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The Whole Northern Hemisphere is at Risk of Becoming Largely Uninhabitable

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan.com [1]
Friday, May 25, 2012

You may have entertained the idea of an improbable civilization ending events such as a ‘global killer’ asteroid [2], earth crust displacement or massive solar storms [3], but what if there existed a situation right now that was so serious that it literally threatened our very existence?

According to a host of scientists, nuclear experts and researchers, were are facing exactly such a scenario – and current efforts may not be able to stop it.

When the Fukushima nuclear plants sustained structural damage and a catastrophic failure of their spent fuel cooling systems in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, it left the government of Japan, Tokyo Power and nuclear regulatory agencies around the world powerless to contain the release of deadly radiation. A year on, the battle for control of Fukushima continues to no avail.

It’s estimated that tens of thousands of people in Japan and the whole of North America [4] have been affected, with reports indicating that children in Japan and the U.S. are already being born with birth defects, as well as thousands who have already succumbed to radiation related illness. As we initially followed the breaking news during the first thirty days [5] of the accident, we suggested the Fukushima disaster would be worse than Chernobyl. Not even we could have imagined how much worse it would be.

If current estimates [6] are correct, Fukushima has already released as much radiation into the atmosphere and Pacific Ocean as Chernobyl, and the potential for a disaster at least ten times worse is highly probable in the event of another earthquake or accident [7] that leads to a collapse of the cooling structures which are above ground and have already suffered significant damage.

According to U.S. Army General Albert N. Stubblebine (ret.) of the Natural Solutions Foundation [8], the situation is extremely serious and poses a significant danger to our entire civilization. Since TEPCO and the Japanese government have refused the entombment option (as the Russians did with Chernobyl) the world is at the mercy of nature. A mistake here would cause the deaths of tens of millions of people across the globe.

If there ever existed a threat that could cause the end of the world as we know it, it’s the ongoing and unresolved nuclear saga in Japan:

When the highly radioactive Spent Fuel Rods are exposed to air, there will be massive explosions releasing many times the amount or radiation released thus far. Bizarrely, they are stored three stories above ground in open concrete storage pools. Whether through evaporation of the water in the pools, or due to the inevitable further collapse of the structure, there is a severe risk. United States public health authorities agree that tens of thousands of North Americans have already died from the Fukushima calamity. When the final cataclysm occurs, sooner rather than later, the whole Northern Hemisphere is at risk of becoming largely uninhabitable.

Fact. On March 11, 2011, Fukushima Daichi nuclear power station with six nuclear reactors suffered cataclysmic damage that some believe was a man made event,and the resulting Tsunami. Hydrogen explosions…at least one nuclear explosion… and then subsequent deterioration of the visible plants at five of those reactors have created a threat situation unparalleled in human history.

Fact. Despite denial and cover-up, the reality has emerged, that enormous amounts of radioactive material has been spewing into the atmosphere, polluting the groundwater, and the food of Japan, and entering by the tens of millions of gallons the waters of the Pacific.

There’s no way to sugarcoat these facts. Denying them, blocking them out, pretending that they are not real is of no help to you and your family, and it leaves you totally unprepared for a danger that the Natural Solutions Foundation has been warning about since the first day. As of three weeks ago the levels of radiation inside of the spent fuel pools of unit no. 2 are too high to measure. Get that… too high to measure. And, the water there is evaporating, meaning that heat and radiation could easily build to very high levels.

Very simply put, if this much Cesium 137 is released, it will destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugulistic debate over nuclear power plants.

This is an issue of human survival.

We can play the denial game all day long and pretend that, because the mainstream media is not reporting on it [9], there is no threat, but the facts are quite clear.

This is, without a doubt, the most immediate threat faced by the world. It’s so serious, in fact, that the Japanese government has considered and put into place evacuation plans for the whole of Tokyo [10] – some 40 million people. Reports are also emerging that suggest a collapse of the spent fuel pools would be so serious that the entire country of Japan may have to be evacuated. The entire country – that’s 125 million refugees that will cause an unprecedented humanitarian disaster.

Before you argue that these are the ravings of just alternative media conspiracy theorists and fearmongers, consider the assessment put forth by Robert Alvarez [11] , a senior policy adviser to the Secretary for National Security and the Environment for the US Department of Energy:

The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors.  Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo.  In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters.

The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of  the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site, have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.

Regulatory agencies all over the world are warning of the potentiality of a further degradation of the Fukushima nuclear reactors and spent fuel pools, and the subsequent nuclear fallout that would follow.

If these reactors go – and they could at any moment for any number of reasons – we’re looking at a situation for which you simply cannot stock enough food, or water, or supplies. Radiation would spread across the entire northern hemisphere and would be impossible to contain.

While we’ve argued in the past that there is no place we’d rather be than in the United States of America in the event of a socio-economic collapse or global conflict, if these spent fuel pools collapse, then an international exit strategy may be the only option.

Because details are sparse and research limited, it is difficult to predict what nuclear fall out from Japan may look like. The following map may be of some help, as it details the estimated fallout pattern resulting from a nuclear war between Russia and the United States. You’ll note that, while most of the world would be irradiated, the southern hemisphere would be your best bet to avoid the brunt of it:

U.S. Army General: The Whole Northern Hemisphere is at Risk of Becoming Largely Uninhabitable radiation spread nuclear war

 


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[1] SHTFplan.com: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/u-s-army-general-the-whole-northern-hemisphere-is-at-risk-of-becoming-largely-uninhabitable_05252012

[2] asteroid: http://www.shtfplan.com/emergency-preparedness/the-us-government-is-prepping-for-unlikely-events-like-war-catastrophic-collapse-of-society-and-even-asteroids-are-you_10262010

[3] massive solar storms: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/solar-killshot-solar-flares-so-powerful-they-will-cause-the-death-of-billions-full-documentary_05192012

