journalist & photographer

Kira Walker

19 Posts Here

An environmental movement for times of war, too

02/12/2019.conflict.#Iraq

While current global action focuses on the impact of humans and industry on the environment during peacetime, what about during conflict? Oil wells set ablaze in Iraq. Forests pillaged in Colombia. Wildlife populations decimated across the Sahara-Sahel. Around the world, armed conflicts continue to cause significant damage to the environment. In turn, this damage often [...]

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Hitting nature where it hurts: Iran feels the pernicious effects of U.S. sanctions on biodiversity conservation

14/11/2019.conflict.#Iran

Iran feels the pernicious effects of US sanctions on biodiversity conservation Situated at the confluence of the Mediterranean, arid west Asian and temperate semi-humid Caspian climatic zones, Iran is home to a rich and complex array of biodiversity, including the world’s few remaining Asiatic cheetahs. Efforts to protect its biodiversity, however, have been challenged by [...]

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Wildlife declines in conflict hotspots

02/11/2019.conflict.#Africa

The escalation of armed conflicts has caused dramatic population declines of endangered local species, ultimately putting humans at risk. The escalation of armed conflicts in the Sahara and Sahel – up 565% since 2011 – is accelerating population declines of endangered local species, such as African Savannah elephants and Saharan cheetahs, in areas that once [...]

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Environmental infrastructure a potent weapon in warfare

01/11/2019.conflict.#Libya

The targeting of environmental infrastructure in war has become an end in itself, with long-term implications for human welfare and ecosystems. Warring parties in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have increasingly targeted water and energy infrastructure as tactical weapons, and as forms of collateral damage, with long-term implications for human welfare, ecosystems, and [...]

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Iraqi Kurdistan’s archaeological hotspots revived, but vulnerable

20/10/2019.conflict.#Iraq

Political uncertainty, a protracted economic crisis and rapid development pose challenges to heritage conservation in the archaeologically rich Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In late October, University of Tübingen archaeologists working in the Kurdish region of Iraq discovered a cuneiform archive of 93 clay tablets belonging to the Middle Assyrian Empire and dating from 1250 BCE. [...]

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Islamic State plunges research in Iraq into darkness

19/10/2019.conflict.#Iraq

As the Islamic State takes over large areas of northern Iraq, science research and education grinds to a near halt. Five days before Iraq’s second largest city fell to the Islamic State (IS), the militant group formerly known as ISIS, Mohammad Al-Attraqchi, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Mosul, went to work for [...]

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Poverty and Lax Laws Threaten Iraqi Wildife

15/10/2019.conflict.#Iraq

A combination of poverty and loosely applied laws is threatening the survival of rare wildlife in Iraq and Kurdistan, according to animal protection organizations. For years, hunters and smugglers have taken advantage of chaos, unrest, and lack of regulation to illegally hunt and trade rare species. Birds and foxes from the remote mountains of Kurdistan [...]

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Tall Vines in Georgia

10/10/2019.culture.#Eurasia

TBILISI (NewsFixed) – “Everyone in Georgia makes wine. It’s our way of life, our tradition,” says Iago Bitarishvili, who runs a small organic wine-making operation in the mountainous Caucasian nation. It’s a way of life that’s about to become more profitable thanks to a free trade agreement that exempts Georgian wine from EU import tariffs. [...]

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Can rewilding restore Europe’s biodiversity and help change the way we think about nature?

09/10/2019.environment & science

A griffon vulture soars above the Rhodope Mountains that cut across the Bulgaria-Greece border. The colony it belongs to makes its home on the Greek side of the Rhodopes, but often goes in search of food on the Bulgarian side. Nature has little regard for borders, and here there are deer and wolves and vultures [...]

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