What you missed this week

  • Climate Change: The worst is yet to come – “Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations Group, told reporters earlier this week. A new report by IPCC warns that the problem is likely to grow substantially unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control. According to IPCC officials, the ‘really big breakthrough in this report is the new idea of thinking about managing climate change’. Read this article for more – The UN’s new focus: Surviving, Not Stopping, Climate Change.
  • Ebola outbreak: Ebola, one of the most lethal viruses known to humans, has claimed more than 80 lives in West Africa and jumped borders from Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali. The outbreak has spread fear and panic in the region. For those who have no idea what we’re talking about, what Ebola is, how it spreads or what it does to the human body, here are 6 things you should know about the latest Ebola outbreak.
  • Innovation: The 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina inspired a Texas-based start-up to create cheap, portable, reusable shelters that promise to improve how governments come to the aid of victims of natural disasters. They look like mini aircraft hangars with digital door locks, skylights and even air conditioning! Presenting – Exo Shelters.
  • In Memoriam: “She trained her camera on children caught between the front lines, yet who still found a place to play.” Acclaimed Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed in Afhganistan today.  Her photographs “captured what war meant to her subjects: An Afghan boy on a swing holding a toy submachine gun. A black-clad Iraqi giving a bottle to her baby as she waits for prisoners to be released.” Gathered here are just a handful of her photos from Afghanistan.
  • Lights out: Can you imagine Times Square in New York, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Kremlin in Moscow without lights? Well, you don’t have to. Iconic landmarks and cities went dark for one hour last Saturday for Earth Hour. Check out these images!



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