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Promise or peril? Africa’s 830 million young people by 2050

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Last month, Spanish charity workers rescued 167 migrants arriving from Africa aboard a small boat. 

2016 was the deadliest for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, with at least 3800 deaths recorded. Most know the dangers they face on the route, yet still choose the possibility of death in overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels over the hopelessness of life in areas they reside.

Consider this. Every 24 hours, nearly 33,000 youth across Africa join the search for employment. About 60% will be joining the army of the unemployed. ... Read more about Promise or peril? Africa’s 830 million young people by 2050

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World Hasn't Had So Many Refugees Since 1945, Report Says

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Caroline Alexander
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The world hasn’t had so many refugees or internally displaced people since 1945, and numbers are expected to increase, according to an Australian research center.

About 1 percent of the global population, or about 73 million people, have been forced to leave their homes amid a spike in armed conflict over the past four years, the Institute for Economics and Peace, which compiles the Global Peace Index, said in a report published on Wednesday. ... Read more about World Hasn't Had So Many Refugees Since 1945, Report Says

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As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

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There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a long-standing one that becomes more intense as the world's population—and our use of natural resources—keeps booming. ... Read more about As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

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An Ancient Tool Holds Promise for Modern Water Problems

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A large cistern in the ancient city of Resafa, Syria, was filled by channeling periodic floods from a wadi west of the city. The use of complex systems for directing and harvesting water dates back thousands of years. Photo from '€Ancient Water Harvesting Methods in the Drylands of the Mediterranean and Western Asia,'€ Brian Beckers et al., eTopoi, 2013.

By Paulina Concha Larrauri ... Read more about An Ancient Tool Holds Promise for Modern Water Problems

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By 2050, two-thirds of humanity will live in cities. How do we brace for impact?

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Carine Umuhumuza
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By 2050, nearly two-thirds of humanity — more than 4 billion people — will live in cities. How should the world’s urban centers brace for impact — and ensure quality of life for the people who call them home?

The answer? We need to make our cities smarter.

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Drought, icemelt, superstorms ... a review of 2012's environmental news

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Damian Carrington,John Vidal,Fiona Harvey,Suzanne Goldenberg
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Suzanne Goldenberg

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Superstorm Sandy ... Read more about Drought, icemelt, superstorms ... a review of 2012's environmental news

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UN says fertiliser crisis is damaging the planet

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Michael McCarthy
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The world is facing a fertiliser crisis, with far too little in some places, and far too much in others, a new report from the United Nations says today.

The mass application of nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients needed for plant growth has had huge benefits for world food and energy production, but it has also caused a web of water and air pollution that is damaging human health, causing toxic algal blooms, killing fish, threatening sensitive ecosystems and contributing to climate change, says the report, “Our Nutrient World”. ... Read more about UN says fertiliser crisis is damaging the planet

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UN: 15-year push ends extreme poverty for a billion people

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Sam Jones
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The millennium development goals (MDGs) have driven "€œthe most successful anti-poverty movement in history" and brought more than a billion people out of extreme penury, but their achievements have been mixed and the world remains deeply riven by inequality, the UN'€™s final report on the goals has concluded.

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