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Environment & Climate Change

We examine the intersection of climate change, public health, and economic mobility, and illuminate their disparate and often ignored impacts on women. With the first climate and gender beat of any global nonprofit newsroom, we focus on pinpointing causes, impact, and solutions and highlight how climate change is inherently linked with GBV in the community.

From drought to floods: Climate crisis after crisis keeps women on edge in East Africa

Unprecedented flooding has killed more than 500 people — disproportionately harming women, who are preparing for droughts to follow

Reporter’s Notebook: How heat impacts fashion’s global workers

From floods to rising temperatures, workers in fast fashion’s global supply chain are on the frontlines of climate change

Fast fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Its global workforce is paying the price.

Around the world, fashion’s mostly female labor force are grappling with working conditions made increasingly unbearable and unhealthy by climate change.

Mona Polacca: leading with the heart in a time of climate change

Prominent spiritual elder reflects on what propels her work toward a future of Indigenous climate justice

Natural disasters raise risk of domestic violence

Natural disasters increase instances of intimate partner violence, creating particular danger for the usual victims: women.

How motherhood spurred one New Yorker to take on the fossil fuel industry

Marlena Fontes is a climate activist and mother who wants to take down the fossil fuel industry.

India has made remarkable progress cutting maternal deaths. Could climate change pose a threat?

Severe seasonal water shortages are forcing hospitals in India to close their doors to women in labor, raising fears that maternal health gains could be threatened.

Can the Climate Tech Revolution Avoid Leaving Women Behind?

Tech is dominated by men. Only a small percentage of solar and wind workers are female – but there are places where women shine in the clean tech world.

COP28: How climate change hits women and the world of work

With scientists declaring 2023 likely to be the hottest year ever recorded, discussions at this year’s COP28, the annual U.N. climate summit, have never felt more urgent.  As diplomats and leaders gather in Dubai from Thursday, one…

As heat waves intensify, evidence that older women are hit hardest is growing. Now some are fighting back.

As evidence grows that heat waves hit older women hardest, a group of Swiss women are taking their government to court over climate inaction.

New York moms take on Wall Street CEO over fossil fuel funding

Meet the mothers taking on New York's biggest banks.

‘Women bear the biggest brunt of climate change,’ says climate scientist Susan Chomba

Kenyan Susan Chomba leads the fight against climate change and for the environment in a high-profile role at the World Resources Institute.

India’s solar power push delivers an unexpected bonus – empowering rural women

India’s push for solar delivers unexpected gains for women in the country’s rural areas.

A growing number of women farmers are changing the face of California’s agricultural industry

Farming is Female: women farmers in California are changing the face of the agricultural industry in their state and across the country.

Eating last and least: Widening gender hunger gap raises climate alarm

Women typically eat less in Indian households and are often found compromising their share of food to feed others in the family exposing the growing hunger crisis.

On these women-run Himalayan farms, even climate-resilient crops are failing

As countries experiment with climate solutions, experience of women farmers in the Indian Himalayas shows the complexities of the climate crisis and the costs of not involving local communities.

Climate change puts more women at risk for domestic violence

Extreme weather events that climate change is making more frequent and more intense are also pushing up violence against women around the world.

Why climate change means women are having to work harder and longer

Women and girls living in poorer countries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
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