11 September 2017   Leave a comment

Iraqi Kurds are pursuing plans for a referendum on possible independence in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq as well as in areas outside that region, such as the city of Kirkuk, which are not within that Iraqi province.  The referendum is scheduled for 25 September.  The President of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, indicated that opposition from the Iraqi central government would trigger off demands for secession and independence.  The referendum is opposed by every state in the region, as well as by the strongest Kurdish ally, the US, which believes that the issue detracts from the central concern of defeating Daesh (the Islamic State).  But the Kurds, and their militia, the Peshmerga, have been a very effective fighting force against Daesh and the Kurds believe that they have earned the right to their own state.


A new research paper has been published on the role of specific corporations in the process of climate change.  The paper is based on earlier research that found that “nearly two-thirds of all industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions can be traced to the products of a small number of major industrial carbon producers; 83 producers of coal, oil, natural gas, and 7 cement manufacturers”.  The paper discusses the responsibility of these companies in addressing climate change, given that “more than a quarter of sea level rise and about half the warming from 1880 to 2010 can be traced back to just 90 corporations”.   To the extent that they have profited from greenhouse gas emissions, a case could be made that they have a special responsibility in mitigating their consequences.

Climate Impacts of the Top Carbon Producers

Posted September 11, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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