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August 12th 2016

Hello again to all our SCI family all over the world, this week we bring you more fresh Climate for Peace content looking at the world and what we can do to live in peace here for all of us. Not seperated by skin color or religion or backgroud but having a collective experience on earth for a short time. This fact means we have to learn to get along and share and sustain the riches earth has provided.

Today the 12th August we celebrate International Youth Day with a focus on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable production and consumption. Also humanity with a heavy heart are saying a fond farewell to the humble bramble mouse who scientists are now saying is extinct due to climate change. We cast a glance at Fukishima 5 years on and the health issues caused by transport and pollution in our cities. Also lots of other exciting articles to explore.

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International Youth Day 2016
First mammal goes extinct due to climate change
Fukishima still fighting radioactive tide 5 years after disaster
Environmental pollution and impact on public health
Coal plants use as much water as 1 billion people and consumption set to double

International Youth Day 2016

August 12 is International Youth Day and the theme for this year is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production" International Youth Day 2016 isn’t just a chance to change the world, but to change your own life, too. You can be socially active through theatre and games with social messages or role playing exercises. Develop various communication platforms to create or strengthen networks. Use social media to connect with others. Create an info point in your town/village, high school or University. Reach out to your school, group, organization or faith community. Or even get your creative cap on by inventing new ideas to celebrate. Read more here

First mammal species goes extinct due to climate change

The humble Bramble Cay melomys has disappeared from its island in the Great Barrier Reef. A small rodent that lived only on a single island off Australia is likely the world's first mammal to be a casualty of climate change, scientists report this week. The Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) seems to have disappeared from its home in the eastern Torres Strait of the Great Barrier Reef, the scientists say. The animal was last seen by a fisherman in 2009, but failed attempts to trap any in late 2014 have prompted scientists to say it is likely extinct.Read more here

Fukishima still fighting radioactive tide 5 years after disaster

Five years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck, causing three reactors at Fukushima to melt down, that goal is the focus of a colossal effort at once precarious and routine. A veneer of stability at the plant masks a grueling, day-to-day battle to contain hazardous radiation, which involves a small army of workers, complex technical challenges and vexing safety trade-offs. Fukushima has become a place where employees arrive on company shuttle buses and shop at their own on-site convenience store, but where they struggle to control radiation-contaminated water and must release it into the sea. Many of the most difficult and dangerous cleanup tasks still lie ahead, and crucial decisions remain unsettled.Read more here

Environmental pollution and impacts on public health

Over the last three decades there has been increasing global concern over the public health impacts attributed to environmental pollution, in particular, the global burden of disease.The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about a quarter of the diseases facing mankind today occur due to prolonged exposure to environmental pollution. Most of these environment-related diseases are however not easily detected and may be acquired during childhood and manifested later in adulthood. Read more here

Coal plants use as much water as 1 billion people and 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. “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. Read here


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