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Yemen
Food Aid Inhibited
The United Nations stated it would consider suspending food aid in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen due to fighting, insecurity, and interference of its work. The World Food Programme is currently servicing 10 million hungry people in Yemen. However, the organization says "humanitarian workers in Yemen are being denied access to the hungry, aid convoys are being blocked and local authorities have interfered with food distribution."  Spokesmen for the World Food Programme are still negotiating more access with Houthi leaders. In December, it was discovered that aid shipments were being illicitly diverted from areas of need and sold in markets. 

This map depicts humanitarian access in Yemen and incidences of aid interference. Click on the map to expand.
Graphic Source: Relief Web (2)
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Marshall Islands
Radioactive Threat
A nuclear waste "coffin" in the Marshall Islands is reportedly experiencing cracking. The unlined and permeable crater in the Pacific Ocean is threatened by rising sea levels which could enter the dome and leak radioactive material into the ocean. Located on Runit Island -part of the Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands- the nuclear crater was filled over a three-year period with about 73,000 cubic meters of contaminated surface soil, a byproduct of heavy nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean by the United States. By 1980, the crater was sealed with a 350-foot wide, 18-inch thick concrete dome, that was meant to be a temporary solution. Today, the structure's integrity and surrounding area are both threatened by nuclear spillage. 

This map depicts the location of Runit Island on the Enewatak Atoll, where the nuclear dome is located. Click on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: The Sun
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Uganda
Boat Capsize
On Monday, authorities reported a boat carrying football players and fans capsized on Lake Albert in western Uganda. At least eight people were killed and an estimated 15 more are missing. The boat was carrying more than 50 football players and fans from the western Uganda district of Hoima. The passengers were travelling to Runga, where a friendly match between two local clubs was scheduled. Police attribute the accident to overloading and bad weather. 

This map depicts Lake Albert where the boat capsized and the village of Runga where it was traveling to. Click on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: BBC
       
This map displays the Mercator projection versus the “true” size of countries. The Mercator projection was invented in 1569 by Gerardus Mercator to make it easier for navigators to plot straight line courses. It is a cylindrical projection: take the two-dimensional map and wrap it around a cylinder, this creates equidistant parallel vertical lines; however, as you move further from the equator, the horizontal lines grow in distance. This causes northern and southern parts of the map to be largely distorted when laying it out onto a two-dimensional sheet of paper. 

This moving map puts our planet into perspective. Look at how little Africa changes compared to the other continents and countries. Africa is 30,000,000 square kilometers or 11,583,065 mi² and can fit China, the U.S., all of eastern Europe, Japan, Spain, France, and more inside the continent. Look at how much larger Russia and Greenland become with the Mercator projection. In reality, Russia is around 17,100,000 km² or 6.602 million mi² and Greenland is only 2166.0071 km² or 836,300 mi²! 


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Yesterday's Answer
Q: The Zagros mountain range was formed by the collision of which two tectonic plates?
 
A: The Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates
The Zagros mountain range is located in western Iran and was formed by the collision of the Eurasian and Tectonic plates. It's oldest rocks date back 541 million years ago.

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