Monday, October 25, 2021

Manifesto per le Comunità Locali di Artisti, Interpreti e Musicisti (C.L.A.I.M.)

Appello alle istituzioni e alla politica

Laioung

La musica e l’arte giocano un ruolo fondamentale nello sviluppo dell’essere umano.

Ascoltare e fare musica, specialmente per i giovani, e aiuta a superare momenti difficili, rappresenta un elemento di riscatto umano e sociale.

Ma spesso i giovani incontrano ostacoli insormontabili che rendono difficile se non impossibile coltivare la loro passione per uno strumento o per il canto, per altre forme d’arte. Mancano spazi nei quali sia possibile coltivare le proprie passioni artistiche, sounando, cantando, recitando, dipingendo e sperimentando qualunque pratica artistica e musicale da soli o con altri.

Degli spazi in cui sia anche possibile incontrare altri musicisti, provare, mettersi alla prova davanti a un pubblico, sperimentare la propria abilità e creatività, imparare a confezionare un prodotto musicale da mettere in rete.

Per questo, gli artisti firmatari di questo manifesto, propongono la creazione di apposite “Comunità Locali di Artisti, Interpreti e Musicisti” (C.L.A.I.M.), con spazi dedicati messi a loro disposizione gratuitamente in ogni Comune e Municipio a partire dalla Capitale d’Italia

Noi siamo a vostra disposizione per creare d’intesa con i vostri assessorati alla cultura e agli affari sociali, un comitato comunale per la creazione e la gestione di case delle arti e della musica, finanziato dal bilancio comunale e da appositi programmi europei, che sia aperto anche alle associazioni del territorio e della società civile, ai comitati di quartiere, e che identifichi da subito tutti gli spazi che potrebbero essere utilizzati per realizzare questa proposta.

Please don’t ignore our C.L.A.I.M.

Giuseppe Bockarie Consoli (in arte Laioung)

Max il Nano

Anouar Jamali

Fabri Fibra

Yesr Shabaka

Clementino

Simone Meschia

Davide Lezzi (in arte Riesen)

Leonardo Magara (Fenderfunk)

Davide Marini

Alessio Romeo (name)

Bello Figo

Samuel Fontana

Manuel Gagliardi

Marco Lorica (pheros)

Alessio Passini

Maruego

Federico Del Bianco

Maurizio Lipoli

Don Dolf

Gabriele Fabbri

Manuel Zaffiro

Mirko Bonavita

Aaron Efrati

Show Time G.P.

Riccardo Cianfoni

Carlo Caso

Stefano Lacopo (Skasso Love)

Davide Arcadi

Jung KBA

Sergio KotbiFabri Fibra

Michele Giuliacci

Cristiano Liguti

Omar Shabaka

Manal Abdel

Sayed Shabaka

Mustafa Jamali

Fatima Badr

Silvia Trapanese

Stefano Antonaci

Lorenzo Iorio

Simone Urbani

Anastasia Iannotta

Aurora Sciarrini

Denise Pintore

Jelena Maslovara

Fabrizio Ranzani

Mattia Montebianco

Federico Montebianco

Ginevra Parrotta

Alessandro Listo

Ilaria Testay

Emiliano Spezia

Christian Picone

Anouar Jamali

Jeremy Rifkin, un piano ventennale sulle infrastrutture per i cambiamenti climatici da 16 Trilioni di Dollari denominato “AMERICA 3.0 THE RESILIENT SOCIETY”

Jeremy Rifkin con i suoi partner hanno elaborato un Piano ventennale di infrastrutture resilienti denominato “America 3.0” da 16 trilioni di dollari, preparato per il leader della maggioranza al Senato americano Charles Schumer e pubblicato per la prima volta da Bloomberg il 29 luglio, di cui abbiamo già spiegato i concetti principali sul nostro magazine online lo scorso 10 settembre >>> http://cetri-tires.org/press/2021/jeremy-rifkin-su-bloomberg-sgomento-per-le-strategie-energetiche-di-biden/

Nell’articolo esprimeva la sua grande delusione sul nuovo piano
infrastrutturale statunitense proposto dal presidente Joe Biden.

Clicca qui per il link al rapporto completo sull’infrastruttura di 242 pagine in inglese, che ha preparato per il leader della maggioranza al Senato americano Charles Schumer >>>
https://www.foet.org/FOET-data/uploads/2021/07/Jeremy-Rifkin-America-3.0-The-Resilient-Society-20210728.pdf

DOWNLOAD “AMERICA 3.0 THE RESILIENT SOCIETY” (.PDF)

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Costruire filiere agroalimentari pulite, dove i diritti dei lavoratori siano garantiti, promuovendo prodotti NoCap

Dieci anni fa, a Nardò, uno sciopero durato settimane organizzato da braccianti africani che dormivano presso la Masseria Boncuri e le sue vicinanze impresse una svolta decisiva nella storia della lotta al caporalato. L’Italia finalmente iniziava ad aprire gli occhi sul fenomeno. E pochi giorni dopo l’allora governo Berlusconi fu “costretto” a introdurre via decreto il reato di “intermediazione illecita e sfruttamento del lavoro”, la base normativa su cui si è strutturata negli anni successivi la battaglia contro lo sfruttamento lavorativo nelle campagne italiane. Ad organizzare quei braccianti c’era anche Yvan Sagnet. Originario del Camerun, arrivato in Italia nel 2008 per studiare Ingegneria all’Università di Torino, nell’estate del 2011 scende al Sud per mettere da parte qualche soldo durante la stagione di raccolta del pomodoro. Lì, in Puglia, incontra persone che lavorano in condizioni agghiaccianti. Dopo aver contribuito alla loro sollevazione, Sagnet si è attivato nel sindacato con la Flai-Cgil e ha raccontato la propria esperienza di attivismo in più libri.

A dieci anni di distanza dalla protesta che ha cambiato la sua vita e quella di molti altri lavoratori e lavoratrici – e dopo la nomina a Cavaliere dell’Ordine al merito da parte di Sergio Mattarella – il suo impegno in difesa dei braccianti non è certo terminato. Grazie all’associazione No cap, di cui è fondatore, è passato “dalla protesta alla proposta”. Come? Attraverso la creazione di una filiera virtuosa di prodotti agricoli “caporalato free”, dotati di un bollino No cap, «per valorizzare e premiare l’impegno delle aziende che con noi condividono principi e valori basati sul rispetto dell’uomo e dell’ambiente – si legge sul sito della associazione – ma anche e soprattutto per i consumatori per sensibilizzarli e accompagnarli verso scelte etiche affinché non siano inconsapevolmente co-responsabili di un sistema di sfruttamento dei lavoratori». Con Yvan Sagnet abbiamo fatto il punto sul progetto No cap e non solo.

