Archive for November 2nd, 2021


Lies That Led to Wars

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Hitler’s Lies

It very often happens that political leaders tell lies to gain public support before they start wars. For example, Adolf Hitler lied about the persecution of German minorities to justify his invasions of Poland and Czechoslovakia.


John Scales Avery

In the case of Poland, Hitler’s government also arranged several false flag attacks to justify the invasion. On August 2, 1939, Hitler told his generals,

I will provide a propagandistic causus belli. Its credibility doesn’t matter. The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth.”

The Nazi invasion of Poland marked the start of World War II.

Approximately 75 million people were killed during World War II, including about 40 million civilians, many of whom died because of deliberate genocide, massacres, mass-bombings, disease, and starvation.

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5 Dangerous Pollutants You’re Breathing In Every Day

2 November 2021 (UNEP)* — Air pollution is an invisible killer with a stranglehold on many parts of our fragile planet. Nine out of 10 of us breathe air containing levels of pollutants that exceed World Health Organization limits. Every year, around 7 million people die from diseases and infections related to air pollution – that’s more than five times the number of people killed in road collisions and more than the official death toll of COVID-19.


Photo: Anna Shvets/Unsplash

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Will Glasgow Fix Broken Climate Finance Promises?

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 2021 (IPS)* – Current climate mitigation plans will result in a catastrophic 2.7°C world temperature rise. US$1.6–3.8 trillion is needed annually to avoid global warming exceeding 1.5°C.

Creative accounting
Rich countries have long broken their 2009 Copenhagen COP16 pledge to mobilize “US$100 billion per year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries”. The pandemic has worsened the situation, reducing available finance. Poor countries – many already caught in debt traps – struggle to cope.

Anis Chowdhury

While minuscule compared to the finance needed to adequately address climate change, it was considered a good start. The number includes both public and private finance, with sources – public/private, grants/loans, etc. – unspecified.

Such ambiguity has enabled double-counting, poor transparency and creative accounting, noted the UN Independent Expert Group on Climate Finance. Thus, the rich countries’ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported US$80bn in climate finance for developing countries in 2019.

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COP26: Enough of ‘Treating Nature Like a Toilet’

UNFCCC/Kiara Worth | UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
It was a grey and windy morning, as dozens of world leaders arrived at the Scottish Event Campus, of the key United Nations climate conference, in the city of Glasgow.

Since 6.30am, long lines of people gathered at the gates to get their accreditations, and pass through tight security, which included presenting proof of negative COVID-19 tests.

Journalists from all over the world set to work side by side in the event halls, armed with a host of microphones, cameras, lights and recording equipment.

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Past 7 Years Set to Be Warmest on Record, Sea Level at New High 

(UN News)* — Record greenhouse gas concentrations have pushed the planet into uncharted territory, with repercussions likely for current and future generations, warned the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) this Sunday [31 October 2021].

IMF/K. M. Asad | In Bangladesh, efforts are undertaken to improve coastal protection from flooding caused by storms and a rise in sea level due to climate change.

The past seven years are on track to be the seven warmest ever, according to the provisional WMO State of the Global Climate 2021 report, based on data for the first nine months of the year.

Released as climate policy negotiators begin their work at COP26, in Glasgow, the report says that a temporary cooling “La Niña” event early in the year, means that 2021 is expected to be “only” the fifth to seventh warmest year on record.

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