Yes, my water has been shut off since Friday, May 16, and I have paid my bill in full ($32) on Monday, [May] 19, and still do not have water due to the extreme hurdle one has to comply with to get it turned back on, [including producing a] deed to the property, lease agreement-notarized, mortgage documents, tax records, driver’s licence, social security cards, notarized statements from the owners of the property, background checks, etc. My father’s house is in probate court and I cannot have the water turned on!
There are approximately 110 million active mines in the world — one for every 17 children or for every 52 adults. Friday is the International Day of Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action.
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Who Suffers Most? Extreme Weather Risk Index Unveiled at UN Climate Talks
Haiti topped the chart as the country most at risk from extreme weather events in this year’s Global Climate Risk Index, because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that left 200,000 people homeless and destroyed many crops.
The Index, released on the second day of the UN climate conference here, noted that while the damage in New York made all the headlines it was in Haiti that losses were greatest.
“The report illustrates that the self-help capacity of countries is being overwhelmed by the scale of the climate disasters they are facing,” said Christoph Bals, policy director of Germanwatch.
“These are the countries that have contributed least to climate change because they have tiny emissions, yet they are the countries that are suffering most from it,” he continued. “Developed countries that have caused the problem have a moral responsibility to help.”
This is a strange new world, isn’t it?
That awkward moment when US conservatives reflexively embrace both Putin’s admonishing of American ‘exceptionalism’ and fawning praise of, and adherence to, UN authority.
The hoops Cons/Tea Baggers/Theo-brats have to jump through just to oppose Obama. Staggering.
Water is Life.
The U.N. General Assembly declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. And the theme of this year’s World Water Week, September 1st-September 7th, is “Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships.” This week, scientists, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers all over the world will convene at theStockholm International Water Institute in Sweden to discuss new research and developments in water conservation – and most importantly, what needs to be done to ensure the protection of one of Earth’s most valuable resources for future generations.
Last spring I published some reflections to my course blog that included some reflections on a talk by Leymah Gbowee, one of three women who won the Nobel Peace Prize today.
Discussion not facilitated by me broke out in The Sociology of War and Peace today, in consideration of Alex Morrison’s contribution to Patterns of Conflict, Paths to Peace, (Ch. 3), on conflict resolution in the international arena. It seems that this topic has been waiting to break out all…
- There is a famine in two regions of Southern Somalia.
- The UN has a tumblog.
Major announcement: Famine has been declared today in two regions of Southern Somalia. This crisis represents the most serious food insecurity situation in the world today, in terms of both scale and severity.
Is there still time to intervene? The current humanitarian response is inadequate to meet emergency needs, but lives can still be saved with an immediate, massive, multisectoral response.
How can you help?
The ongoing Gaza blockade is a denial of basic human rights in contravention of international law and amounts to collective punishment; it severely restricts imports and exports, the movement of people in and out of Gaza, and access to agricultural land and fishing waters. Gazans are unable to provide for their families and the quality of infrastructure and vital services has deteriorated.
Statehood will not threaten Israel, but hasten a negotiated peace.