Nei giorni scorsi l’Ispettorato del lavoro di Cosenza ha verificato 45 aziende agricole e 42 son risultate irregolari. Nel foggiano su 394 braccianti di cui è stata controllata la posizione, 85 erano irregolari, 42 in nero. Perché dopo anni di lotta al caporalato non siamo ancora riusciti a compiere un vero salto di qualità?
Non è accaduto perché l’approccio è sbagliato. Noi come No cap abbiamo messo in campo un sistema innovativo e molto efficace di lotta allo sfruttamento, che ci permette di raggiungere risultati in modo più veloce rispetto agli strumenti adottati dallo Stato. La repressione, certo, è importante. Sono tra i primi a sostenerlo, abbiamo ottenuto la legge sul caporalato dopo decenni di sfruttamento e di vuoto normativo, e ora finalmente gli inquirenti possono fare indagini, arrestare caporali e colpire le aziende che li utilizzano. Ma l’approccio repressivo è… articolo di Leonardo Filippi – 16 Settembre 2021 – left.it/2021/09/16/yvan-sagnet-cosi-diciamo-no-al-caporalato/

In attesa della “tempesta perfetta” una importante analisi di Massimo Berti, esperto nazionale di microfotovoltaico

Tutti gli indicatori energetici nazionali sono in fibrillazione con il PUN (Prezzo Unico Nazionale) che oggi 15 settembre, si attesta sui 18,34 c€/kWh. e la CO2 nelle aste di interscambio, vola oltre i 6 c€/kg. “gettando benzina sul fuoco” considerando che ogni kWh. di energia termoelettrica impegna nelle aste di interscambio EU circa 0,5 kg.di CO2.

Numeri e commenti per gli addetti ai lavori… Già!!!

Ma… Che si traduce nell’immediato quotidiano Italiano in un raddoppio dei costi elettrici da un anno all’altro…
In sintesi, come se si vivesse in due case contemporaneamente!

Con questi presupposti affrontare l’inverno con il “CAROGAS” sarà un grattacapo non da poco e l’immaginario collettivo si interroga sempre più spesso sull’installazione di un impianto fotovoltaico.

L’offerta del settore fotovoltaico, per diventare “Prosumer” ovvero produttore e consumatore di energia elettrica è ampiamente collaudata, potendo amplificare i suoi benefici diretti, con un apparato normativo di favore che spazia dall’iva ridotta al recupero fiscale 50% e con la possibilità di costituire, Comunità Energetiche per l’Autoconsumo.

Ma cosa sono queste novità, introdotte dal DL  30 Dicembre 2019 n. 162 sulle “Comunità Energetiche Rinnovabili” un termine nuovo che permette di scambiare l’energia fotovoltaica prodotta ma non consumata, con un mio pari, che contestualmente la utilizza, evitandone l’acquisto dalla rete, determinando una opportunità decisamente interessante se consideriamo l’accredito di un incentivo aggiuntivo  di 10/11 c€ per kWh. interscambiato. 

17/2020 – Gli schemi di Autoconsumo Collettivo e le Comunità dell’Energia – DossieRSE

Le iniziative si stanno susseguendo per rendere sempre più green il parco immobiliare italiano e la piccola generazione elettrica diffusa con la tecnologia Plug & Play risulta determinante in molteplici casistiche.

È il caso del “Condominio Bettisi” a Faenza, dove la One Way Energy di Massimo Berti propone con un approccio innovativo, con il libero arbitrio dei singoli condomini per efficentare le rispettive abitazioni, svincolandosi di fatto dal parere dell’assemblea condominiale, o dall’unicum realizzativo di un impianto fotovoltaico per le parti comuni.

Entrando nel merito esecutivo…

Come spesso capita i lastrici solari condominiali non sono ottimizzati per permettere un armonico sfruttamento dell’energia solare, lo stesso risulta compromesso da infrastrutture di ogni tipo come camini, antenne parabole tiranti che possono ridurre drasticamente la superfice sfruttabile.

Pregiudiziale a qualsiasi intervento, sottolinea “Berti” risulta portare sullo stesso piano reddituale le parti interessate dal massimo irraggiamento solare disponibile, rendendo le singole frazioni d’impianto equivalenti ma proporzionate nella dimensione ai millesimi di proprietà.  “Una forma mentis ancora sconosciuta a molti”

Ogni proprietario al netto delle opere comuni di connessione può decidere in autonomia cosa, come e quando fare il suo impianto fotovoltaico privato, non recando pregiudizi ostativi alle terze parti.

La semplicità di generazione elettrica,  impersonata dal Fotovoltaico plug & play è un valore aggiunto che permette l’autoproduzione di energia elettrica, su soli 2/3 mq. anche al singolo locatario, interessato a contenere i consumi di casa, ma difficilmente in accordo con la proprietà dei muri, sull’investimento da sostenere, che in questo specifico caso risulta non avere voce in capitolo, essendo sostanzialmente una tecnologia equipabile a un elettrodomestico.

Massimo Berti, 16 settembre 2021

n questi mesi si sta concretizzando una piccola rivoluzione!

L’autoproduzione di energia con impianti fotovoltaici è cosa normale ed acquisita

Guarda i link dei video qui sotto riportati

Ma un elettrodomestico che assolva a questo….  È ancora terra di frontiera?  

“Direi proprio di No! La svolta è molto vicina!: https://youtu.be/uBPKuZ2qJVY

E il singolo può essere protagonista:  https://youtu.be/bFS2qIKNBls

Disponibile a qualsiasi ulteriore chiarimento,  al 347 8012727

Invitandola al   www.microfotovoltaico.com   e al canale You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/microfotovoltaico

L’Università degli Studi di Torino sfata i pregiudizi sui microrganismi, perchè virus, batteri, lieviti, funghi e microalghe sono il futuro del nostro Pianeta

Domani, venerdì 17 settembre, Giornata Internazionale dei #Microrganismi, alle ore 11, nell’Auletta 1 dell’Orto Botanico (Viale Mattioli 25), l’Università degli Studi di Torino presenterà alla stampa l’impegno dell’Ateneo nella ricerca sui Microrganismi e i progetti in campo: la biodiversità microbica è una risorsa preziosa per la scienza e per l’industria. Per l’occasione, verrà inaugurata, alle ore 11,45 (con la prima visita guidata), la mostra fotografica Microrganismi straordinari, che rimarrà aperta all’Orto Botanico fino al 31 ottobre.

Interverranno alla conferenza stampa, ore 11:

Maria Lodovica Gullino, Vice-Rettrice dell’Università di Torino per la valorizzazione del patrimonio umano e culturale in Ateneo,

Alessandro Vercelli, Vice-Rettore dell’Università di Torino per la ricerca biomedica,

Marco Pironti, Assessore all’Innovazione e Smart City della Città di Torino,

Luigi Somenzari, Responsabile Area Ricerca e Istruzione Fondazione CRT,

Cristina Varese, docente di Botanica Sistematica al Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi dell’Università di Torino e curatrice della mostra “Microrganismi straordinari”.

