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IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths
28 August 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101924/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-New-aid-narratives-El-Niño-and-mapping-mine-deaths
Flooded mines cause toxic sludge in Vietnam
7 August 2015 (IRIN ), Toxic sludge that spilled out of open pit coal mines during 10 days of heavy rains may have seriously contaminated farmland, rivers and coastal areas in northern Vietnam.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101834/Flooded-mines-cause-toxic-sludge-in-Vietnam
The heat is on: Surviving summer in an Iraqi camp
28 July 2015 (IRIN ), For the 250,000 displaced Iraqis living in camps, the sweltering heat of the summer can make their lives misery. Staying cool is a gargantuan challenge.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101793/The-heat-is-on-Surviving-summer-in-an-Iraqi-camp
When war creates environmentalists
27 July 2015 (IRIN ), As Yemen's war continues, the country has been starved of fuel and suffers from chronic water shortages. Can solar power be the answer?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101788/When-war-creates-environmentalists
Cameroonians plagued by urban flooding
1 July 2015 (IRIN ), Rapid urbanization in Cameroon's Douala city and an increase in annual rainfall in the region is putting more people at risk of flooding each year. The latest storm affected more than 30,000 people, destroying homes, businesses and livelihoods.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101700/Cameroonians-plagued-by-urban-flooding
Heatwave is death sentence for Karachi’s poor
24 June 2015 (IRIN ), A heatwave has killed nearly 750 people this week in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, and most of the victims were poor people with no means of escaping the soaring temperatures.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101670/Heatwave-is-death-sentence-for-Karachi-s-poor
After killer heatwave, will India take action?
5 June 2015 (IRIN ), Temperatures are slowly falling in India with the approach of the cool monsoon rains, but a heatwave that left more than 2,300 people dead has raised questions about how prepared the government will be for the next one.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101596/After-killer-heatwave-will-India-take-action
Zimbabwe plunges towards a food crisis
14 May 2015 (IRIN ), Farisai Moyo was hoping for a bumper harvest this year, but all he has to show for his hard work is a field of wilted maize – the result of a prolonged dry spell across much of Zimbabwe that is likely to tip the country into food crisis
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101496/Zimbabwe-plunges-towards-a-food-crisis
IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs
17 April 2015 (IRIN ), This week's Top Picks features MSF's executive director on the dangers of mixing military and humanitarian missions, how homemade bombs affect aid work in Afghanistan, wasted Ebola funds in West Africa, the links between corruption and conflict in South Sudan, and much more.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101374/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-White-elephants-corruption-and-IEDs
Oil-rich Delta poses first big test for Nigeria's new leader
9 April 2015 (IRIN ), An early test for Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari is how his incoming administration will handle the volatile oil revenue-generating Delta, where former militia commanders pledged their support to Goodluck Jonathan, their clansman, who was emphatically beaten in the 28 March presidential election.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101342/Oil-rich-Delta-poses-first-big-test-for-Nigeria-s-new-leader
Killing us softly
27 March 2015 (IRIN ), Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101285/Killing-us-softly
Vanuatu reeling from impact of cyclone Pam
14 March 2015 (IRIN ), The closure of the main airport in Vanuatu is hampering the humanitarian response to cyclone Pam, which tore through the Pacific island archipelago yesterday, causing colossal damage.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101235/Vanuatu-reeling-from-impact-of-cyclone-Pam
IRIN’s Top Picks: Aid worker anxiety, conflict pollution and DRR
13 March 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101229/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Aid-worker-anxiety-conflict-pollution-and-DRR
IRIN’s Top Picks: Cats, Celebrities, Cold War and Climate Change
26 February 2015 (IRIN ), Our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101161/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Cats-Celebrities-Cold-War-and-Climate-Change
Drones for good?
9 February 2015 (IRIN ), Most commonly associated with spying and military missions, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – for humanitarian purposes is the subject of both hype and caution, but experts argue they could play an important role in disaster relief as well as having other useful civilian applications.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101109/Drones-for-good
WEF: What to watch
21 January 2015 (IRIN ), The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting kicks off in Davos on Wednesday. Here's a quick guide to some of the panels of interest to humanitarians.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101031/WEF-What-to-watch
Nice and dirty – the importance of soil
16 January 2015 (IRIN ), Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101019/Nice-and-dirty-the-importance-of-soil
Iraqi farmers suffer as land seized by militants
26 November 2014 (IRIN ), Across Iraq as the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) continues to hold large swathes of land, there are concerns not just about farmers’ lost livelihoods, but also the impact that uncollected harvests and the lack of winter planting will have on Iraq’s food security into next year and beyond.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100886/Iraqi-farmers-suffer-as-land-seized-by-militants
PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100867/PRESS-RELEASE-IRIN-humanitarian-news-service-to-spin-off-from-the-UN
Lake Malawi’s dwindling fish stocks threaten livelihoods
7 November 2014 (IRIN ), A combination of overfishing and the use of illegal fishing gear has seen fish stocks in Lake Malawi dwindle to the point that local people's livelihoods and food security are now under threat.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100806/Lake-Malawi-s-dwindling-fish-stocks-threaten-livelihoods

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