Archive for October 29th, 2019

29/10/2019

Kashmir: Self-Determination Is the Solution

Human Wrongs Watch

By Chandra Muzaffar – TRANSCEND Media Service*

It is a pity that some groups and individuals are urging palm oil importers in India to refrain from buying the commodity from Malaysia.

The Solvent Extractors Association of India, India’s top vegetable oil trade body is one such outfit. Apparently, this boycott is a sort of “punishment” for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks on Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly on 27th September 2019.

The Indian government has reportedly protested against Dr Mahathir’s criticism of Indian action in Kashmir. However so far it has not voiced support for the call to boycott Malaysian palm oil.

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29/10/2019

Mexico: The Greenhouses of the Tierras Amarillas – How Growing Food Brought a Solution to an Indigenous Community’s Many Problems

Human Wrongs Watch

24 October 2019 (FAO)*For as long as he could remember, Benito González from western Mexico had struggled to make ends meet and lived on the margin of society. As many indigenous peoples – anywhere – do.

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At work in one of the indigenous community’s greenhouses. ©FAO/Luis Mérida

His life started to change for the better in 2016, when the Government of Mexico and FAO made it possible for Benito and others in his community to grow their own food.They started off with a 200-square-metre greenhouse, a drip irrigation system, and a 5 000-cubic-meter water tank.
29/10/2019

Without Nitrogen, Most of the World’s Crops Wouldn’t Exist – Three Ways We Can Better Use Nitrogen in Farming

24 October 2019 (UN Environment)*Without nitrogen, most of the world’s crops wouldn’t exist. Nitrogen is to corn, wheat and rice, what water is to fish.

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Photo from UN Environment.

Yearly, more than 100 million tonnes of nitrogen are applied to crops in the form of fertilizer, helping them grow stronger and better.

But issues arise when nitrogen run-off occurs, polluting air, water and land in the process. It is estimated that nitrogen discharge accounts for a third of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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29/10/2019

Colombo Declaration Calls for Tackling Global Nitrogen Challenge

Human Wrongs Watch

Spearheaded by Sri Lanka, United Nations member states endorsed a proposed roadmap for action on nitrogen challenges called the Colombo Declaration on Sustainable Nitrogen Management

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Pixabay (photo posted here from UN Environment).

Colombo, 24 October 2019 (UN Environment)* – At a time when the world grapples with the menace of air pollution killing 7 million people prematurely every year, Sri Lanka, with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), convened a two-day event at which member states came together to adopt what is being called the “Colombo Declaration” with an ambition to halve nitrogen waste by 2030.

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29/10/2019

‘Multi-Generational Tragedy’ in Israel and Palestine Demands Political Will for Two-State Solution

UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, addresses the Security Council via video-link.

With the spotlight on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Special Envoy Nicolay Mlandenov detailed “new dangerous flashpoints” emerging in the region, under rapidly shifting developments in the Middle East as a whole, which have snowballed into a growing threat to international peace and security.

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