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The meager results of the recent COP28 indicate that the date is far away for effective actions against Climate Change and its dire consequences to be crystallized.

The Latin American and Caribbean countries, which have felt the most, and feel the climate effects firsthand, cannot continue with their arms crossed, suffering the onslaught of prolonged droughts and major floods, which have significantly affected their economic activities, in addition to the serious social calamities they have caused, eroded the quality of life of the inhabitants, including health, and directly affecting hundreds of thousands of people and causing thousands of fatalities.

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ASSOCIATION'S OBJECTIVES

We find ourselves in times of a global paradox, where human beings live in times of great scientific advances that promise a better quality of life, but at the same time, they are the main predator and enemy of the environment, to the point that with their irrational actions, motivated mainly by an excessive ambition for wealth and power, they are causing a sustained and progressive increase in global temperature, which directly impacts ALL living beings and threatens the very existence of life on the planet.

Actions such as the excessive use of fossil fuels, the systematic destruction of forests, the uncontrolled and unplanned growth of agriculture, as well as the development of highly polluting industries, are causing an indiscriminate increase in greenhouse gases (CO2, carbon dioxide, among them), and consequently an increase in the earth's temperature (global warming), which accelerates the melting of the poles, causing an increase in the water masses of the earth's oceans, (global warming), carbon dioxide, among them, and consequently an increase in the earth's temperature (global warming), which accelerates the melting of the poles, causing the increase of the water masses of the seas, thus threatening the disappearance of civilization from the coasts of the globe.

In addition, it is causing, with greater frequency and intensity, meteorological phenomena such as: intense rains, droughts, floods, very high environmental temperatures, landslides, forest fires, etc.

This increase in sea temperature has caused the gradual disappearance of algae species, thus depriving our planet of the formidable mechanism of its capacity to absorb and store excess carbon dioxide and enhancing the greenhouse effect, which causes heat to increase and more algae species to disappear, thus generating an infernal feedback process that destroys the food chain of marine species.

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TIME FOR DEFINITIONS

At the time, we maintained in this portal that the strategy of Guyana, the NATO countries and their local agents, was to take advantage of our situation of political instability to attempt an action through the International Court of Justice and snatch the Essequibo from us, without much fuss and with a debate enclosed within its four walls.

On the contrary, Venezuela's strategy must be to achieve the widest dissemination, both within our country and globally, of our arguments, based on irrefutable historical evidence. It is in this sense that we value and adhere to the referendum on Guyana Esequiba, and at the same time we strongly reject the positions of those who, by petty political calculations, or simply by ignorance, oppose it, reinforcing with their behavior, the strategy against Venezuela.

That is why we propose to incorporate the will of the people into the Constitution, so that no ruler, now and in the future, will allow the Essequibo to be taken away from us.






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We strongly promote the fight against climate change.

With Climate Change, the whole of humanity faces an extremely serious danger, which even threatens its very existence.

Many scientists and experts from all latitudes have written and lectured on the subject, and it has been the focus of important global events held to study it. In other words, this problem and the way to deal with it successfully is well known.

However, little progress has been made in this regard. The decisions taken at numerous international forums and congresses have been very lukewarm, and many of them have not been implemented by the nations committed to doing so.

As the environmental youth leader Greta Thunberg put it so well when, at the end of the much-vaunted meeting convened last year by the UN....

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In search of the union of the countries of the Latin American area.

The recent COVID19 pandemic and the current war in Ukraine have led many countries to consider the need to create a New International Order that is capable of effectively facing both these types of situations and the very serious challenges that are looming in the immediate future of humanity, such as: climate change, forest fires, water scarcity, new pandemics and wars, etc.

Latin Americans cannot remain on the sidelines of these realities. It is necessary the participation of our nations in the design of any new global structure- The only way to achieve this is by achieving its integration,

In order to achieve this unity, we must overcome the obstacles and weaknesses that have historically prevented this desire, present in our peoples since the time of the independence of our nations, from becoming a reality.

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We advocate for a new democratic international order

Human beings are facing challenges such as we have never faced before in history, and which threaten life itself on the planet, the most serious of which are the following:

* Climate change with its terrifying prospects; * Pandemics such as the one experienced with COVID 19 and those predicted to occur again, which could be even more severe; * Wars with their devastating effects; * and the terrible drama of migration.

