Environment

How to boost food production in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. full report

“Super-flood” risk Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 11 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Late monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have washed away communities, devastated farmland, and brought the risk of a “super-flood” moving across the country, leaving millions of people potentially vulnerable. full report

Heavy health toll of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants

MASAKHANE, 8 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by air pollution emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants. full report

Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”

DUBAI, 28 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned. full report

Higher profile for climate change in new SDGs

NEW YORK, 26 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). full report

Fighting, fuel fires and fear in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, 26 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Black smoke from a massive fuel depot fire has been lingering over the heads of the residents of the capital Tripoli for more than four weeks. While the smoke has lessened since July, the fuel fires, water-supply cuts and regular gun-fire are signs that the country is going through one of the most difficult periods since the 2011 revolution. full report

Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 21 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell. full report

Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners

BALI, 20 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse. full report

Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters

NAGAR VALLEY, PAKISTAN, 12 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Scientists say they risk reaching flawed conclusions on climate change unless data on Pakistan's glaciers is more systematically shared. Yet new projects aim to do just that. full report

Tobacco-curing eats up Zimbabwe's forests

HARARE, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - While, smoking tobacco is extremely harmful for human beings growing it has been good for Zimbabwe's economy and its farmers. Now, however, both the government and farmers have become increasingly aware that tobacco farming also comes at a great cost to the environment. full report

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