Archive for May 23rd, 2020

23/05/2020

An Above-Normal 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Expected Because of a Number of Climate Factors and Warmer-Than-Average Sea Surface Temperatures

22 May 2020 (WMO)*An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected because of a number of climate factors and warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures,  according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

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23/05/2020

Ecuador’s Amazon: Waorani People File Lawsuit Against the State

“Oil pollutes our rivers and causes climate change, and now it is bringing more diseases to our territory,” Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo said.

Waorani leaders before Thursday's press conference, Shell, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon.

Waorani leaders before Thursday’s press conference, Shell, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon. | Photo: Mitch Anderson / Amazon Frontlines

22 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — The Waorani indigenous community in Ecuador’s Amazon filed legal action against the state for failing to act and establish a concerted emergency response to fight the spread of the coronavirus within Indigenous communities, representatives of the first nation informed Thursday [21 May 2020] at a press conference.

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23/05/2020

More than 50 Million People Are Displaced within Their Own Country

(The Norwegian Refugee Council)* — Never before have so many people been displaced by conflict and violence as at the end of 2019. At the same time, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people displaced by disasters, compared with the previous year.
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A recent displaced family arrive at Abs Camp, northern Yemen, in March 2019. They are one of thousands of families forced to flee by the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Photo: Mohammed Awadh/NRC

A total of 8.5 million people were forced to flee within their own country by conflict and violence during 2019, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

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23/05/2020

Internal Migration: A Literary/Historical View

Human Wrongs Watch

STOCKHOLM / ROME, May 22 2020 (IPS)* – It is easy to generalize about migration. Populist politicians often portray migrants as strangers and ”our” homeland as a stable entity, rooted in an old agricultural society. When they do so they tend to forget that most of us are in fact migrants who have left that traditional farming community far behind and if it was not we who did so, it was our ancestors.

Another form of generalization is to mirror the general in the personal, something that is done in novels and films. I believe that virtually every country on earth can present moving descriptions of people leaving the countryside for the city.

Reading a novel or watching movie describing this process may help us to realize that behind every migrant, international as well as internal, there is a unique human destiny.

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23/05/2020

Science Points to Causes of COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

22 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and humans. Many are relatively harmless – causing no more than a common cold. Others result in diseases that are new and unfamiliar, like the COVID-19 pandemic, and before that, outbreaks of diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS (2002); Avian Influenza or bird flu (2004); H1N1 or Swine  Flu (2009); Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS (2012); Ebola (2014– 2015); Zika virus (2015–2016); and West Nile virus (2019).
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Photo by Unsplash/ Michael Longmire
23/05/2020

Enhancing Food Diversity in the Midst of a Climate Crisis

22 May 2020 (FAO)*Throughout history 6 000 – 7 000 plant species have been cultivated for food. Yet today 40 percent of our daily calories come from just three crops: rice, wheat and maize.
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In Zimbabwe, introducing lost varieties of different crops and creating diversity has ensured more varied and nutritious diets. ©CTDT/ Tinashe Sithole

Humans depend on little more than 30 plant species, many of which are struggling in the face of today’s environmental changes.
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