Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate-C...

Before the Flood starring Leonardo DiCaprio shows him travelling the entire world showing the effects of climate change all over the world. The doc...

Lack of Teachers Guarantee Failure ...

Without teachers in impoverished areas including sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the UN's universal education goal still lacks 69 million teachers ...

MH17 Prosecutors Will Release Findi...

Two years after Malaysian Airlines MH17 flew over Eastern Ukraine and fell into uncharted territory, an international team of prosecutors will look in...

Contraceptive Pills Contributed To ...

The widespread use of contraceptive pills for women had contributed to the reduction of ovarian cancer deaths worldwide. The reduction of hormone repl...

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate-Change Documentary Streaming for Free

Before the Flood starring Leonardo DiCaprio shows him travelling the entire world showing the effects of climate change all over the world.

The documentary — which had lackluster publication — first debuted in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. On October 21, the documentary opened in theaters.

National Geographic had secured the rights of the film and released it on YouTube for free viewing. The video was also embedded on Twitter, Facebook, Hulu and the website of National Geographic itself.

The filmmakers’ intentions are clear that it is a message to all people that climate change issues are real and they are having adverse effects that could lead to humanity’s extinction.

DiCaprio said of the film:

“We cannot afford, at this critical moment in time, to have leaders in office that do not believe in the modern science of climate change,” he said. “We need to galvanize the world community to put in office people who are not only believers in the science, but are going to take rapid action immediately. And that’s why we wanted this film to come out before the next election, because as we’ve cited in this film, the United States is the largest contributor to this issue. We need to set the example for the rest of the world to follow.”

Lack of Teachers Guarantee Failure of UN Universal Education Goal]

Without teachers in impoverished areas including sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the UN’s universal education goal still lacks 69 million teachers to achieve its goal.

According to UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics published during the World Teacher’s Day on October 5, the international community has a shortage of 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers to achieve the said goal.

About 263m children worldwide are out of school. An estimated 25 million are unlikely to ever receive any form of education. Only about 14% of young adults finish their studies in impoverished countries.

In sub-Saharan Africa – the region with the fastest growing school-age population – more than 70% of countries face teacher shortages in primary schools, while 90% do not have enough secondary teachers, according to the data. In order to meet sustainable development goal four, which specifically calls for more qualified teachers and more teacher training in developing countries, roughly 17 million primary and secondary teachers will need to be recruited and trained in sub-Saharan Africa within the next 14 years.

South Asia faces the second largest teacher shortage, with an additional 15 million teachers – 11 million at secondary level – needed by 2030.

MH17 Prosecutors Will Release Findings on Wednesday

Two years after Malaysian Airlines MH17 flew over Eastern Ukraine and fell into uncharted territory, an international team of prosecutors will look into the findings of MH17 investigators and release their findings this Wednesday.

Earlier reports from the Dutch Safety Board indicated that a Russian-made Buk missile had hit the plane. The board did not indicate who fired the rocket.

Prosecutors from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine will be part of the Joint International Team.

Due to the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and further violence in the region, the United States and the European Union had widened sanctions against Russia’s clandestine activities.

Political analysts are quite surprised with the announcement. According to BBC’s Anna Holigan, the motives of the criminal investigators who are about to release the information this week are still unclear. The meeting would open the door against suspects who may be involved in the situation and give them a window to clear their names.

News networks indicated that families of the victims remain frustrated as prosecutors and investigators still could not say who was responsible for the atrocious airline disaster.

Contraceptive Pills Contributed To Fall in Ovarian Cancer Deaths Worldwide

The widespread use of contraceptive pills for women had contributed to the reduction of ovarian cancer deaths worldwide. The reduction of hormone replacement therapy had also helped reduce the symptoms of menopause according to studies.

According to Italian scientists who published their study in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology, the use of contraceptive piils for five years or so protects women when they grow older as it removes the risk presented by hormone therapy during a woman’s middle age of 50.

