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19/06/2014

Nuclear Forces Reduced While Modernizations Continue – SIPRI

Human Wrongs Watch

Stockholm, june 2014 — Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on 16 June 2014 launched its annual nuclear forces data, which assesses the current trends and developments in world nuclear arsenals. The data shows that while the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decline, none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.*

Source: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Source: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

At the start of 2014 nine states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea—possessed approximately 4000 operational nuclear weapons.

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19/06/2014

Depleting World's Resources – Metal Prices Rise up by 176%, Rubber by 350%, Energy by 260%

Human Wrongs Watch

Nairobi — Rapidly rising prices – metal up by 176 per cent, rubber by 350 per cent, and energy by 260 per cent since 2000 – signal a potentially crippling trend of increasing costs as current consumption patterns rapidly deplete the world’s non-renewable resources, according to a new report released on 7 June 2014.*
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Photo source: UNEP

Photo source: UNEP

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Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options, produced by the United Nations Environment Programme-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP), says the numbers demonstrate that the negative effects of unsustainable use of natural resources are already being felt, further backing the argument with a rise in volatility of food prices: 22.4 per cent from 2000 to 2012 compared to 7.7 per cent from 1990 to 1999.

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