Topic

Climate

  • Kashmir: Disorder after disaster

    December 07, 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 07, 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 07, 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 […]

  • China’s climate migrants

    December 03, 2015

    As the roof of their home was brought crashing down in a planned demolition, Ma Guoqing and his family set off to start their new life. Ma, 31, was leaving the village of Luziwo in the northern Chinese province of Ningxia, where he lived with his parents, his wife and his son. They knew nothing […]

  • Kalash valleys struggle to survive post-floods

    December 03, 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 […]

  • High and dry in Nepal’s Mustang Valley

    December 02, 2015

    In a trans-Himalayan region that receives less than 200 millimeters of rain a year, erratic rain and snowfall have led to a deepening water crisis. Known formerly as the Kingdom of Lo, and open to outsiders only in 1992, Upper Mustang still has an air of mystery around it. Bordering China on the north and […]

  • Conflict and climate dry out Jordan Valley

    December 02, 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 […]

  • Long walks for water in Bolivia’s Great Chaco

    December 02, 2015

    Yumao is a community in the Bolivian Great Chaco where women and children must walk up to eight kilometers a day to collect water from the Rio Grande, an increasingly complicated feat in times of a changing climate.

  • Rising temperatures scorch Egypt’s rural poor

    December 02, 2015

    Ahmed Rizq watched the mercury on his thermometer rise: 48, 53…55 degrees Celsius. It rose higher than he had ever seen it rise before. And then it stayed there—for over three weeks. Rizq had lived in Aswan in the very south of Egypt his whole life; he could take a little heat. But August 2015 […]