Richard Allaway

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Analysis: ‘Losing all the glaciers in Switzerland is not that far away’

A child born in Switzerland today will likely live to see the turn of the 22nd century. If scientists are right, the views they’ll see will have …

Climate Change

'Addis has run out of space': Ethiopia's radical redesign

As Addis Ababa creaks under the weight of a mushrooming populace, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest housing project is under way. But who benefits?<p>Wrapped in a white shawl and sporting a wide-brimmed cowboy hat, Haile stares out at his cattle as they graze in a rocky patch of grass. “My family and I …


Swiss Fact: Switzerland’s longest glacier has shrunk 1.3 kilometres

The longest, largest glacier in Europe is the Aletsch, in Switzerland’s canton Valais.<p>© Reinhardt | Dreamstime<p>The glacier is currently about 23 km. …


As Greenland Melts, Where’s the Water Going?

Each year, Greenland loses 270 billion tons of ice as the planet warms. New research shows that some of the water may be trapped in the ice sheet, which could change how scientists think about global sea levels.


Why Lost Ice Means Lost Hope for an Inuit Village

The only road to Rigolet, Labrador, is the ice. But climate change is making that ice vanish, and the mental health impact runs deep.


Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty<p>It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away …


Women in England and Wales having fewer babies than ever before

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show women in England and Wales are having fewer children and more are having none<p>The number of children a woman is likely to have while of childbearing age has fallen to the lowest level on record.<p>Women who turned 45 last year had an average of 1.90 …

Human Geography

How long can our glaciers hold out?


This bakery is selling bread made from insects

Would you eat this?<p>A bakery in Finland has rolled out bread made from crushed crickets, said to be the first of its kind.<p>The bread is made using …


Should we be having fewer children for the sake of the planet?

Supporters’ contributions to our podcast on population and climate change show exactly why we need to talk about this issue<p>Listen to the podcast here<p>Last month, on these pages, I asked if you might get in touch with your questions and thoughts on population and climate change. You did – in some …


'If the land isn't worked, it decays': Tunisia's battle to keep the desert at bay

With social tensions high and unemployment rife, agriculture offers Tunisians a vital lifeline. But as vast swaths of countryside turn to desert, the race is on to ensure there is land left to cultivate<p>The dusty Peugeot rumbles along the road, parallel to the ancient aqueduct that once delivered …


The true cost of a plate of food: $1 in New York, $320 in South Sudan

Research reveals the stark inequality that drives the global hunger crisis, with the poorest people paying more than they earn in a day for a single meal<p>The world’s poorest pay more than a day’s wages for a single plate of food, according to a report from the World Food Programme, which reveals …

South Sudan

Water, food and energy nexus: what are the connections between water and food?

Analysis of China’s one-child policy sparks uproar

Colleagues call demographer’s findings flawed and irresponsible


'A danger to future generations': $640m pledged as third of world malnourished

Kofi Annan urges greater investment to tackle soaring rates of obesity and hunger as researchers find almost every country in the world is affected<p>Donors have pledged an extra $640m (£490m) to reduce the serious burden of malnutrition, which affects one in three people in the world.<p>The crisis …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

‘My baby went to sleep and didn't wake up’: young lives lost to Ghana's silent killer

Malnutrition prevents almost a fifth of children in Ghana from growing properly. The problem is particularly acute in Bentum, Apprah and Nyanyano, rural communities with scant medical facilities, where pregnant women rarely get the right food and mothers have nowhere to turn<p>All photographs and …


Memo to Trump: Climate change could cost the U.S. government trillions

With three major hurricane strikes, devastating wildfires, and deadly floods, 2017 is likely to set a record for the greatest number of …


Invasion of maize-eating caterpillars worsens hunger crisis in Africa

Crops that feed 200 million people at risk from destructive march of fall armyworm, as agriculture experts call for urgent action<p>The crops that 200 million people rely on in Africa are under threat from a caterpillar that is spreading throughout the continent, agriculture experts have warned.<p>Urgent …


UK population set to pass 70 million by mid-2029

ONS predicts 54% of growth in next decade will be from net international migration and 46% from more births than deaths<p>The UK population is set to pass 70 million before the end of the next decade, according to official figures.<p>Demographers project that the population will rise by 3.6 million, or …


Swiss glaciers suffered 'extreme' melting in the past year

Swiss glaciers have lost three percent of their volume in the past year, say experts, the third biggest loss in any one year since the beginning of …

Climate Change

India and China's populations are changing in very different ways. Here's why

Enacted in 1979 by China’s Communist Party, the controversial “One Child Policy” was primarily meant to slow the country’s rapid population growth, …

An inconvenient truth? China omits key figures that may have highlighted its demographic time bomb from official statistics

A key data series on China’s fertility rate has been axed from the country’s latest statistical yearbook, depriving the public of crucial figures to …


Death of the Nile

By Peter Schwartzstein<p>The world's longest river is sick -<br>and getting sicker<p>Booming populations have dirtied and drained it, while climate change threatens to cut its flow.<p>And some fear that competition over its dwindling waters could trigger a regional conflict.<p>The rains<p>The rot starts at the source.<p>…


Will Africa’s Great Green Wall discourage migration to Europe?

By 2020, 60 million people from sub-Saharan Africa are expected to migrate because of desertification. The Great Green Wall is a $8bn project restoring degraded land. But will it encourage people to stay or earn the money to go?<p>The first thing you notice about the garden is how out of place it …


Supermarkets are creating an obesity crisis in African countries, experts warn

Middle-class no longer eating what they grow, contributing to rising numbers of overweight people and creating a ‘double burden of malnutrition’, say researchers<p>Changing dietary habits are creating an obesity crisis in African countries as middle-class people buy their food from supermarkets rather …


Most glaciers in central Switzerland to disappear by 2090

The vast majority of glaciers in central Switzerland will have totally disappeared by the end of the 21st century, a study by Fribourg University has …

We need to talk about … Population and climate change

In this monthly podcast, Guardian supporters ask the questions and a Guardian panel try to provide the answers. This episode focuses on whether people should be having fewer children for the sake of the planet – and if so, how that societal change might happen<p>If we want to fight climate change …


Melting permafrost in the Arctic is unlocking diseases and warping the landscape

The consequences of climate change can be weird and apocalyptic.<p>You can find evidence of a changing climate everywhere on Earth. But nowhere are the changes more dramatic than in the Arctic.<p>Our world’s northern polar region is warming twice as fast as the global average. And the consequences are …

Climate Change

Swiss glaciers lost 3 to 4 percent ice in the last year alone

The volume of ice in glaciers was heavily reduced during the hydrological year 2016/2017.

Climate Change

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

ACCRA, Ghana — After finishing high school a decade ago, Daniel Awaitey enrolled in computer courses, dropped out to work in a hotel, then settled into a well-paying job in the booming oil sector here.<p>He has an apartment, a car, a smartphone and a long-distance girlfriend he met on a dating …