Archive for February 18th, 2020

18/02/2020

Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – In an annual ritual early in the year, most major economic organizations have released forecasts for the global economy in 2020. Incredibly, almost as a reminder of where financial power resides in this day and age, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its forecasts at the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting in Davos.

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Although the IMF revised its global economic growth prognosis slightly downwards from its October 2019 forecast, it still offers the most optimistic prospect of 3.3% growth in 2020.

The World Bank’s forecast of 2.5% – identical to the United Nations (UN) estimate – is the lowest, with the OECD’s at 2.9%.

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18/02/2020

Protecting Migratory Species in a Rapidly Changing World

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(UN News)* — Many animals – including birds, fish and mammals – migrate along set routes in search of food or breeding grounds. How best to protect them in a rapidly changing world is the focus of a major UN wildlife meeting which opened in Gandhinagar, India, on Monday [17 February 2020].

World Bank/Curt Carnemark | Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies make their 3,000 mile journey from the United States and Canada to winter in several locations, including biosphere reserves, in Mexico.
18/02/2020

You, Come Home When I Am Big!

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The film was made by Ajit Samal who is a celebrated fine art painter has been making wildilfe films and documentaries for over 20 years.
18/02/2020

Major UN Meeting on Wildlife to Address Critical Threats to Migratory Species

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Gandhinagar (UN Environment)* – The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) opened in Gandhinagar, India on 17 February 2020.

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The Conference kicks off ‘the super year’ for nature, which will include a UN Summit in September and culminate in the UN Biodiversity Conference at the end of 2020, when a new global biodiversity strategy for the next decade will be adopted – the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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18/02/2020

Kicking the Habit

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels Can Kill Us

The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed.

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John Scales Avery

The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic. There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production.

Meanwhile, the carbon released by the burning of fossil fuels began to duplicate the conditions that lead to the 5 geologically-observed mass extinction events during each of which more than half of all living species disappeared forever.

We all know that drug addicts can die from their addiction.

The world’s scientists are unanimous in telling us that unless we take immediate action to kick the habit, our addiction to fossil fuels will kill human society and much of the biosphere.

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18/02/2020

A Multi-Billion Dollar US Mideast Arms Market May Be in Jeopardy

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 2020 (IPS)* – When President Saddam Hussein ran one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes in the militarily-volatile Middle East during 1979-2003, US newspapers routinely described him as “the strongman of Iraq” — as most journalists rightly view dictators worldwide.

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Credit: Iraqi News

But one of his political aides, described as “Saddam’s right-hand man” (what if Saddam was left-handed?), took issue with a visiting US journalist when he rather hilariously challenged the description.

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