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Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction

A controversial MIT study from 1972 forecast the collapse of civilization – and Gaya Herrington is here to deliver the bad newsAt a UN sustainability meeting several years ago, an economic policy officer came up to Gaya Herrington and introduced himself. Taking her name for a riff on James Lovelock’s earth-as-an-organism Gaia hypothesis, he remarked: “Gaya – that’s not a name, it’s responsibility.”Herrington, a Dutch sustainability researcher and adviser to the Club of Rome, a Swiss thinktank, h...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, US news, Mit, Rome, Un, Gaya, James Lovelock, Herrington, Gaya Herrington


Carbon tax to align to UN treaties

Amendments to offset regulations published on 8 July give clarity on big emitters carrying old carbon credits to a new framework The post Carbon tax to align to UN treaties appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Business, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Carbon Tax, Kyoto protocol, UNFCCC, Ghg, Fossil Fuel, National Treasury, Top Six, Cop26, Article 6, Carbon Tax Allowance, Carbon Taxt Act, Carbon Trading, Clean Development Mechanism


The Observer view on the unfolding crisis in Lebanon | Observer editorial

A new failed state in the Middle East would spell chaos for us allAmid so much trouble around the world, the crisis in Lebanon has received relatively little attention, especially from British politicians and media. This is a serious oversight. It’s not inconceivable Lebanon could soon become a “failed state” on a par with Libya or Yemen. That would be a disaster for its people, but also, as recent history shows, for the region, Europe and the UK.The crisis has many aspects. The most pressing is...
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Lebanon's water system on brink of total collapse, says UN

Lebanon's water supply system is on the verge of total collapse, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in the latest development in the country's slide into chaos.
Tags: News, Middle East, Un, Lebanon, United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF


Unesco urged not to give heritage status to Thai park amid claims of Indigenous abuses

UN human rights experts decry arrests and evictions of ethnic Karen from Kaeng Krachan national parkUN human rights experts have urged Unesco not to grant World Heritage Site status to a national park in Thailand, where they said Indigenous people are being arrested and evicted from their traditional lands.The UN experts said in a statement: “This is an important precedent-setting case, and may influence policies on how Indigenous peoples’ rights are respected in protected areas across Asia. Con...
Tags: Environment, World news, Karen, Thailand, Unesco, Asia Pacific, United Nations, Un, Indigenous Peoples, Asia Continue, Kaeng Krachan


UN Adopts First Resolution on Vision, Aims to Help 1 Billion

The U.N. General Assembly has approved its first-ever resolution on vision.
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UN Experts: Africa Became Hardest Hit by Terrorism This Year

U.N. experts say Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and inflicting the greatest casualties.
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Gunfire prompts Biden's UN ambassador to abruptly leave Haitian president's funeral

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Haiti guard carry the casket of slain President Jovenel Moïse before his funeral on July 23, 2021, in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Valerie Baeriswy/Getty Images Biden's UN ambassador abruptly left the funeral for Haiti's president amid unrest surrounding the ceremony. There was reportedly gunfire heard, prompting the US delegation to leave within 30 minutes. The assassination of Jovenel Moïse has pushed Haiti into a deeper crisis after years of struggles. Se...
Tags: Politics, Funeral, White House, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, United Nations, Un, Homeland Security, Biden, Haiti, Reuters, Henry


UN Arms Trade Treaty, The Biden Occupation, & The American People ~ VIDEO

President Obama had Secretary of State John Kerry sign the treaty for him on 09/25/2013. New York, NY – -(AmmoLand.com)- It’s that time again folks, as the Seventh Conference of the (ATT) will take place August 30 to September 3 (2021) in Geneva, Switzerland. But let’s first deal with the sitting Democrat Whitehouse Resident Joe Biden, and let’s ask how the U.S. Senate might give Advice & Consent to the treaty. Will Biden re-sign onto the ATT? After all, the “pushing for the ratification o...
Tags: Guns, Obama, Senate, White House, Virginia, America, Joe Biden, United Nations, Mitt Romney, Att, Mitch McConnell, Un, Geneva, John Kerry, Biden, Kerry


Lebanon's water system on brink of total collapse, says UN

Lebanon's water supply system is on the verge of total collapse, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in the latest development in the country's slide into chaos.
Tags: Cnn, Un, Lebanon, United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF


World Heritage Committee agrees not to place Great Barrier Reef on ‘in danger’ list

