Children born today to see ’24 times more’ climate-induced disasters than their grandparents

Indonesia’s pride – the Javan rhinos under threat from natural disasters and inbreeding

The Javan rhinoceros, which is among the most critically endangered species in Indonesia, is under threat from natural disasters and inbreeding as a result of its small population, the staff of Ujung Kulon National Park in Banten have warned.

The Javan rhino is listed as a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list because of its small population.

The species, which previously inhabited parts of other South-East Asian countries such as Vietnam and Thailand, is now only concentrated in the national park.  The national park’s spokesperson Andri Firmansyah said the Javan rhino population in the park was recorded at 75 animals as of June.

According to observations from camera traps installed around the park, four new calves were caught on camera between March and June.

This figure was a slight improvement from an estimated 68 rhinos living in the park, around a third of which were thought to be reproductive individuals, according to data from the IUCN in 2018…READ ON

Children born today to see ’24 times more’ climate-induced disasters than their grandparents

Filipino teenager Chatten Abrera was just nine years old when one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan, devastated his country in 2013.

He remembers being without power for months, and missing weeks of school.

“Thousands of homes, including our home, was disrupted at that time. Floods are basically everywhere. Dead bodies of animals are everywhere. Trees are falling down,” he said.

“It’s just so messed up.”

Chatten believes the Philippines is being exposed to such events more frequently because of human-induced climate change.

Now aged 15, he sees the ongoing effects of climate change every day on his country, and the quality of people’s lives.

“Severe droughts and heavy rains that lead to food insecurity, landslides, deaths, malnutrition, and also the poverty rate has increased because of that,” he said. “Thousands of families, thousands of people, have lost their jobs.”…READ ON

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