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ATA - Tirana Film Commission launched to promote city as convenient filming location for local, international cinematography productions
TIRANA, May 23 /ATA/ – Good news is coming for all Albanian filmmakers and artists as the Tirana Film...
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NNA - Rapport quotidien du ministère de la Santé: 5 nouveaux cas de contamination au coronavirus
ANI-Le ministère de la Santé publique a annoncé, dans son rapport quotidien, que 1119cas de contamination au coronavirus sont diagnostiqués...
ATA - Albania to reopen land borders on June 1
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NNA - Health Minister: One million masks will be freely distributed
NNA–Minister of Public Health,Hamad Hassan, announced Monday via his Twitter account, that "a million masks will be distributed for free,...
NNA - وزارة الصحة: 5 إصابات جديدة
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ATA - COVID-19/ Ministry of Health: 6 new cases in Tirana and Shkodër
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NNA - Ministre de la Santé Publique: un million de masques seront distribués gratuitement aux citoyens
ANI-Le ministre de la Santé Publique,Hamad Hassan,a annoncé ce lundi dans un tweet qu'un million de masques seront distribués gratuitement...
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CNA - حالتان جديدتان لفيروس كورونا في قبرص اليوم
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أعلنت السلطات القبرصية اليوم الاثنين عن حالتي إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا في البلاد بعد اجراء فحصوص معملية لـ 2128 شخصاً، ليرتفع...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: PSI20 stocks close Monday up 0.84%, less than rises seen in Europe
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CNA - وزير الخارجية يهنئ نظيره الإسرائيلي باستلام منصبه الجديد
وكالة الأنباء القبرصية - قبرص / نيقوسيا - مهى ميخائيل
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CNA - Two COVID-19 cases out of 2,128 tests confirmed in Cyprus on Monday
CNA-Nicosia- Two more people were found positive to COVID-19 in Cyprus, after conducting 2,128 laboratory tests, authorities announced on Monday....
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: University testing centre validating portable Covid-19 detector
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CNA - وزارة الصحة تصدر ارشادات جديدة للعائدين إلى البلاد
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CNA - Suspended credit facilities in Cyprus rise to €1.19 billion on May
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Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Government accused of ignoring olive oil factory pollution in Alentejo
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Lusa - Business News - Portugal: TAP hopes to up total weekly flights from 27 in June to 247 in July
Lisbon,May 25,2020(Lusa)–On Monday, TAP published its flight plan for the next two months which involves 27 weekly flights in June...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Restaurants lose €354.4M in card payments in April YoY - central bank
Lisbon, May 25, 2020 (Lusa) – Restaurants and retail trade in Portugal lost €354.4 million and €316.3 million in April,...
Lusa - Business News - East Timor: Country exports $100M worth of gas, oil in first four months
Dili,May 25,2020(Lusa)–East Timor exported, in the first four months of the year, about $100 million (about €92 million) of oil...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Covid-19 deaths toral 1,330 to Monday; 30,788 infections
Lisbon, May 25,2020 (Lusa) - Portugal has recorded 1,330 deaths related to Covid-19 until Monday, 14 more than on Sunday,...
Lusa - Business News - Cabo Verde: Insurer donates 4,000 rapid tests for Covid-19
Praia,May 25,2020(Lusa)-The Cape Verdean insurance company Garantia is to deliver 4,000 rapid tests to the country's health authorities on Monday...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Historians 'incredulous' at plan to demolish arcades in Bolhão market
Porto, May 25, 2020 (Lusa) - An international group of historians have declared themselves "incredulous" and "disappointed" at a decision...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Royal C Bank not authorised for financial intermediation - regulator
Lisbon, May 25, 2020 (Lusa) - Portugal's Securities Markets Commission (CMVM) on Monday issued a warning that the Royal C...
Lusa - Business News - Angola: GDP to shrink 1.8% in 2020 as oil slumps, grow 1.5% next - UN analyst
New York,24 May 2020(Lusa)- The United Nations expects Angola's gross domestic product to shrink by 1.8% this year before rebounding...
Lusa - Business News - Mozambique: GDP seen growing just 1.7% this year, 2.7% next - UN analyst
New York, May 25,2020 (Lusa)-The United Nations expects Mozambique's gross domestic product to expand by just 1.7% this year before...
Lusa - Business News - Moçambique: Debt decision complicates access to markets
London, May 25, 2020 (Lusa) - The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said on Monday that the Constitutional Council's decision regarding...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Covid-19 causes unprecedented reduction in cheque, card payments
Lisbon, May 25, 2020 (Lusa) - Portugal's central bank confirmed on Monday the "unprecedented" reduction in the use of cheques...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: New beach on Europe's largest artificial lake opens next year
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Lusa - Business News - Angola: More than a third deprived of food, drinking water - Survey
Luanda,May 25,2020(Lusa)-More than a third of Angolans were deprived of food, drinking water and medical assistance and medication last year,...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Merkel-Macron plan important step towards fiscal union - Centeno
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Lusa - Business News - Cabo Verde: Beaches reopen with restrictions, no vendors
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CNA - رفع إجراء الحجر الصحي الإلزامي في قبرص ابتداءً من اليوم
وكالة الأنباء القبرصية - قبرص / نيقوسيا - مهى ميخائيل
تم رفع إجراء الحجر الصحي الإلزامي للمسافرين القادمين إلى قبرص اعتباراً من اليوم الاثنين ونصح بالعزل الذاتي عوضاً عنه. ...
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أقلعت طائرتان للرحلات المستأجرة من لارنكا إلى أثينا يوم الأحد تحمل على متنها طلاباً من أجل العودة إلى جامعاتهم حيث يتطلب...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: PSI20 opens 0.45% up at 4,260.41 points
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CNA - زعيم القبارصة الأتراك يطلب من رئيس الجمهورية المساعدة في إخماد حريق في المناطق المحتلة
وكالة الأنباء القبرصية - قبرص / نيقوسيا - مهى ميخائيل
تحدث رئيس الجمهورية نيكوس أناستاسياديس هاتفياً بعد ظهر الأحد مع زعيم القبارصة الأتراك مصطفى أكينجي الذي اتصل به طلباً لمساهمة وسائل...
Lusa - Business News - Portugal: Top headlines on Monday
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CNA - We did not need COVID-19 as a wake-up call, climate challenges were there for years, expert tells CNA




