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Flooding prompts health concerns in Philippines

MANILA, 21 August 2013 (IRIN) – Philippine health officials have expressed concern over the risk of diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases following days of extensive flooding – and at least 15 deaths – in the north of the country. “These are the usual complaints we receive when we hold consultations in evacuation centres,” Philippine Health … Continue reading

Drought response lags behind need in southern Angola

ONDJIVA, 14 August 2013 (IRIN) – At a traditional homestead in Chiede commune, in southern Angola’s drought-stricken Cunene Province, four tired, dusty children rest in the shade of a thatched hut. They have just returned from a journey to fetch water that has taken them most of the morning; the task will have to be … Continue reading

Report: Global offshore wind market to grow 32 per cent year-on-year

The global offshore wind energy market will enjoy rapid growth over the next seven years, led by the deployment of a new fleet of offshore wind farms in British waters. That is the conclusion of a new report from analyst firm GlobalData, which predicts global offshore wind capacity will grow from 5.5GW in 2012 to … Continue reading

Assam cooks up ways for schools to cope with extreme heat

by Amarjyoti Borah GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Authorities in the northeast Indian state of Assam are mulling measures to deal with the impact of extreme heat in schools, after temperatures in June shot up several degrees higher than normal, and stayed there. The state experienced a record-high temperature of 39 degrees Celsius on … Continue reading

Study links hygiene and height

BANGKOK, 1 August 2013 (IRIN) – Soap and clean water for effective handwashing can help boost a young child’s growth, according to the first large-scale scientific review to link hygiene to height – one measure of child nutrition. While medical studies have amply proven how improved hygiene can reduce outbreaks of diarrhoea – a leading … Continue reading

Mozambique to upgrade flood protection system

By Charles Mangwiro, CHOKWE, Mozambique (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The road from Xai Xai to Chókwè, in southern Mozambique’s Gaza Province, is still scarred by January’s floods, which left more than 70 people dead and hundreds of others homeless and impoverished. The worst flooding in 13 years washed away bridges, as well as top soil, … Continue reading

Spain seeks to charge for on-site renewables

By BusinessGreen staff Wind and solar power companies warn unprecedented changes will have a profound impact on health of the industry Spain’s renewable energy industry has hit out against government energy market reforms that could force homeowners to pay for the right to generate renewable energy. The Spanish government unveiled a draft bill last month … Continue reading

Half a million children face malnutrition in forgotten crisis in northern Nigeria

by Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than half a million children in northern Nigeria face severe malnutrition this year in a humanitarian crisis that has largely gone unnoticed because of ongoing conflict in the region, aid agencies say. Violent clashes between insurgents and Nigeria’s security forces in 11 northern states have forced thousands … Continue reading

The night the rain fell: Living in fear in India’s Himalayas

by Nita Bhalla       I didn’t sleep a wink that night. It poured and poured and didn’t seem to let up. I could hear it crashing down relentlessly. It was so loud that I had to get out of bed to check whether the window of my hotel room was open. It wasn’t. The … Continue reading

Advocates of Iran Engagement Get Unexpected Boost

by Jim Lobe WASHINGTON – For the first time in many months, supporters of intensified diplomatic engagement with Iran appear to be gaining strength here. Following last month’s surprise election of Hassan Rouhani – widely considered the most moderate of a field of six candidates – as the Islamic Republic’s next president, the possibility of … Continue reading