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Lack of Safe Water More Deadly to Children Than War, UNICEF Warns

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Delia Paul
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The report contains facts and figures about the impact that lack of WASH in conflict situations has on children, and presents stories about individual children’s lives in Bangladesh, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and other conflict-affected countries. The report makes a three-point call for action to limit the impact of unsafe WASH on children in humanitarian emergencies.

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NASA's terrifying visualization of atmospheric aerosols

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Steve Dent
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Heatwaves, hurricanes and other extreme weather might be the "face of climate change," but it's not the only sign. A grim new visualization from NASA shows another problem caused indirectly by global warming: airborne particles and droplets. These "aerosols," shown on a single day on August 23rd, come from dust, volcanic ash and other sources. They're particularly brutal this year because of fires in California, British Columbia and the southern part of Africa.

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Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

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FRED PEARCE
Trees cleared in the western Amazon region of Brazil in September 2017. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
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The world is losing trees faster than ever. An area the size of Italy disappeared last year. Or did it? New research suggests three-quarters of those lost forests may already be regrowing. That hardly means we are out of the woods. Fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity still needs a global campaign to reforest the planet. But it does suggest that, given the chance, nature will do much of the work. ... Read more about Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

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The Global Impacts of Rapidly Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice

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PETER WADHAMS
Arctic Ocean sea ice melt as seen from the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Cutter Healy. NASA/KATHRYN HANSEN
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The news last week that summer ice covering the Arctic Ocean was tied for the second-lowest extent on record is a sobering reminder that the planet is swiftly heading toward a largely ice-free Arctic in the warmer months, possibly as early as 2020... Read more about The Global Impacts of Rapidly Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice

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WFP: Climate Change to Accelerate World Hunger

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Lisa Schlein
FILE - Malnourished and displaced Somali children sit in a tent in their camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, May 25, 2017.
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The World Food Program warns climate change will have a devastating impact on agriculture and the ability of people to feed themselves. The WFP forecasts a huge increase in worldwide hunger unless action is taken to slow global warming. 

The WFP warns progress in reducing global hunger is under threat by conflict and the increase in climate disasters. For the first time in several decades, the WFP reports the number of people suffering from chronic food shortages has risen. ... Read more about WFP: Climate Change to Accelerate World Hunger

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.5B people worldwide lack access to toilets — WHO

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Analou de Vera
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said and estimate of four and a half billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet that is connected to a "sewer or pit or sptic tank that treats human waste." The WHO in a statement said that billions of people still do not have an access to “safely managed sanitation services,” causing people to be exposed to various diseases. ... Read more about .5B people worldwide lack access to toilets — WHO

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