The Week in Stories Around the Globe

How the Pandemic Fueled Global Hunger: 2.5 Billion Lack Nutritious Food, 1 in 5 Children Are Stunted

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a sharp increase in the number of people going hungry worldwide, along with conflict and the impacts of climate change. A new report on the state of food security and nutrition in the world found about one-tenth of the global population were undernourished last year, more than 2.5 billion people did not have access to sufficiently nutritious food, and one in five children now face stunted growth. Saskia de Pee, the World Food Programme’s head of systems analysis for nutrition, describes how the impact is “going to be long-term.”

#WorldHunger #COVID19 #children

Colombia’s ‘ghost towns’ threatened by new wave of violence

A little more than 21 years ago, militias from the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) tore into El Salado. There, the right-wing paramilitary gang began to terrorise, torture and slaughter residents of the northern Colombian town.

#colombia #WaronDrugs #Violence

Rescuers race to prevent more deaths from European floods

ROERMOND, NETHERLANDS – JULY 16: Aerial view of the flooded camping site Jachthaven Hatenboer on July 16, 2021 in Roermond, Netherlands. The flooding has been caused by unusually heavy rain in the hilly parts of Germany and the Ardennes region in Belgium. In Germany the death toll has now passed 100 with dozens more missing. Rescue and evacuation operations are now underway in tricky conditions across the affected regions.

“We have many, many citizens saying ‘I can offer a place to stay. Where can I go to help? … Where can I bring my shovel and bucket?’” he told n-tv. “The city is standing together, and you can feel that.”

#Europe #climatechange #flooding #Nature

Our universe might be a giant three-dimensional donut, really.

The team found that a multiply-connected universe about three to four times larger than our observable bubble best matched the CMB data. While this result technically means that you could travel in one direction and end up back where you started, you wouldn’t be able to actually accomplish that in reality. We live in an expanding universe, and at large scales the universe is expanding at a rate that is faster than the speed of light, so you could never catch up and complete the loop.

#TheUniverse #Nature #Science

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