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Water shortages in Dead Sea could increase tensions in Middle East

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Steve Connor
Water shortages in Dead Sea could increase tensions in Middle East
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Scientists studying ancient mud samples taken from the bed of the Dead Sea separating Israel and Jordan have warned that the fragile political situation in the Middle East will be made worse by the intense water shortages their study is predicting. ... Read more about Water shortages in Dead Sea could increase tensions in Middle East

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Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

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Zahida, a nine-year-old girl displaced by floods stands amidst a wall with rainw
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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.

Increased hunger due to food yield changes will lead to malnutrition; water scarcity will deteriorate hygiene; pollution will weaken immune systems; and displacement and social disorder due to conflicts over water and land will increase the spread of infectious diseases, they said. ... Read more about Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

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Climate cycles linked to civil war, analysis shows

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Damian Carrington
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Changes in the global climate that cut food production triggered one-fifth of civil conflicts between 1950 and 2004

Cyclical climatic changes double the risk of civil wars, with analysis showing that 50 of 250 conflicts between 1950 and 2004 were triggered by the El Niño cycle, according to scientists.

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UN Establishes a Committee on Global Geospatial Information

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Matt Ball
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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

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Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

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Garry Blight and Sheila Pulham
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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

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline ... Read more about Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

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In China, Pollution Worsens Despite New Efforts

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A coal-fired power plant in Linfen last December. A new report blamed coal-burning plants for continued deterioration of the air in Chinese cities.

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Security Tops The Environment In China’s Energy Plan

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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

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Global Arms Spending Tops $1.6T

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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.

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New Strategy To Wipe Out Polio May Be Last Shot To Eradicate It Before Money Runs Out

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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

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