Mr. Doss, who will serve as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative as well as head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country known as MONUC, arrived yesterday in the capital, Kinshasa. Appointed by Mr. Ban last October, Mr. Doss replaces William Lacy Swing of the United States. Prior to assuming this post, Mr. Doss, a British national, served as the UN Special Representative for Liberia, a position he held since 2005. Before that, he was the Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire. Mr. Doss, 62, has also served as the Special Representative for Sierra Leone, where he also wore the hats of UN resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator and resident representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). During his career with the UN, he has directed the UN Development Group (UNDG) and UNDP’s Geneva office. He also served as UNDP’s regional representative in Bangkok, responsible for aid operations helping Kampuchean refugees at the border of Kampuchea and Thailand. Mr. Doss has previously worked for the world body in the DRC, as well as in China, Kenya, Niger and Benin. In a related development, the UN-backed peace summit aimed at bringing peace, security and development to the DRC’s strife-torn eastern region – where fighting has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people in the past year – continued today with thematic talks and seminars. The talks are taking place in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, where fighting has escalated in recent months between Government troops and rebels allied with dissident army general Laurent Nkunda. The summit is expected to conclude on 17 January. 10 January 2008Alan Doss, the new top United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has taken up his duties in the vast African nation.
In a statement, Mr. Ban has urged “all to speak out in the face of racism and hatred,” paying tribute to the millions of victims who suffered as a result of the Nazi atrocities, including discrimination, cruelty and murder.“He condemns Holocaust denial and those who minimize the importance of the Holocaust,” pointing out that in 2007, the General Assembly adopted a resolution stating that “ignoring the historical fact of those terrible events increases the risk they will be repeated.”The Secretary-General’s statement comes as Member States at the anti-racism meeting under way in Geneva adopted an outcome document, which Mr. Ban hailed as giving “hope to the millions of victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance around the world.” 21 April 2009Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for intensified efforts to stamp out genocide and other grave human rights violations that persist.
Earlier today a black flag protest was staged in Weliweriya, Gampaha over the contamination of drinking water as a result of chemicals released from a factory. The factory however insists it has nothing to do with the contamination.Shops in the area were closed while a monk who protested and called for the factory to be removed, resumed the protest today after suspending it earlier. Earlier the porters blocked the Colombo – Kandy road at the Belummahara junction preventing the vehicles from going by. From Weliweriya the protesters moved to the Belummahara junction blocking the traffic movement between Kandy and Colombo.The chief incumbent of the Galoluwa Buddhist Temple, the venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thero had launched a fast unto death on Monday after talks held with the authorities to resolve the issue had failed.The drinking water in the area is believed to have been contaminated from chemical waste released from a gloves factory in the area. The venerable Siridhamma Thero said that the residents in the area are demanding that the factory be shut down and safe drinking water assured to them.Talks were held on Monday between government officials, the monk and public representatives in order to resolve the issue.However the venerable Siridhamma Thero said that the talks had failed and so he had decided to launch a protest. As the protest continued and traffic was affected the army was deployed to disperse the protesters and the situation then turned violent. A protest over contaminated water in Gampaha turned violent this evening when the army was deployed to disperse the crowd blocking the Colombo – Kandy main road.The protesters objected to the army presence and even attacked some journalists who were covering the incident. A five kilometer area is said to be contaminated and one resident told the Colombo Gazette that he even uses filtered water to have a bath. He suspended the protest later but resumed it today. (Colombo Gazette)
by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2015 2:28 am MDT Nevada considers adopting brothel-type regulations for adult productions fleeing California AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Jan. 21, 2015, photo, adult film actress Jillian Janson signs autographs for fans at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. The idea that porn stars might have to wear protection in productions filmed in Nevada generated a buzz among some of the 25,000 attendees collecting autographs from porn stars posing in fishnet stockings and bustiers. (AP Photo/John Locher) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Adult film production migrated from California to Nevada after voters in Los Angeles County approved a law requiring condom use on set. Now, a condom use requirement could follow.Nevada health officials said Friday that they’re considering strict brothel-style regulations for a booming adult film industry following the announcement last month that two male performers tested positive for HIV following a video shoot in the state.“The potential exists to require condoms and other barrier options in all sexual contact,” state Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Mary Woods said in a statement.The idea that porn stars might have to wear protection in productions filmed in Nevada generated a buzz among some of the 25,000 attendees collecting autographs from porn stars posing in fishnet stockings and bustiers at this week’s Adult Video News Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.“I prefer no condoms,” said Rob Tatka, a 29-year-old tourist from Chicago who collected a bag full of posters of his favourite stars to take home. “Porn is about fantasy,” he said, “and honestly, no man wants to use one in real life.”Condoms can cause friction, irritation or even infection during scenes that take hours to film before being edited, said Keiran Lee, a veteran male performer who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.Lee, 31, said he sometimes shoots 22 scenes a month. “I have the option to use them, but I don’t,” he said.Woods, in the health department statement, said it could take up to two years to collect data and public comment about the Nevada proposals, and she called it too early to know the outcome of the process.But for conference attendees enjoying a city synonymous with sin — and a state home to the only legalized prostitution in the nation — the idea of putting condoms on actors and categorizing adult entertainment production with brothels drew criticism.Porn actors aren’t prostitutes, said Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group that administers strict HIV testing and a database showing pass-fail results. Duke said the database lists 6,000 porn performers since 2011.“In a brothel, you’re talking about people coming in from outside,” she said. “We have performers on a closed set who go through a testing protocol.”Duke said that since 2004, there have been no documented cases of HIV transmission during scenes between professional actors in the FSC database.The two men involved in last year’s case weren’t in the FSC database, Duke said. Authorities have said it appeared likely one infected the other during an unprotected gay sex scene. Details haven’t been made public.Actress Ariana Marie, 21, said she trusts the results. She said she’s been in scenes with and without condoms, and called it distracting to have her partner stop to take one off at the end.“We get tested every 14 days,” Marie said. “I trust my performer.”Prostitution is legal in rural Nevada counties but not in Las Vegas and Reno. Nevada health officials say a strict testing regimen prevents transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and has never resulted in a documented case of HIV transmission in a brothel.If porn production is regulated under the same rules, condom use would be required for all sex acts, including oral sex. Adult film performers, like Nevada’s licensed prostitutes, would be required to undergo weekly testing for the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea, and monthly testing for HIV and syphilis.Nevada currently has no rules specifically covering pornography production. And no permit is needed to film on private property, a home or in a hotel room, according to the state film office.That made Nevada attractive to West Coast adult film producers worried about losing fans like Tatka following the adoption in Los Angeles of strict rules requiring condom use in adult film sex scenes filmed there.After voters in Los Angeles County approved the condom requirement in 2012, the number of permits for adult films in Los Angeles dropped dramatically, from 485 in 2012 to 40 in 2013.Meanwhile, the number of general permits for all film productions in Clark County, including Las Vegas, jumped more than 50 per cent, from 226 in 2012 to 343 in 2013.Nevada Film Office analyst Kim Spurgeon in Las Vegas said officials don’t tally the number of adult film productions by category. There were 400 film production permits issued in Clark County in 2014, she said.Problems were inevitable, said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that serves California and Nevada.Although the foundation was a catalyst for passage of the Los Angeles law, Weinstein professed no desire to kill the adult film industry.“We’re not against porn,” Weinstein said in a telephone interview. “We want it to be safer. We think porn sends the wrong message to young people that the only kind of sex that’s hot is unsafe sex.”
