Rio minus 20. The agreement brings us back twenty years ago
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Rio minus 20. The agreement brings us back twenty years ago

[By Marica Di Pierri, for Il Manifesto of 17 June] Twenty years ago, Rio de Janeiro was illuminated by the spotlights of the world and crowded with the presence of government delegations, the press and social movements from all over the world. The interest kindled by the historic Earth Summit was higher than ever, and the event seemed for the first time to account for the urgency to address an environmental crisis which was to become...

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The ecologist alternative
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The ecologist alternative

[from Rio de Janeiro, Marica Di Pierri for Il Manifesto of 22 June] After days of useless negotiations, the final document has arrived. It is a storm in a teacup.  The grey predictions of the previous day have given way to the black confirmation of a failure which was as expected as it is complete. To be approved, the document has given up all the points on which no consensus could be found, to end up with a text defined as “without...

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Diaries from Rio+20, Giuseppe De Marzo, L’Unità
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Diaries from Rio+20, Giuseppe De Marzo, L’Unità

Following the diaries from RIO+20 by Giuseppe De Marzo, spokesman of the association A Sud and scientific director of CDCA _ Air pollution will be the Big Killer in the next 30 years.   _ [{By Giuseppe De Marzo for l’Unità, June 15th 2012}] Big Killer. The great murderer. This is how it has been called by the scientists of the OECD who have studied the effects of global pollution. The deadliest murderer in the world in the next 30...

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Socio-ecological transitions and ecological justice
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Socio-ecological transitions and ecological justice

Twenty years after Rio, the victories of Sustainable Development and, now, the Green Economy, are more noticeable in the field of rhetoric than in reality. The indicators as regards climate change and the loss of biodiversity have steadily worsened at world level since 1992. However, some things have improved. There is a new and wide agreement that ecological functions are important in themselves and also for the human economy. Thus,...

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What is at stake at Rio+20. people’s summit’s Views
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What is at stake at Rio+20. people’s summit’s Views

For Unity and Mobilization of peoples For Life and Commons, social and environmental Justice Against Commodification of Nature and « Green economy One month before the United Nations Conference Rio+20, peoples of the world don’t see any positive advances in the negotiation process going on within the Official Conference. Indeed, neither the balance of agreements concluded in Rio 92 nor the ways to work on the crises’ causes, have been...

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International campaign against ENEL’s energy model
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International campaign against ENEL’s energy model

ENEL is the largest Italian energy utility and second in Europe by installed capacity. In 1999 it underwent privatization ENEL is the largest Italian energy utility and second in Europe by installed capacity. In 1999 it underwent privatization, and it is now listed on the Stock Exchange and counts 1.2 million shareholders. It partially remains a public company since it is owned for the 31% by the Italian Ministry of Economy and...

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