15/12/2019

Climate Change – Where Are Our Economic Elites Headed?

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By William Mebane*

10 December 2019 (Wall Street International)*  — As William Nordhaus illustrated in his Nobel award address in December last year, the free-rider problem is particularly severe for climate change. Those who do nothing ride free, while those who undertake costly reductions pay dearly. If an important player does not go along, the others could establish a climate club with penalties in the form of tariffs for the free rider.

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15/12/2019

Bolsonaro’s Christmas Gift to Perpetrators of Illegal Deforestation

Forest Fires in Porto Velho, Rondônia, Amazon - Third Overflight (2019). © Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace
With the new legislation, the Bolsonaro administration shows that environmental crime pays in the Amazon. © Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace © Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace

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14/12/2019

No EU Funds for Poland If Climate Goals Aren’t Agreed, Macron Warns

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14/12/2019

In Indigenous Lands

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Like many countries in the world, Australia had several indigenous peoples, often called aboriginals or tribes, living in this subcontinent.

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St Patrick’s Cathedral

Again, as in other countries, these peoples were conquered, crushed and their cultures, cuisines, knowledge systems destroyed.

These peoples have become extinct except for a few stray tribes who still exist in small numbers and who are difficult to see in most places.

One such place is called Toowoomba about 150 km from the modern city Brisbane located in the province of Queensland on the eastern coast of the country.

This place is beautiful, peaceful, serene, full of gardens, and open areas. As they say in Toowoomba, it has pleasant weather on one day and perfect the next.

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14/12/2019

Big Step-Up in Ambition Can Open Door to Crucial Pollution Cuts from Homes and Workplaces Worldwide

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Madrid, 11 December 2019, (UN Environment)*Dramatic improvements in the way the world’s buildings are built, designed and operated are urgently needed if the vast, globally significant building and construction sector is to play its part in meeting international goals under the Paris Agreement.

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14/12/2019

The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 2019 (IPS)*Appearing before 17 judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, became a public apologist for the military government of Myanmar which has long been accused of genocide and forcing over 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a 2017 crackdown.

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International Court of Justice in The Hague. Credit: United Nations

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14/12/2019

‘Three Million Undernourished People in Asia-Pacific Need to Be Lifted Out of Hunger … Every Single Month’

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BANGKOK (FAO)*– Three million undernourished people in Asia and the Pacific must be lifted out of hunger each month from now on, if the region is to meet the SDG 2 Zero Hunger goal by the end of 2030, says a new report released today [11 December 2019] by four United Nations agencies.

Photo :©FAO/Manan VatsyayanaSocial protection initiatives have great potential to help in eradicating hunger and malnutrition. In the photo: local school children eat their meals at the Ban Bor Primary School in Xay District, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
14/12/2019

‘During Recent Mass Protests in Chile International Human Rights Norms Had Been Violated by Both Police and Army Personnel, which Should Be Prosecuted’

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13 December 2019 (UN News)*During the recent mass protests which led Chile to declare a state of emergency, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report published on Friday [13 December 2019] that international human rights norms had been violated by both police and army personnel, which should be prosecuted.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) | In a new report, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that demonstrations in Chile were deeply rooted in grievances related to inequality and non-discriminatory access to human rights.

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14/12/2019

New Citizenship Law in India ‘Fundamentally Discriminatory’: UN Human Rights Office

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13 December 2019 (UN News)* —  A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being “fundamentally discriminatory in nature.”

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The amendment to the Citizenship Act gives priority to Hindus, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians resident in India before 2014, but excludes Muslims, including minority sects.

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12/12/2019

Pulses Take the Stage in Flagship Partnership

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FAO and the Global Pulse Confederation agree to bolster production and consumption of nutritious pulse crops

Photo: ©FAO/PierPaolo CitoA variety of pulses.

ROME, 10 December 2019 (FAO)* – FAO and the Global Pulse Confederation (GPC) today agreed on a three-year partnership to promote cultivation of foods such as lentils, dry beans, dry peas and chickpeas and to advocate for their high nutritional values.

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