• #Newyearnewme – Is your health regime damaging the environment?

    This January 2018, as with every new year, the usual resolutions will be made, often focused on starting health regimes and diets. However, the impact of some of the most popular ‘healthy’ diets today aren’t all positive, particularly when considering the cost to the environment. The...
  • Think about your e-waste this Christmas

    During the holidays, many people around the world will receive brand new mobile, phones and laptops. Others may have taken advantage of the Boxing Day sales to buy new household items such as hoovers and washing machines. But what happens to the old phones, laptops and...
  • 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...
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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...
  • The dirty secret behind your smartphone

    In September this year, millions of excited customers around the world queued up to get their hands on the new iPhone 8.  How many phones do you need? In a 2017 survey on consumer behaviour by researchers Martinho, Magalhães, and Pires from the Nova University of...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • “Fighting is a way of life”

    Tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where loyalty to tribe trumps loyalty to country, and an attack on one is viewed as an attack on all, is certainly not new. While PNG has not kept official records of deaths as a result of tribal conflict,...
  • “We are slaves on our own land”

    Every oil palm plantation stretches over a ‘forest graveyard’. Of those ‘gravediggers’; Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have the lead in palm oil production, as well as world’s highest deforestation rates. Oil palm is a tropical tree, so the optimal level of moisture, soil type, and climate...
  • Searching for the new black gold

    Moatize, Mozambique– Earlier this summer, Hussene Antonio used to walk his herd from a small Mozambican village to some graze-friendly grassland. This no longer happens. The land he was heading to once belonged to his community until several mining companies including Brazilian Vale S.A. and Indian...
  • 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...
  • Who is killing our environmentalists?

    In 2015, reported killings of environmentalists globally reached a record high. By then, the figure was 185 killings across 16 selected countries in total. Nevertheless, 2016 claimed more lives traded-off for environmental justice than ever. With each headline attracting international attention, the scope of research broadened,...
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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?
  • Goldmine in my backyard? Colombian community says no

    When the residents of a small town of Tolima department in Colombia, decided to vote whether they wanted a mega gold mining project in their backyard, first it did not mean much to the AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), a multinational company famous for its mega-projects. After a...
  • Lack of planning in refugee camps is damaging the environment

    How lack of planning in refugee camps damages the environment

    The number of refugees and persons of concern in the world by the end of 2015 was 65.3 million. Currently host to over 800,000 refugees, Uganda is home to one of the largest refugee camps in the world, Bidi bidi refugee camp. Located in northern Uganda,...
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