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Gas emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada. (Credit: U.N. Photo/Kibae Park)

A new executive order signed by President Donald Trump seeks to roll back the environmental regulations initiated by the Obama administration in an effort to slow down climate change. It virtually stops the progress of reducing greenhouse gases by the world’s largest emitter – a potential blow to the Paris climate deal.


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News in the Humanosphere: Trump eyes massive cuts to UNICEF

The White House budget office informed State Department officials this week that the administration plans to eliminate all U.S. funding to the $326 million International Organizations and Programs account, which provides more than $130 million to the U.N. Children’s Fund, a sizeable chunk of the more than $500 million the U.S. contributed to UNICEF in 2016, and around $70 million to the U.N. Development Program.

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Rural women lead fight against infant mortality in DR Congo

As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths. But since becoming head nurse at Athenee clinic when it opened in 2013 in the western province of Kongo Central, Empunda has not recorded a single child death.

Human Rights
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Rohingya crisis worsens with onset of Bangladesh’s cyclone season

Cyclone season is right around the corner in Bangladesh, and tens of thousands of unregistered Rohingya Muslim migrants living in makeshift camps are at risk. Since Myanmar’s military began its deadly crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in October, more than 74,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates.

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U.S. skips human rights meeting on refugees and migrants

The U.S. government was a no-show at Tuesday’s Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) meeting in Washington, D.C., which was set to discuss the Trump administration’s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries and other policies affecting some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees and migrants.

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News in the Humanosphere: Famine looms in Somalia

At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia in just a day and a half, federal government radio said on its website. Somalia, like other countries in the region, is facing a devastating drought that has killed livestock, cut harvests and left 6.2 million people, about half its population, in need of food aid.

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U.S. absent as 11 countries rebuke China for torture of human rights lawyers

Eleven countries have jointly called on the Chinese government to investigate “credible claims of torture” against human rights lawyers, the Globe and Mail reported yesterday. In a letter dated Feb. 27 – which the Canadian newspaper said has not been made public – the signatories also condemned China’s practice of detaining suspects in secret locations for long periods of time.

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