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Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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https://www.theguardian.com - John Vidal
 Smoke billows from industrial chimney stacks in Shanxi province, northern China. The country lost nearly 10% of its GDP to air pollution in 2013. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Study finds dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn annually in lost work days and welfare costs ... Read more about Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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Air pollution kills 30,000 in Delhi every year

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/ - HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Pollution is a major cause for concern in Delhi
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Air pollution is responsible for 10,000-30,000 deaths in Delhi annually and is the fifth largest cause of death in the country, states the ‘Body Burden 2015’ report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Tuesday. ... Read more about Air pollution kills 30,000 in Delhi every year

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Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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Thalif Deen
At the Kawrgosik Refugee Camp near Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, more than 200,000 refugees from Syria are being hosted by the regional government. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 2014 (IPS) - The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty worldwide. ... Read more about Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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BY LOUIS CHARBONNEAU
Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), speaks during a news conference after launching a report on ''Water Governance in the Arab Region'' in Manama November 28, 2013 file photo. CREDIT: REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED
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(Reuters) - The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability. ... Read more about U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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Thalif Deen
At the Kawrgosik Refugee Camp near Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, more than 200,000 refugees from Syria are being hosted by the regional government. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 2014 (IPS) - The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty worldwide. ... Read more about Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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Health disparities 'could be eliminated in a generation': study

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KATE KELLAND
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Health disparities between rich and poor nations could be banished in a generation by investment in research, vaccines and drugs to combat diseases such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, global health experts said on Tuesday.

In a report setting out a plan for a "grand convergence" in health, the experts said world leaders needed to press for a concerted increase in research and development (R&D) investment to develop new medicines, vaccines and health technologies. ... Read more about Health disparities 'could be eliminated in a generation': study

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Better sanitation boosts children's test scores, decreases stunting - study

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Astrid Zweynert, Nov 19, 2013
A Jordanian worker uses a wheelbarrow to transport materials for building the Azraq Syrian Refugee Camp, the third of its kind, near Al Azraq, 80km (50 miles) east of Amman
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Access to improved sanitation can increase cognition in children, according to a new World Bank study, the latest research to link stunting and open defecation.

More than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to toilets, and one billion people practice open defecation. ... Read more about Better sanitation boosts children's test scores, decreases stunting - study

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