Decline in global hunger threatened by climate change and conflict

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There are 209 million fewer people who face hunger today that did in 1990. Hunger has become an issue of the past for some 100 million people in the last decade alone. This progress is exciting, but recent developments may slow down the rapid decline of…

All this talk about uplifting girls isn’t helping them

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(Copenhagen, Denmark) The campaigns that are meant to improve the lives of women and girls are distorting the way that we view people living in poverty and actually harms progress, says one researcher. “There is a longstanding colonial narrative of uplift and rescue, when it comes…

A whole lot of bad news for Syrian children

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Things are not well for Syrian children. Wednesday saw reports that a botched vaccine delivery left 15 dead in the rebel-held north. The news got worse on Thursday. An estimated 3 million Syrian children are not in school, a UN warns that food rations will soon…

World population may swell to 11 billion, study says

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This story by Gabe Spitzer, our Humanosphere collaborator and podcast producer, is published at KPLU.org The planet could be much more crowded by the end of the century than previously thought, according to a new report by University of Washington researchers. That contradicts a general consensus…

Do TOMS shoes harm local shoe sellers?

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The idea behind giving away shoes to children and adults is that it will improve their health. TOMS is likely the best known shoe brand that enables the giving of a pair of shoes for each one purchased. The one for one model, as it is…

Silent killer: Visualizing air pollution

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As global leaders repeatedly fail to reach agreements on setting emissions targets to slow the rate of global warming, local communities are taking action to protect themselves from a leading driver of climate change: the burning of fossil fuels. According to an LA Times article,  frustrated…

New paper rights the course of foreign aid research

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The debate over whether aid works (and whether that is even the right question) shows no sign of coming to an end. Some people want you to believe that decades of foreign aid have essentially seen money flushed down the toilet. Others want you to believe…