Archive for March 3rd, 2020

03/03/2020

How Climate Change Is Making Record-Breaking Floods the New Normal

Human Wrongs Watch

3 March 2020 (UN Environment)* — A series of recent storms in the United Kingdom has led to severe flooding, with equivalent of one month of rain in 48 hours in some locations according to reports. Most of England received above average rainfall during October 2019, saturating water catchments.

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Photo by The Afghan Rug Shop/via REUTERS (Photo posted here from UN Environment’s article).

Climate change and floods—how they are connected

Floods are made more likely by the more extreme weather patterns caused by long-term global climate change. Change in land cover—such as removal of vegetation—and climate change increase flood risk.

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03/03/2020

Maximum Protection across Borders for the Emblematic Jaguar

Human Wrongs Watch

1 March 2020 (UN Environment)* — The jaguar (Panthera onca), the largest and most emblematic cat in Latin America, will obtain maximum protection, after being included on 22 February 2020 in the appendices of the global United Nations convention that governs the conservation of migratory species.
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Photo by Staffan Widstrand/ WWF

Today there are merely 64,000 specimens left in the wild in 19 countries of the Americas.

These nations will prioritize the conservation and connectivity of habitat corridors and achieve concerted action to curb further isolation of the jaguar population.

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03/03/2020

The Incalculable Value of Wildlife

3 March 2020 (United Nations)* — The animals and plants that live in the wild have an intrinsic value and contribute to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of human well-being and to sustainable development.
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Illustration for the official posters for the celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020.
Illustration for the 2020 World Wildlife Day campaign under the theme “Sustaining all life on Earth.” Credit: World Wildlife Day/Patrick George.
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World Wildlife Day [3 March] is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people.

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03/03/2020

‘People Everywhere Need to Remember that We Depend on Mother Earth to Survive’ – UN Chief on World Wildlife Day

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — People everywhere need to remember that we depend on Mother Earth to survive, the UN chief said in his message for World Wildlife Day marked on Tuesday [3 March 2020], advocating for “a more caring, thoughtful and sustainable relationship with nature”.

WMO/Victor Hugo | Sun rises in Chapala Lake, Mexico.
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Humanity is weaved into “the rich tapestry of life that makes up our world’s biological diversity”, said Secretary-General António Guterres.

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03/03/2020

Warmer Months Ahead for Many Parts of the Planet: World Meteorological Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Many parts of the world can expect above average temperatures in the coming months even without the presence of an El Niño event to drive warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday [2 March 2020].

WFP/Tatenda Macheka | Drought conditions in Zimbabwe have meant that farmers have not been able to grow enough food.

The UN agency published its latest update on El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a naturally occurring phenomenon in the equatorial Pacific linked to heavy rains, floods, drought and other hazards.

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03/03/2020

As Children Freeze to Death in Syria, Aid Officials Call for Major Cross-Border Delivery Boost

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* – Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday [2 March 2020], amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border.

©UNICEF/Nour Alshami | A boy stands at the entrance of a tent at an informal settlement in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border.

“People are traumatized and frightened and urgently need better access to shelter, food, sanitation, basic health services and protection”, said Kevin Kennedy, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis.

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