Meat, Methane and Global Warming

The meat industry is heavily responsible for global warming, according to a recent study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the environmental organisation Grain. The emissions of the animals in the form of methane, as well as the production of the meat are the key factors  contributing to the massive greenhouse gas emissions from the meat industry.   ... →

Update: Dam Collapse in Brazil: Lawsuit against Executives

Bento Rodrigues, Mariana, Minas Gerais Local: Distrito de Bento Rodrigues, Município de Mariana, Minas Gerais.Foto: Rogério Alves/TV Senado | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Créditos: Rogério Alves/TV Senado (CC BY 2.0) [CC BY 2.0] - Wikipedia

Since the disastrous collapse of the tailings dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais in November 2015 (which FACING FINANCE has reported on several times since the incident) the Brazilian public prosecutor’s office filed homicide charges against 21 executive staff members of the mining companies BHP Billiton (Australia), Vale S.A. (Brazil) and Samarco Mineração, which is a joint-venture between Vale and BHP Billiton.   ... →

Munition as Export Hit: German exports increased tenfold

 Heckler & Koch Sturmgewehr G36, Dirk Vorderstraße, Flickr | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Dirk Vorderstraße [CC BY 2.0] - flickr

According to the Government Report on Military Equipment Exports for the first half of 2016, Germany’s export licenses for small arms ammunition increased tenfold, compared to the same period of the previous year.

The total value of licences issued for the export of small arms ammunition rose from EUR 27 million to EUR 283.8 million, whereas exports of small arms decreased from EUR 12.4 million to EUR 11.6 million.   ... →

Swakop uranium: promotion of uranium in “Husab” Mine begins in Namibia

This month the mining company, Swakop Uranium, will start uranium mining in the “Husab” uranium mine located on the west coast of Namibia, as reported by Zheng Keping, the managing director of Swakop Uranium. The company is 90% owned by Taurus Minerals Ltd., a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned company Guangdong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC) Uranium Resources Co.   ... →

European companies profit at the expense of Indian workers in the shoe and leather industry

 Leather shoes
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Wages that are linked to the number of units produced and that are below those needed to survive; overtime due to high production pressures; inadequate work and health protection measures; weak or even non-existent trade union organizational structures; discrimination; lack of access to medical and social insurance services –these serious labour rights violations have been demonstrated in the shoe production industry in India.As shown by a recent campaign “Change Your Shoes”, has been published and launched by SÜDWIND and INKOTA.   ... →

Are Samsung and LG & Co. manipulating the power consumption of TV sets?

Research by the US Environmental Protection Agency NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has shown that the electricity consumption of television sets manufactured by Samsung, LG and Vizio as measured by official energy tests is significantly lower than in everyday operation. The reasons for this are deficits in the official test methods used to test the energy consumption of new TV sets, whose manufacturer-side utilization confers on the devices in test operation a higher energy efficiency than in everyday practice.   ... →