Remembering Gary Strieker, who helped establish CNN’s presence in Africa

CNN – Gary Strieker had every reason to be a pessimist. People dying of hunger, brutal killings and many other horrific events that he covered as an international reporter unfolded right before his eyes. Yet Strieker never lost his optimistic spirit or his passion to shed light on critically important but often underreported stories on … Read more

Ukraine battles to restore power after Russian strikes leave ‘vast majority’ of people without electricity

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN – Ukraine raced to restore power across the country on Thursday, a day after Russia sent a new barrage of missiles to target critical infrastructure, resulting in the temporary shutdown of most of its power plants and leaving the “vast majority” of people without electricity. The national energy company Ukrenergo said work … Read more

Urban rewilding is bringing wildlife to the heart of cities

CNN – Visions of the urban future tend to revolve around mile-high skyscrapers, flying cars and high-tech solutions to sustainability challenges. But there is another vision that foresees a return to the wilderness that cities were once built upon, complete with forests and wild animals that were lost long ago. That vision is beginning to … Read more

COP27: Activists hoped Egypt would bring a focus on Africa. They were disappointed

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN – The crowd was loving what Bhekumuzi Bhebhe had to say, cheering loudly as he yelled “don’t gas Africa!” into the megaphone. Standing under the baking Egyptian sun at the COP27 UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday, Bhebhe, a South Africa-based climate campaigner, was protesting against what he says … Read more

Degrowth: A dangerous idea or the answer to the world’s biggest problems?

London CNN Business – Conventional economic logic hinges on a core assumption: Bigger economies are better, and finding ways to maintain or boost growth is paramount to improving society. But what if growth is at best doing little to fix the world’s problems, and at worst fostering the destruction of the planet and jeopardizing its … Read more

Arctic permafrost is thawing rapidly. It affects us all

CNN – Four years ago, Morris J. Alexie had to move out of the house his father built in Alaska in 1969 because it was sinking into the ground and water was beginning to seep into his home. “The bogs are showing up in between houses, all over our community. There are currently seven houses … Read more

COP27 climate summit: Here’s what to watch

CNN – As global leaders converge in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for the UN’s annual climate summit, researchers, advocates and the United Nations itself are warning the world is still wildly off-track on its goal to halt global warming and prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Over the next two weeks, negotiators from nearly … Read more

Nord Stream gas ruptures could leak an ‘unprecedented’ amount of this potent greenhouse gas

CNN – Experts say that the unexplained explosions in the Nord Stream pipelines running from Russia to Europe could release an “unprecedented” amount of the greenhouse gas methane and be enormously damaging to the climate. More than 100,000 metric tons of natural gas are bubbling on the surface of the Baltic Sea over a 1-kilometer … Read more

Chinese researchers clone an Arctic wolf in ‘landmark’ conservation project

Hong Kong CNN – Researchers in China have cloned a wild Arctic wolf – and they’re hoping the controversial genetic technology can now be used to help save other species under threat as the world edges towards an extinction crisis. On Monday, the Beijing-based company Sinogene Biotechnology unveiled the female wolf clone, named Maya by … Read more

8 endangered Namibian cheetahs arrive in India

CNN – After going extinct in India over 70 years ago, cheetahs are finally making a comeback in the country with a new reintroduction program. Eight cheetahs from Namibia arrived in India on Saturday, according to a tweet from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). The big cats were released into India’s Kuno National Park in … Read more