Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Announces Formation of Expanded Marine Facility in Korea

TEMECULA, Calif., Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Group), a subsidiary of Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan), is proud to announce the expansion of our Busan Korea facility to accommodate their new Marine Center. This expansion represents their commitment to and support of the growth of the Korean shipbuilding industry.

The new, larger facility provides full–system Marine solutions, and will serve as the Group's home base for all marine activities in Korea. As a unified Nikkiso facility, they will provide marine solutions including pump skids, vaporizers, controls, high–pressure fuel gas skids, service and more. The facility includes complete cryogenic testing capabilities and expanded staff including design engineers, production and project managers.

Marine has been a major focus of the Group, and this expansion provides a strong support structure for future growth. The new facility is ideally located within the region to support their key customers and provide anticipated growth of the Marine industry's focus on clean energy. Approximately 4,000 square meters, the facility is outfitted to manufacture and fabricate cryogenic pumps, FGSS Vaporizer skid, LH2 station skids, process skids, and will feature the latest LN2 pump skid test facility. It also includes a 342 square meter service center.

According to Daryl Lamy, President of Nikkiso Cryogenic Pumps, "Nikkiso ACD has been the preferred supplier for Fuel Gas skids to the Korean shipbuilding industry for over 20 years! With our new skid packaging and testing facility located near the shipyards in Korea, we now have even greater capacity and local support to meet the significant global increase and demand for new build LNG fueled cargo and transport vessels."

According to Peter Wagner, CEO of Cryogenic Industries and President of the Group, "This is an exciting next step and important milestone for our Group and the LNG powered Marine market and a significant benefit for our Marine customers. Nikkiso CE&IG will now be able to provide complete systems and support our customers with a complete factory supported solution."

Contact Information:

Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases – Korea
Head office & Factory : 83, Nosan sanup jung–ro, Gangseo–gu, Busan, 46752, Korea
Branch office : #1912, 170 Ganggyo jungang–ro, Yeongtong–gu, Suwon,
Gyuenggi 16614 Korea
info@NikkisoCEIG–Korea.com

ABOUT CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (now a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) member companies manufacture engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment and small–scale process plants for the liquefied natural gas (LNG), well services and industrial gas industries. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information, please visit www.nikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Anna Quigley
+1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com


Salehiya, a Leading Player in Saudi Healthcare Market, Integrates First Major Sustainable Solar Solution into their State-of-art GDP Compliant Healthcare Mega Distribution Center

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In line with its purpose to elevate the healthcare experience in the region, Salehiya marks another milestone in these efforts by signing an agreement with SAFEER for the installation of a 1.2MWp solar rooftop system on the premises of its new healthcare mega distribution center in Riyadh.

Salehiya Logistics covers the entire spectrum of healthcare logistical needs, including the design and execution of innovative, digitally monitored, and customized solutions. Salehiya's Riyadh distribution center will be located on the southern outskirts of the city with an advanced cold–chain system that provides visibility and monitoring services across every stage to meet the unique needs of global pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

The integration of the solar energy system at Salehiya Riyadh distribution center will ensure cost–effective access to electricity that will allow the savings to be reinvested in supporting priority health programs, while also reducing carbon emissions and advancing sustainable development goals.

The system will produce ~50 GWh of clean energy over the next 25 years and will offset nearly 35,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, corresponding to approximately 140 million kilometers driven by an average passenger vehicle or equivalent to more than 580,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

The planning and construction of the solar energy system will be completed by SAFEER, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Altaaqa (a Zahid Group company).

Commenting on the project, Dr. Saud Al–Eshaiwy VP of Government Affairs & PR at Salehiya said, "Turning to green energy in our new distribution center in Riyadh stems from one of our core values at Salehiya; we believe in innovative thinking and challenging our mindset and way of working. A large part of our aspiration to elevate the healthcare experience is to innovate and enhance our Logistics facilities. The solar power technology will not only help reduce the carbon footprint but will also enable the operations of our state–of–the–art distribution center to seamlessly deliver world–class medical and pharmaceutical supplies to our partners in the Kingdom."

