CO2 levels in atmosphere hit record high in 2016

Concentrations of carbon dioxide surged at a record breaking speed in 2016, according to the annual Greenhouse Gas bulletin compiled by the World Meteorological Organization. The Geneva-based organization said that levels of the heat-trapping gas CO2 in the atmosphere are the highest in in 800,000 years. — source edition.cnn.com 2017-10-31

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Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals

WHO is recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals. In some countries, approximately 80% of total consumption of medically important antibiotics is in the animal sector, largely for growth promotion in healthy animals. Over-use and misuse of antibiotics in animals and humans [...]

CFTC Fines Cargill $10 Million

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has fined Cargill $10 million for providing mid-market marks that concealed from counterparties and its swap data repository (SDR) its full mark-up on certain swaps, in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC Regulations. The CFTC found that Cargill provided counterparties and the SDR inaccurate marks which [...]

York University Faculty Boycotts Israeli Academic Institution

Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University (SAIA York) is proud to announce that the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at the third largest university in Canada has boycotted the Israeli academic institution, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES). This move is a major win for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, as [...]

World is rapidly becoming an “international oligarchy”

Bernie Sanders has warned that the world is rapidly becoming an “international oligarchy” controlled by a tiny number of billionaires, highlighted by the revelations in the Paradise Papers. In a statement to the Guardian in the wake of the massive leak of documents exposing the secrets of offshore investors, Sanders said that the enrichment of [...]

Telia to Pay $965 Million FCPA Prosecution Deferred in Uzbek Bribery Case

Stockholm-based Telia Company AB and its Uzbek subsidiary, Coscom LLC, entered into a global foreign bribery resolution and will pay a combined total penalty of more than $965 million to resolve charges arising out of a scheme to pay bribes in Uzbekistan. Coscom pled guilty and was sentenced on a one-count criminal information charging the [...]

Scotland’s shell firm mess

A UK Government minister has admitted 28,000 notorious Scottish registered “tax haven” shell firms have failed to reveal their true owners’ identities two months after strict new transparency rules came in. The Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLP), which are officially registered to addresses in Scotland but frequently run by anonymous foreign entities, have since August faced [...]

Bulgarian agriculture in the road towards a new “feudalization”

In the beginning of 20th century Bulgaria was among those countries in Europe that had the highest number of parceled out land with hundreds of thousands of small land owners toiling at their land at the brink of survival. After 1944, Bulgarian agriculture underwent the typical for Eastern Europe model of collectivization and centralization. The [...]