La conferenza stampa potrà essere seguita anche online al link https://unito.webex.com/meet/eventiunito
Ricordiamo che, in conformità alla normativa anti Covid, per accedere alla conferenza stampa sarà necessario esibire il #GreenPass.

A Buonvicino sulle vie della seta nel Parco Nazionale del Pollino, per valorizzare la gastronomia, la cultura e l’arte dei percorsi naturalisti e per promuovere un turismo sostenibile

i è conclusa la manifestazione “A Buonvicino sulle vie della seta in compagnia del Duca” organizzata dalla PRO LOCO BUONVICINO, che ha visto la fattiva collaborazione anche del gruppo SEZIONE CAI Verbicaro “Pino Aversa”. Una full immersion nella natura del Sarapoto per gli abiti in fibra naturale dello stilista Giuseppe Cupelli e nel centro storico con gli abiti della stilista Vincenzo Salvino e Maria Rosaria Quintiero.

Ruderi Commaroso

Due shooting fotografici realizzati dalla fotografa Katia Grosso. L’idea ha trovato ispirazione nella riscoperta (o scoperta) della lavorazione della seta e in Ippolito Cavalcanti, duca di Buonvicino famoso gastronomo alla Corte di Borboni. Accompagnati dal gruppo CAI Sezione Verbicaro “Pino Aversa” di Buonvicino – sottolinea la Pro Loco – che ci ha permesso di continuare il percorso fino ai ruderi di Commaroso, strutture cilindriche realizzate in pietre, alte sei-sette metri diventato il set fotografico per le cinque modelle che indossavano gli abiti di Cupelli.

Località Sarapoto

Una bella occasione di valorizzazione per gli appassionati della montagna, della gastronomia, della cultura e dell’arte, dei percorsi naturalisti con l’intento dichiarato anche di favorire un turismo interno, lento, consapevole ed autentico che susciti l’interesse di persone che hanno voglia di ammirare e di scoprire paesaggi e tradizioni.

16 settembre 2021

Paideia Campus – Future Food Institute, docenti e studenti fianco a fianco per portare la Transizione Ecologica nelle scuole

Si è appena conclusa a Pollica, nello splendido Cilento, la 3 giorni del Paideia Campus del Future Food Institute, in cui abbiamo fatto conoscere ed utilizzare i bicchieri smart & green PCUP, start-up in linea alle teorie sulla Terza Rivoluzione Industriale del nostro prof. Jeremy Rifkin.

Sara Roversi, presidente Future Food Institute

Durante questi 3 giorni dirigenti scolastici e studenti si sono ritrovati seduti sui banchi fianco a fianco per portare la #transizione #ecologica nelle #scuole.

Il Paideia Campus si inserisce all’interno della settimana di studio Food and Climate Shapers Boot Camp, il percorso di formazione di Future Food Institute e FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations dedicato ai temi della #Dieta #Mediterranea e della rigenerazione ecologica integrale per formare giovani attivisti del clima, con gli importanti contributi della European Commission e dell’UNESCO.

Media partners Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana e Rinnovabili.it

Transizione ecologica, sostenibilità, cura e salvaguardia del pianeta sono principi che PCUP e il Future Food Institute condividono. E’ su questi fondamenti che è nata e si è sviluppata la nostra partnership. Questa edizione del boot camp è stata più #green e #sostenibile anche grazie a questi bicchieri riutilizzabili.

Un grande ringraziamento a tutti gli studenti e professori che hanno apprezzato tantissimo una soluzione innovativa totalmente #plasticfree!

#BCPollica21 #ClimateShaper #future #food #formazione #verde

Canale YouTube del Future Food Institute >>> https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureFoodInstitute

AMBIENTE NEWS – NUMERO 122

Mappa aggiornata dei punti vendita NOCAP

L’inchiesta della TV tedesca ProSieben si conclude nell’azienda Prima Bio della rete NoCap dove hanno avuto modo di verificare e raccontare tutti i passaggi biologici ed etici della trasformazione e dell’etichettatura.Il noto conduttore tv Stefan Gödde è rimasto molto colpito dall’esperienza di poter vedere passaggio dopo passaggio cosa si cela dietro prodotti che stanno avendo una sempre più grande diffusione in Germania, dovuta ad all’importazione della nostra sana dieta Mediterranea.

Il consumo critico e consapevole è tematica centrale in Germania, come la tutela dell’ambiente, e queste sono buone pratiche per le quali anche il Bel Paese può e deve migliorare.

Dove potete trovare i prodotti NoCap: Mappa punti vendita NoCap – Google My Maps

PeopleBeforeProfits #stopracism2021 #no #caporalato #biologico #bioetica #NoCap #RacismIsAVirus #pomodoro#filieracorta #filieracontrollata #agroalimentare

Borghi del Respiro, presentato il riconoscimento del Borgo di Civitaretenga per un turismo sostenibile

L’iniziativa è nata per promuovere il turismo legato alla salute e alla salubrità dell’area nei piccoli borghi incontaminati. Questo borgo di Civitaretenga  ha superato una selezione da parte del comitato scientifico composto dai rappresentanti di cinque enti nazionali: ISPRA – Istituto superiore per la protezione e la ricerca ambientale, CREA – Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria, Associazione Italiana Pneumologi Ospedalieri, Associazione Italiana Pazienti Bpco Onlus e Organizzazione Internazionale del Turismo Sociale. 

Sono intervenuti, oltre al sindaco Paolo Federico, la Coordinatrice del Comitato Francesca MarinangeliLuciano Morini presidente associazione nazionale “Borghi del Respiro” con il consigliere Massimo Alesii, il pneumologo di Aipo-Its, Roberto Tazza e Loretta Pace botanica aerobiologo Mesva dell’Università degli studi dell’Aquila.

Consigliamo la visione la registrazione della cerimonia a questo link:

TURISMO : BORGHI DEL RESPIRO; PRESENTATO IL RICONOSCIMENTO DEL BORGO DI CIVITARETENGA _ AQ – ManuWebTv.it

A moderare l’incontro Massimiliano D’Innocenzo, presidente del Consorzio per la Tutela dello Zafferano dell’Aquila DOP, mentre le conclusioni sono state affidate a Roberto Santangelo, vice presidente del Consiglio regionale d’Abruzzo.

Per approfondimenti: Civitaretenga (AQ) inserita nel circuito dei ”Borghi del respiro” (news-town.it)

Trasmissione della IV edizione del Premio Sole, Vento e Mare di Marevivo Onlus sull’Isola di Salina nell’Arcipelago delle Eolie

Da anni Marevivo Onlus lavora per una transizione energetica, perché il mare è la prima vittima dei cambiamenti climatici, causa di riscaldamento e acidificazione delle sue acque. È necessario sviluppare una rete sempre più diffusa di produzione di energia pulita e rinnovabile, coinvolgendo le comunità di persone consapevoli: è l’unico futuro possibile!

