The global economy has reached a growth rate of 3% in 2017, the highest since 2011, as the impact of the global economic crisis and other recent economic shocks have come down, said the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP ) 2018 report by the UN. It said that this...
While the price levels of food and non-food commodity, with the exception of oil, is to remain stagnated globally, economies that depend on commodidity export for their income may lag behind other diverse economies in their social and economic achievements, says an international report. Such commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs) had...
Mountains are their ecosystems are facing challenges due to the impacts of land degradation, overexploitation, natural disasters and climate change. Loss of native plants and animals are affecting the biodiversity and livelihoods of mountainous communities. Mountain glaciers melting at unprecedented rates are having an impact on water availability in many...
By John Vidal, Climate Home News The communications industry could use 20% of all the world’s electricity by 2025, hampering global attempts to meet climate change targets and straining grids as demand by power-hungry server farms storing digital data from billions of smartphones, tablets and internet-connected devices grows exponentially. The industry...
Researchers say they have traced back the rise of the super-rich to the time when humans started settled agriculture and domesticated animals. The research published in Nature says that those who used large farm animals such as horses and oxen were the equivalent of today's multi-billionaire entrepreneurs. Ownership of these animals...
Netherlands came top on the The Good Country Index, which ranks countries on the basis of their contribution to the whole humanity. Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, and Germany occupied the next four positions. The latest, version 1.2 raking, has mostly used data on 35 separate indicators from 2014 to compile the latest...
As the US and North Korea, both possessing nuclear weapons, are engaged in a political standoff with each other, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, this year's Nobel peace prize winner has warned that the world is one “impulsive tantrum away” from the nuclear annihilation of the humankind. Calling...
Detaining patients for non-payment of healthcare bills is found to be a common practice in many parts of the world, and hundreds of thousands of people are likely to be affected by this every year, says a new study by Chatham House. The practice, highly prevalent in several sub-Saharan African...
Arms and military services sales by world's top 100 arms manufactures have increased by 1.9% between 2015 and 2016, and it is the first year of growth after five years of consecutive decline in their sales, says Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The total sales by these companies equalled...
By Megan Darby, Climate Home News The shipping industry will be urged to align with international climate goals under a declaration to be launched at a climate summit in Paris next Tuesday. The intervention puts shipping emissions on the agenda for some fifty heads of state expected to attend president Emmanuel Macron’s anniversary meeting for...

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