Archive for February 21st, 2021

21/02/2021

Young People Call for Urgent Climate Action

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Photo: IISD/19 Feb 2021

The gathering, which is being held virtually, as part of the UN Environment Assembly, is the planet’s largest youth-led environmental event. It has zeroed in on climate change, which participants described as a dire threat to the planet.

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21/02/2021

Extreme Weather Hits USA, Europe

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More than 100 million people over 1.6 million km² were under winter storm warnings, according to the US National Weather Service. Some 73% of the Continental USA was covered in snow as of midnight February 16, the greatest extent on record in the database, which dates back to 2003.

21/02/2021

In the Textile Industry, Old Is Increasingly Becoming New

Human Wrongs Watch

20 February 2021 (UNEP)* — A clothing company in the Philippines that uses scrap material to make shoes. A technology startup in Ireland that allows strangers to swap little-used clothes. And a fashion house in Brazil that produces zero waste and repurposes old clothes into new ones.

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Photo: Frame China / Shutterstock.com / 19 Feb 2021

These are three of a growing number of companies that are bucking an environmentally destructive trend towards fast fashion.

The textile industry, say observers, has long been primed for a circular makeover.

Amid rapacious demand for cheap, on-trend clothing, it has become a major driver of climate change: some sources say that the textile sector accounts for about 8 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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21/02/2021

Yemen Heads towards Worst Famine World Has Seen in Decades

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 2021 (IPS)* – Yemen is heading towards the worst famine the world has seen in decades, the United Nations Security Council was warned in a briefing yesterday [18 February 2021].

COVID awareness raising: Amanat Alsimah

Volunteers teach people living in settlements about COVID-19. This photo was taken in Sana’a, Yemen. At a Security Council briefing yesterday UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said people in Yemen are more worried about hunger than the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Dhia Al-Adimi/UNICEF

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21/02/2021

‘Over 60 Per Cent of All Workers Lack Any Kind of Employment Contract’ – World Day of Social Justice

Human Wrongs Watch

A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy

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Computer stations in the renovated Delegates’ Lounge at United Nations Headquarters. PHOTO:UN Photo/Mark Garten

20 February 2021 (United Nations)* —  The digital economy is transforming the world of work. Over the past decade, expansion in broadband connectivity, cloud computing, and data have led to the proliferation of digital platforms, which have penetrated several sectors of the economy and societies.

Since early 2020, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to remote working arrangements and allowed for the continuation of many business activities, further reinforcing the growth and impact of the digital economy.

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