A questo scopo Marevivo porta avanti il progetto Sole, Vento e Mare: energie rinnovabili nelle Isole minori e nelle Aree Marine Protette nella #TransizioneEcologica, per promuovere e premiare progetti innovativi di produzione energetica da fonti rinnovabili ed altre tecnologie sostenibili per le isole minori e le aree marine protette.

In video la trasmissione della IV edizione del Premio Sole, Vento e Mare con premiazione di Marevivo Onlus sull’Isola di Salina nell’Arcipelago delle Eolie al nostro socio onorario prof. Livio de Santoli insieme ad altri illustri personaggi della tutela ambientale: marevivo.it/blue-news/in-diretta-da-salina-la-iv-edizione-del-premio-sole-vento-e-mare-2021/

10/11 settembre 2021

Testo completo ed immagini delle premiazioni: I vincitori del Premio Internazionale Marevivo “Sole, Vento e Mare” 2021 – Marevivo

1.5 stay alive! A cry from Paris (by John Vidal from The Guardian)

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John Vidal

John Vidal, environment Editor of the Guardian reports from Paris at a crucial time when the negociating teams are deciding weather they have an agreement or not. For all those who  want to be informed of what is really going on in Paris, especially with regards to the “money issue” (how to fund the poorer countries in order to fight climat change)  we reccommend careful reading of this report and its attachments.

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John Vidal, Environment Editor – The Guardian

It is crunch time in the UN climate talks in Paris. We had the diplomats wrangling last week but now the politicians have taken up the baton and with only the next day and a half to go, countries are going to have to make their mind up what they want and what they are prepared to sacrifice.

On Wednesday afternoon the French hosts published a draft of the final negotiating text. It’s a bit shorter, there are many fewer brackets (points of disagreement that are still unresolved), but all the core sticking points remain unresolved. Last night the countries met in plenary to give their reactions, and today there will have to be movement if there is to be a deal.

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Night during the day: Chinese pollution yesterday whil Paris talks

The good news, especially for poor countries, is that the new text now includes the figure of 1.5C as one of three options for a target rise in temperatures (this piece by my colleague Adam Vaughan explains what impacts are likely to be associated with each extra degree of rise). The other options of “2C” and “under 2” are still there but it does suggest that the pressure put on countries by development groups, churches, the media and others to be ambitious has paid off. Its another matter whether that is the final figure agreed.

Finance to help poorer countries to adapt to climate change will be a major issue and the text recognises the $100bn figure promised by 2020, but indicates that this is just a starting point. Although no ongoing figure is given.

Equally, the thorny issue of loss and damage (what some poor countries see as compensation for climate impacts) is in the text but with no new language around it. That probably means that no-one is prepared to compromise yet.

As I write this around 400 people from environment and development groups are inside the centre demonstrating that they want countries to be ambitious. The cry is “1.5 to stay alive.”

The next 24 hours will decide if there is to be a deal. There will have to be compromises made but by lunchtime we should have the bones of a final agreement. Then there will be long plenary sessions, possibly another text, and a deal possibly on Friday night or Saturday morning.

It could all go wrong but the mood here is positive. Whether they can now find a way through the labyrinth of alternatives and brackets is another matter.

John Vidal, environment editor, The Guardian

Thursday reading list:

March towards a green future like terminator, says Arnold Schwarzenegger

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John Vidal – Is the COP 21 lifting off?!?

COP 212: Paris talks at a stand still.

Well it does not seem that the people who have responsibilities for the world are aware of the huge responsibilitiy tothe human species they bear. At the moment it looks like they are just play around and enjoying the “Ville Lumiere. leonor Taylor, political correspondant of The Guardian Australia tells us everything about the first week of the COP 21 in Paris.

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On Day 2 most of the 150 world leaders who had spoken to the summit on Monday had gone home, the motorcades were thinning out and the grinding process of actually negotiating the agreement began.

US president Barack Obama was still around though and at a press conferencehe confirmed the US was happy for one critical part of the deal to be legally binding – the need for each country’s reduction target to be periodically reviewed.

The US can’t agree to the whole deal being legally binding because it would be virtually impossible to get it through the Republican-controlled Congress, but the president’s remarks are important because the targets now on the table would at best hold warming to 2.7C – which would still unleash catastrophic climate impacts on low-lying islands and poor countries. Regular reviews hold open the hope that countries do more over time.

Obama also met leaders of some of the low lying island states, recognising the extreme threat they face from global warming. I wrote about that meeting.

The Australian environment minister Greg Hunt was challenged about why he had approved a coal mega-mine proposed by Indian company Adani in Australia with a production so huge the coal mined would create annual emissions greater than New York City. He came up with a whole new “rationale” – that it wasn’t Australia’s mine and Australia wasn’t a “neo-colonialist” power telling poor countries what to do. Yesterday he downplayed suggestions that the developing countries would be able to amend the purpose of the agreement to keep global warming under 1.5C (a harder goal than the current 2C).

Negotiators are saying the initial talks are “bumpy” with deep disagreement over thousands of points. Their job is to hone down the 50-plus page document before handing the running of the talks to the French presidency on the weekend for the final, critical week.

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Here’s today’s reading list, with a few extra long reads for the weekend

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Weekend reading

Lenore Taylor,

political editor, Guardian Australia

Byron McCormick’s updates on hydrogen cars: more the present than the future!

The Third Industrial Revolution, Like Moore’s Law, Is a Guide to the Future

As an informed reader of The WorldPost, if you viewed Jeremy Rifkin’s articles on the “Third Industrial Revolution,” you may have read seriously and given some thought to the premises and projections for a few moments. You may have just skimmed. You may have thought, “Interesting, but just another projection of the future that’s jamming the Internet and talk television.” Or, “So what, another prophet is reading the tea leaves to predict the future.”

Whatever your initial thoughts, you then got on with your life, worrying about the kids, planning your day, going to work, taking care of all manner of today things. If you run a business, you went on worrying about cash flow, keeping customers happy and employees engaged and on track — and if there was time, planning prudently to invest and build for the future. If you are in government, you were swamped with meetings and generally trying to get things done through the myriad of mazes that is government bureaucracy.

So, the question is, the Third Industrial Revolution … so what!?

The “so what” of it is that this is only the third time in human history when there has been a confluence of radically more capable technologies in energy, propulsion andcommunications, enabling not only new, but revolutionary new forms of human endeavor, new products serving peoples’ needs and desires, new businesses and new social models. When enabling fundamentals such as the five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution converge, ideas spawn and connect. People experiSOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLEment. New ideas breed even newer and better ideas. Things reorganize. The world changes.

The last time such a major confluence of enablers happened is called the Industrial Revolution in textbooks. But, in truth, it was one of only two such events in the history of mankind. Each changed human history fundamentally and irreversibly.

The initial result of this last event is that a small island off the coast of Europe transformed itself into the British Empire, a global colossus that turned much of the world into suppliers of raw materials needed to feed the massive industrial engine of the Empire. English became a necessary form of communication, and the framework of today’s global education structure was created to supply capable workers to keep the global enterprise running efficiently. We are all today now living in the evolved form of that revolution.

