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World Development News
April 1, 2020

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A new multinational study incorporating the latest models of global climate, crop production and trade examines the possible ... read more

The World Is Getting Wetter, Yet Water May Become Less Available for North America and Eurasia

With climate change, plants of the future will consume more water than in the present day, leading to less water available for people living in North ... read more

An India-Pakistan Nuclear War Could Kill Millions, Threaten Global Starvation

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, over the span of less than a week, kill 50-125 million people -- more than the death toll during all ... read more

Investments to Address Climate Change Are Good Business

New research suggests that over the next few decades, acting to reduce climate change is expected to cost much less than the damage otherwise inflicted by climate change on people, infrastructure and ... read more
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COVID-19: The Time Is Now to Prepare for People Affected by Humanitarian Crises

A new commentary highlights how people affected by humanitarian crises are especially vulnerable to ... read more

Rural Water Wells in High Plains Aquifer Show Large Increase in Nitrate Levels

Private well owners should test water quality annually, according to a recent study that revealed nitrate levels in shallow wells above US Environment Protection Act ... read more

Focus on Food Security and Sustainability

The number of malnourished people is increasing worldwide. More than two billion people suffer from a lack of micronutrients. Infant mortality rates are unacceptably high. Against this background, ... read more

Samoa Climate Change Resilience Challenges Western Perceptions

The resilience of Samoan communities in the face of climate change is providing a blueprint for other nations to follow, according to ... read more

Saving 'Half Earth' for Nature Would Affect Over a Billion People

Plans to save biodiversity must take into account the social impacts of conservation if they are to succeed, say ... read more

How Much Energy Do We Really Need?

Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, and it is critical that the world knows whether achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New research for ... read more

Mosquito Nets: Are They Catching More Fishes Than Insects?

Mosquito nets designed to prevent malaria transmission are used for fishing which may devastate tropical coastal ecosystems, according to a new scientific study. The researchers found that most of ... read more

What We Can Learn from Indigenous Land Management

First Nations peoples' world view and connection to Country provide a rich source of knowledge and innovations for better land and water management policies when Indigenous decision-making is ... read more

Global Policy-Makers Must Take a More Ambitious Approach to Reversing Biodiversity Loss

Leading conservationists urge governments to adopt a new approach to address the impact of economic development on the natural ... read more

Extent of Human Encroachment Into World's Protected Areas Revealed

Largest study yet to compare protected with 'matched' unprotected land finds 'significantly higher' increases in human pressure -- primarily through agriculture -- in protected ... read more

Climate Change Concerns Have Largely Ignored Role of Access to Effective Contraception

Climate change concerns have largely ignored the importance of universal access to effective contraception, despite the impact of population growth on greenhouse gas emissions, argue ... read more

Study on Climate Protection: More Forest -- Less Meat

Forests help protect the climate. Reforestation can decisively contribute to mitigating global warming according to the Paris Agreement. Based on simulations, researchers have studied the conditions ... read more

Sinking Groundwater Levels Threaten the Vitality of Riverine Ecosystems

Groundwater is the world's largest source of freshwater and it is of vital importance for food production. Increasing extraction of groundwater in recent decades has resulted in sinking water ... read more

African Child Deaths Could Be Prevented by Improving Environmental Quality and Reducing Population

Children under 5 years of age in Africa are much more likely to die as a direct result of poor health linked to air pollution, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, increased family size, and ... read more

To Address Hunger, Many Countries May Have to Increase Carbon Footprint

Achieving an adequate, healthy diet in most low- and middle-income countries will require a substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions and water use due to food production, according to new ... read more

Focusing on Key Sustainable Development Goals Would Boost Progress Across All, Analysis Finds

The world could make greater progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by prioritizing a subset of the goals rather than pursuing them all equally, a first-of-its-kind ... read more

Beyond Borders: Understanding Migration Requires Understanding Changing Land Systems

For tens of millions of people, migration is a tough reality. What causes people to migrate away from their home countries, and what happens when they do? Migrants and their labor are responsible for ... read more

Ancient Civilizations Were Already Messing Up the Planet

As issues like climate change, global warming, and renewable energy dominate the national conversation, it's easy to assume these topics are exclusive to the modern world. But a huge ... read more

Nuclear Winter Would Threaten Nearly Everyone on Earth

If the United States and Russia waged an all-out nuclear war, much of the land in the Northern Hemisphere would be below freezing in the summertime, with the growing season slashed by nearly 90 ... read more

Climate Change to Shrink Economies of Rich, Poor, Hot and Cold Countries Alike Unless Paris Agreement Holds

Detrimental economic effects of global warming are likely to go beyond those being discussed in policy circles -- particularly for wealthier nations, say researchers. Study suggests that 7% of global ... read more

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