Afghan women frozen out of peace talks, in danger of losing gains made since fall of the Taliban
Published Nov 24, 2014 - 10:22:31 AM
Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future, international agency Oxfam said today. Unless this discrimination is reversed, peace will be unsustainable, Afghanistan’s development will be compromised, and enormous human rights gains made since the fall of the Taliban will remain under threat.
“New Climate Normal” Poses Severe Risks to Development - World Bank Report
Published Nov 24, 2014 - 9:52:08 AM
As the planet warms further, heat-waves and other weather extremes that today occur once in hundreds of years, if ever, would become the “new climate normal,” creating a world of increased risks and instability. The consequences for development would be severe as crop yields decline, water resources shift, sea-levels rise, and the livelihoods of millions of people are put at risk, according to a new scientific report released today by the World Bank Group.
One Rule, Two Legal Systems: Israel's Regime of Laws in the West Bank
Published Nov 24, 2014 - 9:41:53 AM
A new report published by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) outlines the nature of the legal regime currently operating in the West Bank. Two systems of law are applied in a single territory: one – a civilian legal system for Israeli citizens, and a second – a military court system for Palestinian residents. The result: institutionalized discrimination.
DRC: Belgian mining giant lied over bulldozing hundreds of homes
Published Nov 24, 2014 - 9:37:29 AM
A Belgian mining company, Groupe Forrest International, has consistently lied about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has denied justice to those affected, said Amnesty International today in a new report.
Survivors of Rape by Barrick Gold Security Guards Offered "Business Grants" and "Training" in Exchange for Waiving Legal Rights
Published Nov 22, 2014 - 12:06:49 PM
Approximately 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick Gold’s security guards in Papua New Guinea were asked to waive their legal rights in exchange for small “business grants” and “business training,” a reparations process that human rights and women’s rights advocates are criticizing as inadequate and designed to protect the Canadian gold company rather than remedy the abuses.
WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
Published Nov 21, 2014 - 7:51:38 AM
By November 20, 42 days had passed since the last case tested negative twice and was discharged from hospital. According to WHO recommendations, the end of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in a country can be declared once 42 days have passed and no new cases have been detected. The 42 days represents twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola (21 days).
Greek dilemma: Are new jobs created by gold mine worth the ecological risk?
Full story: Christian Science Monitor
Massive illegal forest clearance threatens unique uncontacted tribe
Published Nov 19, 2014 - 11:46:35 AM
The last uncontacted Indians outside Amazonia are running out of forest to hide in, say campaigners, as alarming new photos reveal rampant, illegal destruction of their territory.
UN Says Global Carbon Neutrality Should be Reached by Second Half of Century
Published Nov 19, 2014 - 8:12:49 AM
In order to limit global temperature rise to 2oC and head off the worst impacts of climate change, global carbon neutrality should be attained by mid-to-late century. This would also keep in check the maximum amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that can be emitted into the atmosphere while staying within safe temperature limits beyond 2020, says a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Murders turn spotlight on Peru’s forest policies
Published Nov 18, 2014 - 10:35:11 AM
Preserving forests is a vital step in preventing climate change, but people who defend them against illegal logging and land grabs are being murdered in increasing numbers.
New IUCN study shows life-supporting role of natural World Heritage
Published Nov 18, 2014 - 10:25:58 AM
Natural World Heritage sites are not just iconic places with exceptional nature, they also provide benefits that contribute to economies, climate stability and human well-being, according to a new study by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.
35.8 Million People Are Enslaved Across The World
Published Nov 18, 2014 - 7:30:07 AM
An estimated 35.8 million men, women and children around the world are today trapped in modern slavery, just over 20% more than previously estimated, whether through human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, or commercial sexual exploitation. This is according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index (GSI), the flagship research report published today by the Walk Free Foundation, a global human rights organization with a mission to end modern slavery in a generation.
WHO: Every hour, every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning
Published Nov 17, 2014 - 9:14:34 AM
WHO’s first "Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer" reveals that drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people each year and is among the 10 leading causes of death for children and young people in every region.
UN Commission of Inquiry: Syrian victims reveal ISIS's calculated use of brutality and indoctrination
Published Nov 14, 2014 - 10:01:32 AM
The UN commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has documented shocking accounts of the armed group’s use of terror to subjugate Syrians living in its areas of control, as well as the use of extreme violence against both civilians and captured fighters, in its latest report, “Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria”.
New UN guidelines issued to counter 'critically high' levels of elephant poaching in Africa
Published Nov 14, 2014 - 8:45:38 AM
The illegal killing of elephants for their ivory is now at “critically high levels” in Africa with increased involvement by organized crime groups, leading to their possible extinction in parts of the continent, the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.
