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‘The Best Solution? Move The Mauritanian Capital’: Water On The Rise In Nouakchott

‘The Best Solution? Move The Mauritanian Capital’: Water On The Rise In Nouakchott

The two events are not unrelated. As heads of state fly into Nouakchott’s new airport for the Arab League summit on Monday, Vieux Fall will be raising the roof – and the floor – of his family’s small compound. “The water table has risen more than usual this year. The toilets are overflowing. We are […]

‘There Is No Escape’: Nairobi’s Air Pollution Sparks Africa Health Warning

‘There Is No Escape’: Nairobi’s Air Pollution Sparks Africa Health Warning

A minibus belches black smoke; the lorry behind it in the traffic jam billows white fumes. Eyes smart in the smog as diesel gases from thousands of 10 and 15-year-old vehicles fill Nairobi’s hazy evening air, adding to pollution levels that are “beyond imagination”, according to one resident. This jam could last for one, three, […]

Climate Change Plagues Madagascar’s Poor: ‘The Water Rose So Fast’

Climate Change Plagues Madagascar’s Poor: ‘The Water Rose So Fast’

Angenie, 21, lives in a country many people think of as an ecological paradise, home to a unique diversity of plants and animals. Yet within the past three years she has witnessed droughts and floods so severe she has had to flee her home to escape them – twice. Angenie grew up in southern Madagascar […]

Samoa’s Prime Minister Defends Country’s Role As Offshore Tax Haven

Samoa’s Prime Minister Defends Country’s Role As Offshore Tax Haven

The prime minister of Samoa has defended his country’s role as an offshore tax haven, claiming it provides revenue for social programmes for young people who might otherwise be exposed to illegal drugs. During a visit to Brussels, prime minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi suggested the ravages of climate change on his Pacific island nation […]

French Minister Warns Of Mass Climate Change Migration If World Doesn’t Act

French Minister Warns Of Mass Climate Change Migration If World Doesn’t Act

Global warming will create hundreds of millions of climate change migrants by the end of the century if governments do not act, France’s environment minister has warned. Ségolène Royal told ministers from 170 countries at the UN environment assembly in Nairobi that climate change was linked to conflicts, which in turned caused migration. “Climate change […]

ExxonMobil CEO: Ending Oil Production ‘Not Acceptable For Humanity’

ExxonMobil CEO: Ending Oil Production ‘Not Acceptable For Humanity’

Rex Tillerson, the boss of oil giant ExxonMobil, said cutting oil production was “not acceptable for humanity” as he fought off shareholders’ and activists’ attempts to force the company to fully acknowledge the impact of climate change on the environment and Exxon’s future profits. During a long and fractious annual meeting in Dallas on Wednesday, […]

Humans Damaging The Environment Faster Than It Can Recover, UN Finds

Humans Damaging The Environment Faster Than It Can Recover, UN Finds

Degradation of the world’s natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet’s ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by the UN has found. The study, which involved 1,203 scientists, hundreds of scientific institutions and more than 160 governments brought together […]

The World’s Largest Cruise Ship and Its Supersized Pollution Problem

The World’s Largest Cruise Ship and Its Supersized Pollution Problem

When the gargantuan Harmony of the Seas slips out of Southampton docks on Sunday afternoon on its first commercial voyage, the 16-deck-high floating city will switch off its auxiliary engines, fire up its three giant diesels and head to the open sea. But while the 6,780 passengers and 2,100 crew on the largest cruise ship […]

Can the Throw-Away Fashion Industry Lead a New Trend Toward Sustainability?

Can the Throw-Away Fashion Industry Lead a New Trend Toward Sustainability?

After oil, fashion is the most polluting industry on the globe, believes Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative. But as many industries, from automobiles to agriculture, try to make their products and processes greener, the fashion industry – hardly a leader in conversations on reducing climate change – is starting to shift as […]

Time short to protect Africa’s food supply from climate change – scientists

Time short to protect Africa’s food supply from climate change – scientists

Without action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with maize, beans and bananas most at risk, researchers said on Monday. In a study of how global warming will affect nine crops that make up half the region’s food […]

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