Archive for January 2nd, 2018

02/01/2018

Of Billionaires, Fiscal Paradises, the World’s Debt, and the Victims

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

2 January 2018 Among Bloomberg’s many profitable activities there is a convenient Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which has just published its findings for 2017.

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Roberto Savio

It covers only the 500 richest people, and it proudly announces that they have increased their wealth by 1 trillion dollars in just one year.

Their fortunes went up by 23 per cent to top comfortable 5 trillion dollars (to put this in perspective, the US budget is now at 3.7 trillion).

That obviously means an equivalent reduction for the rest of the population, which has lost those trillion dollars.

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02/01/2018

2017 Set to Be in Top Three Hottest Years, with Record-Breaking Extreme Weather

World Meteorological Organisation*The 2017 global land and ocean temperature will likely end among the three warmest years on record, and is expected to be the warmest year without a warming El Niño.

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Source: World Meteorological Organization – 19 December 2017

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02/01/2018

More Nuclear Techniques to Boost Farming Practices, Improve Farm Animal Health

Human Wrongs Watch

People around the world, especially poor farmers in developing Asian countries, will benefit through the use of nuclear techniques in combatting diseases affecting farm animals and improve water management practices, the United Nations atomic energy agency has said.

A farmer and his wife use a pair of oxen to plough their field in Surkhet district, western Nepal. Photo: IFAD/Sanjit Das

Improved farming practices, healthier animals and – ultimately – increased food security will be the outcomes,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 29 December 2017 said.

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02/01/2018

Yemen Sliding into ‘Deepening Catastrophe’

Human Wrongs Watch

As the conflict in Yemen passes the grim 1,000-day milestone, the United Nations is warning that if humanitarian workers cannot gain greater access and the violence does not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable.

People queue to fill containers with water from a tank provided by UNICEF in Sana’a, Yemen. Some 14.5 million people in the country have no access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Photo: UNICEF/Algabal2017

02/01/2018

On New Year’s Day, UNICEF Challenges Nations to Join Fight to Help More Newborns Survive First Days of Life

Human Wrongs Watch

1 January 2018 – Nearly 386,000 babies will be born on New Year’s Day – some 90 per cent in less developed regions – and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is challenging nations around the world to make sure more newborns survive their first days of life.

2018’s first baby – a girl named Vilisi Ciri Sovocala – was born at 1.44 am on New Year’s Day in Suva, the island capital of Fiji. Photo: UNICEF/Chute

“This New Year, UNICEF’s resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month – more than survival,” Stefan Peterson, UNICEF’s Chief of Health, said Monday 1 January 2018.

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02/01/2018

Is Humanity Eating Itself into an Early Grave?

By Tomasz Pierscionek*

(RT)*Despite advancements in science and medicine working to prolong our lives, our lifestyles offset their effects. In the past infectious diseases caused millions of premature deaths, now an obesity pandemic threatens to do the same.
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**Photo: A basic and popular Fast food meal, which includes a burger, french fries and a drink. | Author: LukeB20161933 | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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