Hottest Places on Earth

Hottest Places on Earth

IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth – Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a […]

Rising ozone puts global cities on danger list

Rising ozone puts global cities on danger list

Tim Radford – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Poor air quality and health problems will become the summertime norm throughout the US as scientists predict a 70 percent rise in ground-level ozone − unless action is taken to cut emissions. Stand by for long, hot North American summers of smarting eyes, tickling throats, asthma, […]

Bamboo bicycles from Ghana, Africa among UN’s list for emission reducing inventions

Bamboo bicycles from Ghana, Africa among UN’s list for emission reducing inventions

Laurie Goering for TRF – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF – Thomson Reuters Foundation) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: When remote mining camps in Mongolia’s south Gobi desert need energy, they rent diesel generators. But rented solar arrays can provide energy 30 percent cheaper, while producing no carbon emissions, an entrepreneur says. The solar rental model, with no […]

Adaptations to climate change may bring limits to food farming, say experts

Adaptations to climate change may bring limits to food farming, say experts

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/IRIN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: In the absence of decisive action to significantly cut the emission of earth-warming greenhouse gases, most poor countries have resigned themselves to adapting to the effects of climate change. But as recent data show, the global concentration of carbon dioxide in […]

World Meteorological experts say global warming records indicate climate change

World Meteorological experts say global warming records indicate climate change

Selah Hennessy – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/VOA) London, U.K., WESTERN EUROPE: The world experienced unprecedented climate extremes during the first decade of this century, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization. Global bodies are gearing up to help nations cope with changing climate conditions. The report, published Wednesday, analyzed global and regional […]

Climate change indicators are forcing us to care for ‘earth in the balance’

Climate change indicators are forcing us to care for ‘earth in the balance’

Maria Lewytzkyj-Milligan with Veronica “Roni” Jacobi – WNN Earth Watch (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: According to an April report from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, sixty-two percent of Americans now say they believe that global warming is happening and only 16 percent say it is not. Recently on June 5, 2013, U.S. Agriculture Secretary […]

Human-caused damage to environment impacts global water

Human-caused damage to environment impacts global water

WNN Earth Watch (WNN/VOA) Bonn, GERMANY, WEST EUROPE: Scientists say a new geologic epoch has begun where humans are causing major damage to global water systems. They warn of a planetary transformation comparable to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. Scientists are meeting in Bonn, Germany May 21-24, 2013 to discuss […]

Integrated dynamic data mapping brings climate change impacts into focus

Integrated dynamic data mapping brings climate change impacts into focus

WNN Earth Watch – Global (WNN) AFRICA: The Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program has just released a pilot version of its new dynamic mapping tool which is set to revolutionize data analysis worldwide. In partnership with AidData, CCAPS has developed the online data portal to enable both researchers and policymakers […]