Keyword: unep

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • More consumption not necessary for human well-being, says UN report

    01/25/2014 2:05:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 January 2014
    Greater food system efficiency and curbs to the expansion of cropland are necessary to prevent the collapse of global ecosystems, says a report presented today (24 January) by the UN at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The report, by the UN Environment Program’s science think tank the International Resource Panel (IRP), says that policymakers must break the link between greater resource consumption and human well-being. The authors say that rising demand for food could lead to a 320 to 850 million hectare expansion of global cropland, putting greater strain of the environment’s capacity for regeneration. …
  • Nitrous oxide emissions could double by 2050: UNEP

    11/22/2013 9:01:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:16am EST | Nina Chestney
    Nitrous oxide (N20) emissions could almost double by 2050 if more aggressive action is not taken, undermining global efforts to curb climate change, the United Nations’ Environment Program (UNEP) said on Thursday. Commonly known as the “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide exists naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts. However, it is the third most potent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide and methane due to human activities such as agriculture, fossil fuel combustion, wastewater management and industrial processes. …
  • Arctic sea ice thaw may be accelerated by oil, shipping

    09/18/2012 4:56:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    OSLO, Sep. 18, 2012 (Reuters) — Local pollution in the Arctic from shipping and oil and gas industries, which have expanded in the region due to a thawing of sea ice caused by global warming, could further accelerate that thaw, experts say. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said there was an urgent need to calculate risks of local pollutants such as soot, or "black carbon", in the Arctic. Soot darkens ice, making it soak up more of the sun's heat and quickening a melt. Companies such as Shell, which this week gave up a push to find oil this...
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • Consumption driving 'unprecedented' environment damage: UN ('revving up' the climate for Rio Summit)

    06/06/2012 7:47:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/6/12 | AFP
    Population growth and unsustainable consumption are driving Earth towards "unprecedented" environmental destruction, the UN said in a report Wednesday ahead of the Rio Summit. Of 90 key goals to protect the environment, only four have seen good progress, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a planetary assessment issued only every five years. "If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and 'decoupled,' then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation," said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. The phonebook-sized report, the fifth edition of the...
  • The Climate Refugee Hoax

    04/13/2011 6:22:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 13, 2011 | Staff
    Junk Science: Five years ago, the U.N. predicted that by 2010 some 50 million people would be fleeing climate change, rising seas, mega-hurricanes and so on. Instead, no islands have sunk and their populations are booming. It's been said that when you make a prediction and provide a date, never give a number, and if you give a number, never provide a date. That way you can always claim to be right, even when you are wrong, and that it just hasn't happened yet. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) made that mistake in 2005 when it produced a map...
  • What happened to the climate refugees?

    04/10/2011 9:51:04 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 35 replies
    Asian Correspondent ^ | April 11, 2011 | Gavin Atkins
    n 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. These people, it was said, would flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to food production. The UNEP even provided a handy map. The map shows us the places most at risk including the very sensitive low lying islands of the Pacific and Caribbean. It so happens that just a few of these islands and other places most at risk have since had censuses, so it should be possible...
  • UN warns of glacier meltdown

    12/07/2010 10:50:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/10 | AFP
    CANCUN, Mexico (AFP) – Glaciers are melting faster in southern South America and Alaska than in Europe and communities need to adapt their living habits to the meltdown, said a UN report released in Mexico Tuesday. Many low-lying glaciers may disappear over the coming decades, with the northwest United States, southwest Canada and the Arctic also affected, according to the report compiled by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and scientists, presented at a UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico. Changes in rain patterns and shrinking rivers will reduce water as well as food supplies to many communities, the report...
  • Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN

    05/17/2010 10:50:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 107 replies · 1,629+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/10 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing industry, UN experts said Monday. "If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish," Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program's green economy initiative, told journalists in New York. A Green Economy report due later this year by UNEP and outside experts argues this disaster can be avoided if subsidies to fishing fleets are slashed and fish are given protected...
  • Oceans are new front in fight against global warming: UN