“The team will now move to the phase of finalizing its report, which the team hopes will be ready by late October,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.Led by Swedish scientist Ake Sellström, the team is mandated with evaluating all available information related to all allegations reported by Member States, for the purpose of preparing its final report.Those allegations include the 19 March incident at Khan al-Asal, reported first by Syria and subsequently by other Member States. As previously agreed with Syria, the other allegations to be investigated include the 13 April incident at Sheikh Maqsud, reported by the United States, and the 29 April incident at Saraqueb, reported by France and the United Kingdom.In addition, the team has continued to follow-up with the Syrian Government and to evaluate information it has provided on three additional allegations, including the incidents at Bahhariyeh on 22 August, at Jobar on 24 August, and at Sahnaya on 25 August.After a visit to Syria last month, the team, assisted by experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), found “clear and convincing evidence” that Sarin gas was used in an incident that occurred on 21 August in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of Damascus in which hundreds of people were reportedly killed.In the wake of those findings, the Security Council last Friday called for the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons, while endorsing a diplomatic plan for Syrian-led negotiations towards peace.Acting unanimously, the 15-member Council adopted a resolution calling for the speedy implementation of procedures drawn up by the OPCW “for the expeditious destruction of the Syrian Arab Republic’s chemical weapons programme and stringent verification thereof.”It underscored “that no party in Syria should use, develop, produce, acquire, stockpile, retain, or transfer chemical weapons,” adding that defiance of the resolution would lead to measures under the UN Charter’s binding Chapter VII, which can include sanctions or stronger coercive action.More than 100,000 people have been killed since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011, over 2 million people have fled for safety to neighbouring countries and 4 million have been displaced within the country.
The 400-page report was released in February by the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the DPRK, which was established by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in March 2013. Documenting in great detail the rights violations committed in the DPRK, the report called for urgent action to address the human rights situation, including referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC).The resolution adopted today by the General Assembly, acting on the recommendations of its Third Committee (the Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues) commends the work the Special Rapporteur on human rights in the DPRK and the Commission of Inquiry and decides that the commission’s report should be submitted to the Security Council.The Assembly encouraged Council members to take appropriate action to ensure accountability, including through consideration of referral of the situation to the ICC and of targeted sanctions against those appearing most responsible for crimes against humanity.The Assembly resolution, adopted by a recorded vote of 116 in favour to 20 against, with 53 abstentions, lists examples of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, describes a system of political prison camps, the forcible transfer of populations and limitations on movement, as well as violations of rights fundamental freedoms of women, children, and persons with disabilities.The Assembly expressed its concern that the DPRK Government refuses to recognize the Special Rapporteur’s mandate or to cooperate, continuing not to acknowledge the grave human rights situation in the country, and failing to prosecute those responsible for violations, including those that may amount to crimes against humanity.Strongly urging the Government of the DPRK to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, it urges implementation of the commission’s recommendations without delay. It also welcomes the recent willingness expressed by the Government to consider human rights dialogues, technical cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and a country visit of the Special Rapporteur.
