Archive for December 20th, 2021


Another Wake-Up Call: Sea Ice Loss Is Speeding Up

Human Wrongs Watch

20 December 2021 (UNEP)* — The Arctic is now amongst the fastest-warming regions on the planet, heating at more than twice the global average. Scientists are worried because carbon dioxide and methane previously locked up below ground are released as permafrost thaws.


Andreas Weith / Wikimedia Commons / 28 Sep 2020

Afghanistan Economy in ‘Freefall’, Threatening to Take Entire Population with It

(UN News)* — Afghanistan’s economy is in “free fall”, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told a special meeting on Sunday [19 December 2021], warning that if decisive and compassionate action is not taken immediately, it may “pull the entire population with it”.
© UNICEF/Sayed Bidel | Families in Afghanistan do not have the money they need, while prices for key commodities continue to rise.
Speaking virtually to the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad, Pakistan, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths painted a grim picture of 23 million people facing hunger; malnourished children overflowing in health facilities; 70 per cent of teachers working without salaries; and millions of students – Afghanistan’s future – out of school.
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