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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
Soaring charcoal prices hit livelihoods in Somaliland
7 November 2014 (IRIN ), The livelihoods of vulnerable families, including the poor and internally displaced, in the self-declared independent republic of Somaliland have been hard hit by steep rises in the price of charcoal, the main fuel for cooking in the region.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100805/Soaring-charcoal-prices-hit-livelihoods-in-Somaliland
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
Climate change: Afghans on the front line
4 November 2014 (IRIN ), As the UN warns that "irreversible" climate change is affecting more people than ever, in northern Afghanistan the story is all too familiar.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100791/Climate-change-Afghans-on-the-front-line
Post-flood health worries in Pakistan
9 October 2014 (IRIN ), As waters continue to recede after floods that have affected more than 2.5 million Pakistanis, health experts warn a further crisis may be unfolding with thousands of communities at risk of vector and water-borne disease.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100702/Post-flood-health-worries-in-Pakistan
Dire conditions for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon
6 October 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of Nigerians who have fled attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram are crowded into Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon’s Far North Region, living in increasingly squalid conditions and at risk of contracting measles and other diseases, according to relief agencies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100689/Dire-conditions-for-Nigerian-refugees-in-Cameroon
Zimbabwe's Tonga fishermen cut off from Zambezi lifeline
29 September 2014 (IRIN ), The Tonga tribe, who make up the majority of the estimated 200,000 people living in rural Binga District in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North Province, has for generations depended on fishing for food and an income. But unaffordable government levies are making their lives increasingly difficult.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100670/Zimbabwe-s-Tonga-fishermen-cut-off-from-Zambezi-lifeline
Resilience planning – some do’s and don’ts
26 September 2014 (IRIN ), Among the topics being discussed at the 2014 World Climate Week in New York City (22-26 September), are financing resilient cities, corporate actions for resilience, the ways data can support resilience moves, and women’s leadership in resilience planning.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100661/Resilience-planning-some-do-s-and-don-ts
How to boost food production in Africa
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100612/How-to-boost-food-production-in-Africa
“Super-flood” risk Pakistan
11 September 2014 (IRIN ), Late monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have washed away communities, devastated farmland, and brought the risk of a “super-flood” moving across the country, leaving millions of people potentially vulnerable.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100596/Super-flood-risk-Pakistan
Heavy health toll of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants
8 September 2014 (IRIN ), South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by air pollution emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100584/Heavy-health-toll-of-South-Africa-s-coal-fired-power-plants
Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”
28 August 2014 (IRIN ), A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100548/Afghan-mining-law-could-strengthen-armed-groups
Higher profile for climate change in new SDGs
26 August 2014 (IRIN ), Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100538/Higher-profile-for-climate-change-in-new-SDGs
Fighting, fuel fires and fear in Tripoli
26 August 2014 (IRIN ), Black smoke from a massive fuel depot fire has been lingering over the heads of the residents of the capital Tripoli for more than four weeks. While the smoke has lessened since July, the fuel fires, water-supply cuts and regular gun-fire are signs that the country is going through one of the most difficult periods since the 2011 revolution.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100539/Fighting-fuel-fires-and-fear-in-Tripoli
Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's government is scrambling to ease the impact of record harvest losses on millions of farmers as the country enters its tenth month of an acute dry spell.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100523/Record-harvest-loss-food-shortages-hit-dry-Sri-Lanka
Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners
20 August 2014 (IRIN ), Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100518/Call-for-action-to-curb-attacks-on-environmental-campaigners
Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters
12 August 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists say they risk reaching flawed conclusions on climate change unless data on Pakistan's glaciers is more systematically shared. Yet new projects aim to do just that.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100479/Pakistan-s-glaciers-Data-sharing-needed-to-mitigate-disasters
Rising Ebola cases strain health workers
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), A shortage of trained health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who can treat Ebola victims and prevent further spread of the deadly disease is hampering response efforts, say Health Ministry and NGO staff, who say their efforts are at “breaking point”.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100426/Rising-Ebola-cases-strain-health-workers
Tobacco-curing eats up Zimbabwe's forests
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), While, smoking tobacco is extremely harmful for human beings growing it has been good for Zimbabwe's economy and its farmers. Now, however, both the government and farmers have become increasingly aware that tobacco farming also comes at a great cost to the environment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100421/Tobacco-curing-eats-up-Zimbabwe-s-forests

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