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UN Experts Warn of 'Climate Catastrophe' by 2040 Without 'Rapid' and 'Unprecedented' Global Action E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 October 2018 16:27

"The climate crisis is here and already impacting the most vulnerable," notes 350.org's program director. "Staying under 1.5ºC is now a matter of political will."

 

byJessica Corbett, staff writer Common Dreams

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change held a press conference on its new report in South Korea on Monday.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change held a press conference on its new report in South Korea on Monday. (Photo: @IPCC_CH/Twitter)

 

Underscoring the need for "rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented" changes to life as we know it to combat the global climate crisis, a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—the United Nations' leading body for climate science—details what the world could look like if the global temperature rises to 1.5°C versus 2°C (2.7°F versus 3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels, and outlines pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.

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Mexico’s new science minister is a plant biologist who opposes transgenic crops E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 06 October 2018 14:55
I'm not a Luddite who is scared of technology," Elena Álvarez-Buylla says. GDA/EL UNIVERSAL/MéXICO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
 

"I'm not a Luddite who is scared of technology," Elena Álvarez-Buylla says.

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Mexico’s new science minister is a plant biologist who opposes transgenic crops
By Lizzie WadeOct. 4, 2018 , 11:30 AM
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/10/mexico-s-new-science-minister-plant-biologist-who-opposes-transgenic-crops
 
 
MEXICO CITY—In early June, evolutionary developmental biologist Elena Álvarez-Buylla received an out-of-the-blue phone call from the campaign of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, then the front-runner in Mexico's presidential election, with a question. If López Obrador won, would she consider becoming the next director of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), the country's science ministry and primary granting agency? "My first reaction was to say, ‘I can't,’" recalls Álvarez-Buylla, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) here. "I have a great passion for scientific research," and she couldn't imagine leaving the laboratory.
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Over and Under Nutrition: Two Sides of an Unhealthy Coin E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 04 October 2018 15:23

 

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Poor dietary intake and lack of food varieties affect huge numbers of children, who mostly hail from large, impoverished families in Nepal. Malnutrition is a significant concern in Nepal as around one million children under 5 years suffer from chronic malnutrition and 10 percent suffer from acute malnutrition. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2018 (IPS) - A dramatic shift in the way we eat and think about food is more urgent than ever to prevent further environmental degradation and an even larger health epidemic.   

A diverse group of experts from academia, civil society, and United Nations agencies convened at the sidelines of the General Assembly to discuss the pervasive issue of food insecurity and malnutrition and potential solutions to overhaul the system.

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Why Californians are worried about the Trans Mountain pipeline E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 10:32

Oilsands exports are headed to the Bay Area, where protests are already gearing up

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Canadians might imagine Burnaby as the main site of protest against the Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker project, the Vancouver suburb marked as it is by dozens of peaceful demonstrations, arrests and  in recent years.

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The Long Decline of DKE, Brett Kavanaugh’s Fraternity at Yale E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:12


By Eren Orbey September 25, 2018 

 

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-long-decline-of-dke-brett-kavanaughs-fraternity-at-yale
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Since Brett Kavanaugh’s time at Yale, the prevalence of Greek life on the campus has declined, but his fraternity, dke, has maintained a reputation for aggressively loutish antics.Photograph by Mark Peterson / Redux for The New Yorker
Last week, after Christine Blasey Ford went public with an allegation that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in high school, the Yale Daily News published an old photograph that directed scrutiny to the Supreme Court nominee’s college years. In the black-and-white image, two brothers of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity march across Yale’s campus in an initiation rite, one of them carrying a flag fashioned from women’s lingerie.

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World Audibly Laughs After Trump Claims His Administration Among Most Accomplished in US History During UN Address E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 13:56
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"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," Trump declared before laughter broke out in the hall.

