Archive for July 20th, 2019

20/07/2019

Smart Wastewater Management Can Help Reduce Air Pollution

Human Wrongs Watch

16 July 2019 (UN Environment)* — “Walk along the Bagmati river in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, and you are hit by a pervasive stench, underlining the fact that poor wastewater management worsens air pollution,” says Birguy Lamizana, a UN Environment specialist on wastewater and pollution.

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Photo by GRID-Arendal (from UN Environment).

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“The other thing you notice is that it’s the poorest of the poor living along the banks of the river in makeshift shacks: the world over it’s usually the poorest people who are worst affected by pollution,”  she adds.

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20/07/2019

Last Call for a Food Systems Revolution

19 July 2019 (UN Environment)*Half of the world’s population is directly engaged in agriculture and nearly 40 per cent of land is devoted to agriculture and livestock. Food production sustains us all, but it also comes at a cost: water sources are being depleted and contaminated by food production, and unhealthy diets are burdening our health care systems.

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Photo by Pallab Helder/Pexels (from UN Environment).

Despite the huge challenges faced by the agriculture sector, food production also offers a tremendous opportunity to realize the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate agreement targets while stemming environmental degradation and biodiversity losses. But we need to change the way we feed ourselves. And we need to do it quickly.

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20/07/2019

Unprecedented Wildfires in the Arctic

12 July 2019 (WMO)*Unusually hot and dry conditions in parts of the northern hemisphere have been conducive to fires raging from the Mediterranean to – in particular – the Arctic. Climate change, with rising temperatures and shifts in precipitation patterns, is amplifying the risk of wildfires and prolonging the season.
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WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch Programme has released a short animation which highlights the risks and explains how advances in satellite technology make it possible to detect and monitor fire dangers. Improving forecasting systems is important for predictions and warnings around fire danger and related air pollution hazards.

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20/07/2019

Parts of Kenya Are Already Above 1.5˚C; Too Hot for Livestock, Wildlife and Plants to Survive

Human Wrongs Watch

NAIROBI, Jul 18 2019 (IPS)* Kenya’s getting hotter. Much hotter than the 1.5˚C increase that has been deemed acceptable by global leaders, and it is too hot for livestock, wildlife and plants to survive. Thousands of households, dependent on farming and livestock, are at risk too.
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Research shows goats and sheep populations in Kenya have increased as the country’s temperatures have increased, in some places above 1.5˚C. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS

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20/07/2019

Warmest June on Record; Land and Sea Surface Temperatures, the Highest-Ever

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