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Apple: climate change is real and it's a real problem

Climate change is real and a real problem for the world, Apple said on Monday, announcing its progress on environment targets ahead of Earth day.<p>The technology company, publishing a video narrated by CEO Tim Cook on its green initiatives and updated environment web pages, claimed that 94% of its …

Awra Amba: an Ethiopian utopia? – video

In the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia, a unique community has evolved based on egalitarian principles. Zumra Nuru, who founded Awra Amba in 1972, explains how he realised his childhood vision of creating a democratic, self-sustaining society where men and women are equals, while a young couple …

Desolation of smog: Tackling China's air quality crisis

<b>Officials in China say they are confident green technology will help overcome the country's notoriously polluted air.</b><p>Apocalyptic scenes of dense smog have recently forced major cities including Shanghai and Harbin to virtually shut down.<p>The capital Beijing is among urban areas where pollution …

Rein: Why Starbucks Succeeds in China

About 14 years ago, I met an entrepreneur who wanted to open up coffee shops around China. I never thought the coffee business would work in the …

What is climate change mitigation?

<b>The UN's climate panel has published the third part of its long-awaited report - on strategies for mitigation. The document by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers the options for limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them</b> …

Germany's green dreams meet harsh reality

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1068000/1068440_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524719173_f2a80088de537aa8567247632f348088<p><b>A vision for a greener future for the world seems very distant if you descend into the heart of one of Germany's largest coal mines.</b><p>While researchers …

World must end 'dirty' fuel use - UN

<b>A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.</b><p>There must be a "massive shift" to renewable energy, says the study released in Berlin.<p>It has been finalised after a week of negotiations between scientists and government …

The magic washing machine | Hans Rosling

UN Climate Chief Calls for 'Urgent Transformation' of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

On the heels of the IPCC‘s landmark global warming report, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently …

Fossil Fuels

UN to measure women's rights progress over past 20 years

Progress towards 20-year-old targets that sought to put women's sexual and reproductive health and rights at the centre of development policy will be assessed at a UN meeting in New York this week.<p>The week-long Commission on Population and Development (CPD), which begins on Monday, will measure how …

London's smog crisis was just an average day in many Chinese cities | Jennifer Duggan

London's high levels of air pollution made headlines, but cannot be compared to what afflicts Beijing and other cities<p>The recent bout of smog in London led to much warranted public outcry and to comparisons being made with Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Much was made of the fact that …

How much of the world's carbon reserves can we burn? - interactive

UN panel's third report explains how global dependence on fossil fuels must end in order to avoid catastrophic climate change

When, not if: how do San Franciscans live with the threat of the next quake?

The earthquake question comes up in two out of every three transactions that Eileen Bermingham handles. Demand for San Francisco property has hit new heights in recent years, forcing buyers to offer far above the asking price – and things don’t appear to be slowing, even in the usually sluggish …

Internet access is no longer a luxury | Africa Renewal Online

It is early morning in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The traffic jam along Ngong Road, one of the city’s main feeder roads, stretches for kilometres …

Telecoms

Let's tackle inequality head on for development after the MDGs

In UN corridors you'll often hear frustrated diplomats whispering that the amount of process around an issue is inversely correlated to the likelihood of achieving anything on it.<p>The process of replacing the UN's millennium development goals (MDGs) will certainly be a long one: it doesn't end until …

Drug to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth could save thousands of lives

The trial of a new drug to prevent excessive bleeding in women after childbirth, which could potentially save thousands of lives annually, is to begin in 12 countries in June.<p>The clinical study, which will be conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), will include about 29,000 women in …

We can't just blame an ill wind. We need to take smog seriously

Invisible and insidious, the tiny chemical particles that pollute the air we breathe have become a major cause of death in the UK. Each year, 29,000 premature deaths ,mostly from strokes and heart attacks, are caused by air pollution. This is greater than those deaths triggered annually by obesity …

Claudio Lavanga: L'Aquila Still a Ghost Town

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Ghost Towns

UK becoming 'more local and global'

Many people in the UK feel a growing connection with others in their neighbourhood and the wider world, but shrinking ties with their own country.<p>The figures come from a survey for the BBC's Who Do We Think We Are? project, which asked if people felt more or less connected to others than a decade …

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash

Search for missing Malaysian plane shines spotlight on giant ocean garbage patches.<p>Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.<p><b>But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing</b> …

Air pollution reaches high levels in parts of England

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1065000/1065782_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524719175_71992b0f1b0f97a6f0359da69d31ed39<p><b>Air pollution in parts of England has reached high levels in the past 24 hours, Defra has said.</b><p>People with health problems have been warned to take …

Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong

Photograph: Think Africa Press<p>The ever-popular Mercator map of the world.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/3/31/1396262306778/98b06115-1835-4467-a2a8-a4f88922ae6f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Think Africa Press<p>The ever-popular Mercator map of the …

Will eldercare be as common as childcare?

<b>A number of major employers are offering "eldercare" - help with looking after older relatives. Will this soon be as common as providing help with childcare?</b><p>Just before Christmas 2012 Deborah Gemmell realised she was a carer.<p>Deborah's 82-year-old mother, Pauline Cuthbert - "feisty, independent - …

Angst In Germany Over Invasion Of American English

It seems hardly a sentence is spoken in Berlin that doesn't have an American English word in it.<p>One word that especially grates — and I confess to a certain bias, having learned German as a toddler when it wasn't so Americanized — is a word pronounced "sogh-ee." Or, as Americans say it,</i> …

China faces potential baby boom

Changes in China's controversial one-child policy are being introduced across the country. Couples will be allowed to have two children, if one of the parents is an only child.<p>The move could result in up to two million extra births per year in the first few years.<p>Al Jazeera's Rob McBride reports …

Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart

It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years.<p>The study was conducted by three …

Africa

China in 18 mind-blowing numbers

It’s the world’s biggest country that has been almost single-handedly driving global growth for the best part of a decade, dazzling the rest of the …

Air pollution 'kills 7 million people a year'

Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a report from the World Health Organisation published on Tuesday.<p>The agency said air pollution caused about one in eight deaths and had now become the …