Daily Archives: November 20, 2019

Trump impeachment hearings: Ambassador Sondland testifies there was a quid pro quo

Ok Published on Nov 20, 2019
At the impeachment hearing today, Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified he withheld Ukrainian aid at the “express direction” of U.S. President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the White House claimed his testimony exonerates the president.

Resilience Rising: From Ebola Crisis Response to Recovery in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Published on Nov 20, 2019
“Resilience Rising: From Crisis Response to Recovery” is the story of how Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, affected first by conflict and then by the Ebola virus disease, overcame the crisis’ and is now strengthening the resilience of the region’s economy and social sectors by investing in people and effective systems. The Development Documentary is funded by the Ebola Recovery and Reconstruction Trust Fund in partnership with Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Gordon Sondland : There was a quid pro quo with Ukraine

Published on Nov 20, 2019
The U.S. ambassador to the European Union spoke during Wednesday’s impeachment hearings, giving potentially devastating testimony. Gordon Sondland described an alleged scheme to investigate Trump’s rival Joe Biden. He said it was “at the express direction of the president.”

The climate science is clear: it’s now or never to avert catastrophe | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

Illustration: Francisco Navas/Guardian Design

Disastrous global heating will soon become irrevocable – but despite politicians’ inaction millions are taking to the streets to fight the planet’s fever

Disastrous global heating will soon become irrevocable – but despite politicians’ inaction millions are taking to the streets to fight the planet’s fever

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Wed 20 Nov 2019 04.00 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Nov 2019 11.23 EST

The one thing never to forget about global warming is that it’s a timed test.

It’s ignoble and dangerous to delay progress on any important issue, of course – if, in 2020, America continues to ignore the healthcare needs of many of its citizens, those people will sicken, die, go bankrupt. The damage will be very real. But that damage won’t make it harder, come 2021 or 2025 or 2030, to do the right thing about healthcare.

But the climate crisis doesn’t work like that. If we don’t solve it soon, we will never solve it, because we will pass a series of irrevocable tipping points – and we’re clearly now approaching those deadlines. You can tell because there’s half as much ice in the Arctic, and because forests catch fire with heartbreaking regularity and because we see record deluge. But the deadlines are not just impressionistic – they’re rooted in the latest science.

In the aftermath of the Paris climate accords in 2015, for instance, many researchers set 2020 as the date by which carbon emissions would need to peak if we were to have any chance of meeting the accord’s goals. Here’s an example of the math, from Stefan Rahmstorf and Anders Levermann. Under the most plausible scenario, they wrote, “even if we peak in 2020 reducing emissions to zero within 20 years will be required,” and that is an ungodly steep slope. But if we wait past 2020 it’s not a slope at all – it’s just a cliff, and we fall off it. As the former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres put it when she launched Mission 2020, “Everyone has a right to prosper, and if emissions do not begin their rapid decline by 2020, the world’s most vulnerable people will suffer even more from the devastating impacts of climate change.”

Here’s another way of saying it: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported last autumn that if we hadn’t managed a fundamental transformation of the planet’s energy systems by 2030, our chance of meeting the Paris temperature targets is slim to none. And anyone who has ever had anything to do with governments knows: if you want something big done by 2030, you better give yourself a lot of lead time. In fact, it’s possible we’ve waited too long: the world’s greenhouse gas emissions spiked last year, and – given Trump, Bolsonaro and Putin – it’s hard to imagine we won’t see the same depressing thing this year.

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FAO, OIE and WHO’s message for World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Published on Nov 20, 2019
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens health, food security & nutrition. Agriculture systems in vulnerable countries are particularly at risk. FAO, OIE and WHO are working together to raise awareness about AMR and promote the responsible use of antimicrobials.