Archive for August 24th, 2019

24/08/2019

Myanmar Military Committed “Routine, Systematic” Sexual Violence against Ethnic Minorities – UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission.

Human Wrongs Watch

Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday [22 August 2019] by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission.

OCHA / Vincent Tremeau | In March 2018, 19-year-old Setera fled Hormara village in Myanmar’s Bochidong after she “saw military people throwing bombs and raping women”.

“Extreme physical violence, the openness in which it is conducted … reflects a widespread culture of tolerance towards humiliation and the deliberate infliction of severe physical and mental pain or suffering on civilians,” the report said.

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24/08/2019

What Would It Really Take to Plant a Trillion Trees?

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23 August 2019 (UN Environment)*Tree planting is capturing the minds of those who look for fast climate action. Earlier this month, the Ethiopian Government announced a new world record: thousands of volunteers planted 353 million trees in one single day.

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Photo by Unsplash (Photo posted here from UN Environment).

This came shortly after a team of scientists identified suitable places in the world where up to 1 trillion new trees could be planted. Such a massive effort could absorb about 20 years’ worth of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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24/08/2019

Statement by the Executive Director of UN Environment on the Ongoing Fires in the Amazon Rainforest

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By Inger Andersen*

23 August 2019 (UN Enviroment)*  — The ongoing fires in the Amazon rainforest are a harsh reminder of the environmental crises facing the world – of climate, of biodiversity and of pollution.  

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Photo by NASA (Photo posted here from UN Environment).

The ongoing fires in the Amazon rainforest are a harsh reminder of the environmental crises facing the world – of climate, of biodiversity and of pollution.

We cannot afford more damage to this precious natural resource, which is home to 33 million people – including 420 indigenous communities -, 40,000 plant species, 3,000 freshwater fish species and more than 370 types of reptiles.

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24/08/2019

7 Secrets that Forests Have Been Keeping from You

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Augusto 2019 (FAO)*Where would you find the world’s largest recreation center and the most natural supermarket? Forests wouldn’t have been your first answer, would it? That’s the thing about forests. They keep secrets.

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Forests do more for us than we realize. They clean our water and filter our air, and they provide food, medicine and fuel for more than a billion people worldwide. ©PhotoSky/shutterstock.com (Photo posted here from FAO).

For too long we have seen trees as purely functional or ornamental, objects in the backdrop or on the sideline. They decorate city streets. They give us shady spots for resting and relief from the sun. They provide us with paper and fuel, fruit and nuts. These benefits are fairly obvious.

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