[4] the whole of North America: http://www.infowars.com/radiation-fallout-from-japan-affects-food-safety-across-north-america/

[5] breaking news during the first thirty days: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/tsunami-nowhere-to-run-videos-waves-hit-japan-hawaii-west-coast-on-alert_04052011

[6] current estimates: http://www.infowars.com/operators-admit-fukushima-radiation-levels-exceed-2-12-times-announced/

[7] highly probable in the event of another earthquake or accident: http://theintelhub.com/2012/05/24/fukushima-reactor-4-poses-massive-global-risk/

[8] Natural Solutions Foundation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UJIEZvX4PZI

[9] mainstream media is not reporting on it: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-radiation-warnings-you-wont-get-from-the-mainstream-propaganda-machine_04022012

[10] evacuation plans for the whole of Tokyo: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/its-not-over-government-plans-for-the-worst-forced-evacuation-of-tokyo_04032012

[11] put forth by Robert Alvarez: http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/04/682.html

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Global CO2 Emissions at Record High

Published on Friday, May 25, 2012 by Common Dreams

Global CO2 Emissions at Record High

– Common Dreams staff

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported yesterday that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions hit a record high in 2011 and that the probability of reducing the average global temperature increase to 2°C is becoming more out of reach.

An Inconvienient Reality(photo: Nick Humphries)

Climate Scientist James Hansen has called even a target of 2 degrees of warming “a prescription for long-term disaster.”

“When I look at this data, the trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius (by 2050), which would have devastating consequences for the planet,” Fatih Birol, IEA’s chief economist told Reuters.

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IEA: Global carbon-dioxide emissions increase by 1.0 Gt in 2011 to record high

Global carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011, according to preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA). This represents an increase of 1.0 Gt on 2010, or 3.2%. Coal accounted for 45% of total energy-related CO2 emissions in 2011, followed by oil (35%) and natural gas (20%).

The 450 Scenario of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2011, which sets out an energy pathway consistent with a 50% chance of limiting the increase in the average global temperature to 2°C, requires CO2 emissions to peak at 32.6 Gt no later than 2017, i.e. just 1.0 Gt above 2011 levels. The 450 Scenario sees a decoupling of CO2 emissions from global GDP, but much still needs to be done to reach that goal as the rate of growth in CO2 emissions in 2011 exceeded that of global GDP. “The new data provide further evidence that the door to a 2°C trajectory is about to close,” said IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol.

Political Inaction Driving World Towards Climate Catastrophe

Published on Friday, May 25, 2012 by Common Dreams

Bonn Climate Talks Close in Disappointment; World Leaders Whistle Towards Disaster

Greenpeace: Climate crisis caused by lack of political action

– Common Dreams staff

International climate talks ended in Bonn, Germany today with little progress made on key issues and stark divisions remaining between rich and poor nations. The disappointing outcome saw delegates unable to reach agreement on how best to move forward for higher level talks in November and less than one month ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), gives a press conference on May 25, 2012, at the end of a UN climate conference in Bonn, western Germany. (Photograph: Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images) “There is distrust and there is frustration in the atmosphere,” Seyni Nafo, spokesman for a group of African countries, told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Celine Charveriat, advocacy and campaigns director at Oxfam International, told Reuters that discord in Bonn was evidence of “some pretty substantive areas of disagreement.” Further quoted in The Guardian, she said: “No progress was made to deliver the financial support that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable need to deal with the growing impacts of climate change.”

“It’s absurd to watch governments sit and point fingers and fight like little kids while the scientists explain about the terrifying impacts of climate change and the fact that we have all the technology we need to solve the problem.”
-Tove Maria Ryding, Greenpeace

“At a time when ambitious emission reductions are more urgent than ever,” Charveriat continued, “developed countries in Bonn made no progress to close the gap between current climate targets and what is required to avoid the worst of climate change. Developed countries must improve on their current low level of ambition and accept higher reduction targets no later than at the Qatar summit [in November].”

Tove Maria Ryding, coordinator for climate policy at Greenpeace International, also expressed exasperation with the process, saying: “Here in Bonn we’ve clearly seen that the climate crisis is not caused by lack of options and solutions, but lack of political action. It’s absurd to watch governments sit and point fingers and fight like little kids while the scientists explain about the terrifying impacts of climate change and the fact that we have all the technology we need to solve the problem while creating new green jobs.”

Meanwhile, ex-diplomat of Argentina and original architect of the Kyoto Protocol, Raul Estrada, told Agence France-Presse he was frustrated by the poor quality of current climate negotiations and disappointed with how nations faltered on their commitments to Kyoto, the only binding international treaty on climate change ever enacted.

“I’m frustrated by those governments with whom we adopted the protocol unanimously in Kyoto, not by consensus but unanimously, and later didn’t ratify it like the USA or, having ratified the protocol, now they don’t comply with it, like Canada and Italy,” said Estrada.

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Reuters: Deadlock breaks at UN climate talks, mistrust remains

Procedural wrangling during the two-week session, attended by national negotiating teams below ministerial level, has shown there is mistrust among participants and heaps pressure on ministerial talks in Doha, Qatar, at the end of the year to deliver, observers said.

“When people start fighting about agendas it is a symptom of lack of trust and of some pretty substantive areas of disagreement,” said Celine Charveriat, director of advocacy and campaigns at international development charity Oxfam.

The European Union and others have accused China, along with other developing countries, of “procedural blocking” or trying to backtrack on the Durban deal by altering the approach to negotiations.

One initiative, an attempt to bring discussion on emissions cuts by both rich and poor countries into one forum, rather than keep it in two separate negotiating tracks, is no longer an obstacle to progress but others may emerge.

