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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Climate Change and Human Rights

Observations of the effects of greenhouse gases on the world have been documented for over 100 years. It was in 1896 that Swedish Chemist Svante Arrhenius first concluded from his research that the natural greenhouse effect that sustains life on Earth might be enhanced by industrial-age coal burning by humans. According to his findings, the consumption of such energy sources has a considerable effect on the natural heating process of the planet by producing more carbon dioxide than may be consumed by plants, which as a result retains more thermal energy in the atmosphere and re-radiates it back towards Earth.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Expert Links Environmental Destruction and Modern Slavery

According to Kevin Bales, if slavery were a country or state, it would have the population of Canada or California with the GDP of Angola or Kansas. And that “country” of more than 27 million would have a per-capita emission level roughly eight times that of the United States.

Kevin Bales, Professor of Contemporary Slavery at University of Hull, spoke February 4 to students, faculty, and the public at the University of Minnesota about his latest book, Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World.

Monday, February 1, 2016

2016 Human Rights Awards, Support, and Internships

As a part of its commitment to recognizing the achievements of students in human rights, the Human Rights Program is pleased to announce its array of awards, financial support, and internships available for students in 2016. Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student, the Human Rights Program is excited to support the work you are doing in promoting human rights: