Archive for October 7th, 2020

07/10/2020

Brazil Is Up in Flames – Here’s Why

Deforestation in the Amazon in August, 2020. © Christian Braga / Greenpeace
New images show widespread destruction of the Amazon. © Christian Braga / Greenpeace

The world is looking in horror for the second straight year as historic blazesravage the world’s largest tropical forest. All the while, instead of fighting the fires, the Brazilian government fans the flames by emboldening those who are setting the fires to expand their agribusiness.

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07/10/2020

Amid COVID-19, These 10 Countries Are Aiming to Kickstart Their Economies by Repairing Nature

Human Wrongs Watch

7 October 2020 (UN Environment)* — In 1933, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order allocating US$ 10 million for emergency conservation efforts under the New Deal, putting unemployed Americans to work. When South Korea was struggling with famine and a refugee crisis in the 1950s, the government restored forests and farmland, creating hundreds of thousands of rural jobs.

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Marc Schulte / Unsplash/ 07 Oct 2020
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07/10/2020

Our World Is Burning – Two Time Scales

Human Wrongs Watch

5 October 2020 (Wall Street International)*  — The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most catastrophic effects of climate change we need to act immediately. Fossil fuels must be left in the ground. Forests must be saved from destruction by beef or palm oil production.
The dangerous greenhouse gas methane is bubbling up from melting permafrost in the Arctic and from the shallow seas north of Siberia
The dangerous greenhouse gas methane is bubbling up from melting permafrost in the Arctic and from the shallow seas north of Siberia | Image from Wall Street International.
07/10/2020

‘2020 Antarctic Ozone Hole Is Large and Deep’

The 2020 ozone hole grew rapidly from mid-August and peaked at around 24 million square kilometres in early October.  It now covers 23 million km2, above average for the last decade and spreading over most of the Antarctic continent.

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07/10/2020

‘Starvation Is Being Intentionally Used as a War Tactic in South Sudan’s Brutal Conflict,’ UN Human Rights Body Finds

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*Starvation is being intentionally used as a war tactic in South Sudan’s brutal conflict, a UN-backed human rights panel said on Tuesday [6 October 2020], releasing its latest report on the country.

UN Photo/Isaac Billy | A displaced family leaves a UN protection camp in Juba to return to their home in the Jonglei region of South Sudan
South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 but descended into conflict roughly two-and-a-half years later, following irreconcilable tensions between President Salva Kiir and his deputy, Riek Machar.

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan said the brutal fighting has caused incalculable suffering to civilians, and resulted in staggering levels of acute food insecurity and malnutrition.

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07/10/2020

UN Chief Condemns Continuing Escalation of Violence in Nagorno -Karabakh

Human Wrongs Watch

6 October 2020 (UN News)* — The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the continuing escalation of violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, reminding all sides of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres “is gravely concerned by reports of the extension of hostilities, including the targeting of populated areas,” read a statement issued by his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, on Monday [5 October 2020].
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