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  • 19 Feb 2014- 07:17 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LONDON, United Kingdom The fourth annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas, developed by global risk analytics company Maplecroft, identifies the United States, China, India, Bangladesh, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom as the seven countries with the
  • Foreign investors, both public and private, have been snatching up relatively cheap land all over Africa, primarily for food production to be exported out of the most food-insecure continent in the world. However, these land grabs are not really about the land, but more about the freshwater that goes with it, according to a new report from GRAIN, an international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in moving toward community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.
  • Tensions are rising again over the proposed Thai-funded Xayaburi Dam project in Laos. Last December in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Mekong River Commission Council, representing Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, debated the 1,260-megawatt dam’s future. Delegates decided that a fuller study of the dam’s impact was needed before further development.