Women and children’s survival and development in sub-Saharan Africa is under threat because they have been overlooked in their countries’ and international climate change agenda, a new report reveals.
A recent report by United Nations Women and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) links upholding women’s land rights to the achievement of global food security and sustainable development.
A leading professor of reproductive health is causing ripples with his new suggestion that those who bury people in coffins and cremate dead bodies are contributing to climate change and they need to stop it. Releasing his research findings at the recently concluded 5th World Conference of Science journalists in Melbourne, Australia, Professor Roger Short asked people to change the way they feel about dying.
Scientists say human population growth and land transformations, including the fast development of numerous tourism camps, are causing destruction and loss of wildlife habitats in the Mara region of Kenya and the subsequent decline of animals.
A 15-year study by scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi covering the period 1989 to 2003 states that the increasing number of settlements and people in the pastoral ranches has led to the decline of ungulate (hoofed mammals) species.
The civil society observes that the unwise excisions and unplanned political settlement that was approved by the government in 2001 in disregard of objection that were raised by a large number of organizations, national and international has now caused degradation of critical catchments areas.
The scientific evidence is now overwhelming: climate change is a serious global threat and it demands an urgent global response.
It currently affects and will affect basic elements of life for people around the world – access to water, food and livestock production, health and the environment. Hundreds of people could suffer hunger, water shortages and coastal flooding as the world warms.
The most valuable – the poorest countries and populations that includes pastoralists – suffer earliest and most, even though they have contributed least to the causes of climate change.