Disaster Accident

Export oil, import water – the Middle East’s risky economics

DUBAI 05 March 2013 (IRIN) - The world’s driest region, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is getting drier at an alarming rate.

Plankton Bloom, Black Sea

Originally Published by NASA Earth Observatory

– Rivers transport nutrient-filled urban and agricultural runoff into this inland sea, promoting phytoplankton blooms.

Turtle rescued after swallowing plastic

Originally Published by BBC News

– An injured turtle found by a fisherman in Florida has been returned to the sea after being treated at a rescue centre.

The making of the Hyogo2 disaster prevention treaty

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.

When disaster strikes, it’s survival of the sociable

Originally Published by New Scientist - In the drive to climate-proof cities, we can't just focus on buildings.

Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit

Photograph of a large truck carrying oil sand. Dave Olecko/Bloomberg NewsOriginally Published by The NY Times - Refining Canada’s petroleum-soaked oil sands produces petroleum coke, which an environmentalist calls “the dirtiest residue from the dirtiest oil on earth.”

Getting food aid right

JOHANNESBURG 01 March 2013 (IRIN) - Despite early warning information about the Horn of Africa’s impending drought crisis in 2011, humanitarian responses were slow to mobilize, leading to tens of thousands of deaths in the region and famine in parts of Somalia.
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