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Extreme weather can be the 'most important cause of poverty'

<b>New research suggests that extreme weather events will keep people poor in many parts of the world.</b><p>The authors argue that where disasters like drought are prevalent, they can be the most important cause of poverty.<p>They say that up to 325 million people will be living in countries highly exposed to …

Climate Change

Forced student labour is central to the Chinese economic miracle

China has an army of student labour making Apple products, Playstation consoles and other gadgets for the west. The teenagers' stories make upsetting reading<p>You'll hear a lot of pieties about China this week. As George Osborne and Boris Johnson schlep from Shanghai to Shenzhen, they'll give the …

World Bank Dataviz

The distribution of poverty is changing: who’s living on $1.25 a day?<p>Since 1990, more than 700 million people have risen from extreme poverty (living …

Which Developing Countries Receive the Most...

Which Developing Countries Receive the Most Remittances?<p>According to a new report, developing countries will receive $414 billion in remittances in …

Why We Don’t Care About Saving Our Grandchildren From Climate Change

You want to know what the biggest obstacle to dealing with climate change is? Simple: time. It will take decades before the carbon dioxide we emit …

African nations seek ways to make oil a blessing, not a curse

Resources can be a burden to a developing country – but, spent correctly, the wealth can lead to permanent transformation<p>Viewed through western eyes, the idea of striking oil conjures up cinematic images of geysers of crude gushing skywards and untold riches lining the pockets of lucky prospectors. …

CO2 levels hit record high

The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen to a record high – again.<p>For the past nine years the UN World Metereological Organisation has produced an annual greenhouse gas bulletin, with each year notching up a record high for average annual levels, and figures published on Wednesday …

Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests.<p>The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names …

Smoking, unsafe sex and alcohol 'pose growing threat in poorer countries'

Risky behaviour – smoking, illegal drug use, excessive drinking, unhealthy eating and unsafe sex – is on the rise worldwide and poses a growing threat to health, particularly in poorer countries, according to a World Bank report.<p>Smoking exacts a particularly high toll. Nearly 80% of the 6.3m deaths …