Archive for December 9th, 2019


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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Why Climate Is an Emergency


John Scales Avery

The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales.

In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most catastrophic effects of climate change we need to act immediately. Fossil fuels must be left in the ground. Forests must be saved from destruction by beef or palm oil production.

These vitally necessary actions are opposed by powerful economic interests, by powerful fossil fuel corporations desperate to monetize their underground “assets”, and by corrupt politicians receiving money from the beef or palm oil industries.

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Corruption Thwarts Attempts to Build a Better World and ‘Must Be Fought by All, for All’

8 December 2019 (UN News)*As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is “essential…to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind”, the UN anti-crime chief has said.

Bolivia’s Sweet New Industry

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How FAO is helping indigenous communities in Bolivia take the chocolate industry to the next level


Bolivia’s chocolate industry is thriving, thanks to indigenous and smallholder farmers growing cacao beans with support from FAO and its Forest Farm Facility partners. ©HELVETAS Bolivia

2 December 2019 (FAO)* — In the Bolivian countryside an appetizing industry has taken off, bringing a sweet new business to rural communities: chocolate production. When it comes to chocolate, Bolivia might not be the first place you think of yet – but thanks to the combined efforts of FAO, smallholder farming collectives and indigenous producers, it soon will be.

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Inequality Threatening Human Development, New Global UN Report Warns

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9 December 2019 (UN News)* —  Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday [9 December 2019]. 

UNDP 2019 Human Development Report says business as usual will not solve new generation of inequalities.
The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that just as the gap in basic living standards is narrowing for millions of people, inequalities surrounding education, and around technology and climate change, have sparked demonstrations across the globe.
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