Sophia Pickles breaks down the ethical challenges for German industry as it moves towards low-carbon, mineral-intensive tech.
Global Witness calls on the German government to
launch a full inquiry into accounts held in German banks by the Central Asian
dictatorship of Turkmenistan,
because of unanswered questions about what the money was used for.
Last week, Turkmenistan's new President
Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov raised new questions about the role of German banks
when he called for the abolition and audit of ‘the International Fund of
Saparmurat Niyazov'. The Associated Press
reported that the fund, set up in 1993, is ‘managed by German banks'.
In 2022, the chemical giant’s subsidiary Wintershall has piped €14 billion worth of Russian gas across Germany and made €400 million from its Siberian gas and oil fields
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The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new legislation will be discussed in Parliament.
The London-based anti-corruption campaign group, Global Witness, said it has evidence that Teodorin Obiang, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the tiny West African state of Equatorial Guinea, has plans to order a luxury yacht worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a shipyard in northern Germany, says Deutsche Welle - read here.
Note: the image attached to this press release shows Roman Abramovich's Pelorus - understood to have been used as a blueprint for the planned Obiang …
Indigenous peoples and other NGOs are being excluded from key international climate meetings taking place this week that could determine the future of the world's rainforests, say a network of forty environmental and human rights organisations denouncing the lack of transparency and participation in the discussions.
Dear Chairs of the Interim REDD+ Partnership,
The undersigned organisations would like to express their strong objection to the terms on which civil society has been asked, through an invitation received on 7 July 2010, to participate in the upcoming meeting of the Interim REDD+ Partnership to be held on 14-15 July 2010 in Brasilia, Brazil.
Progress towards a meaningful climate deal in 2010 could be significantly undermined if developed countries succeed in their bid to avoid accountability for their emissions from forestry and bioenergy use, according to forest and climate experts from the Ecosystems Climate Alliance (ECA).
WHAT: Forest experts from a coalition of leading environmental groups around the world will hold a press conference to explain the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) and Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) agreements and the role of forests in the climate negotiations process. Presenters will assess where we are now, the direction we're heading as we move toward Copenhagen, and what these agreements will mean for people on the ground. Impacts in Europe and Indonesia will be featured.