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  • Poverty is on the rise in Vietnam's "Golden Rice Bowl"

    Empty bowl: Poverty floods Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

    December 17, 2015

    A boy named Nguyen Van Trong walked cautiously along a ditch while keeping his eyes trained on the ground. Every day he returns to this mangrove forest to search for discarded plastic bottles that he can sell. On a good day, he can make up to two dollars, which helps to supplement his family’s income. […]

  • Border community with the Niger Republic (Credit: Tina Armstrong-Ogbonna)

    Encroaching desert fuels conflict in northern Nigeria

    December 11, 2015

    Northern Nigeria is a region of vast arable land, capable of feeding the entire country with enough left to export. Yet millions of its inhabitants have been uprooted in their own country, victims of the advancing Sahara Desert that is moving southward at a rate of 0.6 kilometers per year. The resulting land deterioration leaves […]

  • Human activities, such as shrimp farming, are making salinity problems worse. (Credit: Mofizur Rahman)

    Drinking water salinity impacting maternal health in Bangladesh

    December 9, 2015

    Drinking wells in the villages of southwest Bangladesh have been contaminated with salty ocean water for so long, people have gotten used to the taste. Now, scientists think that worsening salinity could be having dire, long-lasting health effects on the people living in the region — and climate change is likely to blame. The world’s […]

  • A set of mekhela chadors made with Assamese muga silk arranged around a japi (Credit: Satnath)

    Climate change unravels the golden thread of Assam

    December 9, 2015

    Extreme weather events are destroying the silkworms that produce Assam’s famous golden silk Assam, in North-east India, produces one of the finest, and most expensive, types of silk in the world. Produced by the semi-domesticated silkworm Antheraea assamensis, which is only found in the Brahmaputra Valley, this silk is called Muga –  Assamese for “yellow” […]

  • Beira residents pray for relief from the storms

    Summer: A season of suffering in Mozambique’s Beira

    December 9, 2015

    Sixty two-year-old Luciano Mangaeao of Paranora in Beira, Mozambique could not hide his fear. He wiped his sweaty brow with the back of his hand on a sweltering afternoon and remarked dejectedly: “It’s almost rain season and I know what it means for us. It means a season of suffering; floods and storms are coming […]

  • Mebai Warusam, a Saibai elder and war veteran, at his house in Saibai. (Credit: Saila Huusko)

    Climate change laps at front door of the Torres Strait Islands

    December 8, 2015

    Mebai Warusam sits under his stilt-supported house, facing the Pacific Ocean’s turquoise waters lapping 50 metres from his front gate. At 91, born and raised on the island of Saibai in the Torres Strait, he is an elder visitors and locals turn to for knowledge. A few years ago, he says, researchers from down south […]

  • Residents face a gloomy future (Credit: Mike Sama)

    Troubled waters ahead for Solomon Islands residents

    December 8, 2015

    There are troubled waters ahead for a Polynesia group of people within the Melanesian country of Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. With more than half a million residents, the Solomon Islands is comprised of mostly dark-skinned Melanesian people with a smaller population of fairer skinned Micronesian and Polynesians. As many of these minority populations […]

  • Can Marshall Islanders whose lives are tied to the sea maintain their culture in Oklahoma?

    Landlocked Islanders

    December 8, 2015

    The amount of water is incomprehensible. We’ve been flying for hours, and just when we’re about as far from a landmass as you can possibly get—a spot where the curving, wave-flecked Pacific Ocean stretches thousands of kilometers in every direction—an island slides into view. It’s no more than a snippet of sand and palm trees, […]

  • Women farmers in Malawi face a unique set of constraints and opportunities (Credit: 
Swathi Sridharan)

    Empower Malawi’s women farmers to lead on conservation agriculture

    December 8, 2015

    Climate change is affecting people across the planet, however, it disproportionately impacts women, particularly those living in poor countries who are traditionally tasked with gathering food, water and fuel for the family.  As climate change dries up streams and lakes, women are walking longer distances to fetch water, firewood and other domestic necessities that are […]

  • Gbagyi women working in the fields (Credit: Mary Bariki)

    Gbagyi women on the frontlines in Nigeria’s fight against climate change

    December 8, 2015

    “The rains didn’t start until June this year,” says Laadi Danladi, clutching water leaves in her hands as she peered across her fields. “By June or July, we should have started harvesting and eating. But now things have changed.” Danladi, a member of Nigeria’s Gbagyi indigenous group, has been farming for four years, but like […]