Drought puts 2.1 million Kenyans at risk of starvation

An estimated 2.1 million Kenyans face starvation due to a drought in half the country, which is affecting harvests.

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Is fighting poverty compatible with fighting climate change?

The amount of energy required to provide decent living standards for the entire world's population is a fraction of the annual energy budget compatible with keeping climate change within 1.5 °C of warming, a new study suggests.


COVID-19 and the fight against climate change: What have we learned?

As the world continues to battle the COVID crisis, we must not lose sight of the greatest long-term threat faced by mankind: climate change.

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‘Nothing to eat’: Somalia hit by triple threat of climate crisis, Covid and conflict

Prolonged droughts, shrinking water resources and lack of fertile land are fuelling tensions between clans and creating large-scale displacement across Somalia.


Vulnerable nations lead by example on Sustainable Development Goals research

With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, world leaders pledged to end poverty and hunger, protect biodiversity and the climate, and get all children into schools by 2030. How have researchers and funders responded? Has there been a shift in research priorities?


After generations of hauling water, a corner of Appalachia still waits for a better future

New efforts to close the “water access gap” face hard realities in McDowell County, W.Va., and other communities across the country.

Ian Leahy, Yaryna Serkez: Since when have trees existed only for rich Americans?

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Many parts of the U.S. needed persuading to get vaccinated. Not South Texas

In the Rio Grande Valley, it is people’s exposure to death and disease, not offers of free beer or million-dollar prizes, that is driving vaccine rates higher.

Gold is a toxic lure in the world’s highest settlement

Unregulated mines and uncontrolled sprawl make La Rinconada, Peru, a dangerous place where the desperate seek their fortunes.


As more climate migrants cross borders seeking refuge, laws will need to adapt

Climate migrants don’t fit neatly into the legal definitions of refugee or migrant, and that can leave them in limbo. The Biden administration is debating how to identify and help them.

Climate inaction will cost G7 countries ′billions′

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Linsey McGoey: Why billionaires like Bill Gates can't fix the problems they helped create

The Gates divorce is prompting people to ask hard questions about the foundation. Good.

With infrastructure funding on horizon, beleaguered Kentucky county looks to raise water rates again

Martin County KY, residents facing another rate hike hope Biden's infrastructure plan will help with their failing rural water system.

Child deaths are linked to social deprivation in England

A key theme was housing issues – such as lack of cleanliness, unsuitable accommodation, or maintenance issues such as damp or mould, or the child's house being in poor repair – identified in 123 of the deaths reviewed.

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