LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The Earth's natural resources like food, water and forests are being depleted at an alarming speed, causing hunger, conflict, social unrest and species extinction, experts at a climate and health conference in London warned on Monday.
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to establish a committee on global geospatial information management in order to enhance international dialogue and cooperation on spatial data infrastructures. The UN recognizes the benefits of geospatial information for application to humanitarian, peace and security, environmental and development challenges as well as to responses to climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, famines, population displacement, and food and economic crises. ... Read more about UN Establishes a Committee on Global Geospatial Information
Ever since a man in Tunisia burned himself to death in December 2010 in protest at his treatment by police, pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East. Our interactive timeline traces key events
Color China Photo, via Associated PressA worker walks past solar panels at a solar farm in Shilin, China.By KEITH BRADSHERBEIJING — When President Obama called this week for a “national mission” to expand the
The Associated PressArmed soldiers on guard in Kingston, Jamaica, in May 2010.(Associated Press)Despite the global financial crisis, world military spending almost doubled in the past decade to reach $1.6 trillion Cdn in 2009, a Swedish think-tank said Wednesday. In its 2010 yearbook, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said that spending between 2008 and 2009 grew 5.9 per cent. The United States remains the biggest spender, accounting for some 54 per cent of the increase, the report said.
GENEVA (AP) - For years, the world has been on the brink of wiping out polio, the deadly disease that can paralyze and kill children. At the World Health Organization's annual meeting of health ministers this week, experts are unveiling what they describe as a new strategy to get rid of the feared disease. But others say there is little new and that if this effort fails, there are serious questions about whether to continue the campaign should be raised. Some experts say eradicating polio is impossible and should be abandoned. ... Read more about New Strategy To Wipe Out Polio May Be Last Shot To Eradicate It Before Money Runs Out