United Nations Report: Deserts threatened by global warming

United Nations Report: Deserts threatened by global warming
By mYCZNbxh On May 25th, 2018

Monday, June 5, 2006

A new report, titled “Global Deserts Outlook,” has been released on World Environment Day by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report suggests that the world’s deserts face dramatic changes as a result of global climate change: high water demands, tourism and salt contamination of irrigated soils. Desert margins and mountainous areas within deserts that have been important for people, wildlife and water supplies for millennia, are under particular threat, say UNEP.

2006 is the United Nations‘ International Year of Deserts and Desertification. Yet deserts could become the “carbon-free power houses of the 21st century,” some experts believe. They argue an area 800 by 800 km of desert, such as the Sahara, could capture the solar energy to generate all the world’s electricity needs – and more.

The report, prepared by experts from across the globe, flags options that may help governments and relevant bodies deliver a more sustainable future for the Earth’s desert regions.

“There are many popular and sometimes misplaced views of deserts which this report either confirms or overturns. Far from being barren wastelands, they emerge as biologically, economically and culturally dynamic while being increasingly subject to the impacts and pressures of the modern world,” said Shafqat Kakakhel, UNEP’s Officer in Charge and Deputy Executive Director.

“If the huge, solar-power potential of deserts can be economically harnessed the world has a future free from fossil fuels. And tourism based around desert nature can, if sensitively managed, deliver new prospects and perspectives for people in some of the poorest parts of the world,” said Mr Kakakhel.

Almost one-quarter of the earth’s land surface – some 33.7 million square kilometres – has been defined as “desert” in some sense. These deserts are inhabited by over 500 million people, significantly more than previously thought. In many parts of the world desert cores remain pristine, representing some of the planet’s “last remaining areas of total wilderness,” stated the UNEP in a news release.

Desert species are on the brink of extinction the Global Deserts Outlook reports. At risk animals include various species of Gazelle, Oryx, Addax, Arabian Tahr and the Barbary sheep as well as one of the falconers favourite prey, the Houbara. “At greatest risk are the few patches of dry woodlands associated with desert mountain habitats which may decline by up to 3.5 per cent per year,” said the study.

As a result of their valuable water supplies being diverted to domestic or agricultural use, desert wetlands, fed by the large rivers crossing deserts, are probably the most threatened ecosystem. Probable impacts include those created by roads, settlement expansion and other infrastructure developments around areas of desert montane. By 2050 the report estimates that desert wilderness – those areas where there are no nearby roads – will decline from just under 60 per cent of the current total desert area to just over 30 per cent.

The pharmaceutical potential of desert plants has yet to be tapped, suggests the report. Scientists across the globe are analysing many desert plants for potential medicinal compounds – including anti-cancer and anti-malarial substances, antioxidants, as well as appetite suppressants.

Ukraine opposition candidate Yushchenko is suffering from a Dioxin intoxication, doctors say

Ukraine opposition candidate Yushchenko is suffering from a Dioxin intoxication, doctors say
By mYCZNbxh On May 25th, 2018

Saturday, December 11, 2004

VIENNA –Doctors from the Rudolfinerhaus clinic in Vienna say “there is no doubt” Ukrainian opposition leader Victor Yushchenko was poisoned with Dioxin.

Yushchenko’s body had about 1,000 times more than the normal concentration of the toxin. It is unknown if there were any other poisons in his system.

Although it has not yet been proven that the poisoning was deliberate, doctors suspect it was. “We suspect a cause triggered by a third party,” said Michael Zimpfer, head doctor at the Rudolfinerhaus clinic. He suggested the poison may have been administered orally, through food or drink.

Today’s announcements are a follow-up of an earlier press conference, where Dr. Korpan that there were three hypotheses under consideration, one of them involving dioxin. He did not reveal what the other two hypotheses were. Dr. Michael Zimpfer, director of the Rudolfinerhaus clinic emphasized that time there was no proof yet to specify the substance causing the illness.

Yushchenko left Kiev on Friday (2004-10-12) for further examination in Vienna. When Yushchenko fell ill on October 6th, Ukrainian doctors had initially diagnosed food poisoning, leading to speculation that he had been poisoned deliberately. The illness has disfigured Yushchenko’s body and face which doctors say could take up to two years to heal.

He fell seriously ill on the September 6th, during his presidential campaign. Yushchenko was taken to the Rudolfinerhaus clinic of Vienna, where he stayed for four days under Dr. Korpan’s care. He was diagnosed with “acute pancreatitis, accompanied by interstitial edematous changes.” These symptoms were said to be due to “a serious viral infection and chemical substances which are not normally found in food products” as his campaign officials put it. In laymans terms, he developed an infection in the pancreas and got a bad skin condition that disfigured his face with cysts and lesions. The skin condition has similarities with the chloracne associated with dioxin posioning according to a British toxicologist John Henry.

