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The World Hasn’t Had This Many People Dying of Starvation and Disease Since World War II

Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10, Stephen O’Brien, undersecretary general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries—Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan—as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided with emergency food and medical aid. “We are at a critical point in history,” he declared. “Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN.” Without coordinated international action, he added, “people will simply starve to death [or] suffer and die from disease.”

Source: The World Hasn’t Had This Many People Dying of Starvation and Disease Since World War II | The Nation

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet

Donald Trump is so spectacularly horrible that it’s hard to look away – especially now that he’s discovered bombs. But precisely because everyone’s staring gape-mouthed in his direction, other world leaders are able to get away with almost anything. Don’t believe me? Look one country north, at Justin Trudeau.Look all you want, in fact – he sure is cute, the planet’s only sovereign leader who appears to have recently quit a boy band. And he’s mastered so beautifully the politics of inclusion: compassionate to immigrants, insistent on including women at every level of government. Give him great credit where it’s deserved: in lots of ways he’s the anti-Trump, and it’s no wonder Canadians swooned when he took over.But when it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate change, he’s a brother to the old orange guy in Washington.

Source: Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in North America

 

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The world’s reefs are dying. Here’s how to save them

The waters off the Hawaiian island of Oahu are visited each winter by migrating marine mammals such as humpback whales. All year round they are home to much smaller animals that form vast reefs: corals. Intricate pink structures stand out amid contortions of vegetable-green ones; dark-striped fish flit among them and turtles hover above. Corals lay down limestone skeletons of different shapes and sizes: branching types like small trees; ground-huggers spreading squat.The colours that lure snorkelling and scuba-driving tourists are produced by single-celled algae that grow symbiotically in corals’ tissue. These use carbon dioxide respired by their host to make oxygen and carbohydrates through photosynthesis, giving corals most of the energy they need to form their skeletons. But this delicate balance is threatened by humans, both in the short term and over the coming years.

Source: The world’s reefs are dying. Here’s how to save them

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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‘We All Live in Fear’: How Climate Change Is Devastating to Refugees

“I had 120 animals,” Amina Abdul Hussein, a mother of three tells me as we sit inside her ragged cloth tent in Maxamad Mooge camp, temporarily shielded from the midday glare of the sun. “But the drought killed all of them.”Dozens of unofficial camps like this are scattered across the outskirts of Hargeisa, the capital of the self-declared independent state of Somaliland in East Africa. The UNHCR reports that nearly 40,000 people have already been forced out of their native rural villages by drought in the last three months. Trigged by El Niño, the drought has been worsened by climate change, according to a new study published by the American Meteorological Society.

Source: ‘We All Live in Fear’: How Climate Change Is Devastating to Refugees – Vice

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Africa

 

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Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor – that’s what Trump and Brexit are about

Propaganda works by sanctifying a single value, such as faith, or patriotism. Anyone who questions it puts themselves outside the circle of respectable opinion. The sacred value is used to obscure the intentions of those who champion it. Today, the value is freedom. Freedom is a word that powerful people use to shut down thought.When thinktanks and the billionaire press call for freedom, they are careful not to specify whose freedoms they mean. Freedom for some, they suggest, means freedom for all. In certain cases, this is true. You can exercise freedom of thought, for instance, without harming others. In other cases, one person’s freedom is another’s captivity.

Source: Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor – that’s what Trump and Brexit are about | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Economy, Europe, European Union

 

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There’s another story to tell about climate change. And it starts with water 

It’s easy for all concerned about air, water and nature to descend into despair as we watch brazen rollbacks of environmental legislation in the US. Just last week, developments included an executive order to rewrite US carbon emissions rules, jeopardising the country’s ability to uphold its Paris climate talk commitment; the end of a moratorium on new coal leases; and the green-lighting of a pesticide claimed to cause harm to children. But as apathy is not an option, let’s try to think beyond the usual strategies. For one, we can recognise that the way we talk about our environmental challenges has interfered with our ability to truly grapple with them: that we limit ourselves by creating too simple a story. Specifically, the story we tell about climate.

Source: There’s another story to tell about climate change. And it starts with water | Judith D Schwartz | Opinion | The Guardian

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Demain, une ville sans voiture ?

Hôtel de ville de Paris. Dans son bureau aux tons clairs encombré de papiers, Christophe Najdovski, adjoint EELV à la maire de la capitale, Anne Hidalgo, se lève soudain pour ouvrir la fenêtre donnant sur la très encombrée rue de Rivoli. « Regardez, lance l’édile chargé des transports, en désignant l’embouteillage plusieurs étages plus bas. Si on enlevait les carrosseries des véhicules pour ne laisser que les personnes, on verrait qu’il y a moins de monde sur la chaussée que de piétons sur les trottoirs. » « Remettre la voiture à sa juste place », c’est ainsi que M. Najdovski définit la politique mise en œuvre à Paris, ce qui ne va pas sans grogne et résistance depuis la fermeture d’une partie de la voie sur berge de la rive droite à l’été 2016.
 
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Posted by on April 6, 2017 in European Union

 

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Pleistocene Park

Nikita Zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth. It looked like a small tank, with armored wheels and a pit bull’s center of gravity. Only after he smashed us into the first tree did the connection become clear.We were driving through a remote forest in Eastern Siberia, just north of the Arctic Circle, when it happened. The summer thaw was in full swing. The undergrowth glowed green, and the air hung heavy with mosquitoes. We had just splashed through a series of deep ponds when, without a word of warning, Nikita veered off the trail and into the trees, ramming us into the trunk of a young 20-foot larch. The wheels spun for a moment, and then surged us forward. A dry crack rang out from under the fender as the larch snapped cleanly at its base and toppled over, falling in the quiet, dignified way that trees do.

Source: Pleistocene Park – The Atlantic

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Europe

 

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Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

By Amy Goodman and Denis MoynihanDemocracy NowThe world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

Source: Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Africa, Middle East

 

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Storie di chi salva le foreste del Borneo

Le foreste, insieme agli oceani, assorbono enormi quantità di anidride carbonica in circolo nell’atmosfera. La protezione di quelli che sono, di fatto, i polmoni della Terra è fondamentale per tutelare la biodiversità del pianeta e contrastare il riscaldamento globale.Dal 1990 al 2015 il mondo ha perso 129 milioni di ettari di foreste, distrutti dalle motoseghe, dal fuoco e dal cemento. La deforestazione è andata avanti a un ritmo spaventoso: sono scomparsi circa dieci ettari – l’equivalente di quattordici campi da calcio – di bosco al minuto, per attività dell’uomo come l’agricoltura, l’estrazione di materie prime e l’urbanizzazione.

Source: Storie di chi salva le foreste del Borneo

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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