Stories about Environment from November, 2014
Solar Homes Helping to End ‘Power Discrimination’ in Bangladesh
45% of Bangladesh—mostly people living in rural areas—is without electricity access. The Solar Home System Project is revolutionizing that imbalance.
Fighting for Climate Justice From the Front Lines of Disaster
Given that climate change is causing increasing extreme weather, better waste management actually helps to prevent events like Super Typhoon Yolanda, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines.
Strong Earthquake in Japan's Nagano Injures Dozens, Topples Homes
Forty-one people were injured during the magnitude 6.8 temblor, but no deaths were reported. Twitter users snapped photos of public transportation gone dark and disheveled supermarkets.
Greenpeace Activist Injured in Confrontation with Spanish Navy
Environmental activist suffers serious injuries after an armed assault by the Spanish Navy on a Greenpeace boat protesting oil exploration in Spain's Canary Islands.
How Many Animals Will Die in This Year’s Gadhimai Festival in Nepal?
Nepal's Gadhimai festival will welcome hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and about half a million of animals, whose gruesome fate increasingly concerns local and international rights activists.
Recycling Workers Are Leading the Zero Waste Charge in Brazil
Recycling workers have spearheaded the launch of a national Zero Waste Alliance in Brazil, which seeks to have all materials of a product be reused, recycled or composted.
Japan's Appetite Is Pushing Bluefin Tuna to the Brink
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed bluefin tuna on its Red List of endangered species. Japan consumes about a quarter of the world's tuna catch.
Climate Change, Ebola, Ukraine: Brisbane's G20 Summit Wasn't Just About Economy
"#G20Brisbane will be remembered for Abbott's crushing failure to convince the rest of the world to ignore #climatechange"
Tens of Thousands Demand Justice for Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines
"They cry every time they retell their stories. And not just because they lost loved ones and what little properties they had during the storm."
Activists Discover Evidence of St. Petersburg's River of Poop
A group of ecologists dropped nine miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down a toilet in a St. Petersburg suburb and mapped the devices’ signals. The results were terrifying.
What World Leaders Should Discuss at Brisbane's G20 Summit
Brisbane, Australia, hosts the 2014 G20 summit on 15-16 November. Netizens are speculating about what should be priorities on the agenda.
Chinese Fishermen Are Poaching Coral From Japanese Waters
"Beautiful coral that has taken years for nature to create are being uprooted. The maritime ecosystem of the sea around the Bonin Islands is being destroyed."
Protests as Macedonia's Government Gives a Polluting Factory in Tetovo Another Break
Residents in several Macedonian cities protest the government's indecisiveness in doing anything about the dangerous levels of air pollution in and around Tetovo.
With Its Headwaters Dry, Brazilians Fear the Death of the ‘Old Frank’ River
Climate change, environmental destruction and the current drought all threaten one of South America's main rivers, the São Francisco, and the people who depend on it for their livelihoods.
VIDEO: How a Laos Dam Project Could Endanger Communities in Cambodia
EarthRights International has uploaded a video about the threat posed by a mega dam construction in Laos to communities situated along the Mekong River in Cambodia. Laos and Cambodia are neighbors in the Southeast Asian region.
Hackers Unite to Create Apps and Sensors to Monitor Water Quality
Professionals from several fields of study have gathered at the event "Hackathon: Data and Sensors to Measure Water Quality" to discuss free hardware development and dissemination of public data.
Chinese Are Seeing Red Over Government's ‘APEC Blue’ Anti-Pollution Efforts
People are forbidden from burning coal to heat their homes and factories, schools and government offices are closed -- in order to ensure smog-free blue skies in Beijing during APEC.
A Stretch of Asphalt Where Our Freedoms Should Be
Somewhere, lost in the brouhaha over a controversial stretch of highway in Trinidad, a protestor's hunger strike and misinterpretations of a key report, is the real point of it all.
#ThrowAwayYourGum, Recycling Initiative in Argentina
In some streets of the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, pink boxes have appeared specially for bubble gum to keep public spaces clean. The gum collected can be recycled in items such as rubber boots and sandals, among other things. On Twitter, some users thought the initiative was a good idea,...