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Blowin’ in the Wind

  Human Wrongs Watch By Sven Teske*, 21 October, 2014 (Greenpeace) – Wind power has a pivotal role to play in the world’s energy supply over the next few years. By providing huge amounts of clean, affordable power, it can buy us time in the fight against global warming while revolutions in energy efficiency and solar power gain momentum.   Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council have just re ...

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One- or two-state solution? The answer is both (or neither)

http://972mag.com The two-state solution is not a progressive cause and neither is a single-state solution — they are just possible means to an end. The only possible goal for progressive politics in Israel/Palestine can be full human, civil and political rights for everyone living on this land. Every now and then a comment on this blog attributes a position to me — one I thought I had been very careful to ...

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“China is the only country that promised not to use nuclear weapons first”

With the permission of the interviewee we publish here an interview with RIA Novosti.  The original article can be found on their website here. Alice Slater, New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, told Rossiya Segodnya about the current situation with nuclear weapons in China. 50 years ago China detonated its first nuclear test, nearly 20 years after the US dropped their bombs on Hiroshima a ...

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Children want the elimination of violence to be a priority in the post 2015 development agenda

SRSG launches review of consultations with children across regions. More than 800.000 children were involved in the numerous consultations held across the world on the future sustainable development goals. The report just launched by SRSG Santos Pais in New York captures the richness of children's opinions and their recommendations for the future. "The message from the children involved in the consultations ...

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Worldwide, a Trillion Single-use Plastic Bags Are Used Each Year, Nearly 2 Million Each Minute

  Human Wrongs Watch By Earth Policy Institute*, 16 October 2014 — Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. The amount of energy required to make 12 plastic shopping bags could drive a car for a mile. City, state, and national governments around the world are trying to limit plastic bag litter and waste with bans and fees. The oldest existing plast ...

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It’s the Food, Stupid!

  Human Wrongs Watch By Greenpeace*, 16 October 2014 — Food is taste and nourishment. Food is family and culture. Food is science, art and religion. Food is life. The real problem is the lack of access to food in all its variety.    Take Vitamin A deficiency and  GE ‘Golden’ rice for example. The solution is a varied and balanced diet of fruits and vegetables. Scientists, academics, chefs and moth ...

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“Eradicating Poverty Goes ‘Hand in Hand’ with Biodiversity Protection”

  Human Wrongs Watch The protection of biodiversity is directly related to the eradication of poverty and stimulation of economic growth, senior United Nations officials on 15 October 2014 stressed at a meeting in Republic of Korea, calling on countries to take an integrated approach when it comes to development. “Maintaining biodiversity is related not only to direct conservation measures, but also to ...

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Role of Rural Women, Key for Required Economic, Environmental and Social Changes

Human Wrongs Watch This week, UN Women marks three UN observances that reflect women’s key role in development, beginning with International Day for Rural Women on 15 October, World Food Day on 16 October and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October.*     Rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarte ...

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Nine Out of Ten of the World’s 570 Million Farms Are Managed by Families

Human Wrongs Watch Rome, 16 October  2014 — Nine out of ten of the world’s 570 million farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in achieving sustainable food security and in eradicating hunger in the future, according to a new U.N. report released today.     Family farms produce about 80 percent of ...

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What Is Known and What Is Not Known about Impacts of Climate Change – Report

Human Wrongs Watch Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 16 October 2014 lunched the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. This definitive assessment is the result of years of intensive work by leading experts in the field.* It provides the most comprehensive look to date at the ...

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