Archive for June 8th, 2022

08/06/2022

What If a Patient Unplugged the Oxygen Tube That Keeps Her or Him Alive?

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jun 7 2022 (IPS)* – Imagine a patient connected to a vital oxygen device to keep him or her breathing, thus alive. Then, imagine what would happen if this patient unplugged it. This is exactly what humans have been doing with the source of at least 50% of the whole Planet’s oxygen: the oceans.
The oceans produce 50% of the planet’s oxygen, absorb 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming, and are the main source of protein for a billion people around the world. Credit: IPS

The ocean produces 50% of the planet’s oxygen, absorbs 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming, and is the main source of protein for a billion people around the world. Credit: IPS

But oceans do not only provide half of all the oxygen needed. They also absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming while alleviating its consequences on human health and that of all natural resources.

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08/06/2022

“Gun Control” at the Pentagon? Don’t Even Think About It

Human Wrongs Watch

SAN FRANCISCO, USA, Jun 1 2022 (IPS)* – New outcries for gun control have followed the horrible tragedies of mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo. “Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, to far too many places where innocents have died,” President Biden declared over the weekend during a university commencement address.

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The Pentagon. Credit: Military Times

As he has said, a badly needed step is gun control — which, it’s clear from evidence in many countries, would sharply reduce gun-related deaths.

But what about “gun control” at the Pentagon?

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08/06/2022

World Food Safety Day Highlights Need to Prevent Foodborne Risks 

Human Wrongs Watch

(By UN News)* — Safe food is one of the most critical guarantors for good health, the UN said on Tuesday [7 June 2022] – the fourth global World Food Safety Day – aiming to mobilize action for preventing, detecting and managing foodborne risks and improving human health.

© WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud | Female participants of a WFP-run food security livelihood programme sort freshly collected eggplants in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
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Benefits of safe food for well-being include improved nutrition and reduced absenteeism in schools and in the workplace.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), only when food is safe can we fully benefit from its nutritional value and from the mental and social benefits of sharing a safe meal.

“Unsafe foods are the cause of many diseases and contribute to other poor health conditions, such as impaired growth and development, micronutrient deficiencies, noncommunicable or communicable diseases and mental illness,” said FAO.

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08/06/2022

Occupation, Discrimination Driving Israel-Palestine Conflict, Recurring Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

(By UN News)* — Ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, and discrimination against Palestinians, is essential to stopping the decades-long conflict between the two sides, a new UN independent human rights body said on Tuesday [7 June 2022].

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Photo/Ryan Rodrick Beiler | The Separation Wall in the occupied Palestinian Territory and behind it an Israeli settlements.
The finding comes in the first report by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, established last May by the UN Human Rights Council.

The Commission said occupation and discrimination are the key root causes of the recurrent tensions, instability, and drawn out nature of the conflict in the region.

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