Tribal Districts Show Heavy Forest Degradation

Nikita Mehta

India’s forest cover decreased by 367 square kilometers between 2007 and 2009, and it was primarily tribal and hilly regions that were to blame, according to the biennial forest survey released last week by the Ministry of Environment and Forest.

A fall to cheer

For the first time ever, the number of poor people is declining everywhere

THE past four years have seen the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and the biggest food-price increases since the 1970s. That must surely have swollen the ranks of the poor.

Cassava 'offers climate change hope' for Africa

The cassava plant could help African farmers cope with climate change, a scientific report says.

"It's like the Rambo of the food crops," report author Andy Jarvis, of the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture, said.

Gisele Bündchen Visits Slum in Kenya

Christine Hsu

Model and advocate Gisele Bündchen was in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday drawing attention to a lack of electricity for much of the world’s population and advocated for a United Nations effort to get more investment to resolve the problem.

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