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Migration from Venezuela

Venezuela is experiencing the worst migration crisis in recent Latin American history. Migrants are fleeing from food shortages, hyperinflation, a collapsing economy, disease and violence. The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has gone relatively unnoticed. According to the UNHCR 5,000 migrants are leaving every day: if this rate continues some 1.8m people, more than 5 per cent of Venezuela’s population, will depart this year. Venezuela’s implosion has been building for some time and is becoming an international disaster. For decades, Venezuela was ...

Inward Investment in Senegal

In March 2018 the Turkish leader announced deals worth almost US $600 million in Senegal, the latest sign that foreign investment in Senegal is gradually shifting eastward. France, Senegal’s former colonial ruler, has long dominated foreign investment. Since 2003, however, the country has seen a surge in interest from further afield. According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), most new foreign investment projects have come from non-western countries, including $2.8bn from the United Arab Emirates, $1.23bn from ...

Improvements in Sanitation and Hygiene in Bangladesh

Among the world’s poor people diarrhoea is a killer. Up to 500,000 children are thought to die every year from enteric diseases, such as cholera and dysentery. Repeated infections also weaken them, laying them open to attack from other killers such as pneumonia. Diarrhoea can affect a person’s size and shape. Indian children are often shorter than sub-Saharan African children from families of similar incomes, partly because they fall sick more often. In Bangladesh deaths from diarrhoea and other enteric diseases ...

Whaling and the Faroe Islands

Whale hunting in the Faroe Island normally causes global outrage. Now Mike Day has released a documentary, which took four years to film, The Island and the Whales, that shows the complexity of the issue. Traditionally, the islanders’ annual slaughter of pilot whales is virtually the only occasion when the lives of 50,000 Faroese are noticed by the wider world. The documentary tells of a disappearing way of life, a population who are now affected by the results by globalisation – ...

Trafficking Women in China

According to the International Labour Organisation some 15 million people around the world are living in marriages into which they were forced, including some who were abducted. In China the trafficking of women is particularly acute, in part because a preference for sons has left the country with a severely skewed sex ratio. The imbalance was aggravated by a one-child-per-couple policy, which operated between 1979 and 2016, which prompted many to abort females before they were born. The Chinese Academy ...

Climate Change Disrupts UK Sport

Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are threatening the future of some of the UK’s favourite sports, including cricket, football and golf. A report by the Climate Coalition, a campaign group, urges sporting bodies to adapt to the changing environment. Climate change is altering weather patterns around the world. In the UK, it has resulted in more rain. Over 25 per cent of England’s one-day cricket international matches have been reduced by rain since 2000. The winters of 2013–14 and ...

Cape Town Is Running Dry

Cape Town is at risk of becoming the world’s first large metropolis to run out of water after a three-year long drought. Dams are at 17% of capacity and at some point in April this year – on or about the 21st according to the latest estimates – Cape Town will wake up to ‘Day Zero’, when toilets and taps will run dry. If that happens, 4 million residents will need to queue at standpipes to receive their 25 litres ...

The Rise of the Wolf in Europe

The wolf is on the rise in Europe. In the winter of 2017–18, wolves finally re-appeared in Belgium, the last country from which it had been absent. The wolf is protected by EU law, but a rising tide of hostility is encouraging some politicians to push to kill it. France approved a cull of up to 40 wolves following protests last year. When Germany’s wolf population reached 60 packs, its agriculture minister argued that culling was required.  Finland has reduced its ...

Rising Inequalities

The richest 0.1% of the world’s population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50%—some 3.8 billion people—since 1980. The World Inequality Report  found that the richest 1% of the world’s population accounted for 27% of the world’s wealth growth between 1980 and 2016. The top 0.1% accounted for 13%, while the top 0.001%—about 76,000 people—accounted for about 4% of all the new wealth created since 1980. World Distribution of Wealth The top 0.1% income group—about 7 ...

Mass Extinction

About 2 million species of plants, animals and fungi are currently known to science. There may be another 2 million left to discover, possibly 100 million. Nobody knows. However, even as thousands of new species are discovered each year, thousands more are becoming extinct in what is being called the sixth mass extinction. However, to establish that we are in a sixth mass extinction, scientists need to establish the number of species that exist, the rate at which species are currently ...

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