September 19, 2017

The Disappearing Morel Mushrooms of Pakistan

In the Hindu Kush Himalayas the mushroom is worth its weight in gold.(Image from Wikimedia)

Climate change and deforestation are wreaking havoc on the production of a rare mushroom species, impacting local communities and national exports. Read More »

The Hottest Year on Record Signals That Global Warming is Alive

Such parched lands are a common site in many parts of the world. (Photo by  Amri HMS, Creative Commons License)

Thanks to El Niño and climate change, last year broke temperature records – and reduces any importance attached to the global warming 'hiatus.' Read More »

Environmental Assessment for Kashmir Dam Breaks All Rules

The Baglihar dam has been built on river Chenab.  Photo by Surendra Pradhan  	  via ICIMOD]

A group of eminent people from across India have written of their concerns regarding the deeply flawed environmental impact assessment report for a new hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir. Read More »

Five Things You Need to Know About the Paris Climate Deal

Paris was a high-stakes game of geopolitical poker.. (Photo by Takver, Creative Commons License)

COP21 ended with an agreement that is at once both historic, important – and inadequate. Read More »

Faith Groups in Unprecedented Push for Climate Action

EcoSikh climate march in Rome. (Photo via ecosikh.org)

Religious leaders put their spiritual weight behind climate change. Read More »

Keystone XL Debate is Over, but Infrastructure Needs are Not

(Photo by Light Brigading, Creative Commons License)

Climate advocates are cheering rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, but both our fossil fuel and renewable energy infrastructure badly needs upgrading to tackle climate change. Read More »

Electric Aircraft – Aviation’s Future or Just Wishful Thinking?

E-Fan  can revolutionize the air travel. (Photo by Marc Schieferdecker, Creative Commons License)

With emissions targets to hit and oil running out, it's time to take electric planes seriously. Read More »

Fishing Ban Reflects How Fragile Arctic Ecosystem Is

Canadian Ship Louis S. St-Laurent and Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo by DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons License)

A melting Arctic means new areas will be open to commercial fishing but scientists – and bordering countries – say they need time to study the ecological and economic risks. Read More »

As Biodiversity Declines on Corn Farms, Pest Problems Grow

(Photo by Greg Tee, Creative Commons License)

Continued use of pesticides will lower diversity of beneficial insects, costing corn farmers more money over time. Read More »

Pakistan on Brink of Becoming ‘Water Scarce’

Islam Headworks on River Sutlaj, which regulates water flow from India. (Photo by Faisal Saeed, Creative Commons License)

With water availability plummeting, Pakistan is close to being declared a water scare country, but better management of surface water resources and groundwater aquifers shared with India can help avert the crisis. Read More »