Environment

New-concept flood insurance could help Bangladesh's poor

DHAKA, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A new insurance scheme in which pre-determined flood thresholds trigger speedy compensation offers hope for poor people in flood-prone Bangladesh, experts say. full report

Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”

BAGAN, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt. full report

Kariba Dam collapse fears and disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe

HARARE, 9 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Could fears of the imminent collapse of the more than five-decade-old Kariba Dam on the Zambezi river between Zimbabwe and Zambia spur Zimbabwe into more effective disaster preparedness? full report

Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 4 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Sri Lanka has had six months of drought and could face severe crop losses and electricity shortages if the coming monsoon is as weak as forecasts predict, experts say. full report

Predicting disease outbreaks in a changing climate

JOHANNESBURG, 4 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Satellite and other new technologies could be deployed to help predict disease outbreaks and give us more time to devise strategies to counteract them, suggests the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report,which cites examples of how weather information can be used in the battle against deadly pathogens. full report

Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?

ISLAMABAD, 3 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management. full report

Mutant wheat fungus alarms food experts

JOHANNESBURG, 2 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security. full report

Conflict in Indonesia’s Papua Region

GOHONG, 28 March 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The clearing of forests inhabited by indigenous people in Indonesia's Papua* Region by agribusinesses is fuelling conflict in the southern Merauke Regency, say campaigners. full report

Jordan pins water hopes on controversial pipeline project

AMMAN, 20 March 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps. full report

Niger’s black market pesticides backfire

MARADI/KANO, 14 March 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Farmers in Niger are using dangerous, black market pesticides in unregulated quantities, with little impact on agricultural yield but with potentially severe health consequences, say experts. full report

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