Francois Ganneau, Managing Director of SAFEER, said, "SAFEER is delighted to support leading healthcare provider Salehiya's transition to green energy. We will be showcasing our commitment to excellence on a very demanding project, in line with the Kingdom's bold Vision 2030."

About Salehiya
Salehiya is a leading healthcare distribution company in Saudi Arabia. Established in 1964 with a vision to transform the healthcare delivery, Salehiya has played an integral role in the rapid growth of the healthcare industry in the Kingdom. Through innovative, digital and customized logistics and cold–chain solutions, Salehiya continues to elevate the healthcare system with its diversified portfolio of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, patient and consumer care supplies, animal health and logistic expertise, delivered to improve the health and well–being of the entire community.

About SAFEER
SAFEER is a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Altaaqa (a Zahid Group Company), which offers industrial and commercial clients the route to accessing solar energy, via a lease model.
SAFEER's goal is to deliver cost–effective, reliable solar energy solutions across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Specializing in commercial and industrial solar installations, the joint venture leverages TotalEnergies' access to the entire photovoltaic solar value chain and Altaaqa's two decades of leadership in delivering independent power generation and water solutions.

Contact:

Zahra K. Alqatari
z.alqatari@salehiya.com
Marketing Communication Specialist

Photos accompanying this announcement are available at:
https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e911b0f2–054b–422b–80a7–f0e65d700c74
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Salehiya, a Leading Player in Saudi Healthcare Market, Integrates First Major Sustainable Solar Solution into their State-of-art GDP Compliant Healthcare Mega Distribution Center

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In line with its purpose to elevate the healthcare experience in the region, Salehiya marks another milestone in these efforts by signing an agreement with SAFEER for the installation of a 1.2MWp solar rooftop system on the premises of its new healthcare mega distribution center in Riyadh.

Salehiya Logistics covers the entire spectrum of healthcare logistical needs, including the design and execution of innovative, digitally monitored, and customized solutions. Salehiya's Riyadh distribution center will be located on the southern outskirts of the city with an advanced cold–chain system that provides visibility and monitoring services across every stage to meet the unique needs of global pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

The integration of the solar energy system at Salehiya Riyadh distribution center will ensure cost–effective access to electricity that will allow the savings to be reinvested in supporting priority health programs, while also reducing carbon emissions and advancing sustainable development goals.

The system will produce ~50 GWh of clean energy over the next 25 years and will offset nearly 35,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, corresponding to approximately 140 million kilometers driven by an average passenger vehicle or equivalent to more than 580,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

The planning and construction of the solar energy system will be completed by SAFEER, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Altaaqa (a Zahid Group company).

Commenting on the project, Dr. Saud Al–Eshaiwy VP of Government Affairs & PR at Salehiya said, "Turning to green energy in our new distribution center in Riyadh stems from one of our core values at Salehiya; we believe in innovative thinking and challenging our mindset and way of working. A large part of our aspiration to elevate the healthcare experience is to innovate and enhance our Logistics facilities. The solar power technology will not only help reduce the carbon footprint but will also enable the operations of our state–of–the–art distribution center to seamlessly deliver world–class medical and pharmaceutical supplies to our partners in the Kingdom."

Francois Ganneau, Managing Director of SAFEER, said, "SAFEER is delighted to support leading healthcare provider Salehiya's transition to green energy. We will be showcasing our commitment to excellence on a very demanding project, in line with the Kingdom's bold Vision 2030."

About Salehiya
Salehiya is a leading healthcare distribution company in Saudi Arabia. Established in 1964 with a vision to transform the healthcare delivery, Salehiya has played an integral role in the rapid growth of the healthcare industry in the Kingdom. Through innovative, digital and customized logistics and cold–chain solutions, Salehiya continues to elevate the healthcare system with its diversified portfolio of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, patient and consumer care supplies, animal health and logistic expertise, delivered to improve the health and well–being of the entire community.