Then-sophomore defender Craig Dalrymple (24) skates past a Bowling Green defender Oct. 29, 2013 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Lantern file photoMore than six months after losing the Big Ten Championship in overtime, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is set for its first exhibition of the season on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.The Buckeyes’ exhibition against the University of Guelph will mark the first step in their quest for a NCAA tournament berth, something they’ve been denied for five straight years.Junior defenseman and alternate captain Sam Jardine said the sting of missing last season’s tournament was magnified for this year’s seniors — who have endured three years of postseason disappointment.Before last season’s 5-4 overtime loss to Wisconsin in Big Ten Championship, the Buckeyes failed to make the final round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in 2012 and 2013.“The veterans returning have a real bitter attitude toward the way things finished last year,” Jardine said. “It’s been good motivation.”While OSU has eight seniors on this season’s roster, coach Steve Rohlik said the departure of two upperclassmen has created questions for the Buckeyes’ offense.“We’re going to have to have a lot of guys score eight goals,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to score by committee and we’re going to have to be good at special teams.”Forwards Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel, who combined for 24.5 percent of OSU’s scoring last season, both signed contracts with the Ottawa Senators during the offseason.Senior forward captain Tanner Fritz is the team’s top offensive returner. Fritz finished last season with the third-most points on the team (32) despite battling an injury that kept him out of the lineup for five games.Even with Fritz, OSU will have to get offensive contributions from all four lines to compensate for its losses, Jardine said.“The best teams do score by committee,” Jardine said. “I’m personally not worried about our team and the ability to score goals.”Freshmen gave the Buckeyes offensive support last season as first-years combined for 23 goals. Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey led OSU rookies in points with 13 goals and 13 assists.Saturday’s exhibition will give Rohlik his first opportunity to see this season’s seven freshmen compete against college-level competition.“I see a lot of guys playing because I think everyone on our roster can contribute right now,” Rohlik said.The Buckeyes’ returners have already had an opportunity to see the team’s new crop in practice. Fritz said he’s pleased with the class and has made special note of forwards Nicholas Jones and Matt Weis.“There’s two guys that have a ton of skills and read the game well,” Fritz said.Following a year where OSU had six different goalies on its roster, it will start the season with three goalies on its depth chart.Sophomore goalie Christian Frey joined Fritz, Schilkey and sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig on the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list. Frey joined OSU midway through last season after playing in the USHL, finishing with a 2.27 goals against average and .929 save percentage in 16 games.Rohlik noted that sophomore goalies Matt Tomkins and Logan Davis will also compete for the starting role.Rohlik said that senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple has not skated at 100 percent this season due to injury, but added the rest of OSU’s lineup is healthy.Fritz reported that he’d been felt an “aching feeling” in his leg during off-ice workouts, but said he underwent a precautionary MRI this week and the injury was not serious.The Buckeyes are scheduled to drop the puck at 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Aleksandr Egorov has devoted more than 40 years of his life to work at Belaz, with more than a half of this period being involved into research, development and implementation of many ambitious engineering projects including, but not limited to, development of the 240-t and 360-t trucks, development of the autonomous truck, development of the first in the world 90-t truck with electric drive. He was in charge of all of these projects, demanding development of a great many unique technical solutions, but none of them was as demanding as the project to develop the mining dump truck BELAZ-75710 with payload capacity of 450 t.One of many considerations behind this project is connected with the consequences of the global financial crisis when production of commercial minerals was decreasing together with commodity prices. It was seen that mining companies would need new equipment with higher payload capacity, capable of moving larger volumes of minerals in one cycle, providing lower operational cost due to fuel efficiency, in order to keep operations productive and economic.The first attempt to create an ultra-high payload capacity dump truck (more than 400 t) was made by the engineering team under Egorov back in 1997-98. The concept was developed in response to the request made by Chilean copper mining company Codelco. However, although the concept was approved by the customer, its practical realization was not feasible due to the unique design of many components together with various limitations of manufacturing capabilities.In 2013 the first pilot truck was manufactured and the first trials at the factory testing grounds proved the correctness of the applied technical solutions for the design of this truck. Field testing in tough operational conditions in the Kuzbass region (Russia) revealed further benefits of the truck design, including 15% better fuel economy due to optimal settings of engine-alternator units (when driving without load the truck automatically switches to using only one engine) compared to 360-t Belaz trucks working in the same mine. Dynamic unloading due to powerful hydraulic drive helped compensate for the additional time for loading of the larger volume body. Initial concerns in regard to tyre wear due to the use of four dual tyres proved to be wrong. Application of innovative steering kinematics provided excellent manoeuvrability and showed 10% decrease of tyre wear compared to the traditional 2×4 wheel arrangement of the mining trucks operated in the same conditions.This decision by the judges around the world was a close-run determination with Dr Shahram Tafazoli, President and CEO of Motion Metrics International developer of an advanced vision-based system to monitor shovel bucket teeth, ToothMetrics™.
FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino suggested by his statement today that the 2022 World Cup cannot be expanded to 48 teams without agreement from hosts Qatar, while backing further study of the “interesting” proposal, according to AFP.Infantino did not declare Qatar can veto an enlarged 2022 tournament if FIFA voters decide in favour of an expansion. However, he said that imposition of a 48-team competition on Qatar, which is in the thick of preparations for a 32-nation tournament would be “absolutely” unfair.“Obviously, Qatar will need to agree and it will be the first to agree because we need to work together,” Infantino told reporters at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.FIFA voters coming together in Russia next week will decide strictly on whether 48 teams in 2022 merits closer analysis. The president noted it was premature to speculate on the likelihood of the idea moving forward.“We have a contract with the Qataris. They have been awarded a World Cup with 32 teams and that is how it is,” the FIFA boss said. “Contracts are there to be respected.”
Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Back in October, I had the chance to interview the producer and writer from Human Head Studios, developers of The Quiet Man. Unlike the usual AAA fare expected from Square-Enix, this was an indie-minded title with a unique twist. Having no knowledge of the game prior to the interview, I was genuinely curious about the final product. Unfortunately, the actual game isn’t at all what I hoped for. As much as it pains me to say it, The Quiet Man is by far the worst game I’ve played all year.The Quiet Man stars a protagonist named Dane. What makes this character different is that he’s deaf. This disability is what gives the title its “hook.” Dane cannot hear the world around him, so he (and we) do not get a full understanding of what’s transpiring. While this premise sounds interesting on paper, the execution falls flat. Instead of doing something innovative with the sound design, the game is essentially on mute. This makes the already confusing storyline that much more incomprehensible. It’s hard to stay engaged when all you see is characters’ lips moving for long stretches of time.The game mixes computer generated visuals, in-game graphics, and Full Motion Video. This is the one aspect of The Quiet Man which I enjoyed. As a person who grew up with Sega CD and 3DO games, it’s fun to see a modern game with FMV segments which don’t look completely out of place. Thanks to the detailed character models, backgrounds, and lighting, all of the disparate visual elements combine to deliver a unified image. Graphics-wise, it reminds me of PlayStation 4’s Until Dawn. This is a beautiful looking title. However, as pretty as the game is (especially for an indie game), the actual gameplay brings it all crashing down.When not watching cutscenes, you’ll engage in hand-to-hand combat with an assortment of random thugs. What should be a highlight becomes a chore thanks to unresponsive controls and awkward animations. Having limited control over the camera only compounds things. Fighting the same groups of bad guys (who are all horrible racial stereotypes) and watching recycled animations gets boring fast. The combat in The Quiet Man makes me appreciate how similar mechanics in the Yakuza series function. This is a huge bummer considering how even slightly enjoyable combat would have made things so much better. This is Streets of Rage done wrong.Dane has the ability to “sense” things around him. However, this doesn’t actually do anything functional. There’s nothing you can truly interact with in the environment, meaning you don’t need an extra sense to locate objects. If you have to go through a specific door, the controller will vibrate to let you know. This “sense” is somewhat useful in combat since it helps dispatch foes quicker. I say “somewhat” since the sense seems to activate at random. It is ultimately a throwaway feature that serves no actual purpose besides adding to the confusing and frustrating gameplay.The Quiet Man has little in the way of tutorials. Actually, let me rephrase that: there are no tutorials at all. If you want to know what each button does, you’ll need to pause the game. Pressing a different button displays a 2D neon version of Dane performing punches, kicks, dodges, and such. That’s fine, but the game doesn’t teach you important basics like counter attacking. I’m not saying I wanted my hand held, but this needed some kind of tutorial. Instead, players will have to fumble with the controls to figure them out. That may have been fine 20 years ago but should not be acceptable now.At first, The Quiet Man’s story is intriguing because you don’t exactly comprehend what’s happening. All you know is that Dane’s love interest (who bears a strong resemblance to his murdered mother), is kidnapped and that he has to