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Stephen Hawking: Pollution and other ‘stupidity’ still biggest threats
By: Gabriel Samuels, The Independent
29 June 2016
Professor Stephen Hawking says he believes pollution and human “stupidity” remain the biggest threats to mankind, while also expressing his concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in warfare.   The world’s leading theoretical physicist argued “we have certainly not become less greedy or less stupid” in our treatment of the environment
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UN Experts Insist on Human Rights-based Habitat III
By: OHCHR
29 June 2016
UN experts issue statement on Habitat III: new agenda must be based in human rights   NEW YORK/GENEVA—As independent human rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council, we call for a New Urban Agenda that embraces the transformative potential of human rights as a necessary framework for inclusive, vibrant and sustainable cities.
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HIC/GPR2C Statement on the New Habitat Agenda
By: HIC-HLRN
29 June 2016
Speaking on behalf of Habitat International Coalition, in partnership with the Global Platform on the Right to the City, HIC President Lorena Zárate delivered the following statement at intergovernmental negotiations at UN Headquarters, New York, 29 June 2016.   [check against delivery]   “Thank you Mr Chair for this opportunity to address the distinguish
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HIC Responds to Habitat III’s Revised Zero Draft
By: HIC-HLRN
28 June 2016
The following are Habitat International Coalition`s comments on the revised zero draft of the Habitat III outcome documents, submitted to the Habitat III Secretariat on 28 June 2016:     Habitat International Coalition was born out of, and—for two generations now—has faithfully upheld the Habitat Agenda as a cornerstone of its global platform.
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
By: Maya Brennan, Urban Land
27 June 2016
In his recently released book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016, Penguin Random House, 432 pages, hardcover $28), sociologist and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond explores life for low-income renters and their landlords in two high-poverty Milwaukee communities. How Housing Matters spoke with Desmond about his research
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India: 2 Cops, 5 Protesters Killed in Land Eviction
By: See and say.in
25 June 2016
Mathura: Five protesters and two policemen, including an SP, were killed and over 40 people injured in clashes during a drive to evict illegal occupants of a land in Mathura district, a top official said. The clashes broke out when the police were trying to evict illegal occupants of a land
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USA: Fed Killed 3.2 mil Animals in 2015
By: Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity
24 June 2016
Ignoring calls for reform, Wildlife Services kills half-million more coyotes, bears, wolves, foxes, other animals than previous year   The highly secretive arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed more than 3.2 million animals during fiscal year 2015, according to new data released by the agency. The
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Demise of World Bank Accountability
By: HIC-HLRN
22 June 2016
A forthcoming article in the American University International Law Review(AUILR) addressed “The Demise of Accountability at the World Bank?” The article by Natalie Bugalski, of Inclusive Development,  examines recent trends in the accountability system at the World Bank, including the proposed Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and developments at the
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Israel: Water as a Tool to Dominate Palestinians
By: Camilla Corradin, Al Jazeera
20 June 2016
Israel deliberately denies Palestinians control over their water sources and sets the ground for water domination.   Occupied West Bank—As temperatures rise and summer months approach, yet again this year, thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are being deprived of their most basic need - access to water - as
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Tibet: Farm Women Protest Loss of Their Land
By: RFA’s Tibetan Service
17 June 2016
Holding the Chinese national flag and carrying photos of Chinese national leaders, Tibetan farm women marched this week outside Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa to protest the confiscation by authorities of their farmland, sources in the region and in exile said. Over 100 women from Gachoe village in the Tibet Autonomous Region’s
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Standing up to TNC Land Grab in Sierra Leone
By: HLRN
16 June 2016
HLRN has joined over 40 civil society organizations to express deep concern over the impact of a monoculture agricultural project that involves the dispossession of the people living in Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District in Sierra Leone.   The project is the subject of an investment by SOCFIN Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd.
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USA: Pennsylvania Town Defeats Nestlé`s
By: Alexis Bonogofsky, Truthout
16 June 2016
Pennsylvania’s Kunkletown defeats Nestlé`s attempt to privatize its water   Eric Andreaus, a hydrogeologist and spokesperson for Nestlé Waters North America, stood up during a monthly Eldred Township meeting in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, on 8 June 2016, and announced that Nestlé was abandoning its plans to extract 73 million gallons of water
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Nigeria: Protests in Anambra Alleged land confiscation
By: Vincent Ujumadu, vanguardngr.com
15 June 2016
Awka—THE people from Nawfia in Njikoka local government area of Anambra State have appealed to the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano to intervene on behalf of the community over alleged confiscation of their communal land by some officials in the ministry of lands and the state Housing Corporation, with the
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Brazil: Fundão Dam Devastation
By: Ingrid Fadnes, Al Jazeera
14 June 2016
MARIANA, Brazil—On November 5, 2015, the Fundao dam burst in the inland municipality of Mariana in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The Brazilian mining company Samarco, owned by two of the world`s biggest mining corporations, Vale SA and BHP Billiton, operated the dam.   Tcharly do Barmo Batista, a 23-year-old father,
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Choctaw v Climate Change: “The earth is speaking”
By: Emily Crane Linn, Al Jazeera
13 June 2016
In the United States, members of the indigenous Choctaw nation fight to reclaim their relationship with the land in a world without seasons.   Durant, Oklahoma—It`s nearly June. Every day, the Earth brings Darryl “Grey Eagle” Brown closer to the Sun, to heaven, to the Creator. That means it`s nearly time
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Zimbabwe Diamond-displaced Villagers Seek Help
By: Reuters
13 June 2016
Zimbabwe Villagers Displaced by Diamond Mining Seek Government Help. More than 1,000 families were moved from their village in 2009.     MUTARE, Zimbabwe—Villagers relocated to a sprawling government-owned farm complex in eastern Zimbabwe to make way for the nation’s biggest diamond field are hoping that President Robert Mugabe’s move to take control
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Brazil: Guarani & Kaiowá Face Forced Eviction
By: FIAN International
12 June 2016
With no access to their legitimate territory, the members of the Guarani and Kaiowá Apyka`i community will be prevented from exercising their fundamental rights as indigenous peoples, including feeding themselves adequately.   Despite  intensive and coordinated international action, the sentence by the 1st Federal Court of Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul has followed
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Right to the City @ the UN
By: HIC-HLRN
12 June 2016
Right to the City is widely supported in the open-ended informal Habitat III consultations at UN Headquarters   Last week in New York, proponents advocated the adoption of the Right to the City in New Habitat Agenda in all informal hearings that the UN conducted in preparation for Habitat III (United Nations
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“Luminous Fog” Makes Milky Way Disappear
By: Nicola Davis, The Guardian
11 June 2016
It has inspired astronomers, artists, musicians and poets but the Milky Way could become a distant memory for much of humanity, according to a new global atlas of light pollution.   The study found 60% of those living in the EU and almost 80% of North Americans cannot see the glow of
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CFS Recommendations on Connecting Smallholders to Markets
By: CFS
09 June 2016
The Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) convened from 8-9 June 2016, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in Rome, Italy. Building on the outcomes of the 2015 High-Level Forum on
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