Archive for December 27th, 2018

27/12/2018

2019 LOOKAHEAD: Europe’s Security and Defence Coming of Age

Human Wrongs Watch

Soldier on top of the mountain with a flag of the European Union. [Vladimir Gjorgiev/Shutterstock] | Photo from EurActiv.

Faced with a US president spearheading unilateralism, and with the rules-based world order increasingly challenged, Europeans had to quickly come of age in terms of security and defence.

Here are five key issues to watch in 2019.

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27/12/2018

‘I Don’t Know When I Will Die, But I Do Know What I Will Die From’ – Smoking Nairobi Landfill Jeopardizes School Children’s Future

21 December 2018 (UN Environment)*“People are not living here, they are only surviving,” says Father Maurizio Binaghi as he surveys the sprawling, smoking Dandora landfill site from an elevated position on the grounds of the school he runs in Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Dandora is one of Africa’s largest unregulated landfill sites.
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Duncan Moore/ UN Environment

“The people who live near the dump have a saying,” says Father Binaghi: “‘I don’t know when I will die, but I do know what I will die from.’”

Korogocho literally means “crowded shoulder to shoulder” in Kiswahili. It is one of the largest slums in Nairobi, home to 150,000 to 200,000 peopleand no larger than 1.5 square kilometres. The place is known for its high rates of poverty, crime, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, widespread HIV/Aids… and the nauseating smells coming from Dandora.

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27/12/2018

Global CO2 Emissions Expected to Rise by over 2% in 2018 Because of Renewed Growth in Coal Use and Continued Increase in Oil and Gas Use – World Meteorological Organization

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)* – Global CO2 emissions are expected to rise by more than 2% in 2018 because of renewed growth in coal use, and continued growth in oil and gas use, according to the latest data from the Global Carbon Budget.
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Photo from World Meteorological Organization.

Emissions rose 1.6% in 2017 after a temporary slowdown from 2014 to 2016, according to the Global Carbon Project. This year’s publication included contributions from 76 scientists from 53 research institutions, including from the World Climate Research Programme community.

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