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Editors’ picks: Why you need to read these 2018 stories–Report

•Why they matter in 2019 Editor's note: These top 10 most popular stories are those you clicked on most in 2018, but the IRIN team also had their own favourites. Over the past 12 months, IRIN reporters spanned out across the globe to examine under-reported crises,long-running conflicts, extremism, sudden disasters, slow-burning emergencies, and the humanitarian consequences of migration. Here are

As planet heats up, conflicts do too

By Margaret Besheer FILE - A field that was once a densely populated forest lays bare near Rajaf, outside Juba, in South Sudan, as the world's youngest nation goes into its fourth year of civil war. As the planet heats up from the effects of climate change, so, too, can conflicts. At the

Half of US military sites vulnerable to climate change

By Caroline Houck Next up: figuring out what bases, airfields, and naval stations need help first, says the former Pentagon appointee who started the survey. Thanks to the first comprehensive survey of its facilities around the world, the Pentagon now knows that about half of them have been damaged or disrupted by extreme

Dangerously Low on Water, Cape Town Now Faces ‘Day Zero

By Norimitsu Onishi and Somini Sengupta It sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster. “Day Zero” is coming to Cape Town this April. Everyone, be warned. The government cautions that the Day Zero threat will surpass anything a major city has faced since World War II or the Sept. 11 attacks. Talks are underway