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22/04/2021

Ocean Benefits Increasingly Undermined by Human Activity

Human Wrongs Watch

Coral Reef Image Bank/Michele Roux | A turtle swims in the ocean in Martinique in the Caribbean.

The second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II) is the work of hundreds of scientists from across the globe and follows an initial report published in 2015.

It warns that many benefits the ocean provides are increasingly being undermined by human actions, the UN chief said, describing the findings as alarming.

Destruction and pollution 

“Pressures from many human activities continue to degrade the ocean and destroy essential habitats – such as mangrove forests and coral reefs – hindering their capacity to help address climate change impacts”, Mr. Guterres said in a video message.

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22/04/2021

‘People Aren’t Starving, They Are Being Starved’: Humanitarian Agencies Issue Joint Call for Funds to Avert Famine

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By Peyvand Khorsandi*

International Council of Voluntary Agencies rallies Oxfam, Save the Children and 258 other organizations after World Food Programme’s warning on increasing levels of hunger

 

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Mozambique: Displaced people receive assistance in Mueda in Cabo Delgado having escaped the violence in Palma. Photo: WFP/Shelley Thakral

20 April 2021 (WFP)* — Humanitarian agencies around the world have joined forces to warn that rising hunger levels are going to lead to famines unless urgent action is taken. 

Oxfam, Save the Children and the International Red Cross are among 260 signatories to an open letter on famine prevention led by the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA).

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22/04/2021

As Biden Plans Withdrawal, Analysis Shows Afghan War Cost At Least 241,000 Lives and $2.26 Trillion

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By Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“Ending the war as soon as possible is the only rational and humane thing to do,” said a co-director of the Costs of War Project.

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Since the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the war has cost trillions of dollars and nearly a quarter-million lives. (Photo: Veronique de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images)

16 Apr 2021 – In the wake of President Joe Biden’s announcement that he plans to withdraw all regular U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by this year’s anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, experts at the Costs of War Project on Friday released an update on what nearly two decades of war has cost in both dollars and human lives.

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22/04/2021

‘Our Planet Is at a Tipping Point’

A girl with a mask drawn with as a sky.
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22/04/2021

When Mother Earth Sends Us a Message

Child planting a plant in a plastic bottle as a pot.

A young child participates in a plant workshop organized by UNDP Peru and FAO in Ayacucho, Peru. | PHOTO:UNDP Peru
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Climate change, man-made changes to nature as well as crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19.
20/04/2021

Climate Change Indicators and Impacts Worsened in 2020

New York/Geneva, 19 April 2021 (WMO)* – Extreme weather combined with COVID-19 in a double blow for millions of people in 2020. However, the pandemic-related economic slowdown failed to put a brake on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts, according to a new report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and an extensive network of partners.

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20/04/2021

World on the Verge of Climate ‘Abyss’, as Temperature Rise Continues – UN Chief

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WMO/Gonzalo Bertolotto | Icebergs in the Bellingshausen Sea in Antarctica.
 
According to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) flagship State of the Global Climate report, the global average temperature in 2020 was about 1.2-degree Celsius above pre-industrial level.

That figure is “dangerously close” to the 1.5-degree Celsius limit advocated by scientists to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.

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20/04/2021

U.S. Joins Past Empires in Afghan Graveyard

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By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies | The Progressive – TRANSCEND Media Service*

President Biden announced a removal of all U.S. troops by September 11, but he failed to include some important details.

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An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade ago that this day would come:

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20/04/2021

Soils Are One of the Main Global Reservoirs of Biodiversity. They Host More Than 25% of World’s Supply of This Valued Resource from Where 95% of the Food We Eat Is Produced

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Giving a voice to soil organisms – our silent allies in the fight against hunger. FAO-hosted Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity kicks off

Photo: ©A. Odoul / FAOCloseup of worm culture. Worms are used to improve soil quality.

ROME, 20 April 2021 (FAO)* – The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 19 April 2021 kicked off with a call to preserve this vast community of living soil organisms and the vital ecosystem services they provide.

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20/04/2021

Although They Represent the Greater Part of the World’s Cultural Diversity and Speak the Major Share of Its Languages, Indigenous People are Three Times More Likely to Live in Extreme Poverty

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(UN News)* — Although they represent the greater part of the world’s cultural diversity and speak the major share of its languages, indigenous people are three times more likely to live in extreme poverty, the UN chief told the opening session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Monday [19 April 2021]

El Origen Foundation | Indigenous students from the El Origen Foundation in La Guajira, Colombia.
 
And as their languages and cultures remain under constant threat, indigenous peoples have taken a major blow from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “An already vulnerable group risks being left even further behind”, warned Secretary-General António Guterres.
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