Archive for September 26th, 2020

26/09/2020

The Dying Planet Report 2020

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert Hunziker*

24 September 2020 – Los Angeles, USA (Pressenza)* — The World Wildlife Foundation, in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, recently issued an eye-popping description of the forces of humanity versus life in nature, the Living Planet Report 2020, but the report should really be entitled the Dying Planet Report 2020 because that’s what’s happening in the real world. Not much remains alive.

The Dying Planet Report 2020
Image by Bela Geletneky from Pixabay

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26/09/2020

Nuclear-Armed States Set Record $73bn Spending on Nukes as Pandemic Spreads

Human Wrongs Watch

By the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)*

A new report has found nuclear-armed states spent a record $73 billion on nuclear weapons in 2019, a $7.1 billion increase from 2018 expenditures. The United States, the center of the global coronavirus pandemic, accounted for nearly half of that spending.

As the economies of the US, China, France, and Russia all contract, their nuclear spending is expanding. Supplemental ICAN research shows yearly expenditure on nuclear weapons in the US alone could pay for 300,000 ICU beds; 150,000 nurses; 75,000 doctors; and 35,000 ventilators to address the COVID19 pandemic.

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26/09/2020

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Sculpture "Good Defeats Evil"

Sculpture depicting St. George slaying the dragon. The dragon is created from fragments of Soviet SS-20 and United States Pershing nuclear missiles. PHOTO:UN Photo/Milton Grant

(United Nations)* — Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. It was the subject of the General Assembly’s first resolution in 1946, which established the Atomic Energy Commission (dissolved in 1952), with a mandate to make specific proposals for the control of nuclear energy and the elimination of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.

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26/09/2020

‘The World Continues to Live in the Shadow of Nuclear Catastrophe’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* —  On the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons marked on Saturday [26 September 2020], the UN chief has underscored the need to “reverse course and return to a common path to nuclear disarmament”.

IAEA/Dean Calma | Euratom inspectors conduct safeguards inspections at URENCO in the Netherlands.
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Almost 75 years since the adoption of the first General Assembly resolution in 1946, which committed the UN to the goal of ridding the planet of nuclear weapons, “the world continues to live in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message commemorating the day.

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