Archive for ‘Climate Crisis’

27/05/2022

Biodiversity Is Health

Human Wrongs Watch

By Navdanya International– TRANSCEND Media Service*

“Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity weaves the web of life. It is not corporate ‘intellectual property’. It is not a financial asset of those whose greed drives biodiversity extinction and loss.”
— Dr Vandana Shiva

To celebrate World Biodiversity Day, Navdanya International presents Biodiversity Is Health.

We break down how all levels of biodiversity have a direct and tangible tie to human health.

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26/05/2022

Not Enough Clean Water in Europe? Who Cares…

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, May 26 2022 (IPS)* – So busy as they are with strengthening military alliances and devoting billions of taxpayers’ money to double their war budgets and subsidise fossil fuels, European Governments seem not to care about the reiterated alerts that their continent faces a serious risk: the reduced availability -and the more polluted– drinking water.

It is estimated that more than one third of the European Union will be under “high water stress” by the 2070. Credit: Bigstock

Two specialised bodies –the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO)– have warned that plans to make water access possible in the face of climate pressures “are absent” in the pan-European region.

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26/05/2022

‘There is no safe level of lead exposure, and even relatively low levels of exposure can cause serious and irreversible neurological damage’

Human Wrongs Watch

New guidelines to support SMEs to phase out lead from paint manufacturing.

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Geneva, 25 May 2022 (UNEP)* – Paint reformulation is entirely possible, and the industry can produce paint without added lead. However, a lack of technical knowledge; a lack of awareness of the health and environmental hazard of lead and where to source lead-free alternatives, as well as a shortage of lead paint laws in the countries where they are based mean many small manufacturers around the world are still producing hazardous lead paint.

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26/05/2022

The Exquisite Flavour of Carbon Neutrality

Human Wrongs Watch

Moving towards carbon neutral tea to benefit both the environment and livelihoods

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FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences carried out pilots in the southern and eastern provinces of China, setting out to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions generated by tea production and assessing the potential for mitigation and carbon sequestration ©FAO/Pier Paolo Cito

May 2022 (FAO)* — Step inside a tea merchant’s shop in China with its metal canisters lining the walls or scroll through the range offered by any of the country’s popular online shopping platforms and you’ll be able to choose among green teas, black teas or in-between, semi-fermented teas. But as an ancient industry turns its eyes to the future, another choice you might soon be able to make is low carbon teas.

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24/05/2022

The Risk of Turning Planet Earth into a Giant Desert

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, May 24 2022 (IPS)* – The message is clear: three-quarters of the world’s population will be affected by drought by 2050. Does it sound too far in time? Well, your kids might be among the billions of humans living on a desertified planet.
The 15th session of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), took  place in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire, from 9 to 20 May 2022. The theme: “Land, Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.”

Droughts represent 15% of natural disasters but took the largest human toll, approximately 650,000 deaths from 1970-2019, Credit: Guillermo Flores/IPS

But it is not about only them. Also you are already affected. In fact, around 1.700 billion of drylands, home to two billion people, are already covering 41% of the planet’s land surface.

Moreover, an additional 1 billion dryland hectares are now under threat.

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24/05/2022

A Reset That Serves the People

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Instead of buying into the World Economic Forum’s dystopian “Great Reset,” we can build an alternative system with a mandate to serve the people.

This is part two to a May 5, 2022 article called “A Monetary Reset Where the Rich Don’t Own Everything,” the gist of which was that national and global debt levels are unsustainably high. We need a “reset,” but of what sort?

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The “Great Reset” of the World Economic Forum (WEF) would leave the people as non-owner tenants in a feudalistic technocracy.

The reset of the Eurasian Economic Union would allow participating nations to opt out of the Western capitalist system altogether, but what of the Western countries that are left? That is the question addressed here.

Our Forefathers Had Some Innovative Solutions

Fortunately for the United States, our national debt is in U.S. dollars. As former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once observed, “The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.”

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24/05/2022

Covid-19: Rise of the Super Rich and Fall of the World’s Poor

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2022 (IPS)* – Michael Bloomberg, the three-term Mayor of New York city and a billionaire philanthropist, was once quoted as saying that by the time he dies, he would have given away all his wealth to charity – so that his cheque to the funeral undertaker will bounce for lack of funds in his bank account.

Women in Nigeria collect food vouchers as part of a programme to support families struggling under the COVID-19 lockdown. Credit: WFP/Damilola Onafuwa

Sounds altruistic – even as the number of billionaires keep rising while the poorest of the world’s poor keep multiplying.

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23/05/2022

18 Million in Africa’s Sahel on ‘the Brink of Starvation’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* – As 18 million people in Africa’s Sahel region teeter on the edge of severe hunger over the next three months, the UN released on Friday [20 May 2022] an additional $30 million from its emergency humanitarian fund, to boost the humanitarian response across four countries.

© UNOCHA/Michele Cattani | A displaced family sit in front of their tent at an informal camp in Bagoundié in Mali.

Food insecurity is set to reach its highest level since 2014, warned the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Entire families in the Sahel are on the brink of starvation,” said Martin Griffiths, UN Humanitarian Affairs chief and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “If we don’t act now, people will perish”.

Sobering numbers 

In the Sahel, 7.7 million children under five are expected to suffer from malnutrition, of which 1.8 million are severely malnourished.

And if aid operations are not scaled up, this number could reach 2.4 million by the year’s end.

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20/05/2022

‘By Deliberately Ignoring Risk, the World Is Bankrolling Its Own Destruction’

Human Wrongs Watch

“The good news is that human decisions are the largest contributors to disaster risk, so we have the power to substantially reduce the threats posed to humanity, and especially the most vulnerable among us” Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

“The good news is that human decisions are the largest contributors to disaster risk, so we have the power to substantially reduce the threats posed to humanity, and especially the most vulnerable among us” Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

Others, instead, may think that such human ingenuity will once more address the symptoms rather than the causes provoking them. Thus, they would be right to want to be informed and aware of the root causes of such disasters in order to push for eradicating them.

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20/05/2022

Ethiopia’s Worst Drought in 40 Years Threatens to Derail Gains Made in Maternal and Newborn Health

Human Wrongs Watch

GODE, Ethiopia, 19 May 2022 (UNFPA)* – “When I saw my baby’s hand coming out, I ran for our lives. We travelled nearly 90 kilometres to the nearest health facility… We are both lucky to be alive.”

Ethiopia’s worst drought in 40 years threatens to derail gains made in maternal and newborn health
In Ethiopia’s Somali region, a makeshift camp in the village of Gabi’as shelters some 800 households displaced by relentless drought. The parched land is scattered with animal corpses, after three consecutive failed rainy seasons killed nearly 1.5 million livestock across the region. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Paula Seijo

Ayan Abadi Wali, 24, recounted her story while recovering from a life-saving caesarean-section delivery in Gode, a town in Ethiopia’s Somali region and one of the hardest hit by the country’s worst drought in four decades.

Ms. Abadi is currently living at an informal settlement in the Shabelle zone with her seven children and her mother-in-law, Ms. Barkhado, alongside hundreds of others displaced by the drought.

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