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Liberia again declared free of Ebola transmission as number of cases remains stable in wider West Africa
The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission after the disease had resurfaced in June, and enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance, as the number of cases in the rest of West Africa remained stable at three for the fifth consecutive week.
âShock must be matched by action,â UNICEF chief declares as heart-breaking images reveal plight of children in Europeâs refugee and migrant crisis
As the âheart-breakingâ image of a drowned refugee boy who washed up on a beach in Turkey ricocheted around the world on social media, along with equally painful images of children lying suffocated in the backs of trucks crossing borders and being passed over barbed wire fences by desperate parents, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Childrenâs Fund today made a powerful plea for action to protect migrant and refugee children.
Spotlighting sustainable development, âGlobal Goalsâ campaign launched at UN
As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals, the UN is partnering with a ground-breaking collaboration of campaigners, public figures, companies and civil society groups uniting to tell seven billion people in seven days that âitâs time to change the world.â
In Beijing, UN chief urges China to help build momentum ahead of Paris climate change conference
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today thanked China for its efforts to address climate change, both through its actions and policies, and called for Beijingâs continued support for building momentum ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.
Civilians in Syria suffering âa living tragedyâ with no end in sight, UN human rights expert warns
With nearly half Syriaâs population now displaced or made refugees by a âprotracted and chaoticâ conflict, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today warned that while the world watches, civilians, Syrians of all backgrounds, are being subjected to war crimes, as well as other gross violations of their human rights.
Yemen: UN calls for unimpeded access to people in need as fighting intensifies in southwestern region
Air strikes, armed confrontation and looting across Taiz governorate in Yemen have exacerbated an already desperate situation, dramatically escalating humanitarian suffering, the United Nations relief wing warned today, urging unimpeded access to those in need.
UN human rights chief deplores new allegation of sexual abuse in CAR
United Nations staff in the Central African Republic (CAR) learned on 30 August that a girl was allegedly sexually abused around a year ago by a member of the French military force there, known as Sangaris, according to the world bodyâs human rights chief.
There is not a one-size-fits-all solution to the EUâs migrant crisis
The EU has been overwhelmed by the migration and refugee crisis facing it and has descended into finger-pointing and an unsavoury blame-game. What is already a complex problem is being complicated further by confused national and EU policies and the conflation of many different issues.
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The potential of wind power
Imagine an advanced, industrialised country with a sophisticated economy and high energy needs being powered just by renewable energy. To be precise, wind power.
This isn’t some futuristic vision. It’s already happened. For a short time in July, 140 percent of Denmark’s electricity demand was met by wind farms. So much power was generated, Denmark was able to sell the surplus to Germany, Norway and Sweden.
Admittedly, it was an unusually windy day. But it shows the potential of wind power, which is the fastest-growing renewable energy. Greenpeace believes wind power could provide 20% of global energy needs by 2030, if governments take the right decisions to reduce fossil fuel-based energies.
Wind farms are sprouting across the world, from the US to Europe to China â the number of wind turbines have quadrupled in the last eight years. Wind power is the third largest source of electricity in China, providing more energy than nuclear. It’s central to President Obama’s Clean Power Act and some European countries are exceeding their targets for wind-powered energy.
Most wind turbines are on land, but there are ambitious plans for huge wind farms at sea where winds are stronger and more persistent, so even more electricity can be produced.
And with that expansion, costs are tumbling. The cost of using wind power to produce electricity has more than halved in the last five years, and even without subsidies it’s now a cheaper alternative than coal and oil â which, in any case, continue to benefit from huge subsidies around the world.
So with technology improving and costs falling, orders are surging and the wind turbine makers are seeing record profits.
Every region of the world can benefit from wind resources. The US alone has enough wind potential to supply its energy needs three times over.
All that’s required is the political will, and technological vision, to achieve a wind revolution.
Joanna Mills is a Communications Strategist for Greenpeace International.
At UN Headquarters, commemorative plaque joins âTree of Peace and Unityâ marking end of World War II
A ceremony to dedicate a commemorative plaque marking the end of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific was organized at United Nations Headquarters today.