• Flown away: Kenya’s indigenous Ogieks struggle to adapt to a changing climate

    December 10, 2015

    On the hills of Mariashoni in the eastern part of Kenya’s Mau Forest Complex, sits an old indigenous Yemdit tree with pale orange-green leaves. A lone ranger, the tree is surrounded by fresh green commercial eucalyptus trees. A single log beehive – a traditional form of beekeeping to the region’s native population – sits firmly […]

  • 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” […]

  • Kashmir: Disorder after disaster

    December 7, 2015

    For all his life, 60-year-old Abdul Rehman Dar had proudly tilled the land on his three-acre farm in the highly productive Kashmir Valley. But his work came to a sudden halt when the surging Vishu River flattened two-thirds of his village and damaged hundreds of acres of prized agricultural land in September 2014. Like many […]

  • Gully erosion spreading across northern Nigeria

    December 7, 2015

    With dreams of becoming Nigeria’s “Lionel Messi,” 15-year-old Sanni Usman watches the famous footballer’s every match and trains every day in his village’s football field to sharpen his skills. But it seems his dream may be in jeopardy as his playing field could soon be gone. A stretch of gully erosion that has cut off […]

  • The Sahara Desert creeps north

    December 3, 2015

    While the predicted impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are dire, it is important to note that the futures of Morocco and other countries embattled by climate change are not set in stone. The actions of polluting countries at COP 21 and in the future can go a long way to alleviating these problems.

  • Kalash valleys struggle to survive post-floods

    December 3, 2015

    As winter tightens its grip over Pakistan’s Kalash valleys, home to the ancient Kalash tribe, many parts of the mountain region are still struggling to repair the damage wrought by the floods this monsoon “You won’t recognize Bumburet Valley when we get there,” my driver informed me as we navigated through streams and attempted to […]

  • Conflict and climate dry out Jordan Valley

    December 2, 2015

    The Jordan Valley, which encompasses modern day Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories, has long been considered the region’s food basket. But the once cascading waters of the Jordan River – the lifeblood of its fertile grounds – have been reduced in many places to a mere trickle, victim of transboundary squabbling over water rights […]

  • A Problem Put on Ice

    December 1, 2015

    It is early Thursday evening in mid-September; the sun is setting into a veil of smog from the power plants and people are coming back from work. This could be any small industrial town in Russia, but it is Norilsk — a northern city of 180 thousand people with an average annual temperature of minus […]

  • Canada’s frozen north feels financial burn of global warming

    December 1, 2015

    Climate change is taking a heavy economic toll on Canada’s far north, with buildings collapsing as melting permafrost destroys foundations, rivers running low and wildfires all a drain on the region’s limited finances, senior government officials said. A sprawling area spanning the Arctic Circle with a population of less than 50,000, Canada’s Northwest Territories has […]