About SAFEER
SAFEER is a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Altaaqa (a Zahid Group Company), which offers industrial and commercial clients the route to accessing solar energy, via a lease model.
SAFEER's goal is to deliver cost–effective, reliable solar energy solutions across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Specializing in commercial and industrial solar installations, the joint venture leverages TotalEnergies' access to the entire photovoltaic solar value chain and Altaaqa's two decades of leadership in delivering independent power generation and water solutions.

Contact:

Zahra K. Alqatari
z.alqatari@salehiya.com
Marketing Communication Specialist

Photos accompanying this announcement are available at:
https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e911b0f2–054b–422b–80a7–f0e65d700c74
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Dante Labs Announces Worldwide Universal Access to Whole Genome Sequencing with 50% Off Black Friday Offering

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dante Labs, a global leader in genomics and precision medicine, today announced its Black Friday offer for whole genome sequencing test and interpretation at 50% off its already unbeatable list price, plus free worldwide shipping.

"At Dante Labs, we believe in universal access to the most advanced technologies in genomics and personalized medicine," said Andrea Riposati, CEO of Dante Labs. "This Black Friday offering is a real step toward achieving that goal, driving down the cost of whole genome sequencing, on a global basis."

Dante's Whole Genome Test provides personalized insights on hundreds of areas through advanced interpretation of whole genome data through three advanced reports:

  • Wellness Report: actionable advice to live better
  • Nutrigenomics Report: personalized diet based on your genome
  • Genomic Fitness Report: personalized training program based on your genome

The offer is valid worldwide until Cyber Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.

Special Black Friday Prices are:

About Dante Labs
Dante Labs is a global genomic data company building and commercializing a new class of transformative health and longevity applications based on whole genome sequencing and AI. Our assets include one of the largest private genome databases with research consent, a proprietary software platform designed to unleash the power of genomic data at scale and proprietary processes which enable an industrial approach to genomic sequencing.

Contact
Giorgio Lodi
media@dantelabs.com
+39 0862 191 0671
www.dantelabs.com

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c01a86ad–0c94–4db4–8256–844cdae819d9


Dante Labs Announces Worldwide Universal Access to Whole Genome Sequencing with 50% Off Black Friday Offering

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dante Labs, a global leader in genomics and precision medicine, today announced its Black Friday offer for whole genome sequencing test and interpretation at 50% off its already unbeatable list price, plus free worldwide shipping.

"At Dante Labs, we believe in universal access to the most advanced technologies in genomics and personalized medicine," said Andrea Riposati, CEO of Dante Labs. "This Black Friday offering is a real step toward achieving that goal, driving down the cost of whole genome sequencing, on a global basis."

Dante's Whole Genome Test provides personalized insights on hundreds of areas through advanced interpretation of whole genome data through three advanced reports:

  • Wellness Report: actionable advice to live better
  • Nutrigenomics Report: personalized diet based on your genome
  • Genomic Fitness Report: personalized training program based on your genome

The offer is valid worldwide until Cyber Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.

Special Black Friday Prices are:

About Dante Labs
Dante Labs is a global genomic data company building and commercializing a new class of transformative health and longevity applications based on whole genome sequencing and AI. Our assets include one of the largest private genome databases with research consent, a proprietary software platform designed to unleash the power of genomic data at scale and proprietary processes which enable an industrial approach to genomic sequencing.

Contact
Giorgio Lodi
media@dantelabs.com
+39 0862 191 0671
www.dantelabs.com

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c01a86ad–0c94–4db4–8256–844cdae819d9


ApplyBoard Releases First Annual Trends Report on Top Trends and Future Opportunity in the International Education Industry

KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ApplyBoard, the EdTech platform revolutionizing the international student journey, launched their first annual trends report on the future of international education.

