Russia announced a 12-month extension of its grain export ban on Thursday, raising fears about a return to the food shortages and riots of 2007-08, the FT reports.
Unsafe drinking water is the world’s largest cause of disease and death. The United Nations Development Program has stated that every $1 invested in water and sanitation produces $9 in healthcare cost reduction and economic development.
The Swiss economy has not only recovered from the global recession of 2009 but so far also coped well with the recent spike in an already strong currency.
Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, called climate change "an economic agenda rather than a green agenda [that] needs to be explained more clearly that this is about energy security and jobs going in a different direction.”
The government has to level the playing field when it comes to alternative industry for the sector to be competitive, Ted Turner, former vice chairman and head of Time Warner's cable networks division, told CNBC Thursday.
You knew it was only a matter of time: A Danish artist and UK T-shirt company have created a "Gropenhagen" T-shirt after the sex-coupon flap at the Copenhagen climate summit.
Obama shifts his schedule and a trail of e-mails continues to put the heat on climate scientists.
Things are heating up in Copenhagen ahead of the UN climate summit there next week. The city tried to discourage guests from soliciting prostitutes while they're in town—but all they did was turn it into one big advertisement for prostitution. Ow! Nice work, ladies.
The battle against global warming could be helped if the world slowed population growth by making free condoms and family planning advice more widely available, the U.N. Population Fund said Wednesday.
Switzerland should be wiped off the map and its land divided between France, Italy and Germany. That is what Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is calling for in a motion he filed to the United Nations, according to newspaper reports.
With joblessness rising, President Barack Obama said Thursday he was "deeply concerned" about unemployment and conceded that too many families are worried about "whether they will be next" to suffer economically.
Cities, companies and even Scandinavian rock festivals are striving to cut carbon emissions to zero, but analysts are divided over whether it is achievable or even appropriate in fighting pollution and climate change.
A new "issue-inspired song" written by Peter Buffett, gets its debut tonight (Wednesday) at a commemorative concert in the United Nation's General Assembly Hall. "Blood Into Gold" also features Akon, the internationally-known, Grammy-nominated rap/R&B singer.
President-elect Obama pledged quick work on an economic recovery plan to include tax cuts and increased federal spending.
The roads of the ravaged Irrawaddy Delta are lined these days with people hoping to be fed. After lifetimes living off the land, poor farmers have abandoned their ruined rice paddies, setting up makeshift bamboo shelters, waiting for carloads of Burmese civilians who have taken it on themselves to feed those who lost everything to Cyclone Nargis.
The 68 blue tents are lined up in a row, with a brand-new water purifier and boxes of relief supplies, stacked neatly but as yet undelivered and not even opened. But for the majority of Cyclone Nargis survivors, aid is something they've had no access to.
China began three days of national mourning on Monday for more than 30,000 victims of an earthquake that struck a week ago.
China struggled on Friday to bury the dead and offer relief to those left injured, homeless and without food and water by the earthquake that may have killed more than 50,000 people.
China ordered fresh waves of helicopters and aid into earthquake-devastated areas as severed roads, aftershocks and the sheer magnitude of 15,000 or more dead defied increasingly desperate rescue efforts.
Thousands of Chinese troops are set to join a frantic search for earthquake survivors on Wednesday, with prospects looking increasingly grim for thousands of people buried under rubble and mud.