Robust, legally binding agreement on CO2 emissions crucial to avert climate catastrophe – UN expert
Published Nov 28, 2014 - 7:04:37 AM
The UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia B. Dandan today urged the States gathering at a global climate change conference in Lima, Peru on Monday to unite and sincerely commit to a new legally binding agreement on greenhouse emissions.
Global coalition launches international net neutrality website
Published Nov 26, 2014 - 3:16:43 PM
Today a dynamic coalition of civil society organizations launched http://www.thisisnetneutrality.org, which includes a basic, collaborative, and universal definition of net neutrality. The diverse coalition includes more than 35 groups from 19 countries, such as South Korea, Venezuela, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Germany, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Chile, Bangladesh, Colombia, and the Netherlands.
Palestinian homes must cease to be a target, UN human rights experts say
Published Nov 25, 2014 - 7:51:22 AM
The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the Occupied Palestinian Territory and on the right to adequate housing today called on the Government of Israel to end its punitive demolition of Palestinian homes in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Published Nov 25, 2014 - 7:35:55 AM
Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW), followed by 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The Day is commemorated around the world giving individuals and groups a chance to mobilize and call attention to the urgent need to end violence against women and girls.
Urgent action needed to save Sarawak's last intact forests
Published Nov 25, 2014 - 7:22:51 AM
Last week, Adenan Satem, the new Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Borneo, stunned the world by summoning six of the world's most powerful timber tycoons - the heads of Rimbunan Hijau, Samling, Shin Yang, WTK, KTS and Ta Ann - and by compelling them to sign a corporate integrity pledge. The pledge, authored by the Malaysian Institute of Integrity, obliges corporations to refrain from bribery and corruption in all aspects of their operations.
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.