“We cleared a difficult hurdle here. There is no doubt that it will be the first of many, and we must remember that time is not on our side,” said Sai Navoti, lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, which represents small nations most vulnerable to global warming.

On the other side, developing countries accuse the United States, the EU and other rich nations of trying to avoid making deeper emissions cuts and dodging increases in finance to help poorer nations deal with climate change.

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The Guardian: Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment

“It’s incredibly frustrating to have achieved so little. We’re stepping backwards, not forwards.”

At the talks, countries were supposed to set out a workplan on negotiations that should result in a new global climate treaty, to be drafted by the end of 2015 and to come into force in 2020. But participants told the Guardian they were downbeat, disappointed and frustrated that the decision to work on a new treaty – reached after marathon late-running talks last December in Durban – was being questioned.

China and India, both rapidly growing economies with an increasing share of global emissions, have tried to delay talks on such a treaty. Instead of a workplan for the next three years to achieve the objective of a new pact, governments have only managed to draw up a partial agenda. “It’s incredibly frustrating to have achieved so little,” said one developed country participant. “We’re stepping backwards, not forwards.”

Connie Hedegaard, the EU climate chief, said: “The world cannot afford that a few want to backtrack from what was agreed in Durban only five months ago. Durban was – and is – a delicately balanced package where all elements must be delivered at the same pace. It is not a pick and choose menu. It is very worrisome that attempts to backtrack have been so obvious and time-consuming in the Bonn talks over the last two weeks.”

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Agence France-Presse: UN climate talks ‘stalled’, says Kyoto architect

“It seems to me that negotiations are returning to square one,” said Raul Estrada, the “father” of the world’s only treaty to specify curbs in greenhouse gases, as the first talks for a new global pact took place in Bonn.”There is very little science in the discussion, mostly political interests or political arguments trying to use things that were decided 20 or 30 years ago.”
-Raul Estrada

In a telephone interview from Buenos Aires this week, Estrada defended his beleaguered accord and said efforts to engineer a replacement were in trouble.

“We are throwing the dice and then we advance three or four places. Then you throw again and you go back. This is the exercise on climate,” said the Argentine ex-diplomat who steered the historic 1997 conference which yielded Kyoto’s framework.

Kyoto binds 37 rich nations to reducing carbon emissions but does not have any targeted commitments for poor economies.

It is a format that critics say is hopelessly out of date today, given that China, India and Brazil are now giant emitters.

Kyoto’s first roster of pledges expires at the end of the year. Renewing it is one of several keys to unlocking a wider deal to be completed by 2015 and take effect by 2020.

Kyoto “is an excellent source of experience for any successor treaty,” Estrada said.

He added he had “serious concerns” about the 2020 negotiations launched last December in South Africa under the 194-party UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Senior officials are meeting in Bonn for the first round of talks to follow up the so-called Durban Platform. The 11-day parlay runs until Friday.

“There is very little science in the discussion, mostly political interests or political arguments trying to use things that were decided 20 or 30 years ago,” Estrada said.

With climate discussions in a fragile state since the chaotic 2009 Copenhagen Summit, Estrada said political and economic problems at home were preventing many countries from tackling climate change with the urgency it needed.

Fukushima Reactor 4 poses massive global risk

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Cranes stand around tsunami-crippled four reactors, from left, Unit 1 to Unit 4, at Fukushima Dadi-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP /Kyodo News)

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20120518/fukushima-dai-ichi-risk-reactor-4-120519/#ixzz1vuFMh537

Fukushima Reactor 4 poses massive global risk

 

Andy Johnson, CTVNews.ca
 
Updated: Sat. May. 19 2012 8:20 PM ET

More than a year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a massive nuclear disaster, experts are warning that Japan isn’t out of the woods yet and the worst nuclear storm the world has ever seen could be just one earthquake away from reality.

The troubled Reactor 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is at the centre of this potential catastrophe.

Reactor 4 — and to a lesser extent Reactor 3 — still hold large quantities of cooling waters surrounding spent nuclear fuel, all bound by a fragile concrete pool located 30 metres above the ground, and exposed to the elements.

A magnitude 7 or 7.5 earthquake would likely fracture that pool, and disaster would ensue, says Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education who has visited the site.

The 1,535 spent fuel rods would become exposed to the air and would likely catch fire, with the most-recently added fuel rods igniting first.

The incredible heat generated from that blaze, Gundersen said, could then ignite the older fuel in the cooling pool, causing a massive oxygen-eating radiological fire that could not be extinguished with water.

“So the fear is the newest fuel could begin to burn and then we’d have a conflagration of the whole pool because it would become hotter and hotter. The health consequences of that are beyond where science has ever gone before,” Gundersen told CTVNews.ca in an interview from his home in Vermont.

Worst-case scenario

There are a couple of possible outcomes, Gundersen said.

Highly radioactive cesium and strontium isotopes would likely go airborne and “volatilize” — turning into a vapour that could move with the wind, potentially travelling thousands of kilometres from the source.

The size of those particles would determine whether they remained in Japan, or made their way to the rest of Asia and other continents.

“And here’s where there’s no science because no one’s ever dared to attempt the experiment,” Gundersen said. “If it flies far enough it goes around the world, if the particles stay a little bigger, they settle in Japan. Either is awful.”

Essentially, he said, Japan is sitting on a ticking time bomb.

The damaged Reactor 4 cooling pool was reinforced by workers who went in and “jury-rigged” it after the tsunami, but the structure still contains a massive amount of fuel, Gundersen said.

Reactor 3 has less fuel inside its cooling pool, but it has not been strengthened since the disaster and poses a greater risk of failing.

“Reactor 3 has a little less consequences but a little more risk, and Reactor 4 has more consequences but…a little less risk,” he said.

Finding a fix

The solution, Gundersen said, is for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to immediately begin the process of transferring the fuel rods from the cooling pools to dry cask storage — a massive and costly endeavour, but one he said is absolutely essential.

