Archive for November 8th, 2019

08/11/2019

The Human Health Benefits of Conserving and Restoring Peatlands

Human Wrongs Watch

8 November 2019 (UN Environment)*It is well known that peatlands matter for livelihoods, carbon storage, flood mitigation, and water quality, but a recent study has shown that peatlands also matter for human health.

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Photo by CIFOR (posted here from UN Environment).

The study suggests that thousands of deaths could be prevented over the next three decades across Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore through improved land management to reduce the number and extent of peatland fires.

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08/11/2019

Nuns and Monks Break the Silence on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Bhutan

Human Wrongs Watch

Thimphu, BHUTAN, 4 November 2019 (UNFPA)*  -– “There was a time when I would be menstruating and didn’t know what to do during those days… Now I do.” These candid reflections came from an unexpected source: a nun sitting cross-legged on the floor of an astrology college in the capital of Bhutan.

08/11/2019

The Life and Death of the Guajajara

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08/11/2019

Deforestation in Brazil Jumped by 80% in One Year: Study

About 14 percent took place in protected conservation areas and 7 percent in Indigenous territories, according to the report.

A fire burns a tract of the Amazon jungle in Agua Boa, Mato Grosso state, Brazil September 4, 2019.A fire burns a tract of the Amazon jungle in Agua Boa, Mato Grosso state, Brazil September 4, 2019. | Photo: Reuters (Photo posted here from teleSUR).

7 November 2019 (teleSUR)* — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region increased by 80 percent in September compared to the same month last year, according to a private study released on Wednesday stating that 802 square kilometers of forest was lost in the zone.

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08/11/2019

UN Member States Overwhelmingly Support End of US Embargo against Cuba

Human Wrongs Watch

For the 28th consecutive year, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. *

UN Photo/Evan Schneider |UN General Assembly votes on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba.
During a vote held on Wednesday [7 November 2019], 187 Member States underlined their support for the resolution while Brazil and Israel joined the US in voting no.

Two countries—Colombia and Ukraine—abstained.

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08/11/2019

Killer Disease Slashing Global Meat Output, Cereals Boom, Bananas under Watch: FAO

A rapid spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) is wiping out pig herds in China, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday [7 November 2019], and the killer disease has led to a drop in world meat production for the first time in more than 20 years, with other global staples also facing new threats. *.

FAO/Sue Price | There is no effective vaccine to protect swine from the ASF disease.
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