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- World Bank tackles food emergency | World Bank head Robert Zoellick warned that 100 million people in poor countries could be pushed deeper into poverty by spiralling prices.
The crisis has sparked recent food riots in several countries including Haiti, the Philippines and Egypt.
"As we know, learning from the past, those kind of questions sometimes end in war," he said.
He said the problem could lead to trade imbalances that may eventually affect developed nations, "so it is not only a humanitarian question".
(BBC) | 2008--0-4-
- Middle East water crisis warning | Governments in the Middle East and North Africa need to invest now if they want to avoid severe water shortages in the future, the World Bank has warned.
The amount of water available per person in the arid region will halve by 2050, a report from the bank estimates.
It blames climate change and population growth for new pressures on supplies.
Governments in the region should tackle water waste, build more efficient networks and reduce water use, the World Bank says. (BBC) | 2008--0-4-
- Treat flood risk like terror threat, says report author | The torrential downpours that caused billions of pounds worth of damage to thousands of houses this summer should be seen as a "wake-up call" for the country, an interim report said. The report warned that England only narrowly avoided "several near disasters of an even greater magnitude" with an "even greater loss of essential services". (Guardian UK)
- Climate Change and National Security | Recent actions and statements by members of Congress, members of the UN Security Council, and retired U.S. military officers have drawn attention to the consequences of climate change, including the destabilizing effects of storms, droughts, and floods. Domestically, the effects of climate change could overwhelm disaster-response capabilities. Internationally, climate change may cause humanitarian disasters, contribute to political violence, and undermine weak governments. (Council on Foreign Relations - PDF) | 2007--1-2-
- Brazil Announces Size of Tupi Oil Field | The sudden November 8 announcement of the size of the Tupi oil field has pushed Brazil into a delicate and potentially powerful economic and political position in the Americas. The oil field is supposedly large enough to make Brazil a liable rival to Venezuela and some smaller Arab countries, garnering the interests of Venezuela and, particularly, the U.S. | 2007--1-2-
- UN outlines global e-waste goals | With the world's annual volume of "e-waste" expected to exceed 40 tonnes, the UN has launched a global initiative to tackle the growing mountain of electrical and electronic waste, hooping to create a global recycling standard, extend the life of products and improve the market for second-hand goods. (BBC) | 2007--0-3-