Earlier, doctor Nikolai Korpan of Rudolfinerhaus clinic confirmed today that the illness of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was caused by an attempt to kill him.

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Wikinews Shorts: November 13, 2008

Wikinews Shorts: November 13, 2008
By mYCZNbxh On May 25th, 2018

A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, November 13, 2008.


  • 1 Study shows that carrying excess fat around waist increases risk of early death
  • 2 EU abolishes rules banning oddly-shaped fruit
  • 3 Vase bought for £1 sells for £32,450
  • 4 Blackwater may pay financial penalties for improper arms shipments
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A new study has found that people storing extra fat around their waist have a strongly increased chance of early death, even if their overall weight is average. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine today, found that for each addition 5 cm on the waist, the chance of early death is increased by between 13% and 17%.

In the study, 360,000 people from across nine countries in Europe were surveyed.

One of the study’s authors, Professor Elio Riboli of Imperial College London, commented on the findings. “We were surprised to see the waist size having such a powerful effect on people’s health and premature death,” he stated.


The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, has today lifted its ban on unusually shaped fruits and vegetables, in what the EU’s agriculture commissioner has called “a new dawn for the curvy cucumber and the knobbly carrot”.

The regulation has previously been criticized as an example of the EU’s bureaucracy by critics of the organisation.

The products affected by the deregulation are apricots, artichokes, asparagus, aubergines, avocadoes, beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflowers, cherries, courgettes, cucumbers, cultivated mushrooms, garlic, hazelnuts in shell, headed cabbage, leeks, melons, onions, peas, plums, ribbed celery, spinach, walnuts in shell, water melons and witloof/chicory.


A vase purchased at a car boot sale for £1 has sold for £32,450, following advice from experts on the BBC‘s Antiques Roadshow television program. The vase was sold in an auction at Christie’s.

The vase was found to be a 1929 work made by the French designer Rene Lalique.


Recent anonymous press briefings by US State Department officials indicated that its arms control division may punish Blackwater Worldwide for improper paperwork.

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has the power to fine or agree voluntary penalties with exporters of certain weapons, who do not follow correct procedures. Blackwater Worldwide, a private military company, exported automatic weapons to Iraq that became the subject of a federal investigation first disclosed in 2007.Concern was expressed by the unnamed officials that paperwork errors may make the weapons untraceable, and that some reached Iraq’s black market.


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Benefits Of Social Media Marketing In Los Angeles

By mYCZNbxh On May 25th, 2018

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It is true that if you want your business to succeed you will need to use social media in some way. However, most people in Los Angeles have no idea about social marketing techniques or what to do and they believe they will see results quickly. In most cases, this doesn’t happen or it won’t overnight. It does take time to build up your social media platforms and sometimes it can be hard to see the benefits.

Brand Recognition

Social media is a great brand-building tool. You can potentially position your business and tell people what you want them to know. This can definitely help you build a reputation around your brand and company’s benefits, advantages and values.


Having followers join your community is a great feeling. This means that you have access to them and can find out more about what they want from you and others. This also means you have the potential to reach more people, if your followers share and like your posts.


There is an old saying that people must see your product six or eight times before they will decide to purchase it. With social media marketing in Los Angeles, you will definitely be able to give repeat exposure to your brand or service, though you shouldn’t over-expose yourself, either.


You want people to think of your brand when they think of a question or something specific. For example, if you own a cleaning business, you want people to think of you when they have dirty carpets. If you answer questions, give great content and serve the audience, then you will ultimately build a loyalty base.


When your audience grows, your influence will also grow. More and more people will want to see what your brand is about and they will visit your page on social media sites, go to your website and more.

Website Traffic

If you share blog posts and videos, along with other content from your website, you can interest the audience into clicking through the post and visiting your site. Once at your website, the potential customer can sign up for your newsletter, purchase an item, or give your company a call. It would be helpful to install traffic monitoring services to see just how much traffic you generate because of social media marketing, as it will help you understand the great benefit you have.

It can be tough to handle your own social media marketing in Los Angeles, but it doesn’t have to be. Visit Top Tier Media today to learn more about them.