Move follows fierce lobbying campaign by the Australian government which said it was blindsided by Unesco recommendationThe Great Barrier Reef will not be placed on a list of world heritage sites “in danger” after a global lobbying effort from Australia against the proposed listing.The 21-country World Heritage Committee on Friday ignored a scientific assessment from the UN’s science and culture organisation, Unesco, that the reef was clearly in danger from climate change and should be placed on...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Australia news, Unesco, Australian politics, Un, Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage Committee


100 days to Cop26: protesters urge Boris Johnson to take climate talks seriously

With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadershipProtesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Protest, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Green politics, John Kerry, Johnson


Protesters urge Boris Johnson to take Cop26 climate talks seriously

With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadershipProtesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Protest, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Green politics, John Kerry, Johnson


As the West winds down its 'war on terror,' jihadists are filling the vacuum, UN warns

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the United Nations is warning that the threat from terror groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda is not only resilient, but in many places expanding.
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A New BC Law for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health

From proteststo scientific analysis, old growth forests have been much in the news in British Columbia in recent months. What does a legal lens bring to this debate? Past analyses undertaken by West Coast Environmental Law have laid bare the multifaceted ways in which BC’s laws are “hardwired for failure” when it comes to safeguarding the resilience of ecological systems and human communities in the face of cumulative impacts from resource development and climate change. Legal barriers identifie...
Tags: Law, United Nations, Un, British Columbia, Columbia, John Horgan, Justice Issues, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health, OGSR


Draft UN Statement Urges Turkish Reversal of Cyprus Action

A proposed U.N. Security Council statement would call on Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reverse a decision to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb, a move likely to raise tensions on the divided Mediterranean island.
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US joins condemnation of Turkish plan for Cyprus ‘ghost town’

Turkey’s president told move to open up Varosha in northern Cyprus will clash with UN resolutionsTurkey’s pledge to resettle an abandoned Greek town in northern Cyprus has been universally condemned, with Washington joining the EU and UK in calling the move “unacceptable”.The criticism grew within hours of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, using the 47th anniversary of the Turkish invasion into Cyprus to unveil the plan, as he pushed for a two-state solution to the island’s division duri...
Tags: Europe, UK, Greece, Washington, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Cyprus, Turkey, US news, Foreign Policy, United Nations, European Commission, Un


Covid live: Delta variant will dominate globally in months – WHO; Rome cases surge linked to Euro 2020 celebrations

WHO warns world is set to pass 200m cases within weeks; fivefold increase in Rome cases linked to Euro 2020 celebrationsFauci turns tables on inquisitor Rand PaulDelta variant accounts for 83% of new cases in US, CDC director saysUK border officials told not to make Covid checks on safe list arrivalsIndia’s excess deaths during Covid ‘could be 10 times official toll’ 1.05pm BST The Delta coronavirus variant is expected to become dominant globally within months, the World Health Organization ...
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UNESCO Revokes World Heritage Status Of Liverpool Waterfront

The UN’s cultural heritage organization had been warning for years that unchecked building development was destroying the beauty and character of the old port city’s docks and their grand Victorian structures. – BBC BBC
Tags: Art, Unesco, Un, Visual, Liverpool Waterfront


Review: Why Facebook can never fix itself

The Facebook engineer was itching to know why his date hadn’t responded to his messages. Perhaps there was a simple explanation—maybe she was sick or on vacation. So at 10 p.m. one night in the company’s Menlo Park headquarters, he brought up her Facebook profile on the company’s internal systems and began looking at her personal data. Her politics, her lifestyle, her interests—even her real-time location. The engineer would be fired for his behavior, along with 51 other employees who had ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, US, New York Times, Innovation, Un, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Sandberg, Stamos, Alex Stamos, Frenkel


Unesco strips Liverpool of its world heritage status

UN body says years of development have caused ‘irreversible loss’ to historic value of Victorian docksLiverpool has been stripped of its coveted world heritage status after Unesco blamed years of development for an “irreversible loss” to the historic value of its Victorian docks.The UN’s heritage body concluded at a meeting in China on Wednesday that the “outstanding universal value” of Liverpool’s waterfront had been destroyed by new buildings, including Everton football club’s new £500m stadiu...
Tags: China, UK News, Culture, Architecture, Unesco, Liverpool, Heritage, United Nations, Everton, Un


Satellite images show Kim Jong Un's waterslide yacht in action, while North Korea struggles with famine and COVID-19

