Covid-19 and Climate Change: Lessons to Learn, Reasons to Act

Unfortunately, there is no “easy” climate change solution equivalent to coughing into your elbow or washing your hands for 20 seconds. So what’s the winning strategy for climate activists now?

Seizing the Opportunity of Quiet Streets

Governments must seize this opportunity to move beyond “planning normalcy” to something that empowers everyone to move more healthily and freely—for the benefit of individuals and the planet.

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A Global Education Crisis: The Lack of Access to Education in Developing Countries

In some frequently forgotten parts of the world, there are no schools or other educational institutions. The chances for learning here are slim, if there are any at all.

Person crouching over two white sacks filled with palm-sized pieces of black coal
Tug of War: The Impact of Climate Change on Economic Development

Combating the climate crisis requires a global effort, but governments of poorer nations must also consider economic development, and the needs of their struggling populations.

Mural on a wall that reads Huerta El Maqui
Community Urban Gardens in Santiago, Chile

Recently, the value of community gardens has become multifaceted and unique, from providing fresh food for neighbors to rejuvenating and sustaining the environment.

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From the Editor, February 2020

It has been a great pleasure this year for me to able to present more stories than ever before. Once again, thank you for joining us.

Aeriel view of Malawian landscape with vivid purples and blues
Thin Plastics Banned in Malawi: A Victory in The War on Plastic

Malawi has implemented a ban on the production and distribution of thin, single-use plastics, earning praise from environmental and conservation activists.

Choose the Dark Side to Discover Light: The Effects of Light Pollution and How to Reduce It

It’s important to educate people on the negative effect of excessive light and what they can do to reduce energy consumption and preserve the darkness of the night sky.

The Aftermath of Greenhouse Gases

Albeit some very powerful figures encourage denial, we have to stop ignoring the damage caused by greenhouse gases and start acting towards stopping climate change.

The Ocean Cleanup Bags Its First Lot of Trash

A project envisioned in 2012 by a Dutch teenager is beginning to address the problem of ocean plastic, and the damage it causes to marine life.

Flood City Fights Climate Change with Infrastructure and Social Media

Journalists have crowned Miami, FL, Ground Zero, for the effects of Climate Change. As a result, this Southern flood city has become the spotlighted posterchild of flood prediction and prevention innovations.

How to Handle the Waste We Produce

Although some people may be intimidated by the zero waste movement and its restrictions, those of us who aren’t able to ‘go zero’ can also do their part.

Inveteracy of the Gender Gap

How far along are we when it comes to closing the gender gap? According to a study conducted by the World Economic Forum, not very.

Land Reclamation: A Destructive Force on Malaysia’s Coastlines

Coastal development in the Southeast-Asian nation might be doing more harm than good.

Children are taking climate fight to the streets

The air pollution crisis in Delhi has been another trigger for schoolchildren to stage public…

From the Editor, November 2019

As is becoming our recurring theme, there has been a heavy focus on climate in our articles over the last 3 months. Nor is that surprising.

China and Vietnam need sustainable coffee farming

Having recognised the pitfalls of intensive farming, Yunnan is encouraging organic cultivation as its coffee industry booms

An Open Letter: Please, Don’t Talk to Me About Plastic Bags

The utter tragedy of the situation is that we’ve already solved climate collapse, we know exactly what we should do, but people, countries, corporations, vested interests and governments won’t do it.

Cities need to act on climate adaptation now

Cities across the world are coming up with action plans to adapt to climate change, but much more work is needed.

Mekong coffee growers struggle with drought and heating climate

An Investigation: Drought, climate change, and intensive farming techniques are hurting coffee growers in the Mekong region.

Warm ice in Mount Everest’s glaciers makes them more sensitive to climate change – new research

When the topic of glaciers and climate change is discussed, the focus is on Greenland and Antarctica. But there are glaciers elsewhere too…

On the Need for a Global Ban on the Production, Distribution, and Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

The banning of disposable plastic water bottles is the most reasonable, sustainable, and conscientious plan for the future; and this ban should begin now.

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Using bamboo for land restoration

Restoring soil and preserving it for the future is an important 21st century challenge, and bamboo could play a major role.

China dashes hopes of raising its climate ambition at UN climate summit

China decided against raising its climate ambition at the UN climate action summit in New York; instead, it did leant on nature-based solutions.

A Windfarm at Sunset
Changing Tack

A storm of our own design bears down upon us.
Now, the time has more than come for us to ask, not what the world can do for us, but what we can do for the world.

