People living in UK towns and cities are 25 times more likely to die from long-term exposure to poisonous air than a car crash, and those living in the south are at greatest risk, a charity has warned.
A London-based charity has rolled out plans to introduce sleeping pods to scores of homeless in the run-up to Christmas as record numbers of people have become rough-sleepers in the capital and other cities mainly as a result of government-sponsored cuts to social welfare budget.
The Samaritans expects to receive hundreds of thousands of calls over the festive period, with figures revealing that one in three people who contacted the British charity on Christmas Day last year were seeking help with loneliness.
Governments must provide ‘major’ investment in flood risk reduction to save coastal cities around the world, a charity said on Friday, as rising seas and sinking urban areas pose unprecedented threats to millions of homes.
The UK’s government plans to move three million people currently receiving tax credits and disability benefits on to universal credit from next April will trigger an explosion in food bank use, the Trussell Trust warned.
For the second time in a week, Malta has detained a humanitarian vessel that normally rescues boat refugees off the coast of Libya, where two shipwrecks have claimed the lives of as many as 200 people in recent days.
Dozens of Chinese companies on Sunday sent hundreds of food boxes to the needy people and held a charity iftar table in Cairo's Maadi district, sharing the joy of Egyptians during the holy month of Ramadan.