Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

07/02/2019

‘The Food We Eat Has Huge Potential to Improve Human Health and Environmental Sustainability, But Too Often Today It Poses a Threat to People and Planet’

Human Wrongs Watch

The food we eat has huge potential to improve both human health and environmental sustainability, but too often today it is posing a threat to both people and planet, according to a new report by the EAT-Lancet Commission, launched on Tuesday [6 February 2019] at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

World Bank/Scott Wallace | A vendor sells produce at his stall in Bangladesh. | Photo from UN News.
07/02/2019

‘The 20 Warmest Years on Record Have Been in the Past 22 Years – The Degree of Warming during the Past Four Years Has Been Exceptional, Both on Land and in Ocean’

UNICEF/Adrak | Khair (left) is the father of seven children, who is no longer able to feed them. The drought has destroyed his land in Daykundi Province, Afghanistan; and this year he harvested nothing. (June 2018)

His reaction on Wednesday came after WMO issued a report confirming that 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 were the four warmest years recorded to date.

07/02/2019

Nearly Two-Thirds of Children Lack Access to Welfare Safety Net, Risking ‘Vicious Cycle of Poverty’

More than six in 10 children globally lack access to social protection, leaving them particularly vulnerable to falling into chronic poverty, the UN said on Wednesday [6 February 2019], warning also that some governments are cutting State cash entitlements, amid continuing economic uncertainty.

Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie | A joint ILO-UNICEF report is urging action to ensure that social protection reaches all children, like 6-year-old Mustafa who works with his father in an industrial area of Baghdad, and protects them from poverty and deprivation.

In a joint report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), data shows that although a welfare safety net exists for 35 per cent of youngsters overall, that figure drops to 28 per cent in Asia and just 16 per cent in Africa.

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05/02/2019

Indian Architect Turns to Bees and Terracotta to Design Innovative Cooling System

Human Wrongs Watch

4 February 2019 (UN Environment)*Monish Siripurapu’s air cooling system may be based on the design of a beehive but the Indian innovator’s inspiration did not come while he was striding through fields of flowers. He was actually in a stifling hot factory in New Delhi, where he was doing some design work.

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Photo by Monish Siripurapu/Ant Studio | Photo from UN Environment.
05/02/2019

This Video Will Change How You See Food

Human Wrongs Watch

5 February 2019 (FAO)*A third of all food produced is lost or wasted each year, but just a quarter of what we waste is enough to end world hunger.

Zero Hunger starts with you. Watch the video to find out more.

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05/02/2019

World’s Biggest Refugee Settlement Gets Biggest Ever Waste Facility

Human Wrongs Watch

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. |  Español   |  Français

The biggest-ever waste treatment plant in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

The human waste treatment facility under construction at the refugee settlement near Kutupalong, Bangladesh.  © UNHCR/Firas Al-Khateeb

By the UN Refugee Agency (UNHR)* —  UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Oxfam have together put into service this week in Cox’s Bazar the biggest human waste treatment facility ever built in a refugee settlement.

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05/02/2019

In a World of Corporate-Backed Politicians, Beware the Sounds of Sirens

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roy Eidelson – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy.”  — Noam Chomsky, 1989 (Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies)

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Odysseus is tempted by the swirling Sirens in Homer’s The Odyssey.

My copy of Homer’s The Odyssey, a remnant of high school Latin days, has been gathering dust on a shelf for decades now.

But I’ve been thinking more about the book in recent years, especially as my writing has increasingly turned to the psychology of propaganda.

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05/02/2019

Meanwhile, around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Syria calls on our full attention, for a fresh look.  Looking at what? The “reality of Syria”, the “real Syria”, and then seeing what?

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Johan Galtung

The Germans make an apparently useful distinction between reality für mich, as I, ich, see it, and, an sich, reality in, by, for itself, reality as such.  Objective, not subjective.

A useful distinction; making us ponder, how different are they?

Apparently useful; how do we get to, at this an sich thing?

Old questions; maybe no new answers, but worth pondering.

To the West, Syria spells colonial history–by the West since 1916 more than by the Ottomans since 1516–and post-colonial history.  Why?

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05/02/2019

As Inequality Grows, the UN Fights for a Fairer World

4 February 2019 — The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the UN’s blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all – calls for a reduction in inequality between and within countries. Nevertheless, global inequality is increasing. So what can be done?
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@ UNICEF/Sebastian Rich| Five-year-old Kiara makes a sale in a commuter train car in Buenos Aires, the capital. She has been working in the Subte, the city’s mass transit system, selling hairpins and other cheap goods, since she was three years old.
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Inequality is an “entrenched imbalance”

The question of inequality was raised several times by the UN in January: speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, UN chief António Guterres pointed out that, while technological progress and globalization have led to “fantastic improvements” in many areas, they have also increased inequality and marginalized millions.

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04/02/2019

The Story of the Heart-Shaped Potato

Human Wrongs Watch

How respecting fruits and vegetables can help fight food waste.

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Nicole Klaski, Founder of THE GOOD FOOD, finds a heart-shaped potato while going through discarded produce at a local farm. Last year the farm had to abandon roughly half of its potato harvest. ©FAO/Gregory Beals

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4 February 2019 (FAO)* — The carrots are shaped like crow’s feet. The cucumbers are crooked. The potatoes are heart-shaped or just too small. A cob of corn is missing a few kernels. For most German supermarkets, such oddly-shaped vegetables do not qualify for the shelves. More often than not they end up in the garbage heap.

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