"...while private sector international investment in plantation forestry for carbon offsetting is widely supported as responding to the nation's environmental crisis, it is part of a carbon colonialism and neoliberal land grab. There are profound adverse local livelihood outcomes that arise on the basis of this carbon colonialism."
US to send $1 billion in weapons to Ukraine
US prepares a $1 billion weapons grant to #Ukraine, war news from the country remains depressing. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/6/us-readies-1bn-weapons-package-for-ukraine-report
The African continent is only responsible for only 2-3 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emission from industrial sources. But it is alarmingly suffering from the effects. Africa has the potential to mitigate the effects of climate change due to its tropical forests.
The Congo Basin’s rainforests is sometimes called Earth’s second lungs after the Brazil’s Amazon because of its ability to absorb carbon. In addition to that, the basin has the world’s largest tropical peatlands discovered in 2017. Scientists estimates that these peatlands store carbon worth 20 years of the fossil fuel emissions of the US. (Peatlands are terrestrial wetland ecosystems in which waterlogged conditions prevent plant material from fully decomposing). The Congo Basin is also rich in biodiversity and in minerals.
As long as this region is not destroyed, Africa has the potential to help combat and fight against global climate change.
The Congo Basin rainforest face serious threats from global climate change and other human factors( given Congo has been facing insecurities and political crisis since the time during colonization until today). Commercial logging, mining, extensive agriculture, infrastructure development, rapid urbanisation, energy consumption and transnational wildlife poaching among others.
Recently, The Democratic Republic of the Congo announced it will auction oil and gas permits in Congo Basin which is the home to critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Hydrocarbons minister Didier Budimbu said the DRC was expanding an auction of oil exploration blocks to include two sites that overlap with Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World heritage site.
This planned sale already included permits in the Cuvette Centrale Tropical peatlands in north-west of the country.
The Congo Basin is the only major rainforest that absorb in more carbon than it emits and experts have described it as the worst place in the world to explore fossil fuel. The Congo Basin rainforest spans six countries and regulates rainfall as far as Egypt.
Budimbu defended this claims, by saying “we have primary responsibility towards Congolese taxpayers who, for the most part, live in conditions of extreme precariousness and poverty, and aspire to a socioeconomic wellbeing that oil exploitation is likely to provide for them,”.
In 2021, the Coltan production in DRC amounted to 700 tons, making this country the largest producer of coltan in the world by far.
Coltan is indispensable to the manufacture of all modern technological devices. The mineral is refined to tantalum powder, which is used to make heat-resistant capacitors in laptops, cellphones, and other high-end electronic devices.
The global coltan market was valued at US$1,504.81 million in 2019. It is expected to reach US$1,933.92 million by the end of 2026, growing at a rate of 5.58% a year between 2021 and 2026.
The mining of coltan is usually related to environmental degradation, violence, child labour and death, which most people call ‘Congo curse’. The question remained, if Budimbu and his government are unable to manage and control the mining of coltan and other minerals which have become more problems to the people of Congo and are generating significant amount to ease poverty in the country, how will they manage the proceeds from from oil in the Congo Basin to benefit the people of Congo as he claim?
#OtD 3 Aug 2019 the El Paso mass shooting took place when an anti-immigrant gunman murdered 22 people and injured dozens more at a Walmart store in the predominantly Latine city, later telling police he wanted to kill as many "Mexicans" as possible.
#OtD 3 Aug 1929 19-year-old communist Yetta Stromberg was arrested with six others for having a red flag in California, one of 24 states which banned socialist/anarchist flags. She took her case to the Supreme Court and won, overturning the ban.
#OtD 1 Aug 1907 Angelo Pellegrino Sbardellotto, a coal miner and anarchist later executed for attempting to assassinate Mussolini, was born. This is a short biography: https://libcom.org/history/sbardellotto-angelo-pellegrino-1907-1932
Religion as a way to get stinking rich
Religion is a racket: NYC bishop robbed of $1 million in bling during a sermon. Note this is robbery, not burglary, so he was wearing it at the time. Camel, eye of the needle, and all that https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62311410
America [which is code for White Males] hate Black Women Athletes
"America doesn’t just ignore Black female athletes; it actively despises them. It disrespects the sports they play; it claims they aren’t as skilled as their male counterparts; it places invisible asterisks next to their accomplishments. Meanwhile, the women are working as hard as their male counterparts, or even harder, for less pay." https://www.huffpost.com/entry/brittney-griner-black-female-athletes_n_62ded40fe4b06e213fc1fac8
Secret Service agents refuse cooperation with Jan 6 probe
US Secret Service agents who are in a position to know exactly what #Trump did in his limo to try to get the driver to take him to the Capitol on Jan 6, are refusing to cooperate with the Subcommittee https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/cheney-kinzinger-secret-service-trump-b2130221.html
About 1/2 of elder Americans can't meet basic expenses
Half of elder Americans can't afford basic expenses. Women more affected then men, as is the case in all bad things. I'd be in that number, if I returned to the USA, but I would in addition be homeless & unable to rent an apartment https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/poverty/3572806-around-half-of-older-americans-cant-afford-essential-expenses-report/
Bangkok: major Covid outbreak feared for August
#Bangkok bracing for #COVID19 sixth wave, as infections ramp up. As many as 10k new infections per day feared by August peak https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2353146/city-braces-for-sixth-wave-with-big-spike-in-infections-picked
My pillow guy a crackhead for 30 yrs
Avid #Trump supporter and conspiracist CEO of 'My Pillow', Mike Lindell, has he had been on crack for last 3 decades. Explains the cognitive decline https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/mike-lindell-crack-trump-arizona-b2130224.html
2/3 favor term limits for SCOTUS justices
Latest polling shows that 2/3 of Americans think #SCOTUS justices should be term limited. [The US Senate doesn't give a shit about what the citizenry regards important] https://apnews.com/article/abortion-ketanji-brown-jackson-us-supreme-court-government-and-politics-only-on-ap-8adc9a08c9e8001c8ef0455906542a60
Majority say US gov't corrupt, 28% say armed struggle needed
28% of US Citizens say it may soon be necessary to take up arms against the US Government, which, I suppose, would declare a rebellion, suspend posse comitatus, and send in the Marines and Army Rangers. AR-15s against Tanks. A majority of citizens say the government is corrupt, hardly news. https://thehill.com/homenews/3572278-nearly-one-in-three-americans-say-it-may-soon-be-necessary-to-take-up-arms-against-the-government/
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