Is plastic waste the building material of the future?
January 16, 2023

“We’re not just about building houses and reducing plastic pollution. We want to change people’s awareness of plastic.”

Shouldn’t we start talking about social class diversity in newsrooms?
January 9, 2023

When I used to work between Egypt and Europe, I was sometimes paid as low as 10% of what my colleagues working in the same job on the same stories in the same place were paid. I was paid differently because I carried a different passport.

Dispatch from the womb of storms: Cop27 and the reality of loss and damage in the Caribbean
December 14, 2022

“Well the truth is, everything in Caribbean life almost has an outdoor existence. So climate becomes so much a part of our life but it also drives a big part of our economy; agriculture, tourism. When you have any kind of storm event it disrupts life totally.”

This man wants to revolutionize what’s on the menu for school children
November 28, 2022

According to a study in the journal Nature Food, our food system is responsible for 1/3 of global greenhouse gases, especially our agriculture and land use. The latest report of the environmental organization WWF, “Europe eats the world” shows: The EU is the world’s second-largest importer of products related to rainforest deforestation. What we eat not only heats up the planet but also destroys habitats and reduces the diversity of animal and plant species.

Can COP27 contribute to disability-inclusive climate justice?
November 17, 2022

The challenges that disabled people face to participate in COP27 are in the context of existential challenges for civil society as a whole.

The silencing of scientists in the Philippines
November 15, 2022

“This battle is not just for Leonard and for his companions that day. This is for all those who do fieldwork, for the environmentalists. I will not stop no matter what they do.”

Criminalizing feminist solidarity: A firsthand account from Egypt
November 10, 2022

The state wanted to re-educate me again, and not just the state, but the society of the leftists, artists, and even some friends. Because I dared to expose one of their men.

Invisible children: the struggle of Nepali mothers returning home
November 8, 2022

“I became totally helpless. I was there to earn money to support my family, but I was trapped abroad,” Sunita said.

A new culture: How technology is freeing meat from a guilty conscience
November 2, 2022

In Singapore, you can already order chicken from a bioreactor in the restaurant. The rest of the world could soon follow. That could save billions of animals from suffering, protect the climate – and change our diet forever.

Family First: The Rise of the Anti-Gender Movement in North Macedonia
October 31, 2022

“My existence is not a personal attack on [Prezemi Odgovornost]. Their attack on me, however, is a personal attack.”

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This man wants to revolutionize what’s on the menu for school children

According to a study in the journal Nature Food, our food system is responsible for 1/3 of global greenhouse gases, especially our agriculture and land use. The latest report of the environmental organization WWF, “Europe eats the world” shows: The EU is the world’s second-largest importer of products related to rainforest deforestation. What we eat not only heats up the planet but also destroys habitats and reduces the diversity of animal and plant species.

Scientific illustrations of flowers surround the islands of the Philippines, showing where each is from
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The silencing of scientists in the Philippines

“This battle is not just for Leonard and for his companions that day. This is for all those who do fieldwork, for the environmentalists. I will not stop no matter what they do.”

Waves loom over the city of Karachi, illustration by Walker Gawande
Sinking Cities

Karachi: Fighting an unfolding climate apocalypse

In 2021, residents along the Gujjar nullah in Karachi saw their houses unceremoniously destroyed as “encroachments” to the city’s drainage. Now, a grassroots movement is fighting for climate solutions that will help everyone in the city by the sea – not just the wealthy.

People on a boat escape a larger looming wave in Dhaka
Sinking Cities

Dhaka: A Refuge that Needs to be Rescued

With homes swallowed by floodwaters and river erosion, migrants from different parts of Bangladesh have opted to move to the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong for ‘safer ground.’ But these options for ‘safer’ ground are also sinking.

Sinking Cities

Glossary

Frequently used terms for the Sinking Cities Project, and where to learn more.

Sinking Cities

Editorial Note

Their stories are meant to help break the illusion of gradual, natural change and uncloak what is happening to coastal cities for what it is: a deeply social, cultural and political phenomenon that is inextricably linked with actions humans take now.

Wave rush against a city protected by a giant, fortress-like gate in this image by Walker Gawande
Sinking Cities

Rotterdam: A bastion against rising sea, for now

Thanks to the city’s efforts toward climate adaptation and decades-old engineering works, Rotterdam does not have to worry about climate change until the end of the century. Yet, as the city develops, any mistake in flood defence planning becomes more costly.

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