Tag Archives: environmental sustainability

Bangladesh struggles to turn the tide on climate change as sea levels rise

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Women work at a dry fish yard in the Bangladeshi coastal resort of Cox’s Bazar. Changing weather conditions have hit the business hard. Photograph: Noor Alam/Majority World for the Guardian

From incessant rains to flooded rice fields, the economic impact of global warming has been keenly felt in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar

January 21, 2017 — Bangladesh is already one of the most climate vulnerable nations in the world, and global warming will bring more floods, stronger cyclones. At the dry fish yards, close to the airport Continue reading Bangladesh struggles to turn the tide on climate change as sea levels rise

All north Indian cities fail to meet air quality standards, report finds

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A schoolgirl crosses a road shrouded in haze in New Delhi, India. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Greenpeace study estimates air pollution kills more than 1 million Indians each year and cuts country’s GDP by 3%

January 13, 2017 — Not a single city in northern India meets international air quality standards, according to a Greenpeace report that estimates air pollution kills more than 1 million Indians each year and takes 3% off the country’s GDP.  Continue reading All north Indian cities fail to meet air quality standards, report finds

Poor countries urge fast action on Paris deal to stop catastrophic warming

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A young girl stands outside her home where her family’s kitchen was swallowed up by the sea on Diamniadio Island in Senegal’s Saloum Delta. Photograph: Jane Hahn/AP

As the climate agreement is ratified, developing nations warn that money pledged is still nowhere near enough to adapt to expected sea level rises

October 31, 2016 — UN back-slapping for the record speed at which the Paris agreement on climate change has been ratified this week has been tempered by the reality that the new treaty will not stop Continue reading Poor countries urge fast action on Paris deal to stop catastrophic warming

A sign of the damage our economy is wreaking on our fragile environment

A report ranking cities most at risk from coastal flooding is a stark reminder that the paradigm of economic development and prosperity no longer holds true

May 25, 2016 — In January this year, I visited friends in Miami. One of the most urgent topics of conversation was about what they saw as the greatest problem faced by the city – rising water levels, and a long-standing reluctance on the part of government and business to take the necessary steps to control the extensive damage. Continue reading A sign of the damage our economy is wreaking on our fragile environment

Climate change in Mongolia destroying pastures

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A goat lies dead on a hillside in the Ulziit district of Bayankhongor in Mongolia. It is the victim of a dzud, a weather pattern that occurs when a dry summer is followed by a harsh winter. Photograph: Grace Brown/AP
Overgrazing and a cycle of summer drought and winter snow has degraded vital pastureland in Mongolia, killing livestock and jeopardising livelihoods

March 11, 2016 — Daashka and his brother tear across the Mongolian steppe on a motorbike in a desperate search for somewhere to graze their herds. Pastureland is dwindling rapidly as Continue reading Climate change in Mongolia destroying pastures

Climate change is a potent element in the deadly brew of disaster risk

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A display at the Cop21 climate conference in Paris, 2015. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP
By tackling the environment we can also mitigate the impact of disasters, as heatwaves, droughts and floods threaten the lives of millions

March 3, 2016 — The Hyogo framework for action (HFA), adopted in January 2005 by UN member states, was an unprecedented move to promote saving lives and livelihoods from disasters over a decade. Has there been progress?

Continue reading Climate change is a potent element in the deadly brew of disaster risk