Archive for August 6th, 2018

06/08/2018

‘Lots of Good News’ But Much More Needs to Be Done for the Planet – UN Environment Chief

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6 August 2018 – Calling 2017 “the first year in human history” that more electricity was generated globally from the sun, than oil, gas and coal combined, Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has told UN News that “we are on track” but “we really need to speed up”.

World Bank/Arne Hoel | An elephant and a bird in the wilderness of Ghana, 28 November 2006. | Photo from UN News Centre.
Southern India, for example, now has “the first all-solar airport in the world”, he said, pointing out that some of India’s southern states are experiencing “the most rapid economic development anywhere in the world — based on solar energy”.

Moreover, he said that in the United States, “there are five times more jobs in solar, than in coal”.

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06/08/2018

A Distant Flickering Light: The Hibakusha Peace Movement (Part 1)

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By Robert Kowalczyk – TRANSCEND Media Service*

6 August 2018

[The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.]

An Interview with Mrs. Koko Kondo, The Tanimoto Peace Foundation, Conducted in Kobe, Japan on 27 Jul 2018

Mrs. Koko Kondo showing the manuscript written by her father, Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto, that inspired John Hersey’s classic, Hiroshima.

Do you think the Hibakusha are still important?

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06/08/2018

Meanwhile, around the World

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By Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service*

6 August 2018 – The state of the world is right now going from bad to worse, with more violence or threats thereof; an epidemic, even pandemic, of violence. And more inequality within and between countries and money buying votes in fake elections and politicians in fake democracies turning plutocracies run by money.

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And nature insulted; less diversity and less symbiosis with CFCs in the ozone layer. But not all over.

There are regions low on violence, often headed by a state or nation as a “pole”, and a multi-polar world with passive peaceful coexistence.  Disputes, not war.

Which are these regions headed by a “pole”?

Anglo-America is one, headed by USA.

Latin-America/Caribbean is one, with Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil playing leading roles, but no single leader. Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC) is a coordinating forum for all 35.

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06/08/2018

Dispatch from Ghardaïa: Meeting Bintu at the ‘Door to the Desert’

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By Pascal Reyntjens*

Algiers, 6 August 2018 (IOM)* – The buses left Algiers almost a day ago. Although the buses are comfortable, it has been a long day on the road for everyone. 

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Pascal Reyntjens, IOM Chief of Mission in Algeria (far left), meets Bintu, a young Nigerien child. Photo: IOM 2018

It is late June, and the convoy has arrived in Ghardaïa, northern-central Algeria – the door to the desert.

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06/08/2018

The Migration ‘Crisis’ Is Not What It Seems

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By Anne Althaus and Amanda Brown*

Geneva, 3 August 2018 (IOM)* – With the recent debate in Europe surrounding the Aquarius, NGO rescues at sea, and the steep increase in tragic deaths of migrants at sea in the past weeks, there has been a resurgence of discussion in the media and political arena about the so-called “migration crisis” and feelings about “invasions” of migrants. It is about time to restate the facts, recall the actual numbers, and reconsider the situation.
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Migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. File Photo: IOM/Amanda Nero

It is perfectly understandable that people in Europe and elsewhere would react to alarming messages. Yet, looking at the actual numbers regarding migration and labour forces in Europe and other global economies reveals a much less alarming situation.

One way to address public worries about migration is to present the actual numbers.

06/08/2018

How Much Do You Know about Healthy Eating?

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6 August 2018 (FAO)*– Diets vary greatly from place to place based on food availability, eating habits and culture. Yet, when it comes to food, there is a lot that we know about what is and what is not good for us and this is true no matter where we live.

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Most countries’ guidelines recommend that people have at least 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. For a sweet tooth, fruit is a good alternative to processed sugars. ©FAO/Ezequiel Becerra

Societal changes, however, are making these choices more complicated. While many countries are still dealing with undernutrition, more and more people around the world are eating energy-dense, high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt foods.

Urbanization, more sedentary types of work and changing modes of transportation are decreasing people’s levels of physical activity, creating entire populations at risk of obesity, overweight and related diseases.

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06/08/2018

UNESCO Chief Calls on International Community to ‘Mobilize to Ensure Full Respect of Indigenous Peoples’ Dignity, Well-Being and Fundamental Freedoms’

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By Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO*

Indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable populations in the world. This International Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of their precarious situation, particularly in relation to migration, which is the Day’s theme in 2018.

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

 

Migration influences the way of life of many indigenous peoples, whether these be nomadic pastoral societies who follow the transhumance calendar, such as the Red Fulani cattle herders in West Africa whose seasonal migration covers several thousand kilometres, or hunter-gatherer peoples who travel several hundred square kilometres, in the Kalahari Desert and the Congo Basin, for example, in order to benefit from the unique resources of their ecosystem and to preserve a delicate balance.

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06/08/2018

Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement – International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

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06/08/2018

Drugged Waters – How Modern Medicine Is Turning into an Environmental Curse

The aquatic and human health consequences of pharmaceuticaldrugs entering the environment through wastewater treatment plants is not yet well understood.
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Global commons/ Annabel | Photo from UN Environment

6 August 2018 (UN Environment)* — As the world’s population expands and we become wealthier, drugs and chemical-based care products become more prevalent.

While pharmaceuticals are essential for human health and well-being, less is known on the effects they have on the freshwater sources on which we depend for our existence, and their impact on human health and biota.

The occurrence of pharmaceutical substances in the environment is of global concern.

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