Archive for November 13th, 2020


‘COVID Disruption Will “Pale in Comparison” If World Fails to Act on Climate Change’

(UN News)* — The fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “go hand in hand”, the UN chief told a major development bank conference on Thursday [12 November 2020].

© World Bank/Aisha Faquir | The UN chief underscores the importance of rebooting economies to put them firmly on the path to a sustainable future, particularly in developing countries, like Nepal (pictured).

“The decisions we make now will determine the course of the next 30 years and beyond: Emissions must fall by half by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050 to reach the 1.5C goal”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message to the virtual Finance in Common Summit.

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Measles Cases Hit 23-Year High Last Year, Killing 200,000 as Vaccination Stalls – WHO

(UN News)* — Measles killed an estimated 207,500 people last year after a decade-long failure to reach optimal vaccination coverage, resulting in the highest number of cases for 23 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a joint report on Thursday [12 November 2020].

UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye | In June 2020, a measles vaccination campaign targeting 14 million children was launched in Ethiopia.

The death toll in 2019 was 50 per cent higher than a historic low reached in 2016, and all WHO regions saw an increase in cases, adding up to a global total of 869,770.

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Neglected Tropical Diseases: Countries Endorse New Targets to Eradicate 20 Killers

(UN News)* — A bold new blueprint to tackle all neglected tropical diseases has been agreed at the UN health agency’s World Health Assembly, which will involve a radical shift in approach by Member States and non-state actors, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday [12 November 2020].

UN Photo/BZ | A technician vaccinates a small child, February 1964, in Togo, where the Government carried out an extensive anti-yaws campaign, assisted by experts from the World Health Organization. UNICEF supplied the equipment.

More Tragedy on the Mediterranean as 74 Migrants Reportedly Drown off Libya Coast

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday [12 November 2020] reported yet another devastating shipwreck in the Central Mediterranean, which has claimed the lives of at least 74 migrants off the coast of Khums, Libya. It is the eighth such incident since the beginning of October.

IOM/Hussein Ben Mosa | There were just 47 survivors when a boat carrying over 120 people, capsized off the Libyan coast on Thursday.
The boat was reported to be carrying more than 120 people, among them women and children. A total of 47 survivors were brought to shore by the coast guard and local fishermen. More than 30 bodies have been retrieved, but the search continues.

A History of The Earth

Human Wrongs Watch

I would like to announce the publication of a new book, in which I have tried to sketch human history, from earliest times until the present, against a cosmic backdrop.


John Scales Avery

The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

The place of humans in nature

According to modern cosmology, the universe is almost unimaginably vast. It is estimated that there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the observable universe. Of these, many stars have planets on which life is likely to have developed. Thus our earth and its life forms are by no means unique.

We cannot claim to be “the center of the universe” with any unique justification. However, the earth is our home. It is important to us. As parents, we wish for and work for the survival of our children and grandchildren, and for all future generations of humans.

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