• Climate and Environment

    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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    Chincheros Indiomarket in Cuzco

    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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    sea turtle

    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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    Infant in Niger

    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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    Fewer People May Be Going Hungry, but Extreme Hunger Persists

    by  • January 21, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Climate and Environment, Development, Humanitarian Aid, Women's Issues • 3 Comments
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    Turkana farmers in Kenya

    With the start of a new year, the eradication of hunger remains one of the world’s biggest challenges. Despite decades of aid work and development, overall world hunger remains at a serious level, and 20 countries have alarming or extremely alarming levels, says the Global Hunger Index for 2012. At the top of the...

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    More Foodless Days Ahead, Unless ‘We’ Act Now

    by  • January 7, 2013 • Africa, BOOKS, Climate and Environment • 4 Comments
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    Cotton farmer Traore, 29, checks his cotton field outside Koutiala, Mali

    Is the planet full? And how many plates are empty? These are the first two questions that came to my mind from the title of Lester R. Brown‘s new book, “Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity.” With world population now standing at 7.1 billion and projected to exceed 9.3 billion...

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    Women, Storm Sentinels of the South Pacific

    by  • December 24, 2012 • Asia, Climate and Environment, Women's Issues • 3 Comments
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    Papua New Guinea women broadcaster and journalist

    When hugely damaging natural disasters strike in developing nations, many deaths occur because warnings and lifesaving advice do not reach people in the path of violent storms, floods or other threats. Decades of calls for better communications and disaster preparedness could not prevent 130,000 people from dying in Bangladesh in a 1991 cyclone, nearly...

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    The New Normal? Severe Weather Battering Cities

    by  • November 14, 2012 • Climate and Environment • 2 Comments
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    Flood in Congotown, Liberia

      Latin America and the Caribbean have always faced the threat of hurricane intensely, but with new weather extremes related to climate change occurring amid growing urban populations, the lethal mix is bound to cause more damage and deaths every year. Urban planners are not even close to being prepared. Consider the recent havoc...

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