20 Million Children Miss Out on Lifesaving Vaccines in 2018

20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018, according to new data from WHO and UNICEF. Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) and one dose of …

There Will Be 9.7 Billion on Earth by 2050, but the Growth Rate Is...

“The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights”, estimates that the next 30 years will see the global population add an extra 2 billion people to today’s figure of 7.7 billion, and, by the end of the century, the planet will have to sustain around 11 billion. India will overtake China, sub-Saharan …

World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

In drought-ravaged East Africa, the cracks in the plains echo the fault lines splitting tribes. Across the globe, the devastation of deadly brawls is being exacerbated by tensions over access to water. Water crises, often worsened by governance failures, can portend warning signs for instability and conflict. This year, the …

Water Shortages to Be Key Environmental Challenge of the Century, Nasa Warns

Water shortages are likely to be the key environmental challenge of this century, scientists from Nasa have warned, as new data has revealed a drying-out of swaths of the globe between the tropics and the high latitudes, with 19 hotspots where water depletion has been dramatic. Areas in northern and …

Reports: Syria to Sign Paris Agreement, Further Isolating US

The US looks set to become the only country outside the Paris Agreement, after Syria reportedly signalled it would ratify the international climate change accord. The New York Times reported today that a member of the war-torn country’s delegation at the UN climate summit in Bonn told the plenary session …

Syria Opens its First Solar-Powered Hospital

After months of testing, a hospital in Syria will have uninterrupted power last week, charged by solar power in a project designers hope will save lives and can be repeated across the country. Syria’s electrical grid has taken a big hit after six years of a volatile civil war with …