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Why Bangladesh is running out of options in the face of extreme weather

The south Asian country is a world leader in climate adaptation, but without more funding the country will struggle to protect its people, a report warns As far back as she can remember, Shahanaz Ali has been running from cyclones. “Moving constantly f…

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End fossil-fuel era to address colonial injustices, urges prominent historian

West should address ‘colonisation of the present’ and not focus on past, argues David Van ReybrouckCities in the global north that curb their carbon emissions are doing more to address colonial injustices than those who focus their efforts on taking do…

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‘It’s impossible to breathe’: Delhi’s rubbish dumps drive sky-high methane emissions

Leaking, ‘super emitter’ landfills of India’s capital are a global hotspot for the potent greenhouse gas, according to satellite dataRevealed: The 1,200 methane leaks from waste dumps trashing the planetThey tower above Delhi like monstrous mountains, …

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Kashmir’s ski resort waits for visitors after just one day of snow this winter

As tourists cancel trips to Gulmarg amid an unprecedentedly warm season, thousands of Kashmiris who rely on snowfall face ruinAs evening draws near, Bashir Ahmad Bhat is still waiting for his first customer of the day. Seven years ago, Bhat, 34, gave u…

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Bangladesh’s worst dengue epidemic on record puts hospitals under strain

Mosquito-borne disease once largely limited to Dhaka spreads countrywide as climate change fuels fivefold increase in cases in a year, with actual figures likely to be several times higher • All photographs by Fabeha Monir for WHOIn a small, dimly lit …

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‘Cheaper to save the world than destroy it’: why capitalism is going green

Akshat Rathi argues that around the world economies are switching to clean technology as prices dropThe root of the climate crisis is “not capitalism but the corruption of capitalism”, according to the author of a new book on how people, policy and tec…

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Bhutan Mountain Man: video diaries from a lone glaciologist

Phuntsho Tshering is Bhutan’s glacier specialist and the only person authorised to climb the Himalayan country’s sacred mountains. He spends months away from home measuring the rapidly melting glaciers, while faithfully recording videos on his phone fo…

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The world in 2024: Guardian writers on what to look out for

What to expect in Gaza, Ukraine, the US elections, China, Europe and the rest of the worldThe year 2024 will be a critical one. The future of Gaza and the West Bank may hinge in part on whether Donald Trump returns to the White House – as may the outco…

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Short hops and economy class: five expert tips on how to reduce your emissions on holiday

Practical ways to minimise your carbon footprint when travelling to Pacific islands without compromising your trip The price of paradise? Read our series on the environmental impact of tourism in the Pacific and how new approaches can make a difference…

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‘First line of defence’: mangroves – and mitigation – lost in Fiji’s tourism development

Mangroves, vital in protecting villages from environmental disasters, have been destroyed to build luxury hotelsIn the crook of a river near the west coast of Fiji sits Yavusania village. One day soon, if nothing is done to help, residents fear it will…

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Paradise cost: the Pacific islands changing the future of tourism

New push to attract visitors focuses on environment and culture, as experts call for better monitoring of sustainability pledgesThe resort lies on the fringes of one of the world’s largest barrier reefs. Powered by solar energy, in an effort to reduce …

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