CNA - Kyriaki Christodoulou - Nicosia
While the current COVID-19 crisis shows us how vulnerable we are, as a globally connected society, the recognition that we need to stabilize our climate and protect our biodiversity has been there for years and has not changed, Wolfgang Cramer, Scientific Co-Director at IMBE, Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology, has told the Cyprus News Agency.

In an interview with the Agency on the even greater and more pressing challenges the world is now faced with because of the pandemic, Cramer was asked about the skeptics who doubt the scientists and their findings.

“In fact, "skepticism" is part of the scientific method - we must always question our findings to advance for better understanding, and this is what we do. The people your question refers to are better called "denialists": they know the truth; they are also happy to use scientists` results when this suits their personal goals. But when it comes to the need of decisive action to protect the environment, they simply deny the facts. We expected this to happen again when the COVID-19 crisis began, but the bluntness and arrogance by which even the highest-level scientific advisors are pushed away by some politicians has shocked me,” he pointed out.

He added that the Paris Agreement, for example, was based on scientific findings and that simply walking away from the agreement, does not solve the environmental crisis.

Cramer told the CNA that as a scientist, he cannot find anything more persuasive than putting the facts on the table, through UN-overseen bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). “As a citizen, I request that leaders and also the general public use this information - hopefully helped by journalists like yourself,” he said.

He noted that the United Nations have identified the Sustainable Development Goals as a set of targets that clearly identify that the basic needs of all people need to be fulfilled in a reliable way.

“It is yet too early to say how the struggle against COVID-19 has been hampered by poor basic living conditions - but this is similar to climate change and the biodiversity crisis: we simply did not need the COVID-19 crisis as a wake-up call. The needs for a transition of our society to one that is based on good life with fulfilment of all basic needs, rather than on high consumption of short-lived products, are unchanged,”, he underlined.

IMBE Scientific co-director was invited to comment on the situation in the Mediterranean, the need to find synergies and common strategies but also the fact that some countries in the region are members of the EU and thus abide by different rules, guidelines and laws, some are extremely poor or torn by wars.

He recognized that political instability and human suffering indeed make it more difficult to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to adapt to climate change and to conserve biodiversity.

“But I am optimistic that all efforts to better cooperate, and to support lower-income nations in their sustainability transition will eventually also stabilize society and reduce conflict,” he told the Agency.

Notably, he added, in the renewable energy sector, there are plenty of opportunities for Southern countries to develop their economy , if stable cooperation can be assured. According to Cramer, there are encouraging signs in this direction, supported by political bodies such as the Union for the Mediterranean.

“But no government has time to lose in this context. There is no justification, for example, for investments in the wrong direction, such as for oil and gas exploration - these will cause huge damage to the climate and ultimately to people in the Mediterranean as well,” he added.

Cramer was also asked about the significant changes in our daily routines in terms of transportation, because of the pandemic.

He said that it is truly fascinating to see that many major cities worldwide suddenly recognize that more space for bicycles and pedestrians can be created "on the fly", that this allows many people to move around more easily and that air quality takes a drastic leap to the better.

“There are already indications from some cities that the death toll from air pollution more than balances the lives lost due to the pandemic. In other words: car traffic can be easily reduced in many cities, and now the investment in reliable public transportation must follow. A large part of the growing Mediterranean population will live in cities that are yet to be built. Yet is extraordinarily naive to believe that all these people will be in a position to use a car on a daily basis - not even an electric one, as there will simply not be the space for these, nor the material resources to buy and maintain them,” he told the CNA.

He said that a number of large cities around the world have already understood these simple facts and are rapidly transforming their transportation systems, pointing out that the current situation can serve as a nice demonstration case showing all city planners that everyone wins if that process is accelerated.

CNA/KCH/GV/2020
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY


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Date : 2020-05-23 09:02:43







 

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