Environment

Climate change can push 45 million Indians into poverty

Climate change can push 45 million Indians into poverty

Climate change could negate India’s economic progress by causing a drop in crop yields, more diseases and more natural disasters, says a World Bank report. Climate change could effectively negate India’s economic progress, pushing 45 million Indians into extreme poverty over the next 15 years, according to a World Bank report published last month. In the absence […]

Around 25mn birds illegally killed in Mediterranean annually

Around 25mn birds illegally killed in Mediterranean annually

Each year around 25 million birds are illegally killed in the Mediterranean Sea region, a report by a global partnership of conservation organisations says. On Thursday, Birdlife International published a report that found many birds are shot, captured in nets or trapped after being lured with recordings of birdsong. Different techniques to catch the birds included the use of […]

Muslims adopt declaration against greenhouse gas emissions

Muslims adopt declaration against greenhouse gas emissions

Muslim scholars and environmental activists have adopted a declaration calling for the phase-out of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. Participants from nearly 20 countries made the declaration in a seminar organized by the Britain-based Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences together with the Islamic Relief charity in the Turkish city of Istanbul […]

Bees in jeopardy: The real cost of pesticides

Bees in jeopardy: The real cost of pesticides

Seed giant Monsanto Co.’s $45bn unsolicited takeover bid for Switzerland’s Syngenta AG, the world’s largest producer of agricultural chemicals, has sparked opposition across the globe. Together they would control one-third of the globe’s seeds and pesticides market. Today, six American and European companies – Monsanto, Dupont, Syngenta, Dow, Bayer and BASF – control the entire genetically-modified seeds planted […]

Obama to hit US power plants with tougher than expected emissions cuts

Obama to hit US power plants with tougher than expected emissions cuts

President Barack Obama is planning to impose tougher than expected cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants, White House officials have said. A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, the Obama administration was poised to finalise the rule at a White House event on Monday. The president called it most significant step the US has […]