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13 Sep 2012

Global food security challenge creates food industry opportunities, says UK government

The challenges of global food security present real opportunities for the food and farming industries, the UK government has said in its response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s Sustainable Food report.

The logo of UNICEF is pictured at their headquarters in Cologne. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

13 Sep 2012

UNICEF hails rapid progress on child survival

Poor countries such as Bangladesh, Liberia and Rwanda, middle-income countries such as Brazil, Mongolia and Turkey, and high-income countries such as Oman and Portugal, all made what UNICEF described as dramatic gains, lowering their under-five death rates by more than two-thirds between 1990 and 2011.

Amazonian indigenous children do their schoolwork at a school in Oromomo, within the territory of the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), some 640 km (398 miles) east of La Paz July 30, 2012. Bolivia's leftist government opened a consultation process on Sunday with indigenous people to decide the fate of a proposed  highway that has drawn sharp criticism on environmental grounds. The government will take until mid-September to consult 69 communities in the TIPNIS, where work on the middle section of the 185-mile (300 km) road has been halted for nearly a year.Credit: REUTERS

13 Sep 2012

Global health group seeks to “save brains” as well as lives

Announcing backing for several projects aimed at “saving brains” as well as lives in poorer countries, they said global health and development efforts should focus not only on keeping children alive, but on improving their first 1,000 days.

Workers survey the monks' living quarters, that collapsed after workers tried to raise the area to avoid potential floods, in Ayutthaya, around 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok, June 22, 2012. Workers were busy trying to lift the monks' living quarters in the temple by around 3 metres to avoid potential floods in Ayutthaya, after the worst flood in over 50 years hit Thailand last October which caused buildings to collapse. The devastating flood killed more than 800 people and affected millions, including many communities around the ancient Thai capital.Credit: REUTERS

12 Sep 2012

Thailand’s flood defences under strain again

Thousands have fled their homes in Northern Thailand after heavy rain caused a major river to overflow at the start of the month, sending up to a metre of water into some towns. So far, four people have died.

A boy is silhouetted against the setting sun while arranging bottles of drinking water in Karachi. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

12 Sep 2012

Limited disclosures for hydraulic fracturing water

Concerns about the risks of fracking arise because of the limited information that is available on the contents of fracking water.

Kashmiri girls sit inside the classroom of a school in Srinagar June 8, 2012. According to UNICEF, 94 percent of girls in India enrol in school at primary level. The figure for boys is slightly higher at 97 percent. However, experts say many girls do not complete their primary education and are taken out of school by their parents due to poverty, or to help at home or be married off.Credit: REUTERS

11 Sep 2012

Relief Riders International announces year-round sustainable humanitarian programs

Since 2004, Relief Riders International has helped over 18,000 people, including 12,000 children, who are considered below poverty level in Rajasthan, India. The company organizes unique horseback riding adventures that offer individuals not only an exhilarating journey through breathtaking remote areas, but also the opportunity to assist in delivering life-changing medical, educational, and food aid to those in need.

The Eastman Business Park is pictured in Rochester, New York, December 23, 2011. George Eastman is best known as the inventor of photographic film and founder of Eastman Kodak Co, but his century-old legacy of entrepreneurship now rides on the lesser-known Eastman Chemical Co. That was hardly the case in 1994, when Eastman Kodak spun off its chemicals business to help pay down debt. At that time, Kodak was still a colossus in photography whereas Eastman Chemical was a small player very much in its parent's shadow. But because of a sea change in digital technology and different approaches to business, Eastman Chemical's stock market value has since increased 71 percent to $5.5 billion today, while Kodak's has plummeted 99 percent to about $185 million. Picture taken December 23, 2011.Credit: REUTERS

11 Sep 2012

Rising chemicals output a hazard, clean-up needed by 2020 – UNEP

The report said that the value of global chemicals output surged from $171 billion in 1970 to $4.12 trillion by 2010, but often without adequate environmental protection.

Patient Thomas West (L) speaks to Dr. Lisa Vinci during his health check up at University of Chicago Medicine Primary Care Clinic in Chicago June 28, 2012. A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.Credit: REUTERS

11 Sep 2012

U.S. debate continues on the disparities in health care

The battle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has divided the United States.

A competitor prepares to go in front of judges at a casting call for the second season of the reality television programme "Dance Your Ass Off", during which overweight or obese contestants hope to lose weight by dancing, in New York in this December 18, 2009 file photo. U.S. drug regulators may have a hard time stopping millions of overweight Americans from taking a new obesity drug that many are likely to view as a miracle pill for slimming waistlines, despite its safety risks and potentially short-term effects. To match Analysis HEALTH-OBESITY/FDA.Credit: REUTERS

10 Sep 2012

“Astonishingly high” diabetes rates found in UK ethnic groups

In the first study to reveal the extent of ethnic differences in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers said it seems a “Westernised” lifestyle of urban living with a poor diet and a lack of exercise could prove “toxic” for many British blacks and Asians.

Customers shop in the produce section at the Whole Foods grocery story in Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 8, 2012. Strapped with a reputation for crime, blight and political corruption, Detroit city leaders are clutching the burgeoning revolution taking place on various levels of the food industry as a potential start of a comeback. Picture taken March 8, 2012. To match Feature USA-DETROIT/FOOD.Credit: REUTERS

5 Sep 2012

Organic food no more nutritious than non-organic

Organic produce and meat typically isn’t any better for you than conventional food when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, although it does generally reduce exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a U.S. study.

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