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Hurricanes May Threaten Cities Like Never Before as Tropics Expand, Study Finds

Hurricanes and tropical storms are reaching their peak intensity closer to the poles, migrating at about 30 miles per decade, according to a new …

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A SEED of rice that could transform the developing world saved Asha Ram Pal’s farm in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in the summer of 2008. Mr Pal …

Agriculture

South Africa: Was it worth hosting the 2010 World Cup?

While most South Africans seem pleased with what they see as the legacy left from hosting the 2010 World Cup - such as improvements in transportation infrastructure - some believe the overall costs are still hurting taxpayers.<p>BBC Brasil's Joao Fellet has travelled around the country to hear …

South Africa

China to build new East Africa railway line

<b>Formal agreements for plans to build a new railway line in East Africa with Chinese help have been signed in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.</b><p>It is to run from Mombasa to Nairobi and will extend eventually to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.<p>In Kenya, the line is to replace a narrow-gauge track …

Africa

After Haiyan – moving in the right direction?

When typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines last November, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying millions of people’s houses and …

CO2 'significantly reduces' nutrients in major food crops

<b>Rising levels of CO2 around the world will significantly impact the nutrient content of crops according to a new study.</b><p>Experiments show levels of zinc, iron and protein are likely to be reduced by up to 10% in wheat and rice by 2050.<p>The scientists say this could have health implications for …

Climate Change

Religious leaders should divest from fossil fuels, says UN climate chief

UN climate chief urges faith groups to tell followers not to invest in fossil fuel companies<p>Religious leaders should pull their money out of investments in fossil fuel companies and encourage their followers to do the same, according to the UN's climate chief.<p>Christiana Figueres, who is speaking at …

WTO agrees global trade deal worth $1tn

<b>Ministers from 159 countries have reached a deal intended to boost global trade at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.</b><p>The World Trade Organization's first comprehensive agreement involves an effort to simplify the procedures for doing business across borders.<p>There will also be improved duty-free access …

World Economy

7 Key Findings From the New UN Climate Science Report

The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released on Sunday night, is both sweeping in scope and …

Aging Baby Boomers Becoming the Roommate Generation

There was Felix-and-Oscar. There were The Golden Girls. Such arrangements--adults living with adult roommates--are about to get less comic and more …

Don’t panic! There’s no population bomb

Our planet is now home to seven billion people, with ravenous appetites for fuel and food — and the number keeps growing. Do you panic when you think about the expansion of the human race? Yes, the world faces great challenges but it is possible to solve them, and some are in fact already being …

Does a growing global youth population fuel political unrest?

Young people under 30 are the majority in many countries in the Middle East and South America, yet politicians do little or nothing for them. Is the demographics of the 'youth bulge' enough to explain the huge rise in disaffection? • A youth heatmap of the world<p>Towards the end of January, Egyptian …

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Migrants from developing countries to send home $414 billion in earnings in 2013

Oct 2, 2013 -- The developing world is expected to receive $414 billion in migrant remittances in 2013, an increase of 6.3 percent over the previous …

Megacities contend with sinking land

<b>Subsiding land is a bigger immediate problem for the world's coastal cities than sea level rise, say scientists.</b><p>In some parts of the globe, the ground is going down 10 times faster than the water is rising, with the causes very often being driven by human activity.<p>Decades of ground water extraction …

Sea Level

Venezuela to raise minimum wage by 30%, Maduro says

<b>Venezuela will raise the minimum wage by 30% on 1 May, President Nicolas Maduro has announced.</b><p>He said he would also raise pensions by the same amount.<p>The increase is below the level of annual inflation, which official figures put at 56.2% for 2013.<p>The announcement comes after almost three months of …

Latin America

Africa: homophobia is a legacy of colonialism

Anti-gay laws were introduced to Africa by Western colonialists. Now, as former colonisers recognise LGBT rights Africa is still stuck in the past, writes Val Kalende<p>At a time when more countries are moving towards inclusive human rights, Africa is taking steps backwards. Backwards, that is, …

World Population Decline

For decades we’ve read scary headlines about the consequences of overpopulation, from food shortages and wars to running out of water. But it turns …

India losing 70% voice and call centre business to Philippines: report

Struggling to diversify the delivery footprint to take advantage of low-cost centres, India's BPO industry is currently losing 70 per cent of all …

Kenya's drought insurance scheme shelters herders from financial storm

New index-based livestock insurance protects vegetation rather than animals. But can it generate trust within the community?<p>It was almost inevitable that the day chosen to make the first drought insurance payments in Wajir, in the arid north-east of Kenya, would be the same day the rains …

Snail's pace web speeds stifling small firms' growth

<b>High-speed internet - or the lack of it - has become a global economic issue.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessBig data dividend for small firms?Big risk for small firms losing dataSelling globally is child's playHi-tech start-ups aim for the starsPowering up firms with hi-tech cashWindows …

Net Neutrality

Typhoon Haiyan was just the start – prepare for an ever stormier future

In 2012, typhoon Bopha redefined how big a typhoon could get; a year later, Haiyan blew that redefinition out of the water. We need to channel funding into preparation and resilience<p>• More in our defining moments in climate change series<p>In November 2013, typhoon Haiyan delivered destruction to the …

Globalisation: good or bad?

Lewis Williamson outlines the main arguments for and against globalisation<p>It is clear that globalisation has failed to rid the world of poverty. Rather than being an unstoppable force for development, globalisation now seems more like an economic temptress, promising riches to everyone but only …

Globalization

Myanmar's Tourism Boom Endangers Fragile Ecosystems

The country has opened its doors to tourism and all that goes with it: hotel construction, pollution, waste—and perhaps ecosystem loss.<p>The morning sun shoots rays over the tops of the steep hills surrounding Inle Lake that pierce the mist rising from the waters. Egrets and coots glint white in the …

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted

Number of groundwater sites of poor or extremely poor quality increases to 59.6%, Chinese government says<p>Nearly 60% of China’s underground water is polluted, state media has reported, underscoring the severity of the country’s environmental woes.<br>The country’s land and resources ministry found that …