To help shape recruitment plans and improve global access to education around the world, ApplyBoard gathered data to uncover the latest trends in sector recovery, key factors motivating student decision–making, emerging markets for student recruitment, and predictions for the next decade. The report is designed to inform and guide international students, recruitment partners and higher education institutions.

"As we head into 2022, we're seeing lots of excitement and pent–up demand from international students eager to study abroad. The pandemic has led to shifting interests among international students who are paying closer attention to lower tuition prices, access to post–graduation work opportunities, and in–person learning opportunities," says Meti Basiri, Chief Marketing Officer and Co–Founder of ApplyBoard. "Despite the challenges the industry faced during the pandemic, the data shows that international students are more interested in studying abroad now than ever before, and our team is doing everything we can to help them achieve their dreams."

ApplyBoard has assisted more than 250,000 students with their educational journeys and was co–founded by three brothers who were all international students themselves: Martin, Meti, and Massi Basiri. During the pandemic, ApplyBoard helped transform the international education recruitment and application processes through its intuitive digital platform. Today, the platform is home to over 1,500 schools and is used by over 10,000 recruitment partners, which makes it simple for international students to discover and apply to the country, school, and program best suited to their needs.

"ApplyBoard is building an education revolution, and this report puts everything that has happened during the pandemic into perspective so that we can build in 2022 and the years to come," says Jo Johnson, Chair of the ApplyBoard Advisory Board. "Grounded in in–depth research, the report identifies key trends unfolding in the higher education industry whilst demonstrating ApplyBoard's deep industry expertise and knowledge."

Read the full report online. Notable findings from the report include:

Application Data Shows Pent–Up Demand From International Students

  • According to data from the ApplyBoard Platform, student application volumes are booming across the world. From March to October 2021, UK student applications on the ApplyBoard Platform rose by more than 300%, Canadian applications grew by over 200%, and US applications spiked by 750% compared to the same period in 2020.

New Factors Influencing the Student Decision–Making Process

  • As we move past the pandemic, international students are increasingly looking for lower tuition prices and access to post–graduation work opportunities. They are also considering alternative destination markets. Prior to the pandemic, most students browsing programs on the ApplyBoard Platform searched for programs with tuition fees up to C$100,000 per year. During the first 10 months of 2021, more than half of all students chose to view only programs with annual tuition fees of C$30,000 or less.

Prioritizing Student Diversity

  • Major players India and China will remain large source markets for the future of recruitment. But economic and demographic shifts point to a number of smaller markets primed to capture growing shares of the international student market. ApplyBoard modelling and industry data has identified Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Indonesia as high–growth potential markets.

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Yet Another Scourge: A Third of All Women are Subjected to Violence

Every year, 25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Thirty percent of women and girls suffered physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.

By Baher Kamal
MADRID, Nov 23 2021 – Thirty percent of women and girls suffered physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner. And more than 70 percent of all sold, bought and enslaved victims of human smuggling and trafficking are women and girls — three out of four of them are sexually exploited.

These are just some of the brush strokes of a gloomy picture on the still prevailing violence practiced against women and girls, one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations, which remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

These are figures drawn from recorded cases. Thus, it is not hard to imagine that the numbers and percentages are much higher.

 

Is an international day enough?

Every year, 25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. According to this year’s, in general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:

  • intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);

  • sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);

  • human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);

Like in previous years, the 2021 International Day will mark the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2021, which is International Human Rights Day.

 

Different forms of violence against women and girls

According to the World Day, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as: “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

In this, UN Women –which works to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential– reports that fewer than 40 percent of the women who experience violence seek help of any sort.

 

Low- and lower-middle-income countries disproportionately affected

UN Women also reports that, globally, violence against women disproportionately affects low- and lower-middle-income countries and regions.

And that 37 percent of women aged 15 to 49 living in countries classified by the Sustainable Development Goals as “least developed” have been subject to physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their life.

