Archive for: May 2016

Global Environmental Parliament to Tackle Global Troubles

The United Nations’ Environment Programme is to invite a world’s environment ministers meeting to create a “parliament for the environment.”

UNEP said that the UN Environment Assembly is the world’s “de facto parliament for the environment.” However, it has no constitutional role in a government.

The aim is to allow environment ministers to urge their governments ot agree on common policies. The meeting has 21 proposed resolutions on the table for issues including illegal wildlife trade, plastic in the oceans and whaling in Southeast Asia.

The ministers and their deputies in the meeting will receive a report compiled by 1,203 scientists. The report is a compilation of six separate regional reports for the UNEP regarding the environment and issues that matter in their region and its effects on other regions.

The report would talk about consumer spending in regards to energy consumption, a resource boom from $21 to $56 trillion by 2030 due to East Asian growth.

Meanwhile, UNEP is calling for technology development enabling decoupling economic growth from resource consumption.

The report calls it the greatest health risk to Europeans, with outdoor pollutants such as ozone and particulates killing 500,000 people prematurely per year, and indoor pollution killing another 100,000.

In Africa, indoor air pollution, mainly from cooking, kills 600,000 people a year. In east Asia, pollution controls have made some improvements, but overall, levels are still rising along with prosperity, with short-lived pollutants such as carbon particles and methane killing 153 people per 100,000 per year.

UK Banks Fail To Consider Cybercrime Seriously Enough

TheCityUK’s study of cyber-security over the last six months indicate that the UK government and its banking industry has failed to take cybercrime and identity theft seriously.

The results, to be reported on Tuesday, would say that banks and financial institutions should share more information about threats and crimes. It would also urge tax breaks to boost investment in cyber defences.

“The UK government and its agencies have already started to take action,” says Mark Weil chief executive of insurance broker Marsh Ltd and chairman of TheCityUK’s cyber task force. “However, outside of a very few firms, we do not yet see cyber getting the attention it needs from business leaders.”

TheCityUK proposed that a new “cyber forum” be established to improve the flow of information regarding the threat of hackers across the financial system.

The forum would help various groups to share information that would prime the banking industry’s response to cyber crime.

“There is also a talent gap, given the rapid increase in demand for cyber security capabilities and given the high level of training required,” the report states, calling on firms to offer more apprenticeships and work placements in the area of cyber security.

DNR Orders Received By Patients Without Families’ Consent

An audit by the Royal College of Physicians’ audit of 9,000 patients found that one in five families were not alerted about a DNR imposed on their relative.

According to RCP Professor Sam Ahmedzai that the act was unforgivable. The chairman of the audit, he said doctors needed to be more open with dying patients. He said doctors may not like to “face up to it.” but it is cruel not to inform families about their patients’ decision.

The audit estimated that 200,000 patients a year are issued with an order not to attempt CPR if they stop breathing.

In 16% of the 9,000 cases audited, the study found there was no record of a conversation with the patient about the order.

An NHS England spokeswoman said: “We welcome the results of this audit, which we commissioned, and which shows there has been some improvement in the care provided.

“But there is clearly more that can be done.

“Although this audit presents a snapshot of end-of-life care within NHS hospitals, there are clear variations in the support and services received across hospitals and areas where improvements must continue to be made.”