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21/08/2018

Climate Models Predict the World Will Be ‘Anomalously Warm’ until 2022

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RRice / shutterstock | Image from The Conversation.

We developed a new prediction system we call PROCAST (PRO abilistic fore CAST), and used it to predict the natural variability of the climate system. This refers to how the climate varies naturally from warm to cool phases that last a few years at a time, and is separate from the long-term trend of anthropogenic global warming. PROCAST predicts a warm phase for the next few years.

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21/08/2018

“I realized for the first time that female workers also have rights”

20 August, 2018 (UN Women)* – Aleeza Hafeez from Sailkot, one of Pakistan’s most industrialized areas, has her own income for the first time. Knowing her own rights and an enabling environment at the workplace made it possible for her to work and grow as a professional. The project has changed family dynamics too. Now, Hafeez’s father includes her when making family decisions, a role previously reserved for male members.

Aleeza Hafeez Photo: Baidarie/Gohar  Zaman

Aleeza Hafeez Photo: Baidarie/Gohar  Zama

“My father, for as long as I can remember, was working day and night for us, but still his income was not sufficient to make our ends meet.

My siblings are all younger than me. I wanted to help my father in meeting our household needs.

As I started looking for jobs, I was unsure that I would get one, because I had no work experience.

But as they say, ‘When there is a will, there is a way.’

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21/08/2018

Seeds of Discontent

Human Wrongs Watch

By Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; 
A breath can make them, as a breath has made; 
But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride, 
When once destroyed, can never be supplied
— Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village

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A Nepali farmer | Krish Dulal | CC BY-SA 3.0

20 Aug 2018 – Small farmers are the key to ending poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable development.

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20/08/2018

International Committee of the Red Cross Concerned with the ‘Growing Gap between Words and Actions’ in the Global Trade of Arms

Tokyo/Geneva, (ICRC)* – Speaking on 20 August 2018 at a meeting of parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Tokyo, Japan, Dr Helen Durham, Head of Law and Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), highlighted ICRC’s concerns with the growing gap between words and actions in the global trade of arms.

Video from ICRC.

“The very purpose of the Treaty is to prioritize humanitarian interests and, in doing so, to reduce human suffering,” said Dr Durham, “Yet we are concerned by the growing gap between States’ absolute commitments to human rights and international humanitarian law – in the Treaty and elsewhere – and how arms are transferred in practice.”

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20/08/2018

Children Returned to Central America and Mexico at Heightened Risk of Violence, Stigma and Deprivation

Human Wrongs Watch

UNICEF Child Alert report shows dangerous journeys and deportations intensify root causes of irregular migration

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UNICEF/UN0217796/Bindra | Eliasa, 15, embraces his mother after they are finally reunited at the governmental reception shelter “Nuestras Raices” (“Our Roots” in English) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala on May 3, 2018.

NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY (UNICEF)* – Extreme violence, poverty and lack of opportunity are not only powerful drivers of irregular child migration from northern Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and Mexico, but also consequences of deportations from Mexico and the United States – UNICEF on 16 August 2018 said in a new report.

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20/08/2018

Orangutan Conservation’s Balancing Act

Human Wrongs Watch

International Orangutan Day on 19 August coincides with the start of the International Primatological Society Congress in Nairobi, Kenya, and is a much-needed reminder that orangutans’ survival hangs in the balance.

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Kabir Bakie | Photo from UN Environment

 

16 August 2018 (UN Environment)* — There are three species of orangutan in the world and they are only found on two islands in Southeast Asia – Sumatra and Borneo. All three species are critically endangered.

Last year saw the amazing discovery of a new species, the Tapanuli orangutan. This is the eighth great ape species known to exist on Earth.

However, the Tapanuli orangutan faces extinction, threatened by plans to build a huge hydroelectric power dam in Batang Toru, North Sumatra.

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20/08/2018

There Is Still Time to Save the Tiger

Human Wrongs Watch

By Subhasish Chakraborty*

19 August 2018 (Wall Street International)* — This is where things stood in 1994, when a Timemagazine cover shouted that the Tiger was “Doomed”, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit warned –“There may not be another chance to save Tigers”.
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The Tiger Conservation | Photo from Wall Street International

This new crisis galvanized the conservation community. It became clear that saving the tiger was not a battle to be won once and forever, but a continual process of holding old threats in check and preventing new ones from emerging as conditions change.

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19/08/2018

Brazil: Dilma Leads Polls Ahead of Congressional Election

Human Wrongs Watch

DataTempo/CP2 conducted the survey poll for the senate race between August 8 and 11.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff leads the senatorial race in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff leads the senatorial race in Minas Gerais, Brazil. | Photo: EFE | Photo from teleSUR.

18 August 2018 (teleSUR)* – If Brazil’s general elections were held today, former President Dilma Rousseff, now a senatorial candidate in the state of Minas Gerais, would win the race with 26.8 percent of the vote.

The prediction comes after a poll published by DataTempo/CP2  between August 8 and 11.

Rousseff’s nearest rival, journalist Carlos Viana of the Humanist Party of Solidarity, or PHS, is polling in second place with 11.2 percent of the vote.

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19/08/2018

Bayer Loses €16 Billon Market Value as Concerns Mount over Further Damages Claims

Human Wrongs Watch

By Claire Stam| EURACTIV.com*

A riverside view of Bayer chemical corporation in Leverkusen, Germany. [EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH] | Photo from EurActiv.

He attributes his condition to the company’s proprietary herbicide glyphosate he used

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19/08/2018

A House Is Not Your Home

Human Wrongs Watch

By Alma Reyes*

The flow of the river is ceaseless and its water is never the same. The bubbles that float in the pools, now vanishing, now forming, are not of long duration. So in the world are man and his dwellings. — (Kamo no Chomei, Japanese poet and monk).

Kigumi Infinity by Atsushi Kitagawara, Japan Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015 © Shigeru Ohno
Kigumi Infinity by Atsushi Kitagawara, Japan Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015 © Shigeru Ohno | Photo from Wall Street International
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16 August 2018 (Wall Street International)* – “Why are Japanese homes so small?” and ”Why are buildings in Japan demolished after 30-35 years?” — are often the perplexing questions that come to mind after acquiring an adequate taste of Japanese urban life.
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