News in the Humanosphere: UN Climate Change Summit Kicks Off

Dig Tsho Glacier Lake (Credit: Oxfam International)

Hundreds of heads of state, key leaders, and — swoon — Leonardo diCaprio — are meeting at the United Nations to talk about climate change. The day kicks off at 830 Eastern with remarks from Ban Ki Moon, New York mayor Bill diBlaso, and Leo, among others. Speeches from Presidents and Prime Ministers kick off at 9am. Each country is formally slotted for four minutes of podium time, with three sessions running simultaneously.

What it’s all about? Mark speaks with Elliot Diringer of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions who helps put this historic meeting at the United Nations in the larger context of international climate change diplomacy.http://bit.ly/1mDwf6N

Also…Poor countries have had to divert large chunks of their budget to adapt to climate change and run the risk of crowding out spending on health and education, a new report suggests. (Guardian http://bit.ly/1moOBIu)

Africa

At least two civilians were killed when their car drove over a landmine in a rebel stronghold in northeastern Mali, military sources told AFP. http://yhoo.it/1moO6Oq

Independent health advisers to the WHO have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1yn8ipj)

Nigerian students prepared to return to school on Monday after an enforced summer break because of Ebola, but lingering fears over the virus prompted the Lagos state government to announce at the last minute it would keep pupils at home for longer. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1moOc8N)

An ongoing court case seeks to hold the Ugandan government responsible for its poor maternal care and high maternal mortality rate. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1p9FLda)

From Bosnia to South Sudan: How one man survived a massacre and helped prevent another (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1p9FPtv)

Sierra Leoneans on Sunday celebrated the end of a three-day lockdown aimed at stemming the world’s worst ever Ebola epidemic, as authorities claimed the controversial operation had identified dozens of new infections and located scores of bodies. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1moOyw3)

An endorsement from Ivory Coast’s influential former leader Henri Konan Bedie has cleared President Alassane Ouattara’s path to reelection next year but fuels uncertainty over the booming nation’s longer-term future. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1yn7IYH)

Sierra Leone recorded 130 new cases of the Ebola virus during a three-day lockdown and it is waiting for test results on a further 39 suspected cases, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1pp1ltm)

BBC World Service radio on Monday began nightly Ebola broadcasts for west Africa, concentrating on efforts to combat the virus across the region. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1pp2Nfj)

MENA

At least 10 migrants have died in a shipwreck off Libya and up to 35 more are missing, presumed drowned, Italian media reported. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1moOfBw)

Islamic State urged insurgents in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and beheadings, a call likely to deepen concern over ties between the militant groups. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1pp1H3e)

More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping an advance by Islamic State jihadists, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday. (AFP http://bit.ly/1pp1WeE)

Asia

Myanmar gave citizenship on Monday to 209 Muslims displaced by sectarian violence, after the first phase of a project aimed at determining the status of about a million Rohingya whose claims to nationality have been rejected in the past. (Irwaddy http://bit.ly/1mDy6bS)

Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday. (AP http://yhoo.it/1ynaEob)

The Americas

World leaders gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1moOb4D)

An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers’ hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1p9FF5s)

Opinion/Blogs

Green Economy Isn’t Rocket Science – And It’s Not Even Costly (IPS http://bit.ly/1yn8AfT)

From voluntourism to ice buckets (WhyDev http://bit.ly/1qoe2VE)

Why Poor Countries Shouldn’t Imitate Rich Countries’ School Systems (CGD http://bit.ly/1qodqPD)

Life under Ebola quarantine  in pictures (Guardian http://bit.ly/1qodIGj)

Police face off with Flood Wall Street protesters in climate change march (Guardian http://bit.ly/1ynaKw0)

Q&A with Cynthia Wade: Death and Fate in a Cambodian Village (VOA http://bit.ly/1moOrRg)

Invest in Young People to Harness Africa’s Demographic Dividend (IPS http://bit.ly/1moOwEq)

Tackling the Syrian Crisis at #CGI2014 (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1qodYFh)

Only the Crazy and Economists Believe Growth is Endless (IPS http://bit.ly/1moOxsb)

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Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.