http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 16.83Change: -0.30
R/$ = 14.56Change: -0.21
Au 1294.34 $/ozChange: 0.45
Pt 1079.00 $/ozChange: -4.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 06, 2012

Biodiversity, sustainable development punted as humanity’s main ‘worries’ at Rio+20

Back
Johannesburg|RIO DE JANEIRO|Africa|Aircraft|Building|CoAL|Coal-fired Power Station|Environment|Industrial|Power|Road|Roads|Sustainable|System|transport|Africa|Europe|Australia|South Africa|Electricity|Energy|Environmental
|Africa|Aircraft|Building|CoAL|Coal-fired Power Station|Environment|Industrial|Power|Road|Roads|Sustainable|System|transport|Africa|||Energy|Environmental
johannesburg|rio-de-janeiro|africa-company|aircraft|building|coal|coalfired-power-station|environment|industrial|power|road|roads|sustainable|system|transport|africa|europe|australia-country|south-africa|electricity|energy|environmental



The Rio+20 world environment conference has come and gone. The ‘+20’ comes from the fact that it took place 20 years after the first great world environment conference, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Between these two world environment conferences, one was held in Johannesburg in 2002. I was a delegate at that conference.

Ever since 1992, I have watched the evolution taking place. There is a good side and a bad side. The good side is that general world environmental awareness has been enhanced. That is definitely good. Here in South Africa, we see daily international poaching attacks on our elephants and rhinos. Disgraceful. For us in the south, on a midwinter’s day in June, the total number of rhinos shot this year stands at 251. Last year’s total was 448 – more than one a day. It is getting worse – poachers are using helicopters and machine guns, as well as chainsaws on live rhinos.

There is much to do to sustain and protect the world’s natural environment. That should be done. It should be done well and honestly.

The bad side of Rio+20 is the degree of scientific dishonesty and economic manipulation that has crept into the international debate.

In recent years, we have heard a great deal about ‘climate change’. I am on record as saying that I do not believe that any activities of mankind are producing any climate change related to industrial carbon dioxide (CO2).

Observed climate change appears totally linked to natural cosmic rays interacting with the magnetic fields of the earth and the sun’s interactive magnetic screening system.

But there are organisations in the world that want mankind to be at fault so that there is someone to attack – and someone to tax and control.

It was noticeable that Rio+20 moved away from the theme of ‘climate change’. It would appear that the disastrous climate change that green extremists predicted with great relish has not been occurring and has become a dying ‘marketable concept’. They cannot scare enough people anymore.

So, at Rio+20, the concepts of ‘biodiversity’ and ‘sustainable development’ were pushed as the main themes and, therefore, the main ‘worries’. If people are made to worry, they can be made to fear, and they can then be controlled.
Rio+20 was all about international control.

Certain green organisations clearly want to exert direct control over world governments, and want to force their brand of world government onto our planet. The concepts of biodiversity and sustainable development give them the leverage. They posture that these concepts are in such desperate trouble that the extreme greens must take control. They will then defend ‘biodiversity’ and, to do this, they will decide what ‘sustainable development’ actually means. They will decide how, when and where any community will be permitted to ‘develop’.

It is interesting to take a look at the Johannes- burg Declaration on Sustainable Development, which came out of the world environment conference in Johannesburg in 2002. It included wording asking for world attention to be given to “the worldwide conditions that pose severe threats to the sustainable development of our people, which include chronic hunger, malnutrition . . . and endemic, communicable and chronic diseases, in particular HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis”.

What happened to all these human issues at Rio+20? It seems the Rio version of ‘bio- diversity’ does not include humans.
In Rio, the head of the WWF stated that the organisation wanted “transparent annual reporting and review on subsidy reforms leading to the elimination by 2020 of all environmentally harmful subsidies, in particular fossil fuel subsidies”. Who do these people think they are? This is a statement giving authenticity to some ‘world government’ to tell some country how to take care of its own citizens.

