News Updates: Northern Nations Feeling the Heat Over Melting Arctic Ice and BioFuels a “Crime Against Humanity”

The Disappearing Ice
The leaders of the Nordic nations of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland expressed alarm over the quickening pace of melting Arctic ice, warning that the melt might very soon become irreversible.

In a joint statement from the five nations, released after talks in Oslo, environmental ministers stated “The Arctic and the world cannot wait any longer…The climate is hurtling towards a turning point after which irreversible processes will have been set in motion.”

The ministers urged participants of a meeting this December in Bali to agree on “tangible measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases”.

Some individual ministers have expressed concern that the tipping point has already been crossed.



BioFuel – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?
Jean Ziegler, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food for the United Nations, declared that the continued production and use of biofuels is a “crime against humanity”, leading to rising food prices and shortages, and calling for a five-year moratorium on biofuel production. Earlier today I posted an article on outlining the story in greater detail.



Tags: arctic+ice+melt, biofuel, ethonal, global+warming, climate+change
Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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  1. Would you use a less effective fuel, that emits more because of its transportation source and effectiveness, than normal fuel that doesn´t cause higher food prices and starve poor African people

  2. No, I wouldn’t. I’m not sure of your point, Killian. What is “normal” fuel? Are you specifically referring to biofuel from feed crops (I assume you are)? Have you studies anything about, say, biofuel from algae grown from the stack gases of power plants?
    I don’t know, I’m just not sure what you’re trying to say except be cranky with me. But thanks for reading the blog.


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