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As Africa's glaciers melt, millions face drought and floods, UN says
20 October 2021 - Africa's fabled eastern glaciers will vanish in two decades, 118 million poor people face drought, floods, or extreme heat, and climate change could shrink the continent's economy by 3% by mid-century, the U.N. climate agency warned on Tuesday [19 Ocotober]. ...The report forecast that at current rates all three of Africa's tropical ice fields -- Tanzania's Kilimanjaro, Kenya's Mount Kenya, and Uganda's Rwenzoris, which are often identified as the location of the legendary Mountains of the Moon -- would be gone by the 2040s. (more)

French beekeepers expect worst harvest in decades due to climate change
19 October 2021 - French beekeepers expect their worst harvest in decades as unseasonably cold and wet weather due to climate change has prevented bees from producing honey. 'This will be worst harvest in the history of our organisation, the worst in at least 50 years,' UNAF president Christian Pons told Reuters on Tuesday [19 October]. (more)

Russia's remote permafrost thaws, threatening homes and infrastructure
19 October 2021 - The old airport in the Siberian settlement of Churapcha has been unusable for years, its runway transformed into a swampy field of puffed-up mounds and reliefs. Like cities and towns across northern and northeastern Russia, Churapcha is suffering the consequence of climate change thawing the permafrost on which everything is built. ... Homes are becoming separated from sinking earth. Pipelines and storage facilities are under threat. Roads are increasingly in need of repair. (more)

Iraq to reduce winter crop area by 50% due to water shortage - ministry statement
17 October 2021 - Iraq's agriculture ministry said on Sunday it would reduce its 2021-2022 winter crop planting area by 50% due to a water shortage. (more)

Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds
17 October 2021 - Synthetic chemicals called phthalates, found in hundreds of consumer products such as food storage containers, shampoo, makeup, perfume, and children's toys, may contribute to some 91,000 to 107,000 premature deaths a year among people ages 55 to 64 in the United States, a new study found. ... Phthalates are known to interfere with the body's mechanism for hormone production, known as the endocrine system, and they are 'linked with developmental, reproductive, brain, immune, and other problems,' according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. (more)

Explainer: What's happening in Lebanon
16 October 2021 - At least six people were shot dead in Beirut on Thursday as demonstrations related to a probe into last year's catastrophic port blast prompted the city's worst civil violence in years. The latest bloodshed adds to the woes of a country suffering one of the world's worst ever economic meltdowns. Here's what you need to know about the Lebanon crises: (more)

US: Winter heating bills set to jump as inflation hits home
13 October 2021 - With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday [13 October] it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54 percent compared to last winter. The forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is the latest reminder of the higher inflation ripping across the global economy. (more)

In secret tapes, palm oil execs disclose corruption, brutality
9 October 2021 - The police drove into the village of Watwat in SUVs during a rainstorm. It was late on a July night in 2019, and they'd come through the rainforest, armed with guns and metal bars. ... Global Witness's two-year investigation is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the corruption, labor abuses, and destructive environmental practices in an industry that is clearing carbon-rich rainforests and emitting greenhouse gases at a rate that has become a growing concern for climate scientists. The world's most common vegetable oil has spawned vast fortunes, while coming under scrutiny for its labor practices and environmental impact. Palm oil companies typically make a first windfall on timber before sowing oil palm plantations. (more)

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Decreased Crime Rate chart

When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.


The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

Reduced Armed Conflict chart

Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

Reduced Conflict chart

When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.


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