We are losing the race…

Europe bad and good By 12 December, 2019 No Comments

by António Guterres

We are losing the climate race. On our current trajectory we are looking at a 3- to 4-degree temperature rise by the end of the century. But we can choose another path. The path of climate action and well-being for people and planet. This path is about people’s jobs, health, education, opportunities, and their future. Today, millions of workers are on the front lines of climate impacts. Many in sectors like tourism and agriculture are losing livelihoods. Others have to withstand unbearable working conditions. The answer to the climate crisis lies in transforming how we generate our power, design our cities, and manage our land. But it also requires that our actions are consistent with making people’s lives better.

Nurses in the UK decline

Jobs By 12 December, 2019 No Comments

The demand for nurses is high but the supply is low. According to, a job site website, Indeed, within UK’s biggest cities including London, the searched for nurse jobs has decline, which is surprising especial for London which has the highest number of nursing staff.

The National Health Service has provided data regarding this issue, but it can be misleading. According to the most recent figures from the NHS, in England there was a 3.9% increase from five years earlier and a 3.2% general rise over the last decade. However, the data in depth shows that there were also 39,520 nursing vacancies in England in the first quarter of this year, which is around 11% of the workforce. That 11% of the workforce was temporary filled in by agency or contract workers, but those temporary workers were counted as permanent nurses, which could have altered the results.

Awards for climate projects

Jobs By 9 December, 2019 No Comments

Fifteen game-changing initiatives from more than twenty countries have been celebrated as winners of the prestigious UN Global Climate Action Awards during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid.  Speaking at a special ceremony at COP25 hosted by the Chilean Government, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, said that  these award-winning projects shine a light on outstanding examples of scalable, innovative and practical climate action from around the world.

We are not Greta Thunberg

Europe bad and good By 6 December, 2019 No Comments

By Marylu Bautista

Nearly everyone has material or an emotional interest in doing favors to others or in the moment they have certain power. Greta Thunberg seems to make a difference. “I am not part of any organization. I sometimes support and cooperate with several NGOs that work with the climate and environment. But I am absolutely independent and I only represent myself. And I do what I do completely for free, I have not received any money or any promise of future payments in any form at all. And nor has anyone linked to me or my family done so.” That is what she says at least. And her great success has also to do with the fact that she seems to be authentic.

ISIS fighters come home …

Europe bad and good By 26 November, 2019 No Comments

European countries have delayed too long in dealing with the hundreds of their citizens who joined the Islamic State group (ISIS) and are now being detained in north-eastern Syria by Kurdish forces. These include not only men and women, but large numbers of young children. Leaving them in the improvised prisons and overcrowded refugee camps in which they are being held is irresponsible and, in the case of children, inhumane. With no better options available, European countries should immediately begin a programme of managed repatriation of their citizens.