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WMO: Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

Sep 9, 2014

Geneva, 9 September 2014 (WMO) – The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international...

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UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to halt continuous stream of executions, many by beheading

Sep 9, 2014

GENEVA, Sept. 9, 2014 - The United Nations independent experts on summary executions and torture have renewed their call on Saudi Arabia to implement an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty amid a reported increase in executions, many of them by beheading.

"Beheading as a form of execution is cruel, inhuman and...

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The future of our crops is at risk in Middle East conflict zones, say Birmingham scientists

Sep 8, 2014

Sept. 8, 2014 - Wild species related to our crops which are crucial as potential future food resources have been identified by University of Birmingham scientists, however, a significant proportion are found in conflict zones in the Middle East, where their conservation is increasingly comprised.

Presenting the research on Wednesday 3 September at the British...

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On International Day, UNESCO chief says literacy not only improves lives, it saves them

Sep 8, 2014

Sept. 8, 2014 - With one in four young people – 175 million adolescents – unable to read a single sentence, International Literacy Day is an opportunity to remember one simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them, said the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

"Literacy facilitates...

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Botswana government lies exposed as diamond mine opens on Bushman land

Sep 4, 2014

Sept. 4, 2014 - A $4.9bn diamond mine will open on September 5 in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the ancestral land of Africa's last hunting Bushmen, exactly ten years after the Botswana government claimed there were "no plans to mine anywhere inside the reserve."

The Bushmen were told they had to leave the reserve...

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New Analysis Finds Over 100 Million Hectares of Intact Forest Area Degraded Since 2000

Sep 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 4, 2014 - New analysis and maps released today reveal the alarming speed at which the world's largest expanses of forest wilderness are being degraded. More than 104 million hectares—an area three times the size of Germany—of the world's remaining Intact Forest Landscapes were degraded from 2000 to 2013.

The...

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The Lancet: International health systems fund could have averted Ebola outbreak

Sep 4, 2014

Sept. 4, 2014 - The Ebola crisis in west Africa could have been averted if governments and health agencies had acted on the recommendations of a 2011 World Health Organisation (WHO) Commission on global health emergencies, according to a new Comment, published in The Lancet.

The Comment, written by Professor Lawrence Gostin, Faculty Director of...

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Great Barrier Reef: Abbot Point Dumping Backflip Welcome but Won’t Fix Threat of Mega Ports on Reef

Sep 3, 2014

Sept. 2, 2014 - The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today welcomed reports of a backdown from port proponents Adani and GVK to avoid dumping dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef's waters but said that there is a long way to go befor...

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Corruption, mistrust of Liberian government spur ebola spread

Sep 3, 2014
Corruption, mistrust of Liberian government spur ebola spread

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"No longer a forgotten right" – UN expert hails a decade of right to food progress

Oct 25, 2013

NEW YORK / GENEVA October 25, 2013 – In his final report to the UN General Assembly, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today welcomed "the rights resurgence" he has seen across the world over the past decade...

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