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UN Urges Brazil and Neighbors to Join Efforts to Save the Amazon

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Brazil's Amazonia The just-released United Nations Environment program (UNEP) shows two sides of the human effect on climate change, with a report revealing hastened degradation of the earth's largest forest zone and the Danish city of Copenhagen becoming the 100th member of a climate-friendly network.

"Our Amazonia is changing at an accelerated rate with very profound modifications in its ecosystems," the eight Amazonian countries declared in the GEO Amazonia report, supported by UNEP and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO).

Despite the development of national programs to manage the region's ecosystems, economic activities, infrastructure construction, and human settlements are still decimating the great rain forest, vital to keeping atmospheric carbon down.

The report says that by 2005, 857,666 square kilometers of the forest had been transformed, reducing vegetation cover by approximately 17%, equal to two-thirds of Peru or 94% of Venezuela.

It recommends that the countries of the area – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela – harmonize their efforts for sustainable utilization of the Amazonian ecosystems.

It also called on them to bolster their environmental institutions, boost their information campaigns, promote the economic value of sustainability and create a monitoring and evaluation system for all policies, programs and projects.

Meanwhile, UNEP announced that Copenhagen, Denmark, which will host the crucial UN Climate Change Conference at the end of the year, has become the 100th member of the Climate Change Network (CN Net).

Launched a year ago, the CN Net brings together a wide range of participants, including countries, cities, major international companies, UN agencies and leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UNEP said.

"One year on, the unfolding financial and environmental crises make the CN Net more relevant than ever before as a showcase of both the promise and viability of the low-carbon development model which goes hand-in-hand with the emerging Green Economy initiatives around the globe," UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said at the agency's annual Governing Council meeting, taking place this week in Nairobi.

UNEP added that Copenhagen, under its vision of becoming a "climate capital of the world," has already cut its CO² emissions by one-fifth since 1990 and has pledged another 20% cut by 2015.

The city will play host to a music and arts festival in September to be run entirely on renewable energy, including a dance party in which stationary bike teams will generate power for the sound system and 'piezoelectricity' created by dancing crowds will light up the dance floor.

In a related development, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said today that experts at a Geneva conference urged the world maritime shipping fleet to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of seaborne vessels, adding that dealing with climate change is a priority that should not be undermined by other concerns such as the current global financial crisis.

Engines of seaborne vessels now contribute between 1.6 and 4.1% of the global output of CO², speakers said at the three-day meeting entitled: "Maritime transport and the climate-change challenge."

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  • Anderson

    God blesses the entire nation
    GOD BLESSES THE WHOLE US.
    IF HE WOULD BLESS PEOPLE ALONE, THE US WOULD NOT BE FIRST IN THE WORLD IN ANYTHING.
    GOD BLESSES AMERICA CENTURY AFTER CENTURY, BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE COUNTRY AND WORSHIPED HIM LONG AGO, AND BECAUSE THEY HAVE PROTECTED THE ISRAELIS.
    TRUST ME ONE DAY HE WILL STOP BLESSING THE NATION, JUST LIKE HE DID TO EDOM, THE NATION SISTER TO ISRAEL, WHICH WAS COMPLETELY ANNIHILATED. WHY??? BECAUSE THEY WERE CRUEL TO ISRAELIS.
    GOD DID BLESS ESAU, AND THE EDOMITES FOR QUITE SOME CENTURIES.
    GOD HAS BLESSED AMERICA, FOR MANY CENTURIES NOW.
    EVEN THOUGH AMERICA IS WAY BELOW 50% TRUE CHRISTIAN.
    LETS HOPE THEY DON’T END UP WITH THE SAME UNHAPPY ENDING.

  • Anderson

    Freddy Mac
    Freddy Mac you talk like America is a green loving country…

    Why should America control the Amazon??
    Arent they the most poluting country in the world??? or second best????

    The only thing the US would do in the Amazon would be to take diamonds, natural gas and other recources!!!

    Do you really think they are doing any good in IRAQ oir AFGAN?? I think not.. why? because they only go into countries rich in natural resources for own use.

    DONT COME IN HERE DEFENDING AMERICA THE NATION OF FREEDOM IF YOU DONT ACTUALLY KNOW WHATS GOING ON INSIDE YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

    THE GOVERNMENT OF THE US KILLS, LIES AND YOU ARE ONLY MAKING ME HATE THE PEOPLE, WHICH ARE INOCENT OF THE PERSUASION THEY HAVE BEEN LED TO.

