Issues & Trends
|Will Climate Change Cause More Migrants than Wars?
BUENOS AIRES, May 17 2018 (IPS) - Climate change is one of the main drivers of migration and will be increasingly so. It will even have a more significant role in the displacement of people than armed conflicts, which today cause major refugee crises.
| Infographic: A World of Languages
Infographic: A World of Languages
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Languages provide a window into culture and history. They’re also a unique way to map the world – not through landmasses or geopolitical borders, but through mother tongues.
THE TOWER OF BABEL
|Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers
The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.
|Water-smart agriculture could cut migration risk - FAO
Two-thirds of the world's people suffer some water scarcity for part of each year
By Nicole Hoey
LONDON, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water stress is increasingly driving migration around the world, but efforts to adapt to worsening shortages could help, a new U.N. study suggests.
|The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Way More Trash Inside It Than We Thought
For years, scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating trash, mostly bits of plastic, in the north Pacific ocean called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” or the “trash vortex.” This region, according to the latest research, has more lost and discarded plastic inside it than previous surveys suggested—like, a lot more.
|Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.
OSLO (Reuters) - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday.
|Pollution Sources in China Increased More Than 50 Percent in Eight Years
The number of pollution sources in China has gone up by more than 50 percent since 2010, Reuters reported Thursday, indicating that the country still has a lot of work to do in its efforts to clean up it
|World leaders sound alarm over global water crisis
UNITED NATIONS -- The World Bank and the U.N. are sounding the alarm over a global water crisis. A joint report released Wednesday says that 40 percent of the world's population is affected by water scarcity.
|Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns
More than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water.
|"Paris of the oceans" pact crucial to save seas, says WWF head
People should pay attention to the origins of their seafood and push companies to play their part in ocean conservation - Pavan Sukhdev