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Crossings of Mediterranean Sea exceed 300,000, including 200,000 to Greece

The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year has now exceeded 300,000, compared with 219,000 people for the whole of 2014.
from unhcr on Aug 28, 2015.
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UNHCR urges States to help avert Bay of Bengal boat crisis in coming weeks

The UN refugee agency is calling for urgent action before the end of the monsoon season unleashes a new wave of people leaving on boats from the Bay of Bengal.
from unhcr on Aug 28, 2015.

More survivors of Libyan drownings expected today

About 250 people may be rescued from two boats off the Libyan coast, leaving 150 unaccounted for, according to the international migration organisation.

Contaminated Tianjin soil to be stored 4km from explosion site

The Tianjin authorities are building a 20,000-sq metre tank for contaminated soil from the warehouse explosions that killed at least 145 people, state media reported.
from South China Morning Post on Aug 28, 2015.

WHO launches plan for tackling neglected tropical diseases

The WHO today unveiled a global plan to accelerate progress in eradicating neglected tropical diseases by 2020.
from WHO on Aug 28, 2015.
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Put people before profits to cut carnage on the roads

Today 3,500 people will lose their lives on the road - roughly matching AIDS-related deaths - and up to 50 million will be injured.
from SciDev.Net on Aug 28, 2015.

Colombian river under threat

Colombia's largest and most important river, the Magdalena, inspired some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's greatest literature. Now it's under threat.
from International Rivers on Aug 28, 2015.
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Will India end open defecation?

Is the Indian government's drive of ending open defecation on target?
from Down to Earth on Aug 27, 2015.
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