Published on Aug 6, 2013
Inle Lake is the second-largest freshwater lake in Myanmar and home to the Inthe people. But the lake’s ecosystem is now under threat through overfishing, deforestation, pollution and silting.
Climate change is also having an impact. In 2010, extremely low water levels in the lake cut off access to the Hpaung Daw U Pagoda. That served as a wake-up call for local residents. The United Nations now supports a program promoting sustainable fishing, organic farming and raising awareness of conservation issues. Part of the initiative has been the introduction of a no-fish zone in the lake.
Published on Nov 28, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
Marshes restored after they were drained under Saddam Hussein during the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980′s are now under the risk of being completely destroyed due to rising temperatures and drought. Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf reports from Iraq’s southern marshes.
Published on Aug 26, 2012 by AsianDevelopmentBank
In Lao People’s Democratic, women and girls are faced with the hardship of collecting water for multiple purposes. They travel far distances and make numerous trips—often across uneven terrains. Ms. Buakham’s story is one of many whose life has changed as a result of an ADB-financed water supply system in Sing district. It has helped to ease women’s domestic burden and enhance their economic role through local markets and ecotourism opportunities. The system supplies piped water to more than 1,700 homes and businesses since it began operations in 2010.
Jun 22, 2011
It’s the sole New York school reachable only by ferry, a short ride from the lower tip of Manhattan to Governors Island, a 70-hectare former military base where birds and trees greatly outnumber human visitors. The Urban Assembly Harbor School is located in a renovated Coast Guard building. A basketball court and a garden tended by students flank the entrance; inside, the rooms include a greenhouse, an aquaponics lab where tilapia and oysters are raised, and a boat-building workshop, where a sloop patterned on one that sailed the harbor in 1849 is under construction.
North Korea has launched its own tourist liner using an old freighter.
Millions of the poorest people in the Philippines live without electricity.
Some try to tap external power sources – an illegal and often dangerous practice, but a new and cheap solar light idea provides an answer for a growing number of Filipinos.
Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas reports from Manila, the Philippines.
Otters can now be seen in every English county just 30 years after they came close to extinction.
Pesticides nearly destroyed the otter, but new environmental regulations saved the day.
A young family of three lives in a converted school bus.
UN report says it will cost up to $1bn and 30 years to clean up the damage done by decades of drilling by Shell.
Oil exploration in Nigeria’s south for decades has had a debilitating effect on the environment of the region.
A UN report released last week says it will cost up to $1bn and 30 years to clean up the damage from the oil spill in the region.
Oil company Shell has been accused of serious failures in its handling of the pollution in the Niger Delta but the oil giant has shirked its responsibility so far.
Activists have demanded that Shell’s licence be revoked for the environmental disaster.
But with 90 per cent of the government’s revenue coming from petroleum exports, oil companies seem to have clear political leverage over the issue.
Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege reports from southern Nigeria.
In the American south, the Mississippi River has crested just short of record floods in 1937.
The rising river and its tributaries is now affecting those who live in low lying areas – poor people mainly without insurance, who by American standards have nothing, and who now are about to lose even that.
Al Jazeera’s John Terrett reports from the Mississippi Delta.