Archive for ‘Climate Crisis’

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

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

Rebooting Our Human Future

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hazel Henderson*

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

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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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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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06/10/2021

Climate Change, Population Increase Fuel Looming Water Crisis – World Meteorological Organization

(UN News)* — Improved water management, monitoring and forecasting are needed in the face of a looming global water crisis, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners said in a report published on Tuesday 5 October 2021.

© UNICEF/Saleh Hayyan | One in three people around the world has been exposed to major water stress according to the WMO.
The warning comes as floods, droughts and other water-related hazards increase due to climate change, while the number of people experiencing “water stress” continues to rise amid population growth and dwindling availability.
05/10/2021

“What Exactly Happens Between the Farm and the Table?”

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How eco-labelling can drive consumer decision-making

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5 October 2021 (UNEP)* — Each year, 17 per cent of total global food available at retail may be wasted, including 11 per cent at the household level, says the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP’s) Food Waste Index Report 2021.

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05/10/2021

The World Is Now Facing ‘Unprecedented Catastrophic Levels of Acute Food Insecurity‘

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The world currently faces unprecedented catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity, according to UN agencies, and around $6.6 billion is needed urgently, to support 41 million in danger of sliding into famine.

WFP/Simon Pierre Diouf | Thousands of displaced women in Nigeria suffering from hunger and food insecurity rely on the UN to survive.
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To ramp up support, the United Nations on 4 October 2021 convened a high-level event, calling for international action, before it is too late.
04/10/2021

7 Climate Action Highlights to Remember Before Decisive UN Climate Conference

3 October 2021 (UN News)*A September to remember, a pivotal month for climate action commitments. From the United Nations General Assembly week to the final pre-COP meeting, last month was an important time to build momentum before the decisive UN Climate Conference COP26 in early November.
© UNICEF/Vlad Sokhin | A boy stands on a seawall that protects his family home from the rising seas in Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
UN News has put together a list of the seven most important climate action-related highlights you should know about.
04/10/2021

How Young People Can Transform Agri-Food Systems

Human Wrongs Watch

Youth are an indispensable force for change – find out how you can get involved in the World Food Forum.

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Young people have made big steps towards a more sustainable future – here’s how you can get involved. ©Unsplash/Chang Duong

(FAO)* — With climate change, conflict, hunger and environmental crises regularly in the news and social media every day, the younger generation is more aware than ever of global issues and arguably also more active than ever. And why shouldn’t they be? It is their future at risk.

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04/10/2021

Brussels Mural Paints Positive Picture of Ecosystem Renewal

Human Wrongs Watch

3 October 2021 (UN News)*A Spanish artist is using a giant 40-metre-high artwork painted on the side of a building in the Belgian capital, Brussels, to pose questions about climate change and the effect it’s having on global ecosystems.

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@superkant for @StreetArtMankind | The Alchemist is a 40-metre-high mural which has been painted onto the side of a property in Brussels.
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‘The Alchemist’ by Lula Goce, has been created in collaboration with the United Nations and non-profit organisation Street Art for Mankind (SAM) and is the first in a series of 50 murals which will be painted over the next 10 years in cities across the world to encourage the ecological restoration of damaged or dying ecosystems.
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