To even begin the removal process at Reactor 4, TEPCO would first have to construct a crane capable of lifting the 100-tonne fuel rod canister, since the original crane was destroyed in the disaster last year.

In order to do that, they would have to build a massive structure around the existing pool to support the new crane, which would then be used to lift the fuel rod canister from the water, down to the ground and into a steel and concrete dry-cask.

All this of course, has to be done in a highly contaminated area where workers must wear protective suits and limit their radiation exposure each day, adding time and expense to the process.

Still, with the consequences so high, Gundersen said there’s no time to lose.

“This is a ‘now’ problem, this is not a ‘let’s-wait-until-we-get-the-cash-flow-from-the-Japanese-government’ problem. The consequences of a 7 or 7.5 earthquake don’t happen every day, but we know it happened last year so you have to anticipate that it will happen,” Gundersen said.

‘Fate of the world’ depends on Reactor 4

He’s not alone in pressing the Japanese government to adopt a sense of urgency about the Reactor 4 dilemma.

Robert Alvarez, a former top adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy, also expressed concern in a letter to Akio Matsumura, a Japanese diplomat who has turned his focus to the nuclear calamity.  

Matsumura had asked Alvarez about the risk associated with Reactor 4.

“The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements,” Alvarez said in his response. “If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cesium-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.”

Mitsuhei Murata, Japan’s former ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal, has also made it his mission to convince the UN and the world that urgent action is needed.

“It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 reactor,” Murata said in a recent letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which he urged him to back efforts to address the problem.

Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said most major threats have been eliminated and “cold shutdown” status had been achieved in December.

But Noda declined to comment directly on the risk posed by Reactor 4, only telling The Wall Street Journal’s Asia edition that it was important to “remain vigilant.”

“We have passed a situation where people have to run far away or evacuate,” he said. “Ahead of us are time-consuming tasks like decontamination and decommissioning (of the plants). We will proceed with the utmost care.”

Gundersen said the remaining challenges at the Fukushima Da-Ichi site are not technological. Everyone knows what needs to be done and how to do it, he said. The challenge lies, rather, in convincing Japan that action must be taken now.

That will require international pressure, as well as international investment, on a grand scale, he said.

“We’re all in a situation of having to pray there’s not an earthquake. And there’s the other half of that, which is pray to God but row toward shore. And Tokyo’s not really rowing toward shore right now,” Gundersen said.

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Fukushima meltdowns’ March 2011 fallout higher than estimated, near 900,000 terabecquerels: Tepco

Kyodo

An estimated 900,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances were released into the atmosphere in March 2011 by the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday.

The figure is higher than projections previously released by the government’s nuclear bodies, but less than a fifth of the 5.2 million terabecquerels thought to have been emitted by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Some 4,600 terabecquerels of radioactive substances were discharged when an explosion ripped through the reactor 1 building March 12, and another 1,060 following an explosion at reactor 3 two days later, according to Tepco’s study of the fallout emitted by the plant’s three crippled units between March 12 and March 31.

The emissions peaked March 15 and 16, possibly because the primary containment vessels of the three reactors degraded due to high temperatures and released massive amounts of fallout and steam from their upper part.

In the following months, however, the amount of radioactive substances spewed by the three reactors was less than 1 percent of the levels seen in March, Tepco’s study showed.

Reactors 1 to 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power station suffered meltdowns after the March 2011 quake and tsunami knocked out almost all of the facility’s power sources, preventing Tepco from maintaining the fuel inside them in a cool state.

Hydrogen explosions erupted in all three units in the early days of the crisis, blowing away their outer walls and roofs and releasing radioactive fallout into the environment.

The government last year acknowledged that the severity level of the Fukushima nuclear crisis registers a maximum 7 on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s scale based on the amount of radioactive materials released — a ranking equivalent to Chernobyl.

The Japan Times: Friday, May 25, 2012

Economic Collapse: The End of the World As We Know It

By Dr. Mark Sircus
theintelhub.com
May 24, 2012

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As everyone is well aware, Europe is an absolute mess. The gravity of the global debt crisis is getting worse and for sure it’s the end of the world as we have known it.

EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht recently said, “The endgame has begun, and how it will finish I do not know.”

There is an implosion happening in Greece, and Spain is not far behind with Portugal and Ireland running neck and neck into the full embrace of depression and life-shattering bank runs.

Greece is a big deal and Spain is even bigger. Right now the European Central Bank (ECB) is starting to cut off funds from several Greek banks and there is a run going on at the same time.

Those banks are going down the toilet into a black hole and there will be a loud sucking sound as these banks pull hard on other banks. The Titanic is going down at the bow and just because you are at the stern (in the United States), not in Spain or Greece, it does not mean the cold waters of economic calamity are not going to come to the shores of your life.

Martin Weiss has a logical sequence that forecasts the ruin of our current way of life.

Forecast #4
The European Central Bank (ECB)
will kick its money printing presses
into overdrive and very, very soon.

“That’s the only way they know how to react to the riots on the streets, how to finance their budgets, how to rescue their banks and save their own necks politically. And if you think Europe is too far away from your hometown to matter very much—too far away from Main Street USA—think again,” says Weiss.

Chris Martenson said:

“Well, my hat is off to the global central planners for averting the next stage of the unfolding financial crisis for as long as they have. I guess there’s some solace in having had a nice break between the events of 2008/09 and today, which afforded us all the opportunity to attend to our various preparations and enjoy our lives. Alas, all good things come to an end, and a crisis rooted in ‘too much debt’ with a nice undercurrent of ‘persistently high and rising energy costs’ was never going to be solved by providing cheap liquidity to the largest and most reckless financial institutions. And it has not.”

