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Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

The Truth about Trump’s Promises on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Job Creation

Reuters photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner The Trump administration’s promises to reform the Environmental Protection Agency, to scale back on environmental laws and regulations, and to exit the Paris Agreement on Climate Change omit any explanation of the legal processes involved.

Canada’s 150th: Celebration or Requiem?

Bernard Weil/AFP   By Dave Patterson   Canada turns 150 in 2017, and there is great celebration being planned. A great requiem for something that once aspired to be great but has tragically fallen to the dark side might be more appropriate…

The Existential Threat

Francois Lenoir/Reuters   By Ricardo Swire Today’s global security environment is the most unpredictable in half a century. Wars are usually fought to change regimes, alter borders, acquire resources and impose ideologies, almost never to completely eliminate another State and its people.

Poetry

By Ron Larson

Temperament & Mood of People around the globe is fluctuating, as is the climate

By Siddhartha Rastogi Japan experienced a massive Earthquake a few days ago, followed by snow in Tokyo city after 54 years. The Philippines has been struck by five deadly typhoons in the last decade itself, displacing over four million citizens. India has witnessed three consecutive droughts just before 2016 and is witnessing ever decreasing monsoon […]

World Bank Pledges $2 Billion to Bangladesh for Climate Smart Growth

Conor Ashleigh   By Sheuli Akter World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, concluding a two-day trip to Bangladesh, has focused on the country’s successes in reducing extreme poverty, pledging $2 billion over the next three years in new funding to help the country become less vulnerable to climate change.

Observations of an Expat: The Modern Victim State

Josh Haner   By Tom Arms The residents of the Marshall Islands are the ultimate modern age victims. If they don’t die from cancer inflicted by nuclear testing they will drown from rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Renewable Energy & Environmental Governance: Creating a Sustainable Pakistan

AP photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Most emerging nations carry additional environmental challenges, battling with the food, water and energy crisis also.

Will Corporations Pay Damages for Climate Change?

AP photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah   Fossil Fuels are Killers. Over 63 % of the world’s emissions have happened because of 5 major corporations, Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell.   The result is the Climate Change we feel today. This change is not based on fallacy and rhetoric but is the major cause […]

Rising Sea Levels

Banaras Khan/AFP   By Zeeshan A. Shah   Global Sea levels have been rising at an alarming rate this century. Since 1900, the recorded rise in sea levels has been documented at the rate of 0.6 inches per decade but post 1992, recorded levels have seen an increase to 1.2 inches per decade – a […]

Pakistan and the Global Water War

APP photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over 7 billion people today need food and water to live and survive. Another 2 billion will be added to that number by 2050. Estimates say that human beings can survive a month without food, but not more than 15 days without water.

Climate Change: PowerBuoy

By Hazel Speed Like everyone else, over recent years I have been interested in various alternative forms of energy as we learn about the latest options under discussion.

Sustainable energy for all: Overcoming challenges in energy for under-developed economies

By Anant Mishra Introduction Almost 30 years ago, the concept of sustainable energy was still in its infancy, unexplored, undiscussed and relatively without a use. In other words, the concept of renewable energy received no attention from the political leaders or the policy makers then.

Australians should be interested in Antarctica

By Rupen Savoulian The title above comes from an engaging article published in The Conversation online magazine earlier in July 2016. Entitled ‘Why Australians should care about the South Pole’, the essay is a summary of a book on that subject by Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane from the University of Tasmania.

Interview with Anant Mishra

  Michael Organ interviews Anant Mishra, human rights and political commentator, prolific author and former youth representative to the United Nations.

African countries to accelerate progress on Great Green Wall

By Alpha Jallow Ministers from African countries North and South of the Sahara and their development partners are meeting in Dakar, Senegal, at a High-Level conference organized by the African Union to accelerate progress on the Great Green Wall – Africa’s largest rural development initiative.

Ethiopian government poised to address climate change

UNICEF Ethiopia/2015/Tanya Bindra   By Alpha Jallow The Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture, Tefera Derebew, stated that his country has put in place measures to address the occurrence of El Nino which recently affected their country as a result of climate change.

Kagombe Forest is being depleted to cultivate food crops

By Gloria Nakiyimba Fields of Maize and banana plantations meet the eyes as you enter Kagombe Natural Forest Reserve in Kagadi through Bujogolo, and Muzizi trading centre.

Ethiopia’s new national slogan

Karo men overlooking the dwindling Omo River and the vast cotton fields stretching to the horizon (Michael Honegger) By Timothy Jay Smith “Island! Island!” I thought the kids shouted running after our car, hands outstretched in the endless clouds of dust we kicked up, paved road or not. If countries selected a defining air quality, […]

FAO launch project for communities in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

By Alpha Jallow The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and its partners launched a new regional project to improve the livelihoods and economy of rural populations in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa during a two-day meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between 30th November and 1st December.

Africa, a continent already seeing the effects of climate change

By Adisa Amanor Wilks In some sense Africa is already experiencing a change in climate. From an increasingly erratic and unpredictable weather pattern in recent times, to recent floods in Burkina Faso and a prolonged drought in Ethiopia, all can be attributed to a change in climatic conditions, and pose significant threats to food security […]

The World Bank, Climate Change and Africa

By Adisa Amanor Wilks By 2080, due to climate change, it is likely that 75% of the African population will be at risk of hunger, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Francois Hollande warns African leaders at Francophonie summit in Dakar

  By Sylvain Muyali Angry, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso left Dakar early. Several issues were discussed during the fifteenth summit of the Francophonie, held in the capital of Senegal, from 29th to 30th November 2014, but none provided more friction than the subject of leaders seeking to remain in power past the terms set […]

Audio Interview with Hamzat Lawal

By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache interviews Hamzat Lawal.

Bangladesh capital needs climate-smart policies, investments to scale up resilience to floods

By Sheuli Akter Greater Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, needs climate-smart policies and higher investment to improve its resilience to intense rainfall and prepare for climate change, says a new World Bank book ‘Urban Flooding of Greater Dhaka in a Changing Climate: Building Local Resilience to Disaster Risk’, and a new report ‘Climate and […]

Pope Francis and the visit to Africa

By Adisa Amanor Wilks Pope Francis is heading back to Italy after visiting three African countries. With stops in Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, the Pope has been speaking about climate change, poverty, peace and security, corruption and greed.

Interview with GreenAid executive director Tabi Joda

By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Executive director of GreenAid International, Tabi Joda, is from Northen Nigeria. With GreenAid, an international organization, Tabi Joda wants to involve more women in waste management in Northen Nigeria.

Bangladeshi PM Hasina among 100 Leading Global Thinkers

By Sheuli Akter Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has been named as one of the world’s 100 leading global thinkers by Washington-based prestigious magazine of global politics, economics and ideas, Foreign Policy.

We Need The Animals

By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   “We do have one Hippo. That is Sebastien. And he is now part of the staff.” 

Poetry

  By Wally Swist