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Smoke streams from the chimneys of a coal-fired power station in Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

The “so what” message, then, is that there are massive winners and losers in this process. Nations rose. Nations fell. Economies prospered. Economies went bankrupt. Businesses were created. Businesses failed. Workers thrived. Workers were displaced. Fortunes were made. Fortunes were lost. And the Luddite movement, which protested, sabotaged looms and gears and set fires in factories, was squashed by the inevitability of the creative construct. Stop it in one place and it springs up somewhere else in a new and more capable form. Such is the power of the fundamental, enabling, synergistic ideas, technologies, products, businesses and social constructs that the world was forever changed.

I think we would all agree that it’s been for the better, even though there are undeniable and serious problems and externalities that need our most urgent attention. Yet, I suspect that most of us would rather stay in this time and place than go back to a past time of incredible scarcity and shorter lifespans.

In that historical context, the Third Industrial Revolution concept and understandings are then potentially vitally important.

The synergistic effect of Rifkin’s five pillars and the multiplicative power of their combined capabilities and virtues enables solutions to the most pressing deficiencies of the current world, which is based on the Second Industrial Revolution, like pollution, climate change and global distribution of wealth. The Third Industrial Revolution is a natural and healthy way to address these critical problems without needing to resort to artificial mandates and penalties-based approaches, which, no matter how carefully conceived, always bring manifold and often serious unintended consequences.

It is far better and more efficient to work to enable the Third Industrial Revolution, which is eventually and inevitably going to happen anyway.

As Les Shephard of the University of Texas, San Antonio wrote in a recent email to me, “It seems Rifkin’s message has become a beacon for many in the developed world and a source of hope for those from emerging nations.”

‘Rifkin’s message has become a beacon for many in the developed world and a source of hope for those from emerging nations.’

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Jeremy Rifkin

If this is true, then how should we think about the Third Industrial Revolution? What is it really?

A good analogy for the Third Industrial Revolution is to think of it as an all-encompassing “Moore’s Law” for energy, power, communications and major social constructs. “Moore’s Law” is a well-known projection by Gordon Moore of Intel that described the future frenetic progress of integrated circuits, their size, capability and cost. It is based on a fundamental understanding that the path to those things would be determined by continued reductions in the wavelength of light used in the photolithographic processes and the normal learning processes from experience and volume manufacturing, aided by inevitable human creativity and ingenuity. Smaller feature sizes. Smaller devices. Chips with millions of devices. Faster computers. Faster data rates. Massive memories.

Moore’s Law is at once a vision of the future — millions of devices on a chip, higher speed, more capability — as well as an important guideline on the path to that end. The critical piece of learning from this analogy, however, is that those that understood and consistently acted on the many implications of this seemingly simple statement have prospered. They grasped the opportunity. Like Intel, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, Uber, Kahn Academy, Alibaba and so many others. Computers are everywhere.

Bandwidth, powerful software, Internet, communications, personal power, the “Internet of Things.” Those that missed or did not think through the broader implications failed. Here are a few examples: RCA, the then dominant global electronics giant, which made modern integrated circuits for the government, chose, for internal reasons, to wait until it was too late to catch the semiconductor pioneers. RCA is now, at best, a second-rate brand name only. Then there’s Kodak, with an enabling tech base, big money at its disposal and formidable patent portfolio, which has basically gone away, dissolved by choosing to make its profits and invest in film for far too long. (“Mama, Moore’s Law done took your Kodachrome away.”) And IBM, the globally dominant computer company, which invented the basic architecture of the modern personal computer, euphemistically known as “Wintel,” chose not to build on the opportunity, instead focusing on defending its mainframe computer business. That choice, in turn, opened the door for Intel and Microsoft to become the dominant enterprises they have become. Other examples abound.

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Android smartwatches on display in San Francisco, California. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

So, is the Third Industrial Revolution really a Moore’s Law?

Those of us who have been involved with helping create some of the technologies, products and businesses embodied in Rifkin’s five pillars think it is. And, by working with and applying its synthesis deeply and in detail, we become convinced it is. The Third Industrial Revolution is based solidly on observations of what is and what is now emerging. For example, solar cells are following their own Moore’s Law trajectory. They are now at parity with and soon will be cheaper than conventional power generation. It’s happening globally today. China installed almost as much solar capacity in 2014 than is currently in place in the total U.S.

For my part, in the automotive industry, antilock brakes led to stability control, and electric power steering and advanced sensors led to “active safety” and automatic parking. Internet connectivity will soon enable driverless cars, which inevitably will be connected with Uber-type business constructs.

When our General Motors team created EV1, we knew from basic physics that an electric drive was a better way to propel vehicles. The protests and movies when EV1 was shut down poignantly proved its popularity. Next generation, on-board electric power and energy-storage systems that we and others had under development at that time are now entering the marketplace. Today, those lithium batteries and hydrogen fuel cells are powering electric cars being introduced by numerous automotive companies. During the run up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche and Jaguar Land Rover announced or showed new electric vehicles and/or vehicle architectures that enable several electric propulsion variations all from the same modular architecture.

China announced a 50 billion yuan ($7.85 billion) development this year for electric and highly electrified cars. Additionally, China’s production of such vehicles is expanding rapidly, threatening to surpass the United States. Meanwhile, Toyotaannounced a new plug-in hybrid Prius with 30 miles of pure electric range, in addition to its revolutionary Mirai fuel cell automobile.

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Red Saturn EV1, parked at a gas station. (John B. Carnett/Bonnier Corp. via Getty Images)

The electrification of the automobile is in full swing, including Formula 1 race cars being hybridized, not only because of mandates, but because the products are better, more responsive, more efficient, quieter and, like Teslas, just plain more fun.

Some EV’s are being fueled by solar today. More will be tomorrow as more solar is installed.

Without a doubt, renewable wind and solar energy will create electricity and electrolyze water to form the electricity-hydrogen complimentary energy carrier set, which will fuel our vehicles and allow us to store our renewable energy. It is happening today. And, with something on the order of 100 KW of power electronics, energy storage and power capability in every car, how long before cars that are parked over 90 percent of the time will be plugged into and become part of a new Web-enabled distributed energy network and energy-price arbitrage network?

So, relative to the Third Industrial Revolution construct, it delineates both an end point and guidelines to the future, based on today’s observed realities. It is the foundation on which the next phase of our collective human future will be built. How quickly and well that future is built matters to our kids and grandkids and those of future generations unborn.

How quickly and well this future is built matters to our kids and grandkids and those of future generations unborn.

 There is little doubt that it will happen. It is happening today. It is built on the ongoing results of ideas turned into products and businesses by the sustained effort of millions of our fellow humans worldwide, combined with the investment of billions of dollars.

