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Stories about Environment

28 July 2015

Destroying a Mountain: Mexican President Orders Expropriation of Native Lands for Freeway Project

A presidential decree was enough to expropriate almost 100 acres of land from the indigenous Otomi community for the construction of a new highway.

24 July 2015

New Video Shows How Japan's Urato Islands Are Bouncing Back Post-Tsunami

For the islands, everything changed on March 11, 2011, when a devastating tsunami swept away everything from houses to oyster beds.

17 July 2015

One Puerto Rican Island's 135-Year History of Struggle and Victory

A short documentary by the monthly newspaper Diálogo commemorates the 40 years since the people of Culebra expelled the US Navy and 135 years since the island municipality was founded.

Are Countries Legally Required to Protect Their Citizens From Climate Change?

Science writer Sophia Schweitzer looks at a landmark court decision ordering the Dutch government to act faster to protect its citizens against the harmful effects of climate change.

14 July 2015

The Consequences of India’s Lack of Toilets Go Beyond Hygiene

Open defecation leads to harassment among adolescent girls and women, and the country's discriminatory caste system means "the untouchables" are made to clean up waste in some areas.

Zambia's Crippling Energy Crisis Is Changing Life for Everyone. And Not for the Better.

A near-nationwide power outage hit Zambia earlier this year, leading to drastic cutbacks in the country's electricity supply. A new "load-shedding" scheme is now testing consumers and employers alike.

13 July 2015

Nepal Closes a National Park to Give Mating Red Pandas Some Privacy

The red panda’s breeding season starts from mid-June, but the shy creature is easily scared by noises. Red pandas are listed as an endangered species.

9 July 2015

How Do You Bring Electricity to 620 Million People?

Sub-Saharan Africa needs a more reliable energy supply. The way it chooses to meet that need will affect the entire planet.

8 July 2015

As Typhoon Season Approaches, Families Displaced Last Year Still Await Permanent Shelter in the Philippines

"To lose my children is hard enough. All I wish now is that the government takes care of the shelter so I can start over again."

3 July 2015

Outrage as Ghana Demolishes ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’, the Country's Biggest Slum

Many Ghanaians have accused the government of failing to make good on its promise to help Old Fadama residents whose businesses and houses were destroyed.

1 July 2015

China Unleashes Police, Internet Censors on Anti-PX Plant Protesters in Shanghai

"Once they found out that you were a resident of Jinshan, they took you away. The Internet was blocked. The minute that photos were uploaded, they disappeared."

29 June 2015

Thousands Take to Rome's Streets to Echo Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Action

"...all of humanity needs to stand united in addressing the crisis of our times. Climate change is an issue for everyone with a moral conscience.”

24 June 2015

Bolivia Greenlights Controversial Highway, Oil and Gas Extraction in National Parks

Bolivian President Evo Morales escalates the stakes in the debate over extractivism as an anti-poverty strategy.

23 June 2015

Nepal Is Using a Satellite Collar to Track a Snow Leopard Named Omi Khangri

Conservationists believe that the information gathered from the collar will be crucial to conserving the endangered big cats, which roam Nepal's Himalayas.

18 June 2015

A New Mesoamerican Film and Radio Festival Is Spreading the Word About Indigenous Struggles

The First Mesoamerican Community Film and Radio Festival began on June 10 in Oaxaca and will continue on to various countries in the region from later in June.

17 June 2015

Bicyclists, Hang Up That Phone. Japan’s Traffic Laws Just Got Tougher

The newly revised laws are meant to curb dangerous behaviour, such as riding through stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, and riding while drunk or holding an umbrella.

15 June 2015

Hope for a Nuclear-Free Taiwan

The Bridge

Many Taiwanese wish to reduce the risks of nuclear power, but if President Ma's administration represses their voices instead of listening, the problems of nuclear waste could be deadlocked.

13 June 2015

Japan Expecting a Summer of Weird, Wild Weather

The return of El Nino in 2015 is causing wild weather in Japan, including heavy rains that have so far driven more than 30,000 people from their homes.

Urban Farming Is Booming in the US, but What Does It Really Yield?

Looking at city-based agriculture throughout the United States, the benefits go far beyond nutrition.

12 June 2015

Australia's Prime Minister Is No Fan of ‘Ugly, Noisy’ Wind Farms

Remarks by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that wind farms are visually awful and noisy have brought a swift response on social media.

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