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Fighting violence with evidence

by Rachel Locke, David Steven San Diego/New York – In last year’s Pathways for Peace report – the result of a joint study by the United Nations and the World Bank – UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the world is facing a “dramatic resurgence” of conflict, which has caused immense human suffering and significantly undermined global order. Read More »

The Case for an EU Climate and Nature Czar

by Johan Rockström, Anders Wijkman, Sandrine Dixson-Declève Potsdam – As Europe roasts through another record-hot summer, it is encouraging to see that climate change is receiving the attention it deserves from Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president-elect. In confronting the climate emergency, she should acknowledge that rising global temperatures are a threat not just to public health and ... Read More »

Don’t fear the scooter

by Alon Tal Tel Aviv – Electric bicycles and scooters are taking a lot of heat. Concerns about traffic fatalities, terrorized pedestrians, and urban lawlessness have led a growing chorus of politicians and media commentators to conclude that the technology should be banned outright. But these critics are missing the point. Small, portable, electric transportation options are a tremendous opportun ... Read More »

No dev work that damages environment: experts

Dhaka, June 29 (UNB) – Stating that no development effort will be effective if it ruins the ecological and environmental balance, speakers at a public dialogue on Saturday urged the government to ensure a more environment-friendly budget. Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club. The speakers said development and environment are complimentary to each other ... Read More »

No continent, no country not impacted by land degradation

By Desmond Brown Ankara, Jun 17 2019 (IPS) – The coming decades will be crucial in shaping and implementing a transformative land agenda, according to a scientist at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). UNCCD-Science Policy Interface co-chair Dr. Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, who spoke with IPS ahead of the start of activities to ... Read More »

How indigenous people in Sikkim united in anti-dam movement

by Sahana Ghosh on 17 June 2019 • Territoriality through traditional self-governance played a key role in successful and sustained anti-dam protests by two indigenous communities in Lachen and Lachung in the eastern Himalayas. • While many anti-dam protests have not been successful in northeast India, they worked in Sikkim’s Lachen and Lachung because of the deployment of notions of ... Read More »

What’s wrong with environmental impact assessments?

by Maxwell Gomera Cambridge – Walhi, Indonesia’s largest environmental organization, recently took the government to court for issuing construction permits to a Chinese company based on what they allege was a “deeply flawed” environmental impact assessment. In fact, Wahli contends, the $1.5 billion Batang Toru dam project will have severe ecological consequences, including the likely extinction of the world’s rarest ... Read More »

Environment pollution kills 2.34 lakh people in Bangladesh every year

Air pollution causes deaths to 2.34 lakh people every year in Bangladesh while air pollution is blamed for 21 percent death during the same time, according a report-2018 of World Bank. Death caused by environment pollution is 10 times higher than road accident, this was revealed by environment experts at a workshop titled “Air pollution and doings for prevention of ... Read More »

Agroecology and organic farming can drive sustainability in agriculture

Most quarters agree that agriculture and food systems urgently need to change to make progress on several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while staying within planetary boundaries. However, two narratives dominate the discussion: incremental steps to improve efficiency in conventional agriculture while reducing negative externalities, versus transformative redesign of farming systems based on agroecological principles. The SDGs offer an opportunity to ... Read More »

Disqualify river grabbers from elections bank loans

Dhaka, Feb 03 – In a landmark verdict, the High Court on Monday disqualified the grabbers of rivers and canals from contesting any election including local government and parliamentary polls. It directed the Election Commission to take steps to this effect. The HC bench also court also ordered Bangladesh Bank to take steps so that any person accused of grabbing ... Read More »

Sustainability and a society of distracted drivers

By Richard Heinberg Driving is dangerous. In fact, it’s about the riskiest activity most of us engage in routinely. It requires one’s full attention—and even then, things can sometimes go horribly awry. The brakes fail. The weather turns roads to ice. A driver in the oncoming lane falls asleep. Tragedy ensues. But if we’re asleep at the wheel, the likelihood ... Read More »

Social solidarity for sustainable development

by Gro Harlem Brundtland Oslo – The late Kofi Annan once said that climate change is the “existential issue of our time.” A wave of extreme weather events this past summer – from wildfires in California and Sweden to floods in India and drought in Australia – shows just how right he was. And, as Annan also understood, addressing this ... Read More »

‘Narcissistic’ bird becomes Internet star

When wildlife expert Caitlin Raynor saw a bird mesmerised with its reflection, she feared people might be concerned. So she posted a note above it. “I’m a bush stone-curlew,” the message explained. “I’m fine. I just like to stare at myself in the window.” But far from staving off attention, the note helped make the bird an Internet star. Read More »

Explosion rips thru’ Nanjing oil refinery

A powerful blast has ripped through an oil refinery in Nanjing in eastern China, but the fire has reportedly been brought under control, with no casualties, according to local media. CCTV posted photos of the Jinlingshihua Nanjing Refinery in smoke on Twitter. Xinhua cited the local fire department as saying that the blast may have been caused by production equipment ... Read More »

World touring solar plane’s final leg to UAE delayed

The final leg of an unprecedented world tour by a solar-powered plane was postponed Saturday due to the pilot’s health, he said in a message on Twitter. The Solar Impulse 2 had been scheduled to leave Cairo for Abu Dhabi. “I’m sick. Stomach upset. I prefer to postpone the take-off @solarimpulse. I cannot go flying for 48 hours in that ... Read More »

50,000 petitioners urge UNESCO to protect the Sundarbans

Sundarbans, a World Heritage site in Bangladesh faces destruction if a proposed coal plant is built adjacent to it Petitioners ask that the Sundarbans are included by UNESCO in the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger Paris – A petition signed by over 50,000 people worldwide was delivered today at UNESCO urging the World Heritage Committee, which will meet ... Read More »

Smelly seaweed invasion hits Sierra Leone beaches

Sierra Leone has launched a clean-up operation after the beaches around the capital Freetown became clogged with foul-smelling seaweed, hitting tourism and fishing. At Lumley Beach in the west end of the city, the white sands have become covered with a brownish-yellow carpet, forcing motorists and fishermen to use masks to ward off the stench since the invasion began a ... Read More »

Rains or not, India faces drinking water crisis

As large swathes of drought-devastated India desperately wait for the monsoon rains to arrive, one village in the dry, hot north is flush with water. But this farming area’s bountiful water supplies are feared contaminated with heavy metals, underscoring the profound challenges facing the world’s second most populous nation. From toxic pollution of rivers and lakes to contamination of groundwater ... Read More »