Environment

Earth Day 2018: Sustainability and Predictability

 

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A compilation of environment and climate coverage from across the globe.

GLOBAL PRESS HQ — As natural and man-made factors continue to affect the sustainability and predictability of the physical world, people everywhere are searching for ways to survive and thrive. Here’s a look back at some powerful GPJ reporting on the complex environmental issues present in communities across the world.

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Mariam Aboubakar Esperance, GPJ DRC

Conservation Efforts to Save Hippos May End Ongoing Tilapia Shortage in DRC Lakes

An investigation into why eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region surrounded by great lakes, is experiencing a shortage of fish, and how two forces coincided to create the problem.

 

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Mayela Sánchez, GPJ Mexico

Citizens Take Action to Protect Farmland as Mexico City’s Urbanization Spreads

Mexico City is bulging at the seams, and options for housing are increasingly limited for people who can’t afford increasingly high-priced housing. Partly as a result of these circumstances, as many as 800 illegal settlements have been built in protected ecological-conservation areas. A group of citizens on the city’s southern edge has started taking shifts to watch for illegal construction, while also clearing out trash and doing other tasks along the way.

 

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Kalpana Khanal, GPJ Nepal

Apples to Almonds: Warmer Weather Means Growing Different Crops in Nepal

As the climate warms, many farmers in western Nepal can no longer grow apples. While a government program is teaching farmers to adapt to changing climatic conditions, local experts say that’s not enough.

 

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Nadia Kanyere Karasisi, GPJ DRC

Plastic Bags Buried in Soil Threaten Farming, Families’ Livelihoods in Kisangani

The theme of Earth Day 2018, organized by the Earth Day Network, is a call to end plastic pollution. A story from Democratic Republic of Congo shows how bags buried beneath the ground in Kisangani, the country’s third-largest city, are harming the soil and threatening farmers’ livelihoods.

 

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Tatenda Kanengoni, GPJ Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Targets Maize Shortfall With Farm Loans in Exchange for Crops

Zimbabwe’s government wants to halt food shortages by offering farmers loans for seeds and supplies, to boost maize production. But farmers must give the government most of their crops.

 

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Adriana Alcázar González, GPJ Mexico

Determined to Save Ailing Crops With Higher Doses of Agrochemicals, Coffee Farmers in Southern Mexico Imperil their Health

After a toxic, fungal disease reached their fields, indigenous farmers in southern Mexico increased the amounts of the agrochemicals they applied to their coffee plants. They know the risk of respiratory irritations, but the plants are their only sources of income.

 

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Shilu Manandhar, GPJ Nepal

After Water Shortage Threatened Food Supply, Entire Village Relocates and Reaps Harvest

Six years ago, the people of Samzong left their village in the Tibetan Plateau because they no longer had access to water. They moved 5 miles southwest. Now, in their new home, they’re sowing seeds and building new lives.