Stories about Environment from October, 2014
What is Your Carbon Footprint?
Today it is becoming increasingly common to hear about climate change, a topic everybody talks about but are rarely aware of its real impact. We've heard many times that we are all contributing to the destruction of the planet, but how can we know the footprint we are leaving behind? This...
India's Loud, Messy, Not-So-Happy Diwali Celebrations
What prevents Indians from addressing the environmental damages inflicted by Diwali? Is it that the public is simply ignorant about the threats to their own health and safety?
A Mouse Amidst the Mist
First thing in the morning, amidst the mist that populates the waves in the township of Guetaría, a typical fishing village in the shores of Guipuzkoa (Basque Country), we can discern the shape of Mount of San Antón, which as we can see on J. G. del Sol Cobos in...
Understanding Southeast Asia in 19 Infographics
Global Voices looks at 19 infographics that help explain the promising future ahead for Southeast Asia, as well as the obstacles to greater regional prosperity.
The October Sky Above Colombia Is Full of Migrating Birds
The birds, which are migrating south for the winter, are blowing up social media in Colombia as users document the yearly migration.
There's an Island Made of Toxic Trash Rising Out of the Sea in the Maldives
Used batteries, asbestos, lead and other potentially hazardous waste dumped at Thilafushi island are seeping into the water, but environmental concerns have never materialized into a campaign by local activists.
Hirotan Forest, an Increasingly Rare ‘Satoyama’ School Connecting Rural Japanese Kids to Nature
As farming communities shrink because of Japan's ageing population, parents in one rural community has resurrected a "satoyama" school to put their children in touch with the land.
Pacific Islanders Block Coal Ships at Australian Port to Protest Climate Change
Using hand carved canoes, the Pacific climate warriors, along with dozens of Australians in kayaks, were able to prevent 10 scheduled ships from passing through the Newcastle coal port.
Online Tributes Pour in for Former Australian PM, ‘Giant’ Gough Whitlam
"Like so many of my generation I owe Mr Whitlam the privilege of a university education because he made it free of financial charges. MERCI."
Video Animation Explains How Principle of “Free Prior and Informed Consent” Can Empower Indigenous Peoples
The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact has uploaded a video animation explaining the principle of “Free prior and informed consent” or how communities should have the right to decide for the development of their lands.
São Paulo Is Running Out of Water, But Authorities Say There's No Need for Rationing
The government's assurances that water isn't being rationed goes against the experiences of São Paulo residents, who say their taps are being regularly shut off.
Too Late for Jamaican Government to ‘Kiss and Make Up’ When It Comes to Chikungunya
As the prime minister admits that Chikungunya has caused a "national emergency" in Jamaica, people remain dissatisfied with the government's efforts to educate citizens and contain the disease.
Powerful Typhoon Vongfong Kills 2, Injures More Than 70 in Japan
About two million people were evacuated, and damage, while limited, was still significant in isolated and rural prefectures such as Okinawa.
Artists Create Climate Change Mural in Grenada to Warn of Modern-Day ‘Paradise Lost’
"Never mind the Caribbean, I don't believe the average resident of any of the developing countries...are as conscious of the issue as they should be."
What’s Been Worse for India: Cyclone Hudhud or the Media Frenzy About It?
On Twitter, many Indians have complained that sensationalism in the news is causing more damage than the storm itself.
If Activists Were Prime Ministers, the Hunger Strike Over the Highway in Trinidad Would Be Over
A satirical video dealing with the Highway Re-Route Movement's protest over the construction of part of a bypass, calls out the government's "commitment to truth vs. spin”.
Lightening Kills 11 Wiwa People in Colombia
Lightening struck an indigenous village this week, leaving 11 dead and another 18 injured in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Colombia.
Drones Over the Amazon on the Lookout for Environment Threats
After a workshop conducted in August 2014, indigenous leaders from Amazon regions in Peru started to discover the role drones can play in monitoring environmental threats to the rainforest.
Jamaicans Are Now So Familiar with Chikungunya Virus They're Calling It Chik-V
The country's health ministry has faced criticism for its handling of an outbreak of Chikungunya, a virus spread by mosquitoes that causes high fever and severe joint pain.
Video Portrays Tender Friendship Between a Brazilian Man and a Hummingbird
With a video of only two minutes that he has made to introduce his newest friend, a hummingbird chick, João Silvestrini is conquering hearts and fans across Brazil.
The Chikungunya Virus Brings Jamaica to Its Knees
Jamaica is confronting a dangerous health scare, as bloggers argue that social media can be used as an effective information channel to educate the public about risks.