Are Gates and Rockefeller using their influence to set agenda in developing countries?

Ultra-rich philanthropists and their foundations have increasing influence on decision-making and are setting the global health and agriculture agenda in developing countries, according to a major study (pdf).

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Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate

The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind. Could it lead to a step-change in the battle against global warming?

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Rapid Arctic ice loss linked to extreme weather changes in Europe and US

The string of massive snowstorms and bone-chilling cold on the US east coast, as well as flooding in Britain and record temperatures in Europe, are linked to rapid ice loss in the Arctic, new research appears to confirm.

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Most glaciers in Mount Everest area will disappear with climate change: study

About 5,500 glaciers could disappear or drastically retreat by the end of the century with severe impacts on farming and hydropower, say scientists

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Ozone hole remains size of North America, NASA data shows

The Antarctic ozone hole, which was expected to reduce in size swiftly when manmade chlorine emissions were outlawed 27 years ago, is stubbornly remaining the size of North America, new data from Nasa suggests.

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WWF -- world's largest conservation group -- accused of 'selling its soul' to corporations

Pandaleaks writer says conservation group has forged links with business which is using it to 'greenwash' their operations

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Corporations and wealthy elites now control more than 75 percent of the world's farmland

Small farmers are being squeezed out as mega-farms and plantations gobble up their land

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Exiled environmental activist Suren Gazaryan speaks of 'impossibility' of protest in Russia

Criticizing environmental and state corruption leads to threats and intimidation, says Suren Gazaryan

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World Health Organization: Air pollution kills 7 million people a year

Air pollution has become the world's single biggest environmental health risk, linked to around 7 million – or nearly one in eight deaths in 2012 – according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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European scientists descend on Africa to promote genetically modified crops

Africa is expected to be the next target of GM food companies, as European scientists and policymakers travel to Ethiopia to boost the prospect of growing more of the controversial crops on the continent.

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Philippines government urges emergency action to resolve UN climate talks deadlock

UN negotiations in Warsaw must deliver emergency climate pathway as new storm brews in the Pacific, says government

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Typhoon Haiyan's force illustrates the rising power of tropical storms

Haiyan may be strongest ever to hit land so far but as the oceans warm the power of storms is rising

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Nutrient recovery reactor turns human excrement into high-quality fertilizer

Slough's phosphorus-rich excreta is raw material for facility that converts waste into pellets for farm and garden use

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UK environment secretary slams 'wicked' foes of genetically modified golden rice

People who oppose golden rice, a new variety of GM crop, are "wicked" and could be condemning children in developing countries to blindness and death, according to the British environment secretary.

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Scientist warns capacity to grow food is plateauing in many parts of the world

Countries may not be able to increase food production because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits

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