Articles Written by Isabel Rowbotham

Big oil and mining threaten the Wayuu people of La Guajira

People | Communities, November 11th, 2021

The Wayuu people of the La Guajira region in Colombia and Venezuela, once defied colonialism in the past, now have their livelihoods and lands threatened by big oil and mining companies. The looming American, European and Australian multinationals have a tight grip on the land and water resources of La Guajira.

Environmental influencers: Intersectionality and COP26

Sustainable leaders | Europe, October 26th, 2021

More and more young people are demonstrating their talents in communication, research and leadership through social media, utilising the power of activism to educate the public about climate change.

Car brakes and tyre dust: a hidden source of pollution

People | Human Health, October 11th, 2021

Car particulate, or non-exhaust emissions, comes from brake, tyres and road dust. This dangerous form of pollution contains heavy metals which are distributed into the atmosphere, potentially posing a risk to pedestrians and other traffic users.

How peatland restoration is helping the UK’s ospreys to bounce back

Environment | Grasslands, September 19th, 2021

Restoring peatlands is vital in the fight against climate change. The Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve in Cumbria was once a threatened habitat due to heavy grazing and years of conifer tree planting, which severely dried up the landscape. However, the reserve is now leading in peatland restoration, helping to prevent the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Additionally, the reserve has become a successful nesting site for one of the UK’s most treasured birds of prey: the osprey.

Environmental influencers: climate justice activism

Sustainable Leaders | Europe, September 8th, 2021

More and more young people are demonstrating their talents in communication, research and leadership through social media, utilising the power of activism to educate the public about climate change.

Climate resilience: the importance of strengthening healthcare facilities in the face of climate change

People | Human Health, August 7th 2021

Places around the world are being affected by climate change through devastating floods, wildfires and extreme heat-waves. Many healthcare facilities are simply not prepared and there is therefore a pressing need to address this through awareness of climate resilience.

The environmental impacts of a sustainable food system

People | Human Health, July 29th 2021

Current research emphasises the promotion of plant-rich diets to combat climate change, through a transformational shift in the current food system, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise the water footprint and waste.

The devastation of the Orinoco Delta and the Warao people

People | Communities, July 16th 2021

The Warao indigenous community in Venezuela have suffered widespread devastation on all fronts, from COVID-19 to the country’s political instability, the Warao community has also been affected by the destruction of their homeland, the Orinoco Delta river.

Children’s health are increasingly at risk due to fossil fuel combustion.

People | Human Health, March 18th 2021

Children are increasingly at risk of prematurely dying from respiratory infections. A recent study from the University of Birmingham, University of Leicester and Harvard University estimated that 7.2% of respiratory deaths in children under the age of 5 can be attributed to PM2.5 related fossil fuel burning. Children's brain, lungs and immune system are very susceptible during their early development and can become inpaired by exposure to air pollutants.

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