By Tetet Nera-Lauron, 19 November, 2013. Source: IBON International
Activists drop a banner off the Polish Economy Ministry in Warsaw on Monday, Nov 18th, the opening day of the World Coal and Climate Summit. Photo: AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski
‘Coal power can be part of the solution to tackling global warming. If there’s a will, there’s a way.’
This was the message of UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres at today’s opening of the 2-day World Coal and Climate Summit. While stating that her presence at the Summit is ‘neither a tacit approval of coal use, nor a call for the immediate disappearance of coal’, Figueres enjoined the coal industry to ‘change rapidly and dramatically for everyone’s sake.’
The 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the body tasked to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change, stated that the world will overshoot the internationally agreed goal to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius if energy demands are met in the same way as it had been in the past. The UNFCCC Chief outlined the parameters of this ‘paradigm shift’ for the coal industry: (a) close all existing subcritical plants; (b) implement safe carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) on all new plants; and (c) leave most existing reserves in the ground. Continue reading
Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network was this week’s guest for our Earth Watch interview segment on the Sojourner Truth show on KPFK in Los Angeles. Tom addressed the issues for Indigenous Peoples around the UN Climate COP in Warsaw. Listen below:
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By Hannibal Rhoades, Oct 9, 2013. Source: Intercontinental Cry
Photo by Paul Anderson
Offering solidarity to Indigenous Nations, last month five Carvers from the Lummi Nation House of Tears set out on a journey up the Pacific North West Coast hoping to send a message of Kwel’Hoy, or ‘We Draw The Line’ to the resource extraction industry. With them, lain carefully on the flat bed of a truck, the Lummi carried a beautifully-carved 22-foot cedar totem pole for Indigenous communities to bless along the way. Their journey gained international attention as a pilgrimage of hope, healing and determination for the embattled Indigenous Nations they visited.
The rich prairies and clear streams of Otter Creek, Montana, land of the Northern Cheyenne, were the first stop on the Totem Pole’s profound journey. Both the Lummi carvers who made the 1,200 mile trip inland and the Northern Cheyenne who received them, currently face major, interconnected threats from proposed coal mining developments. Bound by this common struggle the meeting of these Peoples resonated with a deep significance that replicated along the rest of the Lummi’s spiritual trail. Continue reading
By Miguel Lianos, September 30, 2013. Source: The Daily Climate
A century from now, a totem pole raised Sunday along the Pacific Northwest’s Salish Sea will tell one of two stories:
Either it will tell how plans to turn those waters into export highways for coal and tar sands oil were defeated by tribes and their allies.
Or it will tell how those exports commenced despite feared impacts ranging from degraded salmon habitat to long-term climate damage.
The battles of that war are being fought today at places like Cherry Point, or Xwe’chi’eXen in the language of the Lummi Nation. Located about 100 miles north of Seattle near the Canadian border, the rocky beach is just outside the reservation but still sacred ground for the Lummi.
“They’d be building right on top of an area full of graves” that go back thousands of years, chief pole carver Jewell James said.
By Alexander Besant, 26 August, 2013. Source: Global Post
A new study shows that pollution from India and China is increasing mercury levels in fish in the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Joe Klamar
Mercury contamination in Pacific Ocean fish is on the rise due to pollution from Asian countries, according to new research.
Coal-burning power plants mainly inIndia and China are sending toxic fumes over the ocean and are released by rain clouds into the water.
The mercury seaps into the fish, which are subsequently consumed by humans.
“This study reinforces the links between mercury emitted from Asian countries and the fish that we catch off Hawaii and consume in this country,” said study author Joel Blum, an environmental scientist at the University of Michigan. Continue reading
21 August, 2013. Source: Radical Action for Mountain Peoples Survival (RAMPS)
Two activists boated onto the Shumate Sludge Dam to tell Gov. Tomblin to put Health over Profit. Photo: RAMPS
Charleston, W.Va. – This morning at 7:30 a.m. two activists paddled out onto the 2.8 billion gallon Shumate slurry impoundment in Raleigh County with banners reading, “Slurry Poisons Appalachia” and “Gov. Tomblin, Put Health Over Profit.” Later this morning, one activist locked himself to a barrel of black water in front of Gov. Tomblin’s mansion in a Tyvek suit reading “Locked to Dirty Water”. Activists are calling attention to the failure of the state government to protect its citizens from the abuses of the coal industry and the threats posed by coal slurry disposal.
