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Environment

Devastating floods and record-high heatwaves have been making headlines this summer, but some countries have been suffering for far longer - and are grappling with far worse than minor water shortages. In a new report on the impact of climate on food supply, Oxfam found a 123 per cent rise in acute hunger in the 10...
Contents Our activity and impact in 2021 Print publications and our website Campaining activities and evens Future plans and projects Our activity and impact in 2021 As the year 2021 began, the need for sharing global resources was unprecedented. Acute food insecurity had soared to a five-year high, while...
To bring about a 'Great Leap' scenario, it is necessary to address the fundamental inequalities that are the root cause of the ecological crisis, writes Paul Virgo for IPS news. In 1972 the Club of Rome alerted the world to the harm human economic systems were doing to the health of our planet in its seminal, best-...
Human rights advocates could be more active in using human rights tools to transform economic thought and practice, particularly in holding private and public economic actors accountable for their actions. From a human rights perspective, economics is failing us. Inequalities are growing; we are consuming more than...
50 years ago, the report ‘The Limits of Growth’ was published — and its scenarios turned out surprisingly accurate. But we can still change course, writes Jayati Ghosh for International Politics and Society. In 1972, the United Nations held its first-ever environmental summit in Stockholm. In the run-up to the event...
Change will come, and can only come from committed people mobilizing in common cause as a powerful social movement, writes David Korten. In his message launching the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on April 4, 2022, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres offered the following ...
More than 37 million people are facing acute hunger, with approximately seven million children under the age of five acutely malnourished in the region.   While finding food and safe water is the absolute priority, WHO said that ensuring a strong health emergency response is needed to avert preventable disease and...
From today onwards, humanity is living on credit. Every year, Overshoot Day – the date by which humanity has consumed all the resources that Earth can sustainably produce in one year – arrives earlier. In 1970, it fell on December 29, in 1990 on October 11, and this year on July 28, proof that we are deepening our "...
Wildfires and heatwaves wreaking havoc across swathes of the globe show humanity facing “collective suicide”, the UN secretary general has warned, as governments around the world scramble to protect people from the impacts of extreme heat. António Guterres told ministers from 40 countries meeting to discuss the...
The money that is being swallowed into the Western military establishments does not only drift away from any climate spending but also promotes greater climate catastrophe, writes Murad Qureshi for Globetrotter. During late April and early May, South Asia experienced the terrible impacts of global warming....
The number of people affected by hunger globally rose to as many as 828 million in 2021, according to a new UN report that provides fresh evidence that the world is moving in reverse, away from the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms, by 2030, when the SDGs...
Only about half the funds required are being provided by rich countries, according to a report by Oxfam. The funding needed by UN climate disaster appeals has soared by more than 800% in 20 years as global heating takes hold. But only about half of it is being met by rich countries, according to a new report by...
Two important reports were released last month, neither getting the kind of attention they deserve, writes Vijay Prashad for the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. On 4 April, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III report was published, evoking a strong reaction from the United...
The number of people suffering from extreme hunger reached an all-time high in 2021 and is on track to increase further this year—unless wealthy countries ramp up efforts to "tackle the root causes of food crises rather than just responding after they occur." By Kenny Stancil for Common Dreams. That's the key...
There is plenty of information alerting against the ongoing devastating human war on Mother Nature. And the message is clear, writes Baher Kamal for IPS News. The gloomy picture is drawn from indisputable scientific conclusions and should be already known by everybody, in particular by decision-makers, whether they...