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01/12/2020

The ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ended, with a ‘Record-Breaking’ 30 Named Tropical Storms…

1 December 2020 (WMO)*  — The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on 30 November with a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. There were 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States.
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This is the most storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005, and the second-highest number of hurricanes on record.

2020 marked the fifth consecutive year with an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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01/12/2020

Soils Should Have Rights Too

Human Wrongs Watch

A pioneer in soil research and Conservation Agriculture, Dr. Rattan Lal paved the way in one of FAO’s key areas of work

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Conservation Agriculture advocates leaving crop residues on fields, creating an organic cover that gives nutrients back to the soil. Lal believes that “people are a mirror image of the soil they live upon.” For us to be healthy, soils need to be healthy. ©Ohio State University/K. Chamberlain

1 December 2020 (FAO)* — Growing up on a small farm in India, Dr. Rattan Lal experienced much of the hardship faced by today’s smallholder farmers. His family didn’t have running water or electricity, but he explains, “We never missed it because that was the way everybody lived.”

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01/12/2020

Q&A: Vote with Your Fork for a World Free from Hunger

Human Wrongs Watch

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Nov 30 2020 (IPS)* – A world free from hunger is possible but only if we change how we grow and eat food. And resetting the food system — including all aspects of production, processing, marketing, distribution and the consumption and nutrition of food — is key to securing a sustainable food future post COVID-19.

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01/12/2020

Trafficked Teenager Advocates for Women’s Rights in Central America

Human Wrongs Watch

1 December 2020 (UN News)* — A 19-year-old woman from Nicaragua in Central America has been telling the United Nations how she was traded as “currency” in a card game, and then trafficked and abused.

UN Costa Rica/ Danilo Mora | Lilith, a 19-year-old woman, and her son fled Nicaragua after being trafficked and sexually abused.
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Lilith, not her real name, who now has a three-year-old son, was able to flee to neighbouring Costa Rica, where she has dedicated her life to protecting and preventing violence and abuse against young women and girls.

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30/11/2020

World Health Organization Calls for Reinvigorated Action to Fight Malaria

Human Wrongs Watch

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UNICEF/Colfs |A child sleeps under an insecticide treated mosquito net for protection against malaria

30 November 2020 (WHO)* — The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries and global health partners to step up the fight against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

A better targeting of interventions, new tools and increased funding are needed to change the global trajectory of the disease and reach internationally-agreed targets.

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30/11/2020

Malaria — Key Facts

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PROMOTE HEALTH, KEEP THE WORLD SAFE, SERVE THE VULNERABLE | WHO

30 November 2020 (WHO)* — Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites. The parasites are spread to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes, called “malaria vectors.” There are 5 parasite species that cause malaria in humans, and 2 of these species – P. falciparum and P. vivax – pose the greatest threat.

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30/11/2020

Each Year, over 400 000 people Die of Malaria – a Preventable and Treatable Disease; Two Thirds of Deaths Are among Children Under Five – WHO

World malaria report 2020 – Latest data on malaria trends in 87 countries

World malaria report 2020 – 20 years of global progress & challenges

30 November 2020 (WHO)*  — Each year, more than 400 000 people die of malaria – a preventable and treatable disease.
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An estimated two thirds of deaths are among children under the age of five.
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30/11/2020

The Race to Zero Emissions, and Why the World Depends on It

30 November 2020 (UN News)* — A host of countries have recently announced major commitments to significantly cut their carbon emissions, promising to reach “net zero” in the coming years. The term is becoming a global rallying cry, frequently cited as a necessary step to successfully beat back climate change, and the devastation it is causing.
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Maxime Pontoire | A person carrying a red sun brolly walks through a solar panel farm in France.
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What is net zero and why is it important?

Put simply, net zero means we are not adding new emissions to the atmosphere. Emissions will continue, but will be balanced by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere.

Practically every country has joined the Paris Agreement on climate change, which calls for keeping the global temperature to 1.5°C above pre-industrial era levels. If we continue to pump out the emissions that cause climate change, however, temperatures will continue to rise well beyond 1.5, to levels that threaten the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere.

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30/11/2020

Rising Hunger in Drought-Stricken Southern Madagascar Forcing Families to Eat Insects – World Food Programme

(UN News)* — Hunger is on the rise in southern Madagascar due to consecutive years of drought,  affecting half the region’s population, or 1.5 million people, and forcing most families to eat insects, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Friday [27 November 2020].

WFP/Tsiory Andriantsoarana | The combined effects of the drought, COVID-19 and the insecurity upsurge have undermined the already fragile food security and nutrition situation of the population of southern Madagascar.
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The figure is three times the number projected mid-year, with women and children comprising most of those experiencing “crisis” or “emergency” hunger conditions.
29/11/2020

Call to Join Civil Society Advisory Body for the Principles for Responsible Banking

27 November 2020 (UNEP)* — The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has issued a public call to civil society institutions around the world to declare their interest in joining the Civil Society Advisory Body until 15 December 2020.

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The body – which is designed to ensure that the Principles for Responsible Banking remain relevant and that the signatories are accountable to civil society – is the only instance of a sustainable finance initiative having such significant civil society input.

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