Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Monday, 9 January 2017
Ontario pilot project puts universal basic income to the test | World news | The Guardian Child poverty has been a long term problem in Ontario despite attempts to tackle it for decades as this 2005 photograph of children watching television in a bedroom that sleeps 7 in Kashechewan suggests. Children watching television in a bedroom that sleeps seven. Child poverty has been a problem in Ontario despite attempts to tackle it for decades. Photograph: Charla Jones/Toronto Star/Getty Images Ashifa Kassam in Toronto @ashifa_k Friday 28 October 2016 11.00 BST Last modified on Monday 31 October 2016 04.27 GMT View more sharing options Shares 9,098 Comments 391 The Canadian province of Ontario is pushing forward with plans for a trial run of universal basic income, making it the first government in North America in decades to test out a policy touted as a panacea to poverty, bloated bureaucracy and the rise of precarious work. In the coming weeks, the provincial government is expected to announce consultations to hammer out the details of a C$25m pilot project, with the aim of formally launching it in spring 2017. The government’s foray into basic income began earlier this year when it tasked Hugh Segal, a Conservative political strategist and longtime advocate of the idea, with exploring potential directions for a pilot project. “This is not something which is in any way, in my view, the precinct of the left,” Segal said in an interview. “It is in fact the precinct of rational people when looking to encourage work and community engagement and give people a floor beneath which they’re not allowed to fall.”
Sunday, 8 January 2017
Al Jazeera: Live News | Bold Perspectives | Exclusive Films UNITED KINGDOM UK MPs urge probe into Israeli plot against politicians Al Jazeera reveals discussions between Israeli diplomat and UK civil servant to "take down" anti-settlement politicians.
Beijing to launch environmental police force_china.com Beijing to launch environmental police force Updated 2017-01-08 10:26:47 Xinhua Beijing will strengthen environmental protection in 2017 by organizing an environmental police force to step up supervision and accountability in its 16 districts, acting mayor Cai Qi said Saturday. "Open-air barbecues, garbage incineration, biomass burning, dust from roads -- these acts of non-compliance with regulations are actually the result of lax supervision and weak law enforcement," said Cai at a meeting with press and citizens after a spell of smog lasting more than a week in the city. Cai said the city government will take tougher measures to tackle air pollution in the new year. The city's only coal-fired power plant will be closed until after the heating season. Coal consumption will be cut by 30 percent to less than 7 million tonnes in 2017. Another 300,000 high-polluting old vehicles will be phased out in 2017. Cleaner gas and diesel will be put into use starting February 15. Additionally, 500 manufacturing and polluting factories will be closed, while another 2,560 will be upgraded to meet higher pollution treatment standards. Cai said the city will also build closer ties with neighboring Hebei Province and Tianjin Municipality in fighting air pollution.
Women's Equality Women's Equality Party Will you take a stand for equality and march in solidarity with millions? On Saturday 21 January - the first day of Donald Trump's presidency - people across the world will be marching in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington to show that the politics of fear has no place in a positive and progressive world. In the UK, there will be a march in London as part of this global movement. WE have been a key partner of the march from the start, and now WE want you to join us. In just two weeks from now, will you come with us to London to raise your voice with ours and make sure all are heard? The Women’s March on London is the start of a global movement of positive action and hope for the future. We have just two weeks to make sure that the Women's March on London gathers such numbers that the world has to sit up and take notice. Let us know that you’ll be there >> WE want our members and supporters, women and men, from all across the UK to stand united in London on Saturday 21 January. To show that WE are here, WE are taking action and WE are responding together with strength and resilience. Visit the Women’s March on London website for full details >> Silence achieves nothing. It is only by speaking out that we will be able to resist a politics that threatens our right to democracy, our equality and the freedom of our communities. If you can't make it to the march, you can still amplify your voice by inviting your friends and family. Tweet your support >> Come with us, from across the country, as WE show that we can make a difference. See you on Saturday 21 January. Women's Equality Party http://www.womensequality.org.uk/
Saturday, 7 January 2017
Army Corps Rejects Calls for Individual Pipeline Reviews The Army Corps of Engineers disappointed environmental groups and tribal leaders Wednesday by not amending a complex permitting system that expedites oil and gas pipeline approval. The permit structure, which allowed for the approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline, gives streamlined permission to pipeline projects intersecting with federally protected waters, rather than subjecting them to individual review for larger spill risk, climate impacts or tribal conflicts. "I think the nationwide permit system serves a totally legitimate purpose for projects that have truly minor or beneficial actions, but it's become a loophole for big projects with serious impacts, not just to water but to treaty rights and other tribal concerns," Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman, who represents the Standing Rock Sioux, told Politico.
