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Why are the tropics expanding?

As Earth's dry zones shift rapidly polewards, researchers are scrambling to figure out the cause — and consequences.
from Nature on Feb 4, 2016.
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State of Disaster declared in Zimbabwe

President Mugabe has declared a State of Disaster in Zimbabwe in the wake of agricultural failure which he attributed to drought.
from Zimbabwe Herald on Feb 5, 2016.

Over 200m girls and women affected by FMG, says new report

At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to a new statistical report.
from UNICEF on Feb 5, 2016.

Taiwan warned of looming fishery collapse

The number of coastal fish species in northern Taiwan has dropped by 75 per cent over the past three decades, finds a new study.
from Environment News Service on Feb 5, 2016.

Avoiding pregnancy is not enough for Zika advice, say doctors

WHO's Zika recommendation to avoid pregnancy in countries where governments limit women’s access to reproductive health services are "absurd,” says a doctors' group.
from Physicians for Human Rights on Feb 5, 2016.
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2 billion couples and 10 relationship challenges

The relationship challenges that the world’s 2 billion couples confront vary considerably but 10 major challenges can be identified across countries.
from IPS on Feb 4, 2016.

Combatting 'best drain' from North Africa and Middle East

Brain drain from the Middle East and North Africa has escalated during the past five years, with waves of refugees escaping conflicts and political instability.
from SciDev.Net on Feb 3, 2016.
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Will China dam its last free-flowing river?

In the mountains of China’s border with Myanmar, Aluo, a stone-faced Tibetan with a cowboy hat, remembers the faces of the men who destroyed his village.
from Marketplace on Feb 5, 2016.
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