Youth mobilization versus political inaction, island nation dilemmas and the acceleration of glacier meltdowns… As COP25 goes on in Madrid, our Development press review selects noteworthy news on the environmental crisis.

 Young minds speak the truth. If only adults could listen. [ARTICLE]
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Young minds speak the truth. If only adults could listen.

Before COP25 launch in Madrid, UN Secretary general Antonio Guterres took stock of mass mobilization of world youth for climate as opposed to political inaction. The world has the technical means to halt climate chaos. What’s missing is political will.

COP25: youth “leadership” contrasts with government inaction, says UN chief  ” , The Guardian, December 2, 2019

Refusing to flee yet refusing to die [ARTICLE]
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Refusing to flee yet refusing to die

COP25 was launched in Madrid a week after 16 feet tides washed over Marshall Islands capital Majuro, inundating much of the city and distressing its inhabitants. For its president Hilda Heine, climate change is “a fight to the death for anyone not prepared to flee” island nations such as hers.

Climate change: COP25 island nation in “fight to death”  ” , BBC News, December 2, 2019

From the Amazon fires to the Andes glaciers: the climate butterfly effect [ARTICLE]
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From the Amazon fires to the Andes glaciers: the climate butterfly effect

How is the 70% increase in Amazon fires in the past 11 months already accelerating the Andes glaciers meltdown? PhD researcher from Keele University Matthew Harris provides scientific answers.

Amazon fires are causing glaciers in the Andes to melt even faster  ” , The Conversation UK, November 28, 2019

Indian rape culture: immediate political action or mob violence [ARTICLE]
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Indian rape culture: immediate political action or mob violence

Recent rape and murder case in Hyderabad sparks new debate on Indian police and political inaction to render the country safer for women. As activists take to the streets, opposition party leader Jaya Bachchan calls for mob violence against perpetrators.

“These people need to be lynched”: outrage grows over gang rape and murder of 27-year-old vet in India  ” , The Independent, December 2, 2019

Making HIV treatments kid-friendly [ARTICLE]
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Making HIV treatments kid-friendly

HIV medicine usually comes in hard pills or bitter syrups that need refrigeration: an issue of treatment access that is seldom discussed yet causes the deaths of thousands of infants in Africa each year.

New strawberry-flavored HIV drugs for babies are offered at $1 a day  ” , The New York Times, November 29, 2019

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