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CLIMATE CHANGE: Understanding Rio+20 | IRIN Global

JOHANNESBURG, 3 April 2012 IRIN – A Nobel laureate, a Swedish environmentalist’s idea, the “doughnut” concept, Scandinavia’s sense of social capital, measuring the quality of life, and valuing the oceans are just some of the things trending in the run-up to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development due to be held on 20-22 June 2012. Rio+20 will look at ...

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In Brief: Weather data for all | IRIN Global

JOHANNESBURG, 1 February 2012 (IRIN) – Disaster risk reduction officials planning emergency responses now have the option to consult a new online international weather, climate and water system operated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The system contains raw weather data and is aimed at professionals who have some familiarity with it, says Stephen Foreman, head of data representation, metadata and ...

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PHILIPPINES: Geo-hazard maps go public | IRIN Asia

Previously, such mapping was distributed to local government units and used primarily for land-use planning and zoning guidelines. However, recent natural disasters, including tropical storm Washi, have prompted the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (MGB-DENR) to find ways to make the geo-hazard maps available to the public. “By making these geo-hazard maps available ...

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Analysis: Coping with climate change | IRIN Global

JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2012 (IRIN) – In the past five years, “resilience” (the ability to absorb shocks and recover) has become quite a buzzword in the aid community. Discussions on adapting to a changing climate are increasingly peppered with the “need to build resilience” of people, infrastructure and governments in the face of shocks such as soaring temperatures, rising sea ...

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Progress in Durban, but not enough | IRIN Global

DURBAN, 13 December 2011 (IRIN) – The UN talks in Durban, South Africa, got adaptation and the response to climate change “approximately right”, which is better than “being precisely wrong”, a tired Naderev Sano, Philippines’ chief climate change negotiator, said as he emerged from two consecutive emotionally charged all-night sessions. Poor countries and NGOs, which are dealing with the fallout ...

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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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AFGHANISTAN: Mohammad Israyel, ‘I blame the government as much as the drought – there are no jobs’ | IRIN Asia

SAMANGAN, 5 October 2011 (IRIN) – Northern Afghanistan has been experiencing drought-like conditions in recent months which have hit crops, livestock and the livelihoods of farmers and their families. Two farmers from Khoram Sar Bagh District in Samangan Province told IRIN they feared they would soon have nothing to eat, and were so desperate that they had begun selling their ...

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KENYA: Dry data | IRIN Africa

NAIROBI, 8 September 2011 (IRIN) – East African leaders, donors and NGOs began a two-meeting in the Kenyan capital on 8 September to once again discuss how to prevent the region’s frequent droughts from triggering severe food crises or even famine. By the government’s own admission, in Kenya, weather shocks repeatedly and unnecessarily lead to crises because of the perennial ...

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ETHIOPIA: Floods pose new threat to food security | IRIN Africa

While the ongoing drought has seriously undermined the food security of up to 4.5 million people in Ethiopia, a threat posed by expected flooding during the second half of 2011 could exacerbate the situation, say meteorological officials. Ethiopia’s meteorological agency has forecast normal to above-normal rainfall during the June-September rainy season, with the risk of flooding in western, northwestern and ...

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