Climate change is projected by many scientists to bring with it a range of calamities – from widespread floods, to prolonged heatwaves and slowly but relentlessly rising seas – taking the heaviest toll on those already most vulnerable. When a natural disaster strikes, people are sometimes left with no choice but to leave the areas affected. Yet, for some, even this option might not exist.
Local residents and environmentalists have been campaigning against an Israeli plan to build a section of its West Bank Separation Barrier through the centuries-old irrigation terraces of a Palestinian village south of Jerusalem. Israel’s Supreme Court is due to issue a ruling, but in June the area has been listed as a World Heritage site.
Earth Island Journal
In trying to nab the perfect wildlife picture, photographers may be doing more harm than
A transboundary, collaborative project covering the 2013 UN climate change summit which I led.
The Third Pole
A plan to save the Dead Sea by pumping desalinated brine from the Red Sea will fail to address the real causes of the ecological catastrophe.
As developing countries are confronted with more damage and in some cases, permanent loss, from climate change, they are pushing for compensation from historic polluters.
A team of Polish and Swiss researchers are studying the risk of floods in southern Poland with a special focus on the role of climate change. Scientists say two key culprits for devastating flooding over the past couple of decades are poor spatial planning and a changing climate.
European Journalism Observatory
Seeking to experiment with a new approach to reporting the climate negotiations, an international collective of journalists has set out to cover the 2013 UN Climate Change Conference through a collaborative live blog, aggregating local perspectives from around the globe. The Climate News Mosaic, a non-profit project, was funded through a crowdfunding campaign and the live blog, on an open source platform donated by its developers, was hosted on nine different news websites.
Yale Climate Connections
Grappling with the appropriate context for climate change stories, the choice – temporal and spatial – will always be insufficient. Yet, marrying , the local with the global, the present with the future, would enable a much better frame of reference for capturing the scope of the climate crisis, especially through collaboration.
ChinaDialogue (and Guardian Environment Network)
An ongoing desert locust outbreak is considered highly unusual on several of its aspects. Countries prone to locust plagues are today considerably better equipped to tackle the threat, but climate change appears to a be key unknown.
Earth Island Journal
At the edge of a mass extinction crisis, it appears that many species could be gone before they were even known to science. The research field of taxonomy – responsible for systematically cataloguing the world’s variety of organisms – has been suffering a serious decline in both human and financial resources to the point of becoming a crucial bottleneck in conservation.
Looming climate change spells a grim forecast for the Arab region, already considered one of the world’s driest. Adding to to a politically volatile region, climate change is considered a threat multiplier, and several studies have even suggested extreme weather events had played a role in the Arab Spring. Nevertheless, analysts are wary of framing climate change as a security threat. In fact, cautiously, some have even suggested that the common challenge could facilitate cross-border cooperation and peace-building.
Ornithologists say that climate change is having a profound effect on bird behaviour and suggest that this phenomenon can act as an early warning system to the dangers posed to Earth. ‘’The fact that birds are changing their behaviour means that climate is changing already,” says Marco Lambertini, chief executive of Birdlife International. But the organization – which has affiliates in more than 100 countries – also believes that some climate change mitigation measures are inappropriate.
If all goes to plan, passengers will not get to see the beautiful Yitla Stream, or what is left of it, on the train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Construction plans at present include a 144-metre bridge over the mini- canyon in the Jerusalem Hills known as the Yitla Stream. Local people and environmentalists want instead a tunnel link under the Stream in order to keep the habitat intact.