Daily Archives: June 2, 2011

E coli outbreak in Germany adds 365 more confirmed cases

The mysterious German E coli outbreak that has killed 16 people shows no sight of abating, with 365 new cases confirmed on Wednesday. The source of the outbreak remains unknown, though the majority of those affected either live in Germany – particularly in or around the … Continue reading

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UN chief challenges world to agree tougher target for climate change

The world should agree to limit global warming to just 1.5C instead of the current target of 2C, the United Nations‘ climate chief has said, in remarks that shocked the governments of developed nations. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN … Continue reading

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Bangkok top Asian city for visitors

Despite last year’s violence in the city and the lingering political uncertainties, Bangkok is ranked first among Asian cities based on the estimated number of international arrivals by air and the level of visitor expenditure this year, according to the … Continue reading

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Ambitious Plan for China’s Water Crisis Spurs Concern

A chronic drought is ravaging farmland. The Gobi Desert is inching south. The Yellow River, the so-called birthplace of Chinese civilization, is so polluted it can no longer supply drinking water. The rapid growth of megacities — 22 million people … Continue reading

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Global food crisis – interactive

Climate change, changing diets, rising food prices and a growing global population have pushed food security to the top of the international agenda. But why is food getting more expensive? Who really controls the global food trade? And can we … Continue reading

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