Archive for December 11th, 2018

11/12/2018

Mountains Matter – Discover 8 Reasons Why Mountains Are Vital for Everyone

Human Wrongs Watch

11 December 2018 (FAO)*In some countries, mountains are considered deities. In others, mountains are peaks to climb. In others still, mountains, like volcanoes, are spirits that can be angered. In countries around the world though, mountains provide life-sustaining water, energy and food for over half the world’s population.

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Because of their altitude, slope and orientation to the sun, mountain ecosystems are easily disrupted by climate variations: native plants and animals are quickly losing their habitats and are struggling to survive in ever diminishing areas, and mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates.

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11/12/2018

One Billion People Live in Mountain Areas, and over Half the Human Population Depends on Mountains for Water, Food and Clean Energy, Yet…

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11 December 2018 (UN)*Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world.

11/12/2018

Lofty Peaks: Why Glaciers Matter

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11 December 2018 (UN Environment)*International Mountain Day on 11 December reminds us of the importance of mountains (peaks and uplands) as providers of valuable plant and animal species, as homes for indigenous peoples, and as sources of fresh water.

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Photo by Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool | Photo from UN Environment.

Next time you visit Tanzania, take a good look at Mount Kilimanjaro… Because despite having been around for about 12,000 years, the world-famous African glacier could disappear as soon as 2030.

Melting glaciers are among the most visible effects of climate change; as temperatures rise we continue to lose these majestic and ancient features of the environment.

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11/12/2018

Seeing Yemen from Jeju

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By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

10 December 2018 – Several days ago, I joined an unusual Skype call originated by young South Korean founders of “The Hope School.” Located on Jeju Island, the school aims to build a supportive community between island residents and newly arrived Yemenis who seek asylum in South Korea.

Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close to 500 Yemenis who have traveled nearly 5000 miles in search of safety. Traumatized by consistent bombing, threats of imprisonment and torture, and the horrors of starvation, recent migrants to South Korea, including children, yearn for refuge.

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11/12/2018

Iraq: The Lives of Over 150,000 Children, Threatened by ‘Freezing’ Temperatures – UNICEF

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10 December 2018 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has ramped up efforts to provide warm clothes and life-saving supplies to more than 150,000 displaced children across northern Iraq whose lives are threatened by freezing temperatures.

UNICEF/Noorani | In this file photograph, children at a refugee camp in Suleimaniyah, northern Iraq, walk to their school, along a muddy path on a cold, rainy winter day.
11/12/2018

Major UN Operation to Deliver Lifesaving Assistance for 650,000 People Gets Underway across Syria-Jordan Border

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The United Nations began a four-week operation on Sunday [9 December 2018], delivering lifesaving assistance to hundreds of thousands of Syrians in desperate need, from across the border in neighbouring Jordan.

UNOCHA/Ghalia Seifo | Seven-year-old girl in Syria.

An estimated 369 trucks carrying over 11,200 metric tonnes of aid for over 650,000 people will be involved in the special aid operation at the Jaber-Nassib crossing with Jordan, which only re-opened in October.

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11/12/2018

UN Climate Conference: ‘Going Green Is Good Business’ – 1000 Solutions to Protect the Planet While Making Money

Human Wrongs Watch

10 December 2018 – Businesses across the world should no longer be viewed solely as greenhouse gas emissions culprits, but more as indispensable partners for climate action, who stand to increase profits from “going green”. That was the key message as the United Nations COP24 climate change conference went into its second week in Katowice, Poland.

UN News/Yasmina Guerda | A new generation wind power turbine on display at the Austrian pavilion at COP24.

For years, sectors such as construction, transport, farming and retailing, have had the finger pointed at them for being major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions globally and for putting profit ahead of environmental protection.

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