Fair Fares Protest - 3rd January 2017 - Real Media - The News You Don't See ‘We did some analysis of how much train tickets cost per minute of the journey you’re on. It’s equivalent to a premium rate phone call.’ Campaign for Better Transport organised this musical protest at King’s Cross Station London at 8am on the first day back to work for many commuters in London.
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat | Business | The Guardian Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottinghamshire, was voted England’s tree of the year in 2014. According to folklore the tree sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men. Major Oak in Sherwood Forest country park, Nottinghamshire, was voted England’s tree of the year in 2014. According to folklore the tree sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men. Photograph: Phil Lockwood/Woodland Trust/PA Gwyn Topham Sunday 1 January 2017 18.38 GMT Last modified on Sunday 1 January 2017 22.00 GMT View more sharing options Shares 6086 Comments 898 The latest battleground for the future of fracking in Britain looks set to be Sherwood Forest, the legendary home of folk hero Robin Hood and now the target of a seismic survey by Ineos. The chemical multinational, which relocated its headquarters back to the UK last month, appears to have agreed terms with the Forestry commission to start burying charges and spend up to two years using “thumper trucks” or vibroseis machines to search for shale gas. Campaigners have called on the government to block any possible fracking and protect the forest. The stories you need to read, in one handy email Read more According to documents obtained under freedom of information request by Friends of the Earth, Ineos could be working within 200 metres of the Major Oak, a 1,000-year old tree that in folklore sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men.
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
6 Lessons Learned Fighting Oppressive Regimes While Trying to Protect People and Planet The U.S. is bracing for President-elect Donald Trump. All initial indications are that the U.S. is in for a dramatic change of leadership, more like some of the authoritarian regimes we are used to reading about in other parts of the world. Over the last decade, I have worked as an environmental and human-rights philanthropist trying to protect people and the planet, some of that inside oppressive and authoritarian regimes.
Monday, 26 December 2016
'This is possible. We did it': the week Portugal ran on renewables | News | The Guardian Lisbon at night Renewables kept the lights on in Lisbon for four and a half days in May. Photograph: ImageBroker/Rex/Shutterstock Sam Jones in Alto Minho @swajones Monday 26 December 2016 08.00 GMT Last modified on Monday 26 December 2016 08.02 GMT View more sharing options Shares 1,710 Comments 313 If you can keep your gaze off the hilltops, imagine away the pylons and forget the occasional tractor of an uncertain vintage coughing along the narrow roads, little appears to have changed in the valleys of north-eastern Portugal for decades, perhaps even centuries. The gnarled alvarinho vines have been relieved of their fruit to make vinho verde, an old woman in black herds her sheep through a hamlet and hungry eagles hover over the fields, scanning the land for lunch. But look up, past the villages, the clumps of stout ponies and the wolf-haunted forests of pine, oak and eucalyptus, and the harbingers of an environmental revolution are silhouetted against the December sky. The 130 giant wind turbines that sprout from the peaks, slicing the air with a rhythmic sigh, have helped Portugal to a remarkable achievement. For four and a half days in May the country ran entirely on electricity from renewable sources: wind, hydro and solar power.