But, we must recognize that the next stage of the rollout will not be smooth or easy. It will be messy and confusingly people-centric, with our today-focused pressures and preoccupations, prejudices, fears and the all too human foibles.

Make no mistake. There will be winners. There will be losers. Nations will prosper. Nations will stumble. Companies will arise. Companies will disappear. People who develop the requisite skills through luck or educational opportunity or personal drive will prosper. Those without will struggle.

Looking back on the last industrial revolution or the recent computer/semiconductor/software/Internet revolution, it all appears deterministic in hindsight. Clearly this was all enabled and foretold, and only a fool would have missed it, at least as books and magazines present it.

But, in fact, it was generally chaotic. It was created by those with an idea and passion here, a risk taken there, a decision taken to commit to, protect and grow the disruptor in spite of the ever-present inertia and bureaucratic obstacles, emotional objections and protection of what currently is. The Internet of Things was created by people who internalized the basic understandings of what was happening through Moore’s Law and acted on it. Opportunities were missed by those who didn’t see the storyline, chose to ignore the all-too-clear message, chose the path of obstructionism, or were not, owing to various circumstances, able to participate.

So, with that in mind, we are presenting this conversation on the Third Industrial Revolution for your consideration in the hopes that as a Moore’s Law-like guideline, it will aid you personally, your family, your organization, your nation, your region and, as a result, mankind in general, to understand, align activities, seize opportunities and together, piece by piece, create a far better, more prosperous, sustainable, healthy and more equitable society and future for all of us.

As Sheikh Zaki Yamani, a Saudi oil minister for more than two decades, once said, “The stone age didn’t end for lack of stone.”

And, as Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

The Third Industrial Revolution is now upon us. What we make of it will be our legacy.

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Courtesy of the Huffington Post

Original link here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/j-byron-mccormick/third-industrial-revolution-moores-law_b_8537990.html

Paris Talks on COP 21, day two. A report from John Vidal.

John VidalJohn Vidal Environment reporter for the Guardian, is in Paris and sends his reports on what’s going on from a particular perspective, that of the Newspaper who started the “Keep it in the Ground” campaign to leave oil and fossil fuels where they are.

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I’m out in Paris as part of the team of Guardian correspondents covering the UN climate talks. Yesterday was the big set piece day for speeches by heads of state and government. They were meant to stick to 3 minutes each but of course many spoke for much longer and the speeches carried on well after dark. Barack Obama said the fact the talks were going ahead was an “act of defiance” following the terrorist attacks 2 weeks ago.

 

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Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff at Paris climate conference in Le Bourget

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, implored countries to come to a deal: “Please, let’s meet on the middle ground, show some flexibility and sense of compromise for the common good. We can’t go on like this. We can’t waste any further time.”

I spent the first two days talking to the heads of the most important developing country negotiating groups and I must say they have rather more faith than I do that they will get a deal. Now that the leaders have jetted out, there are only three days of negotiations left before the politicians COP212arrive and, boy, there are mountains to climb over cuts, long term goals, finance, equity, and the principle that the rich countries should act first and dig deeper because they are responsible for the historical emissions. My feeling now is that there will be a monster collision and rows in a few days time, but then all parties will come to their senses and realise that everyone has to compromise. It will be painful, but it’s the only chance of success.

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John Vidal
Environment Editor

Here’s today’s reading list:

 

 

THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITIES TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL INJUSTICE. INTERVIEW WITH ANGELO CONSOLI ON THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.

Hyperboling is one of my favourite sports. But when it comes to climate, I don’t like playing with fire, nor water. This is the last call. Theupcoming COP 21 United Nations Climate Conference in Paris is by no means the only opportunity left to our decision makers to give human life still a chance on this planet. But it’s not only about them. Personal, daily decisions about our lifestyle play an equally important role. Please, at least turn off the car engine when reading this article.

World’s decision makers, among other things, are called upon to decide how to counter the rise in earth’s temperature that is radically changing the way water is distributed around the globe. We are already witnessing bizarre weather events everywhere, and this is just the beginning. The failure of Copenhagen talks in 2009 for stronger commitments in this respect, together with the renewed expressions of idiocy of dirty energy companies against renewables are only making it more difficult to find a solution.

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I am talking first to those who are planning to have a family, raise children, make plans for the future and are not yet aware. Each and every one of us should know what is going on. Scientists tell us since a while that human economic activities in their current form areadversely affecting the biosphere. And it happens that the human life takes place here, in the biosphere. Projections are clear: if we do not reduce carbon emissions and take a radical departure towards a post-carbon era, half of Earth’s species will be extinguished by the end of the current century, humans included.

If you still think that I’m over-exaggerating, consider what James Hansen, the former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Spece Studies, forecasts: a rise in the Earth’s temperature of 4 degrees Celsius between now and the turn of the century, meaning the end of human civilization. Oh, you’ve finally turned off the car engine, thank you.

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For those who do not care about the future, nor human life in general: cool maynes, but your nihilist stance will be affected by the prospects of a Third Industrial Revolution that will take place soon. Actually, it has already started, with the active involvement of ordinary citizensaround the world. Yes, human life still has a chance on this Earth, based on what American economist and social scientist Jeremy Rifkin calls the emerging political consciousness of the biosphere.

The Third Industrial Revolution is entirely based on new technological developments applied to the sharing economy model. It’s better if this revolutionary change takes place with rather than without you, of course. It’s up to you to decide if you want to joins forces and accelerate the shift or just play the inertial mass’ role in the whole process.

Forget the Green Economy – Change Paradigm

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The gradual emergence of a highly unequal society goes hand in hand with the devastation of the natural environment. These phenomena aremanifestations of the same problem: a faith in the so-called ‘progress’ as we’ve come to know it. Since the Second Industrial Revolution, our life depends on the extensive use of fossil fuels and theover-exploitation of land, water and air.

Recent attempts toward sustainability were mainly blabla that brought no change at all. Indeed, we are observing now thecommodification of natural resources and the ever greater concentration of the economic power in the hands of a few. The Green Economy was just a cosmetic change that paved the way to the extension of the existing (failed) markets for carbon and environnmental services to agriculture and water. We keep on using the tools of the same model that caused this socio-economic disaster.

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Dear Prosumers, Welcome to the Third Industrial Revolution

The Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) is based on the idea of adistributed energy deriving from renewable sources. Unlike fossil fuels and uranium for nuclear power, the sun and the wind are free. This means that after the fixed costs for the renewable infrastructure are paid back, the marginal cost of producing green energy is near zero. In some regions of Europe and America, solar and wind energy is already as cheap, or cheaper, than fossil fuel or nuclear generated energy. The TRI implies that developing countries could leap-frog from the pre-industrial age to the Third Industrial Revolution. China has already embraced this new approach.

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The TIR involves a radical shift from a consumer toward a prosumerperspective: we will be able to produce energy at home and exchange the surplus of green electricity on the national/ global market thanks to the smart grid. In Germany, where green energy is among the most innovative and successful sectors worldwide, a democratised use of solar and wind energy is already taking place. Indeed, the majority of the green electricity powering is being generated by small players in electricity cooperatives. In the TIR perspective, this democratisation will also apply to the Information and the Logistic & Transportsectors.

