Daily Archives: March 11, 2017

Refugees fleeing South Sudan overwhelming Uganda resources


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Fukushima farmers struggle to overcome stigma six years after nuclear disaster

Weaponry manufactured in DPRK seized in Africa

Giraffes in danger: Iconic animal facing extinction

Al Jazeera English

Published on Dec 8, 2016

Giraffe, the world’s tallest land mammal, is facing what is being described as a ‘silent extinction’.

Giraffe numbers have dropped by almost 40 percent in the last three decades.

Giraffe extinction: World’s tallest animal endangered, says IUCN – TomoNews

TomoNews US

Published on Dec 9, 2016

GLAND, SWITZERLAND — The world’s tallest creature is slowly veering closer to being wiped out. The The International Union for Conservation of Nature has updated its Red List of Threatened Species, and among a number of birds and crops, the majestic giraffe now finds itself in serious trouble.

With its population declining by roughly 40 percent over the past three decades, the giraffe has since been raised two categories from Least Concern to Vulnerable. The reason for the giraffe’s demise is correlated with the growth of human populations. Illegal hunting has also escalated – poachers use traps and rifles to kill giraffes for their meat, and some hunters still target them as trophies. With Habitat loss also contributing to their decreasing numbers in the wild, two decades from now giraffes may only reside in zoos.

The African grey parrot has also been raised on the list due to concern over its declining population. Fondly nicknamed the Einstein parrot for its high level of intelligence and mimicking abilities, has been badly drastically reduced by habitat loss, and the exotic pet trade. With roughly 3.2 million captured between 1975 and 2013, one of the planet’s brightest birds is now listed as Endangered, formerly listed as Vulnerable.

It’s estimated that less than 98,000 giraffes are left in the wild. With the Red List having grown to nearly 25,000 different species, the time we have left to reverse the damage we’ve done to other forms of life on Earth may not be enough.

UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945 – BBC News

The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe”.

UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.

Mr O’Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster.

“We stand at a critical point in history,” Mr O’Brien told the Security Council on Friday. “Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.

“Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost. Communities’ resilience rapidly wilting away. Development gains reversed. Many will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions.”

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‘Rising Tide’ with Chris Hayes

Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Feb 13, 2017

Is it possible for skeptics to come around on climate change? In our NEW VIDEO SHORT, Chris Hayes meets with Republican Congressman Michael Grimm to find out if he agrees that Superstorm Sandy is proof of climate change. Grimm represented one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, where many of his constituents lost their homes and their loved ones. Will Grimm accept the science now that climate change has come to his front door? Watch to see.

For more, watch ‘Rising Tide’ in SEASON 1: EPISODE 3 for free on YouTube: http://bitly.com/YEARSonYouTube.

‘Climate Wars – Yemen’ with Thomas Friedman

Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Feb 17, 2017

Could people actually go to war over water? New York Times’ Thomas Friedman went to Yemen to find out.

To learn more, watch the full story in SEASON 1: EPISODE 8 yearsoflivingdangerously.com/story/climate-wars/ for FREE on YouTube bitly.com/YEARSonYouTube #YEARSproject