News Updates: Northern Nations Feeling the Heat Over Melting Arctic Ice and BioFuels a "Crime Against Humanity"

Thomas Schueneman

The Disappearing Ice

The leaders of the Nordic nations of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland expressed alarm over the quickening pace of melting Arctic ice, warning that the melt might very soon become irreversible.

In a joint statement from the five nations, released after talks in Oslo, environmental ministers stated “The Arctic and the world cannot wait any longer…The climate is hurtling towards a turning point after which irreversible processes will have been set in motion.”

The ministers urged participants of a meeting this December in Bali to agree on “tangible measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases”.

Some individual ministers have expressed concern that the tipping point has already been crossed.



BioFuel – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

Jean Ziegler, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food for the United Nations, declared that the continued production and use of biofuels is a “crime against humanity”, leading to rising food prices and shortages, and calling for a five-year moratorium on biofuel production. Earlier today I posted an article on outlining the story in greater detail.

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