    02/25/2010 1:47:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 296+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/10 | Jerome Rivet
    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) – UN environmental experts Thursday issued an urgent call to study the crucial role the oceans -- as massive carbon stores -- can play in the fight against global warming. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the "Blue Carbon" initiative together with the Indonesian government Thursday on the resort island of Bali. "A global scientific study of the role of marine and coastal ecosystems in meeting the climate change challenges is urgently needed in order to improve understanding," UNEP director Achim Steiner said on the sidelines of the gathering of climate experts and environment ministers....
  • UN sounds warning after Antarctica ice shelf rips (UNEP - UN Environment Programm)

    04/07/2009 10:38:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,068+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/7/09 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said the breakway of a Jamaica-sized ice shelf from the Antarctic peninsula could accelerate global warming in this already vulnerable region. Satellite pictures show a 40-kilometre (25-mile) ice bridge that was the Wilkins Ice Shelf's last link to the coast had now shattered at its narrowest point, about 500 metres (yards) wide, UNEP said. The Wilkins Ice Shelf once covered around 16,000 square kilometres (6,000 square miles) before it began to retreat in the 1990s, and by last May the ice bridge was all that connected it to Charcot and Latady islands....
  • UN calls for spending 750 billion dollars in Global Green New Deal

    03/19/2009 3:22:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 12 replies · 322+ views
    Monsters and Critics ^ | 3/19/09 | staff
    New York - The world's 20 most advanced economies should discuss investment of 1 per cent of global gross domestic product - about 750 billion dollars - into five sectors to build an environmentally sustainable global economy, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said Thursday. Such an amount could finance a 'Global Green New Deal,' drawing on the idea of the New Deal launched by US president Franklin D Roosevelt to help put an end to the Great Depression in the 1930s.
  • UN urges G20 leaders to back "Green New Deal"

    02/16/2009 2:45:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 307+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 16, 2009 | Daniel Wallis
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - World leaders meeting in London in April should kick-start a "Green New Deal" to fight climate change and revive the crippled global economy on a sustainable basis, a major U.N. environment meeting was told on Monday. High on the agenda for more than 100 environment ministers gathered in Kenya this week will be how to draw attention to "green" issues amid job losses and worldwide financial turmoil. The U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) says political efforts to curb pollution, protect forests and avert global warming have failed, and the world needs to learn from U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt's...
  • US calls for treaty on mercury reduction

    02/16/2009 12:30:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/09 | Tom Maliti - ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya – The new U.S. government abruptly reversed years of Bush administration policy Monday by calling for a legally binding international treaty to reduce mercury pollution, which a senior American diplomat called the most important chemical problem in the world today. Some 6,000 tons of mercury enter the environment each year, about a third generated by power stations and coal fires. Much settles into the oceans where it enters the food chain and is concentrated in predatory fish like tuna. Children and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to poisoning by the toxic metal, which can cause birth defects, brain damage...
  • G20 Leaders Urged to Support Global Green New Deal

    11/12/2008 1:46:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 638+ views
    WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2008 (ENS) - When the leaders of the G20 countries gather in Washington this weekend for a special summit on the global financial crisis, pressure will be on to seek solutions in the growth of a new green economy. Today in Washington, Gary Gardner and Michael Renner, senior researchers with the environmental research organization Worldwatch Institute, issued a detailed proposal that they hope will focus the attention of the G20 leaders on what they are calling a "Global Green Deal." "The challenge for global political leadership, including U.S. President-elect [Barack] Obama, is not merely to kickstart...
  • The Unholy Alliance that manufactured Global Warming

    05/21/2008 7:50:52 AM PDT · by kingattax · 10 replies · 66+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 21, 2008 | Dr. Tim Ball
    In previous parts of this series (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) I’ve shown how a political agenda took over climate science primarily through the UN and specifically the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The agenda was spread to the world at the 1992 Rio Conference. Periodic Reports from the IPCC maintained the focus on CO2 and increased the political pressure. Please understand I am not claiming a conspiracy, but rather a cabal, which is defined as a secret political clique pushing a political agenda; in...
  • The UN's Eco-Socialist Agenda

