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21/11/2017

Desperate Need to Halt ‘World’s Largest Killer’ — Pollution

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 20 2017 (IPS) – Now that the lights of the UN climate change summit’s meeting rooms have been turned off in Bonn, after a week of intense negotiations and some partial results, another major environmental event is now scheduled in Nairobi, this time to search for ways to halt the world’s major killer – pollution.

Birds scavenging for food amidst the debris at the landfill in Danbury, Connecticut in the United States. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The argument is clear: every part of the planet and every person is affected by pollution, “the world’s largest killer,” and while solutions are within reach, new policies, enhanced public and private sector leadership, redirected investments and massive funding are all “desperately” needed, a major UN report has warned.

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21/11/2017

World Toilet Day: Focus on Sanitation, Wastewater Treatment

Human Wrongs Watch

Even in wealthier countries, where people have access to toilets and faecal material is contained, treatment and final disposal of wastewater can be far from perfect, leading to polluted rivers and coastlines, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a World Toilet Day event on 20 November 2017.

The French Red Cross provides water, sanitation and toilets for 11,000 IDPs at the Centre d’Hebergement Provisoire Automica Dahaitsu in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: MINUSTAH

 “Where does our poo go? […] This year’s Toilet Day observance encourages people to think about the sanitation chain,” said Mohammed in her remarks at a panel discussion on toilets and wastewater, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Singapore, UN-Water and the International Chamber of Commerce.
17/11/2017

From Bangladesh: Bearing Witness to My Country’s Genocide and Meeting the Survivors

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By Dr. Maung Zarni*

13 November 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – We just got home in UK last night.  This is my little reflection on what we witnessed.  I came home with a long list of “To-Do’s”.

My wife Natalie and I work as a two-person team of researchers and writers.  We use each other as a sounding board and we teach each other on the Rohingya. She is the one who initially helped me overcome my own anti-Muslim racism and my own ignorance about Rohingyas.

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17/11/2017

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 16 2017 (IPS) – It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture –and thus in food production—are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?

Using nuclear sciences to feed the world. Credit: FAO

To start with, nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect land and water resources, and ensure food safety and authenticity, as well as increase livestock production.

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16/11/2017

Why Is Climate Change an Emergency?

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By John Scales Avery*

Quick change is needed to save the long-term future. The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most catastrophic effects of climate change we need to act immediately, Fossil fuels must be left in the ground.

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Forests must be saved from destruction by beef or palm oil production.

These vitally necessary actions are opposed by powerful economic interests, by powerful fossil fuel corporations desperate to monetize their underground “assets”, and by corrupt politicians receiving money from the beef or palm oil industries.

However, although some disastrous effects climate change are already visible, the worst of these calamities lie in the distant future.

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14/11/2017

The Harsh Plight of 152 Million Child Labourers

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 14 2017 (IPS) – While trillions of dollars are being spent on exploring remote galaxies, Planet Earth is still home to harsh realities that could be easily –and much less expensively—resolved. One of them is that worldwide 152 million children are currently victims of child labour.

Child labour is mostly found in agriculture. 108 million boys and girls are engaged in child labour in farming, livestock, forestry, fishing or aquaculture, often working long hours and facing occupational hazards. Child labour violates children’s rights. Credit: FAO

Of this total, 60 per cent of child labourers – aged 5-17 years – work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock. This makes a total of around 100 million girls and boys used as a cheap or even unpaid work force.

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14/11/2017

Antibiotic Resistance Is a ‘Global Crisis We Cannot Ignore’ – UN 

Human Wrongs Watch

As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on 13 November 2017, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Laboratory worker testing antibiotics on a resistant infection. Photo: PAHO/Joshua Cogan

“Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we cannot ignore,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

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10/11/2017

Will Policymakers Listen to Climate Change Science This Time Around?

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BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) – Climate change is altering the ecosystem of our oceans, a big carbon sink and prime source of protein from fish. This is old news.
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All countries need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions drastically in the middle of this century if Paris Agreement targets are to be reached. Credit: Bigstock

All countries need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions drastically in the middle of this century if Paris Agreement targets are to be reached. Credit: Bigstock

Scientists say despite knowing enough about climate change, humankind is failing to turn the tide on climate change and the window of opportunity is fast closing. The sooner politicians listen to science, the faster can they commit to cutting global carbon emissions.

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10/11/2017

Global Food Import Bill Rising Despite Robust Output in 2017

Human Wrongs Watch

The cost of importing food is rising in 2017, driven by increased international demand for most food stuffs, as well as higher freight charges, the United Nations agriculture agency on 9 November 2017 said.

Women process cassava for food preparation in Mbaiki, Central African Republic. $6.2 million is urgently needed to prevent further worsening of the food security situation. Photo: FAO/Riccardo Gangale

While food commodity prices have been generally stable, the cost of importing food is forecast to rise six per cent in 2017 to $1.413 trillion, making it the second highest bill on record, according to the latest Food Outlook published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), expressing concern about the economic and social impact of this trend on poor countries.

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10/11/2017

Nations without Nationality – An ‘Unseen’ Stark Reality

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Nov 10 2017 (IPS) – Here’s another ‘unseen’ stark reality—that of millions of people around the world who are deprived of their identity, living without nationality. Their total number is by definition unknown and their only ‘sin” is that they belong to an ethnic, religious or linguistic minority in the country where they have often lived for generations.

Born stateless, this baby acquired nationality in 2008 in Bangladesh. Credit: UNHCR/G.M.B. Akash

These millions of human beings are victims of continued discrimination, exclusion and persecution, states a UN refugee agency’s new report, calling for “immediate action” to secure equal nationality rights for all.

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