    TOPIC 2.

    YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW THE REASON WHY GOD BLESSES AMERICA!!! IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BLESSED AND PROTECTED THE PEOPLE OF GOD FOR CENTURIES.

    YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW WHY BRAZIL IS NOT AS BLESSED!!! ITS BECAUSE WE HAVE BLESSED AND PROTECTED ARABIAN/MUSLIM PEOPLE WHICH IS NOT WRONG, BUT WE TURNED OUR BACK TO THE JEWISH.

    EX. IS IN THE 80À‚´S OF WHICH I DONT REMEMBER VERY WELL, BUT ONE OF OUR RULERS, CONDEMNED ISRAEL OF WRONGDOINGS OR SOMETHING ALIKE.

    HOPEFULLY NO RULER OF BRAZIL WILL AGAIN SAY DEMEANING THINGS OF ISRAEL.

    TRUST ME GOD DOES EXIST, 100% CERTAIN.

  • Augustus

    ALERT TO ALL BLOGGERS AGAINST EXTREME RIGHT WING INFILTRATION ==>> HIS MOST COMMON ALIAS = “DOUBLE DOT”
    [u][i][b]Several bloggers in Brazzil.com have recently been repeatedly afflicted and abused by a certain element whose most À¢€œcommonÀ¢€Â alias is Double.Dot. He seems to be particularly engaged into antagonizing non-Americans and particularly those of us who reside in the United States.

    After some originally misplaced theories, suggested by various regular contributors to this blog, I decided to conduct some additional research, and recently came across a very serious and dangerous threat to the United States of America, since the election of Mr. Obama. It consists of an Extreme Faction of the hideous KKK whose recent alliance with other Racist Militant elements in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and other southern/southwestern states have declared war against all foreigners, particularly those of Jewish, Latin American, and African background. They are composed of mostly very low class, uneducated WHITE TRASH, whose sole mystical way to elevate themselves of their sordid low-birth condition, is to base a fictitious À¢€œsuperiorityÀ¢€Â based upon race.

    Well, I think all of us should make an effort to bring this dangerous elements to the attention NOT ONLY of this blogÀ¢€™s management, BUT ALSO to various US agencies which monitor the activity of HATE GROUPS in America, of which this LOWLY undesirable element, recently known as Double- Dot is unquestioningly either a member or a sympathizer (if not an outright infiltrator) who acts on this horrific, hateful Extremist GroupÀ¢€™s behalf on blogs managed in the USA by non-Americans of certain background. Given this blogÀ¢€™s title À¢€œBrazzil.comÀ¢€Â I fear it became an obvious target.

    It disgusts me having even spent a second of my time arguing with such Trash of incalculable malice, who FAILS to recognize that we are all born ALIKE as Human Beings (but STOP being alike from the moment of birth onwards, as they are inculcated Hatred by their uneducated parents and families who teach them the glories or White Race superiority INSTEAD of Moliere; sabotage instead of calculus, malice instead of Greek Philosophy!

    SWIFT ACTION IS REQUIRED, I URGE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU TO JOIN A CRUSADE AGAINST THIS HATEFUL ELEMENT!

    Augustus [/b][/i][/u]

  • Costinha

    VÀƒ´ BotÀƒ¡ a Gringalhada pra SambÀƒ¡À¢€¦
    What the FÀ¢€¦. This Demented Double Dotter needs some straightening, doesnÀ¢€™t he?

    Dear Ms. D-Cube:

    What is all this bashing Brasil, invading our country etc? Come on down, we will gladly give a new hemorrhoid! I bet you get perfect hemorrhoids since you are the perfect a.s.s.hole, whining like a whine chime, slime.

    The Milwaukee police are looking for you. They took an inventory of Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment and they were short one a.s.s.hole.

    You should be boiled in Shellyˢ۪s menstruation blood, freaking spit backwash. Here is a useful tip: Eat 2lbs of spicy Indian curry and then fart your head back out of youˢ۪re a.s.s.

    Questions?

    God Mess America

    PS: And while I am at itÀ¢€¦ I heard that BobÀƒ£o has been barking lately. Did that convicted child mole.ster escape from jail??? Watch Out PeopleÀ¢€¦ Gather your children, the pedophile maybe in a town near you. I just wish he would babysit ShellyÀ¢€™s kids!

