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World Food Day: 10 myths about hunger

1. There is a global food shortage<p>Chronic hunger has a range of causes, but global food scarcity is not one of them. According to the World Food Programme, we produce enough to feed the global population of 7 billion people. And the world produces 17% more food per person today than 30 years ago, …

Humanity's global battle with mosquitoes

<b>All over the world we cannot escape mosquito bites - and the diseases they carry.</b><p>MOSQUITO FACTS<p>Mosquito-borne diseases result in the deaths of a million people every year<br>• Only a few hundred of the species bite humans<br>• The females are responsible for spreading disease during their blood-meal. The males …

Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

<b>The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned.</b><p>Scientists and officials meeting in Japan say the document is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world.<p>Some impacts of climate …

EU to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030

Europe will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, the toughest climate change target of any region in the world, and will produce 27% of its energy from renewable sources by the same date.<p>The landmark deal was reached after grinding negotiations dragged on to …

Spain becomes first country to rely on wind as top energy source

Spain is the first country in the world to draw a plurality of its power from wind energy for an entire year, according to new reports by the country’s energy regulator and wind energy advocacy group Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE).<p>Wind accounted for 20.9 percent of the country’s energy last …

Kenya to generate over half of its electricity through solar power by 2016

Kenya has identified nine sites to build solar power plants that could provide more than half the country's electricity by 2016.<p>Construction of the plants, expected to cost $1.2bn (£73m), is set to begin this year and initial design stages are almost complete. The partnership between government and …

How many climate migrants will there be?

<b>If politicians are to be believed, migration caused by climate change will cause the world huge problems. One of the latest to repeat the warning is UK shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant, who, like many others before him, said 200 million people may be forced to flee their country. But how</b> …

Make Inequality History? What would change if we focussed on inequality rather than poverty? - From Poverty to Power

Last week I spoke at a Brussels conference on inequality, organized by the Belgian NGO coalition 11.11.11. Inequality is flavour of the month right …

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World

<b>Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World</b><p>Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of …

Rose George: Inside the secret shipping industry