The Guardian view on the climate crisis and heatwaves: a killer we need to combat | Editorial
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12h ago
Britain may be chilly, but from Greece to India, people are dying due to record temperatures. The death toll will grow without urgent action While Britons don jumpers and complain about the unseasonable cold, much of the world has been reeling due to excessive temperatures. India has been in the grip of its longest heatwave in recorded history, with thermometers hitting 50C in some places. Greece closed the Acropolis in the afternoon last week as temperatures hit 43C; never has it seen a heatwave so early in the year. Soaring temperatures in the Sahel and western Africa saw mortuaries in Mali ..read more
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‘If they see a Syrian, they beat them up’: the refugees living in fear in Lebanon
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by Edmund Bower in Beirut
1M ago
The death of a Christian political leader has sparked a wave of vigilante attacks on Syrians, fuelled by political scapegoating Mustafa* was walking home from work last month when he was attacked. He had lived in the neighbourhood – an attractive, predominantly Christian town a few miles from Beirut – since 2010. In an apparently unprovoked assault, a gang of more than a dozen men beat him up, broke one of his ribs, and left him bleeding by the side of the road. It is one of numerous reports that have emerged in recent weeks of vigilante groups across Lebanon attacking Syrians. After the abduc ..read more
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Colombia’s Wayúu people live on land rich in resources. So why are their children dying of hunger?
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by Natalia Torres Garzón in La Guajira, Colombia
1M ago
State failures in La Guajira have compounded water shortages that bring malnutrition and death Photographs by Antonio Cascio In the early hours of the morning, an ambulance carries Rosa Epieyu and her nine-month-old son, Mateo, from Joumana, a Wayúu Indigenous community in La Guajira, Colombia, to a hospital in the nearby town of Manaure. There, a doctor tells Epieyu her son is suffering from malnutrition. To Epieyu, the diagnosis feels like history repeating itself; one of Mateo’s older sisters was almost lost to malnutrition. Panicked, she grabs some essentials and jumps back into the ambu ..read more
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UK facing food shortages and price rises after extreme weather
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by Helena Horton, Sarah Butler and Jack Simpson
2M ago
Heavy rain likely to cause low yields in Britain and other parts of Europe, with drought in Morocco hitting imports Which UK foods are at risk? The UK faces food shortages and price rises as extreme weather linked to climate breakdown causes low yields on farms locally and abroad. Record rainfall has meant farmers in many parts of the UK have been unable to plant crops such as potatoes, wheat and vegetables during the key spring season. Crops that have been planted are of poor quality, with some rotting in the ground ..read more
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Covid pandemic made poorest countries even worse off, World Bank warns
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by Larry Elliott Economics editor
2M ago
Poverty reduction drive all but halted across many nations as Bank calls for more money to tackle a ‘great reversal’ Larry Elliott: At last G20 is showing how to fund an assault on poverty The devastating impact of the pandemic on the world’s poorest countries has brought poverty reduction to a halt and led to a widening income gap with nations in the rich west, the World Bank has warned. In a report released to coincide with its half-yearly meeting, the Washington-based organisation said half of the world’s 75 poorest nations had seen income per head rise more slowly than in developed count ..read more
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‘Children were dying. We didn’t even have aspirin’: the Indigenous Venezuelans forced far from home
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by Paloma de Dinechin in Manaus
2M ago
Economic crisis has driven Warao communities from their traditional life in lush forest to a Brazilian slum Photographs by Nicola Zolin At 4pm, the sound of sirens is fading. On the pavement, a teenage girl – her eyes darting back and forth to monitor police presence – starts smoking crack. She is across the street from “Hotel 583”, a makeshift shelter in a dangerous part of downtown Manaus, the capital of Amazonas in Brazil. On the second floor of the building, in the Cidade de Deus slum, 20 of the 27 Warao people who live here cram into a sweltering room measuring about 20 sq metres. Some ..read more
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Fresh blow for Rwanda deportation plan as report shows extreme poverty and hunger
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by Diane Taylor
2M ago
Foreign Office paper says not enough being done, with over half the population living on less than $1.90 a day UK politics – latest updates New fears have arisen about the suitability of Rwanda as a destination to send UK asylum seekers after a damning government assessment about the prevalence of poverty and malnutrition in the country. The paper, from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), highlights key concerns about the state of Rwanda in a “problem statement”. More than half of the population – 56.5% – live on less than $1.90 a day and FCDO’s analysis finds that pover ..read more
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Onions sell for 50 times usual price in Gaza as Palestinians scramble for food
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by Kaamil Ahmed
3M ago
Reports of exorbitant cost of basic vegetables, as well as oil and flour, come amid warnings that Gaza is on the verge of famine People living in Gaza are facing exorbitant food prices as more than 1 million residents of the Palestinian territory face famine. Since Israel’s invasion in October, it has become common for Gaza’s displaced population to share pictures of their shopping baskets and document how high prices have risen amid food shortages ..read more
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Seven times size of Manhattan: the African tree-planting project making a difference
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by Jonathan Watts
3M ago
Thousands of farmers have been persuaded by TREES scheme to replace barren monocultures with biodiverse forest gardens In a world of monoculture cash crops, an innovative African project is persuading farmers to plant biodiverse forest gardens that feed the family, protect the soil and expand tree cover. Could Trees for the Future (TREES) be a rare example of a mass reforestation campaign that actually works? The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) certainly thinks so and last month awarded it the status of World Restoration Flagship ..read more
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‘My dream is to buy a piece of land’: the ‘outsiders’ farming at the Amazon’s last frontiers
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by Sam Cowie, Rodrigo Pedroso and Avener Prado in Caroebe, Brazil
3M ago
Struggling to compete with large-scale landowners, smallholder farmers move ever deeper into Brazil’s disappearing forest Onésio Nascimento has worked the land his whole life, moving from one Brazilian farming frontier to the next. During the coronavirus pandemic, he sold 20 hectares (50 acres) of land in northwest Mato Grosso state and used the money to buy another 100 hectares further north in the Amazon, in south Roraima. Today, he grows cassava and bananas on his land, an hour’s drive down a bumpy dirt road, which turns to mud during the rainy season. Flanked by small herds of cattle, the ..read more
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