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Postcard from Thailand - a polluted paradise

Greenpeace International - س, 10/30/1416 - 07:44

The tiny island of Koh Samet is about 2 km off the coast of the Thai mainland and has the long pale beaches, forests and beautiful geography made famous by the 2000 hit film, The Beach

Right now though the fine, white sands of the island and clear, blue waters that surround it are being turned sticky and black by crude oil which spurted out of a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical.

The spill started Saturday morning from about 20 kilometres southeast of the Map Ta Phut seaport on the southern shore of the mainland. PTT, the state-owned administrator of PTT Global Chemical, tried to downplay the full extent of the leak by claiming that the oil slick had "effectively been dissolved".

This claim proved to be untrue after unrefined crude started blackening the immaculate beaches of Koh Samet as PTT Global Chemical admitted 50,000 litres of unrefined crude had been spilled into the waters of Phrao Bay.

Making matters worse, Thailand is not capable of handling the oil spill, Deputy Premier Plodprasop Suraswadi conceded to the Bangkok Post. Speaking via a government spokesman, he added that authorities should seek help from nearby Singapore.

For a region identified by Greenpeace Southeast Asia Thailand Programme Manager Ply Pirom as the "nation’s food basket", this news is bleak.

Bleaker still when you realise that this spill is just one of more than 200 spills that have happened in Thai waters in the past three decades, effectively putting the region's ecosystem in the crossfire of big oil companies and meagre oil spill mitigation resources.

Greenpeace East Asia has been closely monitoring the situation and have deployed a rapid response team to document the impact of the spill, particularly in the National Marine Park area that includes Koh Samet.

Greenpeace is now demanding that PTT Global Chemical be held financially liable for the cost of cleaning and restoring the natural environment and is mobilising the public through an online petition. It's time for the Thai government to review its energy policy and put an end to oil drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Thailand.

The paradox of a country known for its staggering natural beauty but still heavily reliant on fossil fuels in its energy policy is counterintuitive. Especially when the availability of affordable, clean, renewable energy is taken into consideration. 

It is up to us all to put pressure on policymakers, oil companies and their shareholders to end our reliance on fossil fuels. It may be too late to draw a line in the oil-soaked sands of Koh Samet – as we have in the ice in the Arctic – but we can rally to make this the last oil spill we see.

You can help by signing our petition.

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South Korea tramples human rights and ignores lessons from Fukushima

Greenpeace International - س, 10/30/1416 - 07:44

Today is the International Human Rights Day and what better way to mark it than by launching a court case against injustice in South Korea.

With so many countries moving away from nuclear power in recent decades, and many more rushing to abandon it in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, South Korea remains one of the last withered feathers in the nuclear industry’s cap. Both the South Korean government and the industry are fighting tooth and nail to keep it that way by silencing criticism.

Since establishing an office in Seoul in April 2011, Greenpeace East Asia has witnessed the South Korean government’s willingness to ignore the lessons of Fukushima and has experienced first hand its efforts to silence those speaking out against its nuclear programme.

Between November 2011 and October 2012 six Greenpeace East Asia and Greenpeace International staff were denied entry to South Korea. They were flown back to where they came from and given no official or personal explanation as to why. Official inquiries and freedom of information requests have been met with a similar stony silence.

The only option left open to us was to challenge the government’s actions in blocking our staff from entering the country in court, which we did today.

Challenging the South Korean government’s unjust actions is important, as Greenpeace is not alone in facing this treatment. Other groups, including South Korea’s People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), have been met with similar tactics when they began speaking out.

“Similar to Greenpeace's anti-nuclear campaign staff, at least 25 peace activists opposing the construction of the Jeju naval base were deported or denied entry since 2011,” said Gayoon Baek, a coordinator of the International Solidarity Committee at PSPD, while standing in solidarity with us at the court today.

"The South Korean government is increasingly using denial of entry as a means to crush activist criticism – a clear violation of the internationally recognised right to freedom of assembly and expression.”

As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), South Korea has an obligation to defend the right to free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of information. Instead, it is choosing to silence those who raise their voices in opposition to its reckless nuclear programme, restricting the information its citizens have access to.