To which we must add others as serious as the scarcity of fresh water; drug trafficking, desertification; the attempt of several powers to take over the polar caps; the definition of the use of outer space.

Unfortunately, humanity does not have a functional organization that can successfully face these serious challenges....

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RECENT MEDIA HEADLINES

Updated February 19, 2024







WHO: Future generations would not forgive if a treaty against pandemics is not achieved


Diario El Universal, 01/22/2024

Sinopsis: The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, acknowledged difficulties in negotiating a global treaty for pandemic preparedness, and warned member countries that future generations would not forgive if it was not achieved. .

"I am concerned that Member States are not fulfilling their commitments, time is running out and there are still important issues to resolve," Tedros said.

At the organization's annual meeting, from May 27 to June 1, the WHO had proposed approving a treaty or similar legal instrument in order to improve the preparedness of global health systems following the lessons learned by the covid-19 pandemic, which paralyzed the global economy especially in the years. 2020 and 2021.

Negotiations "require courage and commitment from all parties, and we will not achieve consensus if everyone remains entrenched in their positions, either we all give something or no one will get anything," Tedros said. "I urge all members to work with a sense of urgency in order to reach an agreement that will help protect our children and grandchildren from future pandemics," concludes the Ethiopian expert.

The WHO managed to hold a special day on health for the first time at the annual summits on climate change (COP28 in Dubai) and held an international conference on traditional medicine for the first time, choosing India as the setting.

In his speech, Tedros recalled the death last year of the former regional director of the WHO in America, Carissa Etienne, and of the Palestinian WHO worker Dima Abudllatif Mohamed Alhaj, murdered along with her entire family in a attack in Gaza.


'They lied': Plastic producers misled the public about recycling for 50 years


RT Feb 16, 2024

Sinopsis: It is "clearly a fraud" in which the producers are involved, one expert commented.

Plastic producers have known for more than 50 years that recycling is not a viable plastic waste management solution, but they have lied to the public, a report from the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) revealed. English) from the US, published on Thursday.

First, plastic, which is made from oil and gas, is "notoriously difficult to recycle, as the industry has known for years." Additionally, different types of plastic cannot be recycled together, no matter how similar they may appear. Another problem is that the quality of the material degrades as it is recycled. "The reality is that plastics can only be recycled once, rarely twice," the research summarizes.

"By misleading consumers, lawmakers and regulators about the viability of plastic recycling, petrochemical companies have ensured the continued expansion of plastic production, leading to a plastic waste and pollution crisis" , CCI summarized.


The dangers of the growing wave of tourism in Antarctica


BBC, January 19, 2024

Sinopsis: The number of visitors is estimated to reach 100,000 for the first time this tourist season (October 2023-March 2024), a 40% increase over the record. The media asks: has the idea of Antarctic tourism become unethical?

A striking image is shown: a Boeing 787 Dreamliner parked on the ice of Antarctica and smiling flight attendants in knee-length dresses posing in front of the aircraft.




Hertz will sell a third of its electric car fleet in the US to replace them with gasoline vehicles


Diario El Universal, /02/04/2024

Sinopsis: Car rental company Hertz plans to sell a third of its electric vehicle fleet in the US and reinvest in gasoline-powered cars due to weak demand and high repair costs for these battery-powered cars.

The dramatic turnaround, after Hertz announced plans in 2021 to buy 100,000 vehicles from US automaker Tesla, underscores declining demand for all-electric cars in the US. Sales of electric vehicles slowed sharply to throughout 2023, increasing only 1.3% in the last quarter.

Tesla's price cuts over the past year have reduced the value of vehicles in Hertz's fleet, and with EV sales growth slowing, it's unclear whether consumers will have an appetite for them in the market. of used cars.



60% of Spanish people take action, but the majority do not know the 2030 Agenda


El Mundo, January 2024

Sinopsis: Climate change is already the third biggest global concern for Spaniards, according to data from the Center for Sociological Research (CIS). But the environmental issue and the trace of the human footprint on it does not have the same impact on all citizens, despite the fact that the majority already recognizes the existence of climate change.

