As disaster relief efforts began to grow in the Philippine city of Tacloban and surrounding areas in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, logistical difficulties are hampering aid efforts. 90 percent of the city is thought to have been destroyed.
Recent data shows that the Greenland icecap is melting nearly twice as fast as previously thought, making the previous melt estimate of 1,000 years seem far too generous -- an ominous sign for those planning oceanside development.
Millions of rural Chinese have moved to the largest cities, seeking jobs, but without formal access or rights to services. Chinese officials are concerned that the unequal treatment of urban and rural residents may lead to social instability.