Archive for January 20th, 2018

20/01/2018

Which Is the Antarctic’s Top Penguin?

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By Willie Mackenzie*

20 January, 2018 (Greenpeace)* — Not every penguin is up to the challenge of living in the Antarctic, but those that do are a special sort of awesome. Remember, they don’t have the luxury of being able to fly away again if the weather turns bad.

In honour of Penguin Awareness Day today and while we’re in the Antarctic campaigning to protect their home*, here’s our countdown of the most flippering fantastic Antarctic penguins.

Prepare to be impressed.

*And you can join the movement to create the world’s largest protected area and a safe haven for penguins – an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.

5. Gentoo

Gentoo penguin in the Antarctic, 17 Jan 2018

Gentoo penguin in the Antarctic, 17 Jan 2018

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20/01/2018

Six Environment Stories to Watch in 2018

1. Coral reefs

With three quarters of the world’s coral reefs already at risk – due to threats ranging from invasive species to ocean acidification to sunscreen pollution – the time for action is now.

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The International Coral Reef Initiative has dubbed 2018 the International Year of the Reef. Things have already kicked off in Fiji, with an announcement from the government of a major new protected site.

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20/01/2018

One in Four (Liberated) Iraqi Children Impacted by Conflict, Poverty; Education Key for Lasting Peace – UNICEF

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More than four million children have been impacted by extreme violence in Iraq, many robbed of their childhood and forced to fight on the frontlines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 19 January 2018 said.

Women and children walk through the debris of buildings and vehicles destroyed during intense fighting as they flee for safe areas in Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi

“Last year alone, 270 children were killed,” said UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere following a recent visit.
20/01/2018

Central Africa’s Iconic Mammals Threatened by Poachers, Armed Groups – UN Environment 

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Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing on 19 January 2018 warned.

In recent years poaching levels have soared and three rhinos are killed every day. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

20/01/2018

May Your Home Be Destroyed

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By Uri Avnery*

20 January 20/18 — WHEN I first met Yasser Arafat in besieged Beirut, in the summer of 1982, Abu Mazen was not present. But when I met him again in Tunis, a few months later, he asked me to meet Abu Mazen, too.

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Uri Avnery

Abu Mazen, it transpired, was the Fatah leader in charge of Israeli matters.

MY FIRST impression of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) was that he was the exact opposite of Arafat. He looked like a schoolmaster.

Arafat was an outgoing type, who liked to embrace and kiss people and to establish close relations from the outset.

Abu Mazen was much more reserved and withdrawn. Yet I liked his personality.

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20/01/2018

The US Syria “Strategy” – Recipe For Continued Disaster Even For The US

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20/01/2018

Prepare for the Rumble in the Davos Jungle

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By Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com

“Creating a shared future in a fractured world,” is the suitably earnest theme of next week’s World Economic Forum, a staple in the calendar for the motley crew of CEOs, world leaders and a sprinkling of celebrities who gather in the small Swiss town of Davos.

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20/01/2018

Millions of Children’s Lives Hang in the Balance as South Sudan Conflict Grinds On

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19 January 2018 – Following a two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan, where a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death, the head of the United Nations children’s agency has said only an end to hostilities can bring back hope and safety to the children and young people there.

In South Sudan, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore (left) and UNICEF Head of Nutrition Joseph Senesie (in blue) speak with patients at Al Sabbah Hospital, where UNICEF is implementing a nutrition programme, in Juba, the capital. Photo: UNICEF/Prinsloo

“I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw first-hand how four years of a man-made conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death,” Henrietta H. Fore, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said Thursday [18 January 2018] in the capital, Juba, as she wrapped up her visit.
20/01/2018

Syria — ‘Devastating’ Impact of Surging Violence on Civilians

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Concerned over the devastating impact of escalating violence in Syria, where dozens of people in eastern Ghouta have been killed in recent airstrikes, and schools and hospitals are being deliberately destroyed, senior United Nations officials have underscored the obligation on all parties to the conflict, and the international community, to protect civilians from atrocity crimes.

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A street in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Amer Al Shami

 

“We cannot stand by silently in the face of indiscriminate violence and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,” said Adama Dieng the UN Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, and Ivan Simonovic, the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, in a statement issued on 19 January 2018.

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