Washed Away

  • 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 rising danger of flooding in Egypt

    December 7, 2015

    The first drops of rain drew the children out of their houses. As the first rainfall to come to Wadi el Lega, a tiny desert settlement in South Sinai, in more than six months, this was cause to celebrate. Rain brought green shrubs for their camels and goats to eat; rain refilled their cisterns; rain […]

  • 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.

  • Constant floods leave Assamese children easy prey for human traffickers

    December 3, 2015

    Repeated floods have destroyed the houses and livelihood of the indigenous population in Assam, leaving them increasingly at risk to being exploited, including by human traffickers According to the World Resources Institute approximately 5 million of the 21 million people affected by floods live in India. Even within India this flooding is unevenly distributed. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’ is sinking

    November 25, 2015

    Part of the Mekong Delta – home to 20% of Vietnam’s population and 50% of its rice production – is at risk of disappearing as sea levels rise. In fields across Vietnam’s Ca Mau Province, one of the country’s most important agricultural regions, wispy rows of rice struggle to grow in dingy yellow water. “This […]