EU Greens select Lead candidates

The European Green Party has selected Ska Keller and Jose Bove to lead the European Election campaign

The two winners of the historic Green Primary, the first ever Europe-wide open online process to select leading candidates will be the figureheads of the third common Green European campaign, and lead the united Green parties of Europe in spreading the message that we can and will bring the change that EU so desperately needs.

Commenting on the occasion José Bové said:

“I am honoured to have been appointed as one of the leading candidates of the European Green campaign as a result of the Green Primary. I will lead this campaign to defend a Europe that protects women and men from the globalisation that is destroying jobs and the environment. I am committed to a Europe that shares the often-threatened values of democracy, solidarity and human rights. A Europe that can turn its back on the social and ecological economic crises, by pushing for the Green New Deal with an appropriate budget. More than ever, for me Europe in 2014 represents a subversive and pragmatic dream to leave nationalism and selfishness behind. We need more Europe. We need more of a better Europe.”

Ska Keller added:

“I’m looking forward to an enthusiastic election campaign, for the whole of the European Union. It will be our task as top candidates to bring a European dimension to the national Green campaigns. I hope and I’m sure that we can keep the enthusiasm and motivation that I have experienced during the Green Primary going. In our campaign, we Greens will be clear about what our Green alternatives are for Europe: a fair and Green way out of the crisis, putting youth unemployment on the top of the agenda, protecting the rights of refugees and migrants, fair trade not free trade, more ambitious climate targets, and more democracy. I want to thank all those who supported me, as well as the other contenders from whom I learnt a great deal.”

The Green Primary closed at 18h00 yesterday. For the last two and a half months, voters in every single EU member state have taken part in this unique e-democracy project. Green leading candidates Ska Keller and José Bové, along with Monica Frassoni and Rebecca Harms, travelled across Europe to put their vision for the future of the EU to voters, giving people the chance to confront them directly in live debates in ten different cities, and in online chats and live hangouts. 22,676 people voted overall; Ska Keller received 11,791 votes and Jose Bové received 11,726 votes. The European Greens are the only political family who have chosen to open up the process of selecting their top politicians. The Green Primary has set a new democratic standard. By empowering 16 and 17 year olds to take part, we’ve given them a voice in Europe’s future, too. Continue reading

NSA spied on leaders at Copenhagen climate summit

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The NSA US intelligence agency is said to have spied on leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate change summit in an effort to gain strategic advantage on the decision-making process.

A top secret National Security Agency (NSA) document from whistleblower Edward Snowden, published jointly by the Huffington Post and the Danish daily newspaper Information on Wednesday (29 January), reveal the so-called “Five Eyes” snooping club of English-speaking nations were working together to spy on other government’s leaders and policy-makers at the summit.

The documents notes that “analysts here at NSA, as well as our second party partners, will continue to provide policymakers with unique, timely, and valuable insights into key countries’ preparations and goals for the conference, as well as the deliberations within countries on climate change policies and negotiation strategies.”

Second party partners refer to intelligence agencies from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.The two-week summit – US president Barack Obama’s first climate change meeting – was billed as a major event aimed to cut global CO2 emissions but ended up as a five-page non-binding agreement seen as a victory for rich industrialised nations. Continue reading

CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT TO PENGUINS

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By John von Radowitz,

Press Association Science Correspondent

 

Penguins are in peril because of extreme environmental conditions linked to climate change, research has shown.Two new studies highlight the plight of penguin colonies trying to cope with the effects of global warming in Argentina and Antarctica.At both locations, the beguiling birds face an uncertain future.
Climate change is killing chicks from the world’s biggest colony of Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo, Argentina, by increasing the rate of drenching rainstorms and heatwaves, say scientists.
Meanwhile Adelie penguins on Ross Island, Antarctica, are finding it harder to feed as melting sea ice fragments to form giant icebergs.
Protected only by a downy coat, the Magellanic chicks can be left to struggle and die when rainstorms hit their colony.At other times, faced with extreme heat, their lack of waterproofing means they cannot cool off by taking a dip.Dr Ginger Rebstock, from the University of Washington, US – who took part in a 27 year-long study of the 400,000-strong Argentinian colony, said: “We’re going to see years where almost no chicks survive if climate change makes storms bigger and more frequent during vulnerable times of the breeding season, as climatologists predict.” Continue reading