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Tag: Famine

As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan

Close your eyes and you could be at a stateside summer barbeque or an office holiday party. Even with them open, the local realities of dirt roads and dirty water, civil war, mass graves, and nightly shoot-to-kill curfews seem foreign. These walls, it turns out, are even higher than they look.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE

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‘Some Say the World Will End in Fire:’ Climate Panel Paints Mad Max World of Famine, Fire, War

It is fire, i.e., massive global warming, that threatens the world as we know it.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE

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Climate Change Adds to East Africa’s Food Plight

Climate change poses a serious threat to farming in East Africa, a region that depends on agriculture and whose population is growing very fast.

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Transfat Apocalypse

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Crop Pests Head Poleward to Flee Heat

Farm crops and some tree species face an increased threat from destructive insects that are migrating to temperate zones to survive in a warming world.

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Last Year Review

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Militant Group Blocks Aid in Somalia

The World Food Program and other such aid organizations have been unable to reach 2.2 million famine victims in militant-controlled areas of Somalia. In fact, the militant group al-Shabab denies that a famine is happening at all.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE

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U.N. Declares Famine in Somalia

The U.N. on Wednesday declared the first official famine of the 21st century. The designation was applied to war-torn Somalia, where tens of thousands of people—mostly children—have died of malnutrition.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE

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We’ll Need 70 Percent More Food

Global population is expected to hit 9.1 billion in the next 40 years, causing demand for food to double. The U.N. says we will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 or risk starving hundreds of millions of people.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE

Nam Theun 2 Dam

World Bank Finds Itself Wanting

The World Bank is being criticized for a persistent lack of environmental focus in an internal review of its lending activities. The new report rails against the environmental degradation caused by many bank-funded projects in poor countries that harm local communities in the name of “development.”

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE

Selective Charity

The Onion targets religious hypocrisy with this satirical interview with the head of a mock Christian charity that provides relief to heterosexual Africans: “As long as you’re not gay, we welcome you with open arms.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE

Britain's international development secretary, Hilary Benn, looks at a malnourished child at Wajir district hospital, 800 kilometers (497 miles) north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi,  on Tuesday, Jan. 17, during a visit to assess the famine situation and health facilities in the area.
Thomas Mukoya / AP

Food Shortages Put Millions of Kenyans in Peril

The poorest parts of the country can’t even buy food surpluses from Kenya’s own farmers. | story

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE

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