Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

18/05/2019

‘Stop Tuvalu and the World from Sinking’ – Island-Nation Faces ‘Existential Threat’ from Rising Seas

Tuvalu “faces an existential threat from sea-level rise”, the United Nations chief said during his visit to the Pacific island nation on Friday [17 May 2019] whose highest point is less than five metres above the waves.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | The UN Secretary-General António Guterres overflies the low-lying coastline of Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean. (17 May 2019)

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“We must stop Tuvalu from sinking and the world from sinking with Tuvalu”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a tweet posted during his on-going trip to the South Pacific.

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17/05/2019

Do We Need a Global Convention of Common Principles for Building Peace?

Human Wrongs Watch

STOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 (IPS)* When the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) concluded a three-day forum on “Peace and Development” on May 16, the primary focus was the daunting challenges threatening global security, including growing military interventions, spreading humanitarian emergencies, forced migration, increasing civil wars, extreme weather conditions triggered by climate change and widespread poverty and conflict-related hunger.

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Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson

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17/05/2019

Brazil’s Students Plan Another Massive Strike Against Bolsonaro

The far-right politician’s disqualification of protesters, who were branded as idiots and dolts, fueled a new cycle of unstoppable demonstrations, local observers anticipate.

Brazilians protest against education-related budget cuts in Sao Paulo, Brazil May 15, 2019. The banner reads

Brazilians protest against education-related budget cuts in Sao Paulo, Brazil May 15, 2019. The banner reads ‘Out Bolsonaro.’ | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

16 May 2019 (teleSUR)* — The Brazilian Union of High School Students (UBES), the National Union of Students (UNE) and the National Association of Graduate Students (ANPG) jointly called for Wednesday the Second Nationwide Strike in Defense of Education, which will be held on May 30.

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17/05/2019

India Advances Ground-Breaking Plan to Keep Planet and People Cool

Human Wrongs Watch

India’s new comprehensive Cooling Action Plan targets an increase in sustainable cooling for the good of its population, while helping to fight climate change

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Photo from UN Environment.

17 May 2019 (UN Environment)* — Four years after temperatures hit the high forties in India, claiming over 2,000 lives, parts of the country are again baking in intense, and deadly, heatwaves. Throughout April and into May, the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan have seen daily highs of 42°C.

As climate change increases, such temperatures are becoming the new normal. Combined with economic growth and urbanization, this brings a huge growth in cooling demand. The number of air conditioners in India is expected to rise from 15 million in 2011 to 240 million in 2030.

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17/05/2019

‘Climate Change and Disasters Are Driving More People to Move than Ever Before’

Geneva, 16 May 2019 (IOM)*   Climate change and disasters are driving more people to move than ever before, whether due to sudden onset disasters like the unprecedented cyclones that devastated Southern Africa earlier this year, or destructive long-term weather patterns causing drought. 

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Women displaced from drought in Ethiopia receive emergency shelter from IOM. The Organization supports more than 70 countries to prevent and mitigate disaster displacement. Photo: Rikka Tupaz

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16/05/2019

Money, Media and the Climate Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Immediate Action Is Needed to Save the Future

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John Scales Avery

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 disastrous effects of climate change, we need to act immediately.

But it is difficult to mobilize public opinion behind urgently needed action because the most severe effects of global warming belong to the long-term future.

However, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in their October 2018 report, used strong enough language to wake up at least part of the public: the children whose future is at stake.

Here is an excerpt from a speech which 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made at the Davos Economic Forum in January, 2019:

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16/05/2019

First in Class: How Schools and Universities Are Practising What They Preach on Carbon Emissions

Human Wrongs Watch

14 May 2019 (UN Environment)*With young people driving a global wake-up call on climate change, it is no surprise to find schools and universities leading by example and reducing carbon emissions, promoting renewable energy and becoming hotbeds of activism on the defining issue for a generation.

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Photo by Unsplash | From UN Environment.

In Britain, several universities have declared a “climate emergency”, reflecting growing student unease over the slow pace of official action. Bristol University did so in April, saying it wanted to acknowledge the deep concerns of its students. It is already acting to reduce its own carbon footprint.

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16/05/2019

‘Disastrous Drought’ in Somalia Leaves 2.2 Million People Faced with Severe Hunger

Human Wrongs Watch

Mogadishu/Rome (FAO)* —  A disastrous drought in Somalia could leave some 2.2 million people – nearly 18 percent of the population – faced with severe hunger during the July-September period, FAO warned today [15 May 2019].

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Some 2.2 million Somalis to face hunger during the July-September period.

The UN agency issued a special alert on Somalia, indicating that the number of hungry people in the country this year is expected to be 40 percent higher than estimates made at the beginning of 2019.

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16/05/2019

1 in 7 Babies Worldwide Born with a Low Birth-weight – The Lancet Global Health, UN Children Fund, World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

Progress is also slow in high-income countries including the UK, Finland, France, Germany, USA, Australia, and New Zealand.*

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UNICEF/Kate Holt | Baby in Papua New Guinea wears an orange hypothermia alert device at the neo natal unit in Mendi General Hospital in Southern Highlands Province to monitor its temperature.

NEW YORK/ LONDON/ GENEVA, 15 May 2019 (UNICEF)*More than 20 million babies were born with a low birthweight (less than 2500g; 5.5 pounds) in 2015—around one in seven of all births worldwide. Almost three-quarters of these babies were born in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where data are most limited.

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15/05/2019

Privatization Solution Worse than Problem

Human Wrongs Watch

In order to make the case for privatizing state-owned enterprises, their real problems were often exaggerated in order to make the case for privatization from the 1980s.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 14 2019 (IPS)* – Privatization has not provided the miracle cure for the problems (especially inefficiencies) associated with the public sector.

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Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The public interest has rarely been well served by private interests taking over from the public sector. Growing concern over the mixed consequences of privatization has spawned research worldwide.

Adverse economic consequences
Both Bretton Woods institutions have long been aware of the adverse impacts of privatization.

For example, IMF research acknowledged that privatization “can lead to job losses, wage cuts and higher prices for consumers”.

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