Stories: Environment

  • World leaders meet to advance progress made on Global warming

    World leaders are meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco beginning Monday to advance progress made on Global warming. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is expected to develop a “rule book” for implementing the Paris Agreement. President of the Conference, Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Saleheddine Mezouar told the meeting that the eyes of the world are on...

  • Extreme weather linked to global warming: UN

    The last five years were the hottest on record, and the United Nations weather agency says human induced climate change contributed to the extreme weather conditions. In a report released in Marakech, Morocco on the side-lines of a United Nations Conference on Climate Change, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says the high temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels, heat...

  • World leaders gather in Morocco to tackle climate change

    World leaders and environmentalists meeting in Morocco for the UN climate change conference are beginning on Monday to work on a "Rule Book" on the global agreement to combat climate change also known as the Paris Agreement. The agreement entered into force on Friday last week. At least 100 countries have ratified the Paris agreement, which seeks to slow global warming...

  • COP22 Curtain Raiser

      MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—The United Nations climate conference that opens here this week is all about finding the right balance between slow and fast. At least that’s how many climate experts see it. They anticipate the conference will feature both a push for faster global action on emissions and an underlying practical reality: On some fronts, patience...

  • IRP Fellows Reporting from the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Morocco

    The International Reporting Project (IRP) is pleased to announce the international journalists who will report on the Twenty-Second Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco, from Nov. 7-18. Tomas Ayuso is a freelance reporter from Honduras. Emma Bryce is a South African journalist who works...

  • The Draining of Lesotho

    Juliette Letotokoto, a recently widowed farmer, stands on her small plot of land on the outskirts of Lesotho's capital and takes stock of her crops. It's late May, and by now she'd typically have a rainbow of plants to harvest: cabbage, peppers, chilies, beetroot. But today the predominant color is pale brown, a hue found in the...

  • Millions Face Starvation as Haiti’s Drought Stretches Into Its Third Year

    Mirene Raymond hasn’t seen a real downpour since last year. The 69-year-old rice farmer is one of millions at risk of malnutrition and starvation due to the combined effects of climate change and El Niño. “This is the first time in my life that I’ve seen things this bad,” she told ThinkProgress...

  • Life Under an Active Volcano in Ecuador

    It was June 1877 and summer in the Sierra. The dry, Andean wind carried specks of ash that sprinkled down upon the sprawling haciendas and lush swaths of green pastures as hundreds of farm animals grazed at the foot of Cotopaxi, one of the world's highest active volcanoes. Since the beginning of the year, the majestic snow capped summit,...

  • Cidade do Equador convive com a ameaça do vulcão Cotopaxi

    Vista aérea do vulcão Cotopaxi. Os policiais chegaram sem avisar naquela madrugada de 15 de agosto. Bateram nas portas gritando para que os moradores deixassem suas casas na urgência de cinco minutos. "Explodiu o vulcão, corram!", foi a ordem ouvida pela equatoriana Ximena Guaman, 31, que despertou de seu sono para, de repente,...

  • How Better Seeds Make Timor-Leste Climate Resilient

    For places such as Timor-Leste, a small South-East Asian country that is prone to weather extremes, climate change could deliver a serious blow. Drought and post-harvest losses from problems such as poor storage already worsen poverty and malnutrition in a country where 40 per cent of under-fives have stunted growth. The project Seeds of Life is designed to improve food...