Angelo Consoli: Together they will constitute the Internet of Things. The Internet of Energy, the Internet of Information and the Internet of Logistics and Transport – with digital manufactoring, 3D printing and satellite driven clean vehicles – are now converging in an Internet of Things platform that, if properly planned, will create millions of Jobs for the next 40/50 years. This is the core of Digital Agenda as we explained it to President Juncker back in September.

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So the EU is at the forefront in developing plans for digitalisation. At the same time, it still provides funding for fossil fuels extraction and distribution activities. Lobbies, right?

A. C.: Yes. The fossil lobbies are still very very very powerful and manipolative in Brussels. But still less than in Washington, may I add.

Various stages are envisaged in TIR towards establishing the Energy Community: where are we at in Italy?

A. C.: Italy is struggling because it has a very fast forward civil and economic society, and a very backwards political leadership. Let’s look at renewable energies: while Germany has virtually no bureacreacy to install them, in Italy there are very heavy bureacratic procedures, taxation, and continuosly changing legal framework, while instead fossil fuels are heavily subsidized and put in fast lane with special urgent legislation. That is the opposite of what Europe recommends in its 2020 Strategy that I have contributed to draft and pass in 2007. Let’s take another example, waste policies: while Europe reccommends the three R policy (Reduction-Reuse-Recycle), and is now even planning a Circular Economy Directive, Italy is puttingincinerators in fast lane. Again, the opposite of the European virtuous cycles.

Instead, in the French Nord Pas de Calais region TIR plans are already at an advanced stage. During a 4-day workshop in June 2013 with some 50 experts of the Jeremy Rifkin TIR scientific team and the local authorities, a work plan has been set up according to Rifkin’s TIR vision (renewable energies, hidrogen storage, positive energy buildings, smart grids, Zero Emission transports). That later became a TIR Master Planpresented in Lille in October 2013.
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A C : the Master Plan foresees full decarbonization of the region by 2050, reducing energy intensity by 2/3 and covering the remaining part with distributed renewable energies. It also foresees a transition from a linear to a circular economy, from mechanical to digital manufacturing and original funding schemes that include crowdfunding and TIR special savings schemes. The secret fo this outstanding success is that the region has created a special unit that coordinates and leads all operations related to the social, economic and political transition to a post carbon TIR future.

The TIR implies a radical structural change in the world’s economy. How fossil fuel companies could adjust – and facilitate – this shifting? Is there a place for them in the new era?

A C : There will be place for all industries, in the TIR future. Telecommunications, utilities, logistics, constructions, services, culture. The only industry I can really not find a place for is the fossile industry.

Angelo Consoli is the European Director at The Office of Jeremy Rifkin and President of the Third Industrial Revolution European Society” CETRI-TIRES.

Federica Morelli

Researcher & translator based in Brussels. An inquiring mind and aspiring reporter with a soft spot for music and visual arts. Italian mothertongue, but I dream in French.
Writing for ROOSTERGNN on governance issues.
This article appears by courtesy of the  Global News Network and the original of it can be found at this web page: http://rgnn.org/2015/11/12/the-third-industrial-revolution-interview-with-angelo-consoli/

JEREMY RIFKIN IN CHINA: “OUT OF THE CRISIS WITH THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

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This chinese statement means: ” Jeremy Rifkin’s  Third Industrial Revolution arrives in China and speeds up the Country’s transition towards a sustainable, empathic, digital and sharing future”.

This is breaking newsfrom the Huffington Post today.

Jeremy Rifkin meeting with the Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in Beijing to discuss how China can be a global leader in the transition toward a Third Industrial Revolution sustainable paradigm.

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Premier Li Embraces the Third Industrial Revolution in China
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The Huffington Post reports today from Beijing that “Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin’s book, The Third Industrial Revolution, and taken it to heart. He and his colleagues have also made it the core of the country’s thirteenth Five-Year Plan announced in Beijing on October, 29th.”
 
The Huffington Post goes on to say that “this blueprint for China’s future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and the advent of Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening up in 1978.”
 
There are currently 500,000 copies of Mr. Rifkin’s book, The Third Industrial Revolution, in print and 100,000 copies of his new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, in print in China.

 

China’s New Five-Year Plan Embraces the Third Industrial Revolution

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EUROPE OF THE CITIZENS OR EUROPE OF THE LOBBIES?

The recent decision of the European Commission to raise the emission limits for the EURO 6  diesel engines so that the not complying motors can become legal and the Volkswagen (and others) infringment miraculously healed, draws attention on how powerful are the corporate lobbies in Brussels. The Commission was questioned today by journalists in the Berlaymont press room and frankly it got really ugly when, in front of  journalists asking direct questions the Commission spokesmen appeared uncapable of offering any sensible answer and kept  dodging the questions, sputtering, mumbling and stuttering, repeating unconvincing and unbelieveable explainations that destroy the residual credibility of an already largely discredited institution.

At this link the full press conference can be watched.

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I111322

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Renzo Consoli, ASKA NEws reporter in Brussels, questioning the European Commission on Euro 6 fiasco.

This facebook page contains a very meaningful moment  in which the Commission was under accusation for violating their own rule:

https://www.facebook.com/angelo.consoli.77/videos/vb.631397409/10153657262582410/?type=2&theater

 

In order to understand what is going on in Brussels and how corporate special interests and lobbyists are taking over the European troublesome legislative function, it is necessary to read this contribution by anti corporate expert and activist Federica Morelli.

 

Do you ask yourself about the state of democracy in the European Union? Do you like austerity? Does it appears to be unjust and unsustainable to you to pay for private losses with public cuts? What about environmental legislation failing to prevent the Wolkswagen emissions’ scandal? Or the threat of having GMOs massively imported or even produced in Europe? If you are still ignoring the heavy influence of corporate power in EU decision-making process, this article is written for you.

This is a story about the power of lobbies in today’s EU. Have you ever been in Brussels? I live there. I live in the city of beer, chocolate and … lobbies. Private companies operating in virtually any economic sector have their office set up in Brussels. Being operational at a walking distance from EU institutions is a must for big business. Their main goal is to make sure that corporate priorities drive the EU political agenda.

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The EU quarter is packed with offices of trade associations and ‘public relations’ firms channelling their financial and political resources into the corporate agenda. Corporations use to organize themselves in interest groups: they merge their efforts to lobby more effectively on European institutions and shape EU legislation. Their work goes far beyond mere marketing and advertising activities. The private sector is omnipresent in the shaping of EU legislation at all levels. Most of the time, this results in a weakening of policies conceived as a safeguard for public interest.