South Korea currently has 21 nuclear reactors, and is planning to build 11 more, despite the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi once again proving the massive risks that this technology poses to public, environmental and economic health.

It is only right that the people of South Korea are given all the information they need to make an informed decision about their collective future. By cracking down on peaceful anti-nuclear groups, the South Korean government is instead cutting them off from the information they need to be properly informed about the risks of nuclear power.

Stopping peaceful NGOs and activists from participating in public debate in this manner is a violation of Article 19 of the ICCPR, is inconsistent with Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a threat to the integrity of South Korea’s democracy.

With so much invested in its nuclear plants, and with many more reactors planned, it is clear that the nuclear industry has a dangerous choke hold on South Korea’s political system.

To protect the quality of its democracy and to ensure its people have both the necessary information and a choice to move towards a nuclear-free, renewable energy future, the South Korean government must immediately cease its crackdown on those who criticise its policies. It's time for the government to allow the energy discussion debate.

Pino Lee is a nuclear campaigner with Greenpeace East Asia and is based in Seoul, South Korea.

 

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Zika sex research begins despite U.S. Congress funding impasse

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It could take years to learn how long men infected with Zika are capable of sexually transmitting the virus, which can cause crippling birth defects and other serious neurological disorders. In the meantime, health officials have warned couples to refrain from unprotected sex for six months after a male partner is infected. The extraordinary recommendation, based on a single report of Zika surviving 62 days in semen, could affect millions.


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Shire says ADHD drug meets main goal of study

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(Reuters) - Irish drugmaker Shire Plc said a study testing an experimental drug to treat attention-deficit disorder met the main goal, bringing the drug one step closer to approval in the United States. The company's shares were up 3 percent at 4381 pence at 12.52 GMT on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Shire's U.S.-listed shares were up 3 percent at $176.28 in light premarket trading on the Nasdaq.


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Paper Chase: Real could use Morata as makeweight in deal for Hazard - FOXSports.com

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FOXSports.com

Paper Chase: Real could use Morata as makeweight in deal for Hazard
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Every day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Laurent Blanc has emerged as a serious contender for the England job ...
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FDA Warns Against Eating Cookie Dough, But Not Because Of Eggs - Huffington Post

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Huffington Post

FDA Warns Against Eating Cookie Dough, But Not Because Of Eggs
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But the Food and Drug Administration wants us to stop consuming cookie dough. Not because of oft-maligned eggs, long linked to risks of salmonella. The culprit this time: raw flour. The FDA is urging consumers to avoid snacking on uncooked dough or ...
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Airbus, Safran finalize space launchers merger

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French engine maker Safran will pay Airbus Group 750 million euros ($832 million) as they combine their space launch activities to combat growing low-cost competition. The Safran board will meet on Thursday to make a preliminary selection from a dozen offers for its Morpho biometrics and security business, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.


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Hospitals, Payers Hope Coordination, Innovation Can Help Solve Health Care's Billion-Dollar Cancer Crisis - Hospitals & Health Networks

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Hospitals, Payers Hope Coordination, Innovation Can Help Solve Health Care's Billion-Dollar Cancer Crisis
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Health care has a $100 billion-plus cancer problem that's only going to snowball as baby boomers age. But the feds hope that a new experiment, centered around better-coordinated care for patients, can help to lessen this crushing financial burden on ...
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Japan regulator approves Canon deal to buy Toshiba unit, warns on method

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By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's anti-monopoly regulator has approved Canon Inc's acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical equipment unit, but issued a warning over the way they carried out the deal, which antitrust experts have called questionable. Toshiba, hurt by an accounting scandal and in a hurry to raise cash before closing its books for the business year that ended in March, structured the 665.5 billion yen ($6.5 billion) sale in an unorthodox way so that it could book proceeds before securing approval from regulators. Some antitrust and accounting experts at the time said the method, involving the use of a special entity and the issuance of warrants to allow Toshiba to receive cash from Canon before regulatory approval, was problematic though not illegal.


