Archive for ‘Asia’

01/06/2020

What Is Biodiversity? Why Does It Matter to Us?

Human Wrongs Watch

1 June 2020 (World Environment Day Global)* — Biodiversity describes the variety of life on Earth, including the 8 million plant and animal species on the planet, the ecosystems that house them, and the genetic diversity among them.

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Biodiversity is a complex, interdependent web, in which each member plays an important role, drawing and contributing in ways that may not even be visible to the eye.

The abundant foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the weather that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.

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01/06/2020

Two-Thirds of Tropical Forests ‘Under Threat in Next Decade’

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SÃO PAULO (SciDev.Net)* —  Tropical forests can develop resistance to a warmer climate, but 71 per cent will come under threat in the next decade if global average temperatures reach two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a new study warns.

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Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sabah, Borneo. Copyright: Dr. Lindsay F. Banin

01/06/2020

It’s Time for Nature

01/06/2020

‘The Foods We Eat, the Air We Breathe, the Water We Drink and the Climate that Makes Our Planet Habitable … All Come from Nature’

1 June 2020 (United Nations)* — The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. For instance, each year, marine plants produce more than a half of our atmosphere’s oxygen, and a mature tree cleans our air, absorbing 22 kilos of carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen in exchange. Despite all the benefits that our nature give us, we still mistreat it. That is why we need to work on that.
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Panda Base, Chengdu, China.The Base is famous for the protection and breeding of endangered wild animals that are unique to China, including giant pandas and red pandas. UNDP/Dylan Lowthian
31/05/2020

Enough Is Enough: Global Nuclear Weapons Spending 2019

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By ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons*

$72.9 billion. That’s how much nine countries spent on nuclear weapons in 2019. In a just-released report, ICAN produced the first estimate in nearly a decade of global nuclear weapon spending, taking into account costs to maintain and build new nuclear weapons.

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That amounts to $138,699 spent in the world on nuclear weapons per minute. Global nuclear spending rose $7.1 billion from 2018, in line with total military spending which rose dramatically from 2018 to 2019.

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31/05/2020

The Environmental Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Production: Five Case Studies

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By ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons*

Nuclear weapons production leaves a nasty legacy both for people and the environment. Around the world, nuclear weapons facilities have contaminated land and water with radioactive waste lasting at least 100,000 years. Efforts to clean up the sites have cost billions of dollars over decades – and are still largely unfinished.

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The five case studies below provide just a preliminary look into the devastating global environmental consequences of building the bomb.

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31/05/2020

Cognitive Aspects of Mental Calculation

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By Paolo Fabiani*

Mental math to better understand working memory and image schemata

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Ancient calculator | Image from Wall Street International.

29 May 2020  (Wall Street International)*  — This article describes five world records of mental calculation and memorization to better understand working memory and image schemata from a cognitive perspective set by Paolo Fabiani. The purpose of the records is to demonstrate that the potential and limits of working memory are closely connected with the image schemes1.

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31/05/2020

Albania: How a Lagoon Became a Frontline Defence against Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

28 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, families and businesses around the Adriatic Sea were faced with a serious threat.  One of the countries hardest-hit by coastal erosion in Europe, almost a third of Albania’s 427km coastline is being eroded by violent waves. And the challenge is accelerating at an alarming speed due to climate-induced storm surges and rising sea levels.

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Photo by UNEP / Lisa Murray

“One time I was driving my children to school when the sea came in front of me and flooded the car,” explains Pati. “If the coast is not protected, then God save us.”

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31/05/2020

We Need a Response to Covid-19 Crafted alongside Indigenous Peoples

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By Alex McAnarney and Viviana Krsticevic*

Ensuring the health of humanity and the planet requires a consolidated effort that acknowledges and incorporates the vision of those who have protected nature for so long. | Español

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27 May 2020 (openDemocracy)* — The onslaught of diseases like smallpox, and influenza brought by the European powers of the 15th century, combined with slavery and genocide, decimated indigenous populations throughout the Americas. Today, there are an estimated 826 indigenous groups in the region, with a total population of 45 million people.

Sadly, the continued disregard for indigenous peoples in many governments’ responses to the novel coronavirus could place those left at the brink of extinction.

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30/05/2020

Four Ways to Re-Imagine a Better City

Paris during the Corona Virus Shutdown. © Jérémie Jung / Greenpeace
Due to the coronavirus shutdown, Paris’s public squares, roads and streets are almost deserted. © Jérémie Jung / Greenpeace

For the last three months I’ve watched time passing through my window. In country after country, city after city, we have felt the fear and pain of loss, we’ve honoured the work of health professionals and frontline workers, we’ve joined in solidarity with our neighbours.

Being forced apart has brought us closer together.

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