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COP21: A turning point?
26 November 2015 (IRIN ), Paris will not be a magic bullet, but can it at least be a turning point? Can there be agreement on the emissions cuts necessary to stop runaway global warming? Can the financing be put in place to help the majority of the world adapt, and find a sustainable development path? This IRIN special feature explores these critical issues.
How bad is the drought in Ethiopia?
19 November 2015 (IRIN ), Alarm bells are ringing for a food emergency in Ethiopia. The UN says 15 million people will need help over the coming months. The government, wary of stigma and therefore hesitant to ask for help, has nevertheless said more than eight million Ethiopians need food assistance. Inevitably, comment and media coverage compare the current situation with 1984 – the year Ethiopia’s notorious famine hit the headlines. Reports suggest this is the worst drought in 30 years. One declares it a “code red” drought. So how bad actually is it?
Rising seas ruining lives in Togo
13 November 2015 (IRIN ), Togo’s former capital city, Aneho, and dozens of surrounding villages, along with the main road that links the west African country to Benin, are likely to disappear from the map by 2038, local authorities and international experts say, if nothing is done to reverse the erosion that is currently eating away between six and 10 meters of coastal land each year.
Iraq's killer weather
12 November 2015 (IRIN ), Iraq is a dangerous country — the UN counts 559 civilians killed there by terrorism and armed conflict in October alone. What is less well known is that its harsh climate, heavy rain as well as extremes in temperature, can also prove fatal.
Will climate change = more disease?
6 November 2015 (IRIN ), Climate change is having a profound impact on animal habitats, but what disease risk does this pose for humans?
Crude awakening: can oil benefit the people of the Niger Delta?
4 November 2015 (IRIN ), The thick, acrid smoke billowing above the tree line is the telltale sign of local refining of stolen crude oil in Nigeria’s troubled Niger Delta, but environmentalists are looking to find less environmentally damaging ways for communities to benefit from the oil.
Climate change and conflict: it’s complicated
20 October 2015 (IRIN ), Scientists may not see Mad Max-style “water wars” ahead, but they nevertheless see strong relationships between conflict and climate change. Philippa Garson explores to what extent dramatic changes in weather patterns might drive the wars of the future:
What Chile did right
18 September 2015 (IRIN ), Earlier this year, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people. A few days ago, an earthquake significantly more powerful struck Chile. The epicentre was just 175 miles north of the capital Santiago, yet only 11 people died and only a few hundred houses were damaged. What did Chile do right?
Typhoon Grindr: love, liberation and post-disaster sex in the Philippines
8 September 2015 (IRIN ), Researcher Jonathan Corpus Ong found an unexpected silver lining in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan:
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.ño-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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.

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