Tag: climate change

Sperm whale’s slow death trapped in maze-like Japanese bay raises alarm over impact of global warming

Tokyo — The slow demise of a stray whale that spent its last days circling Osaka Bay not only saddened TV viewers across Japan, it also alarmed cetacean experts who called the whale the latest casualty of a warming planet. “Whales used to lose their way every three years or so,” Yasunobu Nabeshima, a visiting […]

What is the UN Environment Assembly and why does it matter?

Set up as a sort of ‘world parliament on the environment’, UNEA aims to define priorities for environmental policies and develop international legislation on the matter. Why is UNEA important? The 2024 Environment Assembly, or UNEA-6, is expected to host a record 6,000 delegates, including seven Heads of State and 139 Ministers and Vice-Ministers, as […]

The World Social Forum: The counterweight to the World Economic Forum

Opening of the World Social Forum 2024 in Kathmandu Opinion by Isabel Ortiz (kathmandu, nepal) Friday, February 23, 2024 Inter Press Service KATHMANDU, Nepal, Feb 23 (IPS) – This week the 2024 annual meeting of the World Social Forum (WSF) was held in Nepal. There were fifty thousand participants from over 90 countries, exchanging strategies to […]

Unpacking 2023, the Warmest Year on Record

Credit: iStockphoto/Anil Shakya Opinion by Sanjay Srivastava (bangkok, thailand) Thursday, February 22, 2024 Inter Press Service BANGKOK, Thailand, Feb 22 (IPS) – 2023 was the warmest year on record. The latest Copernicus Climate Change Service highlights that February 2023 to January 2024 was the first time that we experienced 12 consecutive months of temperatures 1.5-degree hotter […]

Who Wants to Live by the Sea?

ICS Conservation Team protecting Alphonse Island’s fragile nearshore ecosystems by retrieving a drifted FAD. Credit: Pep Nogues Opinion by James A Michel (victoria, republic of seychelles) Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Inter Press Service VICTORIA, Republic of Seychelles, Feb 21 (IPS) – For most of history, only those who made their living from the sea chose to […]

Snowless Winter and a Climate Crisis: Kashmir’s ‘Unprecedented’ Weather

Local Muslims held special prayer ceremonies in January for snowfall. Credit: Umar Manzoor Shah/IPS by Umar Manzoor Shah (srinagar, india) Tuesday, February 20, 2024 Inter Press Service SRINAGAR, India, Feb 20 (IPS) – Abdul Gani Malik, a 75-year-old goldsmith living in Kashmir’s capital, Srinagar, has witnessed eras of tranquility and turbulence in the Himalayan region. What […]

Smallholder Farmers Are Key to CGIAR Response to Hunger Crisis

Dr Ismahane Elouafi looks at cassava plantlets “grown in boxes” in a mass propagation facility in IITA, Ibadan. Credit: CGIAR by Guy Dinmore (bangkok) Monday, February 19, 2024 Inter Press Service BANGKOK, Feb 19 (IPS) – Dr Ismahane Elouafi has her work cut out. As the new executive managing director of CGIAR, a global network of […]

Nepal Farmers Face Another Year of Agricultural Drought, Threatening Food Security

Kul Bahadur Pulami Magar at his home in Majhitar village in Dhading, knitting a fishing net. While weaving to create the fishing net, he shared his anguish about how winter drought affected his family. Credit: Tanka Dhakal/IPS by Tanka Dhakal (kathmandu) Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Inter Press Service KATHMANDU, Feb 13 (IPS) – Najboon Khatun looks […]

State of the World’s Migratory Species Report Alarming Threats, Global Action Urged

Goitered gazelle: Credit CMS by Alison Kentish (dominica) Monday, February 12, 2024 Inter Press Service DOMINICA, Feb 12 (IPS) – The United Nations inaugural assessment of the state of global migratory species states that 1 in 5 faces extinction and warns that the world cannot afford to miss this chance to act on recommendations to protect, […]

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