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The largest Natural Catastrophes from 1970-2011 world wide

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The largest Natural Catastrophes from 1970-2011 world wide

Most of the shown natural disaster happened on islands, near the sea and at tectonic borders.  Overall loss ranges from 8 - 125 billion USD. Damage partly insured. Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Hurricane have the biggest potential to destroy facilities. ... Read more about The largest Natural Catastrophes from 1970-2011 world wide

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Overseas aid to Africa being outweighed by hefty costs of importing oil

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Fiona Harvey
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Sub-Saharan states need to move to renewable energy sources as $15bn in aid is outstripped by $18bn in oil imports, says IEA ... Read more about Overseas aid to Africa being outweighed by hefty costs of importing oil

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Climate change may cut profits from oceans by trillions

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Luisa Massarani
Climate change may cut profits from oceans by trillions
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[LONDON] Climate change could reduce the economic value of the services the oceans provide to mankind by almost US$2 trillion a year by 2100, according to a study presented at the Planet Under Pressure conference this week (26–29 March). ... Read more about Climate change may cut profits from oceans by trillions

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Banking against Doomsday

Banking against Doomsday
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Gene banks represent an overdue push to preserve crop biodiversity. It also needs conserving on farms

WITH a heavy clunk, the steel outer doors of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault closed on February 28th, shutting out a howling Arctic gale and entombing a tonne of new arrivals: 25,000 seed samples from America, Colombia, Costa Rica, Tajikistan, Armenia and Syria. For Cary Fowler, the vault’s American architect, the Syrian chickpeas and fava beans were especially welcome. ... Read more about Banking against Doomsday

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Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013

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JOANNA M. FOSTER
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In 2008 and in 2011, the world was rocked by riots and by revolutions coinciding with spikes in food prices. Now researchers are projecting that by 2013, food prices will soar to unparalleled heights, causing widespread hunger in the most vulnerable populations and social unrest, with an enormous potential for loss of human life. ... Read more about Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013

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Lost property: The world’s fisheries are in an even worse state than feared

Lost property:  The world’s fisheries are in an even worse state than feared
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OFF Chile’s Pacific coastline, between December and February, divers take to the chilly waters in search of a predatory sea-snail, the loco (Concholepas concholepas). Boiled and daubed in mayonnaise, it is a local favourite. Asian gourmets prefer it stir-fried or as sashimi. ... Read more about Lost property: The world’s fisheries are in an even worse state than feared

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A fall to cheer

A fall to cheer
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For the first time ever, the number of poor people is declining everywhere

THE past four years have seen the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and the biggest food-price increases since the 1970s. That must surely have swollen the ranks of the poor. ... Read more about A fall to cheer

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