At least 112 people have died so far in a brutal cold front moving across Eastern Europe.
In many Eastern cities the homeless are being rounded up and taken into heated tents, while in one part of Serbia its estimated that 11,000 villagers have been stranded by the snow.
Megacities in Asia and Africa, including ones in Haiti, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Madagascar, face the greatest risk from the environmental impacts of climate change, according to a new report by Maplecroft.
The Climate Change Vulnerability map evaluates the susceptibility of 193 nations to extreme climate-related events, such as drought, cyclones, landslides, and sea-level rise, with each country's capacity to adapt to anticipated threats.
The world economy may still be in the doldrums, but global wealth continues to grow, hitting an all-time high this year of $231 trillion, according to a new global wealth report from Credit Suisse.
And more than ever, that figure is concentrated at the top of the pile. A mere 0.5% of the world's population owns an eye-popping 38.5% of its total wealth.
People around the world know junk food as one of the most reliable distributors of disappointment ever produced by the business world. We know that if we ever feel the need to complain about something, we can just grab a page out of a coupon booklet, adorned in pictures of juicy burgers, and then go have a party. Why, the restaurants themselves usually plaster their walls with pictures of juicy burgers - often hanging right over your table - so that you need only open your eyes to find something to compare your food with, while you eat it.
After nearly 11 months without a drop of rain, all of Waridaad village's traditional water sources dried up. Oxfam partners Havyoco have been trucking in clean water every day. The water is pumped into these community tanks, from where each family queues up to fill their jerrycans.
Ibrahim Harir Deria coordinates Havyoco's water trucking: "We are suffering from consecutive drought. Last year was ok, but before that there was a drought. It is getting more common. The lack of pasture is the father of many things - it causes disease and malnutrition."
"There are four trucking centres in the village, each serving 140 households - so 560 families in total. Each household gets 45 litres of water per day - about 7.5 litres per person."
Here Are Those Incredible Pictures of A Leopard Rampage In India
A leopard strayed into a village near Siliguri in India and mauled several villagers, including three guards. The leopard was captured and later died after injuries caused by knives and batons.
Can you imagine your grandchildren visiting a museum to look at the mere bones of animals that are alive today? We all expect to see a T-Rex in ancient, skeletal form, but an orangutan? When we were kids and we heard about animals becoming extinct in science class, the finality seemed grave but distant, like there was still hope and time, and their impending doom was so far off into the future we didn't really need to worry about it.
The most expensive coffee in the world is "Kopi Luwak" (Indonesian ['kopi 'lu.ak]), or civet coffee. "Kopi Luwak" is coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, having kept their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.
AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana's East Grand Terre Island. As BP engineers continue their efforts to cap the underwater flow of oil, landfall is becoming more frequent, and the effects more evident.
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