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Report Describes the Unfathomable Cost of Inaction on Rising Seas | InsideClimate News

Members of the Jordanian battalion of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) carry children through flood waters after a rescue from an orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti, destroyed by hurricane "Ike". (UN Photo/Marco Dormino.)

The world needs to invest tens of billions of dollars a year in beefing up shoreline defenses against rising oceans or it will face mind-boggling costs in the decades to come, according to new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If nations don’t build up dikes, levees and sea walls, harden existing infrastructure, ...

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LESOTHO: Food security goes from bad to worse | IRIN Africa

MOHALE’S HOEK, 26 June 2012 (IRIN) – Initial estimates of the damage to Lesotho’s already ailing agricultural sector – caused by a year of too much rain followed by a year of too little – suggest that an unprecedented number of small-scale farmers harvested nothing this year. Heavy rains and flooding cut Lesotho’s maize production by nearly half during the ...

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BURUNDI: Fears of looming food shortage | IRIN Africa

BUJUMBURA, 27 January 2012 (IRIN) – There are fears of a looming food shortage in Burundi after heavy rains damaged two successive harvests, say officials. “More than half of the expected harvest was lost in flooding and siltation,” Methode Niyongendako, a consultant with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said. The rains peaked in mid-September and November, exceeding forecasts ...

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Amy Goodman: Cry, the Beloved Climate: 10 killed, hundreds of homes destroyed in Durban floods | Truthdig

The United Nations’ annual climate summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba. The 17-year-old was one of 10 people killed in Durban on Sunday, the night before the U.N. conference opened. Torrential rains pummeled the seaside city of 3.5 million. Seven hundred homes were destroyed by the ...

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MYANMAR: Deforestation threatens breadbasket | IRIN Asia

YANGON, 14 November 2011 (IRIN) – Part of Myanmar’s breadbasket in the country’s centre is fast deteriorating and the area may face greater food insecurity without immediate action, local NGOs warn. “If we [wait], it will be too late and too hard to rehabilitate,” said Aung Myint, general-secretary of the Renewable Energy Association Myanmar, which calls on residents in the ...

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CLIMATE CHANGE: How rivers will behave | IRIN Global

PRETORIA, 14 November 2011 (IRIN) – Soaring temperatures and erratic rains brought on by a changing climate may radically alter water flows in the world’s major river basins, including the Limpopo in southern Africa, forcing people to give up farming in some areas, says a new study. The study – part of a five-year research project on four continents, the ...

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Agencies say Pakistan flood aid ‘drying up’ | Al Jazeera

Vital flood relief efforts for five million people affected by floods in Pakistan’s south could be cut because of a shortfall of foreign donations, international aid groups have warned. Less than a third, about 27 per cent, of a $357m floods appeal by the United Nations for 2011 has so far been met. Oxfam, Save the Children, CARE, and the ...

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