White house works to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in U.S.

White house works to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in U.S.

Kieran Cooke for Climate News Network – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/Climate News Network) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: Groups for and against US government plans for new regulations aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions have been slugging it out at a series of heated debates across America. Achieving progress in cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions and preventing […]

New CO2 emission cuts puts U.S. air quality on alert

New CO2 emission cuts puts U.S. air quality on alert

Kieran Cooke for Climate Change News – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/Climate Change News) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: The US administration led by Barack Obama has promised much and delivered little so far in the battle against climate change. But that’s all about to change with this week’s announcement by the heavy hitters at the U.S. […]

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, […]

Driest season in decades hits Jordan's Dead Sea

Driest season in decades hits Jordan's Dead Sea

WNN partner IRIN for – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps. […]

Fear of radiation keeps Japan's children indoors

Fear of radiation keeps Japan's children indoors

Toru Hanai and Elaine Lies for TRF – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Koriyama, JAPAN, EASTERN ASIA: Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it’s like to play outside – fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives. Though the […]

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Zvishavane, ZIMBABWE, EASTERN AFRICA: With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be […]

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Kenyan government forceably evicts forest dwellers from ancestral home

Caleb Kemboi for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Elgeiyo Marakwet, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: For decades, the Kenyan government has attempted to evict indigenous people from the forests of Embobut and Cherangany, in the western county of Elgeiyo Marakwet. Past tactics have even included torture and setting fire to homes, those affected say.  “I […]

‘Water wars’ continue to rage over Ethiopia Renaissance Dam project

‘Water wars’ continue to rage over Ethiopia Renaissance Dam project

Elizabeth Arrott for VOA – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/VOA) Khartoum, REPUBLIC OF SUDAN, NORTHERN AFRICA: Water ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are meeting in Khartoum to try to resolve differences over Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam. Egyptian officials remain worried the Nile project threatens the nation’s security. Egyptian, Ethiopian and Sudanese officials hope to reach an agreement […]

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