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July 15th 2016

Hello SCI family and welcome to this weeks Climate for Peace Newsletter,

This week we have exciting new articles for you to read and become inspired by nature again. It is important we become aware of the impact we are having on our environment so that we can reverse the damage for future generations. Inspiring a deep love of nature in young people is a great way to start. Younger generations have not forgotten their own affinity to nature. Helping them along this path is infact helping the world remember it's forgotten stewardship with the earth.

Enjoy this weeks newsletter and if you would like to explore a practical way to get involved we have some amazing workcamps and check out our website sci.ngo for lots more news and updates. Happy reading!

After Paris indigenous people must take the lead on climate change
Millions of tons of trash dumped in worlds ocean
Coal powers water consumption set to double
The impact of El Niño still causing disease and malnutrition
Pacific Islands nations consider first treaty to ban fossil fuels
Volunteers experiences at a workcamp in Indonesia

After Paris indigenous people must take the lead on climate change

The COP 21 in Paris marks the emergence of a global deal on climate emissions and adaptation governance until 2020. Or does it? Many advocates and members of the scientific community find that the measures taken there will not serve to remedy global warming in the short run. Bill McKibbon of 350.org stated that the deal might have been adequate for 1995, but falls short of what is needed now. In Paris, the improved global goal of holding warming to a 1.5 C rise is predicated on non-binding language for global climate change mitigation and adaptation finance ($180 billion USD per year) in exchange for pledges by all national governments to limit their carbon emissions.Read more here

Millions of tons of trash dumped in the worlds oceans

Millions of tons of plastic trash flow into the world’s oceans each year, and a new study finds that most of it comes from China and developing economies in Asia.The study, published in Friday’s edition of the journal Science, estimates that China's heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic to the world's oceans each year, largely due to mismanaged waste. Eight of the top 10 contributors were in Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh, according to the study, which estimated that 4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic wound up in the world's oceans in 2010.Read more here

Coal powers water consumption set to double

Coal power plants use enough water to supply the needs of 1 billion people and that will almost double if all the world’s planned power plants come online. Almost half the new power plants will be built in areas that are already in high water stress, a report commissioned by Greenpeace says. Australian Climate Council calls for urgent action as records tumble “We now know that coal not only pollutes our skies and fuels climate change, it also deprives us of our most precious resources: water,” said Harri Lammi, a Greenpeace campaigner. The research, released on World Water Day, examined the water usage of each of the world’s 8,359 existing coal power plants, as well as of all the proposed power plants that could be identified. It combined the water used in producing the electricity, as well as that used in mining the coal.Read more here

The impact of El Niño still causing disease and malnutrition

The 2015-2016 El Niño has ended but its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, one of the strongest on record, UNICEF said today. And there is a strong chance La Niña – El Niño’s flip side – could strike at some stage this year, further exacerbating a severe humanitarian crisis that is affecting millions of children in some of the most vulnerable communities, UNICEF said in a report called It’s not over – El Niño’s impact on children.Read more here

Pacific Islands nations consider worlds first treaty to ban fossil fuels

The world’s first international treaty that bans or phases out fossil fuels is being considered by leaders of developing Pacific islands nations after a summit in the Solomon Islands this week. The leaders of 14 countries agreed to consider a proposed Pacific climate treaty, which would bind signatories to targets for renewable energy and ban new or the expansion of coalmines, at the annual leaders’ summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF). Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits Mahendra Kumar, climate change advisor to PIDF, told the Guardian the treaty proposal was received very positively by the national leaders. “They seemed convinced that this is an avenue where the Pacific could again show or build on the moral and political leadership that they’ve shown earlier in their efforts to tackle climate change,” he said.Read more here

Volunteers experiences at a workcamp in Indonesia

Check out our volunteers experiences from the Climate for Peace Mangkang Camp recently in Indonesia. Explore their volunteering stories and the valuable lessons each of them gained from giving their time to help with local community projects. Even the local people were volunteering there hands and hearts to help alongside them. Showing that when people of all ages come together in peace great things can be accomplished. Peace and respect towards fellow beings is the only way forward and it is these demonstrations of kindness among volunteers that bring us one step closer to a climate of peace.Read more here

 

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