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10/10/2021

Avoiding a Cop-Out at COP-26

Human Wrongs Watch

By William Becker*

Time has run out for a polite phaseout of carbon fuels

The climate is changing faster than scientists and computer models predicted
The climate is changing faster than scientists and computer models predicted | Image from Wall Street International Magazine.

10 October 2021 (Wall Street International)* — With weather disasters becoming the rule rather than the exception worldwide, two inconvenient realities are clear.

First, the climate is changing faster than scientists and computer models predicted. Rather than exaggerating the threat of global warming, the experts have been too conservative.

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10/10/2021

Mangrove Blue Carbon for Climate Change Mitigation

Human Wrongs Watch

NAIROBI, Oct 7 2021 (IPS)* – Smelly, boggy, and full of bugs, mangroves’ superpowers are well hidden. However, there is rising confidence that mangroves are the silver bullet to combat the effects of climate change.

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Mangroves could be the silver bullet needed to mitigate climate change, however, approximately 75 percent of mangrove forests globally remain unprotected and overexploited. Credit: Joyce Chimbi/IPS

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10/10/2021

How to Manage the Damage from Oil-Spills

Human Wrongs Watch

9 October 2021 (UNEP)* — This month’s oil spill in California and the sinking of the X-Press Pearl off the coast of Sri Lanka in July have renewed attention to the environmental dangers of such disasters, especially the toll they take on marine and coral life.

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Photo by Shutterstock / 07 Oct 2021

 In this question and answer segment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) explores the dire impact of oil spills, the cost of clean-ups and what can be done to limit damage to the environment and ecosystems.

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10/10/2021

Ageing Cars Are Bogging Down the Battle against Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

9 October 2021 (UNEP)* — When world leaders attend the make-or-break United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland in a few weeks, they will be ferried around in electric vehicles – a reminder that the transport sector has a critical role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Cover used vehicles_Car-LeavesWhile many developed nations have pledged to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles in the next two decades, the transition will be more complicated in developing countries, where old cars imported from Europe, Japan and the United States are often the only affordable option.

Many of these used cars emit dangerous fumes, exposing people to high levels of air pollution, and they are often not roadworthy, resulting in more accidents and fatalities.

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07/10/2021

Cotton, a Fabric that Sustains over 100 Million Families Worldwide

Close-up of two hands picking cotton.

Picking cotton in a farmer field school in Mali where FAO developed a programme of pesticide risk reduction and sustainable production. PHOTO:©FAO/Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak

7 October 2021 (United Nations)* — Cotton is one of the most common fabrics in our wardrobes. It is comfortable, hypoallergenic, breathable and durable.

But cotton represents so much more than just a commodity. This natural fabric is a life-changing product worldwide that sustains 28.67 million growers and benefits over 100 million families across 75 countries in 5 continents.

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07/10/2021

Rebooting Our Human Future

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hazel Henderson*

Adaptation is required to avoid threats to our life-support and even possible extinction

Humans are facing such a time of multiple changes at all levels
Humans are facing such a time of multiple changes at all levels | Image from Wall Street International Magazine.

5 October 2021 (Wall Street International)*Human evolution, as in all species on Earth, is driven by stress – as all are challenged by continually changing conditions and environments.

Like all species, we humans become habituated to our current situations and cultural norms. Our reactions to change range from outright denial to reluctant acceptance and attempts at adaptation.

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07/10/2021

Book Review: ‘The Spoils of War’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mary Kaldor*

A chilling account of how corruption has become institutionalised at the heart of America’s war machine – with consequences for us all

Andrew Cockburn’s book offers a guide to understanding the irrationalities of the US war machine | Al Drago/Pool via CNP/AdMedia/Newscom/Alamy Live News

Andrew Cockburn, ‘The Spoils of War: Power, Profit and the American War Machine’(Verso)

(openDemocracy)* — Why is Joe Biden claiming that America’s ‘forever wars’, have ended? He withdrew 2,500 troops from Afghanistan and allowed the Taliban to take over the country, but the US continues to send drones to kill alleged terrorists in Afghanistan and in large parts of Africa and the Middle East.

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07/10/2021

Half of Afghanistan’s under-Five Expected to Suffer Acute Malnutrition 

(UN News)* — An estimated 3.2 million Afghan children under five, are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year, UN agencies on 5 October 2021 warned, adding that without immediate treatment, at least a million are at risk of dying.

© UNICEF/Sayed Bidel | UNICEF officials visit a child friendly space at an IDP settlement in the outskirts of Herat city in Afghanistan.

Acute food insecurity is affecting 14 million people in Afghanistan who are without reliable access to water, food and basic health and nutrition services, following years of conflict and the economic crisis, which has been exacerbated following the Taliban takeover in August.

The alarm was sounded following a two-day visit to the city of Herat by Hervé Ludovic De Lys, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Afghanistan and Mary-Ellen McGroarty, World Food Programme’s (WFP) Afghanistan Representative and Country Director.

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06/10/2021

Stop Calling the Military Budget a ‘Defense’ Budget

Human Wrongs Watch

SAN FRANCISCO, USA, Oct 6 2021 (IPS)* – It’s bad enough that mainstream news outlets routinely call the Pentagon budget a “defense” budget. But the fact that progressives in Congress and even many antiwar activists also do the same is an indication of how deeply the mindsets of the nation’s warfare state are embedded in the political culture of the United States.

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06/10/2021

Decade of Climate Breakdown Saw 14% of Coral Reefs Vanish

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Between 2009 and 2018, the continuous rise in sea temperature cost the world 14 per cent of its coral reefs – that’s more than the size of Australia’s reefs combined – a UN-backed report revealed on 5 October 2021.

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UNDP | Reef fish and corals in the waters of the Seychelles archipelago.

In the Sixth Status of Corals of the World: 2020 Report, experts from the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, funded by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), collected data from more than 300 scientists from 73 countries, over a span of 40 years, including two million individual observations.

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