CDC Releases New Reports on Ebola Cases in Liberia and the United States
Published Nov 14, 2014 - 8:10:02 AM
The effort to contain the Ebola epidemic in Liberia is showing preliminary signs of progress in some counties, but maintaining and extending these trends will require sustained efforts, according to three early-release articles in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on November 14. The three reports are among six MMWR articles on Ebola released by CDC today.
The Global GMO Free Coalition welcomes launch of largest ever study on GMO and pesticide safety - Factor GMO
Published Nov 13, 2014 - 11:39:40 AM
The Global GMO Free Coalition welcomes the launch of the largest ever study on GMO and pesticide safety – Factor GMO. This is the type of study that should have been carried out on all GM foods before they were released into our food and feed supplies.
Amid euphoria over US and China climate surprise, some big questions remain
Published Nov 13, 2014 - 10:13:35 AM
China went to considerable lengths to make sure that this week’s Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Beijing was a successful affair.
Factories were shut down, car traffic and even cremations were restricted, and schools and most government offices were closed. As a result, delegates experienced blue skies over the Chinese capital, rather than the city’s notorious smog.
India: US chemical giant Dow a no-show in court hearing over Bhopal disaster
Published Nov 13, 2014 - 9:07:49 AM
US chemical giant Dow has dodged justice again today by failing to comply with an Indian court summons over the catastrophic 1984 gas leak in Bhopal which left thousands dead and many more with chronic and debilitating illnesses, Amnesty International said.
US, China Climate Moves Boost Paris Prospects
Published Nov 12, 2014 - 10:01:14 AM
Prospects for a new universal climate agreement in 2015 were today given a significant boost with China and the United States jointly announcing their contributions—many months earlier than had been expected.
G20: Stop corruption and close loopholes in the financial system to help the world's poorest
Published Nov 10, 2014 - 10:25:50 AM
An open letter published today to the leaders of the Group of 20 biggest economies, five days before the leaders’ summit in Brisbane, Australia, calls for concrete actions to stop corruption and make the global system more transparent.
Cross-cutting climate services needed for climate challenges
Published Nov 10, 2014 - 10:24:47 AM
The latest conclusive evidence about the growing impacts of climate change has yet again highlighted the urgent need for more cross-cutting climate services and partnerships to help communities adapt to extreme weather and to boost disaster resilience.
Report by coalition of 42 environment groups gives a sobering assessment of health of nature in Australia
Published Nov 10, 2014 - 9:44:53 AM
The Australia We Love report compiles recent, relevant information about the state of Australia’s rivers, climate, food, forests, waste and pollution, land management, oceans and reefs.
WDC welcomes new international commitment to end live capture of whales and dolphins from the wild
Published Nov 10, 2014 - 8:50:13 AM
WDC is delighted by today’s news from the latest Convention on Migratory Species (CMS ) meeting that a resolution addressing the cruel capture of whales and dolphins from the wild (for commercial use in aquaria and theme parks) has been adopted.
On International Day, UN urges protection of environment from ravages of war
Published Nov 7, 2014 - 11:46:48 AM
From the contamination of land to the plundering of natural resources, the environment has long been a “silent casualty” of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he warned that the fast-changing dynamic of contemporary conflict required steadfast solutions for future peacebuilding and sustainable development.
Water central to global peace, development, UN deputy chief tells London summit
Published Nov 7, 2014 - 10:11:52 AM
The most basic of all human rights – water – is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the Deputy Secretary-General told participants today the World Water Summit held in London.
International Action to Stop Illegal Killing of Birds Stepped Up at UN Wildlife Conference
Published Nov 6, 2014 - 9:33:38 AM
Intensive unsustainable hunting and illegal killing of migratory birds are taking place in many parts of the world driving species to the brink of extinction. Some of the affected migratory birds are globally threatened such as the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Yellow-breasted Bunting, which are protected under the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). At the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention (CMS COP11), currently taking place in Quito, Ecuador, countries are due to take steps to combat illegal killing, trapping and trade in birds.
A fraction of global military spending could save the planet's biodiversity, say experts
Published Nov 6, 2014 - 5:39:35 AM
A fundamental step-change involving an increase in funding and political commitment is urgently needed to ensure that protected areas deliver their full conservation, social and economic potential, according to an article published today in Nature by experts from Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).
Activists expose timber from illegal loggers headed for the European market
Published Nov 6, 2014 - 5:26:43 AM
A cargo ship carrying Amazon timber, purchased from a sawmill known for trading illegal wood, was today confronted by Greenpeace Netherlands activists as it approached Rotterdam. The timber onboard is destined for the Belgian companies Lemahieu and Omniplex and was sourced from the Brazilian sawmill and exporter Rainbow Trading by the Belgian timber company Leary Forest Products.
Greenpeace names 20 culprits in global overfishing
Published Nov 6, 2014 - 4:48:29 AM
Today, Greenpeace released a list of 20 'monster boats', examples of the most destructive and oversized fishing vessels operating under European flags, ownership or management.