Graham Summers, of Phoenix Capital Research, just back from Europe says:

“The situation in Europe is bad… How BAD? Well, France, Spain, and Germany have ALL implemented border controls. Spain, France, and Germany can each close their borders for up to 30 days at any point if they so choose. Why are they doing this? Because they know that when the stuff hits the fan and the EU collapses (which it will in the next few months) people are going to attempt to flee with their money… so they have made it so that no one can get it… and no one can get out,”

“A €1 billion run [$1.28 billion] on a recently nationalized Spanish bank has sparked further fears that the 17-nation eurozone is about to implode. “The U.S. media has completely ignored this story because the implications are truly horrifying: that the EU and its banking system could very easily collapse in the coming months. After all, there are already bank runs taking place in Spain and Greece. Once things pick up steam NO ONE will be immune. No less than Ben Bernanke has publicly admitted that if the EU goes down, it will potentially take the U.S. with it. Make no mistake, what’s coming will be bigger and worse than 2008. We’re talking about bank holidays, civil unrest, and the worse,” said Summers.

You think this is all to be taken lightly? The Italian government does not think so and has deployed 20,000 law enforcement officers to protect individuals and sensitive sites.

The government increased security last Thursday at 14,000 sites, and assigned bodyguards to protect 550 individuals after a nuclear energy company official was shot and letter bombs directed to the tax collection agency.

 

It really is the end of the world we know, or the beginning of that end. Christians believe in the end of the world as a matter of course and the world is giving them every reason to think that their beliefs are correct. Our modern civilization is vulnerable from a number of different angles and the insanity of the elite and centuries of financial manipulation and control are smashing against the wealth of the masses and the very structure of society.

I read that Homeland Security is preparing for civil war, preparing to fight the heavily armed American people and internal security agencies have bought enough ammunition to kill everyone. Never has a public been so heavily armed so obviously the military and the police know it will take a lot to suppress Americans.

But they are not the only ones itching for war. Forty-nine headless bodies were dumped in Mexico and the idiots in Washington are still proud of their war against drugs. Modern civilization has been at war with its own people for a long while and now national governments are ready and set for war on a broader scale.

In the China Sea it’s the Philippines facing off against the Chinese and now we hear of a new unholy alliance in Israel that seems to have established a war cabinet to go full out to war with Iran.

Russia and Putin are talking rough and I don’t think they are kidding about defending their interests from the mentally deranged Europeans and Americans. Syria has joined the list of countries being torn apart by civil war.

Financial Armageddon is inching closer and closer. The future for the first world is already being written in Spain and Greece and even California, places where the money is running out big time. And the volcanoes and earthquakes just don’t stop. They just don’t stop and the reports keep coming in.

John Rubino said, “Europe’s leaders—that is to say German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the bureaucrats running the various eurozone agencies from Brussels—have looked into the abyss and don’t like what they see.

Specifically, a default and departure by even a relatively insignificant country like Greece might start a contagion that cripples or destroys the whole eurozone.

Paul Brodsky says, “The only way to deleverage is either to let credit deteriorate or to print money. Clearly the politically expedient way of deleveraging is to print money. Central banks can chatter all they want about not wanting to print money or wanting to keep the integrity of their currencies, but, at the end of the day, they don’t really have a choice.

They either have to manufacture more electronic credits and put them in the banking system or they have to let their banking system fail. That is just the reality. There is one interconnected banking system and they all have claims with each other. If German banks end up in difficulty, it presents problems for U.S. banks.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has some bad news: His cash-strapped state isn’t $9.2 billion in the hole, as projected in January; the Golden State is actually facing a yawning $15.7 billion shortfall.

Conclusion

The business and financial community is not paying attention to what is happening in Fukushima and how that alone will ruin the plans of mice and men.

Rich or poor, it makes little difference when we are challenged beyond our capacity to respond. Assuming that life will go on as it has these past decades is perhaps one of the greatest and most dangerous assumptions most people are making today.

The mainstream news media feeds this almost universally-shared assumption, so when this greatest-of-all bubbles bursts, there will be hell to pay—that is for sure.

We are all going to have to turn our bows into more spiritual winds to manage the major upheavals headed our way. Depending on who and where you are, these major upheavals have already occurred leaving increasing millions desperate and without hope.

The illusion of growth is fast fading and what will take its place is an ugly depression with a threatened currency collapse as trillions are printed to save the world from its own stupidity.

This article originally appeared on blog.IMVA.com

Jesus ‘died on Friday, April 3, 33AD’ claims study that matches crucifixion to earthquake mentioned in gospel

Jesus died on Friday, April 3, 33AD, according to an investigation which matches his death to an earthquake.

The investigation, from the International Geology Review, looked at earthquake activity around the Dead Sea, which is around 13 miles from Jerusalem.

The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, says that as Jesus lay dying on the cross, an earthquake shook the area, scattering graves and making the sky go dark.

 
Hieronymus Bosch' painting of The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (c. 1500)

Hieronymus Bosch’ painting of The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (c. 1500)

Now researchers have looked at textual accounts, geological records and astronomical data to find the most likely date for Jesus’s death.

Geologist Jefferson Williams of Supersonic Geophysical, and colleagues from the German Research Center for Geosciences, studied soil samples from the beach of Ein Gedi Spa, next to the Dead Sea.

 

 

Researching the deeper layers of the soil, two earthquakes were detected by looking at the layers of built-up sediment, called varves, which built up each year.

A widespread earthquake is known to have happened in 31BC, and another one was detected which must have occured between 26AD and 36AD.

The Gospel of Matthew:

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”

Williams told Discovery that the latter earthquake occurred during ‘the years when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea and when the earthquake of the Gospel of Matthew is historically constrained.’

He said the the day and date of the crucifixion are known with a fair degree of precision – but the year has been in question.