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Japan regulator approves Canon deal to buy Toshiba unit, warns on method

Yahoo! News: Technology News - 20 دقیقه 50 ثانیه پیش

By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's anti-monopoly regulator has approved Canon Inc's acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical equipment unit, but issued a warning over the way they carried out the deal, which antitrust experts have called questionable. Toshiba, hurt by an accounting scandal and in a hurry to raise cash before closing its books for the business year that ended in March, structured the 665.5 billion yen ($6.5 billion) sale in an unorthodox way so that it could book proceeds before securing approval from regulators. Some antitrust and accounting experts at the time said the method, involving the use of a special entity and the issuance of warrants to allow Toshiba to receive cash from Canon before regulatory approval, was problematic though not illegal.


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Bang & Olufsen made a set of neckbuds you'd actually want to wear

Yahoo! News: Technology News - 29 دقیقه 44 ثانیه پیش

Bang & Olufsen's first ever pair of wireless earphones — dubbed Beoplay H5 — look like they could be a winner. They're simple and well-designed, with no plastic collar that sits on your shoulders: just a single braided cable with a built-in remote, playback, and volume control. They're splash and dust resistant, and there are 50 mAh batteries inside each earpiece which combine to offer five hours of continuous playback.


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Microsoft's most powerful Surface models now available outside US - The Verge

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The Verge

Microsoft's most powerful Surface models now available outside US
The Verge
Microsoft is expanding its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 line-up outside the US and Canada today. Both devices are now available with 1TB of storage, an Intel Core i7 processor, and 16GB of RAM in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New ...
1TB Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 models available in 10 more regionsWinBeta
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Microsoft's most powerful Surface models now available outside US

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Microsoft is expanding its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 line-up outside the US and Canada today. Microsoft's online stores will sell the new models, and Germany and Japan will start receiving them later in July. Microsoft's top Surface Book is priced at £2,649 in the UK ($3,199 in the US), and the 1TB Surface Pro 4 debuts at £2,199 ($2,699 in the US).


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Netflix says firm continues to look into entering China

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Netflix Inc will continue to look into the possibility of entering China, a senior company executive said on Thursday, as the video streaming service seeks to grow its subscriber base outside its home of the United States. "Since China is a great opportunity, we continue to look into China," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said at a media event in Seoul without elaborating. Netflix is trying to counter slowing growth in the U.S. with its move in January to launch in more than 130 new markets worldwide.


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Google buys 12-year output from Norwegian wind power farm

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Google has bought the entire 12-year power production from a yet-to-be-built Norwegian wind power farm to supply its European data centers with renewable energy, its developers said on Thursday. Norway's Zephyr and Norsk Vind Energi said the 160-megawatt capacity onshore Tellenes wind power farm south of Stavanger is expected to be fully operational in late 2017, and when built it would become the largest wind power farm in the Nordic country. "Google has been carbon-neutral since 2007 and we are committed to powering 100 percent of our operations with renewable energy sources," said Marc Oman, EU Energy Lead, Google Global Infrastructure.


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New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at Essence Fest

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Music has always been at the heart of the annual Essence Festival, now in its 22nd year, and this year will be no different.
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Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast - Washington Post

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Washington Post

Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast
Washington Post
HOUSTON — The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika. Broken window screens. Limited air conditioning. Trash piles that seem to re-appear even after they're cleaned up. On a ...
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Oculus CEO's Twitter gets hacked

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Brendan Iribe, CEO of the Facebook-backed VR company, has his Twitter intruded into.


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El Niño brings on severe wildfire risk for Amazon - PerfScience

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PerfScience

El Niño brings on severe wildfire risk for Amazon
PerfScience
Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine have presented their 2016 seasonal fire forecast. In it, they have raised a strong possibility of severe season in the Amazon due to El Niño. The data has unveiled the effects of El Niño on ...
El Niño may cause more intense fire season in Amazon this yearUPI.com
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Google's underwater internet cable connecting US and Japan is about to go live - CNET

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CNET

Google's underwater internet cable connecting US and Japan is about to go live
CNET
Back in 2014, Google announced that it was one of several companies investing in a $300 million underwater internet cable linking the US west coast to Japan. Today, that cable will go live. Nicknamed "Faster", the 9,000 kilometre (5,600 mile) cable ...
Google's giant new trans-Pacific internet cable goes online ThursdayThe Verge
Google's undersea cable connecting US and Japan is now liveEngadget
Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonightTechCrunch
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