• Climate and Environment

    Clinging to Coal: A New Report Belabors Increasing Use by Many Nations

    by  • June 29, 2015 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population • 1 Comment
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    SHANGHAI — Coal use by some of the world’s most advanced societies — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, known as the Group of 7 — has been increasing deaths and disease globally, Oxfam International, a consortium of 17 affiliates fighting poverty, found recently in a report titled “Let Them...

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    World Health Assembly Backs Calls to Strengthen Clean Air SDGs

    by  • May 28, 2015 • Climate and Environment, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Agencies • 
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    Negotiations are entering the last stages of formulating the Sustainable Development Goals. For over a year, governments, the United Nations system, nongovernment organizations and parliamentarians have been engaged in negotiations on the next set of development goals, called SDGs, to succeed the eight Millennium Development Goals, which expire at the end of this year....

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    Vanuatu Women Track Cyclone Pam’s Damage on Subsistence Lives

    by  • April 3, 2015 • Asia, Climate and Environment, Humanitarian Aid, Women's Issues • 
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    On March 13, a cyclone of historic proportions struck the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu with winds equivalent to those of a Category 5 hurricane. The story of this disaster briefly occupied the international media and then disappeared, perhaps because the death toll was surprisingly low. The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian...

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    For Elephants in Zimbabwe, a Deeply Troubling Present and Future

    by  • March 17, 2015 • Africa, Climate and Environment • 
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    An elephant in its natural habitat in the Kariba area of Zimbabwe, August 2014. TRISHULA PATEL

    HARARE, Zimbabwe — Elephants across the African continent face poaching, loss of habitable land and food supplies and culling. When World Wildlife Day was marked this month, the United Nations General Assembly discussed wildlife crime across the globe, including the threat to elephants, which are declining in number throughout Africa. Here in Zimbabwe, they...

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    For Journalists Covering Climate Change, the Topic Goes Beyond Science

    by  • September 14, 2014 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population • 
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    ournalists who cover the environment can often end up reporting on such tangential subjects as population and women’s rights. A scene from the post-2004 tsunami disaster off Indonesia, above. JULIEN HARNEIS/UNICEF

    NEW ORLEANS — In this urban symbol of disaster unpreparedness, journalists who cover climate change and the environment gathered this month, almost exactly nine years after Hurricane Katrina tore this city apart, to swap stories and advice while brainstorming communally on their beat. In a world that is ever more intertwined, it was clear...

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    New Investment Law in Peru Undermines Rights of Indigenous Women

    by  • August 19, 2014 • Climate and Environment, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 
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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new law in Peru encouraging investment in the country’s extractive industries has reignited the debate on the lack of power indigenous women have in the mostly rural societies where they often live. The International Indigenous Women’s Forum, which drew more than 60 native women from across the world to Peru last month,...

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    The Growing Threat of Plastic in Marine Litter

    by  • July 7, 2014 • Climate and Environment • 
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    Two summers ago, Bill Grafton, the president emeritus of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, and commercial fishermen lifted a 5,000-pound net ball from coastal waters off Provincetown, Massachusetts. The knot of plastic and rope was so heavy that his crew enlisted a construction loader for help. At the time, Grafton was coordinating a derelict-fishing-gear...

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    Eight Ways to End Poverty Now

    by  • May 1, 2013 • Climate and Environment, Development, World Bank, WORLDVIEWS • 3 Comments
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    NEW HAVEN — As the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline of 2015, the United Nations, international policy partners and governments are already tasked with creating a set of new goals to continue to work toward ending poverty worldwide. They ought to learn four crucial lessons from the MDG experience: 1. The targets and...

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    The Arctic, a Chance for Land Grabs or a New Treaty?

    by  • February 19, 2013 • Climate and Environment, Secretary-General, WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Arctic Circle visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    KANDY, Sri Lanka — No country owns the North Pole or the expanse of the Arctic Ocean surrounding it. The Arctic region has a population of about 4 million, including more than 30 distinct groups of indigenous people using dozens of languages; they have lived there for more than 10,000 years. The area also...

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