As climate change escalates every year, the environment is taking more of a central stage in global issues; however adequate and serious coverage of the crisis isn’t provided by mainstream news despite it being the most pressing threat of our time. The warming of the planet has sparked conflicts, caused economic downturns and deepened existing inequalities. Analyzing the global issues related to the environment demonstrates how politics, culture and economics interact today at international, national and communal levels not only in the perpetuation of the climate crisis but in maintaining exploitative relations and inequality.
The Mekong River in Southeast Asia has been an important river for multiple countries, but it is now threatened by the numerous dams built without much international coordination.
With the U.S. military and an overcapacity tourism industry exploiting water reserves, Hawaii is now facing a water crisis that disproportionately affects Indigenous and local communities.
This article examines the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on West Virginia v. EPA and questions the ability of the U.S. to lead domestic and international climate action.