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AJ, Aljazeera, August 14, 2017

At least 175 people have died and thousands have fled their homes as monsoon floods swept across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Three days of relentless downpours sparked flash floods and landslides that have killed at least 80 people in Nepal, 73 across northern and eastern India and 22 in Bangladesh.

Al Jazeera's Subina Shreshtha, reporting from Janakpur in Nepal, said that at least six million people were affected by the floods in the country's southern plains known as Terai.

More than 48,000 homes have been submerged by rising waters in Nepal, the police said.

Megan Darby , Climate Home, August 14, 2017

When Cyclone Aila hit the coast of Bangladesh in May 2009, water swelled over embankments along the Kholpetua river.

The home Sirajul Islam (pictured) shared with his wife and four children in Kolbari village was flooded, along with the single acre he used to raise shrimp.

They left for Shyamnagar town, 15km away, where for four months he made 300-400 taka a day ($4-5) driving a rented motorbike.

Jessica Moulite, The Root, August 4, 2017

Paulette Richards has lived in Liberty City for almost 40 years.

In that time, the 57-year-old community organizer has seen some things in the close-knit and vibrant historically black community located in northwest Miami-Dade County.

She’s seen young mothers struggle to feed their babies despite working multiple jobs. She’s seen kids suffering because of a lack of resources. But recently, there are some people she hasn’t seen—some of her former neighbors and friends.

Ronald Reyes,, July 31, 2017

JOANNA Sustento lost most of her family along with 7, 000 other people in her city when Super Typhoon “Yolanda” battered Central Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013.

Four years later, the 26-year-old Tacloban native is traveling to the Arctic, along with other climate change advocates from Greenpeace, to confront the Norwegian government and a giant oil company, Statoil, which has another gas drilling project in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean.

Catherine Devitt, Irish Times, July 31, 2017

A chara, – I refer to the recent letter (July 18th) on the humanitarian crisis unfolding in East Africa. Concern Worldwide and Trócaire emphasise that “the time to act is now, before it is too late”. Humanitarian crises of this scale – fuelled by drought, conflict, and disease – will become more prevalent under climate change.

danial Naqvi, NewsLine, July 30, 2017

The countdown has already begun. Pakistan’s 5000 glaciers are retreating faster than in any other part of the world according to the Pakistan Economic Survey of 2014-15, and hence depleted freshwater resources. In 2010, the country was hit by unprecedented ‘super floods’ – described as a slow-moving Tsunami by then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon – that affected more than 20 million people from the north to the south of the country. In June 2015, there was a killer heat wave in Karachi in which over 2000 people died.

Suzanne Chew, Eco-Business, July 30, 2017

As far back as 1977, Exxon scientist James Black stated that “the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels”. In the decades since then, the fight to prevent catastrophic climate change has been led by students, farmers, teachers, parents, scientists, military generals, and more. Now, the lawyers are catching up. 

Talia Buford, ProPublica, July 29, 2017

Given how President Donald Trump has taken aim at the Environmental Protection Agency with regulatory rollbacks and deep proposed budget cuts, it may come as no surprise that the Office of Environmental Justice is on the chopping block.

This tiny corner of the EPA was established 24 years ago to advocate for minorities and the poor, populations most likely to face the consequences of pollution and least able to advocate for themselves.

Shannon Dooling, wbur, July 29, 2017

The consequences of climate change, experts say, will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

And those same communities often already are located among environmental hazards like trash incinerators, fuel storage tanks and the toxic remains that come with them.


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