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Call to Action to protect environmental journalists

first_imgNews Organisation At the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, 14 international, regional and national press freedom organisations are calling on world leaders to protect environmental journalists and give them access to the information they need to cover climate change and the environment.With an increasing number of violent attacks on journalists covering environmental and climate change issues, there is an urgent need for action. At a press briefing today, International Media Support, Reporters Without Borders, Internews and International Institute for Environment and Development on behalf of all the signatories presented a call to action stating:”Media and press freedom organisations call on the world’s leaders to reaffirm their pledge to Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration and Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and urge all governments to practice transparency in access to information and to protect journalists reporting on environmental issues and climate change.”The signing organisations insist that the media must be free to report on environmental issues if the world is to address the challenge of climate change. By serving as a watchdog on recalcitrant governments, the media expose the corruption, nepotism and negligence that obstruct efforts to protect the environment. Journalists are also crucial in efforts to raise awareness and meet the Rio Declaration’s objective of engaging and involving the general public in decision-making.Speaking at the press briefing today, Jesper Højberg, Director of International Media Support, said:- The media play a key role in engaging the public in the fight against climate change through their stories and research. Their work also helps to maintain pressure on governments to keep their promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Vincent Brossel, Head of the Asia desk of Reporters Without Borders, said:- Some country delegations here in Copenhagen should explain why in their respective countries, journalists and activists investigating environmental issues are jailed, beaten, threatened or censored.- If Uzbekistan, Russia, China, Burma or Indonesia, for example, do not respect the right of their media to inform on such crucial issues, how we can expect them to really commit to fight the climate change?James Fahn, Global Director of Internews Earth Journalism Network, added:-When climate change reporters move into the field and cover illegal logging and pollution, they face dangers similar to their colleagues covering the crime beat.To see or download the call to action, visit: www.i-m-s.dkContacts:International Media Support: Lotte Dalhmann +45 25543541, email: [email protected] Without Borders: Vincent Brossel +33 1 4483 8470, email: [email protected]: Saya Oka +45 3048 7597, email: [email protected] Related documents Call of CopenhagenPDF – 282.3 KB Help by sharing this information RSF_en December 11, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Call to Action to protect environmental journalistslast_img read more

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Pumpkin time

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaPlenty of good pumpkins should be available for Georgia shoppers this Halloween. And a few precautions can make sure that pretty pumpkin doesn’t turn scary before its time.Properly cured pumpkins can last as long as three months, said Ken Seebold, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. A pumpkin needs a consistent 80-degree (Fahrenheit) temperature for about two weeks to cure.Pickin’ a punkin'”Most pumpkins on the market should be sound and should last through the Halloween season,” Seebold said.But shoppers can look for a few things to avoid getting a bad pumpkin, he said. Avoid pumpkins with mushy handles, or stems. This is a sign of disease. Pumpkins with cracks or pits in the rind may decay early.To prolong the life of pumpkins, keep them out of direct sunlight and in a dry, cool place, said Terry Kelley, a horticulturist with the UGA Extension Service. But once you carve that pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern, its life becomes shorter.”It will start to break down quickly,” Kelley said. “You can preserve it a little longer by placing a damp towel over it when it’s not on display.” Refrigeration will extend the life of a jack-o’-lantern, too.Georgia pumpkinsWith only about 400 acres of pumpkins, Georgia is a relatively small pumpkin-producing state, Kelley said. Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana produce much more than Georgia. Tennessee has about 4,500 acres of pumpkins a year.”Georgia imports the vast majority of pumpkins sold here,” Kelley said. “But most of the pumpkins grown in Georgia are sold locally at retail roadside markets.”Georgia’s crop is good this year despite wet summer weather. “We had just enough dry spells to allow the crop to make,” Kelley said.Because of the wet weather, however, diseases were tough on the 2003 crop. “Georgia pumpkins are susceptible to a number of diseases caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses,” Seebold said.A disease called Phytophthora crown rot likes warm, wet weather and caused a lot of problems for some growers, he said.Most of Georgia’s pumpkins are grown in the northern part of the state, where it’s just cool enough to keep disease pressure to a minimum. It’s hard to grow pumpkins in south Georgia’s climate without intense management.last_img read more

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