Since 2000, companies in G8 countries have acquired land in developing countries more than the size of the whole of Ireland1. This is enough to feed 96 million people every year – almost the total population of the UK and Canada. The G8 must lift the veil of secrecy around land deals to help put an end to the scandal of land grabs. www.oxfam.org/land
Manila’s famous chefs foodies and bloggers came together today to help launch Oxfam’s 2013 Food Heroes calendar at Milkyway Bar and Restaurant in Makati City, Philippines. The launch coincides with the celebration of the International Rural Women’s Day on October 15.
Kitten season update: we have three litters of unwanted kittens at our Victoria Blue Cross animal hospital at the moment. As you can imagine, feeding time is very busy! Our teams are doing a brilliant job with the influx of kittens at this time as are other charities and rescues across the country. Please remember to get your cats neutered to avoid so many unwanted litters.
This little four-week-old kitten was found on a London tube train earlier in the week. Nicknamed 'Victoria', she is currently being given round-the-clock care from our Victoria Blue Cross animal hospital team. It is a mystery as to why she was left on her own, without her mum or possible littermates but she will be transferred to our Lewknor rehoming centre shortly. We will keep you updated on how little Victoria is getting on...
Meet Denise, Lisa, Victoria, Kimberley, Nicky, Louis, Matthew and Danny. These strictly cute Staffordshire bull terrier cross pups were found zipped up in a holdall near Peckham and were brought to the Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria. Despite being dumped and abandoned, their lively and wiggly nature meant that Blue Cross staff couldn't help but draw comparisons to the contestants on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
Developed countries have come to Doha keen to move on to a new track of negotiations that will result in legally binding commitments to act for all countries in a deal to be struck by 2015. But several critical issues are left unresolved, both in the current track of negotiations and concerning the future of the Kyoto protocol. It is vital these issues are addressed before the talks move on. Climate finance can therefore make or break these UN Climate Talks.