Archive for March 11th, 2019

11/03/2019

‘The Risk of a New Influenza Virus Transmitting from Animals to Humans and Potentially Leading to a Pandemic Is “Real” – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

A new UN-led plan has been unveiled to tackle the estimated one billion cases of influenza which occur each year, and protect against the “real” threat of a global pandemic, the head of the organization’s health agency said on Monday [11 March 2019].

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH | A seasonal flu shot being administered. The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a new global strategy to head of the “real” threat of pandemic on 11 March, 2019.
11/03/2019

Eight Years On, Syrian Refugees Weigh Thorny Question of Return

Human Wrongs Watch

By Christopher Reardon in Mhammara, Lebanon*

Eight-year-old Abdulhay has a memory of his father. They are in his yellow taxi, driving through their old neighbourhood in Syria. From the passenger seat, he looks over and smiles at his father. His father turns and smiles back. |  عربي

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Abdulhay, 8, plays football with friends in an informal refugee settlement in northern Lebanon. © UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

“My father was shot, and my uncle, my cousin and my neighbour, and our house is destroyed,” said Abdulhay, who now lives in an informal refugee settlement here in northern Lebanon.

“I am scared to go back because war means shooting.”

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11/03/2019

10 Women and the World Through Their Lens

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With a camera in one hand and an eagle eye on the world, documenting this pale blue dot we call home is no easy task. But these photographers are telling the stories of their own communities, breaking the silence about underreported crises, and are determined to compel the world to action through image.

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11/03/2019

Lady Liberty – Indifference and Hate by One Man

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellyn Kaschak*

10 March 2019 (Wall Street International)* — Lady Liberty has gotten herself into a huge mess. She has been in problematic relationships before, but nothing like this. Donald Trump has been so blatantly abusive to her that it has become almost impossible not to see it. As a psychologist working with trauma, I have seen this kind of relationship too many times to ignore it.

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Andy Warhol, Liberty | Image from Wall Street International.
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As a suitor, Mr. Trump began his pursuit with typical sociopathic trickery, with lies and deception. Many women have been taken in by this kind of performance and so were many Americans. His early presentation is as someone who just wants the best for her, but that is all smoke and mirrors.

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11/03/2019

District Energy: A Secret Weapon for Climate Action and Human Health

11 March 2019 (UN Environment)* — If you’re sweltering in Delhi or shivering in Detroit and want affordable, environmentally friendly cooling or heating, district energy may be your best bet.

District heating 1 - Amaravati - by Foster and Partners

Photo by Foster and Partners | Photo from UN Environment.

A district energy system is a network of pipes that heat and cool buildings across a neighbourhood or entire city. Modern district energy systems connect renewables, waste heat, thermal storage, power grids, thermal grids and heat pumps—delivering up to 50 per cent less primary energy consumption for heating and cooling.

Visionary cities and countries have been able to decarbonize heating and cooling and achieve high efficiency, renewable energy, and CO2targets with modern district energy.

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