In 1883, Krakatoa erupted, spewing volcanic ash and gas into the stratosphere, making clouds more reflective and cooling the entire planet by roughly 1° C that year. In 2018, the UN reported that human activity has already raised Earth’s temperature by 1°, and if we don’t do something drastic soon, the results will be catastrophic.
The optimal solution is staring us in the face, of course; reduce carbon emissions. Unfortunately this optimal solution is politically untenable and extremely expensive. A decade ago McKinsey estimated it would cost $1 trillion just to halve the growth of carbon emissions … in India alone. That’s still less than the cost of doing nothing — estimated at $20 trillion by Nature, which doesn’t include its toll on human lives — but it’s a cost which seems to make the necessary political decisions impossible.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to speed up the controversial land reform proposed by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) earlier this year.
“We are making history and celebrating the return of your land today. We are righting the historic injustice and returning the land to its rightful owners,” the president said at the handover of 4‚586 hectares of land to the community of KwaMkhwanazi at Empangeni in northeastern KwaZulu-Natal.
Ramaphosa admitted that his government has been too slow in the process of restitution and redistribution of farmlands, stressing that land is a key pillar for economic emancipation and freedom.
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Angela Merkel’s coalition government in Berlin looks more fragile than ever after voters in the state of Bavaria roundly rejected the chancellor’s allied parties at a regional election this weekend.
The result was likened to a “political earthquake” and “landslide” by experts.
The Christian Social Union (CSU), Merkel’s Bavarian sister party, saw its worst election result since 1950 on Sunday and lost its long-held majority, while the Green party and far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party saw their vote share increase.
The macabre case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi raises the question: did Saudi rulers fear him revealing highly damaging information on their secret dealings? In particular, possible involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks on New York in 2001.
Even more intriguing are US media reports now emerging that American intelligence had snooped on and were aware of Saudi officials making plans to capture Khashoggi prior to his apparent disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. If the Americans knew the journalist’s life was in danger, why didn’t they tip him off to avoid his doom?
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Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was killed and another left seriously injured in a stabbing in London.
Officers were called to the scene on Manford Way in Hainault, north-east London at about 10.20pm on Friday night.
One man, believed to be 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second, thought to be 22, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
The Metropolitan Police said a murder investigation had been launched and that no arrests had been made.
During a Poetry Slam in Speyer, Ida-Marie Müller a 14-year-old girl dared to ridicule the welcome culture of the left and denounce refugee rapists all in one.
Not only did she receive the most applause for her poem but would have won the competition because the winner was determined this way.
“From far away the man fell into the hands of traffickers, with no passport and a mobile phone. He arrived in our hallowed German land. Because he can’t get a lady, he helped himself to one with a knife.”
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Judges in England and Wales could be set for a whopping £60,000 pay rise.
The Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) has recommended the huge pay hike, at a time when other public sector workers are being offered considerably less.
Police and prison officers, for example, have been restricted to pay rises of less than 3%.
Teachers have been awarded a 3.5% pay rise while those in the armed forces 2.9%.
The judges pay award works out at a rise of 32%.
Higher levels of urinary fluoride during pregnancy are associated with more ADHD-like symptoms in school-age children, according to University of Toronto and York University researchers.
“Our findings are consistent with a growing body of evidence suggesting that the growing fetal nervous system may be negatively affected by higher levels of fluoride exposure,” said Dr. Morteza Bashash, the study’s lead author and researcher at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
The study, “Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Symptoms in Children at 6-12 Years of Age in Mexico City,” published today in Environment International, analyzed data from 213 mother-child pairs in Mexico City that were part of the Early Life Exposures in Mexico to Environmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) project, which recruited pregnant women from 1994 to 2005 and has continued to follow the women and their children ever since.
‘Jihadist human traffickers’ slaughtered two women and a young girl in Evros Greece, local media say. Evros is near the Greek – Turkish border. Several points along it are being used as paths for human traffickers to sneak into Greece.
A few days ago a farmer whose field is 50 meters along the border, faced a horrible spectacle. Three young women were slaughtered near the river Evros, two of them were bound by the arms and legs, another victim was found 40 meters away.
He immediately called the police. The police officers found a military type knife near the bodies which was used by the murderer.
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The head of the Metropolitan Police has said it is “simply wrong” to criticize her deputy for remaining in his car during the Westminster terror attack.
Cressida Dick said that accusing Sir Craig Mackey of cowardice was “confused, unpleasant, personalized and ignorant” and was “simply not supported by the evidence”.
Her comments came after an inquest concluded that Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was lawfully killed.