A $10tn (£7.9tn) investor alliance has accused more than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, of failing to reveal the full extent of their impact on the climate crisis, water shortages and deforestation.
Donald Trump issued on Monday an Earth Day proclamation that omitted any mention of climate change or the cavalcade of environmental threats posed by deforestation, species loss and plastic pollution. The president chose instead to praise the benefits of a “strong market economy”.
While some families have moved to safer ground, young people feel left behind in areas increasingly prone to deadly landslides. Experts are trying to develop better warning systems and promote sustainable livelihoods to make communities more resilient.
On the slopes of Mount Elgon, residents live in fear of the next deadly landslide, as tree-planting solutions fail to take root. The slopes of Mount Elgon saw one of Uganda’s deadliest natural disasters in 2010, when 365 people died in landslides triggered by torrential rain.
Carbon is being locked in young trees as a result of reforestation across the northern hemisphere. When measures designed to curb climate change have a beneficial effect and result in a greener planet, it is cheering.
More than 150 years ago, the American poet, essayist, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild; and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the world.”
When we picture climate change it is often extreme weather that springs to mind: hurricanes, cyclones, droughts, heatwaves and floods. But secondary impacts, such as landslides, also present a major threat.