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Michael, 4, refreshes his face at a fountain on a hot summer day in central Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2015. The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX1IS2E

24 Feb 2017

Latin America’s cities sweat over health risks from urban heat

By Sophie Hares | February 24 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Rio de Janeiro is sweltering in blazing temperatures as it gears up for its spectacular carnival later this month, but in […]

South Sudanese who fled the recent ethnic violence carry food aid from a World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in Pibor, Jonglei State, in this January 12, 2012 file photo. Two years ago, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a petition to fight hunger with the slogan: "1,000,000,000 people live in chronic hunger and I'm mad as hell. " But outrage over the "horrifying figure" of 1 billion hungry people around the world has turned to embarrassment in some quarters in light of growing doubts about the accuracy of the number. Many researchers say the estimate was simply too high. The controversy led the Committee on World Food Security, to urge the FAO to overhaul its calculations using better data and methodology and to call for a set of internationally agreed food-security indicators. The first fruits are due in October when a new estimate of the number of undernourished people will be published along with revisions for previous years as part of the FAO's annual report on food insecurity. To match Feature HUNGER-METRICS.Credit: REUTERS

23 Feb 2017

Pope appeals for urgent food aid to help famine-stricken South Sudan

By Philip Pullella | February 23 2017 (Reuters) Pope Francis called on Wednesday for urgent humanitarian aid for the starving people of South Sudan, saying millions risked being “condemned to death” […]

A baby yawns inside the maternity ward of a hospital in Taipei. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

20 Feb 2017

Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year – scientists

By Alex Whiting | February 20 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Curbing outdoor air pollution may help prevent 2.7 million premature births a year, a condition that threatens children’s lives and increases […]

Buildings under a hazy skyline are seen in downtown Guangzhou, capital city of China's southern Guangdong province, in this November 17, 2004 file photo. China's worsening air pollution, after decades of unbridled economic growth, cost the country $112 billion in 2005 in lost economic productivity, a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found. The figure, which also took into account people's lost leisure time because of illness or death, was $22 billion in 1975, according to researchers at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.Credit: Reuters

17 Feb 2017

China, India account for half world’s pollution deaths in 2015 – study

By David Stanway | February 17 2017 (Reuters) China and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, a study […]

A Haitian girl with cholera symptoms is doused with water at an improvised clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince

16 Feb 2017

Nowhere to go: Nigeria’s crowded camps fuel disease fears from open defecation

By Kieran Guilbert | February 16 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) E very time she needs to go to the toilet, Shadima Irima recalls the moment Boko Haram militants stormed her home […]

There is no treatment or vaccine available for Zika infection. Companies and scientists are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine for Zika, but one is not expected to be ready for months or years.

REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

16 Feb 2017

From Zika to dengue, a warming Europe faces new disease threats

By Laurie Goering | February 16 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Europe is facing a growing risk of new disease outbreaks – which may prove difficult to quickly detect and stop – […]

A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe as California Air Resources field representatives (unseen) work a checkpoint set up to inspect heavy-duty trucks traveling near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California September 10, 2013. California Highway Patrol and the Air Resources Board were inspecting trucks for compliance to California's air pollution laws.    REUTERS/Mike Blake   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT) - RTX13GMW

2 Feb 2017

West African push to clean up toxic fuel hits snags

By Libby George and Alexis Akwagyiram | January 2 2017 (Reuters) A West African drive to clean up toxic fuels that campaigners say pose a health hazard to millions has run […]

Vegetables pulled out from waste bins of an organic supermarket are pictured in Berlin, January 24, 2013. Foodsharing is a German internet based platform where individuals, retailers or producers have the possibility of offering surplus food to consumers for free. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

27 Jan 2017

“Halve food waste by 2030”: EU lawmakers urge member states

By Umberto Bacchi | January 27 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) European Union countries were urged on Tuesday to halve food waste by 2030 but lawmakers stopped short of making the target […]

A worker displays a handful of rice at a market in Hefei, Anhui province November 27, 2009.  China, the world's largest rice producer and consumer, has approved a locally-developed strain of genetically-modified rice, paving the way for large-scale production in 2 to 3 years, Chinese scientists said on Friday. REUTERS/Jianan Yu (CHINA BUSINESS FOOD SCI TECH) - RTXR6PZ

26 Jan 2017

World faces ‘unprecedented’ hunger as famine threatens four countries: study

By Katy Migiro | January 26 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Global hunger levels are at their highest for decades with Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen facing the risk of famine […]

A health worker removes a dead chicken at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong

24 Jan 2017

World must not miss early signals of any flu pandemic -WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay | January 24 2017 (Reuters) The World Health Organization called on all countries on Monday to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry […]

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