Deaths from ovarian cancer dropped by 10% in the 28 countries of the EU between 2002 and 2012, according to the study. There are substantial variations in the size of the drop between countries. In the UK, the fall was 22%; in Denmark and Sweden it was 24%; but in Hungary, just 0.6%.

Death rates fell in the United States by 16% and in Canada by 8%. In Australia and New Zealand it went down by 12%.

The protective impact of taking the pill is experienced decades later. More than 40% of the over 4,000 deaths year in the UK are in women aged over 75. Women began taking the pill in the 1960s in the UK.

Norway Oil Fund Tapped For The First Time

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund sees its first few withdrawals for the first time in decades.

Norway’s Oil Fund, which amounts to $890bn (£682bn), has seen some relatively small withdrawals.

Despite the small amount withdrawn, Norwegian investment officials and concerned political figures debate on the future of the fund. It has been used beyond the time intended.

“This fund is meant to last generations and yet we are tapping it already — many, many years before we were meant to. If we keep on spending as we are and the fund can’t earn decent returns then we could end up eating into it,” says one of Norway’s leading businessman, who did not want to be named.

Fund was made through surpluses from Norway’s Petroleum Industry

The Oil Fund was made out of Norway’s surplus in the petroleum industry for a time. It had also become one of the world’s largest investors in different trades and serves as a buffer for Norway’s possible future economic troubles particularly interest rates affecting future returns.

BI Norwegian Business School Professor Espen Henriksen said the withdrawals should be seen dramatically. However, he argues that low oil prices in the world and lower expected return of profit for investors may affect the future of the fund directly.

Higher government spending is also affecting the life of fund. Norway’s government is allowed to spend up to 4 per cent of the fund each year in its budget. Due to the profit of oil and gas with the former being generated through production tax and state company dividends, the fund may see lower income than it usually has.

UK Design Education Needs More Support

UK’s architectural design education is weaker according to leading designers.

Speaking during the Brexit design summit, Michael Mariott, a well-known industrial designer, said that the British educational system is incapable of handling the situation as is.

“Funding is being stripped and there are less facilities,” he added, saying that UK students were being forced to study overseas, where facilities are better.

“I had a young English guy working for me,” Marriott said. “He looked at a couple of British universities and for a quarter of the price he’s gone to Amsterdam to study in way better facilities that are beyond anything we have in this country.”

Architect Amanda Levete agreed, saying she had to employ architects trained overseas because they are better than home-grown ones.

“The reason that so many of the young architects we employ come from outside of the UK is because the architectural education in Europe is frankly better,” she said.

Half of Levete’s 50 employees are from overseas.

“Conceptually the architectural education here is very strong, but technically it’s very weak,” she added. “So architects who have been educated outside of the UK are kind of office-ready.”

The UK vote to leave the European Union could exclude the UK from the Erasmus student exchange programme, and make it harder for UK studios to hire EU staff.

Teens Find Financial Security A Bigger Issue Than Environment

Fears about a possible nuclear war and environmental destruction are waning among teenagers across Europe. Money troubles had kept most teenagers awake at night.

According to a 28-year study, teenagers from the 80s said the issues that kept them awake at night included climate change and the threat of global conflict. Today, 92% of teenagers are troubled about money, personal accidents, bullying and terrorist attacks. This is in stark contrast to the nuclear threat and environmental destruction worries from more than two decades ago.

Lead author Dr Nanette Danielsson, of Karlstad University in Sweden, said:

“Many adolescents have sleep disturbances, and this is associated with adverse consequences.

“Sleep disturbance was strongly associated with worry for the family’s financial situation, followed by worry about illness or accidents.

“Relationships between sleep disturbance and worry for environmental destruction and nuclear war were weaker.

“Concerns closely tied to one’s personal life, as well as current political threats, may have stronger associations with sleep disturbance than global threats due to a closer proximity to one’s own life situation.”

Between 1988 and 2011, more than 20,000 Swedish teenagers were asked to complete a questionnaire about living conditions and their health. Sleep disturbance was reported by 24 per cent of girls and 16 per cent of boys.

Pessimism Invades Businesses After Brexit Vote Decision

Upon voting exit, it would seem businesses and investors have lost confidence in the economy and the UK’s current stature.

According to research from YouGov at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, pessimism had increased about 25% the week before the referendum to 49%. This would mean companies and investors are pulling back or scaling down their activities in the United Kingdom.

Scott Corfe, director at the CEBR, said that the figures indicated a “significant shock reaction” among UK businesses following the vote last month.

He said:

“Businesses are clearly spooked by the referendum result and they’ve reined in their intentions for capital spending. They’ve reined in their expectations for exports and domestic sales growth.

“And business confidence is a leading indicator for where the economy is heading over the coming quarters. What it suggests is that the economy is in for quite a significant slowdown over the next three to six months.”

As the pound took a beating after the initial Brexit shock, global markets are also destabilising. Japan’s Yen had increased after investors sought safety with the pound’s devaluation.

As uncertainty looms over the United Kingdom, several figures see positivity in the ‘brave new world.’

Former Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund Ashoka Mody believes the Remain campaign’s message to stay echoes much about establishment of certain parties’ interests that they are left to defend such.

Mody said the idea of new deals and the deliberate reduction of value for re-negotiating terms are flaws in a system that could open new doors of possibilities for the country.

Seven Million Diseases Can Happen In The UK Due to Overweight and Obesity

According to the Obesity Health Alliance, a unity of Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Cancer Research UK, about seven million diseases would be caused by obesity and being overweight in the next 20 years.

The diseases include about 4.62 million cases of Type 2 Diabetes, 1.63 million cases of coronary heart diseases, 680,000 cases of stroke and 670,000 new cases of cancer.

The Alliance predicts that about 76 per cent of men and 69 per cent of women would reach overweight and obese levels by 2035. About three out of 10 adults in the UK are currently obese. The number would rise to 4 out of 10 by 2035 should the trend continue.

The Alliance is asking the government to publish a childhood obesity strategy as soon as possible. The government has kept delaying the publication since the previous year.

It also called on the government to restrict junk food TV advertising before 9pm, tightening online marketing rules to force industries to lower the amount of sugar and fat in food.

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of prevention and member the Obesity Health Alliance, said: “These numbers are shocking. And it’s difficult to think of the impact this will have on public health and an already strained NHS. Without bold action, the next generation will face more disease and live shorter lives.

“Kids are bombarded with advertisements for unhealthy food and if we are to give our children the chance for better and healthier lives, it’s vital the Government’s childhood obesity strategy restricts this kind of marketing.”

Modi Mwatsama, Director of Policy and Global Health at the UK Health Forum and member of the Obesity Health Alliance, said: “This study is a wakeup call for the Government and shows a daunting future if no strong action is taken against the obesity epidemic.

“We can’t expect industry to make changes on their own and people need help making healthier choices. Companies will have to be held accountable by Government. The Government must lead the way by creating a level playing field with independent, regulated targets for reducing the amount of sugar, fat and salt in food. Without Government action, our children face a life of disease and early death.”

Mediterranean Singkings in the Atlantic Kills 700 Migrants

said that it estimates about 700 migrants killed during the three consecutive sinkings of three sea vessels from different conflicted areas. The incident was the deadliest since April 2015.

According to rescue teams said the incident was “pretty gruesome.”

Giorgia Linardi, a rescue team member from the German NGO Sea Watch who arrived on Friday, many dead bodies had already been floating in the sea. Some of them were still breathing but not reacting.

The rescue teams could not ascertain the faith of the migrants because crew from Italian warships had taken the migrants off their hands as they continue to find more survivors.

Giorgia said they found couples hugging each other until death, a little child of few months dead in the sea. She said most of the dead were young people.

Giorgia said they also used a net to extract people and belongings from the water. She said hands, heads and feet kept coming out of the net.

“They were watching a shipwreck at the same time as having themselves been rescued an hour before,” said Linardi. “There were dolphins jumping in the waves, as well as bodies in the water. It was a very weird situation.”