Online mapping emerges as key tool for the UN and Red Cross in getting aid to areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
Hundreds of online map-makers around the world have pooled their talents to help relief agencies make critical decisions in the Typhoon Haiyan-stricken Philippines.
Thousands of social media images have been tagged, while citizen map-makers - dubbed “digital humanitarians” - have traced roads and rated typhoon damage for the UN and aid agencies.
Online mapping has become a key tool in Philippines relief efforts and disaster response drives around the world, with US space agency NASA issuing satellite maps showing typhoon damage in the Asia-Pacific region.
As the Eastern Seaboard continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, those impacted by the devastating storm are slowly coming to terms with the shock of losing art, furniture and other possessions, but we want them to know there are a few resources that can possibly help them with their recovery.
Overcrowded hospitals in northwestern Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday and rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people.
Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday’s quakes in fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill, one witness told Reuters.
Yet again, McKibben provides no tangible solutions to addressing climate change (getting arrested is not a solution, brother). What a waste of people’s time. I stand by my 3-part solution for smarter-over-the-long-term environmentalism: 1) Attend your city’s meetings (you’ll learn how government works, and how to change laws.); 2) learn how to read and comment on your city’s budget and environmental impact statements (you have the real rather than perceived opportunity to change environmental regulations); 3) run for office (stop whining and stop losing).
There’s also an interesting hypothesis for more effective environmentalism proposed by Bill Scher - building coalitions with businesses, which can be read here.
VIDEO REPORT: Rewriting Zimbabwe’s education system
UNICEF reports on the Education Transition Fund, which is is providing learning resources and improving school quality for the most vulnerable and marginalized children in Zimbabwe, including those with disabilities.
Nodding disease is a mentally and physically disabling disease that affects children between 1 and 10 years. It is currently restricted to small regions in South Sudan, Tanzania and northern Uganda. The disease is incurable at the moment and its cause is not known.