Environment

17.10.2016

Banning the ‘super’ greenhouse gas

Banning the ‘super’ greenhouse gas

Hydrofluorocarbons, which replaced ozone-depleting CFCs, proved disastrous for climate change. Countries have now agreed to ban HFCs – but that may not bring as big a climate benefit as was hoped. It’s a historic achievement in the fight against global warming: Envoys from the nearly 200 nations signed up to… »

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… »

21.04.2016

We must remain in the EU to protect our environment

We must remain in the EU to protect our environment

Environmental problems don’t queue politely waiting for their passports to be checked. By Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion for OpenDemocracy There are many good reasons for Britain to remain a member of the European Union. In a fast-changing world we need international rules to control big business… »

27.03.2015

Costa Rica has been running with only renewable energy for nearly 3 months

Costa Rica has been running with only renewable energy for nearly 3 months

Costa Rica has reached an extraordinary milestone in the history of green energy, with the country operating solely on renewable energy for nearly 3 months. The strong rains in the region have allowed the country to completely give up fossil fuels and feed itself almost entirely with electricity generated by… »

06.12.2014

Cost of Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries Set to Be as High as $250-500 Billion Per Year By 2050

Cost of Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries Set to Be as High as $250-500 Billion Per Year By 2050

Human Wrongs Watch Despite public funding of climate change adaptation measures reaching as high as $26 billion in 2012-2013, a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report issued on 5 December 2014 predicts a significant funding gap after 2020 unless new and additional finance for adaptation is… »

17.11.2014

On International Day, UN Urges Protection of Environment from ‘Ravages of War’

On International Day, UN Urges Protection of Environment from ‘Ravages of War’

Human Wrongs Watch From the contamination of land to the plundering of natural resources, the environment has long been a “silent casualty” of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 6 November 2014 affirmed as he warned that the fast-changing dynamic of contemporary conflict required steadfast solutions for future… »

17.10.2014

Role of Rural Women, Key for Required Economic, Environmental and Social Changes

Role of Rural Women, Key for Required Economic, Environmental and Social Changes

Human Wrongs Watch This week, UN Women marks three UN observances that reflect women’s key role in development, beginning with International Day for Rural Women on 15 October, World Food Day on 16 October and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October.*     Rural women, the majority of… »

09.10.2014

‘Global Economy to Lose $1 Trillion Annually Without Action to Stop Ocean Acidification’

‘Global Economy to Lose $1 Trillion Annually Without Action to Stop Ocean Acidification’

  Human Wrongs Watch The global economy could be losing as much as $1 trillion annually by the end of the century if countries do not take urgent steps to stop ocean acidification, says a United Nations report launched on 8 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea (ROK). This… »

02.10.2014

The Environment: Very Holistic, Very Dialectic

The Environment: Very Holistic, Very Dialectic

Human Wrongs Watch By Johan Galtung*, 29 Sep 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service – “Trees won’t save the planet” is the title of an article in INYT (21-22 Sep 2014) by Nadine Unger, professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale University. Her thesis: The conventional wisdom–that planting trees serves carbon capture–is wrong;… »

30.01.2014

Bangladesh: adolescent girls living in urban slums

Bangladesh: adolescent girls living in urban slums

The concentration of public health issues and adverse environmental circumstances in slums are increasingly important concerns for developing countries like Bangladesh. This country has experienced a steady growth in its urban population, most particularly in the capital city, Dhaka, ever since independence in 1971.This city-effect has triggered a rapid urbanization… »

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