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The 11 countries relying on the Nile need to reach a deal soon

11 September 2017

by Richard Kyle Paisley More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile. The Nile river basin contains more than 10% of Africa’s landmass in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and [read more]

UN Secretary-General’s press encounter: 5 September 2017

6 September 2017

Secretary-General António Guterres on North Korea and Myanmar’s Rakhine State In two weeks’ time, world leaders will be here in the General Assembly to address the full range of global challenges. But in recent days we have seen the dramatic aggravation of three of the main threats we face as [read more]

The uncertain death of king coal

4 August 2017

by Omair Ahmad After three years of declining coal production, China has suddenly seen a rise in both its production and consumption. While analysts debate whether this is a mere blip in an overall declining trend of coal use, the rest of Asia is also caught in the midst of a strange debate where [read more]

Indus Cascade – a disaster in the making

5 July 2017

The Indus Cascade project will not help Pakistan, argues Hassan Abbas, instead it will come at great cost, and will make Pakistanis vulnerable to natural disasters or enemy attack Hassan Abbas, July 5, 2017 In May 2017, Pakistan and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding through which China [read more]

Throttling climate science, Trump style

29 March 2017

Joydeep Gupta The US President’s executive order to roll back the Clean Power Plan will not impact the policies of other countries, but moving money away from climate research will. US President Donald Trump’s executive order repealing previous president Barack Obama’s Clean Power [read more]

Biodiversity talks end with slew of announcments

20 December 2016

Mike Shanahan International negotiators have agreed to measures to restore eco-systems, improve conservation and track biodiversity targets Intergovernmental negotiations under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cancún, Mexico ended on Friday with a slew of decisions aimed at [read more]

Murder in Myanmar

19 December 2016

Beth Walker Journalist’s death highlights plight of Myanmar’s forests and corruption of illegal logging trade to India and China. A Burmese journalist was found dead on 13 December, while investigating illegal logging and wood smuggling near Monywa, in the Sagaing region of northwest Myanmar, [read more]

Diwali firecrackers: the chokehold of tradition

31 October 2016

Omair Ahmad Despite a renewed conversation on air pollution, there was no impact this Diwali on the use of firecrackers, which create the most dangerous pollutants The day began with a bang, or actually a series of bangs, as children started setting off firecrackers in the morning to celebrate [read more]
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