Category Archives: Extreme weather; track population & CO2 data

Visit There you will find an interactive map showing a simulation of world and country population figures, as well as CO2 emissions. The population figures adjust all the time for birth and death rates for each country, adjusting the global … Continue reading

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2008: the year of natural disasters

Article The past year has been one of the most devastating ever in terms of natural disasters according to insurance company Munich Re’s annual assessment. The company suggested climate change was boosting the destructive power of disasters like hurricanes and … Continue reading

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Green Reflections

Looking back over 2008 in terms of climate change, there hasn’t been enough news to give us hope but to take a brief (very brief) look back at some of the green news that comes to mind, here are a … Continue reading

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Thames Tideway tunnel … the super sewer for London.

Article London’s current sewer network, which was built by Joseph Bazalgette in the second half of the 19th century, was hailed as a major engineering achievement in its day and collects sewage and rainwater runoff together. Sewer network overload  Today, … Continue reading

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The floods of Iowa: in pictures

 AP Photo/Jeff Roberson The rising Mississippi River has broken high-water records up and down the Iowa and Illinois shore, cresting as high as 12 feet above flood stage in some places. Estimates place the cost of the damage at over … Continue reading

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UN food crisis task force set up as hunger spreads

  Article The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is setting up a task force to tackle the global food crisis. Mr Ban said the world faced “widespread hunger, malnutrition and social unrest on an unprecedented scale” because of soaring … Continue reading

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Food riots go global as prices rise and rise

Article Rising food prices could spark worldwide unrest and threaten political stability, the UN’s top humanitarian official warned yesterday after two days of rioting in Egypt over the doubling of prices of basic foods in a year and protests in … Continue reading

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Aussie wine industry thirsty for water.

Article. Some Australian grape growers say they probably won’t survive this year’s harvest, because of the cost of keeping vines alive. Water prices surged above A$1,000 a mega-litre last year from around A$300. A long drought is forcing winemakers to … Continue reading

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Dealing with the world food crisis.

BBC report. Australia’s worst drought on record has slashed its exports of wheat. After America, Australia is normally the second largest exporter of grain, and in a good year it would hope to harvest about 25 million tonnes. The country … Continue reading

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UK grown veg could become more rare

High wheat prices are naturally enough encouraging UK farmers to switch more of their vegetable growing land over to wheat. Last years floods devastated certain farming areas with some broccoli growers going to the wall. More consumers want local veg … Continue reading

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