Archive for April 23rd, 2021

23/04/2021

Agro-Industry Surrounds Xingu Indigenous Territory

Human Wrongs Watch

Impacts of grain crop cultivation spill into Brazil’s oldest indigenous reserve as farmers work with tribes to restore degraded land

The peoples of the Xingu say agricultural activity beyond the borders of their territory has impacted fish populations (image: Alamy)

Watatakalu Yawalapiti is 40 years old. She was born in the Amakapuku village, surrounded by a large preserved forest in the heart of Brazil. She spent part of her childhood on the white sands and clear waters of the Tuatuari river.

At other times, she would sit in a circle listening to her great-grandfather telling stories, like the one about how the white man would arrive with a huge blade and cut down the trees as one shaves one’s body hair.

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23/04/2021

‘Weather-Related Crises Have Triggered more than Twice as Much Displacement as Conflict and Violence in the Last Decade’

Human Wrongs Watch

Climate change link to displacement of most vulnerable is clear: UNHCR

© UNHCR/Xavier Bourgois | Refugees in Minawao, in northeastern Cameroon, plant trees in a region which has been deforested due to climate change and human activity.

(UN News)* — Weather-related crises have triggered more than twice as much displacement as conflict and violence in the last decade, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on 22 April 2021.

Coinciding with Earth Day on Thursday 22 April, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, published data showing how disasters linked to climate change likely worsen poverty, hunger and access to natural resources, stoking instability and violence.

23/04/2021

‘Past Decade Was the Hottest on Record, and We Continue to See Rising Sea-Levels, Scorching Temperatures, Devastating Tropical Cyclones and Epic Wildfires…’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

The planet’s on ‘red alert’ UN chief warns leaders at President Biden’s climate summit

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NOAA/Jerry Penry | Scientists believe that climate change is causing an increase in extreme weather events.
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(UN News)* — World leaders must act now and put the planet on a green path because “we are at the verge of the abyss”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 22 April 2021 said in his address to the virtual climate summit convened by United States President Joseph Biden.

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