Archive for May 16th, 2019

16/05/2019

Money, Media and the Climate Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Immediate Action Is Needed to Save the Future

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John Scales Avery

The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales.

In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most disastrous effects of climate change, we need to act immediately.

But it is difficult to mobilize public opinion behind urgently needed action because the most severe effects of global warming belong to the long-term future.

However, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in their October 2018 report, used strong enough language to wake up at least part of the public: the children whose future is at stake.

Here is an excerpt from a speech which 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made at the Davos Economic Forum in January, 2019:

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16/05/2019

Revealed: Controversial Plan to Boost Religious Lobby in Brussels, as Far Right Pledges to Fight for ‘Christian Europe’

By Sian Norris*

Leaked proposals from a senior Irish politician, backed by powerful Christian lobbyists, raise stakes in European elections, where the far right is pushing for big gains
Far right rally in Prague, Czech Republic 2019 | unreguser/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. | From openDemocracy.

15 May 2019 (openDemocracy)* — A leaked report reveals a controversial plan to dramatically increase the influence of religious groups on the European Parliament, openDemocracy can reveal today [15 May 2019].

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16/05/2019

First in Class: How Schools and Universities Are Practising What They Preach on Carbon Emissions

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14 May 2019 (UN Environment)*With young people driving a global wake-up call on climate change, it is no surprise to find schools and universities leading by example and reducing carbon emissions, promoting renewable energy and becoming hotbeds of activism on the defining issue for a generation.

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Photo by Unsplash | From UN Environment.

In Britain, several universities have declared a “climate emergency”, reflecting growing student unease over the slow pace of official action. Bristol University did so in April, saying it wanted to acknowledge the deep concerns of its students. It is already acting to reduce its own carbon footprint.

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16/05/2019

‘Disastrous Drought’ in Somalia Leaves 2.2 Million People Faced with Severe Hunger

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Mogadishu/Rome (FAO)* —  A disastrous drought in Somalia could leave some 2.2 million people – nearly 18 percent of the population – faced with severe hunger during the July-September period, FAO warned today [15 May 2019].

Photo: ©FAO/Karel Prinsloo

Some 2.2 million Somalis to face hunger during the July-September period.

The UN agency issued a special alert on Somalia, indicating that the number of hungry people in the country this year is expected to be 40 percent higher than estimates made at the beginning of 2019.

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16/05/2019

’15 Million Children in Yemen Are Asking You to Save Their Lives’ – UNICEF Chief to Security Council

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“Fifteen million children in Yemen are asking you to save their lives” the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told the 15 members of the Security Council on Wednesday [15 May 2019], in an impassioned plea for action to end four years of fighting which has left at least 7,300 children killed or seriously injured. 

© UNHCR/Rashed Al Dubai | A UNHCR staff member talks to displaced children and others in Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate. (21 March 2019)
16/05/2019

1 in 7 Babies Worldwide Born with a Low Birth-weight – The Lancet Global Health, UN Children Fund, World Health Organization

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Progress is also slow in high-income countries including the UK, Finland, France, Germany, USA, Australia, and New Zealand.*

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UNICEF/Kate Holt | Baby in Papua New Guinea wears an orange hypothermia alert device at the neo natal unit in Mendi General Hospital in Southern Highlands Province to monitor its temperature.

NEW YORK/ LONDON/ GENEVA, 15 May 2019 (UNICEF)*More than 20 million babies were born with a low birthweight (less than 2500g; 5.5 pounds) in 2015—around one in seven of all births worldwide. Almost three-quarters of these babies were born in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where data are most limited.

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