Archive for February 19th, 2020

19/02/2020

Unusual Weather and Climate Conditions, Including Heavy Rains, Contribute to a Serious Desert Locust Outbreak, Threatening Rural Food Security and Livelihoods across East Africa

March to May is the main cropping season for many countries in Eastern Africa (most of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, southern South Sudan, southern Ethiopia and southern Somalia).

The swarms of locusts, which have now spread to eight countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea), have been laying eggs along their migratory paths. The eggs are expected to hatch between March and April, posing serious risks to the upcoming cropping season.

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19/02/2020

World Failing to Provide Children with a Healthy Life and a Climate Fit for Their Future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

As climate and commercial threats intensify, WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission presses for radical rethink on child health

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New York / London / Geneva (WHO)*No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today [19 February 2020] by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world.

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19/02/2020

Animal Culture Linked to Conservation for the First Time

Human Wrongs Watch

Measures Proposed for the Sperm Whale and the Nut-Cracking Chimpanzee at UN Wildlife Conference

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Gandhinagar, 19 February 2020 (CMS)* – Animal culture, the learning of non-human species through socially transmitted behaviours, is being linked to conservation action for the first time at CMS COP13.
19/02/2020

Lives in Engineering

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

17 February  2020 (Wall Street International)* — At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is an indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun's radiation
Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun’s radiation | Image from Wall Street International.
19/02/2020

As Planet Burns, One Million Species in World’s Eco-System in Danger of Extinction

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the 193-member General Assembly last December, he focused on the smoldering climate crisis– pointing out that the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

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Ice caps are melting, he said, In Greenland alone, 179 billion tonnes of ice melted in July. Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing 70 years ahead of projections. Antarctica is melting three times as fast as a decade ago.

“Ocean levels are rising quicker than expected, putting some of our biggest and most economically important cities at risk.

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