donderdag, 13 november 2014

Oliegigant Shell Royal Dutch Shell-A Shs27,74-1,54%-0,44 heeft herhaaldelijk foute cijfers geleverd over olielekkages in het Nigeriaanse Bodo. Dit stelt Amnesty International, dat een rechtszaak heeft aangespannen tegen Shell.

Het gaat om een grote olielekkage uit 2008, waarbij duizenden vaten olie uit pijpleidingen van Shell het land in lekte.

Schadebedrag

Aanvankelijk noemde Shell lagere cijfers over de lekkages, maar uit nieuwe documenten zou blijken dat er veel meer olie het land in is gestroomd. Door lagere getallen te noemen zou Shell het uit te keren schadebedrag hebben willen beperken.

Reactie

In een reactie zegt SPDC, het bedrijf vanwaaruit Shell in Nigeria opereert, dat er in 2008 inderdaad grote lekkages hebben plaatsgevonden in Bodo, en dat het bedrijf hiervoor de verantwoordelijkheid op zich neemt.

Het oliebedrijf zegt ook dat er aanvankelijk lagere cijfers zijn gepresenteerd. Maar weerspreekt dat dit is gebeurd om het schadebedrag te beperken.

Uit een eerste controle zou blijken dat er 4144 vaten olie zouden zijn gelekt. Uit een latere controle zou blijken dat het ‘aannemelijk’ is dat de lekkage groter is. Maar dit maakt volgens Shell voor de omvang van de schadevergoedingen niet uit.

Compenseren

We willen diegenen die hierdoor serieus gedupeerd zijn snel en eerlijk compenseren

‘We willen diegenen die hierdoor serieus gedupeerd zijn snel en eerlijk compenseren’, schrijft het bedrijf. ‘Ook willen we alle gebieden reinigen waar olie uit onze installaties terecht is gekomen.’

Onafhankelijk toezicht

Het bedrijf zegt voortaan onafhankelijke toezichthouders uit bijvoorbeeld milieuverenigingen mee te laten kijken om de omvang van lekkages vast te stellen.

Olielekkages vormen al jaren een bron van juridische strijd voor Shell. In de Nigerdelta vinden talrijke lekkages plaats, waarbij olie uit pijpleidingen het land vervuilen.

Oliedieven

Volgens SPDC zijn de lekkages meestal het gevolg van sabotage, omdat oliedieven gaten in pijpleidingen boren om olie te stelen. Maar volgens milieuorganisaties lekt er ook veel olie weg door achterstallig onderhoud aan leidingen.

De reden is van belang voor de compensatie die Shell moet betalen aan gedupeerden. Als een oliepijpleiding in Nigeria kapot gaat wegens sabotage, hoeft het bedrijf alleen de schade op te ruimen. Maar als een leiding springt wegens bijvoorbeeld achterstallig onderhoud, dan moet Shell ook de omwonenden compenseren.

By Jeroen Koot

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2014 The Legacy of Hope Foundation, whose mission is to support medical care and facilities for underserved children and communities around the world is focusing all of its efforts on bringing Nelson Mandela’s last wish to create a much needed children’s hospital on the continent of Africa, (home to over 450 million children). To understand this imbalance more clearly, there are roughly 12 children’s hospitals serving the state of Florida alone. There are only 4 dedicated children’s hospitals in all of Africa. This state-of the-art facility is slated to open in 2016.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation, supported by an international community of dignitaries, patrons, advocates, civil rights leaders and celebrities is poised to take on the role to fulfill Mr. Mandela’s last wish. Graca Machel, widow of Mr. Nelson Mandela and the Chair of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Trust said, “I am inspired by his rich legacy that promotes justice, compassion, and solidarity. Children were very dear to Madiba and his last wish was to build the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.”

This is a wonderful gesture of Madiba and the fund established by him for the specific benefit of the most vulnerable in society, our children.” – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

The Legacy of Hope Honorary Board consists of the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Ruby Bridges, Christy and Ed Turlington Burns, Viola Davis, Dame Judi Dench, Arun Gandhi, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Salma Hayek Pinault, Katherine Heigl, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Larry King, Sir Ben Kingsley, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Octavia Spencer, Charlize Theron, Ben Vereen, Barbara Walters and Elie and Marion Wiesel. The Legacy of Hope Foundation also lists former IBF Middleweight Champion Sam Soliman as an Ambassador and Botlhale Boikanyo as a Youth Ambassador.

“It’s clear to me that Nelson Mandela was the greatest figure of the 20th century” – Larry King

I felt honored when asked to be a part of the Legacy of Hope Foundation — to play a part of something that Nelson Mandela has asked the world for. He asked us to build a children’s hospital in South Africa with his name as the banner. He needed to give every child a chance. We really don’t know what these little people will grow up to be. But the truth is—these kids could very well be the next Nelson Mandela.” – Ruby Bridges, American activist known for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South.

