In Denver, U.N. chief calls for human-rights protections, more R2P to protect civilians

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday said the “responsibility to protect” civilians from war crimes has become an operational basis for intervening in crises worldwide and urged expanded efforts to protect people.

In an interview before attending the annual University of Denver Korbel Dinner, Ban also said that “R2P” interventions — which in Libya and Ivory Coast involved military force — must include better post-conflict work to bring the rule of law.

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Climate change leads Inuits to team up with CSU to predict weather and ice

Inuit hunters fighting to continue their traditional lifestyle in the melting Arctic have turned to Colorado scientists for help.

Cracks open unexpectedly in sea-ice routes the Inuit rely on to track polar bears, caribou and other animals. Each year, the ice melts earlier and freezes later, forcing a shift from dog sleds to boats that require costly fuel.

Elders’ once-reliable predictions, based in part on touching and tasting sea ice, increasingly fail.

Today the scientists, led by climate-modeling veteran Glen Liston, are installing a super-sensitive network of weather stations near an isolated community on Baffin Island in northeast Canada called Kangiqtugaapik (pop. 1,000).

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GPS has scientists reconsidering assumptions about animals’ range, habita

FORT COLLINS – GPS tracking data collected from radio collars on mountain lions, lynx, wolves and other wild mammals are challenging scientific understanding of the animals’ range and habitat.

Until about five years ago, the use of GPS technology was limited. Now, Colorado Division of Wildlife and other Western biologists are tracking more animals using satellites and computers and seeing them wander farther, more frequently and far beyond the bounds of what is believed to be their normal habitat.

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