A record 41.8 million tons of electronic waste were produced worldwide in 2014, says a United Nations University report. Most of that was not recycled properly. The U.S. and China were the leading producers of e-waste.
Filipinos affected by December's Typhoon Washi remain in need of humanitarian aid and permanent shelter, according to the latest United Nations situation report. The deadly storm killed more than 1,200 people and displaced 300,000.
While the UN's biggest donors have promised to continue their aid contributions, officials fear the worldwide recession will impact their ability to respond where needed. "We fear the economic and financial crisis will have an effect on the generosity of donor countries, and we also fear it will increase the number of people we need to help from a humanitarian point of view," said John Holmes, emergency relief coordinator.
Zimbabwe's humanitarian situation has reached crisis proportions with only 6% of the population employed, and more than half of all Zimbabweans in need of food aid, according to a United Nations report released Thursday.
For the first time in history, by the end of this year half of the world's population will live in cities and towns, the United Nations said Tuesday. The massive urbanization that is taking place will over the next few decades be most evident in Asia, Africa and Latin America, the world body forecasted in its report.