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WEST AFRICA : Thousands affected by floods
8 September 2008 (IRIN ), Floods from heavy rains across West Africa have damaged infrastructure, and destroyed the homes or crops of up to 130,000 people, and caused more than 20 deaths, according to Hervé Ludovic De Lys, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
WEST AFRICA: Forced mass deportations, violence against migrants on rise
5 September 2008 (IRIN ), Participants wrapping up the two-day "Stakeholders in Migration" conference on migration in West Africa organised by non-profit Open Society Institute (OSI) said clandestine migration from sub-Saharan Africa to North Africa and Europe has prompted increased border crackdowns, abuses and killings of migrants.
WEST AFRICA: Do high food prices warrant a cash response?
3 September 2008 (IRIN ), Experts say many of the right conditions are in place across West Africa to make cash distributions work in the current global food price crisis.
BURKINA FASO: Six killed and thousands affected by heavy rains
1 September 2008 (IRIN ), Heavy rains and violent winds in Burkina Faso have killed six people, wounded 18, and left 4,200 homeless according to the government’s National Council for Emergency Aid (CONASUR).
GLOBAL: Food wasted is water lost
29 August 2008 (IRIN ), To meet growing food demand, in another 40 years the world would need enough water to fill at least three lakes the size of Victoria, Africa's largest body of water, according to a projection in a new policy brief. Lake Victoria's estimated volume is 2,750 km3.
WEST AFRICA: Coastline to be submerged by 2099
25 August 2008 (IRIN ), Swathes of West Africa’s coastline extending from the orange dunes in Mauritania to the dense tropical forests in Cameroon will be underwater by the end of the century as a direct consequence of climate change, environmental experts warn.
GLOBAL: Pressure on to reach emissions agreement
22 August 2008 (IRIN ), Industrialised and developing countries will be under intense pressure to agree on greenhouse gas emission reduction targets during week-long negotiations over future greenhouse gas emission targets which kicked off in the Ghana capital Accra on 21 August.
GLOBAL: Cyclones, storms and hurricanes
21 August 2008 (IRIN ), One symptom of climate change is more severe tropical cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons, featuring in the headlines more often.
WEST AFRICA: Flood relief efforts continue
15 August 2008 (IRIN ), Disaster relief teams have fanned out across West Africa to assess how badly the region was hit during the past month of heavy rains. Tens of thousands were affected in Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger, Liberia and Mauritania according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA).
GLOBAL: What we are doing about climate change
5 August 2008 (IRIN ), In developing countries, where survival is often a daily struggle, people cannot afford to wait for their government to bail them out. Many are living in the grip of climate change, coping with frequent droughts, heavy flooding, intense cyclones and other extreme weather events, and have found ways to adapt:

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