Stories we loved this week:
Indonesia is burning again. Will it finally cause reform?
International anger over flaming forests and peatlands, and the haze the cause that is darkening skies around Southeast Asia, may finally lead to reform of the forestry and agriculture sectors in the world’s fourth most populous country.
A bathroom they can show visitors
Composting toilets are a cheap, practical and water-smart option for poor communities where sewage systems are just a pipe dream. Cultural values and the “Eew” factor are getting in the way of adoption. Can they be overcome?
U.S. Congress stands in the way of collaborative water management in the west
Challenging water management issues in the drought-stricken western states of the U.S. are being resolved through multi-stakeholder collaborative planning, but Congress is holding up bills that would put these plans into action.
Obama rejects Keystone pipeline, says US must lead on climate change
In a historic move for the administration, President Barack Obama formally rejected Keystone XL, a crude oil pipeline which would have run from Canada into the U.S. This decision is a victory for many environmental organizations concerned about pollution and the leaking of oil into underground aquifers, but is only one of several pipelines on the docket.
Climate finance floodgates thrown open, just a trickle flows out
The Green Climate Fund released a meager $183m to support eight climate adaptation projects in a what it admitted was a symbolic effort ahead of the Paris climate summit. The director of the fund expressed hope the release would spark a “paradigm shift” in finance for climate change adaptation in poor countries.
Photo: A villager washes a cooking pot in the sea around Huraa island, Maldives. The Green Climate Fund is allocating $23.6m to fight water shortages in the low lying atolls. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP