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05/10/2022

Who Sabotaged Nordstream 2?

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By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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I Agree with Jan Oberg

Dr. Jan Oberg, co-founder and leader of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, wrote a really excellent article on the question of who sabotaged Nordstream 2.

In it, he points out that Russia had no motive for sabotaging Nordstream 2. If the Russians had wanted to stop the flow of natural gas through the pipeline, they could have simply turned it off at the Russian end. Here is the link to Dr. Oberg’s fine article.

And here is a link to other articles making the same point.

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03/10/2022

Older Persons, “a Tremendous Source of Knowledge and Experience”

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres drew attention on Saturday, the International Day of Older Persons, to the “resilience of the more than one billion older women and men” in a rapidly changing world.  

Elderly women in India are largely dependent on their families for economic and social well-being.
© ADB | Elderly women in India are largely dependent on their families for economic and social well-being.
03/10/2022

The Fatal Attraction of the City

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Most cities are not able to meet the triple objective of being economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable, according to the United Nations findings on the occasion of the World Habitat Day. Credit: Bigstock

Most cities are not able to meet the triple objective of being economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable, according to the United Nations findings on the occasion of the World Habitat Day. Credit: Bigstock

Yes, life in urban centres represents plenty of offices, constructions, job opportunities, shops, bars, restaurants, transport systems, and health and education services. So much that 2 of 3 people are forecasted to be concentrated in urban areas by 2050.

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30/09/2022

Hard Hit By Climate Change, Villagers Raise a Forest on Their Own

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Meghalaya, India, Sep 28 2022 (IPS)* – Some ten years ago, Sheemanto Chatri, a 39-year-old farmer hailing from India’s northeastern state of Meghalaya, was reeling with distress. The unseasonal rainfall had washed away all the crops he had cultivated after year-long labor in his far-off hamlet.
The villagers work in a forest they planted to save themselves from the ravages of climate change. Credit: Umar Manzoor Shah/IPS

The villagers work in a forest they planted to save themselves from the ravages of climate change. Credit: Umar Manzoor Shah/IPS

In 2013, this farmer had sowed a ginger crop on his half-acre land and was hoping for a profitable yield. However, providence had willed otherwise. In September that year, unseasonal rains wreaked havoc on Sheemanto’s village, destroying his crops beyond repair.

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30/09/2022

Kenya Counts the Beans to Help Avert Food Waste in School Meals

By Martin Karimi

Every bean that ends up on Griffins Ochieng’s plate at Jaribu Primary School in northeastern Kenya can now be traced to a government warehouse where it was first stored.
 
Griffins Ochieng wants to be a soldier when he grows up. Photo: WFP/Martin Karimi
Griffins Ochieng, aged 14, wants to be a soldier when he grows up. Photo: WFP/Martin Karimi

And that’s the idea – that nothing must go to waste in Kenya’s school meals. With the World Food Programme’s (WFP) support, meals are integrated into the government’s National Education Management Information System – an online tool that automates the management of all data and processes in the education sector.

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30/09/2022

Spoiler Alert: Minimizing Food Loss Is Easier Than You Think

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Simple solutions can help break the vicious cycle of food loss and climate change.

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Approximately 14 percent of the food we produce each year is lost during production and distribution, while a further 17 percent ends up being wasted by retailers and consumers. ©FAO/Miguel Schincariol

29 September 2022 (FAO)* Food. It is grown, harvested, processed, packaged, transported, distributed, traded, bought, prepared and then… thrown out.   

Each year, approximately 14 percent of the food we produce is lost between when it is harvested and before it reaches the shops. A further 17 percent of our food ends up being wasted by retailers and consumers.

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29/09/2022

Climate Change: Hurricanes and Cyclones Bring Misery to Millions, as Ian Makes Landfall in the US

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(UN News)* — Hurricane Ian caused devastation across western Cuba and increased its strength and size as it made landfall mid-afternoon local time on Wednesday [28 September 2022], in the United States; meanwhile Typhoon Noru underwent an “explosive” intensification before it hit the Philippines, the UN Meteorological agency, WMO, has said.

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Hurricane Ian is tracked south of Florida on Sept. 26, 2022, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA).
 

The two tropical cyclones came quick on the heels of Hurricane Fiona, which caused deadly flooding in the Caribbean and was the strongest storm on record to hit Canada. Typhoon Nanmadol, prompted the evacuation of nine million people in Japan.

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28/09/2022

Go and Tell the Hungry that Their Food Is Being Thrown in the Garbage

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MADRID, Sep 28 2022 (IPS)* – These are facts, not guesses: about 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted and lost… every single year, the equivalent of one ton per each of the one billion hungry people, many of them are those who produced the food.
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Controlling the loss and waste of food is a crucial factor in reaching the goal of eradicating hunger in the world. Credit: FAO

The findings have been reported by the World Bank, whose recent study: What a Waste 2.0 also informs that the number of wasted calories “could fill hunger gaps in the developing world.”

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28/09/2022

Exclusive: Weapons Firms Install 50 Staff inside the [UK] Ministry of Defence

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By Lucas Amin*

BAE among arms firms paying Ministry of Defence staff’s salaries while winning lucrative contracts.

Nine officials at the Ministry of Defence are paid by the UK’s biggest arms firm. | Russell Hart / Alamy Stock Photo.

27 September 2022 (openDemocracy)* — More than 50 paid employees of global arms companies are working inside the UK’s Ministry of Defence, openDemocracy can reveal, sparking questions about conflicts of interest and national security.

They include nine staffers on long-term secondment from the UK’s biggest weapons manufacturer, BAE Systems, some of whom have been embedded inside the department for years.

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28/09/2022

UN Chief Calls for an End to ‘Nuclear Blackmail’ and Risk of ‘Humanitarian Armageddon’

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(UN News)* — In an era of “nuclear blackmail”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday [26 September 2022] urged countries to step back from the threat of potential global catastrophe and recommit to peace.

UN/Ingrid Kasper | The “Good Defeats Evil” sculpture, located at UN Headquarters in New York, depicts an allegorical St. George slaying a double-headed dragon – symbolic of a nuclear war vanquished by historic treaties between the Soviet Union and United States.

The UN chief was speaking at an event to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, held as the annual debate in the General Assembly Hall draws to a close.

“Nuclear weapons are the most destructive power ever created. They offer no security — just carnage and chaos. Their elimination would be the greatest gift we could bestow on future generations,” he said.

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