Archive for November 3rd, 2014

03/11/2014

'Climate Change Threatens Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts'

Human Wrongs Watch

If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems

These are among the key findings of the Synthesis Report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Sunday [2 November 2014].

The Synthesis Report distils and integrates the findings of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report produced by over 800 scientists and released over the past 13 months – the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken.”We have the means to limit climate change,” said R. K. Pachauri, Chair of the IPCC.

“The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change.”

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03/11/2014

The Internet of Things Is Coming

Human Wrongs Watch

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy journal looks at new ways to harvest otherwise wasted energy to power the “Internet of Things”.

A touchscreen film: new energy harvesting can reap the force of pressing to power items that feed into the Internet of Things.

**A touchscreen film: new energy harvesting can reap the force of pressing to power items that feed into the Internet of Things. Photo by Paul Rako | Source IEA

By IEA* — The Internet of Things is coming. While most often referring to the networking of electronics and appliances, it also applies to other objects around us, such as e-books, lampposts, even trees, that are connected and as a result need a power source.

How to power them is the subject of an in-depth article in the next issue of IEA Energy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency.

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03/11/2014

The Plight of Child Jockeys

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andy Brown*, Ulziit, Mongolia, November 2014 — Horse racing is a hugely popular sport in Mongolia, but also a serious danger to the young riders who often ply their trade with no protection and no insurance. UNICEF is advocating for stronger safety laws to protect child jockeys and preserve family’s livelihoods.

**Photo: ©UNICEF Mongolia/2014/BrownFormer child jockeys Munkh-Erdene (left) and Budgarav (centre) with their parents outside the family ger.

**©UNICEF Mongolia/2014/BrownFormer child jockeys Munkh-Erdene (left) and Budgarav (centre) with their parents outside the family ger.

In a get tent in Ulziit, horse racing capital of Mongolia, 15-year-old former child jockey Budgarav rests on his crutches and adjusts the baseball cap on his head. Four years ago, he was thrown from a horse during training and was trampled, breaking both his legs and losing his front teeth. “It was very painful when I fell,” he says.

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