Granted personhood by New Zealand’s parliament, the Whanganui is the first river to be recognised as an indivisible, living being. But what happens when the river encounters development, farming, forestry, and run-off that challenge its health and ecology?
Cities are their own climates, often hotter than their surroundings due to the way surfaces like asphalt trap heat even as cars and buildings exude it. Part of the reason for Louisville’s temperature extremes is geography. But a lot of it comes down to trees.
Forging new alliances with young activists from Europe, the forest’s traditional guardians hope the connections will lead to more international support and greater overseas prominence for their long struggle to defend their land against invasion.
Climategate marks its 10th anniversary this month – an opportune moment to reflect on just how serious was its impact on efforts to stop Earth from being ravaged by rising seas, spreading deserts, disappearing coral reefs, and suffocating heat.