When deadly heat waves hit on land, we hear about them. But the oceans can have heat waves, too. They are now happening far more frequently than they did last century and are harming marine life, according to a new study.
The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, looked at the impact of marine heat waves on the diversity of life in the ocean. From coral reefs to kelp forests to sea grass beds, researchers found that these heat waves were destroying the framework of many ocean ecosystems.
Marine heat waves are said to occur when sea temperatures are much warmer than normal for at least five consecutive days.
Scientists estimate that the oceans have absorbed more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by excess greenhouse gases since midcentury. Humans have added these gases to the atmosphere largely by burning fossil fuels, like coal and natural gas, for energy.
What is China’s policy toward foreign aid? Residents of Kenya, Pakistan and Thailand asked various questions about China’s role in international cooperation. Got anything to add? Leave a comment below and the best will be asked in CGTN interviews at the annual “Two Sessions” meetings this March.
https://democracynow.org – A United Nations inquiry has found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday, looked at Israel’s bloody response to weekly Great March of Return demonstrations, launched by Palestinians in Gaza nearly a year ago, targeting Israel’s heavily militarized separation barrier. The report found Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians—almost all of them with live ammunition. The dead included 35 children. Twenty-three thousand people were injured, including over 6,000 shot by live ammunition. We speak with Sara Hossain, a member of the U.N. independent commission that led the Gaza investigation.
https://democracynow.org – Israeli forces have killed 183 Palestinians since weekly Great March of Return demonstrations began in Gaza nearly a year ago targeting Israel’s heavily militarized separation barrier. That’s according to a new United Nations inquiry that found Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by targeting unarmed children, journalists and the disabled in Gaza. The report was released by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday. We speak with Norman Finkelstein, scholar and author of “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom,” and Sara Hossain, a member of the U.N. independent commission that led the Gaza investigation.
Sri Lanka borrowed 1.5 billion U.S. dollars from China to build its Hambantota Port. It’s just one of the ways that the world’s second largest economy is investing tens of billions of U.S. dollars in countries around the world to build trade and infrastructure facilities as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However, as the initiative enters its sixth year, the chorus of it being a “debt trap” continues to grow louder.
2019 UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit – Theme: Shared Partnerships – Shared responsibilities (Breakout Session 3 and 4)
22 Feb 2019 – The United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) 2019 Global Engagement Summit convenes UN advocates from across the United States to participate in a day of dynamic and informative discussions on the most pressing issues facing the United Nations and the world.
Breakout Session 3:
ACTION TRACK: Planet Earth: Partnering for Urgent Climate Action.
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