climate change

  • How does climate change affect men and women differently?

    Women and girls will be disproportionately affected by climate change. That is due, first and foremost, to the fact that globally speaking, women tend to be poorer than men. This, according to the World Bank, means they are more likely to live in fragile housing in disaster-prone areas, and...
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    The rise of environmental conflict

    November 6 marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, an issue which has been become increasingly more relevant since the day was declared in 2001. The day aims to raise awareness about the effect war has on...
  • Can the meat industry become more environmentally friendly?

    According to a 2009 study by environmental experts Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, 51 % global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, the practice of breeding animals for the production of animal products. The industry is responsible for the emission of methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide. The U.S....
  • The diseases of the future

    “The warming of the planet will be gradual but the frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as intense storms, heat waves, droughts and floods could be abrupt – the consequences for health will be dramatic’ – World Health Organisation.   In just eleven days, last month, hurricane...
  • Can renewables stop heatwaves in the Middle East?

    Temperatures in Arab countries are establishing new records each summer. The heat waves that are occurring in Kuwait, Iraq and Morocco have highlighted the consequences of climate change in the MENA region. All the while, scientists are expecting a continuous occurrence of such waves in the coming years. This...
  • Investing in climate

    Global concerns about climate change and the emergence of potential new energy markets such as renewable energy have attracted a great deal of attention. Nothing concentrates the mind as much as crises do and this is why there have been ongoing debates about being climate resilient and meeting climate...
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    Why is the mountain ghost disappearing?

    Scientists estimate there are only between 3,920 and 6,390 snow leopards left in the wild. Why are the Mountain Ghosts disappearing? And what's being done about it?...
  • Why we need to preserve the Caribbean sea

    In the Caribbean Sea Ecosystem Assessment report, Professor John Agard and Angela Cropper, describes the Caribbean Sea as a distinct ecological region – the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem. The Sea was described in this way due to the interconnectivity of its characteristic habitats like mangroves, seagrass communities, and coral...
  • Nepal’s forest women on the periphery

    Sabitra wakes up with the sun at 5 am. Her husband, children and in-laws sleep. She heads outside to start her chores for the day, feeding the goats, chickens, and tending to the maize which is beginning to grow tall outside of the small one-bedroom house the family shares....
  • Where the Paris Agreement falls short

    On 1 June 2017, in the White House Rose Garden, US President Donald Trump decided to follow through on one of his campaign promises by announcing his decision to withdraw the US of the Paris Climate agreement. The central aim of the agreement is to strengthen the global response...
  • Make water a priority in the Caribbean

    “The energy crisis of the 1970s will take a back seat to the water crisis of the 1980s and 1990.” – United States Department of Agriculture, The Yearbook of Agriculture, 1981 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are those coastal countries grouped based on certain characteristics they share. These include...
  • How corruption is destroying the environment

    It is a paradox that living in a globalized world, at a time when we are permanently connected, information is available immediately, and people travel more frequently and further distances, we live our lives in an individualistic manner. It is as if our everyday choices of what we consume...
  • Break the cycle

    The El Niño episode severely affected more than 60 million people around the world. The impact of drought, flooding and severe storms led 22 countries to appeal for international humanitarian assistance in East and Southern Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and the Pacific according to the UN Secretary General’s...
  • Hot air and empty promises

    ‘he growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other’ — Barack Obama ‘The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive’ — Donald Trump It might seem to be counterintuitive...
  • Turning waste into ‘gold’

    Amid all of the recent human interruptions in terms of addressing climate change, nature has begun to fight back devoid of opinion. People can only stand in awe at the power of natural disasters, and it’s a scientific fact that they are worsening as our climate tilts further off...