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Sanitation and Water Must No Longer Play Second Fiddle to Other Priorities

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Countries with the greatest unmet sanitation and water needs most often receive little or no aid. WASHINGTON, D.C. /CSRwire/ - Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to 5%, lower than commitments for health, education, transport, energy and agriculture, according to the latest UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report, launched today by UN-Water and the World Health Organization (WHO). ... Read more about Sanitation and Water Must No Longer Play Second Fiddle to Other Priorities

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African Agriculture Suffers From Erratic Climate

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  • Climate change hurting African crop yields
  • Farmers complain rains no longer predictable
  • Africa needs development to adapt, experts say

By Tim Cocks and Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN, April 20 (Reuters) - From Africa's humid jungles and cocoa plantations to its growing semi-deserts and wilting maize fields, erratic weather linked to climate change may be ruining subsistence crops and export commodities alike. ... Read more about African Agriculture Suffers From Erratic Climate

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First, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch; Now The Great Atlantic Patch

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Mike Melia, Associated PressSAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Researchers are warning of a new blight at sea: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The floating garbage — hard to spot from the surface and spun together by a vortex of currents — was documented by two groups of scientists who trawled the sea between scenic Bermuda and Portugal’s mid-Atlantic Azores islands.

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NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

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The world’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made last month the warmest March on record, according to NOAA. Taken separately, average ocean temperatures were the warmest for any March and the global land surface was the fourth warmest for any March on record. Additionally, the planet has seen the fourth warmest January – March period on record. ... Read more about NOAA: Global Temps Push Last Month to Hottest March on Record

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EU Satellite To Check Climate Cange Impact On Ice

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By VERENA SCHMITT-ROSCHMANN (AP) BERLIN — The European Space Agency is launching a sophisticated satellite that scientists hope will help them pin down the effects of global warming on the Earth's ice packs more precisely by accurately measuring the thickness of ice. The CryoSat 2 mission, which starts Thursday after years of delays, will be able to pinpoint details of changes in polar ice so scientists can better understand the alarming picture of the world's retreating ice caps. ... Read more about EU Satellite To Check Climate Cange Impact On Ice

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In Clean Energy, U.S. Innovates But Builds Slowly

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If you follow the money, the numbers show that the U.S. is being outpaced by China and other countries in a global race to develop green-technology industries. The Pew Charitable Trusts, in conjunction with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, is publishing a report on Thursday that characterizes different countries in developing and adopting clean-energy technologies. ... Read more about In Clean Energy, U.S. Innovates But Builds Slowly

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Production Pipeline: Data From Satellites To Visualization

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Production Pipeline: Data From Satellites To Visualization is a link to a video animation showing why visualization is important and features segments on artic sea ice among others. ... Read more about Production Pipeline: Data From Satellites To Visualization

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Agricultural Apocalypse 2010

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The food business is far and away the most important business in the world. Everything else is a luxury. Food is what you need to sustain life every day. Dwayne Andreas When a large segment of the population is facing a drastic cut in income in the face of escalating food prices we have a catastrophic problem in the making. ... Read more about Agricultural Apocalypse 2010

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UC San Diego Energy Dashboard to Help Campus Curb Appetite for Power

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San Diego  --  After an extensive period of testing, researchers have launched an Internet portal to showcase the real-time measurement and visualization of energy use on the University of California, San Diego campus. The UC San Diego Energy Dashboard (http://energy.ucsd.edu/) allows users to see up-to-the-second information on a structure-by-structure basis for 60 of the largest buildings on the La Jolla campus. ... Read more about UC San Diego Energy Dashboard to Help Campus Curb Appetite for Power

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