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2012 is shaping up as among hottest years recorded

This year is in line to become one of the 10 hottest globally on record and the hottest in the lower 48 U.S. states, the World Meteorological Organization reports. Temperatures would be even higher if not for cooling La Niña weather patterns this year, according to the United Nations agency. "Climate change is taking place before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which have risen constantly and again reached new records," WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said. Bloomberg (11/28), The Guardian (London) (11/28), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"The Senate may vote this week on ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. ... Treaty ratification will not change much within the USA, but it could make a difference for people with physical, intellectual or sensory impairments in the developing world."

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  • Could desert greenhouses help feed the world?
    Does an experimental greenhouse in the Australian outback hold the promise for eliminating food insecurity? Sundrop Farms is growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers irrigated with seawater desalinated by sunlight. The greenhouses are cooled and heated by the same water, and crops are grown without pesticides and minimal use of fossil fuels. The Observer (London) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • Burundi obstetric clinic slows maternal deaths
    The Burundi region of Kabezi has already met the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75% from 1990 rates thanks to an emergency obstetric care clinic run by Médecins sans Frontières, and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "You do not need state-of-the-art facilities or equipment to save many women's lives," says MSF medical adviser Vincent Lambert. The Guardian (London) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Spotlight: Girl Up!
  • Victoria Justice: Unlock a song, help a girl
    American entertainer Victoria Justice aims to raise $20,000 in support of Girl Up, the program of the United Nations Foundation that improves the lives of girls in developing countries. After the goal is reached, a song she wrote -- inspired by Justice's visit to Guatemala with Girl Up -- will be unlocked, along with a music video. The Huffington Post (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Climate and Energy
  • Sea level rise "to be far worse" than forecasts
    Coastal areas around the world face a greater risk of storm surges and flooding than thought, as sea levels are rising 60% faster than predicted, according to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Researchers said they had excluded causes for the rise in water levels unrelated to climate. The Guardian (London) (11/27), AlertNet/Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Hope for national reconciliation in Myanmar
    Thousands of dissidents and student leaders invited to return to Myanmar after years of exile are showing a willingness to forgive, lifting hopes for national reconciliation, writes Mark Magnier. "This is not a time for revenge. Otherwise, it becomes a circular motion that never ends," said comedian Maung Thura, also known as Zarganar. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Teen star Victoria Justice challenges fans to give back and "Girl Up" for #GivingTuesday
    Girl Up Champion Victoria Justice took part in the first #GivingTuesday to raise awareness of Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that works to empower girls worldwide. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Inaugural global health track at 2012 mHealth Summit attracts health leaders from 50 countries
    The mHealth Summit announced that 4,000 representatives from 50 countries are expected to attend the fourth annual event, which, for the first time, will include a dedicated global health component focused on major developments for improving health systems in low- and middle-income countries through the best use of mobile technologies. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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