Archive for February 26th, 2020

26/02/2020

WATCH: Largest Oil Refinery on US West Coast Erupts in Flames

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The fire spat flames 100 feet into the air. © Twitter / FinoBoxing
There was reportedly an explosion at the refinery’s cooling tower before the fire broke out roughly 18 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Eyewitness footage from the scene shows the extent of the fire as it ripped through parts of the facility in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

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26/02/2020

Lucky Trump Looking Smug

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 2020 (IPS)* – Meeting the President of the Republic of Korea in September 2019, President Donald J Trump bragged that the “US economy is the envy of the world”. Trump reiterated such claims in his State of the Union address in early February, hailing his own policies with typical humility.

Trump touted US economic success at the Davos World Economic Forum in January as “nothing short of spectacular”, asserting “I’m proud to declare the United States is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

Facts hardly matter

To the contrary, US economic growth slowed after Trump started the ‘trade war’ with China, dropping from 3.5% in the second quarter of 2018 to 2.1% in the last quarter of 2019, much less than the 5.5% per annum peak in the second quarter of 2014 during the Obama presidency.

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26/02/2020

Belgium, on Its Way towards a Circular Economy

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25 February 2020 (UN Environment)* — “We know that we cannot continue to use resources as if they were unlimited. We must think about the recycling of materials, the decreasing of our resources use, and we must concretely support the valorisation of materials,” said Willy Borsus, Vice-President of the Belgian Walloon Region.

BrusselsPhoto by Kim Eriksson/Flickr

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Worldwide material consumption has expanded rapidly, as has material footprint per capita. In 1990, some 8.1 tonnes of natural resources were used to satisfy a person’s need, while in 2017, almost 12.2 tonnes of resources were extracted per person.

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26/02/2020

Three Financial Firms Could Change the Direction of the Climate Crisis – and Few People Have Any Idea

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26/02/2020

‘Along with Climate Shocks, Conflict and Acute Food Insecurity, East Africa Now Faces a Hunger Threat from Desert Locusts’

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More funding needed to combat locust swarms ‘unprecedented in modern times’

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© FAO/Giampiero Diana | A swarm of desert locusts fill the sky near a farm.
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(UN News)* — Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday [25 February 2020], saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later.
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