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· December, 2015

Stories about Environment from December, 2015

30 December 2015

South Australians Queue for the Pungent Corpse Flower

Thousands of people have queued to see and smell a corpse flower in bloom at South Australia's Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.

28 December 2015

The 7 Most-Read Stories of 2015 on Global Voices

The following seven stories received the most attention from audiences and also received hundreds of shares, likes and comments on social media and our site.

26 December 2015

Even Santa Can't Escape Toxic Smog in China

During Christmas toxic smog spread from the northern provinces to central China.

23 December 2015

25 Years After Officially Closing, Kyrgyzstan's Biggest Dump Is Still Rancid and Expanding

Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?

22 December 2015

Countries Declare States of Emergency in the Face of El Niño

“This El Niño and human-induced climate change may interact and modify each other in ways which we have never before experienced. El Niño is turning up the heat even further.”

This Is What It Looks like When Thousands of Migratory Birds Descend on Peru

"Franklin's gull isn't native to Peru, but we Peruvians have adopted it as ours as it visits us for centuries during spring and summer."

20 December 2015

The History of Royal Hunts in Nepal’s Southern Plains Is Simply Barbaric

'Even Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in 1914 triggered the World War I, came to hunt in Nepal invited by Maharajah Bir Shumsher in March 1893.'

17 December 2015

The Nepalese Tiger Conservationist Who Lost an Eye and Gained Leonardo DiCaprio’s Sunglasses

"At first I felt like searching and killing the tiger that attacked me, but then I thought it might have attacked me to save itself from the lurking danger."

Mapping for Niger, as Told by One of the Project's Volunteers

Rising Voices

The project faces limited logistical, financial, and human resources as well as a general ignorance of Open Data, making each activity realized a feat of volunteer passion and activism.

16 December 2015

The Complexities of Adapting to Climate Change in Benin

Poverty, practicalities and lack of awareness can complicate efforts to do so, experts at a conference on development and climate change in Benin concluded.

What the Paris Climate Change Agreement Does and Doesn’t Do

Here’s a rough and unofficial overview of some different parts of the deal agreed to by 195 countries.

Flora and Fauna Signal the Visible Effects of Climate Change in Nepal

From diminished apple production to the movement of several species of birds, Nepal is seeing the dramatic effects of climate change, despite the country's nominal contribution to global warming.

14 December 2015

Latinos Care About the Environment. So Why Aren’t Green Groups Engaging Them More?

Efforts by US politicians and groups concerned about the environment to engage Latino communities seem to be lagging.

13 December 2015

Climate Change Could Already Be Displacing More People Than War

"We see a narrative of sustained suffering and sustained adaptation until a tipping point is reached and then a decision to migrate is taken.”

11 December 2015

First Sustainable Crowdfunding Platform Launches in Ecuador

The United Nations Development Program has launched the Small Grants Program, the first crowdsourcing platform in Ecuador.

4 December 2015

Why Doesn't It Rain in Guinea-Bissau Like It Used To?

While world leaders discuss climate change in Paris, the decrease in rainfall and sea level rise are threatening the soil fertility and the subsistence of the people of Guinea-Bissau.

While India's National Media Bungles Its Chennai Flood Coverage, Social Media Steps Up

"In fact, what is more troubling in a way is that the nature of the coverage only confirms a north-south divide..."

2 December 2015

Beijing's ‘Airpocalypse’ Hits Record Levels as Toxic Smog Chokes City

"Major skyscrapers and landmarks disappear overnight. I cannot for the life of me see what color the traffic lights at the opposite end of the road are."

Trinidad and Tobago Joins World in Marching for Climate Change Awareness

"Trinidad and Tobago is the second highest carbon emitter per capita in the world. We are here to show our decision makers that we want them to recognise our responsibility."

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