The Human Impact

Deadly Indian landslide may have been a man-made disaster

August 4, 2014

A resident looks at the debris of her damaged house after a landslide at Malin village in Maharashtra

landslide in western India that has killed more than 100 people and left scores missing may have been a man-made disaster caused by deforestation to make way for farming, experts say.

Rebuilding healthcare, healing survivors in typhoon-hit central Philippines

February 5, 2014

Haiyan, the strongest storm on record, destroyed many healthcare centres. Our correspondent visited the typhoon-affected areas almost three months later to see how aid agencies like ICRC have been filling the gap.

The night the rain fell: Living in fear in India’s Himalayas

July 22, 2013

I didn’t sleep a wink that night.

It poured and poured and didn’t seem to let up. I could hear it crashing down relentlessly. It was so loud that I had to get out of bed to check whether the window of my hotel room was open. It wasn’t.

What’s the climate friendly way to go on holiday?

June 19, 2013

 

Before you pack the bags for this year’s holidays, it’s worth considering how you’re going to get there – and how much of a problem that might create for the world’s climate. Turns out there’s some unconventional wisdom from scientists – and if you can stand a little company, a road trip might be greener than you think….

“Urinating in dams” to solve India’s drought? Minister faces backlash

April 14, 2013

As India’s western state of Maharashtra reels from the worst drought in over four decades and millions of people face the risk of hunger, a top official has sparked outrage with a crass, insensitive joke that he should urinate in the region’s empty dams to solve water shortages.

Climate change means doing Asian development differently

May 11, 2012

In the face of climate change, is it time to re-examine the way we do development in Asia?

Solutions for a hungry world

May 2, 2012

By 2050, experts say, the planet will need at least 70 percent more food than it does today as its population soars, cities sprawl and climate change takes its toll. Will it be possible?

Introducing ‘The Human Impact’

February 29, 2012

Two Congolese boys comfort each other in a hospital in Goma, Feb. 10, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly