Nepal – One Year On

One year after the worst earthquake in 80 years to hit Nepal many Nepalese are losing patience with the government and international agencies. Most families have to rely on relatives and friends overseas, who will send home remittances. Across the country, where the earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed an estimated 600,000 homes, people still sleep in makeshift tin shacks amid heaps of rubble – with an estimated four million in sub-standard temporary shelters. The monsoon season is approaching and much ...

Amazon rainforest destruction in Brazil rises again

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29151977 Amazon rainforest destruction in Brazil rises again The rate of deforestation increased by 29% in the year to July 2013 The rate of destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has increased for a second year running. Brazilian government figures show deforestation was up by 29% in the 12 months up to the end of July 2013. Satellite data showed that almost 6,000 sq km (2,315 sq miles) of forest were cleared during that period. The largest increases in deforestation were seen in the states ...

Ozone layer to recover by mid-century

See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/09/11/ozone-layer-to-recover-by-mid-century-say-scientists/#sthash.mf0yv9yb.dpuf Ozone layer to recover by mid-century, say scientists  -  11 September 2014, 11:12 am Campaigners renew calls for HFC phase-out to build on ozone success and tackle climate change   The ozone layer is well on the road to recovery after an international crackdown on damaging substances, according to an assessment by 300 scientists. A phase-out of CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol is having the desired effect, they say. However, many of the substitutes for CFCs in applications such ...

Climate change and World Population

Despite their intimate relationship, climate change and world population are still not talking to each other. The lack of meaningful dialogue has persisted for decades, with both seeming to deliberately ignore the significance, relevance and impact of the other. With the simultaneous convening on Sept. 22 of a special session of the United Nations General Assembly marking the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development and the UN Climate Summit on Sept. 23, this estranged relationship is now ...