“I grew up in Eunice drinking water poisoned by coal slurry, went to Marsh Fork Elementary under that dam, breathed the dust from that prep plant, and I’ve suffered the lifelong health consequences of that. These same abuses are taking place today across our great state, and the blame for that lies squarely at the feet of Gov. Tomblin,” said Junior Walk of Rock Creek, W.Va. who attended today’s protest at the Governor’s mansion. Continue reading
By John Ahni Schertow, August 16, 2013. Source: Intercontinental Cry
Protest over coal mine at Mt. Klappan. Photo: Skeena Watershed Coalition
On Wednesday night, citizens of the Tahltan Nation served Fortune Minerals Limited with a “24-hour eviction notice” informing the company that it must vacate the Tahltan’s unceded traditional territory. Although the 24-hour deadline has now passed, the Tahltan activists say they have no intention of backing down.
The action was a direct response to Fortune Mineral’s infringement on a hunting camp located near the site where the company has set up a small camp of its own. As reported by Allison Bench of CFTK TV, the hunters complained that a helicopter was scaring away all the animals. The activists, who identified themselves as members of the “Klabona Keepers” Elders Society, decided that enough was enough.
According to the Tahltan Central Council, which is the governing body of the Iskut First Nation and the Tahltan First Nation, the activists may now set up a blockade against the company’s air travel in and out of the area, where Fortune Minerals has been conducting exploratory work for its Arctos Anthracite Coal Project (formerly known as Mount Klappan Anthracite Metallurgical Coal Project).
A controversial project to say the least, Fortune Minerals and its partner POSCO Canada Limited (a subsidiary of South Korea’s POSCO), wants to dismantle Mount Klappan, replacing it with a massive open pit coal mine that would impact more than 4,000 hectares of pristine wilderness in the Sacred Headwaters.
By Matthew Tresaugue, August 5, 2013. Source: Fuel Fix
A coal train heads north through Washington state. Photo: Philip A. Dwyer/Bellingham Herald/MCT
The expansion of a terminal along the heavily industrialized Houston Ship Channel normally receives little attention. But Kinder Morgan Energy Partners’ plans to refurbish two docks have opened a new front in the fight over coal.
Environmentalists are mounting a campaign to stop the projects and a dozen other proposed shipping terminals along the Gulf Coast because the docks, if built to capacity, could export as much as 200 million tons of coal per year from Appalachia and the Rockies to Asia and Europe.
They say exporting the sandy black gold will threaten local air quality, particularly near docks and rail lines, while encouraging China and others to burn more coal and increase emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering gases.
“It’s hard to see how Houston wins,” said Al Armendariz, a former Environmental Protection Agency official who leads the Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign in Texas.
Note: Once again, the markets are creating and contributing to utter climate chaos. As natural gas prices plummet, the amount of cheap coal available for export rises. At the same time, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme – designed to allow the market to efficiently reduce emissions, but destined to fail – has all but collapsed, driving down the price of CO2 permits. It is due time to abandon the market, before we abandon any hope for avoiding the complete unraveling of the global climate.
-The GJEP Team
By Fiona Harvey, July 25, 2013. Source: The Guardian
Eggborough coal-fired power station in North Yorkshire. Photo: Murdo MacLeod
A surge in the burning of coal to generate Britain’s electricity last year helped reverse years of steadily declining carbon dioxide emissions, according to data released on Thursday.
Coal produced 39% of the UK’s electricity in 2012, the Department ofEnergy and Climate Change said, up from 29% in 2011, as cheap supplies and the collapse of the price of carbon permits sent power firms rushing back to their ageing coal-fired stations.
With industrial and domestic use added into the figures, overall coal consumption was up by a quarter over 2011. In the same period, carbon dioxide emissions rose by about 4%, after years of steady falls. This will make it harder to achieve the government’s climate change targets.
July 25, 2013.
Mathew Louis-Rosenberg is an organizer in southern West Virginia with Coal River Mountain Watch and the RAMPS Campaign (Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival). He is also a convener of the Extreme Energy Extraction Collaborative, a new national effort to network folks fighting on the front lines of battles around energy extraction.
Mathew discusses Fearless Summer, an initiative launched out of the first Extreme Energy Extraction Summit this February, as well as the social and environmental crisis in Appalachia caused by mountaintop-removal coal mining.
Global Justice Ecology Project teams up with the Sojourner Truth show on KPFK Pacifica Los Angeles for a weekly Earth Minute each Tuesday and a weekly Earth Watch interview each Thursday.