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Keeping heads above rising sea, barely

6 March 2018

Joydeep Gupta, Tuesday March 6th, 2018 Villagers around the Sundarbans in Bangladesh have become totally dependent on prawn and crab farming as the water and soil have turned too salty for anything else. Laila Khatun was carrying an armful of mud from the river. “Come, I’ll show you,” she [read more]

Brazil backs away from destructive mega-dams

21 February 2018

The country’s shift to renewables and decentralised energy amid struggle to finance large dams in the Amazon offers an alternative way forward for planners in the Himalayas Christian Poirier, February 21, 2018 In early January, executives of Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) [read more]

The Problems of Excess Chinese Debt

13 December 2017

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things [read more]

Look beyond climate talks for action: UNEP chief

29 November 2017

To solve an environment problem, turn it into a business opportunity, says Erik Solheim As a parent of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Environment (UNEP) always watches anxiously as government negotiators bicker at the annual climate summits. And after all the hot air [read more]

A Turning Point? The Failure of the German Coalition Talks

20 November 2017

While the international, that is the English-language, media, pursues its obsessive interest in President Trump, and the British press focuses on the minutiae of the Brexit negotiations, an event which occurred in Berlin this weekend is arguably the most important foreign news development in the [read more]

UN climate talks end without agreement on money

18 November 2017

Negotiations at COP23 failed a major test on financial commitments, but there were some successes on pre-2020 action and providing support for women by Joydeep Gupta, Charlotte Middlehurst, Yao Zhe, Lili Pike The annual UN climate summit ended in Bonn, Germany, with no agreement on providing money [read more]

Review: “Risk”, by Laura Poitras, 2017

9 October 2017

Laura Poitras, who filmed and directed “Risk” came to prominence with “Citizenfour” a documentary film about the release of secret documents by Edward Snowdon (2014). In June 2013, accompanied by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, from The Guardian, she went to Hong Kong and meet Edward [read more]
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