Archive for December 9th, 2015

09/12/2015

Seashore Thoughts

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

5 December 2015

IT WAS wonderful.

I went to the seashore for the first time since my operation three weeks ago. A five minute walk from my home.

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Uri Avnery

The sea was placid, smooth. A mild sun was shining near the horizon, not too hot, not too cold, just as we like it. A cool wind, not too cold, was blowing.

I was sipping a cup of “americano” coffee, thinking that all was well with the best of all possible words.

BUT OF course it wasn’t. In fact, all was wrong with the worst of all possible worlds.

True, beyond the blue sea, in faraway Paris, the largest assembly ever of world leaders was deliberating on how to save the planet from climate disaster.

Our own Binyamin Netanyahu was there with a huge delegation, though most Israelis, including Netanyahu, have only contempt for the issue, which they consider a phony problem for pampered countries which have no real problems, as we have aplenty.

He went there only to shake hands and have his picture taken shaking the hands of all the world’s great leaders, including Arabs, giving the lie to all those who bemoan Israel’s growing isolation in the world.

But all this was sham. Israel, the country I love, is in grave danger. Actually, it is in more dangers than one.

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09/12/2015

Extinction Is Forever

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

9 December 2015 

What do the Pyrenean ibex, St. Helena olive, Baiji dolphin, Liverpool pigeon, Eastern cougar, West African black rhinoceros, Formosan clouded leopard, Chinese Paddlefish, the Golden Toad and the Rockland grass skipper butterfly all have in common but which is different from the Dodo?

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**A selection of diverse plant species | click on each image for its individual description | (Read details) | Author: Rkitko | GNU Free Documentation License | Wikimedia Commons

09/12/2015

World’s Richest 10% Produce Half of Carbon Emissions While Poorest 3.5 Billion Account for Just a Tenth

Human Wrongs Watch

December 2015 (OXFAM)*– The poorest half of the world’s population – 3.5 billion people – is responsible for just 10 percent of carbon emissions, despite being the most threatened by the catastrophic storms, droughts, and other severe weather shocks linked to climate change.

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**”Wave of Change – Act Now!” – Source: Blog post by Natalie Brook, Oxfam Great Britain, Climate Change Campaigner

These are the findings of a new Oxfam report, released during the ongoing climate talks in Paris, which also shows the world’s richest 10 percent produce around half of all emissions.

The Oxfam report, “Extreme Carbon Inequality,” provides new estimates of the lifestyle consumption emissions of rich and poor citizens in different countries.

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