The second drowning of the water rail

Rare are the birds that do not fly: the cassowary, ostrich, emu, penguin to name but a few. However, the Aldabra rail is by far the strangest of them all. This species of bird owes its name to the Aldabra Atoll, an area of the Seychelles archipelago lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It was here that this species perished about 136,000 years ago, when a rise in sea levels submerged its unique habitat.

Controversy A/HRC/RES/42/25

Let’s get straight to the facts: official Venezuelan government statistics show that 1,569 people were killed by law enforcement officers between the 1st of January and the 19th of May this year. This figure adds up to a terrible toll: 5,287 people died during police operations in 2018 and 4,998 in 2017.

Melting and consequences

Changes in the oceans and frozen regions are the subject of a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, published on the 25th of September, calls for ambitious measures and highlights “the ever-increasing risks of inaction”.