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In 3 Steps, Here Is What Paris Can Do – and What We Need to Do Afterwards

Human Wrongs Watch

By Daniel Mittler*

28 November 2015 (Greenpeace) – The last few weeks have seen the best and the worst in terms of climate change. 


Credit: Vincent Go/Greenpeace

Victories which pundits told us for years were “impossible” have been coming at a breathtaking pace. Coal demand is in terminal decline worldwide, after a dramatic – if not completechange of course in China.


Paris, India, and Coal

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

30 November 2015

The MIT Technology Review recently published an important article entitled “India’s Energy Crisis”. The article makes alarming reading in view of the world’s urgent need to make a very rapid transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.


**Fossil Fuel’s last stand | Credit: Michael Loewa/Greenpeace

We must make this change quickly in order to avoid a tipping point beyond which catastrophic climate change will be unavoidable.


Adolescent Deaths from AIDS Tripled Since 2000

Human Wrongs Watch

The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years with 26 new infections occurring every hour, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 27 November 2015 announced and warned that “it is critical that young people who are HIV-positive have access to treatment, care and support.”



Malawi teen, Martha, was born with HIV. Now a mother herself, she has defied the odds and her son, Rahim Idriss, is part of Malawis AIDS-free generation. In this picture, she awaits the results of Rahmins HIV test. After two months of waiting, she finds out the Rahmin, now 8-months old, is HIV negative. Photo: UNICEF/HIVA201500101/Schermbrucker

“At the same time, those who are HIV-negative must have access to the knowledge and means to help them to stay that way,” said Craig McClure, head of UNICEF’s global HIV/AIDS programmes, at a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, where new data was released by UNICEF.


UN Specialized Bodies Tell the Bad News Ahead of Climate Talks in Paris

Human Wrongs Watch

In the weeks leading up to the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), which begins in Paris on Monday 30 November 2015 and aims to reach a new universal climate agreement, many of the UN agencies and programmes announced their latest climate-related findings, bringing to light new data, major concerns, and underlining existing and potential opportunities to preserve the planet.


A parched field in Kenya where drought has been especially devastating to sub-Saharan agriculture. Photo: ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached yet another new record high in 2014, continuing a “relentless rise” which is fueling climate change and will make the planet more dangerous and inhospitable for future generations.

I Have Never Punished My Child

Human Wrongs Watch

By Anahata Giri*

27 November 2015

I have never punished my child. This is not because I have some kind of freaky perfect child. My 8 year old son is a normal child who engages with the world with a natural childlike intensity.



The author and her son: listening for a nonviolent world.

This means he sometimes challenges boundaries by doing what he wants and upsetting others. At times I am very upset by his actions and I have been stretched beyond my own boundaries many times. This can be really tough.

But punishment is never an option.


Forced Labour in Fishing: How Big Is the Problem?

Human Wrongs Watch

24 November 2015 (ILO)* – An international Conference on Labour Exploitation in the Fishing Sector in the Atlantic Region will discuss forced labour and human trafficking in the fishing industry on 25-26 November in Oslo, Norway.


Credit: WorldFish2015 | Source: ILO – International Labour Organization

International Labour Organization (ILO) News spoke with Rebecca Surtees, conference panelist and Senior Researcher at NEXUS Institute*, United States, about possible remedies to labour exploitation in the industry.

What are the main problems in the fishing sector?

There is a range of pressing issues to be considered in the fishing industry – including pollution and environmental concerns, illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, sustainability of fish stocks, transnational crime, the use of flags of convenience and non-compliance and so on.


On the Eve of Paris Climate Talks, ‘Bad News’ for Planet

Human Wrongs Watch

In the last major report before world leaders meet in Paris to draft measures to counter global warming, the United Nations weather agency on 25 November 2015 delivered “bad news for the planet,” warning that 2015 is likely to be the warmest year on record, breaching the symbolic and significant milestone of 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era.


Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

The 2011-2015 five-year period has also been the warmest, with many extreme weather events, especially heatwaves, substantially exacerbated by human-induced climate change, in some cases by a factor of 10 or more, according to the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

“The state of the global climate in 2015 will make history for a number of reasons,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said, noting that this year’s climate has also been affected by El Niño, a cyclical weather pattern of devastating droughts and catastrophic floods that can affect scores of millions of people around the globe.


Unless We Act Now, Millions of Children ‘Will Bear the Brunt of Climate Change’

Human Wrongs Watch

More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence, 160 million live in high drought severity areas. Of the 530 million children in the flood-prone zones, some 300 million live in countries where more than half the population lives in poverty – on less than $3.10 a day – UNICEF.


Source: UNICEF

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 November 2015 – More  than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change, UNICEF said* in a report released ahead of the 21st United Nations climate change conference, known as COP21.

Of those living in high drought severity areas, 50 million are in countries where more than half the population lives in poverty.


Paris: A Sense of Proportions Is Urgently Needed

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

24 November 2015

For more than a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November, every television news program of any kind was completely dominated by non-stop day-and-night coverage of the “breaking news”.


**Paris Shootings – The day after | French police gathering evidence at the Bataclan theatre on 14 November | Source: Paris Shootings : The day after | Author: Maya-Anaïs Yataghène from Paris, France | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

The attacks, in which 130 people were killed and 80-99 seriously injured, were presented by our mass media with such a concentration of hysteria that they blotted out every other type of news from the public consciousness.


Corporate Imperialism – The Only Reason for GMOs

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva*

23 November 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service


Prof. Vandana Shiva

“Here’s what I’ll do as President. I’ll immediately implement Country of Origin Labeling because Americans should know where their food comes from. And we’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying,” US President Barack Obama

President Obama’s campaign promise reassured the American people President Obama was on their side, looking out for their basic right to safe food.

As his second term comes closer to an end, President Obama’s promise to protect American people from the established and yet-unknown effects of genetically modified food, lies un-fulfilled.

What happened between the campaign trail and the taking of office? Did Obama change his mind on the importance of letting Americans know what they are eating?

The President’s and the First Family’s food is organic. He has not changed his mind but his window to fulfil his promise of 2007 is closing fast.


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