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11/09/2014

Nuclear — Despite Price Dip, Uranium Demand, Production Continue to Rise

Human Wrongs Watch

A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published on 10 September 2014 found that demand for uranium, the raw material used to fuel nuclear power stations, will continue to rise, despite declining market prices since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in Japan in March 2011 and lower electricity demand as a result of the global economic crisis.

Uranium ore is processed into a concentrate known as yellowcake and packed in special, tightly sealed steel drums similar in size to oil barrels. Photo: IAEA

The Red Book, as the report is known, is a recognized global reference on uranium jointly prepared by the IAEA and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (NEA/OECD).*

It found an increase in uranium supply, exploration and production. Some seven per cent more uranium resources have been identified since the last report was published in 2012, adding almost 10 years to the existing resource base.

11/09/2014

Ozone Layer on Track to Recover by Middle Century But Remains Threatened

Human Wrongs Watch

The Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track to recover by the middle of the century, the United Nations on 10 September 2014 reported, urging unified action to tackle climate change and curb continued fluctuations to the composition of the atmosphere.

The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades. Photo: UNEP

The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades. Photo: UNEP

That is according to the assessment of 300 scientists in the summary document of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).*

“International action on the ozone layer is a major environmental success story,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a news release. “This should encourage us to display the same level of urgency and unity to tackle the even greater challenge of climate change.”

The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thus helping to preserve life on the planet.

10/09/2014

Internet Slowdown Day: Leading Web Companies Fight for ‘Net Neutrality’

Human Wrongs Watch

By RT*, 9 September 2014 — Reddit, Netflix, Foursquare, Mozilla, Vimeo, and WordPress are backing the ‘Internet Slowdown’ protest against proposed US regulations that would segregate internet surfing speeds and kill “net neutrality.”
Image from battleforthenet.com

Image from battleforthenet.com | Reproduced from RT

The September 10 protest features a revolving icon – symbolizing slow connectivity – illustrating how losing net neutrality would harm websites and other online services.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) aims to introduce changes in existing rules allowing cable giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to operate a two-tiered internet, with “slow lanes” for most internet companies, and “fast lanes” for those willing to pay more.

10/09/2014

‘We Are Running Out of Time’, Experts Warn as Climate Change Debate Heats Up

 Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations weather agency on 9 September 2014 voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which has reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as quickly as they used to.

By absorbing much of the added heat trapped by atmospheric greenhouse gases, the oceans are delaying some of the impacts of climate change. Photo: WMO/Olga Khoroshunova

By absorbing much of the added heat trapped by atmospheric greenhouse gases, the oceans are delaying some of the impacts of climate change. Photo: WMO/Olga Khoroshunova

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) latest annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide caused a 34 per cent increase in the global warming in the last 10 years.*

Ahead of a climate summit organized by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN Headquarters in New York set to take place on 23 September, the WMO urges the international community to take a concentrated action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change.

10/09/2014

UN Urges Prosecution to End Impunity for Drug Trafficking on High Seas

 Human Wrongs Watch

9 September 2014 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a special event on the rise of narcotics trafficking on maritime southern routes, particularly the Indian Ocean, advocating that drug traffickers caught in international waters be prosecuted.
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Opium poppy field in Afghanistan. Photo: UNODC

Opium poppy field in Afghanistan. Photo: UNODC

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Opening the event, “Success of the Piracy Prosecution Model: A Blueprint to End Impunity at Sea,” UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov explained that the inability to prosecute traffickers detected on the high seas remain a major challenge.*

“As we have seen, drug seizures alone have not deterred the criminals, who remain at large due to a lack of enforcement capacity. If we want to contain the problem of heroin trafficking through the Indian Ocean, we need to explore options for prosecuting drug traffickers,” he stressed in a press release on the event.

