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Climate Change(s) Values – Part 1

Environmental refugees share a similar fate with climate change – their existence is accepted by some whereas others negate their presence. Natural scientists commonly agree on the existence of man-triggered climate change, while there is no social consensus on the very same issue. In the article ”Climate Science as Culture War“ Andrew J. Hoffman convincingly … Continue reading

Children, Climate Change and Environmental Migration

Climate change has a much stronger impact on children than adults. Their psychological and physical development is notably affected by environmental factors. Phenomena like droughts and flood will cause significant, longer-lasting emotional stress in children as they grow up. Droughts are accompanied by long periods of acute food shortages and hunger; floods are often accompanied … Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day – 19 August

The World Humanitarian Day has gained considerable attention – in complete contrast to the International Day of Indigenous Peoples (see comment from 10 August). Not only did the media mention the day beforehand, e.g. The Muslim News (17 August), Alertnet (17 August) and First Post (18 August), but a song sung by Beyoncé was also … Continue reading

It is not only about “water”management

Aid workers, researchers and politicians are going to attend the World Water Week in Stockholm from 26 to 31 August in order to talk about the probably most important resource: water. The last months have already shown what impact too much (floods) or too little water (droughts, fires) has on us. Therefore, the World Water … Continue reading

Changing Climate – Changing Cities

Since 2007 more people live in cities than in rural regions worldwide (see Spektrum.de). Particularly in developing countries the urban population has been increasing rapidly over the last decades (see bpb). In contrast to developed countries more people from poor and developing countries migrated to urban regions since 1950 (see fifoost). Their aim was to … Continue reading

International Day of Indigenous Peoples – 9 August, since 1994

I have been in much the same situation as Jessica Rudder (see Policymic.com – very worth reading!) – I was very surprised to hear that the 9th of August is the “International Day of Indigenous Peoples”! Here, in Austria, you have heard (almost) nothing about it. However, in countries, where indigenous peoples are still living … Continue reading

Climate Change and Arctic Indigenous People

The Arctic is currently almost always under discussion when climate change is mentioned. In mid July satellite images pictured the rapid melting of the ice sheet in Greenland, and on the BBC’s website alone more than 700 people commented on an article about the melting. The user Dragonwight believes that, given the fact that Greenland’s … Continue reading

Floods in North Korea

North Korea, a country that rarely leaks information to the outside world, is suffering from a flood which devastates the livelihood of thousands of people. This changed when Reuters reported on the floods in North Korea on the 28 July. As result articles on the natural disaster were published in several (online) newspapers and magazines, … Continue reading

The UN Climate Fund and the Role of Women

There it is! After three postponements, due to quarrellings on seat allocation,  the 48 represented countries of the United Nations‘ Green Climate Fund (GCF) have finally announced their nominations. The first meeting during which respresentatives will primarily discuss organisational and operational issues and draft the first fund’s workplan, will take place from 23 to 25 … Continue reading

09 September 2012 – News

NEWS 09 September: The San Cristóbal volcano in Nicaragua is about to erupt again – 3000 people are evacuated (NZZ, 09.09.2012) The “Slum Survey” was published only a few days after the World Urban Forum. The survey gives voice to “invisible” inhabitants (The Guardian, 07.09.2012) Karachi (Pakistan) is directly located at the coast of the … Continue reading


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