In many African countries, building a coal-fired power station will reduce CO2 emissions. How come? Well, there are many thousands of families who have no electricity, and so cook on wood or dung fires. These fires burn inefficiently and also produce many airborne emissions that harm or even kill people. If thousands of these fires are replaced by a modern coal-fired power plant, the net affect would be improved air quality and less CO2 per unit of energy. This would be an advance, even if the CO2 were a problem. Much scientific evidence shows that CO2 is not a problem, but this evidence is shouted down. Such an approach is not honest, and it is not science.

Meanwhile, European countries introduce a carbon emissions tax on passenger aircraft flying over their airspace. The tax, for each passenger, is calculated on total miles flown, so passengers flying to Europe from faraway places like South Africa and Australia pay much more emissions tax to the Europeans to clean up their air than their own citizens who fly around Europe. Despite appeals from South Africa to spare us the tax, we were turned down. We are getting sick and tired of this high-handed First World attitude.

Now, from Rio+20, we are told that a goal for development is to move away from ‘outdated’ concepts like measuring national growth using gross domestic product, or GDP, and to rather use more modern equitable measures, such as the Happy Planet Index (HPI), in which some world authority is going to place a value on our environment. Those values will be built into the HPI. Meantime, we fight the elephant and rhino poachers all by ourselves.

In Rio, eight of the world’s largest develop- ment banks announced the largest mone- tary commitment to come out of Rio+20, a $175-billion initiative to shift investment away from roads to public transport. They want to use the money to promote the use of buses, trains and bicycles instead of cars and aeroplanes.

Many parts of Africa do not even have a road yet – neither electricity, a school or a clinic. Stop telling these people to get off the development path. It is time that all mankind had a real chance of genuine development. Stop using the ‘saving of biodiversity’ cover to pull economic and development tricks ‘in the dark’.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here
 
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Dr Kelvin Kemm News
I have been watching the performance of various national sports teams and it is an interesting exercise to contemplate what makes a winning team. I am of the opinion that it is virtually entirely psychology.
The Pikitup refuse workers in Johannesburg were on strike for about month. While they were on strike, refuse piled up in the city centre.  This was not only unsightly, but also a potential health hazard.
Recently, I had to have my home swimming pool recoated in new fibreglass and I took the opportunity to make a few changes. One thing I did was to put in a new weir.  My old weir had been hand-made out of cement, with pipes placed in the cement.  It had worked...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 22 minutes ago Branded food, home and personal care products manufacturer Tiger Brands expects to report earnings per share (EPS) of between R10.23 and R10.65 for the six months ended March 31, a 23% to 28% improvement on the EPS of 832c reported for the six months to March 2015....
Former CEO Johan du Toit
Updated 41 minutes ago London- and Johannesburg-listed gold mining company Central Rand Gold (CRG) has engaged legal advisers to defend a wind-up application. The company said in a Stock Exchange News Service announcement on Tuesday that the application by empowerment partner Puno Gold...
The top ten finalists for the 2016 Hack.Jozi Challenge
Updated 42 minutes ago Having sifted through more than 400 entries, organisers of the 2016 Hack.Jozi Challenge have whittled the hopeful teams down to a shortlist of this year’s top ten finalists, who were selected for their innovative ideas in the digital arena. Facilitated by the City of...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Automotive 2016 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into local demand and production, vehicle imports and exports, investment and competitiveness in the sector, as well...
Energy Roundup – April 2016 (PDF Report)
The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South...
Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Energy Roundup – March 2016 (PDF Report)
The March 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for February 2016 and includes details of the Department of Energy’s plans to announce the preferred bidders for the first tranche of the coal independent power producer procurement programme; the Council...
Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main...
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a...
South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme,...
DOROS HADJIZENONOS The 700-series devices provide network security monitoring, app control, URL filtering, VPN security, antivirus, antispam, antibot, and advanced intrusion prevention and detection functionality
Cybersecurity multinational Check Point has released its latest 700-series cybersecurity systems for small businesses, which draw on its international threat intelligence to provide up-to-date cybersecurity, says Check Point South Africa country manager Doros...
Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014...
Group of 20 (G-20) economies threatened to penalise havens that don’t share information on their banking clients after the leak of the Panama Papers provoked a global uproar over tax evasion. The G-20 will consider “defensive measures” against financial centers and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $149 Close
Subscribe Now for $149