Archive for December 21st, 2021

21/12/2021

What Would Europe, the US, Do with One Billion Climate Refugees?

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 20 2021 (IPS)* – A bit of fiction. Or maybe not. If things keep going the way they are, the result will be that such a massive flux would create instability and tensions, impact the global markets, cause record prices of fossil fuels, food and everything else, and the bankruptcy of big private financial corporations…
Climate-Refugees_4_Credit: UNHCR

Already seven years ago, a former director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, estimated that the number of climate migrants and refugees could reach one billion humans by the year 2050.

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21/12/2021

Beaten, Begging and in Hiding: Life for the Afghans the UK Left Behind

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tom Mutch*

In August, thousands of people who worked for the UK in Afghanistan were left to the Taliban’s mercy. openDemocracy spoke to four still stuck in Kabul.

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“I want the UK to keep its promises to us” – Baseer | All rights reserved

20 December 2021 (openDemocracy)* — On 31 August, the nearly 20-year NATO combat mission in Afghanistan ended in failure. Two weeks earlier, the Taliban had marched unopposed into Afghan capital Kabul, leaving the US and its allies, including the UK, scrambling to evacuate both their citizens and the Afghan nationals who had assisted them during the war.

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21/12/2021

‘Monster’ Antarctic Glacier at Risk as Key Ice Shelf Faces Collapse Years Earlier Than Expected

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service*

West Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier is often called “one of the world’s most dangerous glaciers” because of its potential contributions to sea level rise. (Photo: James Yungel/NASA)

“What we’re seeing is already enough to be worried about,” said one researcher.

The ice shelf holding back one of Antarctica’s most perilous glaciers is eroding from below due to higher ocean temperatures, prompting scientists to warn today that this key reinforcement could shatter in the next three to five years—a development that would threaten millions of people with intensifying sea level rise.

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21/12/2021

Clashes in Cameroon’s Far North Displace More than 100,000 People

Chad. Thousands flee intercommunal clashes over scarce resources in Cameroon

Refugees from Cameroon soon after arriving to Chad’s Chari Baguirmi region near the capital, N’Djamena. © UNHCR/Aristophane Ngargoune

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