    10/29/2007 11:31:42 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 180+ views
    frontpagemagazine.com ^ | October 29, 2007 | Joseph Klein
    The United Nations has just issued yet another scaremongering assessment of the world’s environment. It was put together by the UN’s principal environmental agency, known as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The best way to engineer transformation of the current legal system to global governance of the environment, under the auspices of the UN, is for its “experts” to first create the mass perception of an imminent cosmic cataclysm if humanity continues on its present course.[1] The UNEP report, known as “Global Environment Outlook: Environment for Development (GEO-4)”, covers not just global warming. It covers all dimensions of environmental deterioration...
  • U.N. High Tech for Kim - Add Burma to the list of scandals.

    07/19/2007 9:09:58 PM PDT · by gpapa · 4 replies · 574+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | July 20, 2007 | Editorian Staff
    The United Nations' Cash for Kim Jong Il scandal is now six months old, so it's a good time to assess progress, if that's the right word. The evidence of misdeeds at the U.N. Development Program in North Korea continues to mount, but there's still no "urgent" and "external" inquiry, as ordered by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January. Now the U.S. has uncovered evidence that in addition to transferring millions of dollars in cash that may have gone to help prop up Kim's grotesque regime, the UNDP also transferred dual-use technology. It did so without bothering to secure a U.S....
  • Singapore meeting takes on climate change

    04/18/2007 9:26:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 322+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/18/07 | Martin Abbugao
    SINGAPORE (AFP) - More than 600 business executives and experts began meeting in Singapore on Thursday to discuss how the corporate world can help tackle the threat of climate change. The two-day Global Business Summit for the Environment is the first major international conference focusing on business and the environment in Asia, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP organised the event with the United Nations Global Compact, an initiative that brings companies together with UN and other agencies to support environmental and social principles. The meeting comes two days after the UN Security Council held a groundbreaking debate...
  • Chirac Calls For 'Green Revolution' at Paris Conference

    02/02/2007 12:21:04 PM PST · by pcottraux · 39 replies · 697+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 2
    PARIS (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac opened a Paris conference on world environmental governance with a call for a green "revolution" to meet the challenges of global warming. "Soon will come a day when climate change escapes all control. We are on the verge of the irreversible," Chirac told the meeting, which began just hours after the release of a key United Nations scientific report on global warming. "Faced with this emergency, the time is not for half measures. The time is for a revolution -- a revolution of consciousness, a revolution of the economy. A revolution of political...
  • Political Science (Global Warming)

    02/03/2007 3:28:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies · 1,160+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 3, 2007 | Philip Stott
    I confess I was afflicted by a profound world-weariness following the release yesterday of the latest gloomy machinations from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The U.N.'s global-warming caravanserai, founded in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, had this time pitched camp in Paris, in order to issue the "Summary for Policy Makers" relating to Working Group One of its "Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007." This is the group that focuses on "The Physical Science Basis" of climate change, and its summary was greeted with the usual razzmatazz, the Eiffel Tower's 20,000...
  • Antarctic ozone hole nears record: U.N. agency

    09/22/2006 11:02:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 644+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/22/06 | Reuters
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The hole over Antarctica's ozone layer is bigger than last year and is nearing the record 29-million-square-km (11-million-sq-mile) hole seen in 2000, the World Meteorological Organization said on Friday. Geir Braathen, the United Nations weather agency's top ozone expert, said ozone depletion had a late onset in this year's southern hemisphere winter, when low temperatures normally trigger chemical reactions that break down the atmospheric layer that filters dangerous solar radiation. "The ozone depletion started quite late, but when it started it came quite rapidly," Braathen told journalists in Geneva. "It (the hole) has now risen to a...
  • Kofi Annan's Conflicts of Interest Must Be Investigated

