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Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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There's nowhere to hide now that Global Forest Watch has launched - citizens around the world now have all the information they need to monitor the state of the world's forests. 

Global Forest Watch combines the latest satellite technology, open data and social media crowdsourcing to produce "near-real time, reliable, and actionable data" about what's happening to forests worldwide. ... Read more about Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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PHILIPPINES: Geo-hazard maps go public

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MANILA, 31 January 2012 (IRIN) - The Philippine government has made geo-hazard maps, which outline areas prone to natural disasters, publicly available in a bid to reduce vulnerability at community level.
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Tribal Districts Show Heavy Forest Degradation

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Nikita Mehta
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India’s forest cover decreased by 367 square kilometers between 2007 and 2009, and it was primarily tribal and hilly regions that were to blame, according to the biennial forest survey released last week by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. ... Read more about Tribal Districts Show Heavy Forest Degradation

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Gisele Bündchen Visits Slum in Kenya

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Christine Hsu
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Model and advocate Gisele Bündchen was in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday drawing attention to a lack of electricity for much of the world’s population and advocated for a United Nations effort to get more investment to resolve the problem.

"Energy affects everything. Children can study at night when they have access to electricity. If we can bring electricity to everyone, we can help people to survive," she told a press conference. ... Read more about Gisele Bündchen Visits Slum in Kenya

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UN: failure to reduce environmental risks will set back human development

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Damian Carrington
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Droughts and rising sea levels could reverse efforts to improve living conditions of world's poorest people, report warns

Unchecked environmental destruction will halt – or even reverse – the huge improvements seen in the living conditions of the world's poorest people in recent decades, a major new UN report warned on Wednesday.

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Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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Deborah Zabarenko
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WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The world's governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change, an international panel of experts said on Thursday.

Resettlement related to large infrastructure development projects has been occurring for decades, with some estimates of up to 10 million people a year, said the report's lead author, Alex de Sherbinin. ... Read more about Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

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LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The Earth's natural resources like food, water and forests are being depleted at an alarming speed, causing hunger, conflict, social unrest and species extinction, experts at a climate and health conference in London warned on Monday.

Increased hunger due to food yield changes will lead to malnutrition; water scarcity will deteriorate hygiene; pollution will weaken immune systems; and displacement and social disorder due to conflicts over water and land will increase the spread of infectious diseases, they said. ... Read more about Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

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World humanitarian day: which countries gave the most aid and who received the most?

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Sarah Marsh
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On World humanitarian day we look at countries who give aid and those that are in need

World humanitarian day celebrates people who help others - the aid workers who risk their lives to support people in great need. ... Read more about World humanitarian day: which countries gave the most aid and who received the most?

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Microfinance's sober reckoning

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Madeleine Bunting
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It's like a hangover after a big party. For over a decade microfinance has boomed as donors' have poured millions into the sector – now there is a sober reckoning. ... Read more about Microfinance's sober reckoning

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