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UN peacekeepers I New climate research

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Friday, 29 May 2020

 

It’s been seven decades since the first peacekeeping mission was assembled under the banner of the United Nations. Since then 70 have been deployed across the world. Over the years different models for peacekeeping have evolved. Marking International Day of Peacekeepers, Charles T Hunt and Adam Day argue that the UN should abandon the current model because it doesn’t have the means of dealing with the deeper social and economic drivers of conflict. Instead, it should consider a radical rethink and explore the option of having a spectrum of peace operations.

In other news, coronavirus may have brought the world to a halt, but the climate has continued to change. And while most of us were under lockdown, environmental researchers announced a series of new findings, many of which slipped under the radar. A 200-strong team of researchers measured more than half a million trees in 815 forests across the tropics and found 2˚C of warming will push most above their safe “heat threshold”. But in cheerier forest news, scientists announced that using camera traps they’d completed the first survey of animals in one of the world’s most remote jungles, where they found giant pangolins, Allen’s swamp monkey and something known as the four-toed sengi.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

Peacekeepers patrol the premises of a UN civilian protection site in Juba Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP via Getty Images

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Charles T. Hunt, RMIT University; Adam Day, United Nations University

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We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe ‘heat threshold’

Aida Cuní Sanchez, University of York; Martin Sullivan, Manchester Metropolitan University

Massive study looked at more than half a million trees in 813 forests across the tropics.

Camera traps completed one of the most thorough surveys of African rainforest yet

Mattia Bessone, Liverpool John Moores University; Barbara Fruth, Liverpool John Moores University

A new method of using camera traps has brought good and bad news for conservationists.

Science + Technology

New Zealand sits on top of the remains of a giant ancient volcanic plume

Simon Lamb, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Timothy Stern, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

New research confirms that massive plumes of buoyant hot rock once rose from near the Earth's core to the surface and triggered vast volcanic eruptions - and that New Zealand sits on top of one.

Dinosaur-killing asteroid struck at worst angle to cause maximum damage – new research

Erwan Le Ber, University of Leicester

The trajectory of the Chicxulub asteroid led to the most efficient release of gas and projectile rocks – which was disastrous for life on Earth.

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China: victory over coronavirus will be heralded as boost for Xi Jinping’s brand of Marxism

Ruairidh Brown, University of Nottingham

As China recovers, its success in containing COVID-19 is being put down to the devotion and solidarity of the people.

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Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand

Moeketsi Majoro’s installation as Prime Minister is welcome. But it does not guarantee much needed political stability in an era of complex coalition politics.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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