However, putting the jigsaw together, Williams said the clues were:

  • All four gospels and Tacitus in Annals (XV,44) agree that the crucifixion occurred when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea from 26-36 AD
  • All four gospels say the crucifixion occurred on a Friday
  • All four gospels agree that Jesus died a few hours before the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath (nightfall on a Friday)
  • The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) indicate that Jesus died before nightfall on the 14th day of Nisan; right before the start of the Passover meal
  • John’s gospel differs from the ‘Synoptic Gospels’; apparently indicating that Jesus died before nightfall on the 15th day of Nisan

The researchers said that these clues, combined with the Jewish calendar and astronomy clues, indicate that Friday April 3, 33 AD is the best possible match.

 
The coast of the Dead Sea - clues under the ground help identify when and where earthquakes happened

The coast of the Dead Sea – clues under the ground help identify when and where earthquakes happened

One other clue in the gospels may also support this theory – three of the four canonical gospels report darkness from midday to 3pm on the day after the crucifixion.

Williams told Discovery that this could have been caused by a dust storm – and now he is searching the soil samples to see if he can find evidence of this as well.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2149750/Jesus-died-Friday-April-3-33AD-claim-researchers-tie-earthquake-data-gospels-date.html#ixzz1vu98HCMn

The Global Elite/ The House of Rothschild/ International Jewish Terrorist Network

The Global Elite/
The House of Rothschild/
International Jewish
Terrorist Network

 

“We need to take away the foundation for terrorism,
and establish barriers to its activites and its spread”

-Javier Solano-EU High Commissioner


POINTS:

  1. Anti-Christ will be Jew
  2. House of Rothschild/ Head of Snake/Ardent Zionist
  3. Terrorism in Israel/War on TERROR- USA/EU/Israel
  4. Using FEAR to procure billions into US/EU military-industrial-intelligence National Security State complex to protect International Jewish Corporate Empire from the Masses of the peoples on the planet
  5. US/British/Israeli Axis of Evil



The Rothschild Empire is today the richest, most powerful, most influential temporal force on the planet.

Based primarily in London, UK, it has amassed untold TRILLIONS in wealth over the past 3 centuries to become the prime mover and shaker in international political and financial affairs.

The House of Rothschild is ardently jewish and staunchly pro-zionist in its religious disposition and affairs. As of the year 2000, they have decided to engage and promulgate “international terrorism” to catalyze and ‘fast track’ their ultimate quest and goal for a One World Government based in the European Union.

Rothschild interests not only control the United States of America directly through the US Federal Reserve, they also control (and weild) the most lethal military fighting force in the world today: the US military. This International Jewish Terrorist Empire fights by proxy, that is, they get others to fight, kill and die for them, in this case, deluded and deceived Americans.

There exists a US/British/Israeli Axis of Evil that is reeking absolute havoc upon our world today, committing acts of military, economic and environmental terrorism, exploitation and destruction on an unprecedented scale all over the world, leaving only death, ruin, chaos and vengence in its wake.

The Rothschilds operate out of the financial district in the heart of London, England; known as ‘the City’. All major British banks have their main offices there, along with branch offices for nearly 400 foreign banks, including at least 70 from the United States. Within ‘the City’ exists the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange, Lloyd’s of London, Fleet Street (home of international publishing and media/newspaper interests), the London Commodity Exchange and the London Metal Exchange. It is literally the financial hub of the world…

Covering an area of 677 acres or one square mile (known as the wealthiest square mile on Earth), the City is ruled by a Lord Mayor who is personally apppointed by the Rothschilds. ‘The City’ is, in its own right, a sovereign state existing within the confines of the larger city of London per se’, much like the Vatican is within the city of Rome.

The United Kingdom (as well as the entire European Union), is controlled, directed and governed by the powers that be within ‘the City’. The British throne (the Crown), the prime minister and the UK Parliament are all fronts for the Rothschild Empire, as will the European Commission, Council and Parliament be when the EU assumes its role as global headquarters for One World Government in the not to distant future.

The fact that the richest, most powerful dynasty in the world is Jewish should explain why the current international terrorist network operates out of the US/British/Israeli triad; the very heart of International Jewry. However, the Rothschild Empire has no love for jews in general, as they were the principal financier of Hitler’s Germany and the prime cause for the Nazi Holocaust. International geo-strategic and geo-political ‘one world’ interests come first, from their perspective.

Al-Qaida and the US/EU/Israeli so-called ‘War on Terror’ are all funded and directed by this International Zionist Cabal of Jewish Financiers based in London. At issue here is the use of raw force to dictate ‘one world’ strategem for economic and political consolidation, as well as to control and defend the empire against the masses of hungry, desperate and angry peoples of the world, whose ranks are growing rapidly.

That the Rothschilds control, influence and direct international intelligence agencies such as the CIA, NSA, GCHQ, Mossad and M16 etc…is practically a given. In fact, such a worldwide intelligence network has been the very secret, or key, to its phenomenal rise to global power this past half century.

There are only 5 nations in the world left without a Rothschild controlled central bank: Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba and Libya. Enter the so-called ‘war on terror’ and the real international jewish terrorist modus operendi that is about to strike Iran as they did Iraq, who was previously on that short list, but is no more.

Today, the USA is currently being set up for the fall. Targets: anti-‘One World’ US patriots, American freedom and independence, the US Bill of Rights, The US dollar and New York City- London’s chief financial rival for world economic control, dominance and authority. NYC will most likely be “nuked” by this International Jewish Terrorist Network (under the guise of CIA/M16/Mossad sponsored Al Qaida) once America has run its course for the Jew World Order.

The very nature of securing and maintaining international power, from their perspective, is to employ every kind of diabolical, insidious, wicked and evil means of deceit, deception and terror (the motto for Israel’s Mossad is ‘by way of deception’) in order to effectively procure their rule and reign on Earth- and this they do without remorse.

