Archive for May 29th, 2021

29/05/2021

Conserving Tigers, Elephants and Bison, One LPG Stove at a Time*

Human Wrongs Watch

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29/05/2021

Why South Asia Needs to Tackle a Surge in Nitrogen Pollution

Human Wrongs Watch

28 May 2021 (UNEP)* — Nitrogen is a double-edged sword. The element is a key component in fertilizers and helps fuel the growth of essential crops like wheat and maize. But too much nitrogen can pollute the air, decimate soils and create lifeless “dead zones” in the ocean.

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Reuters/Fayaz Aziz / 27 May 2021

To counter those threats, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is coordinating a global drive to manage nitrogen more sustainably.

Ahead of the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration on 5 June, UNEP is hosting a webinar to explore how nitrogen management can help revive natural spaces while combating hunger, improving human health and tackling climate change.

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29/05/2021

Chad: Men in Grip of Hunger Make Perilous Journeys for Work

By María Gallar Sánchez

World Food Programme aims to make staying in hometowns a better option than risking exploitation in the goldmines of the north
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‘Up north you’re an easy target for criminals,’ says Adam. Photo: WFP/María Gallar Sánchez

28 May 2021 (WFP)* — In the provinces of central Chad migrating is, by tradition, less a last resort than a way of life. For centuries, during the dry season, herdsmen have made for the wetlands and pastures around Lake Chad and in the south of the country.

When the rains came, they crossed into areas that now fall within the borders of neighbouring countries, to sell their cattle at higher prices.

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29/05/2021

Grave Concerns over ‘Dire’ and Deteriorating Situation in War-Torn Tigray Region 

(UN News)* — UN humanitarians expressed deep concern on 28 May 2021 about serious and ongoing abuses carried out against displaced civilians who are also facing dire food insecurity in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, after months of conflict.

© UNHCR/Ahmed Kwarte | More than 62,000 refugees have fled Ethiopia’s Tigray region to Sudan.

In an alert, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA,  said that it was aware of “gross violations”, including gender-based violence in the war-torn north.

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“The situation of women and adolescent girls in Tigray and border areas of Amhara and Afar remains dire”, said UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem.

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