Archive for April 23rd, 2020

23/04/2020

For Better or for Worse: the Delicate Relationship Between People and the Wildlife around Them

Human Wrongs Watch

23 April 2020 (UN Environment)* — In the past, coronaviruses that circulated in humans caused only mild infections. This changed in 2002, when the SARS-CoV virus presented itself in humans as the disease we now know as SARS. In 2020, SARS-CoV-2–a relative of the same virus–has presented itself in humans in the disease we now call COVID-19.

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Bernard Bett leads research on neglected and emerging infectious diseases at the International Livestock Research Institute as part of the research portfolio under the Improving Human Health flagship.

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23/04/2020

‘The Physical Signs of Climate Change and Impacts on Our Planet Have Gathered Pace, Reaching a Crescendo in the Past Five Years, the Hottest on Record’

Carbon dioxide levels at a key global observing station are about 26 percent higher than in 1970, whilst the average global temperature has increased by 0.86°C since then, and is 1.1°C warmer than the pre-industrial era.
23/04/2020

COVID-19 Pandemic, an ‘Unprecedented Wake-Up Call’ for All Inhabitants of Mother Earth

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — In his message for International Mother Earth Day this Wednesday [22 April 2020], UN Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledged that all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic, which he flagged as “an unprecedented wake-up call.”

NASA | The Earth, an image created from photographs taken by the Suomi NPP satellite.

Recognizing the “immediate and dreadful” impact of the coronavirus, the UN chief urged everyone to “work together to save lives, ease suffering and lessen the shattering economic and social consequence”.

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23/04/2020

Fall in COVID-Linked Carbon Emissions Won’t Halt Climate Change – World Meteorological Organization’s Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — An expected drop in greenhouse gas emissions linked to the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is only “short-term good news”, the head of the UN weather agency said on Wednesday [22 April 2020]. 

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WMO/Kabelo Tamocha | The World Meteorological Organization says above average temperatures are expected in many parts of the world in the first months of 2020.
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