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Three Gorges Dam Is Said to Hurt Areas Downstream

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EDWARD WONG
Three Gorges Dam Is Said to Hurt Areas Downstream
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CHONGQING, China — A Chinese official says the planners of the Three Gorges Dam failed to properly gauge its effects on lakes and other bodies of water downstream, according to a report on Thursday in Shanghai Daily, an English-language newspaper.

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Levels are dropping at Poyang, one of the two largest freshwater lakes in China, and an official said the dam was partly to blame. ... Read more about Three Gorges Dam Is Said to Hurt Areas Downstream

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How Climate Change is Already Affecting the World's Major Cities

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Conor Riffle
How Climate Change is Already Affecting the World's Major Cities
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As the U.S. sees increased severity and frequency of hurricanes and tornadoes, there is perhaps no timelier reminder that the world's cities face devastating impacts from climate change. ... Read more about How Climate Change is Already Affecting the World's Major Cities

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Global Food Production May Be Hurt as Climate Shifts, UN Forecaster Says

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Luzi Ann Javier
Drought in China has affected 6.5 million hectares of farmland, the Office of St
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Global food output may be hurt as climate change brings more extreme weather over the next decade, with China likely set for harsher droughts and North America getting heavier rain, said the World Meteorological Organization. ... Read more about Global Food Production May Be Hurt as Climate Shifts, UN Forecaster Says

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The Real Successes of Foreign Aid

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BILL GATES
The Real Successes of Foreign Aid
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CHILDREN LINE UP for hot dogs and orange juice at a project run by Save the Children in Parys, South Africa. Virtually everywhere, infant mortality is down and life expectancy is up.

Stepping into the public square to announce that foreign aid is important and effective can be lonely work. As someone who has attempted to make that case over the past decade, I can assure you that the world is often eager to hear just the opposite.

But aid money can and does work. It improves people's lives and makes the world a better and safer place. ... Read more about The Real Successes of Foreign Aid

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China confronts raft of problems at Three Gorges

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SHANGHAI – China is acknowledging serious troubles with its showcase Three Gorges Dam project, citing an urgent need to curb pollution and do a better job with relocations and disaster management related to the world's biggest hydroelectric project.

A government statement released Thursday outlines a blueprint for a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future for the Three Gorges, a scenic section of the Yangtze River that was dammed to create a 410-mile (660-kilometer) -long reservoir. ... Read more about China confronts raft of problems at Three Gorges

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World Population Forecast to Hit 10.1 Billion by 2100, UN Says

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Bill Varner
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The world’s population is likely to grow to 10.1 billion by the end of this century, from the current total of about 7 billion, according to the first United Nations forecast for the year 2100. ... Read more about World Population Forecast to Hit 10.1 Billion by 2100, UN Says

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UN Shifting Climate Focus -- Expansion of Green Fuels now Key

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Ken Silverstein
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The climate inside of the United Nations is changing. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will emphasize the employment of more sustainable fuels without trying to extract firm commitments on carbon reductions.
 
The UN’s leader remains steadfast in his belief that man-made carbon emissions are causing global warming that has the potential to create devastation. But he now realizes that the most practical way to encourage a cleaner environment is to try and facilitate the wider use of green technologies.
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World wastes 1 billion tons of food a year

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Ben Rooney
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The United Nations said Wednesday that about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization commissioned a report on food loss and waste as rising prices and diminished production worldwide have contributed to an increase in food insecurity.
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