Archive for December 7th, 2020


Mexico Sticks to Natural Gas, Despite Socio-environmental Impacts

Human Wrongs Watch


Mexico City, Dec 7 2020 (IPS)* – In his community of small farmers and ranchers in northern Mexico, Aristeo Benavides has witnessed the damage caused by the natural gas industry, which has penetrated collectively owned landholdings, altering local communities’ way of life and forms of production. | En español

“I use gas”, announces a minibus driving along a street in Mexico City. Natural gas is becoming increasingly widely used as fuel for public transportation in Mexico, coming mainly from the United States where it is extracted through hydraulic fracturing or fracking, a technique that requires high volumes of water and toxic chemicals. CREDIT: Emilio Godoy/IPS

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Can Forest Restoration Reduce the Threat of Megafires?

Human Wrongs Watch

7 December 2020 (UNEP)* — The record-breaking wildfires that engulfed the western United States this year show the danger from global heating and ecosystem decline, but also light up opportunities for forest and landscape restoration to reduce the threat of catastrophic fires.


Reuters / Mario Anzuoni / 01 Dec 2020 (Posted here from UNEP’s article).

Altered rainfall patterns are lengthening fire seasons from the Mediterranean to Australia. Record heat and drought are sucking moisture from trees and undergrowth. And some regions are seeing more violent thunderstorms, whose lightning can provide a fateful spark.

Scientists say forest restoration and other natural solutions could provide up to one-third of the mitigation needed to keep global warming below 2°C.

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Climate Change, Unsustainable Farming Practices, Commercial Mining, Logging and Poaching All Exact a Heavy Toll on Mountain Biodiversity

International Mountain Day – 11 December 2020

7 December 2020 (FAO)* — Where are half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots?

Where can one find thousands of varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, animal breeds, fish, honey, insects and fungi?

Where are one-third of plant species found?

The answer: mountains!


Mountains Host about Half of the World’s Biodiversity Hotspots and 30 Percent of All Key Biodiversity Areas

International Mountain Day 11 December 2020
7 December 2020 (FAO)* — Mountain biodiversity is the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day.Mountains loom large in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.
Their unique topography, compressed climatic zones and isolation have created the conditions for a wide spectrum of life forms.
Mountains host about half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots and 30 percent of all Key Biodiversity Areas.
©Instituto Meteorológico Nacional

‘Young Women Face the Greatest Risk of Intimate Partner Violence. Yet Partner Violence Is Rampant around the World, and Older Women Are Not Immune’

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, New York (UNFPA)*A new data dashboard launched by UNFPA on 2 December 2020 shows that young women face the greatest risk of intimate partner violence. Yet partner violence is rampant around the world, and older women are not immune, the new tool reveals.

UNFPA’s new data dashboard shows who are most vulnerable to intimate partner violence. Younger women face some of the greatest risks. © UNFPA Zimbabwe
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