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30.08.2019

Kazakhstan, the newest state party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Kazakhstan, the newest state party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

On 29 August, the International Day against Nuclear Tests, Kazakhstan deposited its instrument of ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, becoming the 26th signatory state to do so. The Treaty will enter into force at the moment of the fiftieth ratification. As ICAN indicated in a… »

28.08.2019

Tinderbox Earth: The significance of the Amazon and Siberian fires

Tinderbox Earth: The significance of the Amazon and Siberian fires

By Dr Andrew Glikson As fires rage across tens of thousands square km the Amazon forest, dubbed the Planet’s lungs, producing some 20 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere, with some 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, where fires on such a scale are uncommon, as well as through Siberia, Alaska,… »

26.08.2019

Earth 4C Hotter

Earth 4C Hotter

A decade ago several prominent climate scientists discussed the prospects of a 4C Earth. Their concern was qualified “… if greenhouse gases do not slow down, then expect a 4C Earth by 2055.” Of course, that would be catastrophic, and one can only assume those scientists must have recognized real… »

26.08.2019

Our Vanishing World: Glaciers

Our Vanishing World: Glaciers

Something is causing the worlds glaciers and mountain ice fields to melt. And, despite your first thought, it is not the ongoing climate catastrophe. It does not matter where on Earth the glaciers and mountain ice fields are located, they are all melting. Moreover, the projected timeframe for some of… »

25.08.2019

“We are all equal!” Captain who saved refugees refuses award from Paris mayor

“We are all equal!” Captain who saved refugees refuses award from Paris mayor

By Will Morrow Pia Klemp, the former captain of the refugee rescue ship Juventa, who together with her crew saved thousands of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, is refusing to accept an honorary prize bestowed by the Socialist Party mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. The 36-year-old from Germany announced her… »

22.08.2019

Turkey: Erdogan fires three Kurdish mayors; coup d’état to the opposition

Turkey: Erdogan fires three Kurdish mayors; coup d’état to the opposition

«On August 19, a civil coup d’état took place with the appointment of administrators in our municipalities. Sezai Temelli [pictured], co-chairman of the Halklarin Demokratik Partisi (HDP), the People’s Democratic Party, declared [1] after the decision of the Turkish Ministry of Interior to remove the elected mayors of… »

22.08.2019

Negotiating Legally-Binding Agreement to Provide Future Generations with a “Healthy, Resilient and Productive Ocean”

Negotiating Legally-Binding Agreement to Provide Future Generations with a “Healthy, Resilient and Productive Ocean”

While the world’s oceans contain some 200,000 identified living species, the actual numbers could reach the millions ­­– all exposed to the dangers of climate change, pollution and over-exploitation. To stem these threats, the United Nations is meeting to negotiate a treaty that would protect three-quarters of the earth’s surface… »

20.08.2019

Banned From Israel, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Hold Press Conference to ‘Humanize’ Palestinian Experience Under Occupation

Banned From Israel, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Hold Press Conference to ‘Humanize’ Palestinian Experience Under Occupation

“We cannot let Trump and Netanyahu succeed in hiding the cruel reality of the occupation from us.” By Eoin Higgins, staff writer at Common Dreams Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib held a joint press conference Monday in response to being barred from visiting Israel and the Occupied Territories… »

20.08.2019

IPPNW warns of dire consequences of military escalation in Kashmir

IPPNW warns of dire consequences of military escalation in Kashmir

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is calling on the Indian government to restore immediately all communications and freedom of movement in Kashmir and Jammu, and urging all states in the disputed border regions to initiate new diplomatic talks aimed at reducing tensions and negotiating a peaceful… »

19.08.2019

‘Nuclear-powered’ missile accident in Russia – what really happened?

‘Nuclear-powered’ missile accident in Russia – what really happened?

Claire Corkhill, University of Sheffield for The Conversation A missile engine exploded at a naval test range, west of the city of Severodvinsk on Russia’s northern coast at 9am on August 8. At least five people were killed and several others injured. As it is associated with… »

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