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HEALTH: Climate change - burden or opportunity?
8 September 2009 (IRIN ), Despite an international resolution to avoid environmental health hazards, the medical community - already overburdened with health challenges - has remained largely outside the climate change dialogue, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) climate change specialist.
GLOBAL: Climate change cost estimates flawed, study says
1 September 2009 (IRIN ), Current UN cost estimates for climate change adaptation are too low and this could thwart climate treaty negotiations set for December in Copenhagen, according to the former co-chair of a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group and lead author of a recent independent study on adaptation costs.
ASIA: El Niño spells bad news for cyclones
17 August 2009 (IRIN ), The good news for Asia as well as aid workers is that with 2009 being an El Niño year, the sub-continent could experience fewer and less intense cyclones, according to a climatologist with the Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC).ño-spells-bad-news-for-cyclones
ASIA: Dams threaten “millions of Mekong livelihoods”
22 July 2009 (IRIN ), For thousands of years, the Mekong River has nourished civilizations and housed one of the world’s most diverse populations of fish and plants. Yet 17 dams recently built on the Mekong and its tributaries in China, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, as well as 11 more in the planning process, are threatening Mekong fisheries – and thereby the food security they have provided for millions.
GLOBAL: IPCC to help prepare for short-term climate extremes
21 July 2009 (IRIN ), In a significant move, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international body of climate change experts, is set to produce a "how to" manual for policy-makers and disaster officials on managing the risks of extreme weather events and bolstering resilience, to promote adaptation to global warming.
GLOBAL: Setting the aid bar higher
15 July 2009 (IRIN ), Since the Sphere Project first published in 2000 its handbook outlining minimum standards in disaster response, much has changed in the aid world. Climate change is the new disaster, humanitarian reforms have reorganized the aid system introducing cluster leads for emergency sectors, and millions more disaster-affected people live in towns rather than rural areas.
GLOBAL: Less money, less food, more hungry - analysis
15 July 2009 (IRIN ), If the global economy were to rebound in 2010, sub-Saharan Africa would still be one of the world's poorest and most vulnerable regions, and have more than half its food insecure people, says an examination of the impact of the economic slowdown on food security.
AFRICA: Military munitions storage increasingly unstable
14 July 2009 (IRIN ), The growing number of accidental explosions in military arms and ammunition storage facilities across Africa has highlighted the need for minimum standards in stockpile management in the continent, says a South Africa-based think-tank.
GLOBAL: Not all Kumbaya and campfires
14 July 2009 (IRIN ), "Despite popular opinion that non-profits are all sitting around the campfire singing Kumbaya together, they do have to manage their resources, and any way they can reduce their expenses by managing those well, I think is an opportunity for them," said NGO representative Barbara Wallace of InterAction, one of 800 attendees at a trade fair involving more than 110 corporations, NGOs, UN agencies and government aid bodies in Washington DC last week.
GLOBAL: G8's historic shift needs applause
13 July 2009 (IRIN ), The announcement by President Barack Obama and the other G8 leaders of a US$20 billion three-year investment in developing-country agriculture marks a historic shift that merits widespread applause.

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