save her. The initial interest one has in the game’s enigmatic plot quickly dissipates thanks to the drawn-out cutscenes and cumbersome combat. By the time the tale concludes, you’re barely invested. It all feels like a TV series made specifically for a video game subscription service. Actually, that’s unfair, considering how well-done the cutscenes work in Quantum Break. The story is just plain bad.While I won’t spoil anything here, I have to briefly discuss The Quiet Man’s final moments. I’ve heard of deus ex machina before, but this game takes it to an entirely new and absurd level. The best example I can think of is to imagine watching a straight Western film and then aliens suddenly show up during the last five minutes. This is how jarring a pivotal moment in the game’s climax comes off as. To make matters worse, this unexpected plot development is all but forgotten by the time the credits roll. This is easily the most head-scratching thing I’ve seen in a modern video game and I’m used to playing titles featuring robot dinosaurs and sentient mushrooms. Even if this was supposed to be a metaphor for something, it went over my head by a wide mile.After finishing The Quiet Man once, you’ll unlock audio for the campaign through a New Game Plus. This helps better flesh out the events and character motivations. Unfortunately, it also undercuts the whole purpose of a game about a man who cannot hear. Truth be told, I prefered playing with no audio. Sure, it’s somewhat frustrating to not understand what’s happening, but at least I could interpret events in my own way. Enabled audio just illustrates how subpar the actual story is. This is sad considering how my personal headcanon was far more imaginative than the actual plot. If someone like me can think of a better story than the professionals, there’s a problem.Photo Credit: Square EnixWestern developers have a virtual monopoly on independent games and have for many years. While some independent titles have emerged from Japan, they are few and far between. I can’t even name a single one off the top of my head. The Quiet Man had the opportunity to be a shining example for independent games from The Land of the Rising Sun. While I don’t think this title will set things back, it certainly isn’t moving anything forward. This is sad since Japan could definitely produce some genuinely unique indie games. The Quiet Man does no such thing, despite its aspirations.Before I wrap this up, I have to address the elephant in the room. Were any people with hearing loss consulted during production of this game? I’m not deaf, but I do not believe The Quiet Man accurately portrays what it is like to navigate through a soundless world. The fact that sign language is barely used during the course of the story also comes off as untruthful. As a person with a disability, I don’t often get to play games featuring characters with a disability. It’s a shame how the aspect which could have been an example of how to portray disabilities in games was so poorly executed.The Quiet Man is a huge missed opportunity on so many levels. What should have been a cool, modern-day noir tale starring a deaf protagonist gets bogged down by a mediocre storyline, questionable controls, and a decidedly disingenuous representation of a disability. I honestly wanted to love The Quiet Man. I really did. But it has instead become my most disappointing gaming experience of 2018. In a year filled with so many compelling titles, you’re better off skipping this one and playing something else instead.More on Geek.com:The Games You Need to Check Out This Month11 Games to Play When You’re Finished With ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’108 More Characters We Want Confirmed for ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’
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Costa Rica, a tiny, biodiverse Central American country that is strivingto achieve carbon-neutrality in the near future, has produced its fair share of ecology-minded thinkers and actors. Among them is 25-year-old journalist Diego Arguedas Ortiz, whom the British daily The Guardian earlier this month named one of the “young climate campaigners to watch before the UN’s Paris summit.”It was a deserving nod on a crucial issue ahead of a key summit. