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A bigger rice bowl

A bigger rice bowl | What on Earth | Scoop.it
A SEED of rice that could transform the developing world saved Asha Ram Pal’s farm in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in the summer of 2008. Mr Pal had planted...
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The emergent patterns of climate change

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You can't understand climate change in pieces, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It's the whole, or it's nothing.
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How happy are Indonesians, really?

How happy are Indonesians, really? | What on Earth | Scoop.it
Happy all around: Girls pose on an inundated Jl. Jatinegara Barat. A recent Central Statistics Agency (BPS) survey revealed that Indonesians are ...
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Is Open Data Making Good on the Promise of Turbo-Boosted Development? The Operational Use of Open Data.

Open data is important, but how is open data being used around the world to improve the quality of life and advance development objectives? Open data continues its ascent as a popular concept, entering mainstream consciousness and being implemented more broadly around the world. We need to look no further than Google search trend analysis to observe open data’s rise in netizen interest -- now even rivaling interest in international development. 
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Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition - Harvard (2014)

Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition - Harvard (2014) | What on Earth | Scoop.it

A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children. The study... found that economic growth was associated with small or no declines in stunting, underweight, and wasting — all signs of undernutrition...

 

These findings... emphasize that focusing on improving economic growth does not necessarily translate to child health gains... “Our study does not imply that economic development is not important in a general sense but cautions policymakers about relying solely on the trickle-down effects of economic growth on child nutrition”... 

 

The researchers analyzed data from nationally representative samples of children under three years of age taken from 121 Demographic and Health surveys done in 36 low- and middle-income countries between 1990 and 2011. They measured the effect of changes in per-head gross domestic product (GDP) on changes in stunting, underweight, and wasting. The findings showed no link between economic growth and undernutrition rates at a country level... Notably, no link was observed between economic growth and undernutrition in children from the poorest households who were at greatest risk.

 

Several explanations could account for the weak association between economic growth and reductions in child undernutrition... Growth in incomes could be unequally distributed, with poor people excluded from the benefits. And in households where there was increased prosperity, money might not necessarily be spent in ways that enhance the nutritional status of children. Improvements in public services that benefit health, such as vaccinations or clean water, may also lag behind growth in incomes. 

 

While direct investments in interventions that matter for child nutrition appear to be critical, the need for a more systematic and rigorous analysis of what specific health-related interventions would yield the greatest return remains to be conducted, say the authors... 

 

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/economic-growth-no-cure-for-child-undernutrition/

 

Original article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70025-7

 


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How The Social Sector Can Better Use Data

How The Social Sector Can Better Use Data | What on Earth | Scoop.it
Big Data might be helping for-profit companies, but nonprofits arent utilizing new streams of information in their decision-making, to their detriment.
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Lomborg: Earth Hour just a feel-good campaign

Lomborg: Earth Hour just a feel-good campaign | What on Earth | Scoop.it
Instead, give light to the 1.3 billion people who still live without electricity.
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Indonesia's Social Media Elections | In Asia

Indonesia's Social Media Elections | In Asia | What on Earth | Scoop.it
In the words of my colleagues, I used to be gaptek – the Indonesian term for "technologically challenged." I didn't know an App from an API, and the smartest t
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The impacts of climate change, in three charts: A visual summary of the IPCC's Working Group 2 report | Carbon Brief

The impacts of climate change, in three charts: A visual summary of the IPCC's Working Group 2 report | Carbon Brief | What on Earth | Scoop.it
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Five hidden stories about the impacts of climate change

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Development data: how accurate are the figures?

Development data: how accurate are the figures? | What on Earth | Scoop.it
Claire Melamed: The numbers we use in development, and most of what we think of as facts, are actually estimates. It's time for a data revolution
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Indonesia relocates families to build resorts

Indonesia relocates families to build resorts | What on Earth | Scoop.it
Activists say more than 100 islands have been effectively sold to investors in recent years, in bid to boost tourism.
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Climate Change Will Hurt Countries' Credit Ratings, S&P Warns

Climate Change Will Hurt Countries' Credit Ratings, S&P Warns | What on Earth | Scoop.it
“Add credit ratings to the list of things climate change might ruin. According to a recent report released by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, rising global temperatures will put downward pressure on sovereign credit ratings.”
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Sweltering in the city: Surviving climate change in our great urban metropolises | Carbon Brief

Sweltering in the city: Surviving climate change in our great urban metropolises | Carbon Brief | What on Earth | Scoop.it
MT @carbonbrief: 37 megacities by 2025, the UN says, posing a climate change challenge - http://t.co/LYOlQJCXt2 http://t.co/py7IgKEl7Q
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International Development News | How to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 — what do you think?

International Development News | How to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 — what do you think? | What on Earth | Scoop.it
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IPCC report: the scientists have done their bit, now it is up to us

IPCC report: the scientists have done their bit, now it is up to us | What on Earth | Scoop.it
Leo Hickman: The world must seize this remaining opportunity and act upon the timely roadmap that climate scientists have provided for us
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IPCC climate report: a route map for civilisation's greatest journey

IPCC climate report: a route map for civilisation's greatest journey | What on Earth | Scoop.it
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IPCC climate report: a route map for civilisation's greatest journey
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... iPad edition · Kindle · Guardian Weekly · Digital edition.
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Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

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Global warming is likely to have a "severe, pervasive and irreversible" impact, a major UN report warns.
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Frame climate change as a food issue, experts say

Frame climate change as a food issue, experts say | What on Earth | Scoop.it
As IPCC report warns of climate impact on food security, researchers are looking at whether talking about food could break political deadlock on global warming
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The UN's New Focus: Surviving, Not Stopping, Climate Change

The UN's New Focus: Surviving, Not Stopping, Climate Change | What on Earth | Scoop.it
The international body has issued a manual for adapting to a warming world.
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Three Guidance Notes in relation to the monitoring and evaluation of climate change interventions

Over the past months, SEA Change and UKCIP collaboratively developed and launched three Guidance Notes in relation to the monitoring and evaluation of climat...
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Global Slavery Index 2013

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Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology

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Survey Report In a remarkably short period of time, internet and mobile technology have become a part of everyday life for some in the emerging and developing
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