- only to say they did not feel obliged to contribute under a deal to provide almost $30 billion in initial "fast-start" climate funds... Read more
Hi APGN Team,This year we are celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity. In support of this celebration, we would like to explore how APGN can help or assist the members or how the members can work with each other on specific issues like BIODIVERSITY.APGN would also like to understand and learn about the biodiversity status in your respective countries and the initiatives you are doing.Please take time to answer this survey ,It will take... Read more
POSTED APRIL 12, 2011, 1:32 AMMICHAEL FEINSTEIN, II in a Series Looking at Issues Raised by the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami)When I think of a really bad tsunami hitting Santa Monica, I fear something more intense than just raised sea levels covering our beautiful beaches. I think of waves crashing into our low-lying residential neighborhoods and business districts, waves that hit the base of the 100 foot... Read more
Hi all,News on Greens in elections around the world over the last few weeks…. Scottish Greens- are campaigning towards their election on 5 May. The Parliament (called Holyrood) is a proportional system and the Greens have a list of candidates for each of the 8 electorates. Go here <> to have a squiz at their lead candidates. They are running on about 6% of the vote which is a big jump from the 2% they polled in 2007.They aim to get the balance... Read more
CLIMATE TALKS’ MOMENT OF TRUTH – Today, as the UN climate talks came to a close in Bangkok, it became clear that the Cancun outcomes had serious flaws as the sole basis for future negotiations.The week was dominated by a dispute over the agenda of the talks, with the United States blocking a broad and comprehensive work plan proposed by 131 developing countries.Civil society organizations held a press conference to... Read more
POSTED APRIL 12, 2011, 1:03 AMMICHAEL FEINSTEIN,’s Note: The following is Part 1 in a Series Looking at Issues Raised by the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. It is a revised version of a letter to the editor, which originally appeared at Santa Monica LookOut live steps from the Pacific Ocean in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, California. When the recent horrific 9.0 earthquake hit... Read more
"To Work at Fukushima, You Have to Be Ready to Die" Translated Thursday 7 April 2011, by HenryCrapo<> and reviewed by Bill Scoble <>Interview: Specialist on Japan, the sociologist Paul Jobin[1<>] has studied workplace conditions for workers in the nuclear industry. He offers us his analysis at a moment when those workers... Read more
Sharing herewith a report from a Filipino colleague covering the ongoing UNFCC Intercessional meeting in Bangkok. These updates are on mitigation:   "Half-way through the intersessional, main concerns about mitigation are:1) there is a huge gap between the current pledges and efforts as presented by developed countries last Sunday and what is needed as identified by science; and that this remains unaddressed; formal and informal negotiations are on-going to include and articulate the same in... Read more
Natabar continues to find, save and share his indigenous rice seed with local farmers. To date he has managed to re-introduce over 350 varieties.But it’s not just about the indigenous rice seed of India or about the survival of a sustainable agriculture system with the knowledge of over ten thousand years.It's about a global phenomenon taking place where a non-sustainable system systematically destroys a sustainable one, where short term profit has the power to overwhelm common sense and the... Read more