Agua Zarca hydropower dam in Honduras. Support the Bank Track's call to stop financing climate disasters and Respect Indigenous People's Rights and Territories!

Global Witness welcomes the news that the Dutch and Finnish development banks behind the deeply controversial Agua Zarca hydropower dam in Honduras - which led to the murder of acclaimed land defender Berta Cáceres - have withdrawn their backing for the project. But the organisation warns that the banks urgently need to commit to concrete action to protect environmental and land defenders if they are to ensure future financing does not contribute to the abuse and violence suffered by thousands of activists every year.

What caused Hurricane Irma? Did climate change cause this Category 5 tropical storm?

Climate change didn't cause the deadly hurricane. But it did make it more horrifying. Scientists say that asking whether global warming was the reason for the extreme weather is the wrong question. Instead, we should be focusing on how global warming has helped turn the hurricanes into even more destructive forces than they ever would have been before. #hurricaneirma #hurricaneharvey #climatechange #sameworld

Explaining the Deadly Sierra Leone Mudslide

Sierra Leone has seen one of Africa's worst natural disasters in recent years. As of August 14, 400 people were presumed dead and 600 more were still missing. For a country so historically accustomed to heavy rainfall, the level of destruction prompts questions about what could have triggered the slide and what factors made it worse.  #sierraleone #mudslide #deforestation #climatechange #sameworld 

‘Indigenous peoples are the best guardians of world's biodiversity’

The 9th of August was  the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, numbering an estimated 370 million in 90 countries and speaking roughly 7,000 languages. To mark it, the Guardian interviewed Kankanaey Igorot woman Victoria Tauli-Corpuz about the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which she calls “historic” and was adopted 10 years ago. #internationaldayoftheworldsindigenouspeoples  #sameworld  #climatechange #biodiversity 

Earth Overshoot Day: Mankind has already consumed more natural resources that the planet can renew throughout 2017.

Humans have already used up their allowance for water, soil, clean air and other resources on Earth for the whole of 2017. Earth Overshoot Day is on 2 August this year, according to environmental groups WWF and the Global Footprint Network. The date, earlier this year than in 2016, means humanity will survive on “credit” until 31 December. #sameworld #earthovershootday #naturalresources 

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