“I have lived here in these mountains for my whole life. Like my father, and his father before him, I am a herdsman and I graze my animals here in the Toolaylyg and Barlyk River valleys… Herding is the only lifestyle we know. Our animals provide us with our food, clothes, yurts, and fuel for cold winter nights. They are also our main source of income – without livestock, it would be impossible to survive here. So, when our flocks and herds are doing well, we are happy and confident.
Climate change portends bigger wildfires that are more difficult to control. As a result, wildfire management is becoming more important in order to reduce the damage to people, the economy and the environment.
Los bifenilos policlorados, o BPC, integraban la lista original de sustancias químicas conocidas como la "docena sucia" que son controladas por el Convenio de Estocolmo, un tratado internacional en materia ambiental cuyo objetivo es eliminar o restringir la producción y el uso de contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COP). Si bien la producción de BPC se detuvo hace mucho tiempo, estas sustancias se siguen utilizando en sistemas de generación y transmisión de energía eléctrica hasta el día de hoy.
Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were among the original so-called “dirty dozen” chemicals that are controlled by the Stockholm Convention, an international environmental treaty that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). While the production of PCB has long been stopped, it continues to be used in power generation and transmission systems even up to today.
Everything from the food we eat, to our homes and buildings, and even our health, is under attack from pests. Pests not only cause economic loss, but also can transmit diseases. In our attempt to keep these pests at bay, we have developed an arsenal of pesticides, which are highly toxic chemicals. Some of these fall into a group of chemicals that are regarded as the most harmful due to their severely adverse and long-lasting impact on human health and the environment. This group of chemicals, the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are controlled by the Stockholm Co
Poorly regulated gold mining is spreading around the world. Every day, millions of artisanal and small-scale gold miners work extremely hard in often poor conditions and without the protective framework of formal labour market standards. By evening the vast majority have harvested only miniscule amounts of gold, if anything at all. But the economic incentives are still attractive.
Efforts to grow irrigated rice in Mwea, located about 100 kilometers northeast of Nairobi, Kenya, began under British colonial rule. Today more than 3,000 families live within the “Scheme”, of which half is devoted to rice cultivation. The paddies are submerged for at least six months out of the year, providing an ideal habitat for mosquitoes. One species of these mosquitoes — Anopheles arabiensis — is a vector for malaria.
In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, the country’s rich biodiversity includes some 200 species of medicinal plants.
The intricate linkages between Bhutan’s rich culture and natural heritage has created a vibrant tradition of sustainably using local ecosystems’ genetic resources and preserving the vast stores of traditional knowledge held by local communities.
The Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is one of the few hospitals that provides disability and rehabilitation services to the country’s indigenous population.
Gracias a este proyecto puedo decir de verdad “mambo si kama zamani” (en suajili: las cosas ya no son como en el pasado), nuestra vida ha mejorado. Las mujeres ahora tenemos voz: participamos en la toma de decisiones, compartimos puestos de liderazgo y obtenemos mejores ingresos de las actividades agrícolas.” Cuenta Esther Kuluo, participante de la Escuela de Campo Ilaretok y tesorera del Comité de Gestión del Agua de Ilaterok.