Also, 22 percent of women living in “least developed countries” have been subjected to intimate partner violence in the past 12 months—substantially higher than the world average of 13 percent.

According to this world entity, adult women account for nearly half (49 per cent) of all human trafficking victims detected globally. Women and girls together account for 72 percent, with girls representing more than three out of every four child trafficking victims. Most women and girls are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

In the Middle East and North Africa, 40–60 per cent of women have experienced street-based sexual harassment.

Meanwhile, 1 in 10 women in the European Union report having experienced cyber-harassment since the age of 15.

Also meanwhile, at least 200 million women and girls, aged 15–49 years, have undergone female genital mutilation in 31 countries where the practice is concentrated. Half of these countries are in West Africa.

There are still countries where female genital mutilation is almost universal, where at least 9 in 10 girls and women, aged 15–49 years, have been cut. (See: Daughters of a Lesser God (II) 200 Million Girls Mutilated)

Moreover, 15 million adolescent girls worldwide, aged 15–19 years, have experienced forced sex. In the vast majority of countries, adolescent girls are most at risk of forced sex (forced sexual intercourse or other sexual acts) by a current or former husband, partner, or boyfriend. Based on data from 30 countries, only one per cent have ever sought professional help.

Add to all the above that 1 in 5 women are married before reaching the age of 18. (See: Daughters of a Lesser God (I) 800 Million Girls Forced to Be Mothers).

 

Any hope?

By September 2020, 52 countries had integrated prevention and response to violence against women and girls into COVID-19 response plans, and 121 countries had adopted measures to strengthen services for women survivors of violence during the global crisis, but more efforts are urgently needed.

UN Women also reports that at least 155 countries have passed laws on domestic violence, and 140 have laws on sexual harassment in the workplace.

“However, even when laws exist, this does not mean they are always compliant with international standards and recommendations, or that the laws are implemented and enforced.”

All the above facts and figures are not only shocking; they reflect the scary reality of millions of women and girls in yet another case of the staggering inequalities prevailing in the world.

Climate Change with 8 Billion Humans

The planet with 8 billion humans and continuing to grow must be seriously addressed in climate change negotiations, argues the author. Credit: UNHCR

By Joseph Chamie
PORTLAND, USA, Nov 23 2021 – With world population approaching 8 billion humans, the demographic growth of nations is unfortunately largely ignored by governments whenever climate change is considered.

Government leaders at COP26, for example, did not address limiting the global demand for energy, water, food, housing, land, resources, material goods, machinery, transportation, etc. by reducing the growth of their respective human populations. By and large, the officials as well as their economic advisors are not prepared to acknowledge that population stabilization and degrowth are essential for addressing climate change.

Moreover, many countries, including Canada, China, European Union members, Iran, Israel, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States, continue to push for the further growth of their populations. China, for example, has moved from a one-child policy to a three-child policy to increase its population of more than 1.4 billion.

Many countries, including Canada, China, European Union members, Iran, Israel, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States, continue to push for the further growth of their populations. China, for example, has moved from a one-child policy to a three-child policy to increase its population of more than 1.4 billion

Russia has adopted a number of policies to increase its low birth rate, including maternity capital program, Procreation Day, state funding for new mothers, welfare benefits to families with young children and tax breaks for larger families. The United States relies heavily on immigration, more than one million immigrants annually, to increase its population, which is projected to reach 400 million by around midcentury.

Rather than immigration, most European Union Members aim to increase their populations by raising below replacement fertility levels. The mood in many parts of Europe is reflected in the German poster saying: “Wir können unsere eigenen Babys machen, wir brauchen keine Ausländer” (We can make our own babies, we don’t need foreigners). Hungary, in particular, has been outspoken in its opposition to immigration and foreigners, and straightforward in its policies, programs and financial incentives aimed at helping Hungarians have all the babies they want.

