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The Paris Agreement and the Wicked Problem of the Carbon Budget

23 August 2017

The Paris Agreement agreed in December 2015 changed the environmental landscape and provided a clear framework for dealing with climate change. It lays down the principle that global temperatures should not exceed 2oC and that efforts should be pursued to limit the global temperature increase [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]

Polluted waters bring disease and death to Afghans

27 July 2017

Joydeep Gupta, July 27, 2017 Hidden by stories of violence, the Afghan state is struggling hard to improve access to clean water for its citizens Over the last seven years, water-borne diseases have killed more people in Afghanistan than terrorists have. An estimated 16.8 million Afghans drink [read more]

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen

26 July 2017

ADEN/SANA’A, 26 July 2017 – “As the heads of three United Nations agencies – UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) – we have travelled together to Yemen to see for ourselves the scale of this humanitarian crisis and to step up our combined efforts [read more]

Young people’s burden: requirement of negative CO2 emissions

20 July 2017

From Volume 8, issue 3 Earth Systems Dynamics (Creative Commons) James Hansen1, Makiko Sato1, Pushker Kharecha1, Karina von Schuckmann2, David J. Beerling3, Junji Cao4, Shaun Marcott5, Valerie Masson-Delmotte6, Michael J. Prather7, Eelco J. Rohling8,9, Jeremy Shakun10, Pete Smith11, Andrew [read more]

Why the world’s rivers are losing sediment and why it matters

14 July 2017

Jim Robbins: Vast amounts of river-borne sediment are trapped behind the world’s large dams, depriving areas downstream of material that is badly needed to build up the marshes and wetlands that act as a buffer against rising seas. Klamath Mountains of Douglas County, Oregon. The dam reservoir [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]

The world’s biggest gamble

13 June 2017

Johan Rockstrom 1, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber 2, Brian Hoskins 3, Veerabhadran Ramanathan 4, Peter Schlosser 5, Guy Pierre Brasseur6, Owen Gaffney 1,7, Carlos Nobre8,MalteMeinshausen2,9, Joeri Rogelj 10,11, andWolfgang Lucht 2  1 Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, 2 Potsdam Institute [read more]
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