NGOs: GREATER GIB POWERS SHOULD COME WITH GREENER RESPONSIBILITY
Ed Miliband has called for the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to have “real powers to borrow and attract investment”. The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) and Biofuelwatch  have responded by saying that any increase in funding or powers for the GIB should be linked to a responsibility to be greener in their investments.
Serious concerns have been raised by over 100 civil-society organisations about the so-called “Global Alliance for Climate- Smart Agriculture” launched at the UN’s Climate Summit. Signatories to an open letter rejected the Alliance as a “deceptive and deeply contradictory initiative”. The Alliance includes more than 20 governments, 30 organisations and corporations, including Fortune 500 companies McDonald’s and Kelloggs, and re-enforces the corporate control of agricultural production globally.
You can read the open letter and rejection letter here: http://www.climatesmartagconcerns.info/
21 September 2014: 10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations: Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate March!
Declaration by Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, La Via Campesina, World March of Women, Friends of the Earth International and World Rainforest Movement (WRM)
Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit
[September 19 – 23, New York] When we, as human beings, get a fever, we immediately get worried and take action. After all, we know that if our body temperature rises to 1.5ºC, let alone 2ºC [3.6 ºF] above the normal average, there can be severe damage, while an increase of 4-6ºC [7.2-10.8 ºF] or more can cause a comatose situation and even death. Continue reading Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit
Biofuelwatch & Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees press release – for immediate use Thursday 4th September 2014
Hundreds of groups call on Brazilian government to reject GE trees application by UK-registered company
Social and ecological justice organizations from around the world have signed two letters [1, 2] addressed to the Brazilian government calling on it to reject an application by UK-registered FuturaGene to plant the world’s first commercial-scale genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus plantations.  FuturaGene is owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, which was exposed last year for causing land conflicts over eucalyptus plantations linked to wood pellet exports to UK biomass power stations. 
Groups unite to call on Brazil to deny application to legalize genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, joint press release by STOP GE Trees, which includes Biofuelwatch, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, EcoNexus, Friends of the Earth Melbourne, Global Justice Ecology Project, Indigenous Environmental Network and World Rainforest Movement
Groups globally mobilize to stop commercial release of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in Brazil and US, Press release by the Stop GE Trees Campaign, supported by Biofuelwatch (US-UK), Canadian Biotechnology Action Network,, EcoNexus, Indigenous Environmental Network, World Rainforest Movement, Friends of the Earth Melbourne and Global Justice Ecology Project
Sickly Sweet: Human Rights Conditions for Sugarcane Workers in Western Nicaragua, Report by La Isla Foundation, which documents the contrast between legal protections of Nicaraguan sugarcane workers and the reality of their working and living conditions.
Is toxic algae good for you?, Article by Rachel Smolker about synthetic biology and algal biofuels, published by Huffington Post
Energy Park Sutton Bridge (EPSB) want to build a large biomass power station – which they describe as a ‘gasifier’ – in Sutton Bridge. Although South Holland’s planning committee voted for the application in May 2014, their decision was quashed in the High Court and EPSB have submitted new planning documents. No date for a decision has been set and objections can still be made. Please send your objection to the Council below and please personalise the text if possible.
EPSB’s proposed plant would
+ burn at least 420,000 tonnes of virgin and waste wood every year. UK companies already burn so much wood in power stations that millions of tonnes of it are being imported from as far away as North America. In this context, burning almost half a million tonnes more wood in one inefficient power station is neither sustainable nor climate friendly;
+ likely be less than 20% efficient, with no realistic prospect of increasing efficiency by supplying heat. This means that of every five trees cut down to make woodchips for this plants, four would be entirely wasted as uncaptured heat;
+ cause significant air pollution, including from a wide range of toxins contained in chemically treated wood. Several of those pollutants are linked to heart and lung disease, to increased asthma attacks, strokes, cancers and birth defects;
+ cause significant noise and additional traffic, with HGVs expected to enter and leave the site every few minutes from 7am to 11pm;
+ carry a worrying risk of fires and explosions;
+ be built in a flood plain, on a site that is at high risk of flooding.
In addition to sending the letter below, please use the same points to write to your Councillor and tell him or her why you oppose these plans. You can find the contact details for your local Councillor here. To find what else you can do to stop this power station and how to support the local campaign against it, please go to http://www.wsbpg.org/join-the-fight.html .
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