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Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

young teenage brides in the village of nataka on the east coast of mozambique
Young teenage brides in the village of Nataka on the east coast of Mozambique, left to right: Carlina Nortino, 15, Muacheia Amade, 14, Lucia Eusebio, 15, and Fatima Amisse, 14.
Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain/Gethin Chamberlain.

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty

November 26, 2017 — It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away her parents’ Continue reading Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya
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More Filipino children face the dangers of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya – another viral disease that shares clinical symptoms with dengue, but is incurable

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 15, 2017) — More Filipinos are now exposed to viral diseases due to climate change impacts in the country. Continue reading Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

Bangladesh to build one of world’s largest refugee camps for 800,000 Rohingya

rohingya carry belongings through muddy water in the refugee camp at cox’s bazar
Rohingya carry belongings through muddy water in the refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar. Over 500,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Authorities say they will move Rohingya from 23 camps into new refugee zone near Cox’s Bazar close to Myanmar border

October 5, 2017 — Bangladesh on Thursday announced it would build one of the world’s biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar. Continue reading Bangladesh to build one of world’s largest refugee camps for 800,000 Rohingya

Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance – UN

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INFLUX. In this photograph taken on May 20, 2015, Bangladeshi migrants are transported on a bus in Langsa, Aceh province after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the eastern coast of Aceh. AFP File photo

At least 436,000 Rohingya recently arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since an outbreak of violence a month ago

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 25, 2017) — Bangladesh needs “massive international assistance” to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, the head of the UN refugee agency said Sunday, September 24. Continue reading Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance – UN

Climate change aggravates global hunger – UN

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Indian villagers wade through flood waters after collecting relief food near the submerged houses in Gazole village at Malda district in the Indian state of West Bengal on August 22, 2017.  AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTA

Some 815 million people, or 11% of the world’s population, were chronically undernourished in 2016, according to the annual UN report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

PARIS, France (Sept. 17, 2017) — Hunger is on the increase across the globe once again after a decade of declines, a UN report said Friday, September 15, thanks in part to climate change aggravating severe weather and conflicts. Continue reading Climate change aggravates global hunger – UN

Car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south, injures 51

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The latest attack hit the town of Pattani around 2 pm, with two bombs going off outside the Big C, a busy supermarket near the town center

PATTANI, Thailand (May 9, 2017) — More than 50 people including children were injured on Tuesday, May 9, when a car bomb exploded outside a supermarket in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south, police said, the largest attack for months on a civilian target there. Continue reading Car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south, injures 51

Groups collaborate to prevent diarrhea outbreak in Catanduanes

hrc provides a water bladder that could be used to purify up to 5,000 liters of water per batch for about 400 families
SAFER WATER. The Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) provides a water bladder that could be used to purify up to 5,000 liters of water per batch for about 400 families in Barangay Santo Niño and nearby communities in typhoon-hit Catanduanes. Photo by Angela Casauay/Oxfam

The Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) installs a water bladder and distributes Aqua tablets in typhoon-hit community to improve water safety in typhoon-hit communities

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 4, 2017) — The risk of diarrhea continues to pose a serious threat to some areas in Catanduanes in the aftermath of Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten), which struck southern Luzon on December 25, destroying water sources.  Continue reading Groups collaborate to prevent diarrhea outbreak in Catanduanes

The Guardian view on air pollution: ministers must act

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Smog in New Delhi, India, on Sunday. ‘Air pollution is at crisis levels in cities around the world.’ Photograph: Shams Qari/Barcroft Images

Adults who grew up in less polluted days can cope with pollution. But when a child’s lungs are damaged, they are damaged for life

November 8, 2016 — On Sunday, the capital city of one of the world’s fastest growing economies was effectively shut down in an emergency act. The reason was not terrorism, but air pollution. The Continue reading The Guardian view on air pollution: ministers must act

300 million children breathe heavily toxic air – UNICEF

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A woman walks with her child on a street as schools were closed due to the heavy smog in Jilin, northeast China’s Jilin province on October 22, 2013. Stringer/File/AFP

Nearly one child in 7 around the globe breathes outdoor air that is at least 6 times dirtier than international guidelines

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Oct. 31, 2016) — Some 300 million children live with outdoor air so polluted it can cause serious physical damage, including harming their developing brains, the United Nations said in a study released Monday, October 31.  Continue reading 300 million children breathe heavily toxic air – UNICEF

Nearly 50 million children ‘uprooted’ worldwide – UNICEF

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UPROOTED. This file photo taken on September 28, 2015 shows refugees and migrants arriving on the shore of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

UNICEF found that 28 million of those children were forcibly displaced by violence and conflict within and across borders, including 10 million child refugees

UNITED NATIONS (Sept. 8, 2016) — Almost 50 million children throughout the world have been “uprooted” from their homes by war, violence or persecution, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday, September 7.  Continue reading Nearly 50 million children ‘uprooted’ worldwide – UNICEF