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Climate Change Threatens Urmia Lake

Urmia Lake, 2014 - Photo Credit: Wikipedia As published by the Science of Total Environment journal on April 15, "Climate change is likely to worsen the situation of the largely drought-stricken Urmia Lake in Iran. Even in the most optimistic climate change scenario and without any further human impact".  Urmia Lake used to be the second large...
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Earthquake Hits Ecuador After Weekend's Catastrophe

Photo Credit: Youtube A magnitude 6 earthquake hit Ecuador on Thursday , April 21st, after a magnitude 7.8 one last saturday. The latest quake hit 100 km north-northwest of Portoviejo and at a depth of 10 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Portoviejo is a coastal town, very near to the most affected areas by saturday's seismic a...
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Causes of Malnutrition

The world's effort towards battling malnutrition are focused on under-nutrition. Portrayed here, a child suffering from chronic undernourishment - Photo Credit: Deviantart Malnutrition happens when the intake of essential macronutrients and micronutrients doesn’t cover, or exceeds, the body’s requirements for proper functioning. It is then a blanke...
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Houston Flooding Linked To Climate Change

Texas. April 18th, 2016 - Photo Credit: Youtube Jake Crouch, a scientist at the U.S. government's National Centers for Environmental Information, said on an interview with Houston Public Media that " April 2016 will go down as the wettest April on record for the City of Houston" . This affirmation comes after this week's downpours in Houston, ...
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How To Prevent Global Warming: Handy Tips

Photo Credit: Flickr Disney Pixar’s Wall-E, and more recently, Paramount’s Interstellar, show a future in which mankind no longer has an Earth to call home . Years ago, a prospect like this might have seemed far-fetched. However, scientific studies have shown that if the human race doesn’t curb its emissions of greenhouse gases, not too long from n...
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Lionfish - A Looming Crisis in the Caribbean

Lion-fishing Lionfish are pretty easy to catch, taste good and could be advertised as a conservation dish.
Their numbers continue to expand. They are spreading throughout the Caribbean Sea. Eradication appears almost impossible. It is very difficult to control them and right now the best available plan is to capture and eat them. Red Lionfish. Photo Credit: Wikipedia “This is a new and voracious predator on these coral reefs and it’s undergoing a p...
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Developing our Organic Garden

Garden-at-Richmond-Vale When you enter the garden the first thing you see will be a circle with papaya, banana, mooring, lemon grass and more things growing on it.
At Richmond Vale Academy we have our organic garden about a minute walk form the kitchen. Here we use different organic gardening methods along with implementing permaculture techniques. The garden already starts by the fence. Whenever it rains you cannot avoid having precious water and nutrients being flushed away from garden, so by growing plants...
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10 Poorest Countries in the World in 2015

Child in the Central African Republic, a war stricken country - Photo Credit: Flickr Poverty, as mentioned in previous articles, can be measured by establishing a poverty line and evaluating how many people are below it. This poverty line can be absolute —income required to meet basic needs— or relative —a set percentage of the median national inco...
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Generational Poverty

People living in generational poverty lack the resources to escape it, unlike their situational poverty counterparts - Photo Credit: Wikipedia People with a background of generational poverty lack tools those in situational poverty have, therefore, it is extremely difficult, if not virtually impossible, for them to escape poverty. It is useful to k...
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Situational Poverty: Definition and Types

Situational poverty is a period wherein a person falls below the poverty like because of an adverse event - Photo Credit: Flickr Situational poverty is a period wherein an individual falls below the poverty line  because of a sudden event. Situational poverty can be caused by a range of factors, such as: a divorce, death of the family head, il...
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Facts about Slavery

Slavery is an issue as old as time and will continue to exist for as long as enslavers get away with it without consequences. Bringing justice to the victims of slavery, however, is not an easy task. Information regarding human trafficking and all types of forced labor is scarce even today. This makes it very difficult to gather data that allows fo...
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Child Poverty: A threat to childhood

Poverty: "Damaged Child", Oklahoma City, OK, USA, 1936 - Photo Credit: Flickr Children living in poverty are denied a good start in life —if any start at all. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) acknowledged this in December 2006, when it said that: “…while a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human being, it is most threatening a...
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Feminization of Poverty

Women selling groundnuts in Selima District, Malawi - Photo Credit: Wikipedia As defined by Madeiros and Costa (2008), “the feminization of poverty is a change in poverty levels that is biased against women or female-headed households” . In other words, it is a current phenomenon in which the gap between women and men in poverty is constantly widen...
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Signs of Malnutrition

A young girl is checked for signs of malnutrition in Sindh, Pakistan. April 2012 - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Although largely considered synonyms, there is a marked distinction between signs and symptoms. A symptom is a subjective term used to define the changes felt by patients as consequence of a disease. A sign is an objective term becau...
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Malnutrition Symptoms

Starved woman in Africa - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Malnutrition occurs when there is an imbalance in an individual's dietary intake as a result of under-nutrition or over-nutrition. Disregarding the type, malnutrition is a serious health hazard, as it affects the proper functioning of the cells, tissues and organs, thus compromising bodily func...
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Poverty Threshold

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Poverty is defined by Erenstein et al (2002) as " the failure to meet the minimum adequate level required to satisfy certain vital functions".  This poverty definition goes beyond the basic needs a household has to meet in order to survive —it acknowledges the social nature of man and what he needs to feel tru...
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Effects of Climate Change in The Future

Arctic sea ice melting: the lighter blue areas are ponds, while the darker ones are open sea - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Despite the fact that global warming and climate change are not the same, people out of the global scientific community often use both terms interchangeably. This is often employed as an awareness strategy by mass media outlets, as...
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Poverty Alleviation: A Dynamic Approach

The understanding of the following two things is vital in poverty alleviation: 1) There is no one who understands poverty better than the poor 2) National economic growth is not equal to inclusive economic growth. The relevance of these affirmations lies in that oftentimes, ineffective policies have been implemented when battling poverty because po...
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Characteristics of Poverty

Labourers in a rural area of Hyderabad - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Poverty adopts many faces, depending on where the poor are located and how long they have been on the negative side of the poverty line, as well as the cause behind their status and the level of poverty they experience. The differences between those facets help in the design of polici...
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Malnutrition Definition

Malnutrition —also called malnourishment— is ingrained in the collective psyche in the shape of a tiny child with protruding ribs and a bloated belly. But while acute starvation is a facet of malnutrition, the reach of this issue goes well beyond the people who have nothing to eat. This affirmation is supported by the malnutrition definition provid...
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