John Vidal

Big bucks drive oil pipe sabotage in Niger Delta

Petroleum companies in the Niger Delta seek alternatives to the destructive and costly business.

Himalayan glaciers face meltdown

A study estimates about 5 500 of these ice sheets could vanish by 2100, affecting millions of people.

The rise of the dump monster

Almost 40% of the world's waste ends up in huge rubbish tips, most of them found near urban populations in poor countries.

Water, the latest weapon yielded by Isis

The outcome of the Iraq and Syrian conflicts may rest on who controls the region’s dwindling water supplies, say security analysts.

Greens buoyant as oil firm halts testing in DRC park

The state must reaffirm that Virunga has universal value for all humanity, says the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Cancers fell nuclear ore miners

Rio Tinto's Namibian miners are said to be dying of cancers after extracting uranium ore for the British and US military in the 1970s.

Kenya’s rhinos cannot survive in the wild

Charity Rhino Ark says rhinos in Kenya are increasingly vulnerable to organised poaching gangs and should be protected in sanctuaries.

Philosopher’s tears for climate fears

Global warming is the chief suspect in the case of the ever-worsening, ever-deadlier typhoons.

River could light up the continent

New hydropower projects in the DRC will benefit big users, but locals might be left off the grid.

Earth sweats as carbon levels approach threshold

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has reached 399.72 parts per million (ppm).

UN warns of worldwide food crisis in 2013

World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the US or other food-exporting countries could trigger a hunger crisis next year.

Food comes before biofuel, says Oxfam

Biofuel producers have taken over land around the world that could feed nearly one billion people, says international charity Oxfam.

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