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2008 Leisure Taiwan launched in Taipei World Trade Center

2008 Leisure Taiwan launched in Taipei World Trade Center
By mYCZNbxh On May 24th, 2018

Saturday, July 19, 2008

This year’s Leisure Taiwan trade show (a.k.a Taiwan Sport Recreation and Leisure Show) started yesterday, with 131 companies participating including sports media companies such as ESPN and VideoLand Television, businesses selling sports equipment and fitness clubs.

There were also a variety of sports being played in the arena built for the trade show. The events included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, free style shooting, and bicycle test-riding. In addition, conferences discussed issues related to sports and physical education.

A major topic in the trade show was energy-efficiency and, as a result, bicycles and similar sports equipment were being heavily promoted.

Next Tuesday, companies from the electronics industry plan to promote their industry at “2008 Digital E-Park.” In previous years, organizations from the electronics industry have showcased their products at Leisure Taiwan instead of at the Digital E-Park, so this move has reduced the number of markets covered by Leisure Taiwan.

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Teenage boys rape 13-year-old in Zurich, film act on cellphone

Teenage boys rape 13-year-old in Zurich, film act on cellphone
By mYCZNbxh On May 24th, 2018

Friday, November 17, 2006

A group of 13 teenage boys raped a 13-year old school girl in Zurich last weekend, reports the website of the German language newspaper 20 Minuten. The report says that the girl was raped repeatedly and the act was filmed on mobile phones.

Six of the suspects are Swiss nationals, two come from Serbia and Montenegro, one comes from Italy, two from the Republic of Macedonia, one from the Dominican Republic and one from Bosnia and Hercegovina. All live in Zurich.

All the suspects were arrested on Thursday. Police secured 3 mobile phones. Police say that securing the phones ensures the movies don’t get published on the Internet and cannot spark potential copycat acts.

The alleged act took place in the flat of an 18-year-old colleague of a 15-year-old friend of the victim. The victim and four of the arrested suspects attend the same school Schulhaus Buhnrain in Zurich Seebach.

According to 20 Minuten, the families of the perpetrators have now massively threatened the victim.

Verena Lang Temperli, a school official, told 20 Minuten that this case is a problem of society itself, not a problem of the school.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Ray Scott, Algoma-Manitoulin

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Ray Scott, Algoma-Manitoulin
By mYCZNbxh On May 24th, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Ray Scott is running for the Family Coalition Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Algoma-Manitoulin riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Royal Society education chief forced out in creation row

Royal Society education chief forced out in creation row
By mYCZNbxh On May 23rd, 2018

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Following misleading reports that Rev Professor Michael Reiss had advocated that creation should be taught in science class, he left his post as director of education at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science.

Last week at the British Association’s science festival Rev Professor Michael Reiss said that creation should not be ignored if it come up in class. Professor Reiss, who was director of education at the Royal Society, said that since a substantial number of pupils have concerns about the issue, they are likely to “detach from” science if their concerns and world view are not addressed. Creation should not be taught, he said, but if it comes up, teachers should be encouraged to explain the science of evolution. He also said that students should be taught the nature of a scientific theory – that it does not simply mean a hypothesis about the way things might work, but a rigorously supported system of ideas that fit with the available evidence.

The Times of London reported him as saying that Creationism should be taught in science classes as a legitimate point of view. This provoked a storm of protest from a group that included two Nobel Laureates and other scientists who strongly oppose the teaching, or even the discussion of creation in science class.

Yesterday the Royal Society said in a statement that some of Professor Reiss’ comments had been “open to misinterpretation”, and that this had damaged the Society’s reputation. “As a result, Professor Reiss and the Royal Society have agreed that, in the best interests of the society, he will step down immediately as director of education.” The Royal Society went on to say: “However, if a young person raises creationism in a science class, teachers should be in a position to explain why evolution is a sound scientific theory and why creationism is not, in any way, scientific.”

The chief executive of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Roland Jackson, said that the Royal Society should have supported Professor Reiss and used this opportunity to further a reasoned debate. “I was at the actual discussion, and what I heard him say, however it has been reported, was essentially the position advocated by the Royal Society,” Jackson said.

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Who Else Wants To Beat Amazon?}

By mYCZNbxh On May 23rd, 2018

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Everyone wants to steal Amazons throne, or so it seems.

It used to be only eBay who was after it, but social networking superstar Facebook recently rolled out Marketplace which allows users to buy and sell among themselves within the FB community.

The latest one to join the race is Walmart.

That good ol bricks-and-mortar store everybody loves for its very affordable goods has just announced its eCommerce fourth-quarter plans for 2016.

Walmart may not be a newbie to eCommerce, having been in the industry since 2001, but it remains far behind big marketplaces like eBay, Amazon and even Alibaba.

