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:: Dirty water and poor sanitation kills over 5000 children every day

Diarrhoeal diseases claim the lives of around two million children each year- 5,000 per day, and cause countless more to fall ill.

:: Two new reports on the Lower Jordan River released

Two new reports released identify the amount of water needed to rehabilitate the Jordan River and where the water must come from if we are to bring back to life one of the most famous rivers on earth. EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) calls on the Israeli and Jordanian governments and the Palestinian Authority to work together to return fresh water to the near dry Jordan River.

:: European Commission strengthens its commitment to equality between women and men

The European Commission plans to use a series of measures aimed at significantly reducing the pay gap between men and women over the next five years.

:: New book rises to the global sustainability challenge

In the wake of the Copenhagen climate conference, which ended without a clear mandate for global climate protection, the new book Global Sustainability - A Nobel Cause, published by Cambridge University Press, addresses the main lines of conflicts and offers new solutions. The contributing authors - Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics and peace, top-level political leaders, representatives of major NGOs and renowned experts on sustainability - point out strategies for the stabilisation of the climate and global sustainable development. The open access publication is now available for download.

:: Putting a stop to the Arctic Meltdown

Should the oil companies be allowed to take advantage of melting ice to drill for more oil in the warming Arctic? Should industrial fishing fleets be allowed to chase the last remnants of fished-out stocks into the areas where ice has previously stopped their ships? We say no: as should anyone who believes you don't put out a fire with gasoline.

:: How Will Japan's Environmental and Climate Policies Change?

In early October 2009, the government unveiled its plan to finalize the overall plan and detailed regulatory design to achieve the medium-term goal of a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The details, including consideration of impacts on citizens'lifestyles and concrete approaches for emission reduction, are to be finalized by the spring of 2010. Written by Junko Edahiro

:: Non-industrial emissions key for meeting Kyoto targets

A report by the European Environment Agency released shows that the European Union and all Member States but one are on track to meet their Kyoto Protocol commitments to limit and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

:: Polarstern on its way into the Antarctic

Research vessel Polarstern started its journey from Bremerhaven to its 26th expedition into Antarctica. The expedition consists of four legs and leads Polarstern, operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, at first to Punta Arenas.

:: New report on climate change projects 25 million more malnourished children in 2050

Twenty five million more children will be malnourished in 2050 due to effects of climate change, according to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This study, the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of climate change on agriculture to date, compares the number of malnourished children in 2050 with and without climate change.

:: Rupert Neudeck: Humanitarian work is a beautiful endeavor!

In 1979, German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt stated: "Whoever has visions should go to a doctor." In the same year, Rupert and Christel Neudeck believed: "Whoever has visions should go out and establish Cap Anamur to save boat people from drowning in the South China Sea." To the benefit of ten thousand refugees, the Neudecks turned to the bible rather than official German policy for guidance. As the Old Testament says: "Without a vision the people perish." Laudation of Franz Alt at the Einstein Award.

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