    05/12/2006 5:08:09 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 10 replies · 322+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 12 May 2006 | Nile Gardiner
    In a recent interview, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton described the UN as hopelessly out of touch and stuck in a Twilight Zone-style "time warp" where "there are practices, attitudes and approaches that were abandoned 30 years ago in much of the rest of the world." [1] Bolton's cutting analysis perfectly captures the latest controversy to hit Turtle Bay—Secretary-General Kofi Annan's appointing German activist Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) just months after Steiner helped award Annan $500,000. [2] Steiner, whose four-year term of office will begin next month, was part...
  • Mbeki a 'champion of the earth'

    04/13/2005 1:02:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 295+ views
    news24 ^ | 12/04/2005
    Pretoria - South Africa and President Thabo Mbeki have been listed as "Champions of the Earth", the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) said on Tuesday. It described Mbeki and South Africa's people as outstanding leaders in the field of environment. They were setting an example for the world to follow, Unep said. "The people of South Africa have not just made substantial progress in the sustainable development of their own country, they have provided leadership and support for the continent as a whole." Unep lauded South Africa for the rate at which it was putting recommendations of 2002 World Summit...
  • Toxic waste sickening Somalia (Radiation symptoms after tsunami...Source: Eurotrash)

    03/05/2005 11:14:43 AM PST · by Stoat · 16 replies · 2,597+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | March 4, 2005
    Toxic waste sickening Somalia04/03/2005 20:12  - (SA)   Related Articles Toxic waste on Somali beaches    Nairobi - Very toxic waste washed on to Somali's coastline by last December's tsumani have spawned diseases bearing symptoms of radioactive exposure in villagers along the shorelines of the shattered African nation, UN Environment Programme said on Friday. Citing initial reports, Unep spokesperson Nick Nuttall told AFP that "there are indications that harzardous waste, radioactive waste, chemical waste and other substances, (in containers) which have been dumped on the Somali coastline, were damaged by the tsunami". United Nations officials said the deadly waves, which originated off...
  • With US isolation, UNEP faces clearer priorities in cleaning nature

    03/02/2005 11:09:38 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 4 replies · 326+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb 26, 2005
    A United States decision to block upgrading of the status of UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and talks on a mercury ban has left the United Nations (news - web sites)' environment arm with clearer priorities in its campaign to clean up nature, diplomats say. The UN Environmental Program's chief Klaus Toepfer said the Nairobi meeting, which was watered down by US opposition to the possible mercury ban, ended up with governments offering fresh pledges to increase the body's funding.(AFP/File/Simon Maina) A week-long conference of UNEP's top board, which ended in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Friday, also failed to launch...
  • Travesties of Regulation: Harmful U.N. policies

    02/15/2005 10:29:39 AM PST · by Starve The Beast · 3 replies · 365+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 15, 2005 | Henry I. Miller & Gregory Conko
    Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul Volcker, who heads the inquiry into corruption in the United Nations' defunct oil-for-food program, has just issued a sobering interim report. He concludes that the program was "tainted, failing to follow the established rules of the organization," and that "political considerations intruded." But the U.N.'s problems don't stop at Oil-for-Food — as if that weren't enough. Those of us who study ongoing U.N. agencies' deliberations on regulatory issues find obvious and egregious flaws in them, even when they do follow established rules. The U.N.'s systematic sacrifice of science, technology, and sound public policy to...
  • U.N. Agency to Study Environment in Iraq

    09/14/2004 6:44:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 372+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/04 | Chris Tomlinson - AP
    NAIROBI, Kenya - Scientists will begin investigating environmental "hot spots" in Iraq (news - web sites) as part of a long-term strategy to clean up the country after ten years of war and instability, the U.N. Environment Program said Tuesday. The U.N. agency has coordinated the training of Iraqi scientists in the latest laboratory and field testing techniques to collect information on suspected hazardous sites, officials said. The work will begin soon, a spokesman said. "We estimate that there are more than 300 sites in Iraq considered to be contaminated to various levels with a range of pollutants," said Klaus...
  • United Nations wages war on capitalism

