Archive for July 3rd, 2017

03/07/2017

What’s Happening in Poland’s Last Remaining Ancient Forest Will Make You Furious

Human Wrongs Watch

By Marianna Hoszowska*

30 June, 2017 (Greenpeace)* – Would you put your body on the line to stop some of Europe’s oldest trees from being cut down? That’s what hundreds of activists are doing to protect the Białowieża Forest in Poland.

Fifth blockade of the Białowieża Ancient Forest Photo Rafał Wojczal, 2017

Fifth blockade of the Białowieża Ancient Forest Photo Rafał Wojczal, 2017

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03/07/2017

Waves of Migrants and Refugees in Mediterranean, an “Unfolding Tragedy”

Human Wrongs Watch

Italy needs more international support to assist the waves of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean, the United Nations refugee chief on 1 July 2017 urged.

Some 275 refugees and migrants waiting to disembark from a tug in the Port of Pozzalo, Italy, after being rescued a few days earlier. Photo: UNHCR/F. Malavolta (file)

“What is happening in front of our eyes in Italy is an unfolding tragedy,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

He stressed that “this cannot be an Italian problem alone. It is, first and foremost, a matter of international concern, requiring a joined-up, comprehensive regional approach.”

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03/07/2017

Caribbean Seeks to Climate-Proof Tourism Industry

Human Wrongs Watch

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 30 2017 (IPS) – The tourism industry is the key economic driver and largest provider of jobs in the Caribbean after the public sector. Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time and once again growing faster than the global average.

Tourism officials say the Caribbean tourism industry faces significant future threats related to both competitiveness and climate change impacts

CTO Secretary-General Hugh Riley (left) and CDB President Dr. Warren Smith share a light moment during the signing of a partnership agreement at CDB headquarters. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS

Visitor expenditures also hit a new high, growing by an estimated 3.5 per cent to reach 35.5 billion dollars.

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