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with military officers in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on September 16, 2017. KCNA via Reuters Satellite images caught the movements of Kim Jong Un's luxury yacht. North Korea is undergoing food shortages and struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. The amusement-park-themed yacht can be a good indicator of Kim's whereabouts, NK News reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kim Jong Un...
Tags: Politics, North Korea, US, Trends, Kim Jong Un, News UK, Un, Kim, Reuters, Yachts, Kim Jong, Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, Wonsan, Reuters Satellite, NK News


Daily Crunch: Jeff Bezos and 3 guests share Blue Origin’s first crewed flight

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 20, 2021. The markets have been active in the last few days, with stocks dropping yesterday before rebounding today. Cryptos have also been suffering from ups and downs. A bit like Jeff Bezos, though his were planned. More on that in a second. — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Bezos blasts off: The billionaire space race reac...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Europe, China, Africa, Tech, American Express, Un, Ohio, Jeff Bezos, North America, Robinhood, Venmo, Product Hunt


Myanmar's Military Again Seeks to Replace Its UN Ambassador

Myanmar’s military rulers are again seeking to replace the country’s ambassador to the United Nations who opposed their Feb. 1 ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and takeover of the government.
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John Kerry: world leaders must step up to avoid worst impacts of climate crisis

US envoy uses landmark speech in London to make impassioned plea for unified global effortThe world still has a chance of staving off the worst impacts of climate breakdown but only if governments step up in the next few months with stronger commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the US envoy for climate change has said.John Kerry, appointed by Joe Biden to spearhead the US’s international efforts to tackle the crisis, urged all large economies to come forward with new plans to cut emi...
Tags: Energy, London, Climate Change, Environment, US, Renewable Energy, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Glasgow, John Kerry, Fossil fuel divestment


Satellite images show Kim Jong-Un's water-slide yacht in action, while North Korea struggles with famine and COVID-19

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with military officers in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS Satellite images caught the movements of Kim Jong-Un's luxury yacht, suggesting he is partying. North Korea is undergoing food shortages and struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. The amusement-park-themed yacht can be a good indicator of his whereabouts, NK News reported. See more stories on Insider's b...
Tags: South Korea, Politics, North Korea, US, Trends, Kim Jong Un, News UK, Un, Kim, Reuters, Yachts, Kim Jong, KCNA, Korean Central News Agency KCNA, Wonsan, NK News


UN Rights Chief Alarmed by Reported Use of Powerful Spyware

The United Nations’ human rights chief has voiced alarm over the reported use of military-grade malware from Israel-based NSO Group to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents.
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Covid live: US warns Americans not to travel to ‘very high’ risk UK; women hit hardest by pandemic job losses – UN

Prevalence of Delta variant prompts CDC warning over travel to UK; only men’s employment likely to return to 2019 levels this year, UN saysMigration and Covid deaths depriving poorest nations of health workersThai police fire rubber bullets at protesters as Covid failures fuel angerAre enough people vaccinated in time for England’s ‘freedom day’?UK Covid – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.43pm BST The US has risen the risk of traveling to the UK to its highest level, “very hi...
Tags: UK, England, Cdc, US, World news, Britain, Delta, Un, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus, Delta On FreedomDay


Coronavirus live news: women hit hardest by pandemic job losses – UN; new Indonesia record for Covid deaths

Only men’s employment likely to return to 2019 levels this year, UN says'; Indonesia reports record 1,338 new coronavirus deaths on MondayMigration and Covid deaths depriving poorest nations of health workersThai police fire rubber bullets at protesters as Covid failures fuel angerAre enough people vaccinated in time for England’s ‘freedom day’?UK Covid – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.14pm BST Leaked correspondence shows that AstraZeneca pledged it would supply around 6m d...
Tags: UK, England, Indonesia, World news, Thailand, Delta, Poland, Un, Astrazeneca, Reuters, Coronavirus, Adam Niedzielski, Siam Bioscience


African nations boycott Montreal Olympics – archive, 19 July 1976

19 July 1976: More than 20 African and Arab countries withdraw from the Games in protest at New Zealand’s sporting links with apartheid South AfricaThe United Nations secretary-general, Dr Waldheim and the Commonwealth secretary-general, Mr Shridath Ramphal, last night urged African nations to end their boycott of the Olympic Games in Montreal.In separate statements issued after a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, they also called for efforts by the International Olympic Committee and ...
Tags: New York, Africa, Race, Sport, Canada, United Nations, New Zealand, Un, Montreal, Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee, Commonwealth, Waldheim, Shridath Ramphal, Ramphal