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Hunger

Water & Food Central America, Africa, Pacific More than half a million people in Honduras and 3 million people in Central America are facing hunger due to a drought that has destroyed crops and caused food prices to spike, according to the Red Cross, Reuters reported. The conditions are forcing more people to migrate or […]

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The world must improve land and water management in order to combat hunger, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute, Bloomberg News reported. The Institute released its annual Global Hunger Index yesterday, which was topped by Burundi, Eritrea and Haiti. A record loss of sea ice in the Arctic is being mirrored by an […]

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Food Security Approximately 12.5 percent of the global population–or one in every eight people–went hungry between 2010 and 2012, according to a report on food insecurity released by the United Nations, AlertNet reported. This is a 6.1 percent drop from the period 1990-1992, but progress toward eradicating hunger has been slowing in recent years due […]

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Oxfam has urged the World Bank to stop its support of large-scale land investments, the Guardian reported. The land purchased by international investors could grow enough food for 1 billion people, but is instead being used to grow biofuels or is left idle, according to a report Oxfam released Thursday. Researchers are hoping to gain […]

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Turkey is building a $US 700 million pipeline to transfer water from a dam on its Mediterranean coast to Cyprus, Bloomberg News reported. The pipeline will run 107 kilometers (66 miles) under the sea to bring 75 million cubic meters (19.8 billion gallons) of water to the northern part of the island, which is controlled […]

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Rains and Floods Continue in Asia Days of heavy rain caused a 36-meter (118-foot) Rain from Typhoon Haikui, meanwhile, has destroyed more than 7,500 homes and 388,000 hectares (958,000 acres) of cropland across four provinces in eastern China, Xinhua reported, citing government sources. Flooding in North Korea isman-made disaster due to poor urban planning and […]

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aid organizations are warning of a possible famine in Sudan, despite the government’s promise to allow food aid into conflict zones, according to AlertNet. Those who flee face severe water shortages in South Sudan’s refugee camps. A photo story from the Guardian shows how law banning mining and drilling on glaciers, Reuters reported. increasing the […]

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Droughts and Floods Today’s must-read: Paul Salopek’s beautiful, poignant, thought-provoking account for Foreign Policy of his journey with the Daasanach nomads through the hunger zone in northern Kenya. Prolonged dry spells and droughts have threatened parts of China, Russia, Australia, France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, the United Kingdom, East Africa and the United States in recent […]

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North Korea Food Crisis

Torrential rains, heavy summer floods, and typhoons have compounded North Korea’s dysfunctional food-distribution system, leaving millions — including many children — in danger of malnutrition, according to some media outlets and humanitarian-aid groups. But others contend that additional analysis is necessary to verify the circumstances.

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U.S. government support for biofuels and inaction on climate change are creating food price spikes and hunger in other countries, the Guardian reported, citing a new study by the Global Hunger Index. Twenty-six countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, are at extreme risk of hunger. Yemen could face a humanitarian crisis on a par with that […]

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Eurobarometer Survey: Europeans Say Climate Change More Dire Than Economic Situation

Just over half of respondents in the European Union’s 27 member states mentioned climate change as one of the world’s most serious problems, and 20 percent felt it is the single most serious problem.

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Plans to capture and store carbon have failed to gain traction around the world amid the current global recession and the fading government support for climate action, the Guardian reported, citing the International Energy Agency. Is the Central Intelligence Agency treating its climate change studies as classified information? The North American rush to produce oil […]

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The effects of a nine-month drought in Texas extend far beyond water restrictions into bursting water pipelines, buckling house foundations and splitting asphalt roads, The Texas Tribune reported. New photos by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggest that there could be liquid water flowing on Mars, according to The Economist. Space.com explains why the discovery could […]

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The Australian water industry, valued at up to $27 billion, is booming, according to CNBC. But can water trading lead to water grabs? Fourteen city councils are up in arms over London’s plan to build a “super sewer” to collect the millions of tons of raw sewage that overflows into the Thames River after heavy […]

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Southern California, Arizona and Nevada are in discussions with the Mexican government about sharing a desalination plant across the border in Mexico, Reuters reports. But some conservation groups say that the controversial plan may be taking advantage of Mexico’s lower costs and weaker regulations. Emergencies A violent tornado swept across the American South on Wednesday […]

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Check out these stunning images of the Earth taken from the International Space Station. And revisit Circle of Blue’s own compilation of the best NASA and ESA satellite images of the Earth’s water: Part I and Part II. Back on Earth, Foreign Policy surveyed world experts about the future of food and also published this […]

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Friday was to mark the end of U.S. sanctions against Mugabe’s crippled Zimbabwe. President Obama, however, has announced a one year extension, saying threats to U.S. policy there remain “extraordinary.”

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When it comes to beating your thirst, water may be the real thing. Read more here.

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