Earth Science News  





. Ted Turner Urges WTO Members To Use Biofuels To Break Doha Deadlock

Chairman United Nation Foundation and founder of the Cable News Network (CNN) Ted Turner listens to Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate during his talk on "Democracy and its Critics" in New Delhi, 15 December 2005. The talk was organised by the United Nations Foundation, which was created by Ted Turner and it supports United Nation's projects around the world, Since its inception, the UN Foundation has awarded grants amounting to over USD 900 million. Photo courtesy of Manpreet Romana and AFP.
by Staff Writers
Geneva (AFP) Sep 25, 2006
US media mogul and billionaire philanthropist Ted Turner urged negotiators on Monday to use green energy as a means to revive stalled World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks on a deal to reform global commerce.

In a speech to a WTO symposium, Turner said that the WTO's 149 member states should take up his idea for relaunching the so-called Doha Round negotiations: boost production of biofuels, renewable sources of energy which can be made from agricultural produce including grain or crop waste.

The Doha Round talks were suspended in July amid a bitter EU-US rift on farm subsidies and tariffs as well as disputes between wealthy and developing nations over market concessions, particularly in farm trade.

"If we give up on Doha, we're giving up on fighting poverty," said Turner.

"The Doha Round is stalled because rich countries and poor countries are split on the question of agriculture subsidies. If agriculture were always going to be the same, then the question of subsidies would be a problem without a solution. But agriculture is changing.

"Farmers have always grown crops for food and fibre. Today, farmers can grow crops for food, fuel and fibre," Turner said.

"The global demand for biofuels is huge and rising. That's why I'm confident that in the near future, farmers' incomes will be assured, not by subsidies and tariffs, but by market forces.

"And that's why it makes so little sense to throw away the Doha Round over agricultural subsidies and tariffs. We shouldn't give up a great future to cling to the past."

The Doha Round talks were launched in the Qatari capital in 2001 and were supposed by 2004 to deliver a global agreement on reducing agricultural and industrial trade barriers, and on boosting development in poor nations.

But the negotiations dragged on without success until July's meltdown, and there has so far been little indication of when they could start again.

Using biofuels helps to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but also makes economic sense because developing countries are struggling to cope with high oil prices, said Turner.

"By investing in biofuels, developing countries can produce their own domestic transportation fuels, cut their energy costs, improve public health, create new jobs in the rural economy, and ultimately, build export markets," said Turner.

Turner, the founder of Cable News Network (CNN), was speaking in his capacity as head of the UN Foundation, which he created in 1998 with a one-billion-dollar donation to support global causes.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
World Trade Organisation
Powering The World in the 21st Century
Global Trade News

Troubled Sakhalin Energy Project Faces New Environmental Surveys
Moscow (AFP) Sep 25, 2006
Russia's natural resources ministry said Monday it had ordered a new round of environmental inspections at a giant Shell-led energy project that has already had its environmental permit revoked. The inspections will take place at worksites for Sakhalin-2, a 20-billion-dollar (15.8-billion-euro) oil and gas project off Russia's Pacific coast that has come under pressure from Russian authorities for alleged environmental violations and cost overruns.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Ten Years Needed To Recover From Pakistan Quake
  • Analysis: Strengthening FEMA in DHS
  • Ideas To Rebuild Hurricane-Devastated New Orleans Showcased At Italian Fair
  • China's natural disasters cost billions, kill thousands: report

  • Dinosaurs' Climate Shifted Too
  • NASA Study Finds World Warmth Edging Ancient Levels
  • Research Detects Human-Induced Climate Change At A Regional Scale
  • Short-Term Ocean Cooling Suggests Global Warming Speed Bump

  • Earth from Space: The French Frigate Shoals
  • European Microsatellite Playing Major Role In Scientific Studies
  • New Technology Helping Foster The 'Democratization Of Cartography'
  • SAIC Becomes Authorized Supplier For Geospatial-Intelligence Solutions

  • Ted Turner Urges WTO Members To Use Biofuels To Break Doha Deadlock
  • Troubled Sakhalin Energy Project Faces New Environmental Surveys
  • Engine On A Chip Promises To Best The Battery
  • Ceramic Microreactors Developed For On-Site Hydrogen Production

  • Initial Human Trials Of Bird Flu Vaccine In Russia A Success
  • FluWrap: Monitor 'H5N1 Lite' For Spread
  • Fight Against Animal Epidemics Pressing
  • HPV Vaccine Drawing Attention On All Sides

  • Ancient Birds Flew On All-Fours
  • Turf Wars Escalate Between People And Elephants In India Northeast
  • Pregnant Prehistoric Fossil Offers Clues To Past
  • Fruit Fly Aggression Studies Have Relevance To Animal, Human Populations

  • Child Hospital Visits Rise With Pollution In Hong Kong
  • Floating Garbage Piling Up In Three Gorges Dam
  • Birth Defects Rise In China Due To Pollution
  • Philippines Oil-Spill Tanker 'May Have Sunk During Cargo Heist'

  • How The Brain Keeps Emotions At Bay
  • Meet the Earliest Baby Girl Ever Discovered
  • Oldest Juvenile Skeleton Discovered Will Help Piece Together Human Development
  • Beijing Citizens Live Longest In China

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement