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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
'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
An African island nation known for beautiful beaches is now a global leader in cutting greenhouse gases

An African island nation known for beautiful beaches is now a global leader in cutting greenhouse gases

Just less than a decade ago, the Seychelles—the archipelago nation of 115 island off the East African coast—faced a host of challenges in its climate…
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
National governments neglecting development needs of cities: report

National governments neglecting development needs of cities: report

Only one quarter of the world’s governments have urban development policies and most are not enough to make cities sustainable National governments around the world are neglecting the needs of their
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
With 250 babies born each minute, how many people can the Earth sustain? | Lucy Lamble

With 250 babies born each minute, how many people can the Earth sustain? | Lucy Lamble

UN data suggests that the world’s population will hit 11 billion by 2100, with the fastest rises being recorded in Africa and AsiaHow many people are there in the world?We don’t know for sure as all
Global Military Spending Has Doubled but the World Is No Safer

Global Military Spending Has Doubled but the World Is No Safer

Instead of buying a battle tank, we could treat 26,000 people for malaria, writes Izumi Nakamitsu
'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,
'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,
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
Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Use of tropical plywood from Malaysia and Indonesia risks destruction of orangutan habitat, say NGOsWood from threatened south-east Asian rainforests has been used to build venues for the Tokyo 2020
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
In the face of climate change, ranking states by prosperity invites disaster

In the face of climate change, ranking states by prosperity invites disaster

Forget standings that put wealthy countries ahead of poor ones on the path to development, we’re all in this togetherIf you were asked to name the most prosperous countries in the world, you’d