Archive for November 22nd, 2019

22/11/2019

Seeing Through the Smog: Can New Delhi Find a Way to Limit Air Pollution?

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NEW DELHI , Nov 19 2019 (IPS)* Ankita Gupta, a housewife from south Delhi, is anxious about whether she should send her 4-year-old daughter to kindergarten. Outside visibility is poor as smog — a combination of emissions from factories, vehicle exhausts, coal plants and chemicals reacting with sunlight — has settled over the city, surpassing dangerous levels.
22/11/2019

‘Urgent Shift Needed in Approach to the Situation in Libya’ – International Organization for Migration

Tripoli, 22 November 2019 (IOM)* The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is alarmed by the latest developments in Libya where, in the span of 48 hours, at least nine boats carrying more than 600 migrants have been discovered on the central Mediterranean route. A tenth boat arrived yesterday (21/11) in Lampedusa, Italy. 

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Photo from IOM.

This apparent spike in departures from Libya comes at a time when the capital, Tripoli, and surrounding areas are witnessing some of the heaviest shelling since the conflict erupted in April.

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22/11/2019

Majority of Adolescents Worldwide Are Not Sufficiently Physically Active, Putting Their Health at Risk – New World Health Organization-Led Study

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Unsplash/Paul Proshin | The UN health agency, WHO, is encouraging adolescents to exercise more. (photo posted here from UN News).

22 November 2019 (WHO)* The first ever global trends for adolescent insufficient physical activity show that urgent action is needed to increase physical activity levels in girls and boys aged 11 to 17 years.

The study, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal and produced by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO), finds that more than 80% of school-going adolescents globally did not meet current recommendations of at least one hour of physical activity per day – including 85% of girls and 78% of boys.

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22/11/2019

Climate Change Is Breaking Open America’s Nuclear Tombs in Marshall Islands and Johnston Island

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By James Albertini | Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Marshall Islands say that plutonium is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the concrete dome the U.S. built to dispose of its nuclear waste.  (Also see information below on Johnston Island plutonium contamination, etc.)

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During the Cold War, the United States nuked the Marshall Islands 67 times. After it finished nuking the islands, the Pentagon dropped biological weapons on the islands.

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22/11/2019

Pacific Countries Confront a Daunting Invasion Force

22 November 2019 (UN Environment)* —  “You can often tell from afar which atolls are free of rats,” says Manoela Pessoa de Miranda, UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Programme Manager for the Pacific. “Nature is in abundance. Vegetation is healthy. The air is full of birds. The sea is teeming with fish. Coral is thriving.

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“Seabird droppings wash into the ocean and fertilize the coral, which attracts the fish, which feed the seabirds, and so on. Rats break this natural cycle.”

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22/11/2019

New Global Atlas on Using Advanced Technology to Monitor Fishing Activity

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Fishing vessels with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) increasing by 10 to 30 percent each year

Photo: ©FAO/Ernesto BenavidesFishing vessel moored in the port of Lima, Peru.

ROME, 19 November 2019 (FAO)* — A new global atlas – the first-ever of its kind – analyses the opportunities and challenges of using Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) to monitor fishing activity around the globe.

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22/11/2019

Need for New Vision for Fisheries amidst Growing Concerns over State of Oceans

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Rome (FAO)*Fisheries are facing an important crossroad and the world needs a new vision for fisheries in the 21st century. This was FAO-Director General Qu Dongyu’s main message today [18 November 2019] at the opening of the UN agency’s International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability (18-21 November).

Photo: ©FAO/Arete Will Baxter
Somali fishers carrying their catch ashore.

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22/11/2019

Deadly Life at Sea: UN Partners Spotlight Depths of Danger in Fishing Industry

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There is a clear link between the seedy underbelly of the seafood industry, and fishers’ safety, now ranked as the second deadliest profession in the world; and more must be done to ensure people dependent on this type of labour are working in safe conditions, UN partners urged on Thursday [21 November 2019]. *

UN Photo/Martine Perret | Fisherman in Timor Leste casts net in the water to catch small fish. UN Photo/Martine Perret
22/11/2019

From the Field: Gaza Men Advocate for an End to Early Marriage

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21 November 2019  — A group of thirty men in Gaza have succeeded in preventing the early marriage of girls under the age of 18, from 50 different families, thanks to a training programme supported by the UN gender agency, UN Women. (*).

UN Women/Eunjin Jeong | Mossa Abu Taema, one of the 20 first ambassadors of change who persuaded his community members to stop early marriages.
One of them, Mossa Abu Taema, convinced the father of a 16-year-old in one of the most conservative villages in eastern Khan Younis, a border town in the Gaza Strip, to cancel her wedding and allow her to continue her education. An estimated 21 per cent of marriages in Gaza in 2017, involved girls under-18.
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