COP21: A turning point?

NAIROBI, 26 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Paris will not be a magic bullet, but can it at least be a turning point? Can there be agreement on the emissions cuts necessary to stop runaway global warming? Can the financing be put in place to help the majority of the world adapt, and find a sustainable development path? This IRIN special feature explores these critical issues. full report

How bad is the drought in Ethiopia?

LONDON, 19 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Alarm bells are ringing for a food emergency in Ethiopia. The UN says 15 million people will need help over the coming months. The government, wary of stigma and therefore hesitant to ask for help, has nevertheless said more than eight million Ethiopians need food assistance. Inevitably, comment and media coverage compare the current situation with 1984 – the year Ethiopia’s notorious famine hit the headlines. Reports suggest this is the worst drought in 30 years. One declares it a “code red” drought. So how bad actually is it? full report

Rising seas ruining lives in Togo

LOME, 13 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Togo’s former capital city, Aneho, and dozens of surrounding villages, along with the main road that links the west African country to Benin, are likely to disappear from the map by 2038, local authorities and international experts say, if nothing is done to reverse the erosion that is currently eating away between six and 10 meters of coastal land each year. full report

Iraq's killer weather

EXETER/KIRKUK, 12 November 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Iraq is a dangerous country — the UN counts 559 civilians killed there by terrorism and armed conflict in October alone. What is less well known is that its harsh climate, heavy rain as well as extremes in temperature, can also prove fatal. full report

Will climate change = more disease?

NEW YORK, 6 November 2015 (IRIN Global) - Climate change is having a profound impact on animal habitats, but what disease risk does this pose for humans? full report

Crude awakening: can oil benefit the people of the Niger Delta?

PORT HARCOURT, 4 November 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The thick, acrid smoke billowing above the tree line is the telltale sign of local refining of stolen crude oil in Nigeria’s troubled Niger Delta, but environmentalists are looking to find less environmentally damaging ways for communities to benefit from the oil. full report

Climate change and conflict: it’s complicated

NEW YORK, 20 October 2015 (IRIN Global) - Scientists may not see Mad Max-style “water wars” ahead, but they nevertheless see strong relationships between conflict and climate change. Philippa Garson explores to what extent dramatic changes in weather patterns might drive the wars of the future: full report

What Chile did right

LONDON, 18 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - Earlier this year, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people. A few days ago, an earthquake significantly more powerful struck Chile. The epicentre was just 175 miles north of the capital Santiago, yet only 11 people died and only a few hundred houses were damaged. What did Chile do right? full report

Typhoon Grindr: love, liberation and post-disaster sex in the Philippines

TACLOBAN, 8 September 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Researcher Jonathan Corpus Ong found an unexpected silver lining in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan: full report

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

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