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CLIMATE CHANGE: UN Climate Fund Seeking Country Home ...

Posted on 24 August at 09:14

Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland are vying to host the Green Climate Fund (GCF) which was created to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures.

 UN related institutions have over the last few years established key offices outside of its 3 main domain homes: New York City, Geneva and Vienna. 

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for example recent established its home base in Nairobi and the International Criminal Court in The Hague. 

UNESCO has long been centered in Paris. 

The UN Secretary General's visit to his home country Korea on an environmental program agenda is perceived by some as an endorsement.

"Saving the Oceans: a Reinvigorating Compact".

The competition to host GCF has picked up as the Fund’s Board has now officially met for the first time with all 24 seats filled and two Co-Chairs elected Mr. Zaheer Fakir of South Africa and Mr.…

Patent trial: Jury awards Apple $1bn in damages from Samsung ...

Apple and Samsung make the bestselling smartphones in the market

A jury has ruled that Samsung should pay Apple just over $1bn (£665m) in damages in an intellectual property lawsuit in the US.

It said that several of Samsung's devices had infringed Apple's software and design patents.

The jury rejected Samsung's claims that several of its patents had been breached and awarded it no damages.

The iPhone maker had claimed a total of $2.5bn (£1.6bn) in damages. Samsung had sought $519m.

The two firms account for more than half of global smartphone and tablet computer sales.

The nine-person jury at the federal court in San Jose, California had to consider 700 questions about each sides' claim that its rival had infringed its intellectual property.

It rejected the South Korean firm's claim that Apple's intellectual properties were invalid.

It said that Samsung was "wilful in its infringement" in many of the cases.

Not all of Apple's claims were upheld. Based on …

MEXICO MANGO MAFIA: Why a Zetas Split is Inevitable ...

Friday, 24 August 2012 11:38

Written by Elyssa Pachico and Steven Dudley

Heriberto Lazcano, alias Z-3; Miguel Treviño, alias Z-40

Regardless of the veracity of the current rumors that Mexico's feared Zetas organization has split into pieces, the organization's breakup is a foregone conclusion given the group's local revenue streams.

In the latest of a flurry of articles, a US law enforcement source told the Associated Press that Zetas second-in-command Miguel Angel Treviño, alias "Z-40," has successfully taken over control of the entire group, displacing Heriberto Lazcano, alias “Z-3,” it's long-time number one.

This fight, which InSight Crime has also chronicled, has been public for weeks. 

In August, police said that a Zetas commander in Quintana Roo state, Charly de Jesus Alcantara Trejo, alias “El Caricaturas,” was handed over to police by the Zetas. El Caricaturas was loyal to Z-40, and was allegedly betrayed by a faction loyal to Z-3, local media reported.·A …

TAINTED MANGOES ??? !!!: Canadian Food inspection agency issues mango warning ...

Joshua Freeman, 

Published Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 2:59PM EDT

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning Canadians that a batch of mangoes sold between July 12 and August 14 of this summer may be contaminated with salmonella.

“There have been several confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of these mangoes,” the organization said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

The affected mangoes came with a sticker that reads PLU# 4959 and were sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

The organization said Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. But consumption of food contaminated with the bacteria can cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness.

Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible and salmonellosiscould cause serious and even deadly infections for those individuals.

In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-te…

Logitech Washable K310 Keyboard Unveiled

Written by Logitech 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Spills and Dust Are No Match for New Logitech Washable Keyboard K310

"Because life and its messes will happen, regardless of how careful you are, Logitech designed the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 to look and function like new, even over time."

Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled the latest in its line of PC keyboards, the Logitech® Washable Keyboard K310. From a light dusting to a rinse in the kitchen sink, this keyboard is easy to clean and easy to dry. It's also designed for a comfortable typing experience with a familiar layout and sleek, thin profile.

TheLogitech Washable Keyboard K310 can be hand washed time and time again, and can be submerged (with the exception of the USB cable) in up to 11 inches of water. 

Convenient drainage holes at the back of the keyboard allow for easy drying while key characters are laser printed and UV coated to help ensure the letters don't fade in the wash. 

Plus, the keys can las…

Soybeans Susceptible to Man-Made Materials in Soil ...

by Staff Writers

Washington DC (SPX) Aug 24, 2012

Study of soybean susceptibility to manufactured nanomaterials forewarns of agriculturally associated human and environmental risks.

Researchers contend that manufactured nanomaterials--now popular in consumer products such as shampoos, gels, hair dyes and sunscreens--may be detrimental to the quality and yield of food crops, as reported in a paper in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Manufactured nanomaterials are man-made materials produced by manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. 

Their effects on human health and the environment are the subject of much scientific study.

"As MNMs are used more and more in consumer products, there is a higher likelihood that they will end up in wastewater treatment facilities," said lead researcher John Priester, an environmental scientist at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California, Santa Barbara.


GLOBAL MARKETS: China’s Land Bridge to Turkey creates new Eurasian Geopolitical Potentials ...

More blog posts from William Engdahl

WEDNESDAY, 25 APRIL 2012 06:34

By F. William Engdahl*

The prospect of an unparalleled Eurasian economic boom lasting into the next Century and beyond is at hand. 

The first sinews of binding the vast economic space have been put in place or are being constructed with a number of little-publicized rail links connecting China, Russia, Kazakhstan and parts of Western Europe. 

It is becoming clear to more people in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia including China and Russia that their natural tendency to build these markets faces only one major obstacle: NATO and the US Pentagon’s Full Spectrum Dominance obsession. 

In the period prior to World War I it was the decision in Berlin to build a rail land link to and through the Turkish Ottoman Empire from Berlin to Baghdad that was the catalyst for British strategists to incite the events that plunged Europe into the most destructive war in history to that date. 

Today more and more the economically st…