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19/02/2020

World Failing to Provide Children with a Healthy Life and a Climate Fit for Their Future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

As climate and commercial threats intensify, WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission presses for radical rethink on child health

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New York / London / Geneva (WHO)*No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today [19 February 2020] by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world.

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19/02/2020

Animal Culture Linked to Conservation for the First Time

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Measures Proposed for the Sperm Whale and the Nut-Cracking Chimpanzee at UN Wildlife Conference

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Gandhinagar, 19 February 2020 (CMS)* – Animal culture, the learning of non-human species through socially transmitted behaviours, is being linked to conservation action for the first time at CMS COP13.
19/02/2020

Lives in Engineering

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By John Scales Avery*

17 February  2020 (Wall Street International)* — At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is an indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun's radiation
Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun’s radiation | Image from Wall Street International.
19/02/2020

As Planet Burns, One Million Species in World’s Eco-System in Danger of Extinction

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the 193-member General Assembly last December, he focused on the smoldering climate crisis– pointing out that the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

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Ice caps are melting, he said, In Greenland alone, 179 billion tonnes of ice melted in July. Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing 70 years ahead of projections. Antarctica is melting three times as fast as a decade ago.

“Ocean levels are rising quicker than expected, putting some of our biggest and most economically important cities at risk.

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18/02/2020

Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – In an annual ritual early in the year, most major economic organizations have released forecasts for the global economy in 2020. Incredibly, almost as a reminder of where financial power resides in this day and age, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its forecasts at the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting in Davos.

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Although the IMF revised its global economic growth prognosis slightly downwards from its October 2019 forecast, it still offers the most optimistic prospect of 3.3% growth in 2020.

The World Bank’s forecast of 2.5% – identical to the United Nations (UN) estimate – is the lowest, with the OECD’s at 2.9%.

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18/02/2020

Protecting Migratory Species in a Rapidly Changing World

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(UN News)* — Many animals – including birds, fish and mammals – migrate along set routes in search of food or breeding grounds. How best to protect them in a rapidly changing world is the focus of a major UN wildlife meeting which opened in Gandhinagar, India, on Monday [17 February 2020].

World Bank/Curt Carnemark | Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies make their 3,000 mile journey from the United States and Canada to winter in several locations, including biosphere reserves, in Mexico.
18/02/2020

You, Come Home When I Am Big!

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The film was made by Ajit Samal who is a celebrated fine art painter has been making wildilfe films and documentaries for over 20 years.
18/02/2020

Major UN Meeting on Wildlife to Address Critical Threats to Migratory Species

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Gandhinagar (UN Environment)* – The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) opened in Gandhinagar, India on 17 February 2020.

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The Conference kicks off ‘the super year’ for nature, which will include a UN Summit in September and culminate in the UN Biodiversity Conference at the end of 2020, when a new global biodiversity strategy for the next decade will be adopted – the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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18/02/2020

Kicking the Habit

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels Can Kill Us

The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed.

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John Scales Avery

The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic. There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production.

Meanwhile, the carbon released by the burning of fossil fuels began to duplicate the conditions that lead to the 5 geologically-observed mass extinction events during each of which more than half of all living species disappeared forever.

We all know that drug addicts can die from their addiction.

The world’s scientists are unanimous in telling us that unless we take immediate action to kick the habit, our addiction to fossil fuels will kill human society and much of the biosphere.

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14/02/2020

Outside China, Coronavirus Transmission ‘Iceberg’ May Not Be as Big as Feared

Human Wrongs Watch

As infections from COVID-19 coronavirus continue to rise, a senior UN health expert on Thursday [13 February 2020] said that there were some indications that disease transmission outside China might not be the tip of the “iceberg” that had been feared.

UN News/Jing Zhang | Passengers wearing face masks and disposable ponchos get their passports checked at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
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“We’re not seeing a dramatic increase in transmission outside China,” Dr. Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme chief, said, while urging against making hasty assessments.

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