Archive for October 29th, 2020

29/10/2020

La Niña Has Developed and Is Expected to Last into Next Year, Affecting Temperatures, Precipitation and Storm Patterns in Many Parts of the World

Human Wrongs Watch

29 October 2020 (WMO)*La Niña has developed and is expected to last into next year, affecting temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns in many parts of the world, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The global declaration of a La Niña event is used by governments to mobilize planning in climate sensitive sectors like agriculture, health, water resources and disaster management.

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29/10/2020

Donald Trump and the Banality of Evil

Human Wrongs Watch

By Scott Remer*

Emptiness, lack of character and a fundamental unwillingness to take responsibility lurk at evil’s core.
Flickr/Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0.

27 October 2020 (openDemocracy)* — Despite our best intentions, Trump’s name is on everyone’s lips, yet I have no interest in the sordid details of his psyche. His pathologies are a matter of indifference. It’s clear to me that he’s a violent, dangerous lunatic. His desperate attempts to win attention and adulation likely stem from abuse he suffered as a youth.

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29/10/2020

Cities – Where the Fight for a Green Recovery Will Be Won or Lost

(UNEP)* — Cities are home to 55 per cent of the world’s population, all jammed together cheek-by-jowl. Little wonder, then, that cities are being hit hardest by COVID-19: an estimated 90 per cent of all reported cases have occurred in urban areas.

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But the same concentration of people also makes cities the places where the battle for a green recovery from COVID-19 – which is essential to reduce future pandemic risks and fight climate change – can be won.

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29/10/2020

Five Ways to Make Cities Healthier and More Sustainable

Human Wrongs Watch

Cities are growing – and so is the opportunity to make them sustainable

city-parkGood urban planning, including promoting green spaces and sustainable food systems, can have a positive effect on food security and nutrition. It can also help to improve the livelihoods and well-being of people in urban and peri-urban communities. ©Roschetzky Photography/shutterstock.com

(By FAO)* — Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities. With that number expected to rise to 68 percent by 2050, urbanisation is one of the world’s most transformative trends.

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29/10/2020

‘COVID-19 Has Brought into Sharp Focus the Importance of Close-Knit Communities’, Re-Shaped Urban Life around the World

UN-Habitat/Kirsten Milhahn | A residential building in Nairobi, Kenya. According to UN estimates, by 2050 about 68 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.
29 October 2020 (UN News)* — Top UN officials have highlighted the “extraordinary” contributions of grassroots communities in towns and cities across the world in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and urged that their unique efforts be built on, during recovery.
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