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UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the cost of natural disasters is soaring, creating a real economic threat

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday warned that no country or city was immune from natural or man-made disasters, as a report underlined the soaring, trillion dollar, economic risks the world faces.

Ban told a four-day UN Conference on disaster risk that the devastating earthquake and tsunami in highly-prepared Japan and the ensuing nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant on March 11 gave the world "a grave warning for the future."

"As we have learned again and again no country or city - rich or poor - is immune," the UN Secretary General said.
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Inter-Connected Europe: From Network to Network

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Jeff Thurston
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Plans for an inter-connected Europe include provision and prioirity placed upon transportation. Cites are connected by roads and roads connect places. As the European Commission says, “measures to encourage major infrastructure investments, change the way freight moves and people travel would boost economic competitiveness and create jobs. The plan – with goals to be met by 2050 – focuses on travel within cities and between cities, and on long distance journeys.”

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Who are Africa's middle class? And will they help to reduce poverty?

Who are Africa's middle class? And will they help to reduce poverty?
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A report says a third of Africans are now middle class. Their interests coincide with the interests of the poor and should help to bring about change ... Read more about Who are Africa's middle class? And will they help to reduce poverty?

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Global Warming Reduces Expected Yields of Harvests in Some Countries, Study Says

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JUSTIN GILLIS
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Global warming is already cutting substantially into potential crop yields in some countries — to such an extent that it may be a factor in the food price increases that have caused worldwide stress in recent years, researchers suggest in a new study.
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Wheat yields in recent years were down by more than 10 percent in Russia and by a few percentage points each in India, France and China compared with what they probably would have been without rising temperatures, according to the study.
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MIT Showcases New Way of Turning Sun's Heat into Electricity

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David Chandler, MIT
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"Very radical" concept could be a game-changer for the solar industry.

Cambridge, MA, USA -- MIT researchers and their collaborators have come up with an unusual, high performance and possibly less expensive way of turning the sun's heat into electricity. ... Read more about MIT Showcases New Way of Turning Sun's Heat into Electricity

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Off the Deep End - Beijing's Water Demand Outpaces Supply Despite Conservation, Recycling and Imports

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Nadya Ivanova
Off the Deep End - Beijing's Water Demand Outpaces Supply Despite Conservation,
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How China's capital got in over its head, and what the city is doing to get its water crisis under control.

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Arctic warming to boost rise of sea levels

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Alister Doyle
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OSLO — Global sea levels will rise faster than expected this century, partly because of quickening climate change in the Arctic and a thaw of Greenland’s ice, an international report said Tuesday.

The rise would add to threats to coasts from Bangladesh to Florida, low-lying Pacific islands and cities from London to Shanghai. It would also raise the cost of building tsunami barriers in Japan.No ... Read more about Arctic warming to boost rise of sea levels

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Plan B Updates -- Water Shortages Threaten Food Future in the Arab Middle East*

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Lester R. Brown
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Long after the political uprisings in the Middle East have subsided, many underlying challenges that are not now in the news will remain. Prominent among these are rapid population growth, spreading water shortages, and ever growing food insecurity.
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No big shifts to nation's energy supply by 2035, report says

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Ariel Schwartz
No big shifts to nation's energy supply by 2035, report says
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Government says the U.S. will still rely heavily on nonrenewable sources

The current energy landscape is rife with contradictions: Gas prices are shooting up, renewables are being implemented at a seemingly rapid pace, natural gas is being simultaneously demonized and hailed as an energy savior, and electric cars are finally starting to roll off production lines. Fortunately, your tax dollars fund a government agency devoted to making sense of energy. ... Read more about No big shifts to nation's energy supply by 2035, report says

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