Hopes Dashed for a Breakthrough in India-Pakistan Relations

Despite hopes for a breakthrough through humanitarian collaboration, the 8 October 2005 earthquake with its epicenter in the Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir has failed to dissipate India and Pakistan’s mutual mistrust.

New Report Urges Global Companies to Turn Attention to China's Surging Consumer Class

Amidst consistently high economic growth, a visible consumer culture is emerging in urban China.

Some 100,000 People Displaced by the October 2005 Earthquake Have Left Temporary Camps and Returned Home

The emergency phase of the relief operation is winding down, but some 99 camps with 55,000 inhabitants still remain open. UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration are facilitating the return, providing medical screening and transport.

Emergency Bill Provides Money for Post-Katrina Recovery -- But Far Greater Sums for the Military

In mid-June, President Bush signed H.R. 4939. Called the "Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006," the bill provides about $95 billion in funding.

Success Celebrated on Anniversary of Renewables 2004 Conference

REN21 logoOn the second anniversary of the International Conference for Renewable Energies (Renewables 2004), German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul declared that “excellent progress” has been made in developing a renewables-based energy system.

Child Malnutrition in Earthquake Areas Persists as a Major Problem

UNICEF, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, and Pakistan’s Ministry of Health undertook a joint survey to assess whether the situation is improving or deteriorating and to establish a baseline to monitor future progress.

Dispute Over New Orleans Low-Income Housing Intensifies

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there are growing disputes over housing for lower-income residents and the future makeup of New Orleans. Displaced residents of public housing projects fear that local and federal officials, along with real estate developers, are using the storm damage as an excuse to get rid of much public housing and to bring in wealthier residents instead.

Louisiana Flood Risk Maps Badly Outdated

The flood risk maps that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relied on when it released its long-awaited guidelines for rebuilding homes and businesses in New Orleans in mid-April are badly outdated—in some cases two decades old—and thus grossly underestimate the hazards of rebuilding.

Louisiana Counties Hit Hardest by Hurricane Katrina Suffer Massive Population Loss

A June U.S. Census Bureau report found that, as of January 2006, Louisiana’s hardest hit counties had lost 385,000 people, about 39 percent of its total population. Orleans Parish lost a whopping 64 percent, while the smaller St. Bernard Parish was almost totally depopulated, losing 95 percent.

New Worldwatch Article on Peacemaking after Disasters

When disaster strikes a country already reeling from conflict, international aid and development agencies must be mindful of those who will profit from continuing conflict, write Worldwatch researchers Michael Renner and Zoë Chafe in a new article published in the Natural Hazards Observer journal.
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