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Leading global relief organizations have collaborated on a significant report that forecasts populations that have become casualties of armed conflict, that will be on the brink of annihilation in 2020 without necessary intervention and assistance.

A recent United Nations report also underscored multiple drivers of humanitarian crises. Armed conflict has driven a record 71 million people from their homes. More than half of the 50 countries with the most displacements were affected by both conflict and natural disaster. Eight of the worst food crises in the world are linked to both conflict and climate shocks. Hunger is rising and it is driven largely by conflict. Two-thirds of the 74 million people suffering from acute hunger in the world live in 21 countries and territories affected by conflict and insecurity.

The countries on the 2020 Watch List include war-torn Yemen; the Democratic Republic of Congo, where militia violence is hindering the response to end the Ebola outbreak; a number of perils facing Central America; extremist attacks in West Africa’s Sahel; violent protests in Iraq; South Sudan, recovering from years of civil war; and the continuing crisis in Venezuela.

Nongovernmental organizations are challenged to employ new, imaginative and innovative approaches to be able to impact this poverty and human suffering. They need to build their capacity to work in conflict-ridden, hostile environments, which is where the extremely poor in most need of assistance are. There are now record numbers of refugees and internally displaced who are fleeing from conflicts that are lasting longer. This calls for development approaches and longer-lasting solutions that include new partners, including the private sector. It will become vital to include local partners who best know the social and political context of their communities.


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After years of misconceptions, hemp products are making a comeback, and although it can be hard to tell the two plants apart, people are starting to understand there is a big difference between hemp and marijuana. Hemp is used in a wide variety of products ranging from health supplements, foods, medicine, clothing, paper, and industrial fiber. In the early days of prohibition hemp cultivation was unfairly banned in many countries even though hemp does not contain the chemical THC, which is responsible for producing the psychedelic high from marijuana. This is ironic because from ancient times hemp was valued for its many uses, including rope.

Nowadays, with hemp legalization, the hemp business is on the rise. Hemp seeds and oil are used as dietary supplements to lose weight, as a source of vitamins, essential fatty acids, proteins, etc. They are a highly nutritious addition to a daily diet. They also contain a cancer prevention agent and have calming properties.

Furthermore, hemp contains the chemical CBD (cannabidiol), which helps prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease, relieves IBS and Crohn’s disease, stops seizures, fights Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, ends joint pain, migraine and general pain, and relieves anxiety and stress.

Hemp fiber allows the body to breathe easily and adjust to external temperature, whether hot or cold. The fabric is soft, long-lasting, easily washable and fire-proof. Growing hemp requires less water than other crops like cotton, and it does not require synthetic pesticides because it is naturally pest resistant.

Hemp plants breathe in four times more carbon dioxide than any other plant, thus playing a vital role in the fight against global warming. Recently, hemp packaging products have been discovered as a non-toxic, biodegradable alternative to plastic.

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Many veterinarians, who focus on holistic pet care and wellness according to scientific and time-honored, common-sense practice of nature-based animal health care, now prescribe full-spectrum hemp extract (CBD) tinctures, treats and salves to their patients with excellent results. Also many homeopathic and flower-essence natural products are given to animals with great success, avoiding the risk of toxic side effects or over-dosing of prescription medicines. Their mission and intention is to do no harm, help the body heal naturally, and educate and empower pet owners on how to make the best decisions for their pets.

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Other articles of interest in this Winter 2020 TMIS eNewsletter:

* Persistent organic pollutants (POPs), chemicals no longer produced but that persist in the environment, are found linked to reproductive disorders and risk of birth defects.

* Duke energy and North Carolina regulators and environmentalists agree to permanently close ash basins in protective enclosures.

* Countries are encouraged to invest in education and employment of nurses and midwives to create a triple dividend for health, economic growth, and gender equality.

* Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado capped off 2019 with a record number of 204 rescued wild animals.

* Grey-Breasted Parakeet is saved from extinction by the Loro Parque Foundation in Spain.

* “From a Mess to Amazing: 7 steps to Create the Life You Deserve,” book helps readers break the chains of the past and move into a better, more secure future.

* Leading provider of mindfulness solutions weighs in on what mindfulness trends to expect in 2020.

* AI-powered medical platform collaborated with opioid optimization manager to launch first 24/7 opioid compliance solution.

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I am grateful to be in a collaborative business with many talented and skilled professionals. Additional feedback and recommendations for our products and services at TM Information Services are always welcome.

- Mary Michele McLaughlin


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