?“I have been honored by an invitation… to lend my support to Nelson Mandela’s final and perhaps most desired legacy, better health and medical care for the children of Africa: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg South Africa.”  – Arun Ghandi

“A hospital under the banner of Nelson Mandela will be a living monument, a tangible yet practical source to further educate patients about Nelson Mandela, the injustices he suffered, his accomplishments, and his impact on the world as a whole.” – Octavia Spencer

“I think this particular hospital represents Mandela’s message perfectly. Your zip code, your social status in life should not dictate whether or not you live or die. We have to care for one another. The big thing for Africa is the lack of children’s hospitals on the entire continent. This particular hospital under the Mandela banner was one of the dreams he held in keeping with his legacy. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital offers free healthcare for the children of South Africa regardless of their inability to pay. I think that’s a perfect tone to his legacy.”-Chuck Nice – Television personality and comedian Chuck Nice has been Master of Ceremonies at both Legacy of Hope Mandela Day events in New York City and Los Angeles.

This monumental campaign features a revolutionary digital approach to educating and empowering youth worldwide. Legacy of Hope, in partnership with Bespin Holdings (BHI), has developed a customized “Legacy of Hope” platform for events, incorporating messaging, live event streaming, cause awareness, and educational features.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3), was created to support medical care and facilities for underserved children and communities throughout the world.

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year.

US President Barack Obama (L) walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a welcome ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 12, 2014. Obama began a one-day state visit after the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. AFP PHOTO Greg BAKER Getty Images

US President Barack Obama (L) walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a welcome ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 12, 2014. Obama began a one-day state visit after the closing of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. AFP PHOTO Greg BAKER Getty Images

President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would move much faster in cutting its levels of pollution. Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to cap China’s emissions in the future — a striking, unprecedented move by a nation that has been reluctant to box itself in on global warming.

“This is a major milestone in the U.S.-China relationship,” Obama said, with Xi at his side. “It shows what’s possible when we work together on an urgent global challenge.”

The unexpected declaration from the world’s two largest polluters, unveiled on the last day of Obama’s trip to China, reflected both nations’ desire to display a united front that could blunt arguments from developing countries, which have balked at demands that they get serious about global warming. Yet it was unclear how feasible it would be for either country to meet their goals, and Obama’s pledge was sure to confront tough opposition from ascendant Republicans in Congress.

The U.S. set a new target to reduce its emissions of heat-trapping gases by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025, compared with 2005 levels. That’s a sharp increase from earlier in Obama’s presidency, when he pledged to cut emissions by 17 percent by 2020.

China, whose emissions are still growing as it builds new coal plants, didn’t commit to cut emissions by a specific amount. Rather, Xi set a target for China’s emission to peak by 2030, or earlier if possible. He also pledged to increase the share of energy that China will derive from sources other than fossil fuels.

“This is, in my view, the most important bilateral climate announcement ever,” said David Sandalow, formerly a top environmental official at the White House and the Energy Department. “It sends the signal the two largest emitters in the world are working together to address this problem.”

Obama’s target, expected to serve as the U.S. contribution to a worldwide treaty to be finalized next year in Paris, came months before it had been expected. The U.S. has sought to show aggressive action on climate change in order to spur other nations to offer ambitious contributions, too.

For China, the commitment to cap emissions marked a turning point in China’s evolution on global warming and its responsibility to deal with the problem. China accounts for around 30 percent of global emissions, but has only gotten serious in recent years as the large-scale impact on health and quality of life in China has come into focus, exacerbated by smothering smog in Beijing’s skies.

Environmental advocates in the U.S. heralded the joint announcements as a game-changer that would undermine opposition. If China can get serious about emissions, they said, surely others can, too.

Al Gore, former vice president and a leading advocate for limiting climate change, called the announcement “a major step forward in the global effort to solve the climate crisis.” He said more will be required — “including a global agreement from all nations — but these actions demonstrate a serious commitment by the top two global polluters.”

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate’s environmental panel, said: “Now there is no longer an excuse for Congress to block action.”

But Republicans signaled that they would seek to thwart Obama’s efforts once the GOP controls the Senate next year, pointing out that Obama was saddling future presidents with a tough-to-meet goal.

“This unrealistic plan, that the president would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs,” said incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

By JOSH LEDERMAN

Official launch of Don't Blow It

Don’t Blow It was officially launched on September 12 2014. This special event took place at the amazing Vaeshartelt Castle in Maastricht. Among a number of special guests, the Don’t Blow It organization was proud to welcome Mrs Joos Ockels, the wife of the late Wubbo Ockels. Mrs Ockels was responsible for the official opening speech.

Majisme Majo and Joos Ockels

Majisme Majo and Joos Ockels

The guests were able to admire the artwork made by the artist and founder of Don’t Blow It, Majisme Majo. Among the work present, special attention was given to the unique symbol created to spread the message of Don’t Blow It. Majisme Majo created one hundred pieces of this symbol which is to be sold as a collector’s item.

Mrs Joos Ockels was presented with a symbol created for her and her late husband Wubo Ockels.