Archive for October 12th, 2021

12/10/2021

Disparities in Poverty Between Ethnic Groups and Across Genders Show Why We Need to Dig Deeper into Poverty Data

Human Wrongs Watch

LONDON, Oct 12 2021 (IPS)* – During the pandemic, we learnt a new word – at least I did: comorbidity. It means that one or more additional conditions co-occur (all happen at the same time for a person) alongside a primary condition – in this case the virus.

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Credit: UNDP

And we learnt that when a person has significant comorbidities, the path of the virus can be tragic.

We therefore learned to be highly alert for diabetes, for lung conditions, and medical histories, and to protect vulnerable people in our circles carefully.

As time went on, our circle of attention expanded – to handwashing, to overcrowding, to water and nutrition, or informal work – or risks like domestic violence, that make lockdown unbearable.

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12/10/2021

Use of Fossil Fuels Must Stop

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The IPCC Report

The 4,000-page report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was not due to be released until February, 2022, but a copy was leaked to Agence France-Presse.

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John Scales Avery

The report calls for a total transformation of our way of life if we wish to avoid catastrophe.

The window of opportunity is closing rapidly. Urgent action must be taken within less than a decade.

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The report states that,

“We need transformational change operating on processes and behavior at all levels: individual, communities, business, institutions and governments. We must redefine our way of life and consumption.”

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12/10/2021

What You Need to Know about the UN Biodiversity Conference

Human Wrongs Watch

(UNEP)* — Today [11 October 2021], world leaders are gathering in Kunming, China and virtually for the first phase of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) to agree on a new set of goals for nature over the next decade. The second phase will be held in April-May 2022 due to the pandemic.

biodiversity2Shutterstock / 11 Oct 2021

Nature and biodiversity loss are accelerating the triple planetary crisis we face, along with climate change and pollution waste.

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12/10/2021

“We Are Losing Our Suicidal War against Nature” – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — With more than a million species at risk of extinction, countries must work now to achieve a sustainable future for people and the planet, Secretary-General António Guterres told leaders attending the UN Biodiversity Conference, which opened on Monday 11 October 2021 from Kunming, China.

© 2019 Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT/ Georgina Smith | A Kenyan farmer has been experimenting with a range of new seeds which is helping to increase biodiversity where she lives.

“We are losing our suicidal war against nature,” he said in a video message to the meeting, which is mainly being held virtually. 

12/10/2021

‘Trade Can Play a Pivotal Role in Addressing Climate Change’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Economies in the Asia-Pacific region need to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including to maintain their trade competitiveness as carbon taxes at borders threaten to rise, according to a new United Nations report.

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UN Photo/Kibae Park | Climate friendly transportation is one of the proposals of the report
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Around 16 million new jobs could be created in clean energy, energy efficiency, engineering, manufacturing and construction industries in the Asia-Pacific region, more than compensating for the estimated loss of five million jobs by downscaling industries.
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