Environment

Cheetahs heading towards extinction as habitat shrinks

Cheetahs heading towards extinction as habitat shrinks

Scientists are warning that the cheetah, the fastest land animal, is rapidly heading towards extinction, with depleting habitats and poaching to blame for the plummeting numbers. According to a report published in the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, an estimated 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild across Africa and a small area of Iran, […]

Arctic heatwave could break records

Arctic heatwave could break records

Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave. Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change. Temperatures throughout November and December were 5C higher than average. It […]

Donald Trump, climate finance, and ‘catastrophe’

Donald Trump, climate finance, and ‘catastrophe’

President-elect Donald Trump’s policies are likely to make it harder for developing nations to obtain the growing finance they need to combat climate change, threatening one pillar of a 2015 international agreement to slow global warming. There is widespread unease about climate finance at the November 7-18 talks on climate change among almost 200 nations […]

US scientists find new way to convert CO2 to green fuel

US scientists find new way to convert CO2 to green fuel

US scientists say they have stumbled upon an economically practical and highly efficient way of converting a greenhouse gas largely blamed for global warming into an environmentally friendly fuel – a development that could boost the renewable energy industry. Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US state of Tennessee last month announced […]

Mongolia: Facing climate change collectively

Mongolia: Facing climate change collectively

With climate change and desertification threatening their livelihood, herders form collectives to manage resources. By: Nina Wegner Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – In a country where desertification, extreme weather patterns and overburdened pastures are becoming the norm, the nomadic livestock herders of Mongolia are mobilising at the community level to adapt to climate change. Mongolia has no comprehensive […]

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 […]