Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

28/06/2017

China Drives Nuclear Expansion in Argentina, but with Strings Attached

Human Wrongs Watch

BUENOS AIRES, Jun 27 2017 (IPS) – Two new nuclear power plants, to cost 14 billion dollars, will give a new impetus to Argentina’s relation with atomic energy, which began over 60 years ago. President Mauricio Macri made the announcement from China, the country that is to finance 85 per cent of the works.

The first of Argentina’s three existing nuclear plants, Atucha I, is located 100 km from Buenos Aires. China has offered to finance 85 percent of the 14 billion dollar cost of two other plants. Credit: CNEA

The first of Argentina’s three existing nuclear plants, Atucha I, is located 100 km from Buenos Aires. China has offered to finance 85 percent of the 14 billion dollar cost of two other plants. Credit: CNEA

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27/06/2017

Any Way to Help Slow Down Climate Change… Individually?

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Jun 27 2017 (IPS) – It is no secret that the biggest responsible for climate change is greed. The greed of the world’s largest private corporations, which blindly seek unlimited high financial benefits. And the greed of those politicians who are also blindly keen about holding their temporary power at any cost, thus not daring to challenge big business. Ordinary people can meanwhile help slow down such a hellish race.

Source: FAO

For instance, food waste has become a dangerous habit: buying more than we need at supermarkets, letting fruits and vegetables spoil at home, or ordering more than we can eat at restaurants.

This way, each year, about one third of the food we produce globally is lost or wasted.

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24/06/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter (4) Mary Wollstonecraft

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 4: Mary Wollstonecraft. The others will follow successively. 

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Figure 5.1: Mary Wollstonecraft in a painting by John Opie (public domain).

The first of a new genus

Mary Wollstonecraft was born in London 1n 1759. Although her family had a comfortable income during her childhood, Mary’s father later lost his fortune through speculation, and the family entered a period of severe financial difficulties.

He also subjected his wife to physical violence, and Mary often slept in front of her mother’s door in order to protect her.

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24/06/2017

‘Why we leaked hundreds of pages of a secret trade deal that threatens our rights and our planet’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Shira Stanton and Sebastian Bock*

23 June, 2017 (GREENPEACE) – Behind closed doors and countless documents, details of a proposed deal between two of the world’s largest economies are being kept from us. Until now.

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Transparent public reading room for leaked TTIP documents, Berlin, 2 May, 2016

Chances are that the planned trade deal between the European Union and Japan has not been on top of your mind recently.

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24/06/2017

The Four-Letter Word

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

24/06/17

When a Briton or American speaks about a “four-letter word”, he means a vulgar sexual term, a word not to be mentioned in polite society.

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Uri Avnery

In Israel we also have such a word, a word of four letters. A word not to mention.

This word is “Shalom”, peace.

(In Hebrew, “sh” is one letter, and the “a” is not written.)

For years now this word has disappeared from intercourse (except as a greeting). Every politician knows that it is deadly. Every citizen knows that it is unmentionable.

There are many words to replace it. “Political agreement”. “Separation”. “We are here and they are there”. “Regional arrangement”. To name a few.

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24/06/2017

“Black Soils” – Excessive Use of Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury…

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Jun 23 2017 (IPS) – Soils are polluted due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, the United Nations reports.

Credit: FAO

Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 23 June informed.

“When they enter the food chain, such pollutants also pose risks to food security, water resources, rural livelihoods and human health.“

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23/06/2017

The World Is Burning

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Jun 23 2017 (IPS) – Record high temperatures are gripping much of the globe and more hot weather are to come. This implies more drought, more food insecurity, more famine and more massive human displacements.

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A view of rusted, abandoned ships in Muynak, Uzebkistan, a former port city whose population has declined precipitously with the rapid recession of the Aral Sea. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

In fact, extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported, adding that the heat-waves have arrived unusually early.

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23/06/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter (3) Thomas Jefferson

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 3: Thomas Jefferson. The others will follow successively. 

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Figure 4.1: Thomas Jeerson in a painting by R. Peale (Wikipedia).

Jefferson’s Education

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was born in the British Colony of Virginia.

His father, Peter Jefferson, who was a planter and surveyor, died when Thomas Jefferson was 14 years old, and Thomas inherited an estate of approximately 5000 acres.

At the age of 16, Jefferson entered the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia. His studies there included mathematics and philosophy. He became familiar with John Locke, Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton.

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22/06/2017

World Population to Hit 9.8 Billion by 2050 Despite Lower Fertility Rates

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The world population is now nearly 7.6 billion, up from 7.4 billion in 2015, spurred by the relatively high levels of fertility in developing countries – despite an overall drop in the number of children people have around the globe – the United Nations on 21 June 2017 reported.

A view of passengers aboard trains connecting the suburbs of Kolkata, India. UN Photo/Kibae Park.

The concentration of global population growth is in the poorest countries, according to World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, presenting a challenge as the international community seeks to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which seeks to end poverty and preserve the planet.

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22/06/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter (2) Thomas Paine

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 2: Thomas PaineThe others will follow successively. 

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Figure 3.1: Thomas Paine in a portrait by Mathew Pratt (Wikipedia).

Early life

Thomas Paine was born in 1737 in Thetford, Norfolk, England. His father was a manufacturer of rope stays used on ships, and after attending grammar school, Paine was apprenticed to his father.

Later, he held a variety of positions in England, including excise officer and school-teacher.

Paine also opened a tobacco shop, but it failed, and the resulting financial difficulties put Paine in danger of debtor’s prison. He was saved from this fate by Benjamin Franklin, to whom he had been introduced by a fellow excise officer. Franklin suggested to Paine that he should emigrate to America, and he set sail in 1774.

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