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Southern Africa is in the throes of a climate emergency, with hunger levels in the region on a previously unseen scale, the UN has warned. Years of drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray have left 45 million people facing severe food shortages, with women and children bearing the brunt of the crisis, said...
STWR have published a book version of the popular dialogue with Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled ‘The intersection of politics and spirituality in addressing the climate crisis’. The extended interview with Mesbahi—now available in print for a wider audience—provides an inspiring answer to the most important question...
The UN’s relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, believes next year could be worse than a “terrible” 2019, when conflict, the climate emergency and economic desperation left 165 million people in need of aid. Extreme storms, drought and other disasters driven by the climate crisis hit the world’s poorest “first and worst...
At COP25, the world has moved even further from core principles of equity in tackling the climate crisis. By Kabir Agarwal for The Wire. On Saturday evening, as COP25 pushed 24 hours beyond its planned deadline, the global climate action group Extinction Rebellion delivered what it said was a mass of “Madrid’s finest...
The successful battle against climate change – which has triggered a rash of natural disasters, including floods, droughts and rising sea levels— will be predicated largely on the availability of financing. The World Bank last year pledged $200 billion to finance the fight against climate change, between 2021 and...
Conflict and climate change resulted in many more people needing humanitarian assistance in 2019 than predicted. According to OCHA’s “Global Humanitarian Overview 2020,” 168 million people worldwide will need assistance in the coming year — the “highest figure in decades.” The humanitarian system will require $28.8...
New analysis sets out how much responsibility the wealthy countries behind the climate crisis must take for the devastating impact that rising global temperatures are already having on developing nations. The report, Can Climate Change-Fuelled Loss and Damage Ever Be Fair?, endorsed by nearly 100 civil society...
Global emissions need to be more than halved if we are to save the planet, world's top scientists agree in a new United Nations report. The world's countries have to cut their greenhouse gas emissions well beyond current pledges to make up for lost time - or face catastrophic climate changes, says a United Nations ...
In einer zunehmend ungleichen und nicht nachhaltigen Welt müssen die Regierungen dringend die restriktiven politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ideologien der Vergangenheit überwinden und Lösungen finden, die den gemeinsamen Bedürfnissen der Menschen in allen Ländern gerecht werden. Dieser Leitfaden skizziert das Ausmaß...
The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states. “To secure a sustainable...
It's time to reclaim the policy space lost to footloose capital by creating a new public realm at the global level, writes Richard Kozul-Wright for openDemocracy's Oureconomy. This week in Washington, the international community will be recalling the achievement of their forebears who, seventy five years ago, with...
The climate crisis is driving alarming levels of hunger in the world, undermining food security in the world’s most vulnerable regions, according to this year’s global hunger index. The annual report, a ranking of 117 countries measuring hunger rates and trends, shows progress since 2000 but warns that the world...
Combining analysis, outrage and active citizenship can build and sustain large-scale public engagement, writes Stephen McCloskey for openDemocracy Transformation. While Greta Thunberg has mostly targeted governments and multilateral bodies for their failure to tackle the climate crisis, the global Climate...
Our planet needs action on a truly planetary scale. That cannot be achieved overnight, and it cannot happen without the full engagement of those contributing most to the crisis, writes the UN secretary general. On the eve of the September UN climate action summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the...
Regenerating the planet through biodiversity-based ecological processes has become a survival imperative for the human species and all beings. It is not just a climate solution, but also a path to eradicating world hunger, explains Dr. Vandana Shiva for IPS news. The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4...