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Announcing the Launch of GeoengineeringMonitor.org

Critical resource on geoengineering and resistance


OTTAWA, Feb 9 2015 — As the climate crisis deepens and political and economic leaders remain in a state of paralysis, geoengineering is increasingly being advanced as a potentially “necessary” action; if recent attempts at opinionmaking are to be believed, it has gone from unthinkable to fundable. And yet, public opinion and much of the scientific community considers geoengineering technologies to be risky and more likely to aggravate than resolve the climate crisis.

2014: Así fue el año

Economía verde, consumo colaborativo y hágalo usted mismo

En 2014, la economía verde derivó en “consumo colaborativo”, en una nueva edición del “movimiento maker”, y hasta creímos posible que las trasnacionales se humanizaran. No creemos que la economía se esté “humanizando”. Pensamos que la avaricia está ensayando nuevas máscaras verdes supuestamente independientes. El Grupo ETC describe con irreverencia las verdaderas novedades de 2014 y evidencia las mentiras de una supuesta economía humana.

2014 The Year that Was

The Green, Sharing, Making Economy

In 2014, the Green Economy -- dominating the media enviro beat and UN negotiations since well before the 2012 Rio Earth Summit – merged and morphed into the Sharing Economy and the Maker Economy to offer us a vision of Transformative Transnationalism. But, is this really a new Triple Bottom-line or just the same old Triple-Bottom Feeders? ETC Group takes an irreverent look at what was new in 2014 – and what only claimed to be.

The Green Economy:

Tribunal internacional ético demanda la prohibición de maíz transgénico en México

Pide a FAO y CBD que actúen en congruencia

4 DE DICIEMBRE, 2014, Ciudad de México— El Capítulo México del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos llamó al gobierno mexicano a prohibir la siembra de maíz genéticamente modificado en el país, tomando en consideración que es uno de los tres principales cereales que alimentan al mundo. El tribunal, que reunió evidencia proveniente de más de mil organizaciones sobre esta violación y otras más a los derechos de los pueblos, enfatizó la gravedad del tema por ser México centro de origen del cultivo.

International Tribunal Demands GM Maize Ban in Mexico

Calls on UN bodies to take action

The Mexican Chapter of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal has called on the Mexican government to ban the planting of genetically modified (GM) maize in the country. The decision cited the importance of maize as one of three principal staple crops globally, which millions depend on. The Tribunal, which considered evidence gathered over three years from over 1000 organizations on this and other issues, also highlighted the importance of Mexico as the centre of origin of maize globally.

Will Unicorns Save us from Climate Change? (BECCS won’t.)

IPCC’s latest recommendations based on dangerous “magical thinking”: observers
OCT 31, COPENHAGEN — It’s hallowe’en at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 40th plenary session, but as the world’s premiere climate science body releases its latest report, observers are wondering if the planet has been played a very nasty trick indeed. The IPCC appears to have embraced carbon geoengineering in the form of CCS and BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage), which it now claims can achieve “net zero emissions” somewhere in the second half of the century. But critics are calling the move a case of dangerous “magical thinking”. 

Video Animation Explores Risks of Treating Life as a Machine

Synthetic Biology Explained
MONTREAL, 29 Oct. 2014–On the eve of the largest annual gathering of synthetic biologists in the world, ETC Group and the Bioeconomies Media Project are launching a new animated explanation of the workings of this emerging “SynBio” industry, often dubbed extreme genetic engineering. Thousands of scientists, students and vendors will converge at the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Jamboree in Boston to share the latest advancements in what has become a multi billion dollar industry based on the industrialization of life at the molecular level.