Caribbean coral reefs face collapse

Sep 9, 2012

Caribbean coral reefs are in danger of disappearing, depriving the world of one of its most beautiful and productive ecosystems

Animated map: U.S. drought in 2012

Drought conditions have been at record levels in the contiguous United States for much of July, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, which began monitoring drought conditions in 1999.

Factbox - Regions where water disputes are fuelling tensions

Astrid Zweynert

July 23 (AlertNet) - Disputes over water are common around the world, exacerbated by climate change, growing populations, rapid urbanisation, increased irrigation and a rising demand for alternative energy sources such as hydroelectricity.

Impacts of Natural Disasters since the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit

Submitted by Chris on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:18

Over the 20 last years about 2/3 of the world population were exposed to natural disaster. Most of them are affected by floods and droughts. 1.3 million have been killed, whereas far most of them by earthquakes.

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