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, leaders from 190 nations will gather in Paris for what The Guardian has called “the world’s last best chance to reach an agreement on cutting carbon emissions.” As the daily noted, commitments on greenhouse gas emissions are set to expire in five years, and Paris 2015 will determine what happens for the next decade. A lack of action, say scientists, would be catastrophic, and there are plenty of examples of what that might look like.We chatted via email with Arguedas about his involvement in climate summits, his background in journalism and his thoughts on Costa Rica’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Excerpts follow:TT: You’re currently at Semanario Universidad – how long have you been there, what beats do you cover and what are some of your journalistic goals? DAO: I came to Semanario in May 2014 from [the Costa Rican daily] La Nación, which was my journalism school – specifically scientific journalism – and I took the job here because I was really interested in what [former EIC] Mauricio Herrera and [current EIC] Ernesto Rivera were proposing to accomplish. Here I cover energy, transportation, climate change, the president’s Cabinet and international relations. In general, Semanario Universidad aims for more in-depth coverage of the country’s most relevant issues by taking advantage of our weekly schedule to investigate on a deeper level. Climate change is a central issue in that vision, and actually several stories from our recent special edition on the environment approached the subject from different angles.How did you become involved in the issue of climate change, and as a Tico, what role do you see Costa Rica playing?I came into it via the editorial team of Aldea Global, at La Nación. I’ve always been interested in the impact humans have on the planet (when I was younger, I wanted to be an environmental reporter for National Geographic), but I was given the space to do it by Alejandra Vargas and Michelle Soto. With them, and with the Climate News Mosaic team, I covered the 2013 Climate Conference, and since then I’ve always followed the issue closely.Costa Rica emits very little (around 0.02 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions), but nevertheless we’ve made the commitment to be carbon-neutral by 2021. We have yet to see how we’re going to do that, and I think that there is some clarity lacking on this goal. That covers one of climate change’s central issues: the mitigation of emissions. However, our big challenge is adapting to the negative consequences of climate change: drought, rising sea levels, the resilience of infrastructure, the impact on biodiversity. We need our country to make the issue of climate change a central element of public policy, and there have been steps taken to do that. But we need clearer signals. The drought we’re seeing (and that we’ll continue to see) right now in Guanacaste is a thermometer of all of this. Another key issue will be the “Chinese refinery” – a country that wants to call itself “green” cannot invest $1.5 billion in the petroleum industry. (Screengrab from TheGuardian.com)What do you hope will come out of Paris, and what is your take on climate summits in general?Summits need to provide a road map, but action should come from the bottom up. Paris is a requirement, something that we can’t let pass without defining things this year, because all of the studies talk about the need for an emissions cap in the very near future (some say the year 2020 in order to remain under a 2 Celsius change). In other words, governments need to reach an agreement now, and in that aspect Costa Rica plays a progressive and positive role in the negotiations. However, what’s still lacking is for citizens to make climate change a personal issue. Divestment movements have made marvelous progress on this point, bleeding the financing of petroleum companies, and there should be more efforts like this. Summits are necessary, because it’s easier for 195 countries to come to an agreement than it is for 7 billion people. But if those billions of people don’t take the matter into their own hands and take action, the panorama will be complicated. In Costa Rica, the work of organizations like Costa Rica Limpia and CO2.cr to promote citizen participation shows us that there are people who are interested in the issue, and that there also are spaces to promote innovative ideas.Why is it important for every Costa Rican to take climate change seriously? Uf. It’s partly common sense and partly ethical principles. It’s common sense because if we continue at the pace we’re at with fossil fuel consumption and the same methods of agriculture, livestock and transportation, the planet will change radically, and it’ll become an inhospitable place for us. It’s an ethical issue because as a rational species, it’s incomprehensible to continue leading a lifestyle that is incompatible with our own existence and with that of so many other species. In Costa Rica, we’ll be affected in many areas: If we continue the pace of emissions, it will rain 32 percent less in 2100, the average temperature will increase by about 4 C, and the sea level will rise, complicating the lives of people on the coasts. But we still have time to change.Follow Diego Arguedas Ortiz on Twitter at @arguedasortiz and Semanario Universidad at @SemanarioU. Read The Guardian’s “Everything you need to know about the Paris climate summit and UN talks” here. 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