Environment

IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths

LONDON, 28 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - 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. full report

Flooded mines cause toxic sludge in Vietnam

HANOI, 7 August 2015 (IRIN Asia) - 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. full report

The heat is on: Surviving summer in an Iraqi camp

ERBIL, 28 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - 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. full report

When war creates environmentalists

SANA'A, 27 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - As Yemen's war continues, the country has been starved of fuel and suffers from chronic water shortages. Can solar power be the answer? full report

Cameroonians plagued by urban flooding

DOUALA, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Heatwave is death sentence for Karachi’s poor

KARACHI, 24 June 2015 (IRIN Asia) - 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. full report

After killer heatwave, will India take action?

NEW DELHI, 5 June 2015 (IRIN Asia) - 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. full report

Zimbabwe plunges towards a food crisis

Mhondoro-Ngezi , 14 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - 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 full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs

DUBAI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Oil-rich Delta poses first big test for Nigeria's new leader

PORT HARCOURT, 9 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

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