Island nations prepare for a looming future without land

Nov 14, 2017
Kiribati has been identified as the first country that will disappear as a result of climate change.
Tarawa atoll, capital of the archipelago nation of Kiribati, in 2001. The islands are expected to be mostly submerged within 100 years.
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Competing American messages at the U.N. climate talks

Nov 3, 2017
Some fear recent federal policies will overshadow significant American climate efforts.
President Donald Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017 in New York City.
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Trump vows more sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear buildup

Sep 21, 2017
Trump has signed an executive order that would enable the U.S. to sanction individual companies and institutions that finance trade with North Korea.
President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017.
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The US still wants a say in how UN climate change money is spent

Jul 17, 2017
The U.S. has pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, but it’s already put $1 billion into the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund. That’s meant to help poor and developing countries manage climate change. And while President Trump said he won’t commit any more money to the fund, the White House still wants American delegates […]

Haiti’s complicated history with foreign aid

Oct 10, 2016
After Hurricane Matthew, how might aid be administered in Haiti?
UN blue helmets load aid which arrived in US helicopters onto a truck for people affected by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on October 10, 2016. Haiti's death toll from monster Hurricane Matthew has risen to 372, civil defense officials said Monday, as the impoverished country continues to dig out of massive destruction in the south. More than 175,500 people were staying in temporary shelters, days after the Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade slammed into Haiti last Tuesday. 

A 12-day push to reach a climate change deal starts on Monday

Nov 24, 2015
In Paris, representatives of some 200 countries will work towards a climate change deal.

At climate change meeting, poor countries step forward

Dec 10, 2014
More developing countries are making the commitment to fight emissions.

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The UN says, "Raise your voice, not the sea level"

Jun 4, 2014
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Report estimates 260,000 died in Somalia famine

May 1, 2013
Critics have blamed the U.N. for not reacting faster to the 2011 famine in Somalia because the international community feared that relief would be confiscated by Islamic militants.

Hacking hotel keycard locks, and the secret UN meeting that could change the Internet

Nov 28, 2012
Burglaries are popping up after a hacker showed off a vulnerability in keycard locks at hotels, and a UN meeting of the International Telecommunications Union next week could change the Internet as we know it.