Archive for June 5th, 2018

05/06/2018

Children ‘As Young As One’ Involved in US Separation of Migrant Families – UN Human Rights Office

Human Wrongs Watch

The current policy in the United States of of separating “extremely young children” from their asylum-seeker or migrant parents along the country’s southern border “always constitutes a child rights violation”, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, on 5 June 2018 said.

UNICEF/Adriana Zehbrauskas | The border crossing point over the Rio Grande, connecting Reynosa, Mexico and McAllen, Texas, USA. August 2016.
Since last October, “several hundred” youngsters – including a 12-month-old infant – have been separated from their families while their parents serve out prison sentences for entering the U.S. illegally, or wait in detention while their asylum claims are processed, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told journalists in Geneva.
05/06/2018

UN Human Rights Expert Chides US Government’s ‘Systematic Assault’ on Welfare

Human Wrongs Watch

The principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty in the USA is to “criminalise and stigmatise” those who need assistance, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert, in a statement on 5 June 2018.

It’s based on his fact-finding visit to the US last December, where he travelled to California, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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05/06/2018

The Missing Science: Could Our Addiction to Plastic Be Poisoning Us?

What you don’t know can’t hurt you. Of all the oft-repeated maxims, this one is perhaps the most dangerous.

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Photo from UN Environment.

Many things we didn’t know turned out to hurt us. In the 1930s, consumers were sold on the health benefits of tobacco. We happily used asbestos to flame-proof buildings. We once thought mercury was a great treatment for syphilis.

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05/06/2018

New Report Offers Global Outlook on Efforts to Beat Plastic Pollution

New Delhi, 5 June 2018 (World Environment Day)* – Released on 5 June 2018, a new report from UN Environment finds a surging momentum in global efforts to address plastic pollution. The first-of-its-kind accounting finds governments are increasing the pace of implementation and the scope of action to curb the use of single-use plastics.

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Photo from UN Environment/World Environment Day.

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05/06/2018

Backpack Ponchos: Peru’s Solution to Plastic Pollution

Human Wrongs Watch

5 June 2018 (World Environment Day)*Trash is not garbage. This is the motto of one of Peru’s most innovative recycling campaigns, one that has already turned a million plastic bottles into thousands of ponchilas.

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Trash is not garbage. This is the motto of one of Peru’s most innovative recycling campaigns, one that has already turned a million plastic bottles into thousands of ponchilas. | Photo from UN Environment.

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05/06/2018

World Environment Day: Live updates

5 June 2018 (UN Environment)* — Happy World Environment Day! We’re sharing the latest news on the day’s celebrations across the globe. Do you have something that you would like us to feature? Please do get in touch
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World Environment Day | Photo from UN Environment.

Indian farmers go “back to nature”

In the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, the government, farmers, UN Environment and big investors like BNP Paribas are coming together to make agriculture more nature-based.

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05/06/2018

Microplastic Particles in the Ocean Now Outnumber Stars in Our Galaxy — The World Is Being ‘Swamped’ by Harmful Plastic Waste

Human Wrongs Watch

The world must unite to “beat plastic pollution” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday 5 June 2018, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”.*

Cyril Villemain/UNEP | Local people from Watamu, Kenya, work with Local Ocean Conservation to pick up plastic on the beach.
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