UN agency uses satellite data to aid farmers in Africa, Middle East boost water efficiency
2017-04-27 15:40:37

UN agency uses satellite data to aid farmers in Africa, Middle East boost water efficiency

The United Nations agricultural agency created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to figure out how much water is being used to irrigate crops, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity


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Switzerland seen as No1 country
2017-03-10 12:50:42

Switzerland seen as No1 country

Survey respondents say new leadership is needed around the world as the U.S. drops in the Best Countries rankings. From his perch in Hong Kong, Zhang Baohui worries how leaders in China, the United States and Russia will – or won't

Modest pick-up in global growth but risks and vulnerabilities could derail recovery
2017-03-09 11:55:27

Modest pick-up in global growth but risks and vulnerabilities could derail recovery

Global economic growth is expected to pick up modestly next year to around 3.6 % from a projected 3.3% in 2017 but risks of rising protectionism, financial vulnerabilities, potential volatility from divergent interest rate paths and disconnects between market valuations and real activity hang over the outlook

Revealed: The 10 cleanest capital cities on Earth
2017-03-09 10:25:36

Revealed: The 10 cleanest capital cities on Earth

A damning new report by the WHO suggests pollution now poses a greater threat to human health than HIV and Ebola. The news comes as cities around the world, including London, struggle to deal with toxic air, which is thought to contribute to 40,000 premature deaths

Drought drives food price spike in East Africa, UN warns
2017-03-07 10:35:15

Drought drives food price spike in East Africa, UN warns

East Africa’s ongoing drought has sharply curbed harvests and drive up the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region, the United Nations agricultural agency said

World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, report warns
2017-03-06 17:25:56

World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, report warns

Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report. Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger has been achieved over the past 30 years

At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty
2017-02-03 10:10:47

At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a new generation of partnerships with the business community to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty