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Climate change has become the most recent explanation for the low wages of tea labourers in Assam, India, causing yet more tensions between the government, the tea growers and those campaigning on behalf of the poor workers caught in the…

Videogames for volcanoes

A videogame may help prepare a small Caribbean island for a potential disaster

Dealing with drugs

While Ebola makes the headlines, a raft of unreported and under-researched diseases are responsible for far more deaths across Africa every year. But without adequate financial rewards for the West, too little is being done to help
Malaria that has developed total resistance to the anti-malarial drug Artemisinin has been identified over a far larger area than previously known – putting millions of lives at risk
Tractors clogged the main roads into Warsaw last week as Polish farmers demonstrated their opposition to changes to agriculture laws
Renewable resources representing 45 per cent of global calorie intake have reached peak production levels
Geographical gets an exclusive preview from development project, Development Progress, ahead of a Royal Geographical Society exhibition starting 16 February
Volunteers from the ‘Global South’ are an important, but poorly understood group in development work

Roach rescuers

Being crushed under your own home during an earthquake, and then having a cockroach – drawn by your moans – crawl all over you is not at first thought particularly reassuring
In Pakistan, bonded slavery is as prevalent now as it has ever been. Luke Duggleby reports on the efforts being made to combat this horrific violation of human rights
Cuba has been generous during the recent Ebola outbreak, but the country’s health care system faces major challenges
As many as two thirds of the 15,000 children kept in ‘orphanages’ in Nepal are not, in fact, orphans, with the criminals who run the establishments duping naive Western volunteers into providing funding

Sahel squeeze

Food, animal feed and fuel are all in high demand in Africa’s troubled Sahel region, but supply is not rising to meet demand
Three months after a spill released copper sulphate into the Sonora River, northwest Mexico, health authorities continue to monitor and treat locals on the river course
While it may be more usual for advances in agricultural practices to create greater productivity and a healthier planet, a report by professor Thomas Hertel, Purdue University, warns that for Africa, it may actually be more harmful for the environment

Indian water tonic

India’s rural water supply is a vast problem for public health officials. If disease outbreaks are to be kept in check, water sources need to be subject to routine monitoring
China could reduce its water consumption if it reorganised its crop production and trade, reports a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Food for an extra 100 million people could be grown on land that has been ‘grabbed’ in developing countries, according to a new study published in Environmental Research Letters

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