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Let Slip the Dogs of Data

Stat-heads perk up. The World Bank just released its 2010 World Development Indicators in a format that will surely please. Or, rather, they released it in any format you please. 

For instance, in honor of Earth Day, you might want to check out CO2 emissions in pure kilotons per country. Table or map? Map? Ok.

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Climate Change Could Trigger More Eyjafjallajökulls

Good news for those of you living around Eyjafjallajökull…and bad news for the rest of us.  The good news is that the flash floods, like those created when a 200m-thick block of ice sitting on top of secondary eruptions was instantaneously liquefied, will become less likely as those blocks of ice continue to melt due to climate change. READ MORE

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Suicide Bombers Hit Pakistani Refugees

The AP is reporting a craven attack by two “burqa-clad” suicide bombers on a group of refugees who had fled the fighting in Northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border. The refugees were lined up to register for relief supplies, including food. So far, 41 are reported dead.

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Raise a Glass to the Peanut

I was just struck by two items lying dormant in my reader (thanks for letting me down magic sort). READ MORE

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Polio and Maternal Mortality On the Decline

In the last two days, two success stories have been announced in the battle against two major global health challenges — maternal mortality and polio rates have both declined sharply.

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Guatemalans Still Starving

You may recall that we reported in January on a WFP flash appeal for funds to rescue drought-ravaged Guatemala from a deepening food crisis. Unfortunately, the UN announced today that it has received less that 10 percent of its $34 million request.

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