Archive for May 23rd, 2021

23/05/2021

Arctic Assessment Report Shows Faster Rate of Warming

23/05/2021

Seed Biodiversity: The Life Insurance of Our Food Production

Human Wrongs Watch

22 May 2021 (FAO)* — Humans rely on a shockingly low number of plants for the majority of our daily calories. In fact, of the thousands of fruit and vegetable species cultivated for food, fewer than 200 make up a substantial part of food produced globally.


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Thousands of plant species and varieties that fed our ancestors are already extinct, and we are losing more every day. Diversity is our food’s life insurance. ©FAO/Luis Tato

But what if climate change, invasive species, pollution, city sprawl or overuse of land cause these species to weaken, lowering their ability to produce or survive into the future?

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23/05/2021

‘Humanity Is “Waging a War on Nature”, Threatening Biodiversity Loss, Climate Disruption and Escalating Pollution…’

Human Wrongs Watch

Everyone will lose unless humanity makes ‘peace with the planet’ – UN Chief.

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(UN News)* — Humanity is “waging a war on nature”, threatening biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, the UN chief on 21 May 2021 said.

“We will all be losers if we don’t achieve peace with the planet”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a webinar ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity, commemorated annually on 22 May. “We should all be advocates for nature”, he said.

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23/05/2021

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22 May 2021 (United Nations)* — As the global community is called to re-examine our relationship to the natural world, one thing is certain: despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, just to name a few.
23/05/2021

How to Address the Emergence and Spread of Zoonotic Diseases

Human Wrongs Watch

New international expert panel to address the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases

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Geneva/Paris/Rome/Nairobi, 20 May 2021 (UNEP)* – International organizations have come together to launch a new One Health High-Level Expert Panel to improve understanding of how diseases with the potential to trigger pandemics, emerge and spread.

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23/05/2021

Bees, Bans and Broad-Spectrum Pesticides

(UNEP)*Bees and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities. To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN marks May 20 as World Bee Day.

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This year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) examines how a decades-old legacy of DDT use has imperilled Tajikistan’s bees and the actions being taken to reverse this trend.

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