Environment

Donald Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement: The World Responds

After teasing and tormenting his fellow world leaders and pledging an announcement only sometime this week, finally on Thursday – in the White House Rose Garden, surrounded by anti-environmentalists for the sort of bathetic display which has come to characterise every administrative ‘success’ – Donald Trump confirmed that he is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement….

Cultureteca 28.02.16

Russian Ice Swimmers Play Chess in a Near-Freezing Urals Lake In Lake Shartash near the city of Yekaterinburg – the administrative centre of the Urals region which straddles Europe and Asia – Russian ice swimmers have taken to playing chess in just their underwear, as a means of physical and mental preparation ahead of their swim meets. The idea emerged…

Daily Visual 25.02.16: Anohni Shares Oscars Open Letter

The documentary Racing Extinction, directed by Louie Psihoyos – whose previous film The Cove, which investigated Japanese dolphin hunting, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2010 – looks at the ongoing mass extinction of species at the hands of human beings, considering global warming and the acidification of the seas as a result of greenhouse gas emissions, the illegal…

Cultureteca 14.02.16

First Phase of World’s Largest Solar Power Station Opens in Morocco Within the last week Noor 1, the first phase of the Ouarzazate Solar Power Station, was switched on by King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Located on the edge of the Sahara desert in the area of Souss-Massa-Drâa, being built in three phases and four parts, and expected to produce…

Cultureteca 20.12.15

Spanish General Election Results Require Coalition Today Spain went to the polls, to elect the 11th Cortes Generales since the restoration of democracy and the Spanish Constitution of 1978. Seeking election for a second term, the conservative People’s Party (PP) under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy remained the largest in parliament, having taken 123 seats in Congress. But they have lost their majority and…

Daily Visual 12.12.15: Paris Agreement on Climate

On Saturday world leaders at a climate conference in Paris agreed a historic deal, intending to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The deal was reached after almost two weeks of negotiations, which commenced on 30 November. Adopted by 196 participants, it marks the first time that all of the countries of the world,…

Canada and the Environmentalist/Extremist Equation

A blog post on the website of Greenpeace Canada last Tuesday, written by Keith Stewart, placed into context the equation between environmentalism and extremism which authorities in Canada have increasingly sought to make since Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party won a majority government in 2011. On 9 February 2012, the Canadian government published what they described as ‘Canada’s first Counter-terrorism…