The African Energy Commission says expanded access to new, people-centred renewable energy systems will “lift hundreds of millions of people” out of poverty.
Are studies right that expanded access to off-grid solar products has driven economic development in Africa?
Flooding from hurricanes like Irma in Florida can overwhelm sewer systems and spread pathogens in other ways.
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It’s not just mosquitos. Flooding, extreme heat and other climate-related hazards are bringing people into contact with pathogens more often, and affecting people’s ability to fight off disease.
Women displaced from rural villages in the Anglophone region gather to wash clothes in a stream.
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Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis could escalate into a complex disaster emergency with dire environmental consequences.
A young protester in India makes a statement about dangerous levels of air pollution.
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It’s more than moral posturing. Resolutions like this have a history of laying the foundation for effective treaties and national laws.
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Fashion has a notorious environmental footprint, and long-standing fast fashion marketing practices are exaggerating this further.
A group of construction workers on site.
Despite being a major contributor of global carbon emissions, concrete remains a popular construction material. Research suggests this needs to change.
Australia’s protected areas have grown and grown. But at the same time, ecosystems are falling apart. How can that be?
After years of neglect, Australia’s environmental crises can wait no longer. Here’s what our new government can do quickly to begin turning things around.
Image of Earth’s city lights, created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.
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A 1972 report warned that unchecked consumption could crater the world economy by 2100. Fifty years and much debate later, can humanity innovate quickly enough to avoid that fate?
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Nineteenth-century European settlement is often depicted as a triumphal ‘taming of nature’. But does that collective memory impede more honest appraisals of the environmental risks we face today?
Cultural burning practices can clear out flammable plant materials that lead to bushfires.
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This NAIDOC Week, with the effects of climate change affecting Australia, It’s beyond time to listen to First Nations people who have extensive knowledge of caring for Country.
This Plastic Free July, we need to be teaching children to demand less plastic from the world’s worst producers instead of expecting change from individual recycling efforts.
Plastic waste from land based sources pollute the beaches and other water bodies.
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Nigeria generates 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste yearly. Research and public enlightenment can help address the problem.
Love Island has faced past criticism for not promoting sustainable lifestyles.
Sustainable fashion collaborations show that living an eco-friendly life can be fun - here’s how popular shows can help dismantle consumerism altogether.
PFAS, often used in water-resistant gear, also find their way into drinking water and human bodies.
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The federal government has new advisories on PFAS, which can put human health at risk in a list of ways, but so far only states are regulating the chemicals.
Greenhouse gases emitted today linger in the atmosphere for years to centuries.
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Thanks to humans, the concentration of planet-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 50% higher than before the industrial era. These gases are raising Earth’s temperature.
Seagrasses form dense meadows in shallow seas worldwide.
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Much of the world’s seagrass is highly threatened through human actions such as coastal degradation, as well as impacts of climate change.
Some physical developments contribute to crime in Nigeria.
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Nigeria’s built environment should ideally be part of a broader, integrated approach to crime prevention and community policing.
Negotiations over the years have aimed to protect forests, biodiversity and the climate.
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The Stockholm Conference in June 1972 launched five decades of international negotiations on everything from biodiversity to climate change.
Alain Libondo (17) left, and Nsinku Zihindula (25), hammering at solid rock to find cassiterite and coltan at Szibira, South Kivu.
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Coltan is indispensable to the making of modern electronic devices but its mining causes human and environmental disasters in the DR Congo.