Water wanted

Consequences of water scarcity threaten Italy and the whole Mediterranean region :: Costa Rica attempts to regulate water distribution putting human needs before the economy

While the findings of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were presented from different perspectives, water comes out as the protagonist of this week’s news in both Italy and Costa Rica.

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Home and dry?

Residents along streams in Mali’s capital city could be evacuated for fear of floods   ::   Israel’s health minister joins opposition to controversial mining plan

This week our environmental news roundup looks to Mali and Israel. Media in the two countries reported on cases where local residents’ wellbeing is threatened by what is eventually human activities – be it planned phosphate mining in southern Israel or climate change-induced floods in the Malian capita – and the way governments respond to that.

It’s also a good opportunity to recall two special reports  we published last week, looking into what the latest climate assessments mean for the world’s poor and  how Filipino authorities prepare for extreme weather yet to come.

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Poor suffer most due to climate inaction

Special Report

Climate change is a present reality for many of the world’s poorest people.

The latest United Nations’ report on climate change released early this week contains overwhelming warning on the adverse impact of the changing climate, especially on the world’s poor people living in low-lying nations.

For vulnerable countries like the Philippines that have experienced extreme climate disasters like the recent super typhoon Yolanda, where more than 6,000 people died and millions of people left homeless, climate change is happening now.

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