Thursday, May 24, 2012

Riot police take of helmets and join anti-austerity march

Global Winnipeg | 20,000 people march at a Frankfurt Occupy protest: German police: "German police officers escort an anti-capitalism protest march with some 20,000 people in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, 2012. Protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe's biggest financial hub in their protest against the dominance of banks and what they perceive to be untamed capitalism, Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis said. The protest group calling itself Blockupy has called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt's business district. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)"

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Palm Oil Even Worse For Deforestation, Emissions Than Thought : TreeHugger

Palm Oil Even Worse For Deforestation, Emissions Than Thought : TreeHugger: "The report says that currently about two-thirds of all forest outside of protected areas is leased to palm oil companies. At the present rate of expansion, by 2020 one-third of that land will be plantation and intact forest will shrink to just 4% of land cover. Yes, 4%. By this time, the study says, 90% of the emissions from palm oil plantations will come from those planted on cleared forest growing in peaty soils."

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Walkability drives Europe´s fastest growing housing market | Post Car(d) Urbanism

Walkability drives Europe´s fastest growing housing market | Post Car(d) Urbanism: "Stockholm is the fastest growing city in Western Europe. What then is so attractive here, except thriving businesses and a healthy environment? A recent big study shows that the housing market is basically driven by walkability."

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Free-Public-Transport Pirate Party Raids Its Fourth State Parliament | Global Spin | TIME.com

More Trouble for Merkel as Pirate Party Raids Its Fourth State Parliament | Global Spin | TIME.com: "Whether established parties were left celebrating or commiserating last night, all will have talked about the Pirates. Campaigning for free public transportation and a basic income guarantee, they managed to attract 30,000 first-time voters, according to research from Infratest dimap/ARD. The Greens could only attract 20,000. And they also coaxed 70,000 non-voters to the polls, compared with 50,000 for the Greens. But Germany’s mainstream parties will be most worried about the direct hits they sustained in NRW. The Pirates marauded voters from all major parties, stealing 60,000 from Merkel’s CDU, 80,000 from the Greens, and 90,000 from the SPD. “Germany’s party system lacks a party that is young, modern, progressive and representative of the 21st century’s Information Society,” says Alexander Hensel, a political scientist who studies the Pirates at Germany’s Goettingen Institute for Democracy Research. “The Greens had this role, but they are too old now.”"

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Prague attracts conventions with free public transport

News - News details: "Prague will put on free transport for congresses with more than 500 delegates - at least 20 per cent from abroad - who spend two nights or more in the city. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Mayor’s Residence to pay tribute to scientists and experts in other fields who have helped to bring conventions to the Czech capital."

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