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Climate Impacts

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Abdullah Salam walks in his field, spreading wheat seeds for the winter season. Farmers like Salam in Egypt’s Nile Delta are struggling with lower crop yields as the nearby Mediterranean rises and increases the soil’s salinity. One acre used to yield three tons. Now it yields barely over half that amount. (Credit: Nicholas Linn)

    Egypt’s Nile River Delta is sinking into the sea

    December 8, 2015

    It’s not bad luck hurting Egypt’s farmers—it’s the sea. It’s warming, rising and expanding onto the low-lying, delta lands and seeping into the water that feeds them. By the end of the century, 60 percent of the delta region will be so saturated with salt as to be barely farmable.