Archive for April 22nd, 2021

22/04/2021

Ocean Benefits Increasingly Undermined by Human Activity

Human Wrongs Watch

Coral Reef Image Bank/Michele Roux | A turtle swims in the ocean in Martinique in the Caribbean.

The second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II) is the work of hundreds of scientists from across the globe and follows an initial report published in 2015.

It warns that many benefits the ocean provides are increasingly being undermined by human actions, the UN chief said, describing the findings as alarming.

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22/04/2021

‘People Aren’t Starving, They Are Being Starved’: Humanitarian Agencies Issue Joint Call for Funds to Avert Famine

Human Wrongs Watch

By Peyvand Khorsandi*

International Council of Voluntary Agencies rallies Oxfam, Save the Children and 258 other organizations after World Food Programme’s warning on increasing levels of hunger

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Mozambique: Displaced people receive assistance in Mueda in Cabo Delgado having escaped the violence in Palma. Photo: WFP/Shelley Thakral

20 April 2021 (WFP)* — Humanitarian agencies around the world have joined forces to warn that rising hunger levels are going to lead to famines unless urgent action is taken. 

Oxfam, Save the Children and the International Red Cross are among 260 signatories to an open letter on famine prevention led by the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA).

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22/04/2021

As Biden Plans Withdrawal, Analysis Shows Afghan War Cost At Least 241,000 Lives and $2.26 Trillion

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“Ending the war as soon as possible is the only rational and humane thing to do,” said a co-director of the Costs of War Project.

Since the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the war has cost trillions of dollars and nearly a quarter-million lives. (Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images)

In the wake of President Joe Biden’s announcement that he plans to withdraw all regular U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by this year’s anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, experts at the Costs of War Project on Friday released an update on what nearly two decades of war has cost in both dollars and human lives.

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22/04/2021

‘Our Planet Is at a Tipping Point’

A girl with a mask drawn with as a sky.
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22/04/2021

When Mother Earth Sends Us a Message

Child planting a plant in a plastic bottle as a pot.

A young child participates in a plant workshop organized by UNDP Peru and FAO in Ayacucho, Peru. | PHOTO:UNDP Peru
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Climate change, man-made changes to nature as well as crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19.
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