People who are driven to migrate by floods, droughts and other disasters linked to climate change come overwhelmingly from middle-income countries, not the poorest parts of the world, as is commonly believed, new research finds.
The Haitian government is eager to tap into the country’s abundant reserves of precious metals, but civil society organizations say that without adequate oversight, mining operations might do more harm than good.
An Indian court granted Himalayan glaciers status as “legal persons” on Friday in a new conservation strategy that seems to be gathering momentum quickly.
Hussein Dirie stands alone in a village he has known and lived in all his life. Outside of Somaliland’s bustling towns and cities, a pastoralist’s life is destroyed by a drought more unrelenting than he has ever known. Across Somalia and Somaliland, the U.N. estimates that 6 million people are in need of help. The drought is more severe and more extreme than any drought on record, and, so far, it shows no sign of ending while the U.N.’s Somalia appeal remains half-funded.
A new executive order signed by President Donald Trump seeks to roll back the environmental regulations initiated by the Obama administration in an effort to slow down climate change. It virtually stops the progress of reducing greenhouse gases by the world’s largest emitter – a potential blow to the Paris climate deal.
Indigenous rights leaders from a Catholic Church network traveled to Washington, D.C., to highlight human rights violations against people in the Amazon and to call for prior consultation with extractive industries pursing projects on their lands.
Sri Lanka is in the midst of its worst drought in decades. Rain shortages since October have created a humanitarian and economic crisis that is now affecting more than 1.2 million people. More than 900,000 people are in “urgent need of food assistance,” while 80,000 of them may need “urgent life-saving support,” according to a March 7 draft assessment acquired by IRIN.
It’s a major natural disaster that slowly grows in one place and then moves across a region, gaining intensity and size. As it spreads, it destroys land, ruins agriculture, tears apart communities, and can kill people. No, it’s not a hurricane. It’s a drought.
Investors are pouring $25 million into an initiative to improve access to water and sanitation in some of the poorest countries of Latin America. The initial investment was announced over the weekend by the FEMSA Foundation, Coca-Cola Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the One Drop Foundation – an organization founded by the creator of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté.
More than a quarter of the deaths of young children every year are preventable by reducing pollution, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Monday. According to two new reports, 1.7 million children under 5 years old die every year from environmental risks, including “indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene.”