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Up In Smoke : Wild Fire In Argentina

Up In Smoke : Wild Fire In Argentina

As Argentina suffers through one of its worst droughts in decades, fires in the Paraná Delta – the country’s largest wetland – are billowing smoke as far away as Buenos Aires, residents said. The fires, on land normally used for grazing, appear to have been sparked by ranchers burning pastures to clear them, a traditional […]

Foreign Ministers Flag Climate Change As Major Spark For Conflicts

Foreign Ministers Flag Climate Change As Major Spark For Conflicts

Climate change impacts – including growing food and water scarcity – are becoming increasingly important drivers of conflict and unrest around the world, and security planners need to make them a priority now, foreign ministers warned this week. Addressing them could mean the U.N. Security Council asking for regular reports on threats from climate change […]

Poor Women Take The Strain As Climate Change Pushes Men To Leave Home

Poor Women Take The Strain As Climate Change Pushes Men To Leave Home

As climate change drives men in Asia and Africa to abandon their farms and search for jobs further afield, women back home are getting little help to cope with harsher working conditions, putting their wellbeing at risk, researchers said on Monday. A report from Britain’s University of East Anglia (UEA) said the burden on women […]

African Countries Get New Tool To Predict Climate-Related Disasters

African Countries Get New Tool To Predict Climate-Related Disasters

A new weather forecasting system in Africa allows meteorologists to track approaching storms in real-time, potentially saving lives from climate-related disasters, scientists said on Monday. The technology is already used in developed countries but was not available until recently in most of sub-Saharan Africa, according to scientists behind the project at the University of Leeds. […]

UN Launches COVID-19 Plan That Could ‘Defeat the Virus And Build A Better World’

UN Launches COVID-19 Plan That Could ‘Defeat the Virus And Build A Better World’

The UN chief launched on Tuesday a new plan to counter the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people”. “The new coronavirus disease is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods”, said Secretary-General António Guterres, pointing out that the potential longer-term effects on […]

Worsening Drought Dries Up Housing For Rural Namibians

Worsening Drought Dries Up Housing For Rural Namibians

When Pedro Dhila left his homestead in northern Namibia one year ago to seek greener pastures in the country’s capital, he meant it both literally and figuratively. Dhila hoped Windhoek would hold better opportunities after worsening drought in the Omusati region decimated his crops and nearly 30 of his cows. But once he arrived in […]

‘Why African Women Are Vulnerable To Climate Change’

‘Why African Women Are Vulnerable To Climate Change’

Experts and environmental advocates at the ongoing Women and Environment Forum in Freetown, Sierra Leone, have lamented the poor involvement of African women in decision making and unequal access to natural resources, saying, it is hampering the effectiveness of responses to climate change. They said women in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change […]

Heavy Rain Douses Australia’s East Coast Bushfires

Heavy Rain Douses Australia’s East Coast Bushfires

Australian authorities issued evacuation orders as heavy rain lashed Sydney and the east coast of the state of New South Wales (NSW) on Monday, bringing chaos to the country’s largest city while dousing bushfires that have raged since November. Between 200 and 400 millimetres (7.9 to 15.8 inches) of rain drenched the Sydney area out […]

Malala Joins Thousands Of Activists Urging Leaders To ‘Act Faster’ On Global Goals

Malala Joins Thousands Of Activists Urging Leaders To ‘Act Faster’ On Global Goals

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai and environmentalist Jane Goodall are among more than 2,000 activists who declared a state of “emergency” for people and the planet on Thursday, in a letter demanding urgent action from world leaders. “We need you to act faster”, read the open letter, addressed to world leaders who in 2015 signed […]

London Launches Green Energy Firm To Fight Climate Change, Poverty

London Launches Green Energy Firm To Fight Climate Change, Poverty

London’s mayor launched a green energy company that will provide “fair-priced” electricity from renewable sources on Monday, seeking to reduce carbon emissions and make fuel more affordable. One in 10 Londoners cannot afford to pay their energy bills, according to figures from the mayor’s office, which said the new, company London Power, would offer a […]

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