The Hague or Amsterdam? Which is the capital of the Neterlands?
Maps confirm that the Hague isn’t the capital of The Netherlands. The Hague is where diplomatic business occurs, where embassies are maintained, and the seat of government for The Netherlands. So it is a bit of a suprise to learn that Amsterdam is the capital of the country. In Amsterdam, the source reminded me, they’re sensitive about it.
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Ecocide — an international crime to destroy or contaminate the environment that humans live in.
Sustainabilitank.info reports that supporters of a new ecocide law believe it could be used to prosecute “climate deniers” who distort science and facts to mislead the uninformed and to discourage voters and politicians from tackling climate change and environmental degredation.
British innovator and lawyer Polly Higgins presents a declaration of planetary rights, and a proposal that declares mass destruction of ecosystems a crime on a par with genocide. Well, actually, destroying where humans live is the essential genocide, not “on a par with”.
Consider :: Will it matterwhether it is a crime to eliminate any categories of humans (genocide) if there is no habitable place for any humans?
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Mais oui, bien sur! Of course France would have a gorgeous website for the sector responsible for food and fishing. Alimentation France is colorful, enticing, a banquet of pixels.
Can’t say the same for the US Department of Agriculture website, which is trying hard to cover everything upfront, and the effort shows. At the gateway, there’s no feeling of nourishment, growth or life and it’s not clear whether the site has a vision from the list of news stories and random topics on the side. Why is the People’s Garden buried at the bottom of the page? That’s the one topic with celebrity and it’s hidden below the fold!
But wait! USDA has launched new media sites and uses social media. I just couldn’t see the link in the vast washes of mono-colored typeface on the main page. And Twitter for the People’s Garden! But how would we know unless we dug down, down, down…. Advice — lead with the lively.
In September 2009 Argentina created a cabinet level ministry responsible for fishing, agriculture and food trade by expanding and elevating the previous secretariat.
The new Ministry’s site appears to be up and running. Check out the prices of agricultural futures in lower left corner.
Agriculture trade is a hefty leverage element in the diplomatic portfolios of many nations.