    08/09/2004 12:36:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies · 898+ views
    ESR | August 9, 2004 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    As if our nation's free-market ideal isn't damaged enough -- witness, if you will, the generally lengthy permitting process for businesses and the prevalence of zoning laws, environmental mandates, eminent domain abuses and hefty tax burdens that plague our would-be entrepreneurs and developers in nearly every county, city and state across America. Now comes the United Nations, with its Global Compact Center and its Responsible Investment Initiative. Announced in July at the four-month-long "Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona 2004," both these programs are thinly veiled attacks against capitalism that, left unchecked, will result in a ceding of private and...
  • World's children gather to discuss earth, sea, sky State to host U.N. environmental conference

    07/05/2004 6:49:44 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 441+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 05, 2004 | Diane Scarponi (A.P.)
    NEW LONDON Hundreds of young environmentalists from 40 nations will converge on New London later this month for a United Nations-sponsored conference on environmental issues. When the environmentalists, age 10 to 13, finish talking about water pollution, energy conservation, needs of indigenous people and other issues, their resolutions will be passed along to the United Nations for debate. The conference is the fifth held by the United Nations Environment Programme since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio De Janiero recommended involving children in environmental causes. It will be the first to be held in the United States. "It was shown...
  • U.N. global compact targets corruption (Oil for food?)

    06/24/2004 6:30:00 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 1 replies · 190+ views
    UPI ^ | 6-24-04 | WILLIAM M. REILLY
    UNITED NATIONS, June 24 (UPI) -- Chief executives from around the globe Thursday agreed at the U.N. Global Compact Summit that "business should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery." The anti-corruption measure joins the nine other principles in initiatives promoting good corporate practices covering human rights, labor and the environment. The convention is the first globally agreed instrument to provide sweeping measures regarding the prevention of graft, its criminalization and international cooperation against it as well as recovery of illegal assets. The summit was the largest and highest-level gathering of its kind ever held at...
  • U.N. environment summit opens, targets ocean dead zones

    03/30/2004 3:15:58 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 9 replies · 259+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, March 30, 2004 | Hans Greimel
    JEJU, South Korea — The United Nations opened a global environment summit Monday, warning about the growing number of dead zones in the world's oceans but painting a picture of a greener planet with an increase of vegetation in many regions. The three-day conference, hosted by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will also consider how to tackle water shortages, increasingly frequent dust storms, and overfishing. But so-called dead zones — oxygen-starved stretches of ocean that are devoid of life — topped UNEP's list of emerging environmental challenges. The number of zones has doubled over the last decade, and they...
  • How the greens kill people

    07/08/2003 8:40:49 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 10 replies · 253+ views
    Brookes News (Australia) ^ | Wednesday 8 July 2003 | Dr Aaron Oakley
    How the greens kill people Dr Aaron Oakley BrookesNews.Com Wednesday 8 July 2003 It is useful when trying to gauge the silliness of greens to use some kind of benchmark. I propose a benchmark based on their attitudes towards DDT. On average, a child in Africa dies every three minutes from malaria. This is a needless and tragic death. There was a time when it could be said that DDT was saving millions of lives. Not any more. Thanks to comfortably well off and malaria-free greens in the first world, DDT manufacture and use has been drastically curtailed. The science...
  • Iraq's dried-out marshlands reviving, UN says

    05/30/2003 6:46:23 PM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 16 replies · 310+ views
    Planetark ^ | May 30, 2003 | Robert Evans
    GENEVA - Water is returning to Iraq's southern dried-out marshlands, the U.N. said in a report on the home of a unique Arab culture almost destroyed by Saddam Hussein in apparent retaliation for an uprising. The United Nations' environmental agency UNEP said mechanical diggers had broken down barriers and levees built under Saddam, allowing water to flow into the area - believed by some archaeologists to be the Garden of Eden in scripture. Satellite images of the area, once home to some 450,000 largely Muslim Shi'ite Marsh Arabs made famous by British traveller and explorer Wilfred Thesiger, "dramatically reveal streams...
  • Telecom's Future

    01/16/2003 8:35:01 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 257+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | January 15, 2002 | Duane D. Freese
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell told the Senate Commerce Committee on Monday that "we are at critical crossroads in communications," spurred by computerization. Who could disagree with that? And who could disagree with the five goals set out by the son of Secretary of State Colin Powell for a more vibrant telecom tomorrow: "Bring consumers the benefits of investment and innovation in new communications technologies and services. "Expand the diversity, variety and dynamism of communication, information and entertainment. "Empower consumers, by moving toward greater personalization of communications - when, where, what and how they want it. "Promote universal...
  • FCC, Let It Be (James K. Glassman on Bell monopolies vs. competition)

    01/15/2003 2:24:54 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 458+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | January 14, 2002 | James K. Glassman
    A report released Monday reveals just why the regional Bell monopolies are so frantic about getting FCC Chairman Michael Powell to change the rules and cut off competition for local telephone service. The report shows that at the end of 2002, the Bells' competitors had won customers for an estimated 10 million residential and small business lines - thanks to UNE-P, an acronym that stands for "unbundled network element platform." UNE-P, a critical ingredient in the plan for deregulation laid out by Congress and the White House in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, is bringing Americans lower prices and...
  • Debating the Baby Bells

    10/06/2002 11:06:54 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 413+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2002 | SIMON ROMERO
    What should be done with, or for, the Bells? Investors, lawmakers, regulators and, increasingly, consumers, are engrossed with that question as the large local phone carriers known as the Baby Bells struggle with their first decline in customers since the Depression. The erosion is fueling talk of whether the government should step in to strengthen these companies to protect a vital public service. At the heart of the debate is an arcane but crucial regulation that requires Verizon Communications, SBC Communications, BellSouth and Qwest Communications International to sell access on their networks to competitors at prices that can be...
  • Bells' New Weapon In Deregulation Campaign: Red Ink

    09/17/2002 4:49:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 294+ views
    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES | September 17, 2002 | Mark Wigfield
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The local telephone industry's financial woes have become a tool in an intense lobbying campaign for deregulation. The fix being sought by the industry: Elimination of rules that require companies like SBC Communications Inc. to lease elements of their networks at deep discounts to competitors that are entering the local telephone service market, like AT&T Corp. or WorldCom Inc. . But regulation isn't the sole cause of SBC's decline in net income last quarter, says David Loomis, an economist at Illinois State University who previously worked for Bell Atlantic, now Verizon. Regulation isn't the only reason...
  • Summit: Judges Fortify Environmental Law Principles (enforcing!!environmental laws)

    08/28/2002 9:33:37 PM PDT · by USA21 · 12 replies · 434+ views
    Environment News Service ^ | August 27, 2002 | Environment News Service
    Summit: Judges Fortify Environmental Law Principles JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 27, 2002 - An action plan to strengthen the development, use and enforcement of environmentally related laws has been drawn up by over 100 of the world's most senior judges at the World Summit for Sustainable Development. The move signals a new era featuring improved capacity of judges, prosecutors, and legislators as well as greater public participation in environmental decision-making. Justice Charles Gonthier, Supreme Court, Canada(Photo by Larry Munn courtesy Supreme Court of Canada) The Johannesburg Principles on the Role of Law and Sustainable Development, drafted last week by the...
  • Scientists cautious about global warming link to flood disasters

    08/14/2002 8:56:47 AM PDT · by cogitator · 17 replies · 423+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 08/14/2002 | Agence France-Presse
    Scientists cautious about global warming link to flood disasters Scientists were cautious Wednesday about suggestions that global warming caused the freak storms and pounding monsoon rains that have devastated central and eastern Europe and swathes of Asia. Weeks of heavy rainfall have killed at least 1,700 people in a dozen countries, prompted millions to flee their homes and inflicted billions of dollars (euros) in damage to homes and crops. Klaus Toepfer, executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), on Tuesday linked the storms with the reckless burning of fossil fuels, saying the buildup of greenhouse gases had disrupted...