  • Double-Dot

    Freddy Mac
    [quote]A democratic environmentally-sensitive Amazon basin would help all of Latin America[/quote]

    Freddy, I was reading your latest comments with my customary thoroughness until I came to the last sentence:

    [quote]France could help too.[/quote]

    I am against seeking the French help as their recent track record in Indo-China and Algeria is nothing to be proud of. They are big losers and when they are in trouble, they come and cry for our help.We know more about democracy than they do. Hence I suggest we plan and execute this operation by ourselves without expecting any help from outside.Besides, the French President Sarkozy doesn’t inspire any confidence and is a highly unreliable fella.Our Intel says that he dances according to the music played by his wife who is of half his age.I am sure Obama wouldn’t like to involve the French and instead prefer to bring in the Kenyans into the scene.

    MGBA.

  • Freddy Mac

    A democratic environmentally-sensitive Amazon basin would help all of Latin America
    I think the protectorate idea is a bad one, because it kind of sounds like colonialism. The important thing is to eventually create a stable democracy in the Amazon region, after someone has gone in there and cleaned out the drug dealers and criminals and communists. An independent Amazon basin could be an example for the rest of South America and a good opportunity for foreign investment. Rome wasn’t built in a day, however, and it will take some time to train the people there to be advanced enough to take care of their own territory in a good way. Like I said, Obama could do this, and if he did it in an environmentally sensisitve way it would make him popular around the world. France could help too.

  • Double-Dot

    Ch.c.
    I didn’t ask you… You Limey.. I need no swiss banks just American banks.. Switzerland has no national banks just foreigners

    God bless America once more

  • Ch.c

    [quote]Do you think I could lead the American army in the Amazon ? [/quote]

    No. You do not have the required leadership qualities. Our bankers will never ever invest in monkeys and goats.

  • Double-Dot

    Freddy Mac
    Do you think I could lead the American army in the Amazon ?

    I have plenty of experience since I am a monkey 😉

  • Double-Dot

    Freddy Mac
    [quote]I guess you’re right about US forces being overstreched. Maybe the Pentagon could get Brazilian volunteers and train them in the USA at American expense.[/quote]

    You are getting better in strategic planning. I fully approve of the involvement of the Pentagon in training the Brazilian volunteers here, making sure that our temporary guests are paid well. Considering that we are undergoing an economic recession, some tax payers might raise objection. This could be overcome by persuading the Swiss Banks to underwrite the cost without expecting any return on their investment.

    [quote]The cost could be made back by selling lots to private citizens in AZ, PA, RR, etc., where the Brazilian goverment now owns most of the land (incidentally, one of the big problems in that region).[/quote]

    Good idea. We could outsource this part of the project to Madoff.

    [quote]It could be like Guam or Porto Rico, and when the people were advanced enough they could vote to become US states or to have independence (or to be permanently on welfare).[/quote]

    We could call our new territory our “Protectorate” and no independence will be given to them.We don’t want another Eye-raq, do we?

    [quote]I don’t think the UN is up to such an operation – they can’t hande Haiti. [/quote]

    Nor do I. U.N is a paper tiger just like Switzerland.

    May God bless America and its future Protectorates.

  • Freddy Mac

    I guess you’re right about US forces being overstreched. Maybe the Pentagon could get Brazilian volunteers and train them in the USA at American expense. The cost could be made back by selling lots to private citizens in AZ, PA, RR, etc., where the Brazilian goverment now owns most of the land (incidentally, one of the big problems in that region). It could be like Guam or Porto Rico, and when the people were advanced enough they could vote to become US states or to have independence (or to be permanently on welfare). I don’t think the UN is up to such an operation – they can’t hande Haiti.

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]The only solution for the Amazon is for the US military to take it over.[/quote]

    Freddy, the solution you are proposing is absolutely wrong and sure to get us into more trouble.Our military is stretched in various fronts from El Paso to Kabul. I am against further intervention in any other part of the world including the Amazon. You may not be keeping track of the world news, but I am. According to what I read, the President of Brazil Mr.Chavez is doing everything within his power to save the Amazon. I know that he has unlimited power and is doing an excellent job. I think that our military should instead concentrate their firepower on countries like Kabul, Bagdad, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, etc;

    May God bless America.

  • ch.c.

    Outside forces yes, American force big NO
    Put the American military aside, They are too busy playing hide & seek in Afghanistan and Iraq… Instead, the Swiss army could control the Amazon and all those sexy naked natives (especially the little boys)

    We could see the Swiss army put to good use all the resources in the Jungle for the European market…

  • Freddy Mac

    Amanzon needs control by outside forces
    The only solution for the Amazon is for the US military to take it over. That is the only way the rainforest will be protected, the FARC and the drug dealers chased out, the Indian cultures saved, the oil and minerals exploited properly, and the biological resources put to good use by multinational pharmaceutical companies who can market these products to the world. The world would thank Obama for this.

