By Ivet González
MAISÍ, Cuba, Jul 9 2018 (IPS) - Strong winds agitate the sea that crashes over Punta de Maisí, the most extreme point in eastern Cuba, where no building stands on the coast made up of rocky areas intermingled with vegetation and with sandy areas where people can swim and sunbathe.
By Miriam Gathigah
NAIROBI, Jul 6 2018 (IPS) - Joshua Kiragu reminisces of years gone by when just one of his two hectares of land produced at least 40 bags of maize. But that was 10 years ago. Today, Kiragu can barely scrape up 20 bags from the little piece of land that he has left – it measures just under a hectare.
Kiragu, who is from Kenya’s Rift Valley region, tells IPS that years of extreme and drastic weather patterns continue to take their toll on his once-thriving maize business. His business, he says, has all but collapsed.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
Africa’s political instability, its armed conflicts and regulatory issues are placing at risk investment needed to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the continent.
By Zarni Mann 3 July 2018
MANDALAY – Environmental activists in the Hpakant and Lonekin jade mining regions of Kachin State have urged the government to impose strict controls on the dumping of waste soil by mine operators, as the practice exacerbates seasonal flooding.
More than 1,000 local residents were affected and dozens of homes were inundated with mud as floodwaters in the area washed the waste soil into residential areas on Monday.
The government of Kiribati has launched what it calls its first ever climate change policy.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International.
June 27, 2018 11:50 AM
The governor of Nigeria's central Plateau state has revised the death toll from last weekend's clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Simon Lalong said the fighting "left behind a painful loss of over 200 people." Authorities put the death toll Sunday at 86 people.
Shingirai Nangombe, Doctor of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences
By Harjeet Singh
Harjeet Singh is Global Lead on Climate Change at ActionAid International and is based in New Delhi*
Millions of people worldwide are being displaced by natural disasters triggered partially by climate change, and the international community is finally taking steps to mitigate the suffering
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.
DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.
By Khaleeq Kiani
ISLAMABAD: The river flows have improved for now with river Kabul in high floods but drought-like conditions have already hit most parts of the country, affecting Kharif crops.
By Eva Mach
Jun 6 2018 (IOM) - Global migration figures are certainly striking. If current patterns continue, the number of international migrants in the world could surpass 400m by 2050, up from 244m currently, while an estimated 740m are internal migrants (within countries).
By Anjana Pasricha
NEW DELHI — As the vast Indian plains sizzle during the summer months, the picturesque hill resort of Shimla turns into a tourist haven. But after the Himalayan town’s water supplies virtually ran out, panicked residents sent out “Stop Visiting Shimla” social media posts, schools were temporarily shut, and authorities faced angry protests as people lined up to get meager supplies from water tankers.
By Khaleeq Kiani
ISLAMABAD: The drought-like conditions prevailing in the country since the start of the Kharif season two months ago showed early signs of fading on Monday as temperatures rose to the highest level in 10 years in the catchment areas.
The temperatures in Skardu increased suddenly to 32 degree Celsius — highest in 10 years — resulting in swift snow melting and increased river flows.
By Jamal Shahid
ISLAMABAD: The Met Office on Sunday warned residents of Islamabad that the hot weather will last for more than a week.
“We are expecting a wind storm next week, but no rains to cool the temperature in Islamabad,” said Dr Ghulam Rasul, director general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.
He said the current prolonged intense dry heat spell as unusual and a possible impact of climate change.
By Saleem Shahid
QUETTA: In a bid to overcome drought in some districts of the province, the Balochistan government has decided to use cloud seeding and artificial rain technology, a practice successfully used in drought-hit regions of the world.
Initially, the project will cater to needs of an area of 10,000 square kilometres in Gwadar district, where the catchment of four dams is located.
By Nasir Jamal
LAHORE: Ijaz Ahmed Rao has just finished sowing cotton on his 60 acres in Bahawalnagar. He is now worried that an unusual heatwave, which has gripped the country for several days, may have devastating effect on his crop.
“If the present heatwave continues for a longer period, it would stunt or slow down plant growth. That means I’ll have to spend more on fertilisers to mitigate the impact of adverse weather on my crop,” he told _Dawn_ by telephone.
PAPEETE, le 23 mai 2018 - Les 18 et 19 mai derniers, La Polynésie française représentée par Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu, ministre de l'environnement, était présente pour la première fois à un sommet du « Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting » en tant que membre à part entière du Forum des îles du Pacifique.
La Polynésie française était présente au huitième sommet du « Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting » (PALM 8), les 18 et 19 mai derniers, à Iwaki, ville de la préfecture de Fukushima au Japon.
By Friday Phiri
PEMBA, Zambia, May 23 2018 (IPS) - Climate finance has never been more urgently needed, with massive investments in climate action required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid the devastating effects of a warmer planet.
However, it is an open secret that public financing mechanisms alone are not enough to meet the demand for climate finance, especially for developing countries whose cost to implement their conditional Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and transition to low-carbon economies is pegged at 4.3 trillion dollars.
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2018 (IPS) - With the landmark Paris Agreement now almost two years old, funding for climate-related activities continues to be a challenge. However, efforts have been underway to bring two seemingly very different sectors together to address climate change.
While developed countries have committed to channeling 100 billion dollars to developing countries by 2020, trillions may be needed in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
BEIJING, May 22 (Xinhua) -- China will coordinate with countries from Asia and Oceania to conduct satellite remote sensing observation along the Mekong River, according to the website of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
The first international conference of the Asia-Oceania Global Earth Observation System of Systems (AOGEOSS) Initiative concluded on May 18 in Deqing in east China's Zhejiang Province. The Deqing Action Plan was passed during the conference to carry out remote sensing observation in regions along the river.