Environment

IRIN’s Top Picks: Cats, Celebrities, Cold War and Climate Change

DUBAI, 26 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - Our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

Drones for good?

DUBAI , 9 February 2015 (IRIN Global) - Most commonly associated with spying and military missions, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – for humanitarian purposes is the subject of both hype and caution, but experts argue they could play an important role in disaster relief as well as having other useful civilian applications. full report

WEF: What to watch

DUBAI, 21 January 2015 (IRIN Global) - The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting kicks off in Davos on Wednesday. Here's a quick guide to some of the panels of interest to humanitarians. full report

Nice and dirty – the importance of soil

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff. full report

Iraqi farmers suffer as land seized by militants

JURF-AL-SAKHAR/DUBAI, 26 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - 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. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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 full report

Soaring charcoal prices hit livelihoods in Somaliland

HARGEISA, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Lake Malawi’s dwindling fish stocks threaten livelihoods

KARONGA, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Climate change: Afghans on the front line

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 4 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As the UN warns that "irreversible" climate change is affecting more people than ever, in northern Afghanistan the story is all too familiar. full report

Post-flood health worries in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 9 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - 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. full report

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