Ecology and Environment

16.09.2014

The Climate Marches On

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan “Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have… »

15.09.2014

Sharks, Manta Ray, Protected — International Trade, Regulated

Sharks, Manta Ray, Protected — International Trade, Regulated

  Human Wrongs Watch Beginning Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new United… »

11.09.2014

UN Officials Call for Renewed Global Commitment to Ending Nuclear Tests

UN Officials Call for Renewed Global Commitment to Ending Nuclear Tests

Human Wrongs Watch United Nations officials on 10 September 2014 called for renewed commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests, noting that nearly 2,000 such tests have taken place since 1945. “Our collective aspiration for a world free of nuclear weapons must be reflected… »

11.09.2014

Ozone Layer on Track to Recover by Middle Century But Remains Threatened

Ozone Layer on Track to Recover by Middle Century But Remains Threatened

  Human Wrongs Watch That is according to the assessment of 300 scientists in the summary document of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).* “International action on the ozone layer is a major… »

10.09.2014

‘We Are Running Out of Time’, Experts Warn as Climate Change Debate Heats Up

‘We Are Running Out of Time’, Experts Warn as Climate Change Debate Heats Up

   Human Wrongs Watch The United Nations weather agency on 9 September 2014 voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which has reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as… »

09.09.2014

Overall Energy Consumption for Lighting Will Have Grown by 60 to 70% by 2030 with dramatic consequences for climate change

Overall Energy Consumption for Lighting Will Have Grown by 60 to 70% by 2030 with dramatic consequences for climate change

  Human Wrongs Watch Lighting from electricity accounts for approximately 15 to 19 per cent of global energy consumption and over five per cent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, UNEP reports in relation to the Climate Change Summit 2014 scheduled to take place in UN headquarters in New York… »

06.09.2014

Concerns Over World Bank Proposals to Roll Back Safeguards for Indigenous People

Concerns Over World Bank Proposals to Roll Back Safeguards for Indigenous People

  Human Wrongs Watch BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 (IRIN)* – Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank’s safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changesbeing considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result… »

06.09.2014

Indian Ocean Nations to Carry Out UN-Organized Tsunami Readiness Test

Indian Ocean Nations to Carry Out UN-Organized Tsunami Readiness Test

Human Wrongs Watch Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 24 countries in the region will participate in an exercise organized by the United Nations to test their readiness to address such rare but potentially destructive events, the UN announced on 5 September 2014. The large-scale simulation exercise… »

02.09.2014

Seven Reasons to Claim Water for Life, Not for Coal

Seven Reasons to Claim Water for Life, Not for Coal

Human Wrongs Watch By Helena Meresman*, 1 September, 2014, Greenpeace – Safe, affordable and accessible water is one of our planet’s scarcest natural resources. Many people don’t have access to fresh water for sanitation, agriculture, or even to drink. Yet, global water consumption by the power sector is growing; it’s expected to more… »

29.08.2014

UN Climate Summit 2014 — Change Is In The Air!

UN Climate Summit 2014 — Change Is In The Air!

New York, 27 August 2014 — Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions… »

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