Out of pure greed Chevron/Texaco has deliberately dumped millions of liters of toxic waste from oil production into ponds and rivers in Ecuador instead of returning them to the subsurface as would have been state of the art. The inhabitants have been dying of cancer as they did no more have unpolluted drinking water. The advocate Steven Donziger has defended Ecuador. He has refused to turn over his computer, cell phone and confidential case files to Chevron which would have been illegal to his clients. That is why the corrupt US-justice system has put him under house arrest, which did not want to end for more than two years. Yesterday a judge picked by Chevron has sent him to one of the most unsafe prisons in the country where many people already have died or got injured. Amnesty International, Protect the Protest Task Force, Amazon Watch, Law Students for Climate Accountability and actor and activist Lucy Lawless have now demanded in unison that Attorney General Garland and President Biden comply with the decision of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and immediately release Donziger.
The efficiency factor of the electrolysis of water is as low as that of a combustion engine: 30%. Nonetheless we will not suffice without hydrogen mobility. Only 50% of the electricity need can be produced within Germany when a sustainable transport system is to be realized.
Pure fluorinated gases are fortunately not harmful to the ozon layer like FCKWs; however they are super greenhouse gases. Sulfurhexafluorid SF6, used as isolation gas in the distribution of electrical current is 24,000 times more harmful than CO2 and the most aggressive greenhouse gas of the world. Nonetheless natural alternatives like CO2, ammoniac or propane exist. The EU prescribes a stepwise exit from F-gases. Many producers go for hydrofluorinated lefines which are unsaturized organic fluorine compounds. HFO freezing agents have a low greenhouse potential and do not harm the ozone layer. However they have persistent breakdown products like trifluorine-acetic-acid TFA which are accumulating in the environment. They can already be detected in beer and wine. Health impacts unknown. The use of these substances, which are likely harmful, does thus violate the precautionary principle as established in the EU. The europe-wide exit from F-gases until 2030 can save 100 million tons of CO2 equivalents. A worldwide changeover to unharmful, natural alternatives would be desirable. Heat pumps as needed for the fight against climate change should also do without the saturized, greenhouse effective FKWs.
The EU is placing “green bonds” since October. A total of 37% of the investment volume is dedicated to the achievement of climate goals. Overall, the bonds make up 30% of the Corona Aid Package of the EU. On the other side the remaining 63% may also includes investments in fossil gas. However it is not even clarified yet, whether nuclear power or fossil gas shall be considered sustainable at all. Although gas pipelines are easily retrofitted for hydrogen, their initial purpose is always the carriage of a fossil fuel. Nuclear power can not be considered green at all. The technology is neither CO2-neutral, because from mining up to final disposal greenhouse gases are emitted, thus at least CO2-low, nor can nuclear power be considered economic in any way without public subsidies. Every euro for nuclear power is missing for renewables. … Aging nuclear power plants provide an increasing danger, the problem of final disposal can not be managed unharmful, while uranium mining contaminates whole landscapes. France is for a revival of nuclear power and even wants to see it as issue at the global climate conference. In Europe France seeks for allies like Poland and the Czech Republic to influence the EU Commission. However it meets a decisive resistance by Austria and now after coming green government participation in full extent also by Germany.
Environmentalists from Allrise, Austria have filed a lawsuit at the international criminal court in The Hague and accuse Bolsonaro of crimes against humanity because of his policy of destroying the rainforest. Deutsche Umwelthife supports the lawsuit because of the devastating effects on the climate (Artikel auf n-tv.de, DUH, German Environment Help: Petition auf change.org).