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Seven ways to save lives on the frontline of the climate crisis

Seven ways to save lives on the frontline of the climate crisis Women in an Indonesian village plan strategies for reconstruction after extreme weather. World Bank/Flickr Every year the lives of millions of people are destroyed by disasters, both caused and made worse by the climate crisis. From wildfires to…

Canada: Stop Incarcerating Immigration Detainees in Provincial Jails

National Campaign Urges Provinces to Cancel Contracts Enabling Abuses (Ottawa, October 14, 2021) – Provincial governments should sever their contracts to hold immigration detainees in provincial jails, where many experience abusive conditions, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today in opening a joint national campaign, #WelcomeToCanada. While Canadian authorities have released significant…

Breastfeeding is tough: new research shows how to make it more manageable

Breastfeeding is tough: new research shows how to make it more manageable Jacob Lund/Shutterstock The benefits of breastfeeding are wide-ranging and life-changing. Breast milk contains antibodies that reduce the risk of asthma, allergies, diarrhoea and ear infections. Breastfed infants are hospitalised less frequently than infants who are not. In later…

Breastfeeding is tough: new research shows how to make it more manageable

Jacob Lund/Shutterstock The benefits of breastfeeding are wide-ranging and life-changing. Breast milk contains antibodies that reduce the risk of asthma, allergies, diarrhoea and ear infections. Breastfed infants are hospitalised less frequently than infants who are not. In later life, breastfed children and less likely to be overweight and have higher…

UK: Matt Hancock’s appointment as UN special envoy for Covid-19 recovery in Africa requires clear commitment to human rights and just recovery

Responding to Matt Hancock MP’s appointment as UN special representative on financial innovation and climate change for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, with a focus on helping Africa’s economy recover from Covid-19, Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director, said: This appointment must result in Matt Hancock…

Relaxing restrictions hasn’t made COVID cases spike – but this doesn’t mean herd immunity has arrived

Varavin88/Shutterstock Back in the summer of 2021, the UK government’s pandemic modellers predicted that there would be a significant COVID outbreak in the autumn. Yet so far, this hasn’t happened. Other countries with good COVID vaccine coverage have also seen their cases fall and then stabilise. So is herd immunity…

How making homes energy efficient could boost the economy and create jobs

How making homes energy efficient could boost the economy and create jobs Brizmaker/Shutterstock Making homes and buildings energy efficient is a win-win for people and the planet. Homes with well-insulated walls and windows need to burn less gas in a boiler to keep warm, reducing household greenhouse gas emissions and…

Our green royals – saving the planet one helicopter ride at a time | Marina Hyde

The Queen, Charles and William have hit out at those who are all talk on the climate crisis. One has to wonder who they meanI understand why they go out, “but it isn’t helpful to do it in a way that alienates people,” explained Prince Charles of Insulate Britain, in…

More accurate way to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease – new study

More accurate way to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease – new study Orawan Pattarawimonchai/Shutterstock Beta-amyloid and tau are two proteins that serve useful functions in the brain, but in Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia – they go rogue and destroy brain cells (neurons). This happens…

Breast milk can contain COVID antibodies – good news for babies

Irina Polonina/Shutterstock Although babies and young children are at lower risk of getting very sick with COVID-19 compared to older adults, a small proportion of babies will require hospital care. There has been immense interest among scientists, health-care workers and new mothers especially in understanding whether potentially protective antibodies against…

COVID and flu: how big could the dual threat be this winter?

COVID and flu: how big could the dual threat be this winter? Subbotina Anna/Shutterstock Although COVID infections are currently low or in decline in most western countries aside from the UK, there’s still a long way to go before the threat of the pandemic is over. A big concern this…

New Vetting Process in International Criminal Court Deputy Prosecutor Elections

Click to expand Image Permanent premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. © 2018 Marina Riera/Human Rights Watch Further leadership changes are underway at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as its member countries approach the December election of the court’s next deputy prosecutors. On October 10, ICC…

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