  • Ch.c.

    Remember
    Goats are all you will get IDIOTS !!!

    I have real MEN instead

  • Ch.c

    [quote]Fourth, Im out of here because I just had enough of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [/quote]

    Good riddance.Stick to your promise.Cant stand JUNKIES,IDIOTS and GOATS like you either.Remember, the GOATS will always be GOATS and no matter how hard you try, they cant be converted into BULLS.

    BUT….BUT… you still have hopes. With correct radiation treatment, you could be made a SKUNK.

  • triple dot

    Double-Dot
    First, the REAL ch.c. spells his ID with NO capital letters…

    Second, Im not going to answer to a little stupid insect like you…

    Third, That proves it’s Double-Dot messing with all of us here stealing IDs…

    Fourth, Im out of here because I just had enough of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ch.c

    [quote]Do you call that reasonably intelligent ? I call it MORON[/quote]

    Where did you find your degree?

  • triple dot

    I am not religious, but reasonably intelligent.
    Do you call that reasonably intelligent ? I call it MORON 😉

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]If you were religious at all with a little bit of intelligence in you , you would know that God doesn’t bless “countries” but PEOPLE[/quote]

    Clara, I am not religious, but reasonably intelligent. DonÀ‚´t try to mess with me. You will lose the argument. It is easier to call that gentleman from Swaziland by all sorts of names, just because he is an African. You are a racist and a redneck. Nothing will change you.

    The pride of USA who wrote:

    [quote]Just because I live in Brazil that doesn’t make me any less American than you.. so why are you being such a disgusting jerk ? [/quote]

    It is your choice to live in Brazil. What really bothers me is the fact that you guys are stealing my ID and continue calling me a jerk and making fun of that elderly gentleman from Swaziland . Some of you went to the extent of calling him an African bastard. Your comments are extremely un American. I ain’t going to put up with your racial slurs.

    Goodbye Clara, USA, Texan, etc; If someone responds under my name, please do disregard it.

  • USA

    Double-Dot
    Just because I live in Brazil that doesn’t make me any less American than you.. so why are you being such a disgusting jerk ?

    Clark is right ! God doesn’t bless countries because that implies the whole population (every single person) otherwise He would be blessing jerks like you who deserve not more than a slap on the head..

  • Double-Dot

    Clark
    God bless America and and fuck the rest and that also includes Americans living in Brazil 😛

  • Clark

    Double-Dot
    [quote]BTW, never forget that God has already blessed America and is now targeting another country to bestow the same honor.[/quote]

    If you were religious at all with a little bit of intelligence in you , you would know that God doesn’t bless “countries” but PEOPLE

  • Celio

    Or most likely, you wished I was 13 years old
    Ch.c., you are a disgusting old man…

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]D Cube (D**3)À¢€¦ That is, Dildo times Double times Dot.[/quote]

    Costa, this is the real DD. You have a great sense of humor and obviously a good fellow citizen of mine. I don’t think the ones who are faking my ID understand the maths symbols you have used, probably with the exception of that gentleman from Swaziland.

    They wouldn’t know that D x D x D equals D**3, because they never paid attention in their teachers. :cry:.

    BTW, never forget that God has already blessed America and is now targeting another country to bestow the same honor. 😀

  • Double-Dot

    ch.c.
    You didn’t think I was going to put my real age here did you? Of course Im not 13 just messing

    Or most likely, you wished I was 13 years old 😉 😉 😉

  • ch.c.

    Double-Dot
    Your comments are much related and right to the point with the article on…UN, Brazil and the AMAZON !

    ?????? 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮

    But you stated your age

  • Double-Dot

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Funny, but I am just 13 !!! Im too young for that, maybe in the future…

  • D Cube (D**3)À¢€¦ That is, Dildo times Double times Dot.
    Did you know À¢€œDouble DotÀ¢€Â has been married for 20 years. But he always insisted in having the lights off when making love to his wife.

    One night, in the middle of a wild screaming romantic session, the wife turned on the lights and discovered À¢€œDouble DotÀ¢€Â holding a battery-operated leisure device … a dildo!

    She went completely ballistic sayingÀ¢€¦ You bastard, you been pretending all these years? You better explain yourself!

    Double-Dot replied “I will explain the toy … if you explain the kids.”

    Costa

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