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UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends

13/07/2009

From UNEP L’Aquila (Italy), 10 July 2009 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the G8 agreement on a long term goal to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but says it is still not enough to reach a fair, effective climate agreement in Copenhagen Summit in December. Mr. Ban called for more […]

Climate change slowing China’s drive to end poverty

17/06/2009

From Reuters By Emma Graham-Harrison   BEIJING, June 17 (Reuters) – Climate change is making some of the poorest people in China even more destitute and undermining the development that has been a cornerstone of Communist rule, academics and campaigners said on Wednesday.   The most poverty-stricken parts of the country are often also the […]

Israel sees deal soon with Obama over settlements

17/06/2009

From Reuters JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a deal with Washington under which Israeli building in existing Jewish settlements could go forward in certain cases, Israeli and Western officials said on Tuesday. In talks with U.S. President Barack Obama‘s Middle East envoy, Netanyahu has asserted that his government does not have […]

Pedestrians, cyclists among main road traffic crash victims

17/06/2009

From WHO Half of 1.27 million people who die in road traffic crashes every year are pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists, finds new WHO study. 15 JUNE 2009 | GENEVA/NEW YORK — The first global assessment of road safety finds that almost half of the estimated 1.27 million people who die in road traffic crashes every […]

The week ahead

15/06/2009

From The Economist The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China meet to discuss the economy, and other news • LEADERS of Brazil, Russia, India and China, known collectively as the BRIC countries, will gather for their first official summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Tuesday June 16th. China and India have continued to grow reasonably […]

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program

14/06/2009

From Nuclear Archive Israel is believed to possess the largest and most sophisticated arsenal outside of the five declared nuclear powers. Israel has never admitted possessing nuclear weapons, but abundant information is available showing that the capability exists. A short essay on the history of Israel’s nuclear weapons program April 1997 revelations about Israeli-South African […]

Don’t break promises, help the poorest fight climate change – WWF tells G8 finance chiefs

13/06/2009

From WWF The G8 must stick to its past financial commitments to help the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) address the disastrous impacts of climate change, WWF said ahead of a meeting of the group’s finance ministers. The G8 must stick to its past financial commitments to help the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) address […]

The good, the bad and the ugly

13/06/2009

From The Economist How indebted rich countries will be in 2014 THE government debt of the ten richest countries attending the G20 summits will hit 114% of GDP by 2014, up from 78% in 2007, according to a new IMF study. To measure how much fiscal pain would be required to bring gross debt ratios […]

World now at the start of 2009 influenza pandemic

13/06/2009

From WHO Dr Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization Ladies and gentlemen, In late April, WHO announced the emergence of a novel influenza A virus. This particular H1N1 strain has not circulated previously in humans. The virus is entirely new. The virus is contagious, spreading easily from one person to another, and from […]

The future of the forest

13/06/2009

From The Economist THE tiny village, where naked Ticuna Indians live in wooden houses raised on stilts, looks out over one of the rivers that becomes the Amazon. No place seems farther removed from the ups and downs of the world economy. But this is misleading. The Ticuna, who now have a large reservation at […]