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Global Issues
  1. Action on climate change is cheaper than inaction

    Many are afraid that tackling climate change is going to be too costly. But increasingly, studies are showing action will not just be cheaper than inaction, but could actually result in economic, environmental and even health benefits, while improving sustainability.

    This new page includes more information on the above issues.

    Read full article: Action on climate change is cheaper than inaction

  2. 2014 warmest year since records began

    Recently released data showed that 2014 was the hottest year since records began in 1880.

    This update includes updated charts and graphs and animations that look into this further.

    Read full article: Climate Change and Global Warming Introduction

  3. COP20 — Lima Climate Conference

    An overview of the Climate Change Conference (also known as COP 20), held in Lima, Peru in December 2014.

    While it seemed like it was a successful meeting, because developing nations were committed to drawing up their own plans for emissions reductions for the first time, a number of important issues were left undecided such as how financing would work.

    This page is an overview of the Lima Climate conference.

    Read full article: COP20—Lima Climate Conference

  4. Foreign aid: rebounds in 2013 to highest levels ever despite budget pressures, but still way below promised amounts

    The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) recently published new preliminary figures for aid in 2013.

    It showed official development assistance (ODA) aid from wealthy governments had increased to just under $135 billion in 2013 (at constant 2012 prices). This is roughly 0.3% of GNI (Gross National Income) of the donor nations.

    Net ODA in dollars: the US provided the most in dollar terms. As a percent of their GNI, Norway provided the most

    Yet, over 40 years ago nations promised to reach 0.7% of their GNI by the mid-1970s. While each year the amount of aid falls quite short of that 0.7% target (less than half of that target), the quality and effectiveness of that aid is often questionable, sometimes benefiting the donor more than the recipient due to the types of conditions attached to this aid.

    This update includes a number of new and updated charts and graphs.

    Read full article: Foreign Aid for Development Assistance

  5. Foreign aid: shortfall since 1970 almost $5 trillion; greater than aid given

    Over 40 years ago, rich country governments agreed to give 0.7% of their GNI (Gross National Income) as official aid to poor countries for development assistance.

    The average aid delivered each year has actually been between 0.2 to 0.4%. The shortfall has therefore accumulated to almost $5 trillion dollars at 2012 prices, while total aid delivered in that same time frame has reached $3.6 trillion.

    Year after year, the accumulated shortfall increases at almost a steady rate. Overall, only 42% of total possible aid has been delivered. The other 58% has been a shortfall

    This update includes updated charts and graphs that look into this further.

    Read full article: Official global foreign aid shortfall: $4 trillion

  6. Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

    An overview of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa that has been described by the World Health Organization as the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak in the history of the disease.

    The epidemic began at the end of 2013, in Guinea. From there it spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. Many of the affected countries face enormous challenges in stopping its spread and providing care for all patients.

    Thousands of people have died and many are at risk as the fatality rate from this virus is very high. As the crisis worsens, as well as the enormous health challenges involved, the social and economic consequences may set these countries back, reversing some gains a number of these countries have made in recent years.

    This new page includes more information on the above issues.

    Read full article: Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

  7. 75% of the world’s large carnivores are now in decline while rhino poaching continues to soar

    A recent study has found that three quarters of the world’s big carnivores are in decline, due to declining habitats and persecution by humans. This is also having a negative impact on the environment because top predators have a crucial role in any given ecosystem which is hard to replace.

    At the same time, the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa (where most rhinos now remain) has soared exponentially in recent years.

    This update includes more information on the above issues.

    Read full article: Nature and Animal Conservation

  8. Tobacco kills. Higher taxes and advertising controls work

    It is well known that tobacco smoking kills. But it also exacerbates poverty, contributes to world hunger by diverting prime land away from food production, damages the environment and reduces economic productivity. Second hand smoking also affects other people’s lives. Despite many attempts to prevent it, a global tobacco control treaty became international law in 2005.

    However, challenges still remain as tobacco companies try to hit back, for example, by targeting developing nations, increasing advertising at children and women, attempting to undermine global treaties and influence trade talks, etc.

    This update includes updated stats, as well as more information on the above issues.

    Read full article: Tobacco

  9. COP19 - Warsaw Climate Conference

    An overview of the Climate Change Conference (also known as COP 19), held in Warsaw, Poland in November 2013.

    Predictably and sadly, the same issues have resurfaced: West stalling on doing anything, lack of funding, disagreement on priorities, etc.

    This page is an overview of the Warsaw Climate conference and also includes a feed of latest news stories from Inter Press Service’s coverage of the conference.

    Read full article: COP19 - Warsaw Climate Conference

  10. Global warming has not paused, unfortunately

    In recent weeks there have been more questions about whether climate change has paused, or even stopped. However, it seems that maybe these suggestions are coming from looking at long term surface temperature changes only which do seem to have shown a small decline in very recent years. But the bigger picture shows that overall, unfortunately, warming continues.

    The dip in warming in recent years is surface temperatures only. When looked against a sufficiently and more appropriately larger time frame, and compared to the much larger warming occuring in the oceans, that dip is miniscule

    In addition to more details and images about the above issue, the climate change introduction page was updated with additional notes about rising emissions and the super-storm typhoon Hiayan.

    Read full article: Climate Change and Global Warming Introduction

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