According to the survey carried out by Sigma Dos for EL MUNDO on this matter at the start of 2024: 83.2% of Spanish people consider that climate change "exists" and only 11.5% openly deny it. In this last segment is the position of leaders of the VOX party who, although they do not deny the existence of climate change, doubt that man is responsible for everything that happens on the planet, and that economic development should not be paralyzed, growth or prosperity" through "misperceptions", but rather by applying "common sense".

However, an important part of society still does not identify the Sustainable Development Goals established almost a decade ago, in 2015, by the United Nations General Assembly. 56.9% of those surveyed say they recognize the objectives "little or somewhat", and two out of ten (19.1%) claim to know "nothing" about these measures.

N. A. Those of us who fight against Climate Change cannot fall into that Manichean trap of opposing our action to the development of society and its social well-being. On the contrary, only by successfully facing this change will humanity be able to achieve the desired levels of well-being.


Record 'greening': Greenland's vegetation area doubled in 30 years


RT Feb 16, 2024

Sinopsis: One of the dangers that this phenomenon entails is the increase in the surface area of wetlands, which are a source of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas.

However, an analysis of satellite images from 1980 to 2010 revealed that global warming is changing this picture very quickly, according to a study led by the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that in that time 28,707 square kilometers of the Greenland ice sheet and glaciers melted, while the land covered with vegetation more than doubled (111%), adding about 87,475 square kilometers of tundra, shrublands, swamps and grasslands.

"The expansion of vegetation indicates, but also exacerbates, the thawing of permafrost, the thickening of the active layer and, therefore, the emissions of greenhouse gases previously stored in these Arctic soils," the article states.




Critical Atlantic Ocean current system is showing first signs of collapse, prompting warnings from scientists


CNN February 19, 2024

Sinopsis: A crucial system of ocean currents could already be on the verge of collapse, according to a new report published in the academic journal Science Advances, with alarming implications for sea level rise and global climate, leading to temperatures dropping dramatically in some areas. regions and increase in others.

The Atlantic Southern Circulation (AMOC), of which the Gulf Stream is a part, functions as a gigantic global conveyor belt that carries warm water from the tropics to the far north of the Atlantic, where the water cools, becomes saltier and sinks into the depths of the ocean, before spreading southwards.

Currents transport heat and nutrients to different areas of the planet and play a vital role in maintaining a relatively temperate climate in large areas of the Northern Hemisphere.

Although many scientists believe that the AMOC will slow down with climate change, and could even stop, there remains great uncertainty about when and how quickly it could occur. The AMOC stopped more than 12,000 years ago as a result of rapid melting of glaciers. Now they are trying to find out if this phenomenon could be repeated.

Scientists used a supercomputer simulating a gradual increase of freshwater in the AMOC, which accounted for snowmelt, as well as precipitation and river runoff. By slowly increasing the freshwater in the model, they saw the AMOC gradually weaken until it abruptly collapsed.

The study does not give deadlines for a possible collapse. "But at least we can say that we are heading towards the tipping point of climate change," said researcher van Westen.

The repercussions of the collapse of the AMOC current could be catastrophic. According to the study, in some parts of Europe temperatures could drop by up to 30°C over a century, leading to a completely different climate within one or two decades. Countries in the southern hemisphere, for their part, could suffer increased warming, while the Amazon's wet and dry seasons could reverse, causing serious disruption to the ecosystem. The collapse of the AMOC current could also cause a sea level rise of one meter, according to van Westen.

"No realistic adaptation measures can cope with such rapid temperature changes," the study authors write.

On the other hand, a particularly alarming, and somewhat controversial, report published in July last year concluded that the AMOC could be on the verge of collapsing by 2025.


This year saw the warmest January ever recorded


IPS 02/09/2024

Sinopsis: The first month of 2024 was the warmest January ever recorded, 0.12 degrees Celsius above the previous record, in 2020, and 0.70 degrees above the average for the period 1991-2020, the exchange service reported this Thursday, the 8th. climate of the European Copernicus observatory.

Samantha Burgess, deputy director of the service, said that "we also just experienced a 12-month period of more than 1.5 Celsius above the pre-industrial reference period."

European temperatures ranged in January 2024 from well below the 1991-2020 average in the Nordic countries to well above the average in the south of the continent.

Outside Europe, temperatures were well above average in eastern Canada, northwest Africa, the Middle East and central Asia, and below average in western Canada, the central United States and the United States. most of eastern Siberia.


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