Archive for August 4th, 2019

04/08/2019

Five Jaw-Dropping Facts about Sharks

Whale Shark in Pacific Waters. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

A whale shark swims in the warm water off the coast of the Philippines. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

1) Sharks have inhabited planet Earth for approximately 400 million years

That’s 200 million years longer than dinosaurs, roughly 2000 times longer than humans and before trees existed. In total, sharks have survived five mass extinctions.

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04/08/2019

A Refuge for Royalty

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Environment*In 1850, a tiger’s pawprints could be found in both the hardpacked snow of Siberian forests and the soft beach sands of Bali. Tigers roamed from the edge of Europe at the Caspian Sea to the shores of the Pacific. To walk into most of Asia’s forest at that time was to enter the domain of one of the most impressive apex predators on the planet.

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Foto de GTC/DoFPS (from UN Environment).

Upwards of 100,000 tigers ruled the continent’s wilderness then.

Far from tyrants, their reign as a keystone species at the top of the food chain allowed countless species and ecosystems to flourish in their dominion.

Today, the tiger’s range is a mere 7 per cent of what it once was. Their numbers, a mere fraction.

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04/08/2019

World Breastfeeding Week 2019

By WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore*
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1 August 2019 (WHO)* — Becoming the parent of a new baby is both a life-altering gift and an immense responsibility. This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies that support breastfeeding.

The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.”

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04/08/2019

The Children of Waste – A Feature That Characterized the Venezuelans

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jesús Alberto Rondón*

28 July 2019 (Wall Street International)*  — A little more than five years ago, this hemisphere received what we can say was the first massive and silent migration of Venezuelans. A migration with economic purposes and guaranteed return. There were no reproaches or scorn.

Last blackouts tested the patience of Venezuela citizens
Last blackouts tested the patience of Venezuela citizens | Image from Wall Street International.

Within the framework of the exchange control system implemented by the Bolivarian government since 2003, there came a time when practically any worker could have access to a quota of dollars at a regulated cost.

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04/08/2019

Dear Wonderful Kids (& Co.)

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

Please read this (and ask your grown-ups to explain and… behave themselves)

It looks like a funny tale. But it is much more than just that—it is about nothing less than your health.

If you, wonderful kids, can read it and understand it by yourselves, that would be really great.

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