Nick Morgan

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Will London run out of water?

Earlier this year, an unusual weather pattern dubbed the Beast from the East covered much of Britain in heavy snow. But once the beast had passed, …

Crop insecurity: what is the future of our food? | Financial Times

The so-called “green revolution” of the 1960s was a pivotal moment for agriculture. Decades of investment in agricultural research — much of it …

DR Congo: Cursed by its natural wealth

<b>The Democratic Republic of Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth, but colonialism, slavery and corruption have turned it into one of the poorest, writes historian Dan Snow.</b><p>The world's bloodiest conflict since World War II is still rumbling on today.<p>It is a war in which more …

Africa

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

Humanity has 30 years to find out.<p>All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.<p>Afterward I …

How long can our glaciers hold out?

Sea level fears as Greenland darkens

<b>Scientists are "very worried" that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could accelerate and raise sea levels more than expected.</b><p>They say warmer conditions are encouraging algae to grow and darken the surface.<p>Dark ice absorbs more solar radiation than clean white ice so warms up and melts more …

Global Warming

Would a supervolcano eruption wipe us out?

Throughout our planet’s history, massive volcanic eruptions have devastated life. Could one bring an end to human civilisation?<p>In the Bay of Naples, Europe's most notorious giant is showing signs of reawakening from its long slumber.<p>Campi Flegrei, a name that aptly translates as "burning fields", …

Elon Musk thinks the 'world's population is accelerating towards collapse' — here's the reality

"The world's population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care," the Tesla CEO wrote.<p>Musk was responding to a New Scientist article entitled "The world in 2076: The population bomb has imploded," which forecasted the gradual decline of the world population over the next 60 …

What It’s Like to Live in the World’s Most Polluted City

Delhi, the capital territory of India, is home to unbreathable air and undrinkable water.<p>From the skies above to the ground below, Delhi is polluted. This Indian territory, which includes the capital city of New Delhi, is half the size of Rhode Island, and is home to twice the population of New …

China, Russia And Iran 'Will Fill Void' If U.S. Quits Paris Deal: UN Chief

NEW YORK ― If the United States withdraws from the Paris Agreement, rivals such as China, Russia and Iran will fill the void left in the clean energy …

For want of a drink

Special report<p><b>Get our daily newsletter</b><p>Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks.<p>WHEN the word water appears in print these …

Water

French giant signs up to help Icelandic volcanoes power UK homes

French investor Meridiam is to fund part of the cost of the Atlantic SuperConnection linking the UK and Iceland, Sky News learns.<p>A multibillion pound …

Will Central Asia fight over water?

<b>In Central Asia, a crisis is brewing over water and electricity. The Soviet-era system in which the five countries of the region shared their resources has broken down, leaving some facing water shortages and others chronic power cuts. Instances of small-scale unrest have already occurred, but some</b> …

Central Asia

Palace in the jungle

TEODORO OBIANG, the president of Equatorial Guinea, and Teodorín, the most influential of his 42 recognised children, have expensive tastes. While …

Africa

A hilly dilemma

AT SIX in the evening, as the streets start to throng with motorcycle taxis taking people home, a senior civil servant in Rwanda’s ministry of …

Food Prices

Food prices have tumbled by 40% from their peak in the summer of 2012, according to <i>The Economist</i>’s commodity-price index. Agriculture is an …

The Mekong | The Economist

Can one of the world’s great waterways survive its development?<p>GUO, the driver, pulls his car to a merciful halt high above a crevasse: time for a …

Vietnam

First Japanese politician to take paternity leave gets criticized

Contradicting the Japanese government's encouragement for new fathers to take paternity leave, a 34-year-old member of parliament has been chastised …

Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot

The meat industry,Climate change,Environment,Christmas,Life and style,Food,Farming,Meat,Food & drink,UK news,World news<p>We miscalculate environmental risk: eating certain meats is about the worst thing you can do to the planet<p>The figures were so astounding that I refused to believe them. I found …

Long Haul

Five things climate scientists actually disagree about

With the Paris climate conference taking place, we should be prepared for dissenters to pull out a few hoary old chestnuts to try to undermine the …

Do little, hide the evidence: the official neglect that caused these deadly floods

Storm Desmond’s floods expose the utter madness of government policies, both in the hills and at the Paris talks<p>It’s as if it had come to remind us of what’s at stake. While the climate negotiations in Paris trudge their dreary road, Storm Desmond takes a great boot to our backsides. Yet still we …

Floods

CLIMATE CHANGE: Land and sea remove HALF man-made carbon emissions but are they full?

GETTYLand, trees and seas absorb half of carbon emissions but may be getting full<p>Today NASA categorically said climate change IS happening, but has …

Polluting the world's water – in pictures

Global development professionals network,Pollution,Rivers,Oceans,China,India,Bulgaria,Oil,Oil,Oil and gas companies,Canada,Australia news,Flooding,Waste,Costa Rica,Brazil,Olympic Games 2016,Trade and development,Philippines,BP oil spill,Oil spills<p>From sewage and toxic waste to mining deposits and …

Climate change could erase years of global anti-poverty efforts, study finds

Climate change could mean a lot more than rising temperatures, rising sea levels and increased risks of natural disasters — it might also erase years …

When one became two: China’s new child policy 2015-10-30 | Espresso

Oct 30th 2015<p>Continue reading today's edition<p>Download the app here. Five stories, five days a week, straight to your iPhone or Android smartphone.

China abandons one-child policy after more than 30 years

All couples to be allowed two children in move to kickstart flagging economy<p>Thu, Oct 29, 2015, 12:53 Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015, 13:02<p>China’s ruling …

UN hails impressive gains on education and reducing child mortality in Africa

Millennium development goals report says African leaders must build on progress, seek fresh finance and beef up data to meet the new global goals<p>When African leaders return home after this month’s UN summit in New York, they must be ready to implement innovative policies, seek fresh financing and …

Africa

Weather bureau warns El Nino on track to hit record levels by Christmas - ABC Rural - ABC News

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned the current El Nino event now looks set to reach record levels and continue well into next year.<p>Appearing at a …

Antarctic ice sheets face catastrophic collapse without deep emissions cuts

Study finds that a global temperature increase of 3C would cause ice shelves to disappear, triggering sea-level rise that would continue for thousands of years<p>A team of researchers has found that steep cuts to emissions during the next decade are the only way to avoid a catastrophic collapse of …

Global Warming