Madagascar's Logging Crisis

Exploiting a political crisis, Malagasy timber barons are robbing this island nation of its sylvan heritage, illegally cutting down scarce species of rosewood trees in poorly protected national parks and exporting most of the valuable logs to China.

7th June 2010 Biodiversity, Deforestation, development, logging, Madagascar
French flash floods death toll 'expected to rise'


The death toll in south-eastern France is expected to rise as rescue workers pick through the debris left by flash floods.

Some 20 people have been killed and at least 12 are still missing after torrential rain hit the mountains above the Cote D'Azur region on Tuesday.

17th June 2010 flash flood, Flooding, Hazards, Rivers
Why West Africa cannot break its drug habit

The recent seizure of more than two tonnes of cocaine, worth an estimated $1bn (about £675m) in The Gambia has once again shone a light on West Africa as a major transit point for narcotics making their way from Latin America to Europe.

21st June 2010 Africa, Crime, development, drug trade