The state of Israel, though, is the crown jewel of international jewish world plans to assume the throne of global dictate. Ceasar, Fuhrer, King, Prince… whatever name or title one confers, it is a near certainty that he who will rule from Jerusalem will emerge from the House of Rothschild- the very root of international jewish terrorism.

The Anti-Christ will be Jew, sure to be a Man of fierce countenance, when he proclaims himself ‘god’ of this world at the end of history.



Selah,

Jonas the Prophet
Planet Earth
http://lightspeed2017.20m.com



SOURCES:

1. PNAC
Project for a New American Century
1150 17th St-NW
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Website: http://www.newamericancentury.org

2. AIPAC
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Website: http://www.aipac.org

3. International Jewish Empire
Website: http://yigal.20m.com

4. International Jewish Terrorism
Website: http://geocities.com/shekinah797/ijt.html

5. Jewish War Against Global Islam
Website: http://swordofallah.20m.com

6. Delegation of the European Commission to the United States
2300 ‘M’ St- NW
Washington, DC 20037 USA
Website: http://www.eurunion.org

7. Jeff Rense Zionism Data page
Website: http://www.rense.com/Datapages/zionismdata.htm

8. Anglo-Semitic Kingdom of GOD on Earth
Website: http://geocities.com/freespeechislaw775/anglo.html

9. Radio Islam
Website 1: http://www.radioislam.org
Website 2: http://www.abbac.com
Website 3: http://www.radioislam.org/islam/english/english.htm

10. Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion
Website: http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/przion1.htm

11. ***BOOK- Des Griffin, Descent into Slavery

12. ***BOOK- Empire of the City, EC Knuth

13. ***BOOK- Hidden Histroy of Zionism, by Ralph Schoenman

14. The House of Rothschild
Website: http://geocities.com/rothschildrg

15. Prophet’s Master Links
Website: http://geocities.com/seraphim2017/master.html



URL of this site: http://templemount.50megs.com

Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return?

Although there is an urban legend that the world will end this year based on a misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar, some researchers think a 40-year-old computer program that predicts a collapse of socioeconomic order and massive drop in human population in this century may be on target

 

Forest fires ravaging near Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant Image: flickr/Alexey Kudenko

Remember how Wile E. Coyote, in his obsessive pursuit of the Road Runner, would fall off a cliff? The hapless predator ran straight out off the edge, stopped in midair as only an animated character could, looked beneath him in an eye-popping moment of truth, and plummeted straight down into a puff of dust. Splat! Four decades ago, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer model called World3 warned of such a possible course for human civilization in the 21st century. In Limits to Growth, a bitterly disputed 1972 book that explicated these findings, researchers argued that the global industrial system has so much inertia that it cannot readily correct course in response to signals of planetary stress. But unless economic growth skidded to a halt before reaching the edge, they warned, society was headed for overshoot—and a splat that could kill billions.

Don’t look now but we are running in midair, a new book asserts. In 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years (Chelsea Green Publishing), Jorgen Randers of the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, and one of the original World3 modelers, argues that the second half of the 21st century will bring us near apocalypse in the form of severe global warming. Dennis Meadows, professor emeritus of systems policy at the University of New Hampshire who headed the original M.I.T. team and revisited World3 in 1994 and 2004, has an even darker view. The 1970s program had yielded a variety of scenarios, in some of which humanity manages to control production and population to live within planetary limits (described as Limits to Growth). Meadows contends that the model’s sustainable pathways are no longer within reach because humanity has failed to act accordingly.

Instead, the latest global data are tracking one of the most alarming scenarios, in which these variables increase steadily to reach a peak and then suddenly drop in a process called collapse. In fact, “I see collapse happening already,” he says. “Food per capita is going down, energy is becoming more scarce, groundwater is being depleted.” Most worrisome, Randers notes, greenhouse gases are being emitted twice as fast as oceans and forests can absorb them. Whereas in 1972 humans were using 85 percent of the regenerative capacity of the biosphere to support economic activities such as growing food, producing goods and assimilating pollutants, the figure is now at 150 percent—and growing.

Randers’s ideas most closely resemble a World3 scenario in which energy efficiency and renewable energy stave off the worst effects of climate change until after 2050. For the coming few decades, Randers predicts, life on Earth will carry on more or less as before. Wealthy economies will continue to grow, albeit more slowly as investment will need to be diverted to deal with resource constraints and environmental problems, which thereby will leave less capital for creating goods for consumption. Food production will improve: increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will cause plants to grow faster, and warming will open up new areas such as Siberia to cultivation. Population will increase, albeit slowly, to a maximum of about eight billion near 2040. Eventually, however, floods and desertification will start reducing farmland and therefore the availability of grain. Despite humanity’s efforts to ameliorate climate change, Randers predicts that its effects will become devastating sometime after mid-century, when global warming will reinforce itself by, for instance, igniting fires that turn forests into net emitters rather than absorbers of carbon. “Very likely, we will have war long before we get there,” Randers adds grimly. He expects that mass migration from lands rendered unlivable will lead to localized armed conflicts.

Graham Turner of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization fears that collapse could come even earlier, but due to peak oil rather than climate change. After comparing the various scenarios generated by World3 against recent data on population, industrial output and other variables, Turner and, separately, the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, conclude that the global system is closely following a business-as-usual output curve. In this model run the economy continues to grow as expected until about 2015, but then falters because nonrenewable resources such as oil become ever more expensive to extract. “Not that we’re running out of any of these resources,” Turner explains. “It’s that as you try to get to unconventional sources such as under deep oceans, it takes a lot more energy to extract each unit of energy.” To keep up oil supply, the model predicts that society will divert investment from agriculture, causing a drop in food production. In this scenario, population peaks around 2030 at between seven and eight billion and then decreases sharply, evening out at about four billion in 2100.

