Water & Sanitation

When shit happens

NEW YORK, 8 February 2016 (IRIN Global) - Everyone defecates, but ‘how’ and ‘where’ are questions that highlight class, gender and cultural differences between us. full report

Boko Haram arrests worsen Cameroon prison conditions

YAOUNDE, 6 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Detention conditions in Cameroon's prisons are worsening as thousands of people suspected of having links with Boko Haram are thrown into jail. An ill-equipped court system fails to process the cases, while suspects languish indefinitely, and more and more arrive from the Far North Region each week. full report

Briefing: Will a political dispute become a humanitarian disaster in Nepal?

PHNOM PENH, 21 December 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Eight months after a huge earthquake devastated Nepal and killed almost 9,000 people, an import-crippling border blockade provoked by a political dispute has sent prices skyrocketing and is stalling efforts to rebuild. If left unresolved, hundreds of thousands of quake survivors, many of them still living without proper shelter, could suffer shortages this winter. full report

COP21: Why talking about the weather is important

PARIS, 10 December 2015 (IRIN Global) - As weather becomes more extreme and erratic, the scramble for a bigger and better set of tools to cope with the fallout is on. full report

COP21: Climate change and conflict meet in Cameroon

KOUSSERI/DOUALA, 9 December 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Boko Haram isn't the only menace in Cameroon. Tens of thousands of people are being driven from their homes as long periods of drought, followed by heavy rains and flooding, destroy their houses and their livelihoods. Can anything be done to help? full report

Bangladesh’s climate change migrants

DHAKA, 13 November 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Farmland is being lost to climate change in Bangladesh, driving mass migration to slums. But the slums are at risk too, as rising sea levels and melting glaciers feed flooding, which in turn spreads water-borne diseases. Bangladesh is hoping next month's climate change conference in Paris will provide some solutions. 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

IRIN's Top Picks: Alarm bells over Burundi, jade-fuelled conflict in Myanmar, and fear itself

LONDON, 6 November 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

Will Yemen’s storm yet prove disastrous?

JERUSALEM, 5 November 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Powerful Cyclone Chapala unloaded the worst of its wind and rain on Yemen earlier this week, flooding large portions of its southeastern coast. The concern now is how the estimated 1.1 million Yemenis impacted by the storm will fare in the days, weeks, and months ahead, especially in a country already gripped by civil war and humanitarian crisis. full report

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