However, Walmart is confident that with additional warehouses and a touch of technology it can surpass what Amazon has achieved.

After putting a whopping $3.3 billion into eCommerce start-up Jet.com last month, Walmart revealed that it is investing $11 billion in capital spending for fiscal year 2018 to expand its online sales.

Part of the companys plan is to put up 10 warehouses to be able to accommodate online orders in a timely manner.

Whats more, it has successfully put together a new technology for automated product sorting and item tracking last year.

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Changes to Walmart

If you are a Walmart Supercenter and Neighborhood Market regular, you might want to know that the giant retailer plans to cut down on its physical stores.

In 2018 only 35 new Supercenters and 20 new Neighborhood Markets are expected to rise.

Walmart said it will be focusing on remodelling its existing stores.

With all these serious preparations, Walmart seems determined to stamp its mark on eCommerce.

However, the question that remains is how are they going to fare to Amazon?

Walmart vs Amazon

Let us not forget that Amazon Prime currently has a total of 60 million customers, which could only get bigger by the day.

In addition to that, it has over 40 warehouses in different parts of the world.

That explains why no other marketplace can get orders as fast as Amazon to a customer’s doorstep.

That’s not all. A couple of months back Amazon launched its drone delivery system; no other eCommerce company has done this before.

Also, Amazon has expanded as an online grocery, adding a Food & Beverages category to its already extensive list of categories.

Despite the distance it has to run in order to catch up with the giant eCommerce company, Walmart is not at all discouraged.

After all, it has 11,528 stores worldwide which, according to eCommerce experts, can be used to accommodate high volume of online orders especially during the peak season like the upcoming holidays.

Furthermore, Walmart has managed to acquire a total of 15 eCommerce start-ups since 2011.

One of which was even responsible for opening Walmart’s first Silicon Valley-based firm @WalmartLabs five years ago.

In that case, looks like Amazon has found a match in Walmart after all.

This is some battle to look out for, especially if you’re a seasoned seller on Amazon.

Seller’s Adjustments

The last thing you want is for your business to lag behind the continuously evolving eCommerce market.

Though that doesn’t necessarily mean your eyes should be constantly glued on the sales of Amazon versus that of Walmart’s.

It’s enough to know a bit of what’s going on between the two, but you should focus more on improving your own products.

That way you can confidently sell on any platform, unmindful of who’s actually leading the race.

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John Reed on Orwell, God, self-destruction and the future of writing

John Reed on Orwell, God, self-destruction and the future of writing
By mYCZNbxh On May 23rd, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It can be difficult to be John Reed.

Christopher Hitchens called him a “Bin Ladenist” and Cathy Young editorialized in The Boston Globe that he “blames the victims of terrorism” when he puts out a novel like Snowball’s Chance, a biting send-up of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm which he was inspired to write after the terrorist attacks on September 11. “The clear references to 9/11 in the apocalyptic ending can only bring Orwell’s name into disrepute in the U.S.,” wrote William Hamilton, the British literary executor of the Orwell estate. That process had already begun: it was revealed Orwell gave the British Foreign Office a list of people he suspected of being “crypto-Communists and fellow travelers,” labeling some of them as Jews and homosexuals. “I really wanted to explode that book,” Reed told The New York Times. “I wanted to completely undermine it.”

Is this man who wants to blow up the classic literary canon taught to children in schools a menace, or a messiah? David Shankbone went to interview him for Wikinews and found that, as often is the case, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

Reed is electrified by the changes that surround him that channel through a lens of inspiration wrought by his children. “The kids have made me a better writer,” Reed said. In his new untitled work, which he calls a “new play by William Shakespeare,” he takes lines from The Bard‘s classics to form an original tragedy. He began it in 2003, but only with the birth of his children could he finish it. “I didn’t understand the characters who had children. I didn’t really understand them. And once I had had kids, I could approach them differently.”

Taking the old to make it new is a theme in his work and in his world view. Reed foresees new narrative forms being born, Biblical epics that will be played out across print and electronic mediums. He is pulled forward by revolutions of the past, a search for a spiritual sensibility, and a desire to locate himself in the process.

Below is David Shankbone’s conversation with novelist John Reed.


  • 1 On the alternative media and independent publishing
  • 2 On Christopher Hitchens, Orwell and 9/11 as inspiration
  • 3 On the future of the narrative
  • 4 On changing the literary canon
  • 5 On belief in a higher power
  • 6 On politics
  • 7 On self-destruction and survival
  • 8 On raising children
  • 9 On paedophilia and the death penalty
  • 10 On personal relationships
  • 11 Sources
  • 12 External links

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