Monthly Archives: July 2011

World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women

Targeted violence against females, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, with Congo a close second due to horrific levels of rape. Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked third, … Continue reading

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UN declares famine in parts of Somalia: What it means

Aid agencies use a five-phase system called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification(IPC) to determine the severity of a food crisis. These five regions of Somalia fall in the Phase 5 category, which means that means more than two people per 10,000 die … Continue reading

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High drama in Nepal over Everest’s true scale

In an effort to put an end to generations of controversy, the authorities in Nepal are to launch an operation to try to ascertain the precise height of the world’s biggest mountain. The project could take up to two years, … Continue reading

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High steaks: Meat eaters’ climate impact

A comparison of the relative climate impact of a reduction in your meat consumption remains one of the report’s best features. For example: If you eat one less burger a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for … Continue reading

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East Africa drought – in pictures

East Africa is experiencing the worst drought for 60 years, which has led to the devastation of farmland, failed harvests and livestock deaths. At least 10 million people are expected to need humanitarian assistance

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