Socioeconomic Factors

Renewable Energies provide great potential for socio-economic development in Africa

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Africa is facing an energy crisis: the existing production capacity cannot meet the growing demand for electricity. The electricity needed to power and grow the economy, drive local development and tackle urban and rural poverty is simply not there.

Obesity worldwide: the map of the world's weight

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Ami Sedghi
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Obesity is in the news again - but how does the UK compare to the rest of the world? The World Health Organisation (WHO) database contains global comparisons of overweight and obesity prevalence broken down over time. The map below shows the overweight and obesity (BMI >= 25 kg/m²) prevalence by gender and country. Click on the map to see the figures by place and use the drop down menu to change year displayed, or explore the table below
 

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UN: Fewer hungry people in the world

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Rome - The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.

Countries in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean showed the most progress in reducing hunger, thanks in part to economic growth that didn'€t exclude the poor, investments in agriculture and political stability, the agencies said in their annual State of Food Insecurity report. ... Read more about UN: Fewer hungry people in the world

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The world is connected, but some still wait for a plug

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Children attend class in Dobhan, a village in Nepal'€s Western Region. In many parts of Nepal, education is lacking and new technologies - like computers - are hard to come by. Photo by: Indrik myneur / CC BY ... Read more about The world is connected, but some still wait for a plug

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Global Economy Inches Upward as Environmental and Social Concerns Mount | Vital Signs Online

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Mark Konold and Jacqueline Espinal
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The global economy grew at 4.49 percent in 2013, and the gross world product reached $87 trillion.1 For the fourth year in a row, the growth rate was slower than during the preceding year.2 Growth was affected by numerous adjustments in macroeconomic policies, by high unemployment rates, and by weak aggregate demand in the majority of the industrial economies in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).3 By contrast, emerging and developing markets continued to experience higher growth rates due to supportive policies. ... Read more about Global Economy Inches Upward as Environmental and Social Concerns Mount | Vital Signs Online

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Business Green: Branson and Zeitz launch 'Plan B for Business' - The B Team

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James Murray
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Sir Richard Branson and Puma chairman Jochen Zeitz have today launched a major non-profit group, dubbed The B Team, with the view to promoting a new set of progressive business values that “prioritise people and planet alongside profit”. ... Read more about Business Green: Branson and Zeitz launch 'Plan B for Business' - The B Team

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UN panel calls for end to extreme poverty by 2030

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Edith m. Lederer
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A high-level U.N. panel recommended an ambitious roadmap Thursday to tackle the world's major challenges, from climate change to equality for women, with a key goal of ending extreme poverty everywhere by 2030. ... Read more about UN panel calls for end to extreme poverty by 2030

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