Wolfgang Grulke Environment case may be brought against Australia

In New Scientist (2 October 2004) an article describes a strong possibility that a case against Australia might be brought before the International Court of Justice for another kind of negligence - for failing to cut greenhouse gases and protect the Great Barrier Reef. Australia (like the USA) has refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol or take other steps to tackle climate change. The Sydney Centre for International and Global Law says that this paves the way for legal action based on an act of ommission. Under the World Heritage Convention gevernments are obliged to "do all it can, to the utmost of its resources" to preserve these natural resources.
Posted: 20 October 2004 at 00:00

Bernhardt Meyer Global warming

If Pres Mbeki has to go to court about his attitude regarding HIV then surely the USA president and for that matter millions of Americans should face the same or worse accusations for their attitude about energy-gluttony, pollution and global warming. Global warming does not only threaten a couple of million of HIV patients, it is a threat to ALL forms of life on earth.The refusal to support the Kyoto initiative is indeed criminal
Posted: 3 December 2004 at 09:46

Gavin Chait RE: Global warming

A fairly contentious point - if industrialisation is at fault then surely all the beneficiaries of those products (i.e. you and me included) are also at fault. However, that neglects an important point. The US is against the ICJ and has not signed the agreement. South Africa has.
Ask yourself which is more likely: will the mighty US agree to extradite an ex-president to stand trial or would they happily assist a tiny poor struggling country to extradite their president? The obvious example is Slobadan Milosovic.
Posted: 5 December 2004 at 16:58

Wolfgang Grulke RE: RE: Global warming

Does anyone know which other major countries (besides the USA and Australia) have NOT signed Kyoto?
Posted: 6 December 2004 at 08:25

Doug Vining RE: RE: RE: Global warming

Of the large industrialized countries, only the United States and Australia have refused to join the U.N. effort. But they account for around one-third of global emissions. The Australian government says ratifying Kyoto would hike power prices and cost the country jobs.
source: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=7011345
Posted: 7 December 2004 at 14:48

Wolfgang Grulke Do Mbeki and Pope have similar views on AIDS?

Comments from Papal biographer John Cornwall on the Pope’s views (in the London Sunday Times): “Condoms don’t work, and Aids is ‘a pathology of the spirit’”.
Posted: 3 December 2004 at 15:05

Wolfgang Grulke Pressure is mounting

A new Harvard University study puts numbers around the issue: "Mbeki Aids policy 'led to 330,000 deaths'"

Raed more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/27/south-africa-aids-mbeki
Posted: 27 November 2008 at 11:34

Doug Vining A civil claim could surface

Can Aids orphans now claim damages from SA government?
Now that government has acknowledged that it, or at least the former administration, is responsible for the premature deaths of hundreds of thousands of South Africans, what stops this country’s estimated 1.4 million Aids orphans from launching a civil claim for damages? (DailyMaverick)
Posted: 24 November 2009 at 10:14
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