Table of contents


  1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Underfunding leaves poor unable to adapt
  2. CLIMATE CHANGE: Natural disasters made history in 2011
  3. SIERRA LEONE: Shifting tide on abortion law
  4. Analysis: Hurdles to Nigerian government-Boko Haram dialogue
  5. CLIMATE CHANGE: Migration not always a way to adapt
  6. NIGERIA: Failure to prosecute
  7. CLIMATE CHANGE: When adaptation does not work
  8. FOOD: Decoding food security
  9. In Brief: One-stop site for climate change & food facts
  10. HEALTH: Predicting the next zoonotic pandemic
  11. COTE D'IVOIRE: Government returns to the north


CLIMATE CHANGE: Underfunding leaves poor unable to adapt
JOHANNESBURG، 26/11/2012 (IRIN) - As the UN climate change talks get underway in Doha on 26 November, a series of new papers is highlighting unresolved issues and raising questions about the quality and quantity of aid being made available to help poor countries adapt to a warming earth. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: Natural disasters made history in 2011
JOHANNESBURG، 27/11/2012 (IRIN) - Many of the worst natural disasters of 2011 were also the most severe the affected countries had ever experienced, revealed the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2013, which was released in Doha on 27 November. full report
SIERRA LEONE: Shifting tide on abortion law
FREETOWN، 27/11/2012 (IRIN) - The new government is responding positively to health workers and youth groups who have long called for a change in the 1861 law banning abortion except in exceptional circumstances. full report
Analysis: Hurdles to Nigerian government-Boko Haram dialogue
KANO، 28/11/2012 (IRIN) - Attempts by the Nigerian government and the Boko Haram militia to peacefully resolve a three-year-old insurgency by the Islamist group have thus far floundered, dashing hopes of an imminent end to the violence which has claimed hundreds of lives. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: Migration not always a way to adapt
JOHANNESBURG، 28/11/2012 (IRIN) - As the impact of climate change unfolds, many have predicted forbidding scenarios of millions of impoverished people flooding into often affluent countries. Yet a ground-breaking study released on 28 November reveals a more nuanced relationship between climate variability and migration, which could provide insight into how events might transpire in the coming years. full report
NIGERIA: Failure to prosecute
LONDON، 29/11/2012 (IRIN) - The major atrocities in northern Nigeria’s violent insurgency have been widely reported: church bombings, including an attack on Christmas Day; attacks on government buildings, newspaper offices, and the UN building in the capital, Abuja. But these reports hardly do justice to the relentless daily toll of violence over the past two years. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: When adaptation does not work
JOHANNESBURG، 29/11/2012 (IRIN) - People in developing countries have been learning to adapt to increasing salinity, erratic rains and, in some instances, frequent flooding as the climate changes. But a new study has taken a closer look at some of these adaptation strategies and found that, past a certain threshold, they cease to work. full report
FOOD: Decoding food security
JOHANNESBURG، 30/11/2012 (IRIN) - Most of the world consumes bread, the cost of which has spiralled this year thanks to climatic shocks, worsening food security for millions. But a significant scientific breakthrough could see the development of extreme-climate -tolerant and disease- resistant varieties of wheat much sooner than previously possible. full report
In Brief: One-stop site for climate change & food facts
JOHANNESBURG، 30/11/2012 (IRIN) - About one-third of food produced for human consumption gets lost or is wasted globally. This amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year, the equivalent of six to 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions generated by human beings. This and many more quick facts on the links between agriculture and climate change can be found in a set of “Big Facts” released on 30 November by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. full report
HEALTH: Predicting the next zoonotic pandemic
LONDON، 30/11/2012 (IRIN) - Chances are high the world’s next pandemic will be a disease originating in animals, like 60 percent of current documented human infectious diseases. Even after hundreds of thousands of human deaths from zoonoses (diseases transmitted from animals to humans), experts say there is still limited information about how zoonoses are spread or just how to predict the next outbreak. full report
COTE D'IVOIRE: Government returns to the north
KORHOGO/BOUAKE، 30/11/2012 (IRIN) - After almost a decade of rebel rule, northern Côte d'Ivoire is coming to terms with a new authority as the government of President Alassane Ouattara, who assumed power some 18 months ago, establishes its presence in a region which effectively split from the rest of the country. full report