Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

05/12/2019

Criticism of Israel Is Not Antisemitism

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Outstanding Contributions of Jewish Culture

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John Scales Avery

Let us begin by recognizing the brilliant contributions that Jewish intellectuals have given to the world.

Of the three great monotheistic Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Judaism was the first. Thus the religious traditions of much of the world have their roots in Jewish culture.

We should also acknowledge the remarkable intellectual achievements of thinkers such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Niels Bohr, Hanna Adler, Emmy Noether, Noam Chomsky, and many, many more. Interested readers can look at a more complete list HERE.

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05/12/2019

Displaced Central Africans Wait for Life to Begin Again

Human Wrongs Watch

By Don Murray in Bambari, the Central African Republic*

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi listens to internally displaced people in Bambari and calls for a redoubled effort to help them go home. |  عربي

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Filippo Grandi meets women from the Central African Republic who have been displaced by conflict to the city of Bambari.| © UNHCR/Adrienne Surprenant

4 December 2019 (UNHCR)* — The Élevage and Alternatif settlements in the city of Bambari seem, at first glance, normal. But the lives of the residents here have been hollowed out.

05/12/2019

World Food Prices Rose Significantly in November, Reaching Their Highest Point in More than Two Years

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Meat and vegetable oils lead FAO Food Price Index upwards, while cereal prices dip amid record output even as weather weighs in Africa

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A strong rice harvest is expected in Madagascar.

ROME, 5 December 2019 (FAO)* World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils.

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05/12/2019

Indigenous Knowledge, a Lesson for a Sustainable Food Future

Human Wrongs Watch

MILAN, Italy, Dec 4 2019 (IPS)*Local knowledge systems rooted in traditional practices and culture passed down generations provide sustainable solutions to food and nutritional insecurity on the back of climate change, a conference heard this week.

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05/12/2019

Zimbabwe ‘Facing Worst Hunger Crisis in a Decade’ With Half of the Population – 7.7 Million People – Food Insecure

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*Zimbabwe is facing its worst hunger crisis in a decade with half of the population – 7.7 million people – food insecure, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday [3 December 2019].

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WFP/Tatenda Macheka | The World Food Programme says that more than one-third of the rural population in Zimbabwe will be food insecure by October 2019.

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05/12/2019

A Record Number of People Will Need Help Worldwide During 2020: UN Humanitarian Overview

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4 December 2019 (UN News)*A record 168 million people worldwide will need help and protection in crises spanning more than 50 countries in 2020, the UN’s emergency relief chief has said, in an appeal for nearly $29 billion in humanitarian aid from donors.

OCHA/Giles Clarke | Displaced children stand in the shredded remains of tents in Abs settlement, Yemen, for internally displaced persons. Located just 40 km from the frontlines, the settlement is regularly damaged by passing sandstorms.
04/12/2019

The Huge Potential of Agriculture to Slow Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

4 December 2019 (UN Environment)*Soil’s contribution to climate change, through the oxidation of soil carbon, is important, and soils—and thus agriculture—can play a major role in mitigating climate change.

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04/12/2019

Only One in Five Countries Has a Healthcare Strategy to Deal with Climate Change

Protecting people’s health from climate change dangers such as heat stress, storms and tsunamis has never been more important, yet most countries are doing too little about it, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday [3 December 2019]. (*).

© UNICEF/James Oatway | A mother and her baby sit in an ambulance at an accommodation centre in Beira, Mozambique, where her 2-year-old daughter is being treated for malaria.

In its first global review of more than 100 countries, the UN agency found that while around half of them have developed a strategy on the issue, fewer than one in five is spending enough to implement all of their commitments.

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03/12/2019

World’s Crisis-Stricken Oceans Doomed to Destruction Without a Global Treaty

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 3 2019 (IPS)* – The greatest single climate-induced threat facing the world’s 44 small island developing states (SIDS) is rising sea waters which could obliterate some of the low-lying states, including Maldives, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Palau and Micronesia.

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The Marshall Islands alone, says the UN, has seen more than a third of its population move abroad in the last 15-20 years. Many have moved for work, healthcare and education – but climate change is now threatening those who have chosen to stay.

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03/12/2019

Green Economy ‘Not to Be Feared, But an Opportunity to Be Embraced’ – UN Chief

2 December 2019 (UN News)*A green economy is “not one to be feared but an opportunity to be embraced”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday,[2 December 2019  in a keynote speech to delegates at the opening of the COP25 UN climate conference in Madrid on Monday .
© UNDP Peru/Giulianna Camarena | The Chullpia community in Peru has developed floating solar panels to provide electricity for irrigation projects.

Mr. Guterres outlined the work programme for what will be a busy two-week event covering multiple aspects of the climate crisis, including capacity-building, deforestation, indigenous peoples, cities, finance, technology, and gender.

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