09/09/2014

Over 100 Million People Still Unemployed in the G20 Economies, With 447 Million ‘Working Poor’ living on Less Than $2 a Day

Human Wrongs Watch

Melbourne, 9 September 2014 – A large and persistent shortfall in the number and quality of the jobs being created in G20 countries is affecting prospects for re-igniting economic growth, according to a report entitled G20 labour markets: outlook, key challenges and policy responses, prepared by the ILO, the OECD and the World Bank Group for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting taking place in Melbourne on 10-11 September 2014. 
Photo from ILO

Photo from ILO

Despite some recent improvement, slow recovery from the financial crisis means that many G20 economies still face a substantial jobs gap, which will persist until at least 2018 unless growth gains momentum.
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With more than 100 million people still unemployed in the G20 economies and 447 million ‘working poor’ living on less than $2 a day in emerging G20 economies, the weak labour market performance is also threatening economic recovery because it is constraining both consumption and investment.
09/09/2014

Overall Energy Consumption for Lighting Will Have Grown by 60 to 70% by 2030 with dramatic consequences for climate change

Human Wrongs Watch

Lighting from electricity accounts for approximately 15 to 19 per cent of global energy consumption and over five per cent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, UNEP reports in relation to the Climate Change Summit 2014 scheduled to take place in UN headquarters in New York on 23 September 2014.

UNEP en.lighten initiative

UNEP en.lighten initiative

Unless policies are implemented immediately to address this issue, overall energy consumption for lighting will have grown by 60 to 70 per cent by 2030 with dramatic consequences for climate change.

The phase-out of inefficient incandescent lamps provides one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) adds.*

07/09/2014

Slave Route Project to Break the Silence Around the Slave Trade

Human Wrongs Watch

“The executioner always kills twice”, Elie Wiesel once wrote, “the second time through silence”. Historically, global issues – such as development, human rights, cultural pluralism and intercultural dialogue – have been characterized by a total absence of awareness and understanding of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

©UNESCO/Jean O’Sullivan – Pupils at the UNESCO ASPnet school, CES Abomey-Calvi (Benin), beside their mural of the logo of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project

To break the silence around the Slave Trade, UNESCO launched the Slave Route Project, a global inquiry into the means of promoting the rapprochement of peoples through the shared legacy of this tragedy. On 10 September, UNESCO will celebrate the project’s 20th anniversary at its Paris headquarters.

“The Slave Route is not merely a thing of the past: it is our history and it has shaped the face of many modern societies, creating indissoluble ties between peoples and continents, and irreversibly transforming the destiny, economy and culture of nations,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

07/09/2014

Hidden in Plain Sight — New Global Data Expose “Acute Prevalence” of Violence against Children

Human Wrongs Watch

A new UNICEF report looks at the scope of violence against children – a crisis of physical, sexual and emotional abuse that takes place every day around the world, and yet remains all too invisible.

UNICEF

UNICEF

NEW YORK – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse — and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world, the UNICEF reported on 4 September 2014.*

“These are uncomfortable facts — no government or parent will want to see them,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “But unless we confront the reality each infuriating statistic represents — the life of a child whose right to a safe, protected childhood has been violated — we will never change the mind-set that violence against children is normal and permissible.  It is neither. “

05/09/2014

Over 800,000 People Commit Suicide Every Year – Around One Person Every 40 Seconds

Human Wrongs Watch

4 September 2014 – More than 800,000 people commit suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds – according to the United Nations health agency’s first global report on suicide prevention, which was published today.

**Photo: Lime on rails after a suicide in Mainz-Laubenheim | Date: 7 December 2008 | Author: Wikimedia-User Jivee Blau | Wikimedia Commons

**Photo: Lime on rails after a suicide in Mainz-Laubenheim | Date: 7 December 2008 | Author: Wikimedia-User Jivee Blau | Wikimedia Commons

“This report is a call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report also notes that the most common methods of suicide globally are pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms. Evidence from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and a number of European countries reveals that limiting access to these means can help prevent people dying by suicide.

Another key to reducing deaths by suicide is a commitment by national Governments to the establishment and implementation of a coordinated plan of action, WHO said in a news release. Currently, only 28 countries are known to have national suicide prevention strategies.

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