Archive for July 27th, 2017

27/07/2017

Biological Annihilation on Earth Accelerating

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 27 July, 2017 – Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also destroy the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible.

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**Illegal slash and burn practise in the region west of Manantenina, Madagascar | Author: Diorit | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

By doing this we are now accelerating the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history and virtually eliminating any prospect of human survival.

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27/07/2017

Sinking Island Seeks Seat in Security Council

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 2017 (IPS) – The Maldives, one of the world’s low-lying, small island developing states (SIDS) — threatened with extinction because of a sea-level rise– is shoring up its coastal defences in anticipation of the impending calamity.

An aerial view of the Village of Kolhuvaariyaafushi, Mulaaku Atoll, the Maldives, after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

And it is seeking international support for its very survival.—at a time when most Western nations are either cutting down on development aid or diverting funds to boost domestic security.

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27/07/2017

Coastal Mangroves among Most Imperilled Ecosystems – 67% Have Been Lost to Date

Human Wrongs Watch

26 July 2017 – Coastal mangroves are among the most imperilled ecosystems on earth, with current estimates indicating that up to 67 per cent have been lost to date, according to the United Nations science wing.

Mangrove shoots being planted on Tarawa, an atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati to protect against coastal erosion. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

“The stakes are high, because mangrove ecosystems provide benefits and services that are essential for life,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a message on the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.

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27/07/2017

‘Malnutrition and Cholera ‘a Vicious Combination’ in War-Torn Yemen’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

26 July 2017 – In Yemen, the world’s worst cholera outbreak is unfolding amid the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, crippling health, water and sanitation facilities in the country, and creating ideal conditions for diseases to spread, according to the heads of three United Nations agencies.

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Photo: Moohialdin Fuad Alzekri | UN News Centre

“The country is on the brink of famine, with over 60 per cent of the population not knowing where their next meal will come from,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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27/07/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter 12: Henry David Thoreau

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 12: Henry David ThoreauThe others will follow successively.

 

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Figure 12.1: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

In the distant future (and perhaps even in the not-so-distant future) industrial civilization will need to abandon its relentless pursuit of unnecessary material goods and economic growth.

Modern society will need to re-establish a balanced and harmonious relationship with nature. In preindustrial societies harmony with nature is usually a part of the cultural tradition.

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