As 2011 comes to an end, here is a link to some of the geology related articles that have been in the news over the past year. There are articles about landsliding, mining and other geohazards. Notably in the news this year was the tragic earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan in March, a serious earthquake in Turkey and the famine in East Africa. The famine is still ongoing, and there is huge need in the region. As we remember the many that have died over the past year, we also acknowledge the dedication, hard work and courage of humanitarian and development workers in many difficult areas that have been using their skills to improve the lives of many communities across the world.