This is how it works. The European Commission [the EC] works in close connection with the so called “stakeholders” to shape legislation that heavily affects our lives. What’s the problem with this? Well, this would not be a problem at all if most of these “stakeholders” weren’t representing private sector interests at the detriment of the public interest. Private interests are not intended to protect human health and environment. Quite the opposite. They merely follow economic goals. A good corporate lobbyist usually works to prevent stricter regulations negatively affecting his/her company’s overall profits. And if thousands of people took to the streets to call upon a new, stricter regulation to protect climate – then that regulation should never come to light in a way that endangers business as usual.

Brussels has the highest concentration of lobbyists in the world after Washington D.C. We don’t know precisely about how many soldiers are fighting in the European capital for the corporate army. Estimates vary between 15,000 and 30,000 lobbyists attempting to influence the Brussels institutions. The daily activities of lobbyists include meeting officials and politicians, organising events inside and outside EU buildings, circulating briefings and securing the right media coverage of their issue.

Following huge pressure from pro-transparency groups such as Corporate Europe Observatory and Alter-EU, the EC made some attempts to regulate this sector and shed some light on lobbying activities. However, this is a quite recent phase and there is still little progress on this issue. For the moment, all we have is a voluntaryTransparency Register deeply flawed in that is not legally binding and contains too much missing, inaccurate or misleading information.

Corporate lobbyists sit in the advisory groups as ‘experts’ to influence the earliest stages of decision making. Among the ‘stakeholders’ consulted by the EC, the private sector is largely over-represented.More than two thirds of these advocates represent private sector interests. So it happens that oil and gas majors’ lobbyists or car industry lobbyists sit in the advisory groups as ‘experts’ to help draft new environmental legislation or amend existing one. They have more financial resources, more visibility and a stronger voice compared to public interest groups such as green and human rights organisations.

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With the emerging role of the European Parliament as co-legislator, lobbying activities are targeting MEPs in a more aggressive way compared to what happened a few years ago. MEPs are invited to dinner or cocktail parties, asked to join a cross-party group funded by corporations in order to build personal, trustful relationships. The private sector also invites MEPs to paid travels and visits worldwide to help promote their case further. The more lobbies work on thesepolitical networks with key actors in decision making, the more they can boost their chances for bigger profits. And the cash-for-amendment scandal teaches us about the never-ending downward spiral in dubious lobbying activities.

Are you interested in working in the EU environment? Or you came to think that the European Union is just crap because of its activities clashing with your needs and hopes? Remember: there is a battle going on in Brussels for lobbying transparency. Time is ripe to regulate the overwhelming corporate power in Europe. Do you fancy defending the public interest?

 

Courtesy by Global News Network

THE SOLAR 3D PRINTER. Democratization of manufactoring and energy at the same time. This Saturday ate the Rome Makers Faire.

12048779_10208144134308049_584330074_nOn Saturday 17th of October 2015, Jeremy Rifkin’s dream is coming true in Rome at the European Makers Faire.

Professor Livio de Santoli’s research center Citera and  CETRI-TIRES have developed  a solar 3D printer with the assistance of renewable energy company Enerworks  and of the Roman co-working fab lab ROMA MAKERS.

 

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Roma Makers’ Silvio Tassinari

The project will be introduced by a video message from Jeremy Rifkin and represents the first phase towards a final step which is the perfectly stand alone hydrogen powered solar 3D printer.

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Solarizing the digital manufactoring. Rolando and Edoardo Roberto from Enerworks

That will bring the wonders of the digital manufactoring  to the remote areas of the world from under developed Africa to  the Peruvian Amazon, allowing them to leap frog from under-development to the inclusive, empatic, sharing, sustainable Third Industrial Revolution.

Digital manufactoring (or as Jeremy Rifkin calls it “infofacturing”) is all the more important in the under developped world because it is a factor of fast development at very low marginal cost and delivers consumers goods and items that are not available in those areas because they are too expensive to make under the financial and technical conditions of the very high marginal cost fossil second industrial revolution.

Indeed,  if 3D printing for western consumers and producers is just a way to shift from one way to produce to another (less expensive and smaller scale one), for Africans, South-East Asians or Amazonians, it is the only way to make and have those consumer goods.

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The TRI LED Lantern

The first application of the solar 3D printer in the Peruvian Amazon will be the production of the plastic body of the  TRI Led Lantern, that will spinn the local economy and bring light and energy to remote rural forestry areas.  The TRI LED Lantern allows Amazon kids to study at night when there is no sun light anymore, and allows them to acquire the cultural capacity to become “guardians of our biosphere”.

So the solar 3D printer is much much more than  a technological breaktrough. It is the democratization of energy and manufactoring together. According to the vision of Jeremy Rifkin.

If you are attending the Rome Makers Faire in the coming week-end don’t miss the opportunity to participate to the presentation of the Solar 3D printer.

Download and print the following invitation to  have free access to the Maker Faire on the Conference day.

The Third Industrial revolution is speeding up. Be an actor of it, not a spectator!

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DON’T HIDE FROM THE SUN! Sweeping away anti solar mythology.

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Ever heard how scientists estimate that more than enough solar energy strikes the earth every hour to power our whole society for an entire year?

Yep, that’s right: every hour.

CETRI TIRES is proud to offer you this free ebook, (courtesy of the Climate Reality project) that will help you set the record straight in all the social media about:

  • How solar power affects our economies
  • Real causes of climate change
  • Reliability of solar energy
  • False solutions to climate change
  • And more

Yet despite this fact, many people debate – or simply don’t understand – the tremendous benefits of solar power and other renewable energies. That’s why we put together the ebook, Top Solar Energy Myths, where we debunk some of the most common misconceptions around solar power.

DOWNLOAD YOUR DOCUMENT HERE:
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The Salentinian Television TELERAMA says the thruth on the Greek debt and the Commission led by professor Eric Toussaint

The Editor of the Salenvernaleonetinian TV station  Tele Rama, has made a clear choice of freedom of information and has decided to broadcast the report from Athens made by free lance Italian journalist Giorgio Simonetti telling the public the thruth about how the Greek Debt has been formed and  its illegal carachter. As the International Monetary Fund has unequivocally stated the Greek debt is unsustainable and the agreement reached on monday the 12th in Brussels is not serious because Greece will never be able to pay it back, therefore a debt massive reduction is  strongly reccommended if the EU wants to have a realistic approach to this probelm. The final report of the Commission chaired by professor Toussaint will be issued at the end of the year, while the report presented last June is only the preliminary findings. This report will clearly identufy the proportion of the greek debt that should be cut because it is illegal and immoral, being related to teh bailout of Greek banks involved in losses due to hazardous investments in toxic assests.

toussaint 18 giugnoThe basic assumption of the work performed by the Toussaint Commission (Toussaint also led the Ecuador Commission for the audit of the Ecuador Debt established by President Correa in 2007) is that these losses should not be covered by the Greek State and the Greek people and tax payers because they are private debt, and should be  covered by the private financial institutions that provoked them.

The full  TV program can be viewed at this link:

 

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