El Salvador declares a drought emergency for the first time ever

Apr 15, 2016

El Salvador declares a drought emergency for the first time ever

El Salvador declared a water shortage emergency for the first time in its history on Thursday, citing the effects of climate change and the El Nino phenomenon, the country’s president said. In the last four years, rainfall has decreased considerably in the Central American ...

New buzzword for Japan condo buyers: nature-friendly

Apr 12, 2016

New buzzword for Japan condo buyers: nature-friendly

Ryuji Idenoue, 35, and his wife Moyuka bought a condo late last year in a building under construction in Kokubunji, western Tokyo, that plays up the fact that there is greenery on-site. “On top of the fact that it is located near the station, ...

A Briton's one-man campaign for a litter-free Marseille

Apr 8, 2016

A Briton's one-man campaign for a litter-free Marseille

Most people are resigned to a little litter in their lives. Not Eddie Platt, a British expatriate who single-handedly took on the scourge in Marseille, the southern French city where he took up residence in 2010. The 38-year-old launched his quirky campaign last September ...

Climate forecasts may be flawed, says study

Apr 7, 2016

Climate forecasts may be flawed, says study

Predictions of unprecedented rainfall extremes in the 20th century driven by global warming turned out wrong, a study said Wednesday, casting doubt on methods used to project future trends. A massive trawl of Northern Hemisphere rainfall data for the last 1,200 years revealed there ...

Apr 1, 2016

U.S. and China to join Paris climate deal this year

The United States and China will sign the global climate agreement next month and intend to start putting it in place later this year, the White House said Thursday. The international agreement was reached in December in Paris, but needs a critical mass of ...