In Europe, Pollution Is a Masculine

CLIMATE CHANGE

In Europe, Pollution Is a Masculine Noun

By Julio Godoy*

Men’s heavier reliance on cars is reflected in traffic jams like this one near Aachen, Germany. / Credit:Immanuel Giel/Public domain

Men’s heavier reliance on cars is reflected in traffic jams like this one near Aachen, Germany.

Credit:Immanuel Giel/Public domain

PARIS, Feb 17, 2011 (Tierramérica) – Many aspects of gender inequality are well known and well documented. But there seems to be little awareness that male behaviour leads to greater emissions of climate-changing gases.

That is the conclusion of two independent studies by separate teams of European scientists, both based on statistical data on consumption and daily activities of men and women in industrialised countries.

Frédéric Chomé, a French consultant on environmental and sustainable development issues, stated that a typical French woman causes emissions of 32.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) per day, on average, while a man causes 39.3 kg of CO2 emissions.

via CLIMATE CHANGE: In Europe, Pollution Is a Masculine Noun – IPS ipsnews.net.

Permafrost Melt Soon Irreversible

Permafrost Melt Soon Irreversible Without Major Fossil Fuel Cuts

By Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Feb 17, 2011 (IPS) – Thawing permafrost is threatening to overwhelm attempts to keep the planet from getting too hot for human survival.

Without major reductions in the use of fossil fuels, as much as two-thirds of the world’s gigantic storehouse of frozen carbon could be released, a new study reported. That would push global temperatures several degrees higher, making large parts of the planet uninhabitable.

Once the Arctic gets warm enough, the carbon and methane emissions from thawing permafrost will kick-start a feedback that will amplify the current warming rate, says Kevin Schaefer, a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado. That will likely be irreversible.

via Permafrost Melt Soon Irreversible Without Major Fossil Fuel Cuts – IPS ipsnews.net.

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Brutal Belarus Crackdown

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Brutal Crackdown in Belarus

By Pavol Stracansky
PRAGUE, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS) – Repressions in Europe’s last dictatorship show no signs of abating despite EU sanctions and international condemnation. International rights watchdogs warn that human rights abuses in Belarus have reached a “new low”, and activists say that no one appears safe from Alexander Lukashenka’s brutal crackdowns in the wake of his controversial re-election as president.

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54406

Sexist Genocide in Guatemala

Surviving the Sexist Genocide in Guatemala

by TheFree Mikegilli on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 10:38pm

By Danilo Valladares

GUATEMALA CITY, Feb 8, 2011 (IPS) – “He would punch my head all the time, pull my hair, smack and kick me. And he would make me wear long sleeves to hide the bruises; even on my wedding day I had a black and blue mark on my arm,” Heidi Velásquez told IPS in Guatemala.….

MORE………..,http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54404

Mubarak family fortune $70bn

Mubarak family fortune could reach $70bn, say experts | World news | The Guardian

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Egyptian president has cash in British and Swiss banks plus UK and US property

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