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Figure courtesy of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Meadows holds that collapse is now all but inevitable, but that its actual form will be too complex for any model to predict. “Collapse will not be driven by a single, identifiable cause simultaneously acting in all countries,” he observes. “It will come through a self-reinforcing complex of issues”—including climate change, resource constraints and socioeconomic inequality. When economies slow down, Meadows explains, fewer products are created relative to demand, and “when the rich can’t get more by producing real wealth they start to use their power to take from lower segments.” As scarcities mount and inequality increases, revolutions and socioeconomic movements like the Arab Spring or Occupy Wall Street will become more widespread—as will their repression.

Many observers protest that such apocalyptic scenarios discount human ingenuity. Technology and markets will solve problems as they show up, they argue. But for that to happen, contends economist Partha Dasgupta of the University of Cambridge in the U.K., policymakers must guide technology with the right incentives. As long as natural resources are underpriced compared with their true environmental and social cost—as long as, for instance, automobile consumers do not pay for lives lost from extreme climatic conditions caused by warming from their vehicles’ carbon emissions—technology will continue to produce resource-intensive goods and worsen the burden on the ecosystem, Dasgupta argues. “You can’t expect markets to solve the problem,” he says. Randers goes further, asserting that the short-term focus of capitalism and of extant democratic systems makes it impossible not only for markets but also for most governments to deal effectively with long-term problems such as climate change.

“We’re in for a period of sustained chaos whose magnitude we are unable to foresee,” Meadows warns. He no longer spends time trying to persuade humanity of the limits to growth. Instead, he says, “I’m trying to understand how communities and cities can buffer themselves” against the inevitable hard landing.

2012 Rio +20 U.N. Earth Summit Will Push for a More Powerful Global Environmental Agency


U.N. Environment Program

The U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: UNEP)

(CNSNews.com) – Ahead of a mammoth United Nations sustainability conferencein Rio de Janeiro next month, the Brazilian government has signaled a new push to get the U.N.’s top environmental body upgraded – a push long opposed by the United States.

Brazil wants to breathe new life into an initiative — vigorously promoted since the 1990s by European leaders — to replace the 40 year-old U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) with a full-fledged “specialized agency,” dubbed the U.N. Environment Organization (UNEO).

Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told a press briefing last Friday that the issue was a priority for her government, but she acknowledged that “there is no consensus in international organizations on the proposal to create an environment agency” during the summit, known as Rio+20.

“We are working hard looking for the best way to achieve this,” she said.

In what the U.N.’s Division for Sustainable Development says will be the biggest conference ever organized by the U.N., around 50,000 people, including some 135 heads of state and government (or deputies) will take part in the June 20-22 event.

During an earlier briefing, Brazilian Rio+20 organizer Luiz Alberto Figueiredo said his government believed that “UNEP should be strengthened as an environmental pillar, because in its present condition it is incapable of adequately carrying out its task.”

A pre-Rio+20 report this year by a global sustainability panel set up by U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon included among its 50-plus recommendations one calling for UNEP to be strengthened – “an idea that has gained support in recent years, accompanied by a number of institutional options.”

“One option is the possible transformation of UNEP into a specialized agency of the United Nations. A strengthened UNEP could enhance coherence between relevant multilateral environmental agreements, and better integrate its work with the activities of development institutions, especially the United Nations Development Program,” it said.

A “program” is a lesser entity than an “agency” in the U.N. hierarchy, with the latter enjoying more power, more autonomy – and more funding.

Specialized agencies – such as the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – are funded through “assessed contributions” by member states, calculated based on factors such as national income and gross domestic product. The U.S. is assessed at 22 percent, by far the biggest share. (The second and third biggest contributors are Japan and Germany, at 12.5 and 8.02 percent respectively.)

In contrast, programs like the Nairobi-based UNEP rely almost entirely on “voluntary” funding.

According to the most recent Office of Management and Budget report to Congress on U.S. contributions to the U.N., American taxpayers accounted for $22.9 million directed to UNEP in 2010 – or 9.8 percent of its total funding. That sum included “voluntary” contributions from the Departments of Commerce, Interior and State, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.

UNEO proponents argue that UNEP is weak, underfunded and underperforming. “It was created in 1972,” then French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a 2007 speech, “in a very different context from today’s.”

Opposing the European-led drive, the U.S. has long argued that the focus should be on improving UNEP rather than upgrading it to specialized agency status. Also, the Bush administration in general opposed U.N.-mandated restrictions on nation states of the type likely to emanate from a more powerful global environmental agency.

“We remain firm in our view that the principal responsibility for environmental governance should lay with national governments, not with a supranational authority,” U.S. diplomat Michael Snowden told a U.N. meeting on the subject back in 2006.

In a 2007 appeal called the “Paris Call for Action,” Chirac called for “massive international action to face the environmental crisis,” including the creation of a UNEO.

“We are coming to realize that the entire planet is at risk, that the well-being, health, safety, and very survival of humankind hangs in the balance,” he said.

“We call for the transformation of the UNEP into a genuine international organization to which all countries belong, along the lines of the World Health Organization.”

Chirac said the initiative was supported by 46 countries, mostly European but also developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia (The number has more than doubled since.) They excluded the U.S., Russia, and major fast-developing economies China, India – and at that time, Brazil.

Chirac was speaking in the context of the release by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of a series of reports declaring that global warming was “very likely” man-made and that its effects would continue for centuries.

(The IPCC, which was itself established by UNEP and another U.N. body in 1988, was later forced to retract an assertion in its 2007 reports stating that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035.)

Last year the Obama administration signed up to another new environmental organization, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Although it is not a U.N. agency – yet – IRENA members’ contributions are based on the same formula used to fund the U.N., so U.S. taxpayers provide 22 percent of the budget.

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