Clouds in the hills. Climate, Ecology, Unsustainable
From The Editor, August 2019

Three months in, and things are looking grim. Fires in the Arctic and Amazon, worsening of the climate problem, the Fall Armyworm invasion, and more.

Philanthropy for An Equitable Society

A solution to global inequality, one that could likewise foster economic growth, is desperately needed. “Creative Philanthropy” could be the answer.

Using Recycled Paper Is Not Just About Saving Trees

Recycled paper can save the Earth, and in developed countries it’s very easy to purchase, yet not nearly enough people are making the switch.

Africa: Smiles Win The Day
Smiles Always Win The Day

People have lost family members to AIDS or horrific road accidents. Yet, in the face of all this hardship and heartache, Africans still manage to smile.

Capitalism and The Advent of Garbage

Could the end of capitalism pave the way from a reduction in our creation of garbage, towards a truly sustainable future?

Sunrise over Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Record-Breaking Day of Tree Planting

In global reforestation news, Ethiopia’s recent tree planting campaign breaks the record for the most trees planted in a single day.

Climate Change is Boosting Global Inequality

Climate change and anthropogenic warming have devastated the economies of warmer, poorer countries; while financially boosting colder, wealthier countries.

Food Security vs Legalizing Cannabis

Does the question of why cannabis should or shouldn’t be legalized create an unnecessary distraction from world hunger and the climate crisis?

Will The European Union Transcend Its Migration Crisis or Fall Apart?

If the European Union does not cooperatively rise to the challenges posed by incoming migrants before climate change sends ever greater waves of refugees, it risks rending itself asunder, turning Europe back into a continent of warring nations.

Malawian Farmers Record Rain Levels
Malawi: Lead Farmers Filling the Gap to Combat Drought and the Fall Armyworm

With inconsistent weather patterns, and the recent rise of the Fall Armyworm, crop yields across the country have fallen alarmingly over the last three seasons. Now, the government of Malawi is equipping rural subsistence farmers with the skills and equipment to deal with such challenges.

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Cooperative: Ideal for an Egalitarian Big Society

The cooperative combines the principles and practices of capitalism and socialism, aiming to draw the best from both with the goal of financial equality.

Fall Armyworm Hampers Malawi Farmers’ Recovery Efforts

Across large parts of Africa, recovery efforts from Cyclone Idai are being hampered by the increasing threat of the Fall Armyworm.

2019 Malawi Tripartite Elections: Mutharika Narrowly Retains Presidency

Malawian president Peter Mutharika was, on 21 May, narrowly re-elected for a second, and his final, five-year mandate.

Fuming Over Fumigation

When a nearby farm is sprayed, we have to shut all our windows and doors to keep the fumes out of the house, but there’s nothing we can do to save the bees.

Election Fever

We just had an election and we ended up with the same mediocre government we had before. They are not a government to guide us through the perils of our present times.

The Virginia creeper will just have to sustain us now

With last night’s defeat in Australia of the Labor Party to the Liberals against all odds, and the best of News Polls, and predictions, this contemplation of the Virginia creeper might just have to sustain us for the near future.

A Teenager’s Call to Enviromental Action

This Earth is our home, it gives us shelter, food, and nurtures us; yet we continue to destroy this planet day after day. This is not right.

Vanderful: An African Adventure for Education

The Vanderful team plans to bring education and adventure to West Africa, after it captured their hearts during time spent teaching and living in Namibia.

Climate Change: Where Are We Now?

As the clock continues ticking toward the collective future of the human species on planet Earth, there are still some among us who are either skeptics or out-right deniers of climate change.

Cyclone Idai Devastates Southern Malawi

In what is being described as the deadliest tropical cyclone worldwide in 2019, as of March, Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai hit Southern Malawi with a rainstorm which caused severe flooding in 15 of 28 administrative districts.

Addressing Climate Change: The Benefits of Acting Now, Rather than Later

Climate change is essentially irreversible on human timescales; whatever changes are induced by our emission of CO2 into the atmosphere will persist for centuries, if not millenia.

An Open Letter to the U.S. Government

It may turn out to be too little, too late, or it may buy us the time we need to switch over to net zero emissions economies in time to spare the world exceptionally catastrophic climate change.

Tuberculosis Education in Malawi

Malawi is set to introduce Tuberculosis lessons in its primary schools in a bid to fight this highly-communicable and deadly disease.

Planetary Boundaries, Food and Humanity

Due to the complex interaction between human activities and the ecosystem, humanity’s food system is facing severe threats.

From the Editor, May 2019

This first issue will barely scratch the surface, offering the briefest glimpse at the tip of an iceberg that reaches down to depressingly dark depths.