Archive for September 22nd, 2021

22/09/2021

Up to Half of the $14 Trillion Spent by Pentagon since 9/11 Has Gone to War Profiteers

By Jake Johnson | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A new analysis shows that a “large portion” of Pentagon contracts in recent years have gone to just five companies: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman.
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An F-35 test aircraft undergoes a flight test over Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Lockheed Martin/Flickr/cc)

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Up to half of the estimated $14 trillion that the Pentagon has spent in the two decades since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has gone to private military contractors, with corporate behemoths such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, and General Dynamics hoovering up much of the money.

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22/09/2021

UrbanShift – A New Global Initiative to Transform Cities into Green, Liveable Spaces that Address Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Pollution

New York, 21 September 2021 (UNEP)* – Today, at Climate Week NYC 2021, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and partners launched UrbanShift – a new global initiative to improve lives and transform cities into green and liveable spaces that address climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

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Credit: Unspalsh/Koukichi Takahashi

Cities are home to 4.2 billion people, more than half of the world’s population. But they face growing challenges – from floods, storms and heatwaves triggered by the climate crisis to dangerous air quality, lack of affordable housing and deep social divides.

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22/09/2021

Following the Rhythm of Mother Earth

Learning from Indigenous Peoples’ food systems and their respect for nature

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Indigenous Peoples’ food systems have survived for centuries, generating an incredible diversity of food without depleting the natural resource base of surrounding ecosystems. ©National University of Columbia/Daniel Baena

(FAO)* — The running fresh water of the Amazon River is a welcoming sound to the peoples of the indigenous resguardo (reserve) in Puerto Nariño, southern Colombia.

This watercourse is the only access to the banks of rivers, lakes, flood plains and mainland areas that connect the 22 communities where the Tikuna, Cocama and Yagua peoples live.

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22/09/2021

Climate Science or Corporate Food? UN Food Summit Must Choose for a Liveable Planet 

Forest Fires in the Amazon. © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá
Smoke from man made forest fires to clear land for cattle or crops. © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá

Why food? According to scientists from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), land use for farming is responsible for one-quarter of all global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

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22/09/2021

Take ‘Decisive Action Now’ to Avoid Climate Catastrophe 

Mr. Guterres joined an emergency summit convened and attended by United Kingdom premier Boris Johnson, to press for more action on climate finance and other measures ahead of the watershed UN COP26 climate conference, which begins next month in Scotland.
The Informal Climate Leaders Roundtable on Climate Action took place behind closed doors at UN Headquarters, as the high-level week of the General Assembly gets underway.

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