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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]

Review of The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

23 September 2017

Pub. Little Brown, London 2017 Edward Luce’s previous book, “Time to Start Thinking: America and the Sceptre of Decline” was a timely account of the decline of the American state, this book, appears to be primarily a commentary on the rise of populism, with particular reference to the [read more]

Water, energy, food can’t be seen separately

20 September 2017

by Joydeep Gupta Climate change is making it imperative that the nexus between the three is integrated into all development plans You need water and energy to grow food. You need water to generate energy, even in a solar farm. You need energy to pump water. The water-energy-food nexus is a [read more]

Climate change jeopardises survival of snow leopards

13 September 2017

Receding snowline in Asia’s high mountains, due to global warming and infrastructure developments, poses a major threat to snow leopard as humans encroach on their habitat by Juhi Chaudhary “I love the snow leopard,” says bright-eyed Ganaium, who lives in Tamchy village close to Issyk-kul [read more]

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]

No woman no water, so women must decide

7 September 2017

by Farahnaz Zahidi Bangladesh has managed to almost stop open defecation because women were included in the decision making processes They carry water home, store it, keep it as clean as possible. Yet women are kept out of major decisions about water supply. During this year’s August [read more]

Climate Change: Heat Waves as a Growing Threat to Human Health

3 September 2017

When considering the effects of climate change there are frequent references to increased temperatures, heat waves and the impact on human health. In the last few years a considerable amount of research has been undertaken, and show would uncover have suggested a human survivability threshold based [read more]

What’s causing so many changes to India’s monsoons?

1 September 2017

Raghu Murtugudde, September 1, 2017 Fewer monsoon depressions in the Bay of Bengal are causing shifts in the duration and intensity of the rainy seasons. What does this mean for South Asia? For the third year in a row, India’s monsoon season has produced floods in the northwest and the northeast, [read more]

Heat Wave Vulnerability Mapping for India

7 August 2017

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(4), 357; doi:10.3390/ijerph14040357 Gulrez Azhar 1,2,*, Shubhayu Saha 3, Partha Ganguly 4,5, Dileep Mavalankar 4,5 and Jaime Madrigano 1 1 The RAND Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA 2 Pardee RAND Graduate School, 1776 Main [read more]
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