Also, Iran recently adopted a bill that limits sterilization, abortion and free distribution of contraceptives in the public health care system unless a pregnancy threatens a woman’s health, all aimed at raising its birth rate and increasing its population of 85 million by tens of millions over the coming decades. And Israel promotes population growth of its Jewish population and expansion of settlements as a prerequisite for security and economic development and its current population of 8.7 million could increase to 15 million by 2050.

Throughout most of human history demographic growth was relatively slow. The rapid growth of world population is relatively recent, having occurred largely during the second half of the 20th century with record breaking rates of growth and population increases. World population reached 1 billion around 1804, doubled to 2 billion in 1927, doubled again to 4 billion in 1974 and will double again to 8 billion by 2023 (Figure 1).

 

Source: United Nations Population Division.

 

World population’s 10 billion mark is expected to occur around mid-century, with much of the growth taking place in less developed countries. Africa’s current population of about 1.4 billion, for example, is expected to double to 2.8 billion by 2056. Particularly noteworthy, Nigeria’s population, which increased more than fivefold over the past 70 years, is projected to double again, reaching 423 million by around midcentury and displacing the United States as the world’s third largest population.

It’s time to end the charade and acknowledge the disastrous consequences of a world with 8 billion humans is having on climate change. For example, based on the performance to date of Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, the United States, the top 7 emitters of greenhouse gas emissions accounting for nearly two-thirds of global emissions and half of the world’s population, the world is unlikely to achieve the goals needed to address climate change nor respond effectively to environmental degradation and biodiversity loss (Figure 2).

 

Source: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

 

Additional insight into greenhouse gas emissions is offered by per capita comparisons of major countries. While in 2018 the world average of tons of CO2 equivalent per person was approximately 6, the United States and Russia had the highest per person levels of 19 and 18, respectively. The per person levels for the world’s billionaire plus populations, China and India, were considerably lower at about 8 and 2, respectively (Figure 3).

 

Source: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

 

It also appears unlikely that the world will achieve the global goal adopted by 196 parties in 2015 in the legally binding international treaty on climate change, the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. Moreover, to preserve a livable climate on the planet, the world community of nations will not likely be able to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions net 0 by 2050.

While it is widely recognized that climate change is a global emergency, the international system of nations is failing to deal with this challenge as well as related global problems due to national ambitions. To effectively address this failing, some believe that a new worldview of planetary politics is called for, with the survival of the biosphere to be designated an international objective relevant to all nations. However, moving away from the primacy of national sovereignty to a planetary approach appears unlikely any time soon.

One significant demographic response to climate change is human migration, both internal and international. Increasingly, people are migrating to escape climate change’s disastrous consequences, including rising sea levels, lengthy droughts, deadly heat, polluted air, devastating floods, raging wildfires and violent storms.

The planet is all but guaranteed to see 5 feet of sea level rise in the coming decades. This rise is especially threatening to no less than a dozen island nations, including Fiji, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. In addition, by the end of the decade approximately 50 percent of the world’s population will live in coastal areas that are exposed to storms, tsunamis and floods.

Also, exposure to extreme heat, which has tripled from 1983 to 2016, now impacts roughly a quarter of the world’s population. Longer and hotter heat waves have become a regular feature of climate change. Low income communities, especially in developing countries, are most vulnerable with more than two-thirds of global households lacking access to air conditioning.

Governments will need to decide on how best to address climate-induced population displacement, which is already a reality for millions worldwide. Over the next several decades, tens of millions of “climate migrants” are expected to be displaced by extreme heat, droughts, sea-level rise, or other severe climate events within and across countries. Some are calling for a United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and climate change.

Other expected demographic responses to climate change are reduced fertility and increased morbidity and mortality. Hot weather, for example, can worsen reproductive health and maternal health outcomes as well as lead to later birth rates and harm to infant survival.

Also, climate change is considered the single biggest health threat facing the world’s 8 billion humans. Changes in the planet’s climate are expected to have serious consequences on the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, including air, water, food and shelter.

