Kashmir′s environmentalists work in the shadow of violence and climate change

Illegal construction, timber smuggling and a decades-long conflict have degraded Kashmir valley's forests. But locals are stepping in to protect the unique nature of their home in the Himalayas.
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The case for calling climate change “genocide”

There’s no question that climate change is killing people—but you could also argue that it qualifies as wanton extermination of entire cultures.

State neglect means Indigenous Papuans’ victory over palm oil firm is shaky

Without this official recognition from the central government, the forest can still be licensed out for agriculture, activists point out.


Infrastructure projects in the tropics threaten forests and community rights, study finds

Large-scale infrastructure investments in Latin American countries threaten efforts to protect tropical forests and mitigate climate change, according to a new analysis published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Afghanistan floods leave nearly 80 dead

The toll in Charikar was expected to rise as rescue workers sift through the wreckage of dozens of destroyed homes.

At the intersection of climate change and environmental and reproductive justice

"Reproductive justice is the right to reproductive health care, and the right to have children or not, the right to the healthiest possible pregnancy and birth, and the right to raise children in a safe and healthy environment. These rights will be challenged by climate change, including increasing temperatures."


The wells bringing hope in the desert

At the encroaching edge of the Sahara Desert, community tensions are tightly bound up with the search for water.


Where will everyone go?

ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, with support from the Pulitzer Center, have for the first time modeled how climate refugees might move across international borders. This is what we found.
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Modeling water stress for shared water resources

Billions of people rely on water resources that originate across borders. New research evaluates how climate change and increased water demand could affect future water stress.

Embattled northwest Syria sees first COVID-19 case

The first case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in northwestern Syria, sparking fears about the spread of the disease in the embattled region where water is scarce. 

Trapped between conflict and climate change

Herders like Boubacar Moukaila are caught between climate change, which has made grazing land too dry for his livestock, and conflict, which prevents him from travelling elsewhere to find fertile pastures.


Water, sanitation services face shutdown in Yemen as aid funding falls short

Aid operations to offset the deprivations of war are at risk of collapse in Yemen as funding falters, the United Nations warned last week. 

Water politics heat up under worsening climate in Afghanistan

Measures to help Afghanistan's farmers access more water for irrigation could heighten tensions with the nation's neighbours.
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Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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