Here in Minnesota (our headquarters is in Baltimore, but we also have an office in Minneapolis) the big news this week was the major flooding on the Lake Superior port town of Duluth. Sinkholes, escaped zoo animals and rushing waters dominated the news cycle over the past 48 hours.
But what else is happening around the world? Here are this week’s stories, excavated from page 7a:
- Impact Sahel: The Huffington Post is hosting a series of articles by members of InterAction (including LWR), calling attention to the crisis in the sub-Saharan region of Africa called the Sahel.
- Cell Phones in the Sahel: How mobile phones can be used to fight hunger in sub-Saharan Africa
- Waterless Shower? A South African university student won the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for an invention that takes the water out of bathing.
- Rio+20: What does the United Nations’ Conference on Sustainable Development, currently going on in Rio de Janeiro, mean for foreign aid?
- Are we making a difference? An interactive series of graphs shows progress (or lack thereof) over the past 20 years on everything from life expectancy, hunger, life satisfaction and more. After reviewing the evidence, you can vote on whether you think the world is getting better or worse.
What other stories have you read this week? Please leave your comments below.