WHO reports that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause 250 thousand additional deaths annually from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress. Also, others estimate that global warming could lead to the premature deaths of more than 80 million people over the remainder of the century.

Whenever climate change is discussed, written about, or mentioned, the demographic growth of nations can no longer be ignored or dismissed by governments. The planet with 8 billion humans and continuing to grow must be seriously addressed in climate change negotiations.

In brief, the stabilization and degrowth of human populations are essential for limiting the ever-increasing demographic created demands for energy, water, food, land, resources, housing, heating/cooling, transportation, material goods, etc. that are responsible for the planet’s climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.

 

Joseph Chamie is a consulting demographer, a former director of the United Nations Population Division and author of numerous publications on population issues, including his recent book, “Births, Deaths, Migrations and Other Important Population Matters.”

 

Micro Insurance Company and Bikmo Partner to Enhance Cycle-To-Work Schemes in Austria

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Micro Insurance Company (MIC) and Bikmo are partnering to provide digital solutions to encourage Cycle to Work schemes in Austria. In this partnership, MIC brings their underwriting expertise, with the ability to create unique solutions for very specific, non–traditional use cases. Bikmo, a European–based insurtech that specializes in bicycle insurance, will control product sales as well as handle the claims process.

A Cycle to Work scheme is an initiative to promote healthier commutes to and from work while also reducing environmental pollution. It allows employers to loan bicycles (or advance a loan for the purchase of a bicycle) to employees as a tax–free benefit. It's a win–win scenario. If employees are cycling to and from work, they'll be healthier, and thus, less likely to take sick days. It also means employers can supply less car parking spaces, which reduces their costs and is also good for the environment. Lastly, for employees looking for an alternative to public transportation post–covid, cycling to work is a good option. It keeps employees active and happy.

In an effort to further boost the attractiveness of these cycle–to–work schemes in Austria, MIC and Bikmo have designed a service warranty product that is embedded into the bicycle loans given by employers. This insurance–based product allows employees to take their bicycle in for service annually, which is a great added benefit for them. It also gives peace of mind to employers, knowing that if an employee needs a repair or replacement for their bike, they are covered. In other words, the cost of an unexpected circumstance related to their bicycle will not be the reason an employee stops biking to work. Having a built–in warranty means they can take care of any of their bicycle servicing needs and be back in action quickly.

Richard Leftley, EVP of Micro Insurance Company, says:

"We are very excited to make our first entry into the EU market and to do so with an innovative insurtech such as Bikmo is an endorsement to our focus on underwriting simple, effective insurance products."

David George, CEO at Bikmo, adds:

"It's been a delight to work with an insurer as agile and responsive as MIC to bring a product to market in record time for Bikmo. We're looking forward to working with Richard and the team as we develop this product and new initiatives."

This collaboration between MIC and Bikmo is pedaling down a great path towards improving the lives for countless Austrians.

About Micro Insurance Company

MIC is a full stack digital insurance platform that combines insurance capacity, in–country insurance licenses, world class distribution, and scalable tech. MIC provides insurance to the millions of people and businesses that are unserved by the current insurance models.

For more information, please contact Richard Leftley at Richard@microinsurance.com or visit https://microinsurance.com/.

About Bikmo

Bikmo is an award–winning cycling insurance specialist who invests in technology to protect the world's cyclists. They insure bikes, kit and riders across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

For more information, please contact David George at press@bikmo.com or visit bikmo.com.


Protecting Environmental Water from Antimicrobial Resistance

By Lina Taing and Rachel Kaiser
HAMILTON, Canada, Nov 23 2021 – The overuse and misuse of antimicrobial medicines and chemicals has become the main driver of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and drug-resistant infections that threaten human health and the global economy.

Given that development, the UN designated November 18-24 as World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, to remind us all to handle antimicrobials with greater care.

Antimicrobials – which range from antibiotic and antiviral medicines to disinfectant and antiseptic chemicals – help prevent or treat human, animal and plant infections and have contributed immensely to health and progress worldwide.

