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Opium cultivation in military-ruled Myanmar increased 33% last year, reversing a six-year downward trend, according to the UNODC Myanmar opium survey released on Thursday. An official at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said the growth was “directly connected” to the political and economic turmoil in Myanmar since the military took power in a coup nearly two years ago. Jeremy Douglas, the UNODC’s regional representative, said, “Economic, security, and governance disruptions that followed the military takeover of February 2021 have converged, and farmers in remote, often conflict-prone areas… have had little option but to move back to…

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Earth’s ozone layer is slowly but noticeably strengthening at a pace that would fully mend the ozone hole over Antarctica in about 43 years, according to a new United Nations report. A UN-backed scientific panel has concluded that actions taken under the Montreal Protocol have successfully strengthened the Earth’s ozone layer, helping avoid global warming from 0.5 to 1 degrees Celsius by mid-century. With continued implementation of this protocol, the Antarctic ozone layer is expected to recover to its 1980 values by 2066. The same will apply to the ozone layer over the Arctic by 2045 and across the world…

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