By Will Higginbotham
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 2 2018 (IPS) - In Iraq, thirty years of armed conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people, wounded countless more, displaced millions and laid cities and towns to waste.
Amongst all of this death and destruction, there is an often-overlooked victim whose harm has far reaching consequences: The environment.
Whilst Iraq’s environment has suffered from degradation due to conflict for decades, in recent years it has been exacerbated due to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).
A Fiji Ministry of Health official says climate change increases the risk from mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International.
Por Desmond Brown
SAINT JOHN, 20 sep 2017 (IPS) - A medida que el huracán María arrasa en el Caribe, aparecen lentamente los últimos datos sobre el número de muertos y el grado de devastación dejado a su paso por Dominica.
María tocó tierra en esa diminuta isla caribeña de 72.000 habitantes en la tarde del 18 de septiembre, con vientos máximos de casi 257 kilómetros por hora.
By Salem Solomon
WASHINGTON — Ethiopia’s highlands traditionally have a built-in protection for the people who live there. The elevation and the cool temperatures have meant that malaria, the deadly mosquito-borne illness, cannot be transmitted.
But climate change may be putting an end to that safeguard. A new study led by a researcher at the University of Maine found that since 1981, the elevation needed to protect people from malaria has risen by 100 meters.
HCM CITY — Unseasonable weather in southwestern provinces during the dry season has led to an increase in cases of diarrhoea, dengue fever, and hand, foot and mouth disease, all of which usually occur during the rainy season, according to health experts.
The Cần Thơ Pediatric Hospital in Cần Thơ City has recorded about 12,400 cases of diarrhoea, 500 cases of dengue fever, and 2,400 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.
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Groups such as environmental or health NGOs must disclose details on members, leaders and donations, say draft rules from Ministry of Civil Affairs
BEIJING, Aug 2 (Reuters) - China is proposing a further tightening of regulations on non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including demanding that they publicise specific information like funding and membership or face being banned.
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NEW DELHI, Jul 26 2016 (IPS) - Deepa Kumari, a 36-year-old farmer from Pithoragarh district in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, lives in a one-room tenement in south Delhi’s Mongolpuri slum with her three children. Fleeing devastating floods which killed her husband last year, the widow landed up in the national capital city last week after selling off her farm and two cows at cut-rate prices.
KARACHI: A latest study says climate change induced disasters and left negative impacts on psychology and behaviour of people, in particular women, who bore the major brunt of various disasters that struck Sindh in recent years.
“There is evidence that shows interlinkages between climate change, health and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR),” says the study titled ‘Understanding climate change, impact on women’s reproductive health: Post-disaster interventions in Sindh’.
Amid reports of drought-related deaths in PNG's Western Province, the country's Government admits some remote areas have received no relief since the start of the El Nino-driven disaster in the middle of 2015.
Reports of drought-related deaths in Papua New Guinea's Western Province will be investigated by the Prime Minister's Office after the Government admitted some remote areas have received no relief since the start of the El Nino-driven disaster in the middle of 2015.
Source: Reuters - Sat, 5 Dec 2015 20:55 GMT
Global health alliance was set up at Durban climate talks
Rising tides bring rise in disease
Developed, developing worlds all at climate health risk
By Barbara Lewis
PARIS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Small islands that bear the brunt of rising sea levels also face the greatest risk of diseases linked to a warmer planet, health leaders said on Saturday, as 13 million medical professionals added to the calls for a global climate pact.
At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
By Jed Alegado and Angeli Guadalupe
Jed Alegado is an incoming graduate student at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. Angeli Guadalupe is a medical doctor currently studying under the University of Tokyo's Graduate Program on Sustainability Science-Global Leadership Initiative. The two are Climate Trackers from the Adopt a Negotiator Project.
Climate change has seen Zimbabwe experiencing prolonged droughts, extended dry seasons, extreme hot summers and cold winters.
These sporadic changes in weather have had an effect on the strategies adopted by women in communal farming and how they use renewable energy sources. According to the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer Zimbabwe 2015, launched at the Gender Protocol Work Summit earlier this week, 59% of rural women in Zimbabwe work in communal lands and so they are most affected by changes in climate since they rely on rainfall for their livelihoods and domestic use.
By Marianela Jarroud
SANTIAGO, Apr 21 2015 (IPS) - Chile lives under the constant threat of spillage from tailings ponds, which became even more marked in late March after heavy rains fell in the desert region of Atacama leaving over two dozen people dead and missing and thousands without a home.
Copiapó, capital of the region of the same name, 800 km north of Santiago, is in an area full of tailings dams, Henry Jurgens, the founder of the non-governmental organisation Relaves (Tailings), told Tierramérica.
Por Jewel Fraser
PUERTO ESPAÑA, 25 feb 2015 (IPS) - Cuando Jenny Gittens se fue a dormir en su casa de la capital de Trinidad y Tobago se sentía bien. Pero una hora después se despertó con “un calambre y una rigidez” detrás de la rodilla. Al rato, el dolor se había expandido y le dolían las dos rodillas y luego ya no las pudo mover, sintió una rigidez en los dedos, dolores en el pecho y tuvo fiebre.
By Jewel Fraser
TRINIDAD, Feb 20 2015 (IPS) - Jenny had gone to bed feeling well, but an hour into her sleep she suddenly awoke with a “stiff, cramping pain” behind one knee. Within the next hour the pains had multiplied and both knees began to lock, followed by stiffened fingers and pains in her chest, along with a fever.
The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.