Environment

Little Rock, Arkansas

 NASAOriginally Published by NASA Earth Observatory - The landscape is defined by hills to the west and by the river running through it, not to mention the oxbow lakes that water left behind.

How do you feed nine billion people?

Originally Published by ScienceDaily

– An international team of scientists has developed crop models to better forecast food production to feed a growing population — projected to reach 9 billion by mid-century — in the face of climate change.

Global land treaty aims for more teeth

JOHANNESBURG 29 May 2013 (IRIN) - Talks have begun on giving a global treaty on land degradation more teeth.

The making of the Hyogo2 disaster prevention framework

JOHANNESBURG 17 May 2013 (IRIN) - A month after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck in December 2004, affecting millions, 168 countries signed on to a 10-year plan to make the world safer from natural hazards.

Reshaping the fight against poverty

JOHANNESBURG 31 May 2013 (IRIN) - After nine months of consultations, the UN High Level Panel on determining the world’s post-2015 development agenda has issued a report calling for a path to sustainable development which will transform the lives of the very poorest.

Why did the 400ppm carbon milestone cause barely a ripple?

 the ecologistOriginally Published by the Ecologist - Earlier this month the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere reached 400ppm.

Can online environmental activism deliver change offline?

Originally Published by The Guardian

– Greenpeace’s Unfriend Coal campaign and the Wilderness Society’s petition to protect Victoria’s forests show ‘clicktivism’ can lead to people doing real things in the real world

Flooding in Eastern Germany

Originally Published by NASA Earth Observatory

– Unseasonably heavy rains produced the highest flood waters since 2002 along the Elbe River.

George Washington University Study Documents Variability in Changes to Open Defecation among Sub-Saharan African Countries

Exploring changes in open defecation prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa based on national level indices

About 215 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still defecate in fields, forests or out in the open, a practice that puts people and especially children at risk of diarrheal diseases. Public health experts are calling for an end to such practices by the year 2015 in order to protect the public health.

More pieces of the global warming puzzle assembled by recent research

 AlamyOriginally Published by The Guardian - Several important recent studies have helped to answer pressing climate questions.

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