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Haiti Drought Causes ‘Extreme Emergency’

March 18, 2014
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Haiti Drought Causes ‘Extreme Emergency’

By EVENS SANON and TRENTON DANIEL Associated Press A drought is causing an extreme emergency in northeast Haiti, wiping out sorely needed crops and livestock, an official said Tuesday. Pierre Gary Mathieu of the government’s National Coordination of Food Security told The Associated Press that the eight-month-long drought in the region has caused the...
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Charcoal cutting project failing in Haiti: audit

March 15, 2014
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Charcoal cutting project failing in Haiti: audit

Trenton Daniel Associated Press, Published on Fri Mar 14 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—A U.S. program that seeks to save Haiti’s forests by shifting people away from charcoal stoves has largely failed to reach its goals, according to an audit by the U.S. Agency for International Department. Few Haitians bought the alternative stoves, in large part...
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Senior UN official calls for Haiti cholera compensation-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 1, 2014
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Senior UN official calls for Haiti cholera compensation-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

BBC- A senior United Nations official has broken ranks with his organisation and called for “full compensation” for the victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti. Gustavo Gallon, the UN’s top human rights officer in Haiti, also said in his report that “those responsible” for the outbreak should be punished. It is the first...
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A foot injury? Give me your machete!

February 27, 2014
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A foot injury? Give me your machete!

By Mark Plotkin CNN Editor’s note: Dr. Mark Plotkin is president of Amazon Conservation Team, a nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous people of South America to preserve their cultures and protect the Amazon rainforests. This is one in a series of columns CNN Opinion is publishing in association with the Skoll World Forum...
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Measles back again in US, experts call for vaccination

February 26, 2014
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Measles back again in US, experts call for vaccination

Measles are back again in America with two highly contagious cases popping up in the Bay State from Trader Joe’s and a sushi bar in Framingham. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of about 60 people in the United States contract measles every year. These people are mostly exposed...
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Deforestation Serious Problem

February 23, 2014
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Deforestation Serious Problem

Deforestation is one of many issues that plague the world’s environment today. Some potential environmental problems, such as climate change, are difficult to evaluate. Vanishing forests are something that can be readily observed. Perhaps this is what makes deforestation such a disturbing and serious problem. Forests, particularly tropical rainforests, are hot spots in terms...
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How A Wearable Patch Could Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

February 23, 2014
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How A Wearable Patch Could Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

(photo credit: iStockphoto) By Brian Honigman Many have experienced the annoying itch of a mosquito bite from time spent outdoors, but few have been able to find relief from this problem since repellents are often ineffective, clumsy or potentially toxic. Kite, a new wearable patch, may be the solution to the fight against mosquitoes...
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Genetically modified potatoes ‘resist late blight’

February 22, 2014
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Genetically modified potatoes ‘resist late blight’

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Scientists have developed a variety of Desiree potatoes that are resistant to late blight British scientists have developed genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable’s biggest threat – blight. A three-year trial has shown that these potatoes can thrive despite being exposed to late onset...
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New online tool tracks tree loss in ‘near real time’

February 21, 2014
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New online tool tracks tree loss in ‘near real time’

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Highlighted in red, the new tool can show the scale of tree cover loss between 2000 and 2012 A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises “near real time” information on deforestation around the world. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is backed by Google and over...
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Bill Clinton in Haiti to visit agriculture and environment projects

February 17, 2014
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Bill Clinton in Haiti to visit agriculture and environment projects

Trenton Daniel AP: Former U.S. President and UN special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton waves to the children of the Union Des Apotres – Prodev School in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Feb. 17, 2014. Clinton is in Haiti to visit several projects that focus on agriculture and the environment, including the Union Des...
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