Now, however, common antibiotics, as well as first-line antimicrobials for infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria, are becoming less effective.

The World Health Organization reports that 700,000 people die from drug-resistant diseases every year. If this threat continues unchecked, 10 million people are predicted to die every year and the world will lose USD $100 trillion by 2050.

Most worrying, an estimated 90% of the world’s urban growth is anticipated in Africa and Asia, where populations are most vulnerable to drug-resistant bacteria. Increasingly, multilateral organizations and national governments are adopting measures to reduce unnecessary antimicrobial use by humans, including in our food chain.

From 2000 to 2015, human consumption of antibiotics increased 65%, led by low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where GDP has risen in parallel with antibiotic use, overuse and misuse.

Meanwhile, antimicrobial use in animal farming is nearly triple that of human consumption and is on track to reach 200,235 tons in animals and 13,600 tons in aquaculture by 2030 as producers work to reduce infection and increase animal growth.

Data on antimicrobial use in plants is limited, but the presence of resistant bacteria has been detected on 25% of plant-based foods from all world regions, indicating that food likely is contributing to greater AMR.

The excessive use of antimicrobials in humans, animals, and plants also puts environmental health at risk. But environmental transmission via soil, air, or water receives relatively little attention as an AMR driver.

Depending on the drug, humans and animals can excrete waste with up to 90% of antimicrobial compounds or metabolites still active, which can end up untreated in the environment.

Unsafe disposal of antimicrobials and wastewater from hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, municipal treatment plants, and farms are recognized as hotspots for the introduction and evolution of more resistant strains (i.e., superbugs).

This pollution can consequently compound human AMR exposure through contaminated soils and water supplies that sustain our environment, or are used to produce food, for drinking, cleansing and recreation.

Increasing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and raising capacity for wastewater treatment are the primary environmental interventions to reduce the spread of AMR.

However, current statistics paint an alarming picture of whether these efforts are enough to address environmental risks, as a quarter of humanity does not have access to safe water and just over half of the world’s wastewater is treated. Of particular concern are large swathes of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, which report limited treatment of, or have no data on, domestic and industrial wastewater flows.

At current rates of progress, universal WASH and wastewater treatment is unlikely to be achieved soon, which highlights the need to put into place now additional measures that protect environmental waters from these AMR exposure pathways.

Environmental waters are aquatic environments that can function as both AMR reservoirs and pathways and their protection, therefore, is critical in AMR stewardship. Environmental waters refers to the world’s diverse natural and man-made water bodies, ranging from wetlands that shelter wildlife and nurture local ecosystems, to groundwater and surface waters from which we draw supplies or discharge wastewater into.

One could argue that environmental water AMR protection is inherent in measures that reduce antimicrobial use upstream, and enhance WASH and municipal and industrial wastewater treatment strategies downstream.

But wastewater treatment from a major contributor to environmental pollution – agriculture – tends to be overlooked, despite the facts that this industry uses the largest amount of antimicrobials, 70% of global freshwater, and discharges the majority of its wastewater and runoff untreated into the environment.

The combination of poor WASH coverage and inadequate domestic, industrial, and agricultural wastewater treatment puts half a billion people that rely on unimproved water from polluted environmental waters at greater risk of AMR exposure and infection.

Safeguarding environmental waters represents a major void in current AMR stewardship efforts, despite water protection being recognized in 2018 as the “first step” to reducing environmental AMR pollution.

The UN should support surveillance, regulation and enforcement of water and land protection legislation and development of AMR-related water quality standards – to prevent and mitigate environmental AMR risks, as well as equitably address human, animal, and environmental AMR threats.

Lina Taing is a Water and Health Researcher, and Rachel Kaiser is an Intern at the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), a Canadian-based think tank supported by the Government of Canada and hosted at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. The Institute marks its 25th anniversary in 2021.

 


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