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The Challenges of Transforming Food Systems in a Global, Human Security Context

Please respond to a 60 sec survery after watching – Click here to take survey The running order for the video is as follows: Part 1. Why 1945?: 0 – 2 minutes 45 seconds Part 2. Proxy wars to the end of the cold war: 2 min 45 sec – 5 min 42…

Net zero: UK government sued for weak strategy – so here’s what makes a good climate change plan

Net zero: UK government sued for weak strategy – so here’s what makes a good climate change plan Roserunn/Shutterstock Two-thirds of countries have now committed to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions at some point this century. During 2021, the share of large companies with net zero commitments jumped from…

Short-sightedness is on the rise in both children and adults – new study

Short-sightedness is increasing worldwide. chali_studio/ Shutterstock We’ve known for years now that rates of short-sightedness (scientifically known as myopia) are rising globally. Some estimates even suggest that half of the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050. In the UK and Europe alone, rates of short-sightedness have doubled in the…

Four surprising ways climate change is affecting people’s health in England and Wales

Four surprising ways climate change is affecting people’s health in England and Wales Jevanto Productions/Shutterstock When you take age out of the equation, temperature-related deaths are on the decline in England and Wales. That’s according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). But more people are…

Afghanistan: Taliban authorities must reveal Alia Azizi’s whereabouts

The Taliban authorities must urgently investigate the abduction of Alia Azizi, a senior female prison official who has been missing for more than three months after she reported for duty in Herat, and immediately and unconditionally release her if in their custody, Amnesty international said. Alia Azizi, a member of…

December (2021) retail sales slump

Coronavirus restrictions (Plan B) caused a sharp drop in retail sales in December in the UK as consumers opted to stay at home over concerns about the Omicron variant. Retail volumes dropped by 3.7 per cent in December, far more than the 0.6 per cent fall predicted by economists, according…

Top Facts about Ukraine

Ukraine is the largest country in Europe. At 603,628 sq. km., it stretches from Russia in the east to Poland in the west, with the Black Sea running along its southern border. It’s nearly three times the size of the UK. Ukraine’s history is both incredibly interesting and complex. Its…

EFF Sues the U.S. State Department over Documents Related to Activist Leila Khaled

Over the last few years, technology platforms have repeatedly censored online expression by Palestinians and their allies. In one example of this, technology companies have refused to host speech by Palestinian activist Leila Khaled. Khaled is associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a group on the State…

Chemical pollution exceeds safe planetary limit: researcher Q+A on consequences for life on Earth

Chemical pollution exceeds safe planetary limit: researcher Q+A on consequences for life on Earth The production and release of plastics, pesticides, industrial compounds, antibiotics and other pollutants is now happening so fast and on such a large scale that it has exceeded the planetary boundary for chemical pollution, the safe…

DSA: EU Parliament Vote Ensures a Free Internet, But a Final Regulation Must Add Stronger Privacy Protections

The European Parliament had an important decision to make this week about the Digital Services Act (DSA). After months of considering amendments, members oscillated between several policy options on how to regulate online platforms, including the dystopian idea of mandating dominant platforms act as internet police, monitoring content on behalf…

UN: Ban Abusive Bangladesh Unit from Peacekeeping

Click to expand Image Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) stand on guard at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  © 2021 Piyas Biswas / SOPA Images/Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images) (New York) – The United Nations Department of Peace Operations should ban Bangladesh’s notoriously abusive paramilitary Rapid Action…

Europe: MEP vote takes ‘significant step’ towards restricting invasive tracking-based advertising

Responding to today’s vote by MEPs to amend the Digital Services Act and regulate tracking-based advertising, Claudia Prettner, Legal and Policy Adviser at Amnesty Tech, said: “Amnesty International has long been highlighting the dangers of surveillance advertising, and today’s vote represents a significant step towards seriously protecting people’s rights. “It is…

Radical overhaul of construction industry needed if UK to have any chance of net zero by 2050 – new research

Radical overhaul of construction industry needed if UK to have any chance of net zero by 2050 – new research Tricky_Shark/Shutterstock As I entered the construction site in England a decade ago, I was filled with excitement. This was a new state of the art housing development. I was there…

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