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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
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
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
Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country’s cashews has plummeted.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100387/Rosewood-plunder-in-Guinea-Bissau
Building food security in Ethiopia
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), set up in 2005, aims to make fully food secure the millions of people still dependent on food aid, provide support to the vulnerable to prevent the depletion of livestock, and create productive assets at community level. But nearly a decade on and over US$3 billion spent, how successful has it been?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100367/Building-food-security-in-Ethiopia
The race to adapt
1 July 2014 (IRIN ), Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100287/The-race-to-adapt
Coral reef restoration can save lives, livelihoods
24 June 2014 (IRIN ), A new report suggests that preserving and restoring coral reefs may be one of the cheapest and most effective ways to mitigate coastal erosion and flooding.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100253/Coral-reef-restoration-can-save-lives-livelihoods
A fresh start for climate change refugees
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), Firmly attached to her home region and long used to the harshness of her living conditions, Amina Aliyu would probably not see herself as a potential “climate change refugee”. But there is a strong probability that in 10 or 15 years the place where she lives will no longer be fit for human habitation and migration to another region, or even another country, will be the only option.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100206/A-fresh-start-for-climate-change-refugees
Sri Lanka offers lessons on how not to manage water
4 June 2014 (IRIN ), Angry paddy farmers blocked major roads in the Minneriya and Girithale areas in Sri Lanka’s North Eastern Polonnaruwa region last month, complaining the government had not released enough water for their rice to grow; they claimed they had lost 50,000 hectares of crops, or 1.75 million kg.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100170/Sri-Lanka-offers-lessons-on-how-not-to-manage-water
Toxic poultry feed threatens Bangladesh's poor
2 June 2014 (IRIN ), Bangladesh's leather tanneries are notoriously filthy, exposing workers and neighbours to toxic chemicals. And recent studies show that poultry feed produced from industry scraps may also be putting the health of millions throughout the country at risk.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100160/Toxic-poultry-feed-threatens-Bangladesh-s-poor
Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100142/Genome-breakthrough-could-help-fight-against-sleeping-sickness
SLIDESHOW: Lighting revolution in Sierra Leone
27 May 2014 (IRIN ), In the face of inadequate provision of power by the Sierra Leonean government, companies are stepping in to provide solar electricity systems that ordinary Sierra Leoneans can afford.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100137/SLIDESHOW-Lighting-revolution-in-Sierra-Leone
Melding science and tradition to tackle climate change
23 May 2014 (IRIN ), In the latest of several partnerships between tradition and modern science aimed at improving resilience to climate change, pastoralists and meteorologists in Tanzania are working together to produce weather forecasts better suited to farmers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100125/Melding-science-and-tradition-to-tackle-climate-change
Lebanon’s drought needs long-term solutions
23 May 2014 (IRIN ), Michel Achkar-Daoud is getting used to dry conditions on his farm near the eastern Lebanese town of Zahle, but says changing weather patterns mean it is probably time to get out of farming altogether.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100120/Lebanon-s-drought-needs-long-term-solutions
Kenya can lead on climate change adaptation
21 May 2014 (IRIN ), Research on the effects of climate change on agricultural productivity and food security in Kenya shows that the country can be a leader in adaptation to a warmer climate.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100115/Kenya-can-lead-on-climate-change-adaptation

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