Population growth taxing planet’s resources; expanding demands are depleting seas, fresh water and forests

by Juliet Eilperin Washington Post October 24, 2011

The president is using his authority to try to put Democrats on the side of angry voters...

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Bolivia scraps Amazon road project protested by indigenous people

by BBC News October 21, 2011

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has scrapped plans for a road project in the Amazon that had triggered protests by indigenous people....

Aid policy: The rise of the new donors

by IRIN News October 19, 2011

IRIN has been covering Syria's humanitarian crisis from its outset. A look at some highlights. Can the creaking international aid system reform before history overtakes it?...

Malaria accounts for 20% of childhood deaths in Africa. Photo: Getty Images

Malaria deaths fall over 20% worldwide in last decade

by BBC News October 18, 2011

There has been a fall of just over 20% in the number of deaths from malaria worldwide in the past decade, the World Health Organization says....

Food: Causes of high and fluctuating food prices

by IRIN News October 17, 2011

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Speculation on food commodities may harm the hungry

by Marilyn Geewax NPR October 16, 2011

Speculators in the agricultural commodities markets are forcing grocery prices to rise too quickly and erratically, according to some top economists marking World Food Day on Sunday....

Developing countries out in the cold at the World Trade Organization

by Ravi Kanth Devarakonda October 14, 2011

Geneva — Developing countries, particularly from Africa, are concerned about attempts by industrialised nations to change the negotiating dynamic of the World Trade Organization....

Congress passes trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama

by Zachary A. Goldfarm and Lori Montgomery Washington Post October 12, 2011

Congress resoundingly approved long-stalled trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama late Wednesday, authorizing the most significant expansion of trade relations in nearly two decades....

Feeding nine billion people in a sustainable way will be one of the greatest challenges our civilization has ever faced, new report says

by Justin Gillis New York Times October 12, 2011

Trying to tap into the best thinking about the future of global agriculture, as I have tried to do in my work as a reporter, can be an exercise in frustration. Many groups and many bright people go at the problem, but not many of them go at it in a holistic way....

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Mexican drug cartels reach into tiny Belize

by Nick Miroff Washington Post October 11, 2011

BELIZE CITY, Belize — The sleepy port towns, mangrove swamps and jungle airstrips of poorly defended, tiny Belize are becoming prime gateways for drug trafficking as Mexico’s billionaire mafias carve out new smuggling routes through Central America. ...