May 23, 2017

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In China and Pakistan’s Coal Romance, Where’s Love for Climate?

Work in progress in Thar coal field to reach one of the world's largest coal deposits several meters under sand and mud in Pakistan's souther Sindh province. (Photo via Thar Coal Energy Board)

Instead of seeking foreign investment to fulfill its energy needs with fossil fuels, Pakistan can ride the renewables wave, developing its workforce and technical and institutional capacity to harness solar energy. Read More »

Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change

Pakistan’s lonely struggle against climate change impacts has gone largely unreported [Photo by Curt Carnemark / World Bank]

Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it. Read More »

Coastal Flooding Threatens Cities Across World

Flood waters from swollen rivers in Kuakata in south eastern Bangladesh.  (Photo by  Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

According to projections for the year 2070, India’s Kolkata and Mumbai top the list of cities whose populations are most exposed to coastal flooding, with 14 million and 11.4 million respectively. The first seven cities on the list are from Asia, followed by Miami at number eight. Read More »

Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

Chicago skyline from a green rooftop. (Photo by  Josh Koonce, Creative Commons License)

Faced with growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, and poor air and water quality; skyrocketing energy bills; and costly damage to homes and infrastructure, some Midwestern city officials and community advocates are taking steps to improve their cities’ resilience to the effects of climate change. Read More »

Climate Change: Indus’ Palla Fish Spawning Grounds Vanishing

(Photo by Chaudhry Khawar, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan is losing a living heritage, as climate change and dams upstream have led to lack of enough water in the Indus for the famous Palla fish to swim upstream and spawn. Read More »

What Does the Science Really Say About Sea-level Rise?

Rising sea levels will adversely impact countries like Maldives which face an existential threat from climate change.  (Photo by Ashwin Kumar, Creative Commons License)

Could sea levels really rise by several meters this century. Probably not, although this century's greenhouse emissions could potentially set the stage for large rises in centuries to come. Read More »

Food Security: Asia’s Critical Balancing Act

Rice fields in Nepal. (Photo by Sharada Prasad CS, Creative Commons License)

The sustainability of Asia’s food production systems is being questioned in a world with intensive agriculture. Current agricultural production and distribution already leaves hundreds of millions of people hungry in the world, while growth in agricultural production under a business-as-usual model will likely contribute to the planet approaching or even surpassing its safe operating space in terms of biodiversity, climate change and the nitrogen cycle. 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 »

Pakistan’s New Plan to Embrace Floods

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The Pakistan government is considering a new flood prevention plan that could transform the way the country deals with its devastating annual floods, by restoring wetlands, forests and floodplains. Read More »