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NASA Detects Vast MENA Freshwater Losses
PASADENA, CA—A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.   Scientists at the University of California, Irvine; NASA`s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and the National Center for
Source NASA (15 February 2013)
Food, Fuel, and the Global Land Grab
Growing demand for food and fuel has put pressure on the world’s agricultural lands to produce more. Now, a trend in “land grabbing” has emerged, as wealthy countries lease or buy farms and agribusiness in poorer countries to ensure their own future supplies. The result may be further economic disparities
Source Lester R. Brown (09 February 2013)
Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement & Aid
Source HIC-HLRN (08 February 2013)
CSOs Assert New Global Development Priorities
Upon expiration of the current Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the new “sustainable development goals” to be set at the international level were the subject of recent web-based consultations with global civil society conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS). The consultation, which took place in December 2012 and
Source HIC-HLRN (01 February 2013)
Food Justice and Land Gabbing
In recent years, the large-scale acquisition of land traditionally used by local communities, a practice known as “land grabbing” has accelerated exponentially. The results have been insidious: record levels of hunger, displacement and environmental degradation. And in a time of economic uncertainty, investors, including governments, corporations and individuals, view farmland as
Source Sarika Mathur, United Methodist Women (07 December 2012)
Morocco: First in Africa in the Fight against Slums?
At a press conference on the presentation of the program of the international conference "Out of Slums: Global Challenge 2020", scheduled for November 26 to 29, 2012 in Rabat, the Moroccan Minister of Housing...Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah, said that Morocco "is the first in Africa`s fight against slums." Benabdallah explained that the
Source North Africa News, NAU (24 November 2012)
UN Expert: “Fewer Housing Opportunities for the World’s Poor”
Statement by the Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, on World Habitat Day GENEVA (1st October 2012) – “Opportunities for whom?” asked the United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, when assessing this year’s World Habitat Day theme ‘Changing cities, building opportunities.’ “The current ruling model of housing policies across the
Source UN News Centre (01 October 2012)
New Report: Stigma and Access to Water & Sanitation
Summary of the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation to the UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/21/42) The report focuses on the links between stigma and the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. It examines different manifestations of stigma, and
Source UN Special Rapporteur on on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation (18 September 2012)
Climate Change: Farmers too Hungry to Adapt
Small farmers in the developing world who are going hungry for long periods of time - in some cases for up to half the year in Ethiopia`s Borana region - are failing to find ways to adapt to an increasingly erratic climate, a new survey has found. The survey, which
Source IRIN News (14 September 2012)
Spain and Morocco Evict Migrants
Spain`s Guardia Civil police acted on Tuesday after scores of African migrants landed in the past week on the bare, rocky surface of Isla de Tierra, Spanish sovereign territory about the size of two football pitches, which lies an easy swim off the beach. Ten women and children were taken off
Source Ahram Online, AFP (06 September 2012)


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