Ecology and Environment

23.08.2016

The Time Is Ripe to Act against Drought

The Time Is Ripe to Act against Drought

Human Wrongs Watch By Monique Barbut*,  Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification  WINDHOEK, Aug 18 2016 (IPS) – Let us start with some good news.  Sort of.  The strongest El Niño in 35 years is coming… »

23.08.2016

Hinkley Point C: UK’s nuclear (rogue) white elephant

Hinkley Point C: UK’s nuclear (rogue) white elephant

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been on the cards for more than 15 years to be built in Somerset, England by French state run EDF with the addition of Chinese capital. The cost has been spiralling up and it stands now at around £29.7 billion. EDF has negotiated a… »

19.08.2016

For future summer Olympics, climate change is no game

For future summer Olympics, climate change is no game

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan The first marathon, legend has it, occurred in ancient Greece in 490 B.C. The Athenians had repelled an invasion by the Persians, and a messenger was dispatched to run from the scene of the battle, the city of Marathon, to the capital at Athens,… »

18.08.2016

Pesticides also harmful to wild bees and butterflies, scientists say

Pesticides also harmful to wild bees and butterflies, scientists say

Neonicotinoids, a widely used class of insecticide, are suspected of harming honeybee populations. But there is growing evidence that they might also have detrimental effects on other important pollinators. Researchers believe neonicotinoids might at least in part be responsible for the mass deaths of honeybees around the world. Now two… »

13.08.2016

Japan brings Ikata nuclear plant back online

Japan brings Ikata nuclear plant back online

Japan has restarted a nuclear reactor despite a court challenge by local residents. The atomic plant was one of dozens shut down in wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Plant operator Shikoku Electric Power said Friday it switched on the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear power… »

12.08.2016

War on Climate Terror (II): Fleeing Disasters, Escaping Drought, Migrating

War on Climate Terror (II): Fleeing Disasters, Escaping Drought, Migrating

Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* ROME, 11 August 2016 (IPS) – “No one can deny the terrible similarities between those running from the threat of guns and those fleeing creeping desertification, water shortages, floods and hurricanes.” Hardly a short, simply-worded… »

10.08.2016

War on Climate Terror (I): Deserts Bury Two Thirds of African Lands

War on Climate Terror (I): Deserts Bury Two Thirds of African Lands

Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* ROME, 10 August 2016 (IPS) – Two-thirds of the African continent is already desert or dry-lands. But while this vast extension of the second largest continent on Earth after Asia is “vital” for agriculture and… »

08.08.2016

African Farmers Can Feed the World, If Only…

African Farmers Can Feed the World, If Only…

Human Wrongs Watch By Baher Kamal* ROME, 8 August 2016 (IPS) – Can African farmers feed the world?. Apparently the answer is “yes.” Bold as it may sound, this statement is based on specific facts: Africa is home to 60-65 per… »

30.07.2016

From Fukushima to Hinkley Point

From Fukushima to Hinkley Point

By Rebecca Johnson 30 July 2016 for Open Democracy The stories of people trying to revive abandoned villages left contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster raise concerns about plans for a new generation of nuclear power reactors in Britain, starting with Hinkley C. »

30.07.2016

No Medals for Sanitation at Rio Olympics

No Medals for Sanitation at Rio Olympics

Human Wrongs Watch By Mario Osava* RIO DE JANEIRO, 27 July 2016 (IPS) – The biggest frustration at the Olympic Games, to be inaugurated in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on August 5, is the failure to meet… »

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