Daily Archives: November 23, 2015

Defense companies’ boom is ‘indication of corruption’ – author

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Weather reports from the future

If humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the average temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere could rise by more than 4°C (7.2°F) by the end of the 21st century. But what does a global average temperature rise really mean? How would we experience it on a daily basis? How would it affect our homes and the places we cherish?

To find out what could lie in store, the WMO invited television weather presenters from around the world to imagine a “weather report from the year 2050.” What they created are only possible scenarios, of course, and not true forecasts. Nevertheless, they are based on the most up-to-date climate science, and they paint a compelling picture of what life could be like on a warmer planet.

These worst-case futures do not need to happen. WMO is releasing Series 4 of the future weather reports (together with videos about climate change impacts on well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites) in advance of the December 2015 United Nations climate change conference in Paris (COP-21). These videos highlight the need for action to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen our climate resilience. Series 3 was inspired by the March 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Series 2 promoted the December 2014 United Nations climate change conference in Lima (COP-20), and Series 1 supported the UN Secretary-General’s call for action at the September 2014 UN Climate Summit.

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Organisers of cancelled Paris climate march urge global show of support

People hold placards at last year’s climate march in Paris. Photograph: Tom Craig/Demotix/Corbis

People around the world should protest ‘on behalf of those who can’t’, say organisers of climate march forbidden in light of Paris terror attacks

Emma Howard
Thursday 19 November 2015 10.20 EST Last modified on Friday 20 November 2015 04.59 EST

A march expected to attract 200,000 people onto the streets of Paris ahead of crunch UN climate change talks was forbidden by the French government on Wednesday in light of last Friday’s terror attacks.

But organisers have said it is now even more important for people around the world to come out onto the streets for “the biggest global climate march in history” to protest “on behalf of those who can’t”.

There are 2,173 events organised in more than 150 countries around the world on 28 and 29 November. You can find your nearest event here:

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The events are designed to put pressure on the leaders from almost 200 countries who will meet in Paris to thrash out a new deal on limiting greenhouse gas emissions post-2020. The conference is considered the most significant since the talks in Copenhagen in 2009, which were widely considered a failure by environmentalists.

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Immigrants in South Africa fear further attacks


Al Jazeera English

Published on Nov 23, 2015

Now to the continuing tension in South Africa following xenophobic attacks.Many immigrants remain in refugee camps, afraid for their safety.And as Tania Page reports, shop owners in Durban say not enough is being done to help them.

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Meet the young supporters of Sweden’s far right


The Guardian

Published on Nov 23, 2015

Sweden’s liberal identity is under attack. As increasing numbers of refugees enter the country, anti-immigrant violence is rising.
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And the Sweden Democrats, a radical nationalist group, is now the third largest party in the country. Phoebe Greenwood meets the young Swedes who believe multiculturalism is a threat – and the migrants afraid of what this means for them.

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A regional approach to address water scarcity in the Near East


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Nov 18, 2015

http://www.fao.org/neareast/perspecti…

This short video is part of a series of interviews. In each interview selected participants of the Land and Water Days share their experience in land and water projects highligting achievements, success but also what could have worked better to the benefit of people carrying similar projects.

In this video: Fawzy Karajeh, Water Resources & Irrigation Officer, FAO RNE, presents the Near East and North Africa’s Water Scarcity Initiative

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Introducing South-South and Triangular Cooperation – Peter Atimka Anaadumba


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Nov 17, 2015

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Peter Atimka Anaadumba is an Economist with FAO’s South-South Cooperation Division. Here, he illustrates SSC’s tactics in fostering the right environment to broaden partnerships and build strategic alliances.

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South – South Cooperation


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Nov 23, 2015

FAO, through the national offices of countries like Chile, Guyana, and Jamaica, has enabled the decision makers –in the ministries of health of the three countries− to talk through one conducting thread which is nutrition focused in the first 1.000 days.

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Social inequality keeping the poor in ghetto & the rich healthy: World Medical Association chief


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Published on Nov 22, 2015

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Advances in medicine and improved living conditions have led to better health and longevity for millions. But with gaping inequalities in society remaining, the health of the wealthy has improved much more than others’. How can societies reduce health inequality, and how much of a priority should it be given? Oksana is joined by Sir Michael Marmot, the President of the World Medical Association, to canvass these issues.

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More than 2,000 academics call on world heads to do more to limit global warming

Hundreds of people with placards take part in demonstration calling for climate change justice for Africa in Nairobi, 14 November . Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

Linguist Noam Chomsky and historian Naomi Oreskes among signatories of open letter urging leaders to limit warming to 1.5C, rather than current 2C target, at Paris climate talks

Emma Howard

Monday 23 November 2015 08.29 EST Last modified on Monday 23 November 2015 08.37 EST

More than 2,000 academics from over 80 countries – including linguist Noam Chomsky, climate scientist Michael E Mann, philosopher Peter Singer, and historian Naomi Oreskes – have called on world leaders to do more to limit global warming to a 1.5C rise.

In an open letter, they write that leaders meeting in Paris at a crunch UN climate summit next week should “be mustering planet-wide mobilisation, at all societal levels” and call for citizens around the world to hold their leaders to account on the issue.

The world has already warmed by 1C above pre-industrial levels. Holding warming to 1.5C would be a far greater challenge than the 2C that leaders at previous climate talks have agreed to limit rises to. Current emissions pledges tabled ahead of the Paris summit would see warming of around 2.7-3C.

They say that such a rise is: “profoundly shocking, given that any sacrifice involved in making those reductions is far overshadowed by the catastrophes we are likely to face if we do not.”

Separately, the CEOs from 78 companies collectively worth over $2tn – among them Nestlé, Accenture, HSBC, Lloyd’s, Microsoft, BT Group, PepsiCo, Siemens, SOHO China, UniLever, PwC, Marks & Spencer and the Mahindra Group – have pledged their support to governments to implement ambitious targets.

The companies, which operate in more than 150 countries, call for support for alternative energy sources, a carbon price to bolster investment, “consistent policies and robust monitoring” and for greater disclosure on investments related to fossil fuels and alternative energies.

In a letter co-ordinated by the World Bank, the corporations recognise the internationally agreed target to limit global warming to 2C.

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