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Good morning, this is Michelle, and following the dramatic scenes this week of the Himalayan glacier avalanche, we’re asking what this has to do with climate change.

Climate insecurity affects women the most and yet they remain sidelined. Plus, the UN chief tells Cop26 participants the show must go on.

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Michelle Langrand


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⚠️ An icy mess... The collapse of a glacier in Northern India on Sunday has left experts wondering if climate change is behind this tragedy. And if it is, will we see more in the future? Glaciologists in Switzerland consulting with India’s government tell us what they know so far.

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🤰🏾 Women bear the brunt of climate change. As floods and droughts threaten to exacerbate tensions and spark conflict in the world’s regions, women are being heavily affected. Understanding this and including them in the conversation is what can lead to sustainable peace, experts say.

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🎧 ‘You’re on mute!’ States will have to make do with Covid restrictions and hold climate preparatory negotiations online for the UN’s climate change summit. This is what secretary-general Antonio Guterres has recommended, but some developing countries are concerned about the logistics.

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Here's what else is happening

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Home to thousands of glaciers, the Himalayas are the world’s third largest deposit of ice and snow after Antarctica and the Arctic. They have been retreating at an alarming rate, losing twice as much ice every year since the beginning of the century. This increases the risks of glaciers calving, causing floods or avalanches. Also, for millions of people relying on glacier water for drinking, agriculture, sanitation and energy, this poses a threat to their livelihood.

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Next on the agenda

📌 12-13 February | Youth Environment Assembly. Young people, environment ministers and chiefs of international organisations convene to discuss the most pressing issues for the wellbeing of the planet one week ahead of the UN Environment Assembly.


📌 18 February | Decolonising the land: christian grassroots approaches to environmental peacebuilding. This panel explores ways that three grassroots faith-informed organisations are actively rejecting colonial structures through environmental action.

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