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President Donald Trump addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. (Photo: UN News Center)

Just seconds into his address to the United Nation General Assembly on Tuesday morning, laughter broke out among the venerated crowd of global leaders and diplomats when President Donald Trump tried to claim that his administration has been among the most successful in the nearly 250 years since the U.S. was founded.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," Trump declared before audible laughter broke out in the hall.

 

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U.N. General Assembly Kicks Off With Strong Words and Ambitious Goals E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:18

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Graça Machel, member of The Elders and widow of Nelson Mandela, makes remarks during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. Credit: United Nations Photo/Cia Pak

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 25 2018 (IPS) - In honour of Nobel Peace Laureate Nelson Mandela’s legacy, nations from around the world convened to adopt a declaration recommitting to goals of building a just, peaceful, and fair world.

At the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, aptly held in the year of the former South African leader’s 100th birthday, world leaders reflected on global peace and acknowledged that the international community is off-track as human rights continues to be under attack globally.

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Union calls for Canada to buy back Canadian Wheat Board from Saudis over spat E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 12:03

The union says Saudi Arabia's decision to stop buying Canadian wheat and barley shows it won't put the interests of grain farmers first

OTTAWA — A union representing transportation workers in Churchill, Man., is calling on Ottawa to buy back the Canadian Wheat Board from a Saudi consortium in light of the diplomatic spat between the two countries.

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French environment minister quits: World ‘not doing enough’ E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 15:29

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 file picture Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, looks on, as French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during a meeting at Rungis international food market, near Paris, France. France’s high-profile environment minister, former TV personality Nicolas Hulot, has unexpectedly announced his resignation live on national radio, dealing a blow to the lofty green ambitions of President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

PARIS (AP) — France’s high-profile environment minister unexpectedly announced his resignation live on national radio Tuesday, lamenting the government’s lack of decisive action on green issues. The move deals a stinging blow to the environmental credibility of President Emmanuel Macron.

Clearly emotional, Nicolas Hulot said he’d not even told his wife, let alone Macron or the prime minister, of his decision to stand down. The long-time environmental advocate lamented France’s slow pace of progress on green issues and his own lack of power to force change.

His on-air resignation on France Inter radio was so out of the blue that the first reaction from an interviewer was: “Are you serious?”

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Paddle for ?EL¸TOS and the Salish Sea! September 2 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 August 2018 10:02

Tsawout Chief and Council invite all relations in WSÁNEC and neighbouring communities to participate in the PADDLE FOR ?EL¸TOS and the Salish Sea, in support of Tsawout's claim to the island, also known as James Island.

 
 
 
The event is taking place on Sunday, September 2, 2018, beginning at 9:00 am at ?IX_E? (Cordova Spit) with a community breakfast, followed by a paddle around ?EL¸TOS (James Island) and then a feast in the Tsawout Gymnasium.
 
 
 
The history of use and occupation is significant combined with significant archaeological history. The island was part of the homelands and provided a rich, productive way of life as it was well supplied with plantlife and surrounded by a rich variety of saltwater food supply (fish/shellfish). When it was taken over as part the war efforts it was still occupied and people felt that the island would be fully returned once it was no longer required. However, the history shows that the Tsawout/WSÁNEC People were forced off the island and it then became privatized and was eventually sold.
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UN human rights chief says Security Council members risk UN's survival E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 August 2018 08:31
 
The outgoing UN human rights chief has said the five permanent members wield too much power as they can veto resolutions even in cases of alleged injustices. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has been outspoken during his term.
 
https://www.dw.com/en/un-human-rights-chief-says-security-council-members-risk-uns-survival/a-45150493
 
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (L) speaks during a press conference.
 
    
 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (L) speaks during a press conference.
Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the outgoing UN human rights chief, warned on Monday that the world body could "collapse" if the imbalance caused by the excessive powers wielded by the Security Council's five permanent members is not corrected.
 
"There's a feeling within the UN that there is a sort of pentarchy — the P5 (permanent members) running too much of the business at the expense of the organization itself," Zeid said in reference to the US, Russia, China, France and the UK.
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