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19/02/2020

Lives in Engineering

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

17 February  2020 (Wall Street International)* — At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is an indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun's radiation
Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun’s radiation | Image from Wall Street International.
19/02/2020

As Planet Burns, One Million Species in World’s Eco-System in Danger of Extinction

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the 193-member General Assembly last December, he focused on the smoldering climate crisis– pointing out that the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

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Ice caps are melting, he said, In Greenland alone, 179 billion tonnes of ice melted in July. Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing 70 years ahead of projections. Antarctica is melting three times as fast as a decade ago.

“Ocean levels are rising quicker than expected, putting some of our biggest and most economically important cities at risk.

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18/02/2020

Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – In an annual ritual early in the year, most major economic organizations have released forecasts for the global economy in 2020. Incredibly, almost as a reminder of where financial power resides in this day and age, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its forecasts at the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting in Davos.

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Although the IMF revised its global economic growth prognosis slightly downwards from its October 2019 forecast, it still offers the most optimistic prospect of 3.3% growth in 2020.

The World Bank’s forecast of 2.5% – identical to the United Nations (UN) estimate – is the lowest, with the OECD’s at 2.9%.

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18/02/2020

Protecting Migratory Species in a Rapidly Changing World

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Many animals – including birds, fish and mammals – migrate along set routes in search of food or breeding grounds. How best to protect them in a rapidly changing world is the focus of a major UN wildlife meeting which opened in Gandhinagar, India, on Monday [17 February 2020].

World Bank/Curt Carnemark | Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies make their 3,000 mile journey from the United States and Canada to winter in several locations, including biosphere reserves, in Mexico.
18/02/2020

You, Come Home When I Am Big!

Human Wrongs Watch

The film was made by Ajit Samal who is a celebrated fine art painter has been making wildilfe films and documentaries for over 20 years.
18/02/2020

Major UN Meeting on Wildlife to Address Critical Threats to Migratory Species

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Gandhinagar (UN Environment)* – The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) opened in Gandhinagar, India on 17 February 2020.

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The Conference kicks off ‘the super year’ for nature, which will include a UN Summit in September and culminate in the UN Biodiversity Conference at the end of 2020, when a new global biodiversity strategy for the next decade will be adopted – the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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18/02/2020

Kicking the Habit

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels Can Kill Us

The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed.

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The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic. There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production.

Meanwhile, the carbon released by the burning of fossil fuels began to duplicate the conditions that lead to the 5 geologically-observed mass extinction events during each of which more than half of all living species disappeared forever.

We all know that drug addicts can die from their addiction.

The world’s scientists are unanimous in telling us that unless we take immediate action to kick the habit, our addiction to fossil fuels will kill human society and much of the biosphere.

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18/02/2020

A Multi-Billion Dollar US Mideast Arms Market May Be in Jeopardy

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 2020 (IPS)* – When President Saddam Hussein ran one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes in the militarily-volatile Middle East during 1979-2003, US newspapers routinely described him as “the strongman of Iraq” — as most journalists rightly view dictators worldwide.

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But one of his political aides, described as “Saddam’s right-hand man” (what if Saddam was left-handed?), took issue with a visiting US journalist when he rather hilariously challenged the description.

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15/02/2020

Why Australia’s 2019-2020 Bushfire Season Was Not Normal, in Three Graphs

Human Wrongs Watch

14 February 2020 (UN Environment)* — Data from satellite sources assembled by the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) World Environment Situation Room confirms that the wildfires in Australia in the last two months of 2019 and the first six weeks of 2020 were far from normal.

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The Orroral Valley Fire viewed from Tuggeranong in southern Canberra |Nick-D | CC BY-SA 4.0

2019 was the second hottest year on record since 1880, and Australia recorded its warmest temperatures ever in December 2019.

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15/02/2020

Database of Businesses Linked to Israeli Settlements ‘Important Initial Step’ Towards Accountability: Human Rights Expert 

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UNRWA/Marwan Baghdadi | Beit Hadassah Settlement in H2 area in Hebron, West Bank.

Ninety-four of the businesses are domiciled in Israel and the rest are in six other countries.

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