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Environmental disaster and climate change refugees should be recognised as such

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As our planet warms, we’re experiencing more frequent and severe weather events, rising sea levels, prolonged droughts and altered ecosystems. These environmental shifts directly...

Where climate harms fisheries, piracy prospers – study

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A new study suggests that climate change is a key factor driving trends in maritime piracy off the coast of East Africa and the...

Armed conflict and climate change: how these two threats play out...

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The world is falling miserably short of reducing carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, a 2015 treaty to keep global warming well...

ISS: Firepower won’t restore trust among Kenya’s warring Laikipia communities

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Heavily armed security forces aren’t the answer to a century-old land dispute sparked by the effects of climate change. Clashes in Kenya’s Laikipia County between...

Democracies that fail to act on climate change face ‘existential’ threat

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Climate change poses “an existential challenge” for democratic governments and could lead to more authoritarian rule if efforts to curb global warming founder, fueling...

ISS: Climate change and violence in Africa: no time to lose

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The AU is the first international body to tackle the problem head-on, and it needs global support. Climate change poses serious security threats in Africa....

Triple C threat facing Mozambique

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Conflict, COVID-19 and climate change are, according to the UN Secretary-General, the triple threat currently faced by South Africa’s eastern neighbour. The conflict component of...

Hunger, fear and death – an Ethiopian migrant family’s lot

First, drought in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region destroyed Asha Khalif Ali’s crops and animals. Then her husband and brother were killed in ethnic violence. She...

Drones finding their place in the environment

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Climate change is an irrefutable fact as the globe gets warmer year-on-year. It is therefore crucial to accurately analyse its effects and gather data....

ISS: Climate change is feeding armed conflict in Somalia

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The blast that killed over 350 people and the double car bombing in Mogadishu last October have frustrated Somalia's efforts to build...

UN seeks $2billion for Sahel as migration spectre looms

The United Nations sought on Wednesday a record $2 billion for the Sahel in what a senior UN official said is necessary...

ISS: Think again – Unstable climates make for unstable politics

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El Niño has hit Africa particularly hard this year. The unpredictable weather cycle has been more intense than past iterations, and is...

New UN climate deal struck, critics say gains modest

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Climate negotiators agreed a pact that would for the first time force all the biggest polluters to take action on greenhouse gas...

Support grows for Durban climate deal

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Support grew yesterday for an EU plan to agree a global climate change pact with binding targets by 2015, after poor nations...

UN climate chief sees air clearing on cut pledges

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The UN's climate chief said she believes countries can snap the deadlock that has lasted for years and sign up to fresh...

EU urges conclusion on climate fund, others want changes

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The European Union said countries should agree to the draft of a new climate fund and not delay its progress, while others...

WMO: 2011 one of hottest years on record

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The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and humans are to blame, a report by...

Increasingly erratic climate menaces Africa’s cocoa

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The weather may not always have been kind to cocoa farmers in West Africa, but until recently it was at least broadly...

Last chance to save Kyoto deal at climate talks

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Almost 200 nations began global climate talks yesterday with time running out to save the Kyoto Protocol aimed at cutting the greenhouse...

Small island states ‘may disappear if no climate deal’

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Small island states may disappear under rising seas if an international agreement to tackle climate change is delayed for another decade, an...

EU says climate pact not enough, wants deal by 2015

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The world needs a far more ambitious plan to cut emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases than the Kyoto Protocol, European Union climate...

Africa’s Nile, Limpopo at risk from climate change

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Climate change is likely to lead to increased average rainfall in the world's major river basins but weather patterns will be fickle...

Traditional farm methods help climate adaptation

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Traditional agriculture methods could help protect food supplies and make agriculture more resilient to the effects of climate change, a report by...

Countries must plan for climate refugees – report

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The world's governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change,...

Asia, Africa megacities top climate change risk survey

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Rapidly growing megacities in Africa and Asia face the highest risks from rising sea levels, floods and other climate change impacts, says...

Big business, investors urge tough climate action

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UN climate talks in South Africa next month must make meaningful progress or governments "risk permanent damage to their credibility", a group...

Climate change spawns the incredible shrinking ant

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Plants and animals are shrinking because of warmer temperatures and lack of water, researchers said warning it could have profound implications...

UN climate boss says Durban talks can deliver

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A record rise in global greenhouse emissions and ever tighter economic constraints make it crucial for United Nations climate talks in South...

Climate change brings tea and apricots to Britain

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British farmers are experimenting with crops such as olives and nectarines which have traditionally been imported from southern Europe while the first...

Economic crisis could worsen HIV/AIDS epidemic: UN

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Economic crisis and climate change concerns could affect the fight against the AIDS virus and lead to a "universal nightmare", the head...

World Bank must tackle pressing water issues: report

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The World Bank needs to pay more attention to the most pressing water-related problems in developing countries, where the effects of climate...

Women hit by climate change to lobby Capitol Hill

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Women hit hard by the effects of climate change drought, floods, sea level rise and crop failure gathered yesterday to plan a...

Jordan enlists military in climate fight

Jordan has unveiled plans to help fight climate change, including upgrading its armed forces by 2020, an area usually overlooked in the...

US backs $100 bln climate fund

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US backing for a $100 billion climate fund to help poor nations revived hopes for a deal to combat global warming yesterday...

SA makes emissions offer but wants aid

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South Africa offered yesterday to slow the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020, conditional on a broader international...

IATA talks climate

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has repeated its call for a global sectoral approach for aviation and climate change under the...

Lockheed sees energy sales reaching $1 bln by 2012

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Lockheed Martin Corp expects to more than triple revenues from its emerging energy and climate change monitoring business to $1 billion by...

UN climate talks too slow: EU president

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Global climate talks are progressing too slowly and too many countries are demanding action from others rather than acting by themselves, Sweden's...

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