Archive for October 14th, 2019

14/10/2019

The Climate Crisis (and Other Crises) Require the Transformation of the Basic Cultural Structure of the Modern World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Today it is in the news that 906,000 hectares have burned in the Amazon forests so far in 2019.  It is in the news that an even larger –although harder to determine- number of hectares have burned this year in African forests and savannahs.

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Prof. Howard Richards

The media often mention that the fires of 2019 continue an ominous trend. There has been worldwide a steadily increasing loss of vegetation to flames that has been accelerating for several decades. The feedback loop is negative.  Less vegetation means less rainfall means less vegetation.

It is in the news that millions of people around the world –inspired by a Swedish teenager so honest that looking at a picture of her will cure a headache—have taken to the streets demanding that something must be done. 

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14/10/2019

After This Year’s Climate Action Summit, What Happens Next?

© UNDP Peru/Giulianna Camarena | The Chullpia community in Peru has developed floating solar panels to provide electricity for irrigation projects.

He leads up the Ambition Team, which analyses the climate commitments made by countries, regions and cities across the world, which are vital to help slow down global warming.

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14/10/2019

How to Stop Food Loss and Waste

Human Wrongs Watch

(FAO)*World Hunger is on the rise; yet, an estimated 1/3 of all food produced globally is lost or goes to waste. We all have a part to play in reducing food loss and waste, not only for the sake of the food but for the resources that go into it.

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Image posted here from FAO.

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14/10/2019

Satellites Record Second Lowest Arctic Sea Ice Extent Since 1979

14 October 2019 (UN Environment)*The polar oceans are among the most rapidly changing oceans in the world. The yearly cycle of the build-up and melting of Artic sea ice is one of the earth’s vital signs and a key climate variable monitored by scientists.

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Photo by Pxhere (Posted here from UN Environment)

While they may be far from the world’s major population centres, changes in the polar regions have global implications: they affect the world’s climate through carbon storage and/or release, heat balance, and other environmental and ecological impacts.

One of the most visible indicators of this change is the reduction in the extent of Arctic sea ice by the end of September each year.

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14/10/2019

Trump’s Major Crimes

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Impeachment Finally Under Way

The long-delayed impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump are finally starting, but at present the focus is on a relatively minor crime–the Ukraine/Biden scandal. However, Trump has committed (and is still committing) major crimes and these ought to be in the spotlight. Let us look at a few of them.

Let’s Look at His Major Crimes, Rather than at Minor Ones:

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14/10/2019

Austerity, the “New Normal”

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WASHINGTON DC, Oct 11 2019 (IPS)* While this week Ministers of Finance and economists meet in Washington to confront global economic challenges at the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings, the majority of the world population lives with austerity cuts and see their living standards deteriorating. World leaders must reverse this trend.

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Isabel Ortiz

Since 2010, most governments in both high income and developing counties have been implementing austerity policies, cutting public expenditures.

Surprisingly, this trend is expected to continue at least until 2024, according to a global study just published by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, global trade unions and civil society organizations. Austerity has become “the new normal.”

Based on IMF fiscal projections, the study finds that a new fiscal adjustment shock will start in 2020.

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14/10/2019

Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional and Extinction-threatening

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 13 October 2019Violence is pervasive throughout human society and it has a vast range of manifestations.

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Robert J. Burrowes

Moreover, some of these manifestations – particularly the threat of nuclear war (which might start regionally), the climate catastrophe and the ongoing ecological devastation, as well as geoengineering and the deployment of 5G – threaten imminent human extinction if not contained.

Separately from these extinction-threatening manifestations, however, violence occurs in a huge range of other contexts denying many people the freedom, human rights and opportunities necessary for a meaningful life.

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