Archive for August 13th, 2018

13/08/2018

Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy to Fight for Human Survival

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes – TRANSCEND Media Service*

13 Aug 2018 – There is almost unanimous agreement among climate scientists and organizations – that is, 97% of over 10,000 climate scientists and the various scientific organizations engaged in climate science research – that human beings have caused a dramatic increase in the amount of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide released into Earth’s atmosphere since the pre-industrial era and that this is driving the climate catastrophe that continues to unfold.

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**Global temperature anomalies for 2015 compared to the 1951–1980 baseline. 2015 was the warmest yearin the NASANOAAtemperature record, which starts in 1880. It has since been superseded by 2016 (NASA/NOAA; 20 January 2016) | NASA Scientific Visualization Studio – https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Goddard Space Flight Center – https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddardPublic Domain

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13/08/2018

To Beat Hunger and Combat Climate Change, World Must ‘Scale-Up’ Health of Its Soils – UN

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13 August 2018 – Healthy soils are essential to achieve ‘Zero Hunger’ – and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – peace and prosperity, the United Nations agriculture agency chief underscored in Brazil at the World Congress of Soil Science.

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FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri | Healthy soils help grow our food, clean our water, store carbon, and reduce risks of droughts and floods.

On Sunday [12 August 2018], more than 2,000 scientists gathered in Rio de Janeiro under the theme “Soil Science: Beyond food and fuel,” for a week of exploring the increasingly complex, diverse role of soils; grappling with resilient agriculture practices to address environmental and climatic changes; and confronting threats to food security and sovereignty.

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13/08/2018

U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen

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By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

13 August 2018 – On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Sa’ada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Sa’ada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people.

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According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least twenty-nine of those killed were children under the age of fifteen, and forty-eight people were wounded, including thirty children.

CNN aired horrifying, heartbreaking footage of children who survived the attack being treated in an emergency room.

One of the children, carrying his UNICEF issued blue backpack, is covered with blood and badly burned.

Commenting on the tragedy, CNN’s senior correspondent Nima Elbagir emphasized that she had seen unaired video which was even worse than what the CNN segment showed.

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13/08/2018

Roots in Diffa: Seeking Solace from Conflict

Human Wrongs Watch

By Monica Chiriac, IOM Niger*

In 2015, the Boko Haram insurgency sweeping northern Nigeria reached the Diffa region of southern Niger, leading to the displacement of more than 250,000 people. However, even before 2015, Boko Haram had carried out some attacks in the region. In the wake of this crisis, people from across the border in Nigeria, and internally displaced people within Niger, sought refuge in Diffa town. What was, at first, an emergency slowly transitioned into a more permanent situation, and people have since made Diffa town their home.

Children from the Fulani tribe at one of the aid distribution sites in Diffa. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac

Lumo doesn’t know how old she is, but she believes she was born during the ‘dark wind’ — a year sometime in the early 1960s famous for a dark wind that engulfed the region.

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13/08/2018

New Skills, New Hope – A Farmers’ Group Helps Akuilina Ihurre to Press on Through Hard Times

Investing in people’s livelihoods in South Sudan is paving the way to Zero Hunger.

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As the farming group’s elder, Akuilina has become a counselor, the person other women turn to whenever disputes arise. ©FAO / Stefanie Glinski

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13 August 2018 (FAO)* — Conflict, economic turmoil, climate extremes and poor infrastructure are some of the challenges to food security in South Sudan.

Akuilina Ihurre used to think she was too old to join a farmers’ group but she knew she needed support to overcome years of hunger.

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13/08/2018

Marxist Economist Samir Amin Dies at 86

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Amin was hospitalized on July 21 and went back home on Saturday [11 August 2018], but he passed away the following day.

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Samir Amin | Photo: Democracy Now | Photo from teleSUR.

13 August 2018 (teleSUR)* — Born in Cairo, Egypt, the prominent thinker died Sunday afternoon in France after serious complications following a brain tumor, reported his colleague Cherif Salif SY on social media.
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“A very shocking news of passing away of Samir Amin after a brief period of memory loss to brain tumor and suffering,” said the fellow economist on Linkedin.
“The world has lost a towering thinker and activist, a humble comrade and friend. Rest in Power and Peace, dear Comrade Samir,” he added, sending his condolences to Amin’s family and “comrades of Third World Forum.”

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13/08/2018

Demand for Healthcare Spikes in Waterlogged Rohingya Refugee Camps – IOM Medical Consultations Hit 500,000

Cox’s Bazar, 10 August 2018 (IOM)* – UN Migration Agency medical staff in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, have now carried out over half a million consultations since the Rohingya refugee crisis began nearly a year ago, as monsoon conditions sparked the busiest week of the year for doctors and nurses working in the camps.
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Families wait for treatment at an IOM medical clinic in the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Lydia Moore / IOM 2018

13/08/2018

Free and Secure Access Needed in DR Congo Conflict Zone to Tackle Ebola – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

12 August 2018 – After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people. 

MONUSCO-AVIATION | Medical supplies to fight the Ebola disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are unloaded in Mavivi in North Kivu province in August 2018.
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“All of those participating in the response must be able to move freely and safely in conflict areas to do the work that is needed to bring the outbreak under control,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General.

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