The shallow waters off Svalbard are warming and releasing a greenhouse gas into the atmosphere – but the net effect has been one of cooling thanks to a strange phenomenon.
Cooperation and sincerity are key to dealing with the challenges we face today, both natural and man-made.
Downpours in the highlands of Meghalaya in India and damaging floods in the wetlands of north-eastern Bangladesh are inextricably linked. The South Asian neighbours must collaborate to address these occasional calamities.
The coveted and unusual aphrodisiac found only at very high altitudes can fetch up to US$100,000 a kilo.
Malians have some idea of what conditions might look like 30 years from now in their villages, near the southern fringes of Africa’s Sahel zone.
Until you dedicate your life to making socially just decisions, don’t fool yourself that planting one tree a year, composting at home or riding a bicycle will somehow help save the environment.
The ambassador to the UN pointed out that just because the US has ‘opted out of a club’ doesn’t mean they won’t work towards stopping climate change.
The UNFCCC must also banish fossil fuel and polluting industries from all climate change negotiations by requiring observer organisations to disclose conflicts of interest.
Due to congressional budget cuts, the 38-year continuous U.S. Arctic satellite monitoring programme is about to end, leaving researchers blind to ongoing Arctic sea ice losses.
Communities and indigenous people would like to conserve forests, nature and biodiversity. But their priority, like that of most people, is improving their own well-being and that of their children.
Despite Trump’s decision to leave the Paris accord, the US secretary of state said the country will continue its efforts to reduce emissions.
Global leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to mitigating emissions in light of the US’s volte face, while France, Italy and Germany have said Trump won’t be allowed to renegotiate on the deal’s terms.
The decision will put the US in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world’s only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will determine the shape of global sustainable development, particularly among emerging economies.
The urban heat island effect makes cities several degrees warmer than nearby rural areas, adds to air and water pollution and makes workers less productive.
Issues of terrorism and global trade were much talked about, but disappointment was rife when Trump didn’t talk about Russia or back a climate change deal.
President Trump, who doubts climate change is human-made had made a campaign pledge to “cancel” the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The China-Pakistan plan to build five dams in a row on the Indus will stop the flow of silt to rejuvenate farms downstream and will reduce water flow too.
Sandbars are affected by poor management and human activities, such as sand extraction, pollution and indiscriminate logging, in addition to climate change and the resulting elevation of the sea level.
The Least Developed Countries have called to ‘redouble’ efforts to combat climate change and implement the Paris Agreement at the COP23 Conference to be held in Bonn later this year.
The changing environment is invariably linked to human rights with over 62,000 people being displaced every day due to climate change.
In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas and for the migrants themselves.
Crossing a border entitles refugees to international protection, whereas internally-displaced persons remain the responsibility of national governments – often falling through the gaps as a result.
As the Bonn climate talks begin, there are clear signs that developed countries want to renegotiate the Paris agreement. Developing countries must ensure they do not let this happen.
Sharing the water of a transboundary river can be difficult even when the countries involved have an open border, as Nepal and India do.
A carbon tax policy might not be a magic wand programme but it is also less likely to face political opposition and compromise while creating new sectors for businesses and growth.
Highly water- and energy-scarce countries like India and Pakistan are losing huge amounts of groundwater and energy because of their food exports.
If India builds all its proposed coal-based power plants, then it might not fulfil its promise made under the Paris climate agreement.
Climate change, deforestation, over-fishing and hydrocarbon exploitation threatens one of Africa’s oldest lakes, Lake Tanganyika.
The insurance coverage in 2015 was 22.3%, with a government expenditure of Rs 2,955 crore. But by spending 4.5x since, how does the government admit to a coverage of only 23%?
Climate-smart agriculture involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
To mark the 100th day of President Trump’s administration, people around the world are marching to fight one of the world’s most pressing problems – climate change.
The artificially created public antagonism against science exists all over the world and is more pronounced in countries that are tilting towards right-wing authoritarianism.
Trump’s policies have not only brought the world to the verge of war, but are also affecting global humanitarian and environmental programmes negatively.
The protest was against the Trump administration’s proposal to cut US federal science funding and its scepticism towards climate change.
Techniques such as the Fischer Tropsch Synthesis can be used to turn garbage into biogas and other fuels which also reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
Global warming, left unchecked, could cause rising sea levels and displace almost 200 million people. If we act now the worst can be prevented.
“I had seen black francolins at 1,400 m in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but now the maximum elevation for them has changed to 2,800 meters.”
As scientists prepare for IPCC’s sixth assessment report, they want more systematic information on the Himalayas and the rivers that flow down from there.
Born out of a complete disregard for the poor and the state’s refusal to care for the destitute, the cuts proposed in the Trump’s budget are cruel to say the least.