Archive for May 27th, 2021

27/05/2021

COVID-19 Behind Unprecedented Changes in the Number of Migrants Moving Across East and Horn of Africa

Nairobi, 25 May 2021 (IOM)* – At least 300,000 migrants across the East and Horn of Africa have been affected by COVID-19 in 2020, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s annual flagship report on migration trends and population movements in the region, released this week.

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Migrants walking in the desert from Alat Ela to Fantahero in Djibouti. Photo: IOM 2020/Alexander BEE 

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27/05/2021

Returning Iraqis Face Dire Conditions Following Camp Closures

Human Wrongs Watch

By Firas Al Khateeb in Nineveh governorate, Iraq*

With 250,000 Iraqis still living in camps after fleeing ISIS, sudden closure of 14 sites in late 2020 forced many to return to destroyed homes and villages lacking basic services.

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A girl heats water in Tabouqa village near Mosul, where dozens of families are living with few basic services after camp closures at the end of last year. © UNHCR/Firas Al-Khateeb

27 May 2021 (UNHCR)* — When 68-year-old famer Dahi finally returned to his village after spending more than three years in a camp south of Mosul for Iraqis who fled ISIS militants, his homecoming was far from the joyous occasion he had long imagined

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27/05/2021

‘Deep Sea Mining a Disturbing New Threat to My Home’

Deep sea mining companies are currently out in the Pacific carrying out tests in an attempt to prove their industry is safe for the environment. A few weeks ago, one of those companies, GSR, lost control of a 25-tonne robot at the bottom of the ocean. Bearing witness to this and confronting this industry at sea is Victor Pickering, a Fijian activist onboard Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior ship.
27/05/2021

New Atlas Reveals Rangelands Cover Half the World’s Land Surface, Yet Often Ignored Despite Threats

Human Wrongs Watch

Nairobi (UNEP)*A new atlas published on 26 May 2021 shows that 54 per cent of the world’s land surface consists of vast tracts of land covered by grass, shrubs or sparse, hardy vegetation that support millions of pastoralists, hunter-gatherers, ranchers and large populations of wildlife–and store large amounts of carbon.

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Yet while most climate plans focus on forests, much less importance is given to rangelands, leaving these massive planetary ecosystems supporting people and nature exposed to a wide variety of threats.

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27/05/2021

World Now Likely to Hit Watershed 1.5 °C Rise in Next Five Years

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There is a 90% likelihood of at least one year between 2021-2025 becoming the warmest on record, which would dislodge 2016 from the top ranking, according to the Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update, produced by the United Kingdom’s Met Office, the WMO lead centre for such predictions.

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