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Do hotels need to green up, make their guests happy and healthy?REUTERS/Fred Licht

23 Mar 2017

Skin powered by the sun? Energy-saving prosthetic limbs get better feeling

By J.D. Capelouto | March 23 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Amputees with prosthetic limbs may soon have much a better sense of touch, temperature and texture, thanks to the energy-saving power […]

Women collect water at the Chaquelane resettlement camp near the flood hit town of Chokwe, in southern Mozambique. REUTERS

21 Mar 2017

West African urban polls find clean water top priority

By Nellie Peyton | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Rapid urbanisation has caused so many problems in the Senegalese town of Tivaouane-Peulh that the government and aid providers don’t know […]

A farmer plants rice saplings in a paddy field in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

21 Mar 2017

INTERVIEW – UN pushes ‘smart crops’ as rice alternative to tackle hunger in Asia

By Beh Lih Yi | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Asia needs to make extra efforts to defeat hunger after progress has slowed in the last five years, including promoting […]

Rashid Hassan Mohammed, a recovering drug addict, poses for a photograph at Nairobi Outreach Services Trust (NOSET) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Neha Wadekar

21 Mar 2017

Breathe easy: nose shape was influenced by local climate

By Will Dunham | March 21 2017 (Reuters) The human nose, in all its glorious forms, is one of our most distinctive characteristics, whether big, little, broad, narrow or somewhere […]

An infant is measured for malnutrition at International Medical Corps' clinic in Gendrassa camp in Maban, Upper Nile State, South Sudan, on the border with Sudan, August 1, 2012. According to the International Medical Corps, an estimated 120,000 refugees have fled violence and hunger in Sudan into camps in South Sudan. Approximately 1,000 refugees were transferred on Wednesday from Jamman camp to the newly constructed Gendrassa camp, where they receive health screenings and vaccinations at International Medical Corps' clinic. International Medical Corps has been providing primary health care, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene services in South Sudan since 1994.Credit: REUTERS

21 Mar 2017

Climate change threatens to cut harvests in Uganda’s hungriest region

By Daniel Wesangula | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Higher temperatures and more erratic rainfall caused by climate change threaten to cut harvests in the poorest and hungriest region of […]

Motorists switch on their headlights while crossing a highway covered by smog in Manila January 1, 2012.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

14 Mar 2017

Nepal banishes old vehicles from Kathmandu’s streets to fight smog

By Gopal Sharma | March 14 2017 (Reuters) Nepal has forced 2,500 old vehicles off roads in its capital city of Kathmandu, part of a fight against alarming air pollution […]

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

6 Mar 2017

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children a year -WHO

By Kate Kelland | March 6 2017 (Reuters) A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water and air, second-hand […]

Afghan women carry water on their head at the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

3 Mar 2017

Afghan capital’s thirsty residents dig deep to combat drought, overuse

By Sayed Hassib | March 3 2017 (Reuters) A growing population is straining water supplies in Afghanistan’s capital, forcing those who can afford it to dig unregulated wells ever deeper […]

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” […]

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