Tag Archives: water insecurity

UN climate chief unable to secure meeting with US state department

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Patricia Espinosa has been unable to obtain a meeting with the US state department. Photograph: Pablo Porciuncula/AFP/Getty Images

Global governance expert decries ‘snub’ of Patricia Espinosa as Trump administration considers whether to pull out of Paris climate deal

March 3, 2017 — The UN’s climate chief has been unable to secure a meeting with the US state department as Donald Trump’s administration mulls whether to withdraw the US from the international climate effort. Continue reading UN climate chief unable to secure meeting with US state department

Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

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Elephants heading towards a waterhole in Hwange national park. Photograph: Alamy

Boreholes set up by local conservationists are saving drought-stricken elephants in Hwange national park

January 11, 2017 — As a drought-inducing El Niño settled over southern Africa in 2016, the animals of Hwange national park in Zimbabwe faced desperate water shortages.  Continue reading Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

South African national park to kill animals in response to severe drought

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There are about 47,000 buffaloes in Kruger national park. Photograph: Dolf van Zuydam/AP

About 350 hippos and buffaloes under threat in Kruger national park to be killed in attempt to prevent animals suffering

September 14, 2016 — Rangers in South Africa’s biggest wildlife park are to kill about 350 hippos and buffaloes threatened by the impact of a severe drought.  Continue reading South African national park to kill animals in response to severe drought

How can we better value water as global shortages start

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People collect water from a tanker in Bhiwandi, India. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

With water shortages exacerbating inequalities and causing damage to economies, making sure the commodity is properly valued by all is essential

September 13, 2016 — Water is essential for life, whether to irrigate crops, to manufacture goods, or for drinking, washing and cleaning. But the intensification of climate change, a growing population and Continue reading How can we better value water as global shortages start

From floods to forest fires, a warming planet – in pictures

July 17, 2016 — Droughts, floods, forest fires and melting poles – climate change is impacting Earth like never before. From the Australia to Greenland, Ashley Cooper’s work spans 13 years and over 30 countries. This selection, taken from his new book, shows a changing landscape, scarred by pollution and natural disasters – but there is hope too, with the steady rise of renewable energy.  Continue reading From floods to forest fires, a warming planet – in pictures

UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts

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A Cumbria road destroyed in floods during storm Desmond, which scientists found had been made more likely by climate change. Photograph: Ashley Cooper / Barcroft Media

A 2,000 page report by Committee on Climate Change predicts global warming will hit UK with deadly heatwaves, more flooding and water shortages

July 12, 2016 — The UK is poorly prepared for the inevitable impacts of global warming in coming decades, including deadly annual heatwaves, water shortages and difficulties in producing food, according the government’s official advisers.  Continue reading UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts

#EarthDay2016, What do the Earth’s resources mean to you

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Individuals and groups are working in their own ways to make #EarthDay2016 meaningful, and are challenging people everywhere to take action

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 23, 2016) — Taking care of the earth should be everyone’s priority, but sometimes people need a reminder of their responsibilities. Enter April 22, Earth Day.

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El Niño drying up Cebu’s ‘Little Amsterdam’

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TOURIST SPOT. Sirao garden is also known as Cebu’s little Amsterdam. All photos by Apple Danuco/Rappler
Cebu province recently declared state of calamity due to dry spell

CEBU, Philippines (Apr. 19, 2016) — El Niño is taking its toll on Cebuano farmers and business owners alike.

The owner of the Sirao Garden, popular among tourists as Little Amsterdam, revealed that the flower farm is suffering from water scarcity due to drought.

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