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environmental sustainability

Britain spent 'twice as much on overseas fossil fuels as renewables'

Britain spent 'twice as much on overseas fossil fuels as renewables'

Nearly half of £6.1bn energy spending in developing countries from 2010-14 went on oil, coal and gas-fired schemes, data showsThe UK has spent more than twice as much overseas support on fossil fuels
When the sheep turn black, war's toxic legacy can no longer be ignored | Erik Solheim

When the sheep turn black, war's toxic legacy can no longer be ignored | Erik Solheim

The battle for Mosul has left the city caked in soot and shrouded in smog. When will the world realise that the environment is not merely a silent victim of war?The smoke that billowed from the
The day the lights went out: the terrible toll of Malawi's power cuts | John Vidal

The day the lights went out: the terrible toll of Malawi's power cuts | John Vidal

Anger boiled over at last week’s national blackout, which saw babies dying in incubators, yet outages are frequent – for the lucky 10% of people with electricityRural health worker Patrick Kamzitu is
Working among rats and needles for 70p a day: life on Madagascar’s mega dump – in pictures

Working among rats and needles for 70p a day: life on Madagascar’s mega dump – in pictures

About 3,000 people work gruelling 10-hour shifts at Ralalitra, one of Africa’s largest rubbish sites. Doctors fear it could become a breeding ground for plaguePhotographs by Tom MaguireFanja
Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Rapid urbanisation, dwindling groundwater reserves and changing rain patterns are driving a water crisis in the lower Himalayas of India and Nepal. Photojournalist Toby Smith took part in a research
'Boats pass over where our land was': climate refugees in Bangladesh | John Vidal

'Boats pass over where our land was': climate refugees in Bangladesh | John Vidal

When monsoon rains swept Bangladesh last autumn, flooding forced people from their homes in droves. With some scientists estimating that shifting weather patterns could cost the country almost a
Forests fall, animals die, desert looms: Uganda's burning problem – in pictures

Forests fall, animals die, desert looms: Uganda's burning problem – in pictures

Charcoal is an integral part of everyday life in Uganda, where most people rely on some form of wood fuel to cook or boil water. For many, the sale of trees also provides a valuable income. Yet this
'Woefully off track': global goals leave behind over half the world's children

'Woefully off track': global goals leave behind over half the world's children

Sustainability agenda that pledged to maximise every child’s chances undermined by lack of data in some countries, says Unicef reportMore than half a billion of the world’s poorest children are
More than 800m people need to travel 30 mins for safe water, report finds

More than 800m people need to travel 30 mins for safe water, report finds

To mark World Water Day, NGO says accessing water is getting more difficult in world’s most environmentally stressed nations Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed
Scientists suggest a giant sunshade in the sky could solve global warming

Scientists suggest a giant sunshade in the sky could solve global warming

Scholars from developing countries call for greater say in solar geoengineering research, arguing poor nations have most at stakeIt sounds like the stuff of science fiction: the creation, using
Oil-rich Nigeria outstrips India as country with most people in poverty

Oil-rich Nigeria outstrips India as country with most people in poverty

Nine out of 10 of the world’s poorest people will live in Africa within 12 years, say experts from Brookings InstitutionNigeria, one of Africa’s two wealthiest economies, has overtaken India as home
'I'm tired of the suffering': how poverty-stricken families struggle to survive in Nigeria | Isaac Linus

'I'm tired of the suffering': how poverty-stricken families struggle to survive in Nigeria | Isaac Linus

Families living on £1.50 a day or less tell of the hardships of life in the oil-rich nation, which now has the greatest concentration of extreme poverty Nkechi John, 39, lives in a single room with
Farming ideas to make a fortune: inside Brazil's food security festival

Farming ideas to make a fortune: inside Brazil's food security festival

Agriculture startups from around the world gathered at a vibrant conference sponsored by pesticide manufacturerAs confetti showers a theatre inside Rio de Janeiro’s normally sedate Museum of Tomorrow,
Women lead the charge in healing scars of war in Mozambique wildlife park | Claudine Spera and Irene Baqué

Women lead the charge in healing scars of war in Mozambique wildlife park | Claudine Spera and Irene Baqué

Decimated by the civil war, Gorongosa national park is being coaxed back to life, and with it comes the promise of a brighter future for the area’s young girls Continue reading...
'No questions, no excuses': the squad enforcing Mumbai's ban on plastic

'No questions, no excuses': the squad enforcing Mumbai's ban on plastic

Shopkeepers and vendors fear a hefty fine from inspectors who are tasked with keeping the Indian city free of plastic bagsAt 10am on a muggy October morning, Crawford Market, one of Mumbai’s oldest,
'Liquid gold': students make world's first brick out of human urine

'Liquid gold': students make world's first brick out of human urine

The bio-brick created by students in Cape Town mixes urine with sand and bacteria, which they say is a world firstStudents in South Africa have created the world’s first brick made from human
Displaced villagers in Myanmar at odds with UK charity over land conservation

Displaced villagers in Myanmar at odds with UK charity over land conservation

Karen people in Tanintharyi region fear project to protect 800,000-acre area will cut them off from ancestral landsA British conservation charity has become embroiled in a row with villagers displaced
World Bank to invest $200bn to combat climate change

World Bank to invest $200bn to combat climate change

Sum available for 2021-25 represents doubling of current five-year plan The World Bank is to make about $200bn (£157bn) available to fund action on climate change from 2021-25, helping countries adapt
World Bank to invest $200bn to combat climate change

World Bank to invest $200bn to combat climate change

Sum available for 2021-25 represents doubling of current five-year plan The World Bank is to make about $200bn (£157bn) available to fund action on climate change from 2021-25, helping countries adapt
A billion people without electricity ‘missing out on pledged climate funds’

A billion people without electricity ‘missing out on pledged climate funds’

UN climate summit in Poland will hear public money available is not enough to provide clean energy for those living off-gridThe world’s 1 billion people who live without electricity are not benefiting